Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.
This and That…
Hello to you on this “feels like fall” Sunday in the Pacific Northwest.
If you want the weather to change around here, it seems like all you have to do is wait a day or two. We went from high 80s last week to low 70s this weekend and it feels so good!
I was pretty much offline for an entire week while we were on the boat, cleaning her up from all that sawdust and mess. Let’s just say that I had no idea I was going to be without any internet so I didn’t plan for it. I just went dark.
I have a lot to catch up on but it was a lot of fun starting to make Wildflower our own.
Today’s Saltwater Sounds Weekly shares how I’ve been saying goodbye to August in the best way I know how…enjoying the time I have left in my garden and out on our boat, Wildflower.
Our Time on Wildflower
Rather than going to fun places around the Puget Sound like we originally planned, we kept the boat at our marina, about 8 minutes away from home.
The good news with being so close is we could grab things from home that we needed and I was able to tend to the garden here and there.
Here’s a gorgeous view of the sunset from the marina one evening.
Here’s Ollie the next morning on guard. Can you see what he sees and why he is in such a frazzle?
Hank the Heron was making the rounds, looking for his morning breakfast.
He’s a regular at the marina and we saw him every day.
Ollie was ready for bed here on the first night. I’m really not trying to play favorites. Sorry, Jax! All I got was his tail and backend but he was pretty happy too.
A Tour of the Boat
I took some interior pictures of the boat for you to see as I went from room to room to clean and organize.
This view is what you see when you first walk onto the boat.
The galley has been renovated and I’m loving the changes.
- The peninsula or bar was reworked so it now flows with the rest of the space and is more open.
- Quartz countertops were installed.
- Subway tile was added to the walls.
- New appliances including a refrigerator, microwave, range, and sink were brought in.
We have an electric stove and oven at home so this propane range is going to be so much nicer to cook with.
The eating space is off of the galley and across from the salon.
Here’s the salon. We are in the process of finding some type of ottoman that will also serve as a coffee table with perhaps more storage inside.
This is our stateroom which we are loving! We couldn’t even make the bed in the old boat without climbing into the bed to do so. There was no walking space around it.
The 2 closets/lockers are nice and roomy and there are so many drawers and other storage spaces to put things throughout the boat.
Don’t you love the ceilings?
Here we are upstairs in the pilothouse where we all sit when underway.
What I love about this space is that you can see out the windows from all directions. We end up eating meals and playing games up here. It’s great for entertaining.
We also have 2 smaller staterooms and 2 heads as well but I’ll show you those on another post with the before pictures.
A Walk Through the Garden
I was lucky enough to be able to run home here and there to check on the garden, do some deadheading and watering, and even take a few pictures and videos.
We have so many blooms in both the cottage garden and cut flower garden right now.
The dahlias are at their peak right now and really add a gorgeous pop of color throughout.
Pollinators LOVE dahlias!
Isn’t this just the prettiest sunflower?
Strawflowers are so pretty this time of year and I can’t wait to dry some this week.
It took all summer but the zinnias are finally at the height they should have been all along.
Don’t you just love the bold color of these bachelor’s buttons?
Coneflowers (echinacea) and black-eyed Susans are blooming in abundance these days and continue to be some of my favorite summer perennials in the garden.
It’s a beautiful time in the flower gardens right now. How is your garden holding up this summer? Are you starting to plant fall annuals yet?
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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Are you starting to see the signs in your garden that fall is right around the corner? Here are some September gardening tips and to-dos for your Pacific Northwest garden during this month of transition.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…
Do you love garden parties? My friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs will show you how to create the most beautiful fall garden party tablescape.
Are you looking for ideas to update a bedroom? Decorating doesn’t need to be complicated. My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms shares 9 easy ideas to makeover your space.
Do you need a beautiful appetizer to serve at your next party? My friend Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms shares an easy hummus recipe with rice cake flowers that you have to see to believe.
This stunning historical Washington DC kitchen renovation.
A cheesy pesto avocado bacon breakfast burrito recipe.
This amazing Minnetrista Lake lodge.
How to create a country garden party table setting.
How to make a dried grass and flower wreath.
A yummy grilled teriyaki chicken skewer recipe.
This serene cottage in England.
Taking cottage charm outside to create this simple and beautiful picnic scene.
These lakehouse vintage must-haves.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
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