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On a previous blog post I showed a number of specimen trees on my property just outside Bellingham, Washington.  The trees I'm showing on this post are some more mature ones.  These I didn't plant, but were instrumental in making the decision to buy this property ten years ago.  The gardens that ...
Went to a party Saturday evening at an old friends home.  He lives on the side of Blanchard Mountain in the most interesting home I think I've ever seen.  The pictures I am showing are only of the outdoors of the home.  The inside is every bit as interesting as the outside.  The builder is an old...
On Saturday, my wife and I went on the Whatcom Horticultural Society's Tour of Private Gardens.  This is an annual event that hilights private gardens in Bellingham and other communities in Whatcom County.  This years tour was the 21st annual.  There were five gardens in the tour (self guided), a...
I commented on Tony Moores gardening blog about thinking of all four seasons when planning a garden.  I thought I would show a little of what I mean by showing a few specimen trees we have planted in our gardens.This is an Acer Griseum or Paper Bark Maple.  The interest here is  the brown exfolia...
I haven't seen any garden pictures on this group lately so I thought I would post afew pictures of my gardens as the summer progresses.  Here are some I took on this summer solstice Thursday.I would like to see some of you other gardener's summer progression also.  Please post more pictures.Thank...
Yesterday I was doing an inspection in Lynden, Washington.  Lynden is a small town Northeast of Bellingham, Washington.  It was founded in the late 1800s by Dutch immigrants. Lynden, Washington is a very clean and well kept community. The downtown area looks like a little bit of Holland.Lynden al...
Took a break this afternoon and sat out by the pond for a few minutes.  I happened to look over at the water lilies and this is what I saw. This has to be the classic prince pose.I've heard that one has to kiss a lot of frogs before finding the prince.  This guy looked regal enough to be a prince...
Many people get to see marinas with yachts and other pleasure boats.  These are a few pictures of the working water front in Bellingham.This is one of two floating drydocks at the shipyard on the southside of Bellingham.  If you look closely, you'll see one of the peaks in the Canadian Rockies ju...
Went this morning to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.  This is the place that the Alaska Ferry (Bellingham is the southern terminus for the Alaska Marine Highway) loads and unloads twice a week during the summer (once a week during the winter).  Today, docked at the terminal were two very differen...
There are many new buildings in downtown Bellingham, Washington that are interesting.  The buildings I am posting here are all old.   Some of them are on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.  I hope you enjoy this pictorial.This section of the Whatcom County Courthouse is fairly new.  I b...

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My blogs offer a wide range of topics, from home inspection to cooking to woodworking to gardening to local area information and photos. I love talking about Bellingham, Washington and its surrounding area. Home inspection is my work; life is my passion.