Friends, August 18, 2017
Leslie came through the door wide-eyed. Back from her stroll around the neighborhood where she meets all of the neighbors, she told me about an amazing scene. To set the stage we live in a small gated community surrounding a golf course that has been abandoned. The grass has grown up in a wild way, and there is a big pond in the middle of the property where the Canadian Geese hang out. Huge trees border the far side of the old course and that’s the area where Leslie met two elderly sisters who lived in a house that backs up to the old course.
In one woman’s hand was a plate with two raw chicken legs. Leslie asked about them and the woman said: Watch. She heaved the chicken leg out into a clear spot of grass between houses. In a flash, a bald eagle swooped down and grabbed the meat just as it hit the ground and flew off. This happened within ten feet of Leslie who said she could hear the wind in the eagle’s wings and see the powerful talons close up. Turns out this is a tradition that the two sisters inherited from previous owners. The eagles have a nest way up in the top of the big trees and are given food every day so that they will hang out and raise their chicks literally in the woman’s backyard. I’m hoping to catch a feeding one of these days. I’ve seen one bald eagle in the trees over Dakota Creek which is nearby, but never as close as this. Amazing.
Sign of the week at a local feed store: Beginner bee hive kits on sale. No thanks.
The big event this week is the Northwest Washington County Fair. Fun, fun… the fairgrounds sit in the middle of Lynden, a little town founded by the Dutch, that’s about ten miles down the road. Dutch? Yup…two 42 foot windmills in town, one a coffee shop and the other is an inn. The Dutch bakery is big trouble if you like sweets. The Dutch cleaners are next door. Big baskets of colorful flowers are on every light pole. Flower beds bursting with color greet you on all the street corners in Lynden. The Fairgrounds take you back to times long ago with shady tree-lined paths and small buildings open at both ends. Horses, cows, bunnies, chickens and “the collections” building were all points of interest to us. Smiling faces and positive energy under sunny skies and a high of 73 degrees made the day a real joy.
The Eclipse brings a powerful two week period in your life to plant seeds and to turn over a new leaf. Got kids? Talk to them and propose they write down what they want to do and make happen in the future…that little seed can do a lot in the days ahead. As times change.
Peace and Love, Lance