Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pike Place Farmers Market

We identified ourselves as Minnesotans to this man (whose name I didn't record and have since forgotten--forgive me!), and we talked about the the development of Honeycrisp and Sweet Tango Apples. He thanked us and the University of Minnesota and cooperative apple growers for giving the apple world these wonderful fruit!. 

Honeycrisp (Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp') is an apple cultivar (cultivated variety) developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities. Designated in 1974 with the MN 1711 test designation, patented in 1988, and released in 1991, the Honeycrisp, once slated to be discarded, has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw.[2] It has much larger cells than most apples, which rupture when bitten to fill the mouth with juice.[3] The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.[4]

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Seattle Waterfront

So much to see and enjoy on the waterfront!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Foggy but Beautiful Washington

We got a quick introduction to the weather we might expect as we wound our way through Washington state on our way to Seattle.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Snowy Montana

What a surprise to wake up to a snowy yet another barren, lonely landscape in Montana.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

North Dakota Scenery

Yes, along many miles of North Dakota by the train tracks were scenes of barrenness and isolation, but there was also a beauty of muted colors with occasional hills and,  much to my surprise,  an area of beautiful marshes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Msp to Sea

This is how it all began: a trip to Seattle from St. Paul!

 Because DH and I had not been on a train for several decades, we decided to take the Empire Builder. The staff on the train were remarkably friendly, effiicient and they worked incredibly hard for long hours. Our compartment looked great in the brochure, but in reality it is very teeny-tiny.  The couch makes up  into a bed and a bunk comes down from the ceiling.  Pretty cramped quarters.  It was "a fun" experience because of the passing scenery and the friendly passengers you meet on the train, but once was enough!

PS.  On the last day in Seattle, I lost the journal you see on the table in the compartment.  Sad!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall or Halloween

I think that this decorated house has a home owner that is more interested in celebrating autumn rather than Halloween.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Another weather vane!

Yesterday I walked around our neigborhood, trying to find more weather vanes.  There aren't many, but this one is atop a cupola on the roof of a garage three houses down from ours.  I've concluded that the vanes usually are on top detached garages of homes built probably between 1930-1950.  Of the three that I posted, which is your favorite?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Weather Vane

Looking Up is always a good idea.  While walking Wild Wendy yesterday afternoon, I spied this beautiful old weather vane so now I need to find more of these in the neighborhood.  I removed the one from the top of my garage years ago and have it affixed on the wall above my kitchen window.
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