Seattle Urban Homestead
I had the chance to visit a Seattle urban homestead in late February and early March when our area is still cold and snowy. What a treat to see flowers, bulbs coming up, and even hummingbirds! The seasons in Seattle are much milder than they are in northern Illinois and I admit that I’m just a wee bit jealous. 🙂
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Liz and Lance’s Seattle Urban Homestead
My brother and his girlfriend have lived in Seattle for years. They rent a home in Columbia that has a nice sized yard, for an urban area.
I had a lot of fun visiting with their pet chickens (Lenny, Frenchie, and Rizzo), checking out the raised beds and compost bins, and Lance’s array of rain barrels.
Unfortunately, our we had to limit our excursions somewhat to avoid the really touristy areas.
We did go to Pike’s Place Market and a sculpture park early in the visit before we knew how serious the current health scare was becoming.
A lot of our visit was spent walking around the neighborhood, checking out some small shops and taking photos of flowers and cool plants that I can’t grow.
We also saw several yards with little chicken coops and gardens in their area. There are a lot of urban homesteads in Seattle.
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There is a P-Patch near their home that was fun to visit. It’s like a little community garden and visitors are welcome to walk through or sit and enjoy the flowers and plants.
Columbia has plenty of fun little cafes, a pet shop, a plant nursery and chicken feed store, and ethnic restaurants. I’m glad I don’t have to pay their prices on chicken feed! Definitely not a cheap place to live.
Lance and Liz had seedlings started in a sunny window in their living room. Their kitty, Louie, hasn’t bothered them yet … which is kind of amazing because he is such a fun loving guy. 🙂
They were starting to plant their raised beds with peas. Squirrels were having fun digging in them, which made Lance go chasing them away. Some things aren’t so different! Someday I’d like to visit a bit later in the spring to see everything in full bloom.
We also worked on a puzzle while we visited. Hmmm, I think this was a good puzzle for me!
We also went to a Japanese garden, which was really beautiful. I think those photos deserve a post of their own. 🙂
After returning home from our visit, Tom and I put ourselves into voluntary quarantine to avoid potentially spreading anything. Not we’re in a statewide ‘Shelter in Place’ situation. Not that it is a lot different from my normal life… but a lot of people are losing their jobs. 🙁
It’s been almost two weeks. I did come down with a cold after getting home and worried that I might have been exposed to the virus but it was mild and only lasted a few days. Now I’m scrambling to catch up on projects around the homestead!