Tag Archives: Portland

From City to Gritty

Only in Portland

We left the colorful city of Portland a few days ago and now we’re getting ready for the next big thing. It will be quite different from the gray skies and bare trees of Portland. It won’t be all about Indie music and hipster culture. We won’t be able to find a microbrewery on every corner or a dive bar within arms reach. We’ll miss their enthusiasm for coffee shops, food trucks and of course VooDoo Doughnuts! But we’re ready to put the winter clothes away and spend some time on an organic tropical farm in Hawaii. We’re looking forward to getting our hands dirty on this trip!

City Bikes!


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Lan Su Chinese Garden, a beautiful escape

Lan Su garden is a small oasis in the middle of old town Portland.  Lan Su meaning “Orchid awakening” and from the moment you walk through the gate, that’s exactly how you feel. The gentle meandering pathways  lead to an opulent garden full of Chinese botanicals and tranquil waterfalls. Chinese gardens are observably designed to stimulate one’s intellect and spirit while wandering in Nature.

                     You can easily spend an afternoon here with a good book or just watching the Koi in the reflective water.

Visit the Tea house, sit, relax and enjoy as you gaze out at the garden.

E.H. Wilson, noted 20th century plant hunter, referred to China as the Mother of Gardens.

“In the Chinese Garden, the solidity of stone (yang) is balanced by the softness of water (yin).  When opposites–yin yang–are in balance, there is rejuvenating qi energy. As the circulatory system of the world, water brings vital energy to the Garden and to its visitors.”

This, the last day to wish you a happy Chines new year!

The year of the Dragon!


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My Hometown…

Portland in the Summertime is a pretty spectacular place to be. This city is filled with rich history, charm, character and style, as are the people who live here. People watching is a favorite past time.

It’s in the mid 90’s but I’m loving it! Visiting favorite eateries, like Escape from New York Pizza, The Country Cat and you have your choice of McMenamins, they’re almost as easy to find now as a Starbucks. Visiting Family and old friends. Catching up on the front porch, enjoying the warm nights. Through generosity of a friend, Shawn is working this week  doing some Carpentry work. We are ever so grateful for that.

This week in Portland don’t miss Musicfest NW! Three nights of concerts at Pioneer Courthouse Square in addition to shows at 18 of the city’s most venerable music venues. Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, The Kills and Blitzen Trapper to name just a few of the bands you can see this week in Stumptown. Hey, how did Portland get the nick name “Stumptown”? Stumptown was coined in a period of phenomenal growth in Portland after 1847. The city was growing so rapidly that the stumps of trees cut down to make way for roads were left behind until workers could be spared to remove them. In some areas the stumps remained for so long that locals whitewashed them to make them more visible. They also used them to cross the street without sinking into the mud. Captain John C. Ainsworth commented that there were “more stumps than trees” in Portland in the early 1850s. There ya go, thank you Wiki!

Portland in the Summertime. I Love you.

Escape from NY

Hippo Hardware


Hollywood Theatre



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