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The Bloedel Reserve – or – why I haven’t been blogging lately

The Bloedel residence. This is the scene that opens before you after a lovely wooded walk. The first time you turn out of the woods and see it your heart stops. And every time after the first, it still takes your breath away.

The Bloedel residence. This scene that opens before you after a lovely wooded walk. The first time you turn out of the woods and see it your heart stops. And every time after that, it still takes your breath away.

I haven’t been writing much lately. I miss it! But over the last month I’ve been working on a different project, one that I’ve finally completed. I have a new job! It’s at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, my dream. My year of unemployment was a good one, giving me time to focus on myself and my plans, but I was getting a little stir crazy. This job came at the perfect time.

Erythronium (trout lily) and primroses growing along the path. Displays like this feel so natural, like they could happen in any woods. But it's all intentional, and very well tended.

Erythronium (trout lily) and primroses growing along the path. Displays like this feel so natural, like they could happen in any woods. But it’s all intentional, and very well tended.

The Bloedel Reserve has long been my favorite public garden, and it’s only an hour from my house. It is incredibly beautiful and peaceful, and the experience of walking through the garden is one that is hard to explain and impossible to forget. You feel taken to another world, one where you own a fancy estate and forests and fields. It’s basically been my goal to work there since I first visited over 10 years ago. I am still pinching myself that I get to be there every day.

The Japanese Garden at the Reserve.

The Japanese Garden at the Reserve.

My commute is long, but most of it is on a ferry. For you non-locals, Seattle is on a large salt water sound, and there are a lot of communities on islands in the Puget Sound and on the Olympic Penninsula to the west. Bainbridge Island is the nearest island to Seattle. Our ferry system is quite good, and tons of people commute on them every day. I go in the “opposite direction” from most of the traffic, so there aren’t many people on my ferry. It’s a beautiful ride, and it will give me time to write and read and relax.

Looking back to Seattle from a half empty ferry. The return ferry will be filled with commuters.

Looking back to Seattle from a half empty ferry. When this ferry returns to Seattle it will be filled with commuters.

I’ve been at the Reserve for a week, and already feel like it will be a great fit for me. I like the people a lot, and the location is killer. Plus, check out my view!

Here's the view from my desk! I've been thoroughly enjoying the daily changes, watching spring appear before my eyes in the little green buds on the Camperdown Elms (that the deer are also enjoying).

Here’s the view from my desk! I love watching spring appear before my eyes with little changes every day, like the little green buds on the Camperdown Elms (which the deer are also enjoying).

If you haven’t visited before, I can’t state strongly enough how you need to go soon. It’s beautiful every day of the year. And now I’m a part of the team that keeps this amazing resource open for everyone to enjoy. If you happen to be planning a visit, let me know!