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Visiting Jackie’s Garden


 I enjoyed my stay in Spokane, Washington with my sisters. I got to visit Jackie’s Garden. It is even more gorgeous in person then it is on her blog.

Jackie had some daisies, my all-time favorite flower.

 Here is a gorgeous fox glove Bell in Caryl’s hand. She wanted to make certain I could see the inside pattern. I decided since Caryl liked the fox glove so much, I should take her picture with them. And Jackie came along and joined the fun.

So, here are three gorgeous flowers (and one obnoxious owl who joined the photo without permission).

When visiting Jackie’s yard, one needs to stop by the pond out front. T hand dug this pond for Jackie so that her Koi would also have a place to live once he and Jackie married. It was a case of “love me, love my fish” and T apparently did. These fish have a wonderful home. This photo shows Jackie on her knees by the pond petting the fish. When she knelt down and put her hand in the water they all darted over for their share of attention and petting.

Jackie’s secret garden also houses a church. Inside you will see that a couple of bees seeking sanctuary moved in and began remodeling the place. It turned out not to be much of a sanctuary after all. The place was bombed shortly after this photo was snapped, and long before they could finish the job and move in. What is the world coming to that not even a church is a safe haven?

Upon leaving Jackie’s Garden I traveled to Seattle Washington, and crossed Puget Sound in a ferry. I am now quite comfortable in our two bedroom apartment on the Friday Harbor Labratory UW campus. Pictures soon to follow.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I continue to be in awe of this entire adventure!

    You want to be a writer. You’ve got the title of a good book right now: “Internet Man.”

    So. What’s the first sentence?

  2. Oh YAY! You made it! Jackie’s garden truly is beautiful! Poor Bees! Somebody should know there is a bee SHORTAGE this year… ya gotta PROTECT those little fellas! I think the church was a lovely spot for them to call home… *sigh* (I would like a bigger view of that little flower in Caryl’s hand… please?)

  3. TLP — “I’m not trolling.” That was OC’s first line in his first email to me.

    Melli — I am allergic to bees. I understand their necessity, but …..

    Brooke — I wanted to pet the fish with a frying pan.

    Silverneurotic — Koi are really not very coy at all. They enjoy attention.

    Polona — come visit. Jackie will let you pet her fish. Bring your cameras.

  4. your pics are great little sister!!! I hope you are enjoying the coastal breeze it is so very hot here and they say it will be over 90 for the next 5 days!! You know me and the heat…..not a good thing.
    the KOI love being petted, all in the hopes of food, I’m sure.

  5. THANK you for biggering the pictures! Now my eyes don’t hurt trying to see the pattern in the flower!

  6. Dr. John — our 4th was wonderful. I hope yours was as well.

    Bill — thanks! Our 4th was great and I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Stay tuned for many more!

    Caryl – ta da?

    Brig — I’ve had the camera for a year, but I have only just now gotten around to falling in love with it.

    Melli — ask and you shall receive.

  7. Nope, Dr. John, it’s a Yamaha 6335 B-flat. A bit less expensive then the Lawler. You can hear it playing on our new website, go have a listen.

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