Friday, July 15, 2011

glorious northwest

 i am entirely and absolutely in the pacific north west, and it is amazing. 
this is catherine and bill's garden, a place of wonder, comfort, and healing.
i have been fed food fit for a queen
 this amazing salad tasted even better than it looks, 
served along with one of the two very different carrot soups catherine is trying just now, 
a result of an anticipated large carrot harvest.
looking up here is so different than home!
these are trillium, of course
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last night i gave my talk for the book arts guild in seattle, with a wonderful, very educated group who asked amazing questions. i met too many people to mention here, except for my supper mates, kate and sandra. this was my first attempt to work with a computer and give a talk. all the technology (thank you aimee, kate, and tech guy) worked beautifully.
i spoke without too much tension, and this group asked dozens of good questions. i felt so welcomed, and wished i could have brought more paper to pass around to touch and smell, and listen to.
 catherine took me to eat delicious fish tacos in olympia, 
before going to the amazing and HUGE seattle.
 i spent some time (an hour limit!) and money in a wonderful place. 
where the women there know their fiber.
 catherine fell in love with this tea cozy and i volunteered hannah (!!!!!) to knit it.
it was cute, and catherine has pattern, yarn, and wool. get ready, sweetie!
it was tough to limit purchases.
because
it was
beautifully stocked.
more to come!




16 comments:

Valerianna said...

Cool journey - GREAT looking salad!

PS I really like my word verification word... "nyllygo"... seems like something one does willy nilly!

onesmallstitch said...

looks like you are in good hands. have fun.

Gardener in the Distance said...

Wish I'd been there, eaten the salad and bought a tea cosy, Velma...

maryharding said...

What a wonderful trip and experience. Thanks for sharing the photos.Loved seeing you at Mare's Art Fest!!

iNd!@nA said...

a good place to be

Velma said...

limited access, but lovely to read these comments. the salad, she was go-ooood!

ronnie said...

phworrr! living vicariously right now (just wish that fibre and that salad would pass through the interweb!)

Lynn said...

That salad!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

My studio is very near where you are....enjoy the cool northwest. Wish we had some sun for you....more rain.

aimee said...

i knew it would be fabulous! all of it. so glad the tech worked. and your green shirt! i love that one.

Velma said...

this is just an amazing trip. i didn't realize it would be like this here, this particular kind of beauty, these kinder people, these GARDENS!

Jeannie said...

Weaving Works is my favorite stop when I venture over to see family. Now, if you step over the Cascades, you will be in my neighborhood in the desert. The opposite of Seattle green is the desert beige. I miss the green.

Barry said...

V- I am very happy for you on so many fronts - great food and friends, successful presentation, the beauty of nature and of course places to buy goodies and gain inspiration. Enjoy. B

Fiona Dempster said...

Velma - it feels like a super rich meal looking at all these images and imagining the gorgeousness and vitality of it all. How wonderful! I hope the rest of the trip continues to inspire and nurture you.

Deb G said...

Glad you are enjoying this corner of the world (where I live). It's been several years since I've been there but when I lived in Seattle Weaving Works was one of my favorite places to go. Hope the rest of your trip is as wonderful!

Velma said...

thanks everyone! i'm still marveling!

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