Any who... Our first stop was Pike Place Market. If you are ever in Seattle you MUST visit this 106 year old farmer's market... the flowers alone are unbelievable and you wouldn't believe the prices! Where else can you get a ginormous bouquet for $15! Certainly not the florists and not even the grocery stores...
Since we arrived on the early side I was even able to snap a picture of the flower aisle... normally you can't get a picture, in fact normally you can barely move through the crowds of people perusing the goods for sale, think shoulder to shoulder here.
See? Hardly a soul around yet. You can get a good look at the age of this building just by checking out those pillars!
After getting my flower market photos, we'd be back to actually pick out some flowers, we headed down the aisle to a restaurant that's been here for 57 years (even their sign says so...). I'd seen/heard about Lowell's on the Food Network... (an old Rachel Ray travel show perhaps) and we were headed there for breakfast, if it's good enough for Rachel well it's good enough for me!
After ordering our breakfast we headed upstairs with our number to find a table with a view... and what a view this place has of the Seattle waterfront.
Before heading back to the car we went over to the park that is just outside the market. You can look south and see the new (opened last summer) HUGE ferris wheel on the waterfront. It's similar to the one I rode on in Niagara Falls. I hear this one takes you out over the water which is pretty amazing.
The road in front is the Alaska Way Viaduct... a bit of a political nightmare in Seattle and Washington as far as having this aging, elevated road replaced.
A zoom shot. Not sure why I love Ferris Wheels so much... especially since riding on one isn't my favorite thing with the "heights thing" and all.
The port area is in the background...
Looking west to northwest across Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound you can see the Olympic Mountains, I'm sure many of you thought those must be the expected clouds on our horizon but nope, it was a bright-blue-clear-sky kind of day. On a sunny day, Seattle and Western Washington are pretty amazing places... I guess that's why we put up will all those gray and sometimes wet days!
We then headed east and south along Lake Washington, at 22 miles long it is the second largest lake in the state.... Seattle is sort of smushed in between the Puget Sound on the west and Lake Washington on the right. Traveling "back up the other side" of the lake through Bellevue and north to a little town named Woodinville. Our destination? This fabulous nursery or garden center, Molbak's.
The buds start out like a typical rose... a very pale pink center surrounded by a creamy white...
And the scent? Yes, there is one... it's a traditional rose scent and very mild, yet somehow so fragrant at the same time ... just perfect to cut a few and bring indoors.
I also couldn't resist this little Delphinium... a paler lavender color than my existing ones.... and while we're here, isn't my little cement garden gnome aging well?
I was finally getting my knobs for my Craig's List cabinet that I redid back in February? March? I knew I'd be heading here eventually and didn't want to pay shipping for just 2 knobs so I've patiently waited. Fortunately they had a few, just 5 of the babies, in the store! I only needed 2 so all was good.
While my daughter was trying on some shirts, I headed over to another favorite at University Village, Ravenna Gardens. This quaint little garden store if full of fun little plants and inside the small shop are tons of gift items and garden items... Outside they have some of the cutest little buildings and sheds. Over the years they've been different styles and materials... a few years back they had a little building similar in size to this one but made from old, reclaimed windows and some fun galvanized metal roofing... Just like the one I'd like to someday have in my garden with a fun, comfortable little bench or glider. The perfect spot for a day of reading at home, don't you think?
You just can't head to University Village without a Trophy Cupcake... I had Strawberry Lemonade, it was delicious and I forgot to snap a picture. I even brought a chocolate with vanilla frosting home for Mr. Red Gate Farm.
And on such a beautiful day we could even sit outside on their little deck overlooking the street.