Saturday, March 07, 2015

A Seaside Stroll



Water views or gardens? This was the question we asked our visitor from Alberta today. Water won out, so we headed to Sidney-by-the-sea for a sunny afternoon walk. No formal gardens, but lots of spring blossoms lined the pathway. Aren't the daffodils gorgeous?
 

Daffodils and crocuses, yes, but tulips, too, in the first week of March. Pure delight.
 

The Pier Bistro perches on the end of the dock with a clear view of Mt. Baker across the water. Crab cakes with salad made a delicious lunch for me; Tim and Janet had crab cakes and seafood chowder. The restaurant is small but very busy, a sure sign of good food.


Tall masts reflected in the water in the marina. I thought of so many of my fellow bloggers still battling snow and cold. I'd like to waft a little of this gorgeous sunshine across the continent, but will have to be content with sharing photos. Take heart, spring is coming!

Linking with Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little Home and Garden.

38 comments:

aimee said...

Lovely photos Lorrie! I would vote for a walk by the sea also knowing how gorgeous it is. Enjoyed seeing the view of Mt. Baker--so miss visits to BC and Washington state.
Blessings, Aimee
PS: Noticed our blueberries are starting to bloom now. Cannot believe this spring-in-winter weather:)

Pondside said...

I've enjoyed those crab cakes too - delicious! The flowers and blue skies are spirit-lifters, aren't they!?

Things and Thoughts said...

It's a real joy to look at those pictures. I once had a friend from Vancouver but we have lost each other ...I'm sure it's an outstanding area.
Olympia

Selma from eclectichomelife.blogspot.com said...

Love this post. Wish I could be eating crab cakes there too. Especially love the top photo

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Oh yes, to eat crab cakes and dabble my toes in the water, bliss! Still a little way to go though. I love your daffodils and tulips. It's the same here... and the sun is shining - Just!! xx

Elizabethd said...

It's all looking so Spring like. Lovely to see sunny pictures.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Beautiful views, delicious lunch, and the spring flowers are a real thrill to see. :-)

Happy@Home said...

What a tough decision that would be. So much beauty to be found in your area as you have illustrated so well here today. This is a most encouraging post for those still in the grips of winter.
My daffodils are sporting plump buds and our predicted warmer weather should have them open in no time. Can't wait.

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice to see the spring bulbs in flower! AHHHH! Hope for the future.

Robin said...

Oh my gosh, those blues are fabulous! Are they real? I also loved the pictures of the spring buds...you are lucky! Thanks for giving me a little bit of awww.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Gorgeous!!! And crab cakes too? A PERFECT day out!
Hugs,
Lin

Pamela Gordon said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful waft of springtime with us Lorrie! What a gorgeous day.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful weather we are having and I love the view of Mt. Baker - not one we get to see very often.

Vee said...

(I do not know what causes such skitzy~fritzy problems here, but I have "lost" a comment on the iPad and now here on the PC. Trying again!)

Ahhhh, yes, spring is coming, just not today. What fantastic photographs of spring's arrival in your corner. The flowers are beyond gorgeous.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

We have lunched at that very spot too...always a pleasant view and good food.

Amy at love made my home said...

Wow, to have tulips already!!! We have a few leaves peeking out, but nowhere near flowering! Wonderful to see these spring blooms and to go on your walk with you! xx

podso said...

What a charming place to eat!

Poppy said...

Water won out, but with its share of blooms, so it's a win-win, no? Oh, those tulips, little pink ambassadors of spring! Crab cakes by the sea, how perfect can that be?!

Have a lovely week, Lorrie!

Poppy

Andrea Dawn said...

So nice to get some time with Janet! I would most likely chosen the water views as well. Enjoying forsythia, hellebores and hyacinth here in Surrey. The crocus clumps have finished their show, my daffs and tulips are a little slower.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lorrie,
Beauty everywhere! I was also noticing the snow capped Mountain in the distance-spectacular views.
Jemma

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Striking photos- love the tulips and the beautiful blue water. We still have frozen water all around us but soon it will be melted since our temps are rising this week. Love the photo at the pier with the mountain in the background!

Kit said...

Oh what lovely flowers! Your photos make me eager for my annual trip to Oregon. Glad you had such a great time. :) Kit

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a nice walk , Lorrie and and so nice to see so many bulbs blooming there! We still have snow on the ground and probably won't see spring till late May here.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What a delightful seaside stroll. We're glad you invited us to join you.

Although the day here was beautiful and very springlike, we still have a long way to go before we see daffodils or tulips -- lots of snow that is melting.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead...
Brenda
xox

Mrs.Rabe said...

So beautiful!

Thank you for sharing this seaside stroll with us!

Deanna

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Spring is looking lovely in your corner by the sea! It seems that those of us who are enjoying early spring are feeling almost guilty as we watch the weather on the east coast of the continent.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely! :)

Sara D.B. said...

Lovely photos, Lorrie, especially the daffodils and tulips of course... :)
Thank you for sharing some of your sunshine!

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous views and seafood too! I would love this.
Mt. Baker we see from my sister-in-laws home in Washington,
so it is fun to see it from a different view.

Helen Philipps said...

Loved your seaside stroll, such uplifting photos! The blue sky and the beautiful flowers are so cheering.....and your lunch sounded delicious.
Helen xox

Mary Cromer said...

Enjoyed taking your stroll with you. I will be sharing my seashore images soon too. I had the worst time getting onto your site. Guess Google wanted to do a security check-up right when I came for a visit. I tried a half dozen codes before finding out what they were up to...whew ;)

handmade by amalia said...

What a wonderful day you must have had, sea, sun and flowers.
Amalia
xo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Everything sure is looking beautiful over there. The blue is so blue! Gorgeous! Best wishes, Tammy

20 North Ora said...

What a beautiful part of the world you live in. I visited Canada last year and was just amazed at the beauty. I am new to your blog and came from Jen and Laurie's new Facebook group.

Judy

ellen b. said...

What lovely weather and sights your friend from Alberta got to enjoy. We've heard that the tulips will be popping up early in Mount Vernon this year, too.

Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful photos. Hasn't the weather just been amazing? Your photos remind me of my little town, Poulsbo! Clarice

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'll be sure to share my tulips, Lorrie . . . if you can wait until May. How beautiful it is in your part of the country! The flowers are gorgeous, the harbour inviting and the lunch sounds wonderful.

Karen