Thursday, June 26, 2014

One year in the Northwest

A weird thing happened when I looked at my calendar earlier this week - I realised that today marks a whole year since we traded in L.A. for Seattle. I could probably continue at this point with half a dozen clich├ęs about time flying, but I'll spare you. Instead, I'll bore you with a bunch of visuals. My photos tend to be better than my words anyway.

I've had several half-baked posts sitting in my draft box over the last couple of months, so I've decided to hell with it, and rolled them all into this one. Snipped away the few words there were, and am letting the images do the talking. You'll just have to believe me when I say this post is actually two months in the making. There are times when I'd rather bake banana bread than sit down and blog, you know? Or figure out the best way to make banana pudding (which I've become obsessed with). Or simply eat donuts (something I do love about Seattle).

Essentially, I'm making the most of getting outside as the days become a little drier and warmer. The long daylight hours are divine - something I loved about living in the UK too - and given that I'm typically at work four evenings a week, those other three evenings are not guaranteed to be sunny and dry. When they are, I drag everyone down to one of the lakeside picnic spots, so that I can enjoy a sunset. Not a swim though. No. That lake water is still far too cold for a wimp like myself.

We've been discovering new places to wander - both local, and a little further out. Been visiting favourite touristy spots again, and doing our best to shake the pallor of winter off ourselves. School finished up last week, so I'm finding myself now a little more time-poor... but the mini sleep-ins are making up for it. Swimming lessons are the only thing that have us rushing out the door this month, but July - when my parents visit - is going to be packed full.

Anyhow, there it is. A whole year in Seattle, and we've still got a lot of discovering to do. I have a lot of affection for the Pacific Northwest and all its clean air, good coffee and amazing food, but I need to work on making peace with its winters before I start feeling like one of the locals. I have a way to go, I suspect.

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7 comments:

  1. Oh Mad, I can't believe it's a year that you've been in Seattle. Gosh that's gone by quickly - from this end at least. Your photos as always are breathtaking. You should publish an book with your stunning work. "Through the lens of an Aussie in LA" and "Through the lens of an Aussie in Seattle." There you go, I've done the hard work of giving your books a title... Can't wait to see them published! :)

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    1. You flatter me, Rach! I have a long way to go, I'm sure, before any publishers would consider my stuff ;) (but thank you x)

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  2. Gah you've made me so homesick! You're pictures are just gorgeous, I second the book idea!

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    1. Thanks Amy - that's really sweet of you.

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  3. Such beautiful pictures - I can't believe F is reading Harry Potter already. I thought it was called something else in the states though (Sorcerer's Stone?). I went to the Harry Potter store in NY in 2001 and the girl asked where we were from. I said "England" and she said: "Oh my god - you have Harry Potter over there in England!!??" Facepalm.

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    1. Apparently, I suck at replying here via my phone. So sorry! It's below. Also? Massive eye rolls for the girl in NY. I mean, really....

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  4. Yep! It's The Sorcerer's Stone here, and purist that I am, made my brother bring a copy of The Philosopher's Stone when he visited us in winter. I simply refused to read the other title to F at the time - it felt too wrong, having read the proper one all those years ago in London ;). Anyway, she loved it when we read it, she then saw the movie, and has recently made big leaps with her reading so is now reading it by herself. Makes me so happy to see xxx

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