A birthday is a good excuse for a little weekend getaway. I've decided to invite you along on mine (Wendy's) to the northwest corner of Washington state. After a couple of other stops—a little shopping, a big coffee—we arrived in La Conner in time for lunch. This is the main shopping street in this charming waterside town.
We had a delightful and yummy lunch at Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery. Then I wandered through the shops while my husband watched the skies for fighter planes jetting over from a nearby military base. I missed seeing those because I was busy seeing things like this:
Cute touches and creative ideas are everywhere. Who would have thought to use old spoons and tin cans like this? Clever, right?
One of the things I love best about La Conner is that it's right on an inlet from the ocean.
Sometimes the simplest things are so beautiful, like flowerpots hanging on a picket fence. Just look at those ranunculus!
Tides, gulls, boats...what's not to love?
Next stop, Oak Harbor where I discovered this gorgeous paper arts store called Collage.
They had the most imaginative displays for their wares.
It's hard not to want to buy one of everything...or two...or three. Yes, time to move on. But not before I show you these ribbons. Don't they just make you gasp?
After spending the night in Oak Harbor we headed down Whidbey Island (What? I didn't mention that we were on an island?) to the sweet little historic town of Coupeville.
The weather had turned cloudy and drizzly but it was still fun to poke around in the shops, like this one called Aqua. Isn't that the most perfect name for a shop that backs right on the water?
It's not often you get to see Helibores in bloom but our timing must have been perfect because they showed up in pots and flowerbeds all over the place. Just look at this delicate colour. It's like someone painted them with a watercolour wash.
(By the way, I'm Canadian and Suzanne is American so here we sometimes use different spellings. The more, the merrier, I think. Diversity makes life more interesting.)
More tempting shops. Of course, I had to go in and have a look.
One more view of Coupeville from the pier and then it's time to head home. I have a date with my husband and daughter to attend the symphony in the evening.
Even on a grey day, the view from the Deception Pass bridge is spectacular.
Where will we be off to next? You'll have to check in and see.
For my birthday gift this year, my sister treated me to a day at the opera. It began with a drive to Vancouver, which for us takes about an hour and a half. Weather: unusually warm and sunny. The leaves are not out on the trees yet but the blossoms are.
These two little guys waited patiently on the sidewalk while their significant human picked up a coffee.
Before the opera, which was a matinee, we went for brunch at the Homer St. Cafe and Bar.
My daughter joined us for a late brunch of mimosas and baked maple/chicken/bacon/poached egg followed by chocolate pudding and coffee.
Now they will let us in the door because we have the tickets. We picked them up at the box office. My sister had written the reference number on the corner of a page from a farm magazine. Not surprising from the owner of The Farm House Natural Cheeses.
The theatre was packed for Die Fledermaus, which is a comedy. The company adlibbed and even had some speaking parts.
Of course, no photos during the performance. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. I suspect this policy was conceived to prevent interruptions in the way of murdering the person whose phone starts to ring during the aria.
The entire cast after the performance. The sign above the stage reads: Go ahead. Take a picture. Share@vancouveropera #DieFledermaus. Consider it done. It was a fun performance with great Strauss music, beautiful costumes, and soaring voices.
We finished the day with a visit to my new favourite little squeeze, granddaughter Zoë—and her sweet parents, of course.
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