Thursday, December 8, 2011

Northern Exposure

Well, we're not quite to the North Pole, but it's a little more exotic in Blaine, Washington than what we've had back home lately.

You know those bumper stickers that read "I brake for. . ."? Mine says "antiques" at the end of that phrase. And the main street of this small very northern town has a bona fide antiques establishment. So of course we had to stop.

A vintage Santa was featured prominently inside Horseshoe Coins and Antiques.

My son's family lives in this tiny town at the Canadian border. A quiet, sweet, and very small bayside town. We woke to a dark morning this far north in the winter. The hush of a train swept by early, and then came the cry of gulls.

The jaunt for morning coffee reveals a bit of a "Bedford Falls" feeling to the place.

The whole town decked out for the holidays.

And we have sunshine!

Breakfast by the water at the Little Red Caboose, and we're ready for a tour!

That's White Rock in Canada across the quay. 

We can spy Mount Baker in the distance today! And you know what they say around here. . . . If you can see Mount Baker it's gonna rain. If you CAN'T see Mount Baker, it's raining!
Hope you're having great times too!

Ciao! for now!


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PinkGranny said...

We have quite a few gems in Washington State. Blaine is one of them. I am glad you are enjoying your trip!

Love of the Sea said...

Love the vintage Santa's!!

Daffodil Hill said...

Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing:-)


Willow said...

You live in a very beautiful State. Love seeing all the pictures.

Hibiscus House said...

This is just beautiful. I love the decorations and your story. It is as if I am visiting with you.

Suburban Princess said...

Gorgeous!! The Santa is awesome...looks like it might be a cocacola one!

Olive Cooper said...

Do enjoy your family and those gorgeous views.

Pamela Gordon said...

Great photos of this pretty town. My sis lives on the other side of the border in Chilliwack, not far from White Rock. Enjoy your visit!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such gorgeous views and what a quaint little town!
Loving that vintage Santa.
Love the artwork and illustrations from that time period.

Bella said...

Hi J,
My friend to the NORTH!
Glad you are having so much fun and the sun has made a showing to greet you, we have been buried in fog for days....
Funny your think WA exotic, I see the your neck of the woods that way:-)
Have fun:-)

Elna said...

Beautiful pictures and the Santa is so nice.
Here in Sweden we have a storm today and they say it will continue tomorrow.


elizabeth said...

Lovely photos of a beautiful place! You;re just one state away from my place in beautiful Portland, Oregon!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have enjoyed my virtual tour this evening.

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh that Santa is wonderful!
Thanks for these beautiful photos, it does remind one of Bedford Falls!

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