Tuesday, October 18, 2011

And Now for Something Not Completely Different....

We're going to move OUTSIDE Seattle today.  First we'll hit Ballard Locks, which connects the Puget Sound via the Ship Canal to Lakes Union and Washington.  We weren't there long because the weather was cold and rainy but hit just at the right time to see some vessels large and small go through the locks.

I thought this one was especially charming.


Some very groovy sculpture at the locks.

After seeing Ballard, where fish climb ladders we went to Fremont so we cold climb a troll.


I went mining for gold.

and found....something....


Fremont is a funky place.  I mean that in a good way.  Lots of art.  Lots of grooviness.  There's a giant statue of V. I. Lenin even.  Apparently the statue was purchased by a local artist who saw it in a news picture after it had been toppled as the communist regime unraveled.  He recognized the tremendous skill in producing the work and wanted to preserve it not so much because he was a fan on Lenin but because he hated to see the product of a skilled artist destroyed. 


This plaque was at Lenin's feet.  I can't even venture a guess as to why or what it means.


Even the sidewalks in Fremont are groovy.


Another day, Logo took me on a winery tour. That was a first for me and I learned a few things in between watching a tour guide become increasingly irritated with a bozo of a tourist and watching the antics of said tourist.


Which winery?   Well, my own, of course.


And since it was my chateau I went out amongst the vines with my camera...I have to inspect my grapes don't I?

15 comments:

Craig said...

Tie-dye sidewalks. . . you must've thought you were in heaven. . .

I wish I had my own winery. . .

Dave said...

Thanks for sharing these photos Michelle. You certainly had fun in Seattle. A wine named after you? Hmmmm? - dave

Suldog said...

You have this thing for picking noses, don't you? I recall receiving similar treatment during our meeting (although, thank God, you didn't come up with any prizes.)

[Not to spirit people away from your place, but if they want photographic proof of your nasal obsession...

http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2009/03/best-laid-schemes-o-mice-men-gang-aft.html]

I wonder about the plaque. Maybe it references the childhood of the person who bought the statue? Damned if I know.

Craver Vii said...

You had wonderful hosts. These are great pics. Even the troll snot was cool.

Perhaps I may be of assistance in translating the enigmatic plaque at Lenin's feet. It could also be interpreted as, "Rebecca smokes weed." I'm not an expert in cryptography, but that' s my best guess.

Craig said...

Did you bring home a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle?

lime said...

craig, i was indeed in heaven and i brought home TWO bottles

dave, well i like to think so ;)

suldog, i guess i am guilty as charged. at least i didn't post the picture of me pretending to lick what i mined. yes, i went there....(so very in touch with that inner 12 yr old boy)

craver, doh! i should have known! you are correct in your interpretation, of course.

Craig said...

Congratulations on your canonization, btw. . .

;)

Craver Vii said...

Are you sure that was a troll? I mean, if you pulled that thing out of his nose, wouldn't he be the boogie man?

lime said...

craig, *cultivates a beatific countenance and makes sign of cross* bless you, brother

craver, bwahahaha! wait, are saints allowed to pick troll noses and guffaw?

Beach Bum said...

There's a giant statue of V. I. Lenin even.

I loathe getting political here, so please forgive, but I had to laugh thinking what the average resident of South Carolina might think if while visiting Washington State they stumbled across Lenin.

Logophile said...

Beach Bum,
I swear we aren't ALL communists out here.
There are anarchists too :p


Limey,you are such a fun guest. You love so many of the same things I do that it is delightful to show you around!

lime said...

beach bum, i'd be hapy to cohost a tour for some of your most rednecky acquaintances. we could have ALL sorts of fun with that ;)

logo, you were a wonderful tour guide in every way and a credit to seattle.

S said...

Im so glad you got to do some wine touring because that is one of the things you missed by not coming here...which we can do next time!

secret agent woman said...

Love the curly sculptures. And touring wineries is one of my favorite things to do. Especially the wine-tasting part.

Jocelyn said...

Public art AND wine? A day in heaven.