Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rock Hunting

Today, new friend Wanda and I drove to the other side of Port Angeles to seek the elusive “turtle rock”.  A beautiful jade colored rock with raised white spots.  After collecting a batch you take them home, wash, and shellac to bring out the green coloring.   A permanent wet look.   My collection will be located next to the house near the downspout. 

Wanda is a talented artist painting in oils, watercolor and currently, silk painting.  We made a quick stop today at her art instructor’s home in Port Angeles to pick up a few supplies.  Karen Sistek.  Wow.  Her work is absolutely stunning.  

Karen was chosen as one of only nine artists to paint a silk banner to hang at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

As we were entering Karen’s studio, she pointed out a beautiful little fawn with huge soft brown eyes (he thought he was hiding behind a small clump of grass) in her backyard. He was born just a few days ago right there behind the house.  The little guy was making his momma proud by holding perfectly still.  We will be seeing fawn around our place in the next few days.  We had a lot of pregnant doe around our house this spring.  They have been hidden for a while, but will soon be making a grand appearance with their new family in tow. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Interesting People

Click here to zoom...The most interesting people retire to our area on the Olympic Peninsula.    People from all over the world and all professions and trades.   Ages range from 50 to over 100. 

Here is the story of one of our fellow Sunland Golf and Country Club members.  I think you might find it interesting and inspiring.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Olympic Cellars

Cheers on the PationWe are enjoying a glass of wine on this warm, sunny afternoon,  “Working Girl White”.  Never thought an Olympic Peninsula wine would win over our eastern Washington favorites.  But, the Olympic Cellars Winery has our heart and satisfied our taste buds.  Only a few miles from our Sequim home base, the winery is owned and operated by three feisty women, better known as the Working Girls (Molly, Lisa and Kathy).   We met Molly and Lisa and they convinced us to join the wine club.  We receive a 20% discount off prices every time we purchase wine.  We commit to 12 bottles a year.  Oh, that will not be a problem.

Our Petit Vineyard

Starting in July the winery has a concert every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with great music and wine.  Local seafood chowder and salads are available at each concert provided by Mystery Bay Seafood .  A favorite is Crème Tangerine; a Beatles knock-off band. 

Housed in a 121 year-old historic barn, a 100+ year old hand-crafted tasting bar, farm land that they have preserved with a small vineyard and a 100 year old bell that rings in the harvest. Time and time again we run into such historic locations and determined entrepreneurs on the Peninsula. 

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