Berries, Crows, and Graveyards at Friday Harbor


We spent a week at Friday Harbor, WA with my Piano Man’s parents. You saw a few pictures of things around the yard in my “Sage Exult” post. The Little Princess, my Piano Man and I enjoyed many adventures, and ate all of grandma’s and grandpa’s yummy food ;-)

On the way to the house from airport, the Little Princess slept while I listened to a book…

Then my Piano Man joined the sleeping fun while I took pictures and giggled…

The Little Princess stood on water while we waited for the ferry (okay, on a pole in the water) but doesn’t she look cute? And look at that crow (it made me think of Stacy)…

Grandma was ready to receive the Little Princess in her arms while we visited Roche Harbor, but the wee one changed her mind and threw the frog, instead…

Grandpa taught his granddaughter about watercolors. Then they created together…

I managed a bit of photographic self-decapitation while at South Beach...

We built an unconquerable fort of driftwood…

... and got in it ;-)

My Piano Man and I visited several graveyards (will share more on those trips soon)

We looked and thought about the ones who laughed and loved long ago…

 The Little Princess, my Piano Man and his Witch flew through clouds that resembled icy caps. If you look towards the top right corner, you’ll see a bit of Nature’s magic (The tip of Mount Rainier) 

Oh, and I ate more blackberries than any witchy being ever should. I’m pretty sure I ingested some bugs, too. (See what’s crawling on top of the biggest berry?)

I love Friday Harbor, and not just because of my views on The Heart, Soul and Center of Practical Magic, but because I enjoy the berries, lavender farms, and love spending time with three generations. Nothing sweeter than to be surrounded by ancient memories while building some new ones ;-)

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  1. Looks like you had a wonderful time. When I was a kid my mother use to hand me a bowl and tell me not to come back till it was filled. For good measure she handed another bowl to my friend who always came along for the pickings. I think I ate more than I brought home. They certainly were never washed first and I'm sure I ate more bugs than was wise. But hey, I lived to tell about it. ;)

    You have a very lovely family. :) Little princess certainly fits her perfectly.

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    1. A little bug (or 10) never hurt anyone. Unless it was poisonous, I guess lol At one point, I went for a walk by myself, and my Piano Man's mother was giving me a basket. I didn't even try to pretend. I told her I intended to eat everything ;-)

      We are a lucky bunch ;-)

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  2. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful time! Those berries look delicious, and what's a little bug with your berries anyway, just added protein, right? ;-)

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    1. Lively protein, that's what I say.

      We did have a blast.

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  3. Aw, you were out on my coast! :D Looks like an absolutely lovely trip.

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    1. I was, wasn't I? Next time, I'll send you some smoke signals ;-)

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  4. So many great pictures filled with happiness and memories! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Happiness is always yummier when shared, so I will do it often. Glad you liked it ;-)

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  5. What a wonderful post! Great pictures! I can't wait to read the next part.

    Also...this line: "Nothing sweeter than to be surrounded by ancient memories while building some new ones," was amazing.

    <3

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    1. I'm almost jumping around wishing October would get here already, so that I can share some graveyard shots and history.

      I'm happy you liked the line, for it is true. One of the best moments are when we get to see grandparents and their grandkids doing something together ;-)

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  6. Loved this post. As usual I laughed (photoraphic self decapitation) and learned somethings. That graveyard looked very unusual to me. Not like anything I've seen here. I'm quite anxious to read your upcoming posts about them. And yes the little princess is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Maybe the graveyard looks unusual because it is old and it was so bright out? It was lovely and peaceful. Some of the graves are very old. And I can't wait to share pictures of what the living where leaving for their dead.

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  7. What a beautiful post, Magaly! Love, and Togetherness seeped from my computer screen as each one of your lovely images appeared on the monitor. Grandpa teaching Granddaughter about Watercolours really touched my heart. What a fortunate Little Princess! That graveyard is beautiful, and looks like it has such history ensconced within it. I wonder what is the earliest date on the stones. Looking forward to those posts. Thank you for sharing your family with us!

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    1. It is always special to see them together. I did a little spying while they played baseball and catching games. There is beauty and many laughs when a couple of 80+ year olds play with a six-year-old competitive child.

      I think the oldest one I saw was from the mid 1800s, but we'll look at the pictures together ;-)

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  8. Sounds like a wonder holiday and getaway! And that first photo of you and the Little Princess is so sweet -- a real keeper!

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    1. It's a long trip, but totally worth the time. And I think we got a lot of keeper photos this trip. My Piano Man and I were just talking about how we should print some of them ;-)

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  9. How wonderful and magickal. And what a blessing for all. Oma Linda

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    1. It was indeed. We had so much fun that the time past way too fast. We were supposed to go to the place when the Sally Owens(Practical Magic) has her shop, but we ran out of time. Maybe next year...

