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We just returned from a visit to Portland Oregon. Our son is the coffee bean roaster at Upper Left Roasters.

portland weird

Portland sign

This was our second visit and I can attest that there is never a dull moment in that part of the country!





We saw some mind boggling wildlife. In Astoria we saw at least 300 sea lions who park themselves on the boat slips and won’t be budged. Noisy barking creatures. Who needs Sea World?

sea lions

Sea lions Astoria OR

swifts going into chimney Portland

Swifts going into chimney Portland OR

One evening we sat in Portland with a few hundred people to watch thousands of migrating swifts careen around in the air before going inside a large chimney for the night. They go in like a spinning tornado. They do this during the month of September and unlike the sea lions will move along. Now I understand the name chimney swift.  In this not so good picture they look like smoke coming out but they were headed in.

We also watched the lunar eclipse.

Of course fiber was a part of this trip. Unfortunately this fiber arts center was closed but I did get to stand next to a Sasquatch sized crocheted person.

crocheted person

Crocheted person

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival was held while I was there. I was able to spend it with a former East Coast spinner friend which was fantastic. My favorite part of any festival is the animals. We saw lots of animals including Pygora goat kids which are what young goats are called. The cutest little things. Pygora Kids, Carl Farms, Pygora Goats They, Goats A Crosses, Baby ...

A highlight was a goat obstacle course in which goats and their handlers go through various challenges. Goats being goats they were not too into it and the most fun was watching them balk and the handlers trying to get them to cooperate. The funniest I think was the woman who just picked up her 5 month old Pygora goat and weaved around poles carrying it.

Mohair locks from Portland

Mohair locks Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

One of my favorite acquisitions were these mohair locks. Mohair comes from angora goats. These locks were in a couple piles of glowing colors. Mohair has a nice sheen to it which, as with all fibers that have sheen, shows through the dye. I got to pick through the piles to take home just the colors I wanted.

We saw the coast and the mountains. Here is the beautiful Cannon Beach. I found the giant boulders fascinating because they dramatically rest on the sand in different groupings.

cannon beach boulders

Cannon Beach Oregon





cannon beach sunset

Sunset Cannon Beach Oregon

Oregon coast

Oregon coast

Then another day to Mount Hood! This was my view from the historic Timberline Lodge where I enjoyed sitting and knitting and reading about spinning as Steve and our son hiked. I had found that the hike- or maybe it is called a walk by some-from the parking lot up to the building was enough for me.

Mt Hood

Mount Hood

Next time a little more on Portland and yes a new feline friend!


Smitten with Northern Norway

I just returned home from a visit to northern Norway. A college friend and I visited my college roommate who lives in Tromso which is 200 miles above the Arctic circle. We were celebrating 40 years of friendship. How can it be that long??

I now think that northern Norway is the most spectacularly beautiful place that I have ever seen. I have seen many many sights that I found beautiful but none that combine water and mountains so dramatically and for a distance that seemed infinite. Everywhere were mountains going down to the water. Everywhere. We were as far away as four hours north of Tromso and still the mountains and water- fjords- went on and on and on.  I never expected so much wild beauty. So easy to imagine trolls especially in the dark winter.


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I never knew what time it was. We were in a time zone 6 hours ahead of our own and there was sun 24 hours a day. Before I went I thought that would mean that brightness would make it hard to go to sleep. There are curtains that keep it out but that wasn’t an issue. Instead it was that we never got cues about the time from darkening skies.  People could be out and about as if it was still afternoon when it was 11 at night. How would I ever stop gardening or doing fiber things when natural light would continue on and on if I lived there? It is hard enough to stop here when it gets dark.


Midnight Tromso Norway July 2015

The flip side is that they have no sunlight for several weeks in the winter. I would not do well with that. But after this trip I think it would be fun to visit then for just a few days to see how it looks. Dark of course but how it looks with the lights on in Tromso. Mysterious and beautiful I am sure.

We did a lot of walking and of course my knitting went along.knitting on Someray (1)







Met some interesting characters.

troll guy Norway

Ate more waffles than I ever had before in a week and still always looked forward to the next coffee and waffle break wherever we went. It was always there. The waffles were always the same size and heart shaped. Toppings were fruit and sour cream. Never maple syrup!

waffles at Mt. Tide

Spent time on a beach because after all it was July! But this time with a twist- happily IMG_1523wearing my handspun hand dyed hand knit…winter headband.

snow in Norway

Snow high up in Tromso Norway July 2015


Found some snow high up on a mountain. Maybe because it had been all of three months since the last melted from our yard. Of course I had to make a little snowball.

More next time on spinning, weaving and flowers.


Someray Island