Saturday, December 6, 2014

Colours of Fall

(Ok, so I am still using UK spelling, years of habit!)  It feels like everything we see is from a National Geographic documentary.  The environment is so much different to anywhere else we had lived before.

Mushrooms, toadstools and moss pop up overnight.


Vivid colours stand out against all the deep greens.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Oregon Grape

There are so many new types of plants here.  Researched this one.  Think it is the Oregon Grape.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our First Snow

We opened the windows this morning to a garden covered in white!  It looked so wonderful, a real wonderland (can you tell we never had snow before?)

The kids had a ball playing outside.  Our neighbours are from Texas, so their kids also came out to play.  Binks, our puppy, loves the snow.  He chases the snowballs and cries by the door to go out again to play when we bring him inside.


We quickly popped over to the shops to get proper boots.  When we came back, one of our neighbours had dropped off a whole bag of gloves as well as a sled for the kids.  We are so blessed!

I am off to go play some more… SO much fun!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014


The mist in the mornings is amazing, so thick sometimes  you can only see a few feet ahead. It makes for the most awesome light!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Fall seems to be peak time for spiders.  Their webs are everywhere!  On walks we kept having to dodge the stickiness.  Regularly arrived home with webs in my hair

The webs are awesomely beautiful in the early morning light though.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Seattle Sunset

When the skies are clear, the sunsets here are so colourful and brilliant.  We had a late-in-the-day walk with the dog.  He is very accommodating, stopping and “posing” in just the right spot!

We are really enjoying having an area to walk in so close to home.  In the late afternoons, you have the lights of the neighbouring houses peeking through the trunks of the trees.

My youngest was really excited to discover holly.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Halloween in Seattle

The kids were really excited to experience Halloween here.  The costumes were in planning for quite a while.  My youngest’s costume was the trickiest, since she wanted to be Elsa from the moment she saw the movie.  She had a Halloween parade at school the morning, then dress up for dancing before the evening’s trick-or-treating.  We improvised, by making the white top a leotard she could wear to dancing.

The top I adapted from a pattern with lace-up at the back.  She picked the glittered tulle that went over the top of the satin.

It gave the “Elsa”-look while she was dancing.


My sons both wanted to be Link from the game Zelda.  One was blue and the other green.  They were so chuffed about the swords we got them.

The parade at school was really cute, with the moms throwing the kids a party afterwards.


It got dark very quick, with a moon glowing through the misty evening.  The mount of loot the kids brought home was huge!

The kids are already planning for next year.