Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
With spring here and summer picnic season approaching I saw on Esty a great product and had to post! It's called the Urban Picnic Roll up. Since I'm optimistic on our Pacific North West summer ahead I had to purchase one. I'm so tired of packing a basket and the utensils falling to the bottom. With this roll up you can have these re use able bamboo utensils ready to go at a moments notice. Now all I need to do is purchase the concert tickets.
Friday, April 23, 2010
This last weekend on my way home from Portland I stopped in Woodland Washington to visit the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. I have passed this exit off the freeway for over sixteen years and finally without kids in the car decided to take the exit and make the detour. Am I glad I did this time! What a jewel in a small town. The below picture is just one I took on my camera phone so the quality is very poor. However, I wanted to document my visit. By visiting the web site you will see the pictures of Hulda's home and her surrounding gardens which are open all year long. This is a great time of year because the lilac's are in bloom.
Here is a story about a woman who began in 1905 working tirelessly to cultivate fourteen new varieties of lilacs in her yard. Only to have them all wiped out in a flood in 1948. Her farm was under water from the flood for six weeks. Virtually all of her work was destroyed. However, at the age of 83 she was not discouraged. No... she and her son restored the gardens and replaced everything she lost.