Thursday, April 06, 2017

6~ Rain and Shine Portland

The room with a view... the earliest hours of the day spent in bed, watching the rain and wind move through the trees.

Time playing tricks on me... who is this young lady?

Another pretty bus stop, another pretty clematis scene.

Either dry and goofy looking, or soaked and... goofy looking. Somethings are unavoidable, but we have our humor to help us cope.

Same bus stop, but seriously? Who gets bus stops this gorgeous. Just a street in a city, in the Pacific Northwest. Pinch me.

We tried to capture every green blossom for Junior Master Gardening mentor, Karen S.... aka Mrs Snacky.

Another Poetry Post and another bright idea we are eager to implement back home at the Bird House.

A playhouse fence?? Yes, I am scanning our yard for a fence to replace with this far more whimsical theme.

Aprons. In windows. You know me, Portland. You know me so well.

Porque, bonita.

Red roses, for Bambi.

Did I post this mural, before? I find a lot about Alberta Arts worth repeating. Even three times, or more.

Oh, good. It's still there.

Did I mention we like the oatmeal brûlé?

How about the croissants? Did I mention the croissants?

How about the arts? Surely, I mentioned how much we like the arts in Alberta Arts?

Something new... finally on this fourth attempt, we timed it right to go into this shop, Rutabaga Retail.

It was worth the wait, and worth seeing their selection of local artist's work.

This came home with us. No surprise. Put a bird on it flavor comes home to the Bird House. It's meant to be, right?

Also meant to be, a drop in at Collage. Actually, we went to Division, and Alberta, for double the crafting fun.

And we are still walking... are you with us?

Ok... cool beans at Green Bean Books, because we got to look into the magic of the Fing-O-Matic!

Book store and maker magic mash-up!

Diorama and book magic.

Bunny magic.

So, after a while I just started raising my fist in the air, and dramatically declaring, "Portland, I regret that I have but one stomach to give to you!" Because, food. Really good, really beautiful, really tasty, healthful, appetizing, interesting, appealing food, everywhere. Honestly, our entire Potlandia travel itinerary was Walk and Eat. Repeat. And still there was only so much we could consume.

Next time, I will reserve a meal for the Bollywood Theater, because it looked amazing.


At least we could quench our thirst with mango lassi.

This deserves at least two more angles, to show all of it, but the sun was not cooperating. See? This is why I am already imagining the next visit, so I can try again to capture all of Portland, rain or shine.

Here is a place that deserves a second, and third visit... Hippo Hardware. A whole other bus ride and walk from Alberta Arts. A whole other world in retail! They have it all for the home improvement, thrifty-DIY-maker crowds.









And even after Alberta Arts, and Hippo Hardware, we were up and out, ready for another explore.


Ready for another Lebanese dinner, like we enjoyed the first night.

We came back to our nest with two pieces of baklava, and Maria turned our little dessert into a beautiful scene, making another day finish sweetly, completely.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

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