Google Doodle here in America heralded the 22 September as the first day of Fall – Autumnal Equinox. Almost overnight nature has gone through our neighborhood highlighting with dabs of yellow and red, and pumpkins are everywhere! The winds have arrived, the nights are longer, and people are wearing another layer.
Gone – well almost – are the late night, early morning weekend revelers who tend to talk extra loudly at each other as they walk home past our apartment at 2am in the morning. Maybe the cooler weather has gotten them taxing home after their night out? Summer in Bellevue 2016 is over for sure, incidentally coinciding with our departure next week too.
Another drive down to Portland on Saturday to meet with a very special friend who was over from New Zealand for the World Parkinson Congress, was a great opportunity to visit the beautiful Portland Japanese Gardens. The perfect place to wander through while catching up – although to be fair not big enough to catch up on ALL our news. We would have needed several days and many acres of Japanese Gardens for that to have happened. If you like books and happen to be in Portland then a visit to Powell’s City of Books, which is big enough to warrant a map, is a must! Full of used and new books it has 9 color coded rooms over several floors. Once again I found the most beautiful book full of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings …….. I’m happy!
We walked through the Botanical Gardens in Bellevue early on Sunday morning. We knew we must have been the first to walk the gravel path which meanders through the hilly gardens, by the number of squirrels and wee frogs that scampered and leapt away as we approached …. and the never ending stream of spider’s webs we walked through! The Dahlia’s were delightful! The photo’s were taken on my cellphone and although it takes great pictures, they could have been better had the sun been out. Must say though, the wee green surprise found in one dahlia was a bonus!