Friends, May 11, 2018
What a difference two weeks makes here in Birch Bay, Washington. The Sun is out today and likely will hit 80+ this weekend. And everything is growing and making our back road runs so lovely. The forest is now green, green, GREEN – every branch and tree is covered with new growth in every shade of green. The raspberry vines have a bright collar of new leaves when they were naked sticks just two weeks ago. Farmers have already cut the hay in their alfalfa fields and if they haven’t the pastures are feeding large herds of black and white Holstein cattle who graze and then sleep in the sweet meadows. Hydrangeas are in full bloom all over – pink and blue blossoms so bright you can see them in many front yards from way down the road. My favorite flowering bushes are the bright RED rhododendrons – the color is so intense you almost have to blink when you see one. Leslie has planted flowers front and back. We just need a little color, she says. And she delivers. Blue, white, red, yellow and purple faces fill the front flower bed and big pots she has planted out on the back porch. The snapdragons in front are just about ready to explode in color. And our Lilac bush is starting to put out lovely blue flowers and a wonderful scent. It’s fun just to drive through the neighborhoods to see all the flowers and beauty in so many front yards of the houses here. We adventured to check out the Anacortes farmers market last week. This city is only an hour and a half drive south and is the main ferry terminal to go explore the San Juan islands. We didn’t stay long in the farmers market as the drum group there was pounding way too loud for me and it ruined the ambiance of checking out veggies and local wares. However, we found the city of Anacortes to be a great find. 1891 was the date on one building there and that’s when the city was founded. It’s a real downtown with lots of shops and activity. It’s the same story with Bellingham, our nearest big city. These old downtowns are still vibrant and great places to shop and eat – so different from Texas where most of the small towns are empty shells. For certain we’ll go back to Anacortes and check out a great Mexican spot our friends recommended. And of course, it’s picnic weather and we’ve been to the local park to celebrate. Just five minutes from our house is Birch Bay Park. It’s an incredible strip of land right on the bay with a free-flowing stream on the backside and a huge wall of towering trees on the other side of the stream creating a dark green backdrop. Across the blue water we see the snow-capped Cascades and the San Juan islands in the distance. Cooking hot dogs in the fire pits made a fabulous lunch as we watched folks digging for clams out on the wide beach that’s exposed at low tide. The parks here are clean, kept up and totally worth the 30 bucks a year you pay for a park pass – that was the first thing I bought when we moved here and I found this wonderful park so close to our house. May 19, 1948, 10:20 am, Dallas, Texas. That’s my birth data that one reader wanted to see. If you are good with addition you know I am turning 70 this month. How this happened I still don’t know, but I am so glad to be here with dear Leslie, the forest and the flowers, and my work – it’s what keeps me going. And I want to thank you for your support that makes it possible to keep Skywatch in print. Leslie does want you to check your mailing label to note your expiration date – so you don’t miss the next issue. And times are changing as you will read. We have a rare double Retrograde of Mars and Mercury at the same time up ahead. Best then to get things moving in your life in June before this delay period begins. We both send you best wishes and love from the Great Northwest.