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A Whirlwind in Seattle

It’s been such a whirlwind since we arrived in Seattle that blogging has taken a backseat, but let me try to bring you up to date.  You already know about our garden from other postings, so you know that whenever we have a chance we are either haunting the garden stores (of which the area has an amazing number and variety) or tending our veggies in the backyard.  In addition to the gardening we’ve done a bit of sailing, Mike has kept his professional work going, I have gotten the household up and running, and we’ve renewed ties with some darling people.

Our cousins from Canada have just departed after a lovely six-day visit, which unfortunately coincided with a heat wave that made their upstairs bedroom here a bit of an oven on some nights.  They were darling guests and gamely carried on in spite of the unseasonable heat.  We visited the Pike Place Market of course, attended the Fourth of July fireworks in Bellevue, had a joyous and interesting sail around Bainbridge Island on Bella Luna, shopped the bookstores, and enjoyed casual dinners out and at home.  They and we were amazed by the amount of traffic on the streets here at certain hours, as well as by the crowds lined up at restaurants.  We’d have loved to go to Ray’s Boathouse at Shilshole but abandoned that idea when we cased the place twice and discovered the parking lot jammed both times.

In a way that I can’t explain,  Seattle seems quiet and sterile to me when we first arrive, in contrast to the bustle of small-town life in Mariposa.  I miss our friends there, and the cluttered old house on Bullion Street, and the weekly routine.  But then the magic of being here kicks in– the water, the mountains, the garden, boats, bookshops, and family ties.  Besides the visit from the beloved Canadian cousins, we’ve been in touch by phone or in person with other dears as well.  We spoke by phone to Mike’s parents in England and also made contact with a brother and sister-in-law, nieces, a nephew, a Seattle cousin, and even a former sister-in-law.  To top it off, one evening we had a phone call from an in-law of Mike’s, a delightful woman who lives in Selma, California.  And I’ve resumed my cherished weekly get-togethers at Borracchini’s Bakery (more about that another time).

After the Canadian cousins left, the weather cooled so much that we had to close all the windows to try to retain some heat.  It was too cold to eat outside and almost too cold to work in the garden.  I noticed the front path was damp from a few spots of rain.  Strong winds came in and whipped the trees.

Welcome as it was, this natural air-conditioning would have been a godsend had it arrived a few days earlier, to cool our cousins at night as they valiantly made do upstairs with a fan and a slight cross-breeze.

We only hope the adventures of their whirlwind visit made up for the heat and left them with pleasant memories of magical Seattle.

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  1. July 8th, 2009 at 14:50 | #1

    Dear M&M!

    Absolutely loved your update today about Seattle and cousins visiting and yall connecting up with family and friends the way you are doing while settling in with your vege gardens and travel plans!

    Your NOMAD site is perfect for your intriguing “wanderings”! Clever! Knowing Mike, I’m sure he had something to do with this double-meaning of Nobody’s Mad and nomad, since you are reporting from various life locations!

    Your blog is so very well-written, making me feel like I was right there too – – feeling the heat, enjoying the cool, meeting the cousins, sailing and bookshopping!

    Keep us posted!

  2. John Hartley
    July 20th, 2009 at 03:56 | #2

    Margs Canadian cousins had a really nice time in Seattle, and yes, we were astounded by the amount of traffic.
    We certainly did not mind the heat as we, up to the first of July, had a very cool, abnormal spring. We left home on June 20 and, until our visit in Seattle, we had rain and cool weather in all the places we visited.
    We enjoyed the sailing adventure as we are land locked and don’t often have an ocean experience of any sort. We discovered that sailing isn’t really our preferenceand as I expressed to Mike, I’d prefer twin diesels and a throttle; not exactly ecologically correct eh! Sailing is too much work and we are just naturally lazy.
    The hospitality and spoiling that Marg and Mike gave us we are still missing and we hope that they can find the time to spend a week or more with us sometime in the next year. We are in close proximity to Jasper and Banff National Parks and have a summer cabin in the rocky mountain trench.
    Marg is an absolute favourite cousin and we love her dearly.

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