Monday, June 29, 2015

T Project

Two posts in one day, what can I say.
I was out and about exploring this weekend.

T Project is the new tea shop in town
and I must say, very classy indeed.
Teri has a lovely array of blended tea,
though what I tasted was a delicious green tea.
My husband came home with Waterloo Sunset,
a herbal blend of Oregon spearmint and Rooibos.
Along with the very peaceful main room you
will find tucked to the side a lovely room for quiet
meditation with a cup of tea to taste.
T Project is a tasting place and only sells to take home
for your own tea cupboard.
I also had the opportunity to taste a most delicious
syrup of blackberries and fennel.  I am going back soon,
there will be some for myself and a gift.

T Project
723 N.W. 18th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
call: 503-327-3110 for hours
Make sure you take the address as it is easy miss.
Definitely worth a visit.

Sidestreet Gallery

From Wikipedia: kitsch is applied to artwork that was a response to the 19th-century art with aesthetics that convey exaggerated sentimentality and melodrama. Hence, kitsch art is closely associated with sentimental art. Kitsch is also related to the concept of camp, because of its humorous, ironic nature.

Stepping into Sidestreet Gallery I totally felt like I had found "kitsch" in many forms.
They had Christmas, Halloween, tiny things for a fairy, cards, jewelry, and so much more.
Then on asking if it was an art gallery, I found delightful art by local artists too.

On the Sidestreet Gallery's card it says, an eclectic collection of local arts and craft, gifts,
cards, toys, oddities, and holiday light-ups!  Indeed that is what you will find there.
You will want to take the time to really explore, as there is so much to see.

Sidestreet Gallery
140 S.E. 28th Ave.
Portland, Oregon
open Wednesday-Sunday noon to 5PM

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bybee-Howell House

 Bybee-Howell House, part of the Portland Historic Society.
In my personal opinion, one of the best places to picnic is at
the Bybee-Howell house on Sauvie Island.
You can spread a blanket under the heirloom apples
or find a picnic table nearby.
Just yesterday my family picnicked here.
We commented that not many people must
know of this hidden treasure;
so don't tell anyone.
The next time you want a country picnic
consider spending some time here.
Once you cross the bridge to the island,
follow the road north and you can't miss the sign 
on the right just up the road a bit.  It is right before
Kruger's Farm.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Leach Botanical Gardens

 Leach Botanical Gardens
6704 S.E. 122nd, Portland, Oregon
Phone:  503-823-9503

Their Mission:
"Leach Botanical Garden's living collections of plants for the purposes of education, 
research and conservation and preserves the legacy of the
 Garden’s founders, John and Lilla Leach."

It had been a long time since I visited Leach Botanical Gardens.
What took me there was the Honeybee Hike for 2-5 year olds.
I wasn't disappointed and neither were the little ones.
There was a short hike up the hill to a meadow just for kids.
There were stories to hear, worms to hold, a carrot to pull from the garden,
and a visit with a dinosaur. 
The hike takes place most Wednesdays from 10-11AM.
The cost is $3 per child with accompanying adult being free.

It won't be so long the next time I visit for my little one asked to return.
Next time we will hike further and look for the stone cottage tucked in amongst the trees.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a must stop for anyone traveling
to or from Portland on I-84.
About 30-40 minutes east of Portland, 
the surroundings along the Columbia River (The Gorge)
are spectacular.
A hike up to the top of the falls is a bit steep, but
the sights from the trail are something you will never forget.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Westmoreland Park

Westmoreland Park's renovation is open now!
Located at S.E. McLoughlin and Bybee Blvd.
As stated on their website:
"Nature-based play can provide important connections for 
children and adults to the natural environment."
I believe they have done a great job of incorporating nature into their play area.
Even the ducks seemed happy here.
Though I didn't capture the turtle in my camera,
it was enjoying a sunshiny day on a log.
Tomorrow Rose Festival will be celebrating in the casting pond
with a milk carton boat race for the kids and kids at heart.