Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lola in the Big City


This last weekend, the family and I packed our cases and hit the road. We rolled up North and crossed the border into Washington. Our destination was "The Emerald City" of Seattle. As we pulled into town the sun was shining and there was a brilliant blue bird sky. After all the rain we have been having, it was an instant mood lift and we all had smiles ready for the adventure.

It's been years since I had been to Seattle, even though it is a mere couple of hours away. The city has such a different feel from my own home city of Portland, it reminds me a bit of the San Francisco of my youth.

We stayed at the historic Moore Hotel downtown. If you are looking for an affordable option and aren't wanting to get too fancy, I can recommend this hotel with a vintagey feel. The suite we had was lovely and clean with peek-a-boo views of the Puget Sound.

One morning, we went to Le Pichet for breakfast, a wonderful French cafe. I had the best croissant I've had in years, possibly the best ever...served with an amazing rhubarb preserve and an excellent cup of coffee. It was heaven. You may think I exaggerate but then, you may not be aware of my fierce love of good pastry. Let me assure you, it is no frivolous matter! This croissant and I were meant for each other and I dare say it will haunt me with it's memory for a long time to come.

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Oh dear, I do believe I am getting ahead of myself. When we arrived in the city the first order of adventure was a meet up with a blog buddy of the 'utmost kind'. A woman whom I first made acquaintance with when I was searching out chicken coops on the internet. I came across her blog as she herself (and her Mr.) was in the midst of building a hen house of her own. Since that time, we had struck up one of those sweet acquaintances that you do from time to time in blogland. And now we had made arrangements to meet face to face. Yes, I was about to meet my friend Dottie Angel!

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We had arranged to meet up at the entrance to a certain thrift shop, we recognized one another (from the knees down) immediately. What a lovely time I had! We thrifted, she took me to a Japanese bookstore that had me quite faint with it's plethora of gorgeous craft books, we had lunch and we chatted away the hours. It was such a joy to meet in person and get on so well. Thank you Dottie, for your kindness and for sharing a bit of your time with me.

On Sunday, we headed to The Fremont Market where I picked up a few treasures.

Then we stopped off at Alki Beach to let Pony Girl play at the shore. We parked a ways from the main beach lane and not 20 steps from our car I came across a rather sweet roadside find! Two dandy chairs for the big people and a wee chair for the smallish one's dolls. The Engineer and I will be giving the granny rocker an overhaul and the yam colored industrial is a perfect fit for my "by the roadside" desk.

As we headed home with the sun still shining, we all had a feeling of tired contentment. A mini family holiday adventure was just what we all needed. The rain has returned but, we have some wonderful memories to carry us through.

18 comments:

Floss said...

I'm so happy to hear of your adventures! How wonderful to see a great city, meet a great friend, and locate some great finds, and all with the family!

Lovely photos too - thanks so much.

Katy said...

What a wonderful adventure...makes me want to pack up the car and go in search of fine pastries!

katieb said...

that just sounds like the best time~family, friends and food!

welcome back~

Michelle said...

Oh my granny goodness Lola...
To meet Tif in real life...You are just the luckiest by far...
A day thrifty with Tif is something I will only ever be able to dream about...

Great thrifty finds and so glad you had such a lovely time and perfect weather for the occasion...

Sherri B. said...

How wonderful for you and Tif to meet up and share the experience of thrifting along side one another, I smile at the vision in my head....Lucky you, finding more roadside goodies. Sounds like a sweet time was had by all.

Vic said...

Oh Lola, you make me drool with jealousy you awful thing - those thrifted goodies... my oh my!

And how lucky that Tif is to have met YOU in the flesh, ah to live in that big ol' country of yours...

Love the shoes, the trunks, the chairs, the story, the photos, the memories... I could go on!

crzylady said...

that is an amazing amount of awesomeness! mmm, pastry and chairs, and friends, and that tray is gorgeous.. and WOW!

So glad to hear you all had such a lovely time.

june at noon said...

That sounds like the perfect trip! Glad it was such a refresher for you!

clare's craftroom said...

It all sounds wonderful ! Great finds and friends and family , can't beat it !

Little Ted Canvas said...

How fabulous! My heart skipped a beat at the sight of that very pretty tray...

little grubs said...

A lady after my own heart when it comes to pastries!!! Very hard to find a decent one over here in NZ!!! Just LOVEall your finds - what a few days away. x

Colette said...

What a wonderful trip - I love city getaways.

Sounds like a truly thrifty adventure and meeting a friend in the flesh, what a treat.

Love those shoes and suitcases, I'm a bit green. x

mamas collection said...

If I had to describe an ideal weekending jaunt, you just had it! Yay for you!!! :D

lifeshighway said...

What a great weekend and what fun to meet a blog friend knee to knee so to speak.

diane said...

i have missed lots of entries! i am all caught up now on your latest dinners, sewings, roadside findings and adventures. i love the chicken apron for pony g.

dottie angel said...

i am with viv on this one, i was most fortunate indeed to meet up with you, my friend of the utmost kind and i look forward to our next thrifty adventure...
i can see it now
'the adventures of lola and dottie'
x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love Seattle I spent some time there on a round the USA trip years ago and I loved it...thre is something in the air there that I loved. how exciting that you got to meet a bloggy friend in real life,, what a great thing.

Tas said...

It just sounds like so much fun. Wish I'd been in your suitcase...