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  10. Lovely! 'Photographic self-decapitation', huh? Rough being a shorty, isn't it? ;)

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    1. Shorties have all the fun. We get to create chaos and they tall ones don't see it coming ;-)

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  11. Time well spent with the ones you love....sounds like a wonderful time! Top that off with wild blackberries and Graveyard strolls....and it is truly a time to savor :)

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    1. And grandma's lasagna and grandpa's pesto chicken, and yep, tasty lol

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  12. Great fun! Bugs? Yum! And really love that driftwood fort!

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    1. Crunch, crunch, crunch!

      Oh, South Beach is driftwood magnifique. I wish we lived closer, I would probably try to learn wood carving ;-)

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  13. Aww Magaly,
    It looks like you and your family had a wonderful trip.
    The pictures did bring a smile to my dial :o)
    Looks like you have a budding artist in the family with your little princess!!
    Can't wait for your posts on the graveyards (I find them peaceful too - and very interesting!!)
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yay! It's so excited to read you, Darkwench. I must stop by your cyber home to see what you've been up to.

      Yes, the Little Princess is quite the artist. When you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she says, "An artist" lol

      I can't wait to share the graveyards, too ;-)

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  14. oh i LOVE the 'weathered and worn' FORT!!!!! how did ALL that wood/driftwood...end up on the beach there?? waves just brought it all to the shores, from out at sea?? wow!

    looks like a great time...happy times with family.
    i have a bad habit of decapitating myself in (rare) self portraits too.

    during blackberry season, a couple of months ago...if you could OD from them...i would have!

    welcome home. it's nice to get away...to BE away...but it's always nicer to be back home, huh? aaaaah. the catching up on everything's the tough part!

    take it easy....
    =)

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    1. You know, I'm very ashamed to tell you that I don't know the history of South Beach, but I will ask my Piano Man's parents. I know I can Google it, but I rather hear it from them, for it will be much more enjoyable. The place is full of driftwood. It's lovely.

      I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a blackberry problem lol

      And yes on the tough part, I'm still catching up ;-)

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  15. What a fun trip! You guys are my kind of family. Finding adventure anywhere, and WA - what a gorgeous place to visit. I think I'd love to live there.

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    1. You are not the only one who wishes she could live there. I'm not even that fond of cool/cold weather, but with the history of the place, the quietness (the blackberries lol) I would compromise and be totally happy.

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  16. What a wonderful visit had by all! Great pics
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. Glad you liked the pics. We had a great time, and I had a blast taking the photos. I have a few others, which I'll share eventually. There is one of my Piano Man helping his father to walk on logs that touched my heart in all kinds of ways. I think you'll like it, too ;-)

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  17. What a great trip! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. And the weather was lovely for you too.

    Can't wait for the graveyard posts!

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    1. The time went be so fast. We were there and then we were on the way back. It was that fun.

      I'm all excited about the graveyards, too!

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  18. What a fantastic trip Magaly! I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures ;o) I felt so much happiness ;o) Thanks for my crow ;o) LOL! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I was thinking about you while I was looking at the Canada cost, too. And you know I will forever associate beautiful crows with you. It can't be helped lol

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  19. Magaly,

    What a truly magical trip with magical moments! Just what you deserve after all. :)

    Thanks for all the sweet comments you left on my blog -- so very much appreciated. Most of all, thanks for your friendship and support during the Magical Practice event last year. I am grateful for having sweet people like you in my life!

    Of course, I would love to welcome you back to my blog. Currently, I even have two giveaways -- details are on the sidebar of my blog. There's even another (and last) chance to win an Oktoberfest T-shirt.

    Sunny greetings from Munich and a big hug,
    Birgit

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    1. I like to think we do deserve it, so thanks for saying so ;-) It was a great time indeed, and I can hardly wait for next year.

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  20. Of course, I meant to write Practical Magic, but I guess Magical Practice is just as good! ;)

    Hugs,
    Birgit

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  21. Looks like you guys had great fun! Love all the photos. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award, you don't have to post about it, or you can do one of your huge award posts =]

    http://mooninacup.blogspot.com/2012/09/you-are-my-sunshine.html

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    1. Oh, but I will sport my award with pride. And yes, I will probably wait until I have a few *looks to the archive* I have five! Guess I will be posting soon. Thanks so much ;-)

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  22. After seeing the pictures, you had a wonderful time with your family. All the pictures are beautiful. Your little princess looks cute while standing on a pole in the water.

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    1. Thanks very much, Meryem (beautiful nama, by the way). We had a lot of fun, and the Little Princess was so well behaved (well, as well behaved as any intelligent and mischivious six-year-old). It was great ;-)

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  23. I'm playing a bit of catch up here in my Inbox and just ran across this delightful posting ~ looks like you had a wonderful time! What a gorgeous and amazing area to have visited!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. It was a sweet trip. I discovered a lot of things. And had so much fun, too. And overdosed on blackberries ;-)

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