Our Quick Trip Home

I’m back at the Condo in Southern California after a quick weekend to my home in Seattle. I’m sharing some photos of my walks around the yard while I was there and a couple from my typical outings when I’m home in Washington.


The Planters are filling in. The Azaleas are at the end of their pretty blooms. The Camellias are at an in-between stage. I chopped off their tops so I hope I didn’t kill them. We’ll see. My two lavender plants are getting ready to show off. They sure smelled good when I was weeding around them.


Azaleas, Lavender, I can’t tell you what the center plant is *but two of my lovely commenters say Corral Bells, yippee, and my Lenten Rose that has gotten quite hardy!


Rosemary, pears, ferns, hydrangea, little blueberry buds, wild rose, stuff in pots, my pear tree, and another photo of my blueberry bush.


The wonderful Washington State Flower the Rhododendron. I have 4 bushes that are in the need of some serious pruning to make them even hardier than they are. Just so you all know, everything I’ve shown you grows by the Grace of God. I do not want to pretend that I’m a gardener. I truly appreciate gardeners and praise God each year when these plants bloom again despite my neglect.


While I was home I had a quick walk with my Washington Walking buddies, Jody and Jan. The Burke Gilman trail is amazing in the Springtime.


Lilac bush/tree along the trail. Lilacs bloom everywhere here. I’d love a lilac tree in my yard.


Before we headed to the airport to fly back to California on Monday, I made a quick trip to my favorite thrift store in Washington State, Goodwill, not to be mistaken for California Goodwill’s. I found this pretty hand painted tea pot and creamer from Japan. (no sugar bowl to match)


But I picked up this cute little glass sugar bowl to compensate!

Greeting and Farewell ~ Quote from Anne of the Island  by L.M. Montgomery

“Anne dressed in the cheerless grey dawn, for an early start was necessary to catch the boat train; she struggled against the tears that would well up in her eyes in spite of herself. She was leaving the home that was so dear to her, and something told her that she was leaving it for ever, save as a holiday refuge. Things would never be the same again; coming back for vacations would not be living there. And oh, how dear and beloved everything was – that little white porch room, sacred to the dreams of girlhood, the old Snow Queen at the window, the brook in the hollow, the Dryad’s Bubble, the Haunted Wood, and Lovers’ Lane – all the thousand and one dear spots where memories of the old years bided. Could she ever be really happy anywhere else?”

Well just so y’all know I’m not quite as sentimental as Anne is. I can be happy somewhere else and I do think that I will return to this home sometime in the future but there’s always a little sadness when I arrive home and then when I have to leave again. And until I can return “my heart will keep on singing” and I will choose to find joy each day I’m away.

I’ll be posting more photos from the Japanese Gardens we visited tomorrow. In the meantime I hope you find joy today.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and they have blacked them all out. I’m slowly working at restoring my posts without their help. Such a tiresome bother!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

13 thoughts on “Our Quick Trip Home

  1. Ellen your collages are all just so pretty. I find this time of year so lush and so green and gorgeous. The rain is a bit wearisome at times but the color more than compensates.
    It is quite remarkable that you can enjoy two completely different climates back and forth. .

  2. Your yard is looking lovely. It would be hard to leave…do you have someone staying at the house?
    I believe the center plant with the pink blooms are Corral Bells. I love them too. It is an old fashioned plant and flower.
    It is especially nice that you can enjoy two places and find the same joy wherever you go!!
    Nice tea pot. Tell us the difference between Goodwill in CA and WA.

  3. Wow, you did a lot in a short time! …..and took photo’s everywhere I imagine. The Rhododendron are amazing. Sacramento is like the sahara compared to Seattle! Love, love the lilac, and all the lushness of everything.

    Welcome back to California.

  4. Ellen – I’m not green fingered but it is Corral Bells. I’ve just checked my new little patch as I planted a tiny one last week. (I was able to check the label!!)

    Your plants look lovely!

  5. We have blueberry bushes too. It is always a race with the birds to see which family receives more. You have a gorgeous yard. I’m no green thumb at all. If it’s growing around here, it’s solely due to Husband’s talent. Unless it’s in the fridge, and then I have to claim it.

  6. We live in the Saraha compared to the Seattle area. I love Rhododendron, wish I could grow it here.
    I’m having trouble posting comments to other wordpress folks. This is a test.

  7. You must be pleasing God very well, to have such a lovely yard by his grace. How blessed you must feel when you get to breathe the deep scents of such pretty plants.

  8. Wow – Ellen! If you “neglect” your garden and have blooms that gorgeous, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see you have a hanging garden if you are a serious gardener. Hahaha… just teasing. I love ALL your flowers – they are simply so colorful and gorgeous! Praise the Lord for those colors!!

    Yes, I can sense through your different posts that you are a joyful person! What a testimony!!! Indeed, the joy of the Lord is our strength!

    Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

  9. Hi Ellen,

    My week has been RUSHED!!! Thanks for asking. I was actually sick last week, so I ended up not doing much at all. Right now, I am playing a huge catch-up game to get the quilt completed by mid this month! 😦

    But I am well now, and am working as hard as I can! 🙂

  10. OH how wonderful to have gardens whose gardener is the Lord. Of course He causes things to grow in my yard but, without a sprinkler system everything suffers.
    Yours is truly a beauty! Think happy thoughts and remind yourself to be content in whatever state you’re in 🙂 I would be a little sad too! I love your new tea pot.

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