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Visiting Virginia – Delta – British Columbia – Canada

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You have heard Tin Man speak of his love many times…….

Virginia of Bel’ Occhio’s Blog

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When Tin Man started his blog one of his first followers was Virginia…a friendship blossomed….

In the Spring of 2014 Tin Man rode a train across the entire country of Canada and ended the journey by spending the day with Virginia and the Good Husband…

You can read about that trip HERE  

This time The Tin Man was able to spend three delicious days with Virginia and The Good Husband..

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Virginia’s home is Paris….

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We had a delightful time on the front patio, surrounded by beautiful flowers…….

sipping bubbly, noshing and waving to the neighbors as they drove by…..

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Then one day ………off to the beach we went…..

but first …..the red lipstick from Theadora of Paris: People, Places and Bling…to match the cute red handbag also from Theadora….

Our Theadora, as she has become to known, lives in Paris and is another blogger who has become part of the family…

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Off to a friend’s home for an evening party….

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Magic and Delight abound when one is in the presence of Virginia….

Of course……..culinary delights abound…..Aromatic, Marvelous Chicken Curry…..Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce…..Cheese Puffs…..oh swoon….

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Of course these delights are picked fresh from the garden………

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The Back Porch is the perfect place to take an afternoon nap or enjoy a good book….

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A pleasant evening of companionship and conversation….

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The Good Husband builds model Ships….intricate and amazing work….

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Forever the beautiful ambiance and culinary delights….

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Three Days of Pure Delight….Tin Man rested in the lap of Buddha receiving blessings for the journey home…

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Pike Place Market – Seattle – Washington

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………and so the journey began…off to the Emerald City

It had been years since the Tin Man had ventured to one of his favorite cities, The Emerald City : Seattle

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 We found a most interesting hotel……The Arctic Club…

The site of the Arctic building was originally owned by Joseph R. Lewis, the Chief Justice of Washington Territory and a direct descendant of George Washington‘s sister Betty.

The home he built on the site in 1875 was considered one of the finest in Seattle at the time. The house was replaced in 1892 by the three-story, brick Seattle Theatre, designed by the firm of Saunders and Lawton.

The newly formed Rainier Club occupied the office portion of the building until it and the theater were replaced by the Arctic Club Building in 1916.

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The Arctic Club was formed in 1908 by successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush.

The existing Alaska Club was merged that year into the Arctic Club. In Seattle, it was a fraternal men’s club for businessmen with Gold Rush or Alaska connections.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely welcoming Cheese and Fruit Tray….perfect after a long day of travel…

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The Accommodations were very masculine and warm…the hotel had an old world charm.

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Canada 015The Northern Lights Room is over 100 years old and features a domed, stained glass ceiling that uses natural light to showcase the beautiful stained glass …

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A nice walk along the waterfront to Pike Place Market..

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YAY…….arrived at Pike Place Market…….

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It has been a while since Tin Man visited and he was quite disappointed to see that the market and his favorite surrounding fooderies have become so commercialized….the hometown feel is gone…..but it was nice remembering the good ole days….

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An old time favorite….used to be called the Russian Bakery now……Piroshky, Piroshky…

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A long line with que out in the street……this once unknown now a tourist destination…the fare much smaller and not as delightful…

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Oh well……….it was still fun……..and then the Turkish Delight Shoppe……oh…closed today….oh well…

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Even the Emerald City has changed…….time to sit for some Gelato….

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Back to The Arctic Club to Club Juno for a nice dinner and some chardonnay…. 

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All though things have changed and Tin Man missed the simpler times, it was a lovely visit

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Mille Fiori – Chihuly Exhibit – Seattle – Washington

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While trekking through the Emerald City, Seattle, Washington, we decided to visit the Mille Fiori Exhibit by Chihuly. Mille Fiori, Italian for a thousand flowers, is an exhibit in which Chiluly assembles gardens of glass that include many of his series of works. First exhibited in 2003 at the Tacoma Art Museum, the techniques used to create the Fiori rely less on tools and more on the use of fire, gravity and centrifugal force. The artist has said that memories of his mother’s garden serve as inspiration for these “gardens of glass.”

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Upon arriving at the Exhibit Entrance, neatly tucked under the Space Needle….

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….. one is greeted by delightful flowers…

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……taking its cues from the light and architecture of the museum’s largest gallery designed by acclaimed architect Antoine Predock. Like the large, sculptural work Chihuly has installed throughout the world, this work is specific to the building and far different from all previous work.

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A Beautiful and Restful Café allows guest to relax in the shade while enjoying the beauty that surrounds them…

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Then the Magnificent Exhibit within the Hall itself………..stunning ……..

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Simply AMAZING…….and DELIGHTFUL….

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Somewhere………….over the Rainbow…. 

Strange Superstitions about Death

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It’s Death again – He’s always there –

Watching, waiting – e’er the stare!

