Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Country Drive with Good Fences

Spring has arrived here in western Washington State
with early flowering trees, green grass, and daffodils. 

Spring also brings unsettled skies
so come along with me as we dodge the raindrops
for a country drive in the farmlands near my foothills home. 

We start our journey by following the well-worn
track past the lawn and up the driveway. 

You can see scattered white blossoms of 
early plum lighting up the woodlands. 

We reach the gate to see the first daffodils blooming, 
and beyond that, if you look really close above
the left hand corner of the gate - forsythia. 

The ground is carpeted with last fall's Black Cottonwood leaves. 

As we come down from the foothills and reach the plateau, 
we come into beautiful farmland. 

Here we see budding purple plum in front of 
a cheerful farmhouse with bright white accents. 

I am guessing that the trampoline under the balcony roof
is being protected from the rain. 

Love the picnic tables. 

Big and little matching barns <3

A beautiful silhouette of Black Cottonwood shows 
it's majestic size. A flowering tree is dwarfed below. 

Split cedar fencing frames the view. 

Last fall's grasses cling to barbed wire fencing
 as fields green up beyond. 

The home with the green metal roof is a log home. 

Our native Douglas Fir fringe the skyline. 

More green roofing graces a vintage barn.

Sprawling outbuildings clutter the barnyard. 

Neat fencing and 'cow crossing' sign 
announce this dairy farm. 

One of the very few dairies still operating 
on the plateau. 

A wooden swing above a lovely rock garden 
provides sweeping views of beautiful farmland.

Lovely Heather - my daughter's namesake. 

Handsome fencing under lovely trees. 

Love the driveway that splits for the large 
Western Red Cedar. 

Scattered raindrops scamper across the view. 

Green grass pushing through the old by a charming barn. 
as the rain streams down. 

A sudden gust of wind.....

A long drive lined with flowering plum. 

White electrical fencing form temporary paddocks 
for foraging livestock out of view. 

Snow and Canadian Geese forage in a fallow pumpkin field. 

Mt. Rainier peeks over the treeline 
as we turn and head for home. 

 As the sun drops below the clouds,
 late afternoon sunlight skims the fields. 

A favorite vintage farm, still looking winter-like, 
but with a hint of green. 

Purple Plum line the road coming into town. 

A log cabin, camp bunk building,
 look-out tower and log skidder are part of 
the historical museum in this old logging town. 

Home Sweet Home. 

Thank you for coming along, Dear Friends! 

I hope there are some sweet signs of spring 
wherever you are, although I know some of 
you are still in the throes of winter and some are
 just coming into Autumn in the southern hemisphere. 

All seasons have their beauty, 
if you have the eyes to see. 


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  1. Thank you for the ride Karen! The amount of space you have in your country never seizes to amaze me.

    Have a lovely weekend ahead!

    Madelief x

  2. Hello, what a pretty ride. I love all the flowers and blossoming trees. The views are gorgeous, the matching red barns is cute. Great fence finds. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

  3. As I am sure I have said before it is so lovely to come along on your drives with you! I really enjoy it, especially seeing as spring really seems to be coming to your part of the world and it is severely lacking here right now. That is OK, I will enjoy yours instead!! xx

  4. Hi dear Karen !! Que bonitas imágenes de ese campo !! Espero que tenga un buen día

  5. Such a pretty place nice to drive around in but those clouds are looking heavy rain coming maybe.

  6. Your countryside is so different to ours. I love your barns. Beautiful blossom trees as well. A good way to see a new country from the comfort of my settee. B X

  7. Since I was born and raised in the country, loved this tour of the countryside. Very nicely done.

  8. Liebe Karen,

    schöne Bilder sind das von einem sehr, sehr weitem Land. Es erinnert mich alles ein bisschen an Schweden. Diese Weite. Kilometer um Kilometer fahren und niemandem begegnen, da muss man können.
    So lernt man die Welt kennen ohne jemals dorthin gefahren zu sein. Danke dafür.
    Die Scheunen in den Staaten sind allerliebst!
    Wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende und alles Liebe, Barbara

  9. Thank you for the tour around your area. I've enjoyed seeing the wide open spaces, the farms and farmland. The barns must be typical of your area and the scenery so different from where I live. It was lovely to come back to your home in the woods as I love woodland and trees. It really feels like 'coming home' now that I've got to know you and your surroundings dear Karen.

  10. Such a beautiful drive through the area surrounding your home Karen. You have the best view of all, right from your own house! How nice to have all the flowering trees in bloom. We have another 2 months to go before we can enjoy that. But we did have 70 degree weather on Tuesday. Wonderful to let the house air out!

  11. our skies have looked similar. we just don't have the pretty red barns, pines, ferns and mountains to go with them. :)

  12. Such lovely spring photos! I love the beautiful color of spring grass against blossoming trees! It's so fun to see...and it makes me excited for spring here soon, too!

  13. Karen, oh your pictures are so beautiful! I love the purple plums and white blossoms best. Thank you for sharing with us!

  14. So much that's a delight to the eyes - the barns, the fences, the blossoms. It sure looks like springtime!

  15. I love seeing the pink blossoms all around!

  16. All the flowering trees are so beautiful at this time of year. We are having wild weather today - I wonder if it has gone down your way yet.

  17. Country drives are one of my favorite things to do and I enjoyed going on one with you. The purple plums are gorgeous.

  18. Hi Karen, Such lovely views and wonderful fences. Love the sweet barn and mini one to go with it. Love the flowering trees. Sure enjoyed taking this drive with you. You live in such a gorgeous part of the country. Thanks for sharing. Blessings for a nice weekend ahead. xo

  19. Karen,

    These are such beautiful photos, each and every one offering a different view of early spring in your area. My favorite is the one with the heather (and such a pretty name for your daughter). I don't think I've ever seen a picture of it much less the real deal! How cool!

    Thank you for your visit today and your great info on Vancouver for our upcoming visit. I can only imagine how nice it would be to have just a few hours drive. And it sounds like your kids had a great time in Whistler recently! My son hikes and he is planning to explore the whole Pacific coast next summer. He is the one who suggested we visit Victoria and Whistler. We were in Vancouver about 10 years ago for my brother in law's wedding but we didn't have a lot of time to explore. I'm so looking forward to some 'down time'! Again, thank you and I want to say how happy I am to have met you!! :D


  20. Dear Karen,
    thank you for wonderful Spring Pictures! BLossoms everywhere, just beuatiful1
    Enjoy this time and have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend
    Sending love and hugs and blessings,Claudia xo

  21. Such a beautiful drive you took us on, Spring is definitely in the air.

  22. What a beautiful part of the world you live in. Deb

  23. I love taking drives with you in the country, Karen. The plum trees and the heather and the red charming. Spending time in nature is something we both have in common, my dear.


  24. I so enjoyed my journey and all the splendid scenery.
    Strange to see double yellow lines in the middle of the road. Here in the UK we have double yellow lines on the sides of the roads and it means no parking at any time.
    It really gives you a boost when the trees bud and blossom. It always seems like a very long winter.
    Have a wonderful weekend, hugs from Prunella :)

  25. WoW!!! gorgeous views and so many awesome fences. i am a fence image hoarder, i share only one at a time, so i never run out ;)

    i just adore that elevated swing with what must be a phenomenal view!!

    enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

  26. beautiful views all around. you always have the prettiest drives.

  27. How wonderful the state you live in is, my dearie, its countryside is so very lovely !
    Thank you for this amazing blog post, sweet Karen !

    Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you most wonderful days to come,
    thinking of you with love and thankfulness



  28. I loved this post , that beautiful scenery.


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