Every time I look behind

Or reach to pull the window blind,

I catch a glimpse of grubby hood –

A little clue to where he stood;

The glint of light that caught the scythe.

Perhaps if I could pay a tithe….

But O! no use, he’ll never go.

The adamant phantom; don’t you know

He will but wait until it’s time

For me to hear His fateful chime?-

The toll that claims my destiny,

To Hail: ‘You’re next, it has to be…’

Mark R. Slaughter – 2009

Want to read about the Moden Day Grim Reaper ……… check out this wonderful post by FASAB…..CLICK HERE

We can’t help it…………..we are intrigued……..there is fear in our hearts………

…..so through the generations we have created all sorts of superstitions about Death…

I thought it would be fun to look behind the satin curtain of the funerary and see what lies in the shadows……

A bird in the house is a sign of death. 

Light candles on the night after November first. One for each deceased relative.

They should be placed in the window in the room where the death occurred.

Should you ever be driving by this house on the aforementioned night, I suggest you not stop……..looks unlucky!

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family!

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him…..

Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next!!!

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to Heaven. 

A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to Heaven…

because the gates to heaven are left unlocked and open at that time…..

……guess these are St. Peter’s paid Holidays!!???!!

The lady in the picture below did not hit on either Good Friday or Christmas Eve…….

…as Shirley McLain would say……”Better Luck next time!”

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died..

It is bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege (even if the funeral is in poor taste!)

If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave…

if the person as evil, weeds will grow…. (here is the sign I had made to put next to my grave!)

If a mirror in the house falls and breaks, by itself, someone in the house will soon die…….

 

A White Moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death..

If 13 people gather at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over…

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house…

 Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven…

….all windows should be opened at the moment of death, so that the soul can leave…

………..hope you enjoyed some of these strange and morbid tidbits……..

This post is dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins;

who inspired all sorts of wild imagings in the twisted metal mind of the young Tin Man….(would that be Tin Boy??!!?!)

More about the Master, Jonathan Frid,  CLICK HERE

 

Spring Forward……….at my age?!!?

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Spring Forward…………daylight savings time…….more sunlight in the evenings to drink wine on the deck, that’s what I say! Those poor souls in Arizona don’t know what they are missing! Even though it is always an adjustmentnt for me to let this one hour lapse from my life and try to change my circadian rhythm to mirror an artificially imposed rule, I do enjoy more sunlight, especially since I work in a place with no windows (who thought that was a good idea anyways??!!!?). Daylight savings time is not a new notion and was first discussed by Benjamin Franklin and first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895. To me it means that Spring is exerting her power to once again posses us.  I must say, the Tin Man does feel the need for some oil on the joints after the dark, damp winter! 

Something is squeeking as I walk up the hills!

I have wandered about the yard (10 acres of it) today and tried to capture some of the beauty that I now get to enjoy with my extra hour of sunlight. While enjoying the photos (at least I hope you do!), please reflect on these wonderful quotes:

“I enjoy spring more than autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older”

Virginia Woolf. Jacob’s Room

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Margaret Atwood

“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”

H.L. Mencken

and to follow that…………

“At my age flowers scare me.”

George Burns

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Snapdragons
Marigolds…………the Natural Pesticide
Beautiful Four Nerve Daisies
Red Bud Tree at a Distance
Peach Tree promises a Big Harvest…unless the squirrels get them again!
Mountain Laurel …….. Love the Grape Cluster Flowers
Lone Survivor from Last Year’s Drought
…..just love this color combination
Orchids Abound
The ever beautiful Larkspur
Iris in Full Bloom……original rhizomes from my Great-Great Grandmother
Pear Tree is FULL of Baby Pears
Borage for the Bees
Agave Plant………Let’s Make Some Tequila

Napping in the Sun

Bountiful Harvest – The Garden in February

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We garden year round and have had the most severe drought last Summer with over a month of temperatures over 100 degrees and absolutely no rain.  The National Weather Service considered our area in a CRITICAL drought!  Our poor garden was frying.  The vegetables actually cooked right on the bushes.  Elmer watches over the garden and worked and worked to keep it alive, along with his helpers! 

 

 Well his efforts paid off we are still eating the wonderful squash, onions and sweet potatoes from last year’s harvest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we are enjoying fresh brocoli, cauliflower, fennel, kale, asparagus and lots of wonderful German lettuce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The flowers are all a bloom! Even the Redbud trees are budding…….a sure sign of Spring…….in February! I fear a big freeze will come and slap all these optimistic plants upside the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chili Pequin continues to bear fruit all through this winter! He is determined to out live any frost, drought or wimpy gringo!

……and of course, the Lady Rosemary continues to flourish under any circumstance….

The Borage is full of bees. We always keep this wonderful, watermelon flavored herb all over the garden for the pleasure of our wonderful bees, who keep our earth alive.