Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bloedel Reserve

The House


After reading a book until 5:00am Friday morning,I finally fell asleep only to be awoken a few hours later with an invitation to journey to Bainbridge island and visit the Bloedel reserve.
Invitation accepted.

It's a lovely garden on the north end of the island just before the Agate pass bridge.
And this is what some of it looks like.

The pond in front of the house


The reflecting pool

That's us down at the far end.

Now it's Saturday night and we just got back from a great show at the Rainier Symphony
Beethoven's Egmont Overture
Srrauss' Til Eulenspiegel
And Dvorak's Seventh Symphony.

Conducted by David Waltman

These guys are good and getting better.

Been a breathtaking three days.

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102 Comments:

Blogger kransberg-talvi said...

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11:08 PM  
Blogger kransberg-talvi said...

Doug, thanks for being there at the Rainier Symphony concert! It was great chatting with you at half-time.

11:10 PM  
Blogger butch said...

Wow, this place looks fabulous, and is one of the best kept secrets around. I will have to take Melva there one of these weekends. Thanks for sharing with us this neat place:

The Bloedel Reserve comprises approximately 150 acres on Bainbridge Island Washington, where it is blessed by the mild, moist climate of Puget Sound. About 84 acres are second growth forest. The remainder are altered landscapes, including various gardens, ponds and meadows.

The Reserve was once the home of the Bloedel Family, which is primarily responsible for its growth and development. The vision of the Bloedels is now interpreted and extended by the Arbor Fund.

The primary purpose of the Bloedel Reserve is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands. To accomplish this, we require reservations and limit hourly attendance to ensure that every visitor has a tranquil, uncrowded experience.

You are invited to sign our Guest book. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

To find out more information on visiting, reservations or memberships click on the Reservations & Membership button at the top of this page. If you need directions on how to get to the Reserve click on the Location button. For multi-media experiences of the Reserve click on the Sight & Sounds button. For information on upcoming events click on the Events Button.

SO...I guess Miss Meredith had figured all this out while you tried to sleep, and took care of the reservations, and like that?

The weather was fab this weekend, even though most of it for me was done indoors. Melva had a meeting on Saturday in Vancouver, Wa, and Sunday I was just too excited about the Academy Awards to leave the house. The show, of course, was a bit dull, shabby, strange, but had several weepy moments mixed in with the 3 hours of glitz. Jerry Lewis looks about 100 years old, but at least he is thin again, so I guess they got him off those steroids. Hugh Jackman was nervous as a poodle, and even his song and dance routines did not suffice for his lack of charisma for hosting. Bring back Ellen Degeneres for Christ's sake! Our gay and Indian brothers (the country, not the tribes) were pleased as MILK and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE swept the Oscars. It was cool having (5) big stars, former Oscar winners come out for each presentation of Best Actor, Actress, and supporting ones. But the Kodak Theatre just looked weird. The sets were cheesy. They had a third less presenters this year, leaving some presenters on to do up to three awards; just strange, strange.

Alex and Charles are on their vacation over on Vancouver Island by now. Hope they are digging it.
I spent about 10 hours writing up a WWII movie list for a veteran friend, and then putting it on FFTR, along with 458 pics of the 208 films. Came out pretty good actually. When I get neck deep in one those projects, I think of you and your composing; all the countless hours that go into it, all the passion, patience, joy, angst.

Facing yet another work week, I sign off for now.

Glenn

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice pitchers, dude, but why do youse waste yer time lookin at rich guy's digs? Hell, you got several houses yerself. I guess we all still like to look at stuff we will never have, and marvel at it. Anyway, great pics.

............Vinnie

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed all the strong female poets that Glenn has posted over on FFTR? It does my spirit good to see the feminine verbage and perspective in this chaotic world.

............Emily

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the WWII war movie section he just posted over the weekend; every WWII flick one can remember, all there in one place.

..........Eddy Emerald

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All youse punks are too yung to member dat time. Sum of us were der, and I can ass sure youse dat he's got it right.

...........Vinnie

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I'm impressed with on FFTR is the paean to Native American poetry, giving a forum, a real voice for us.

..........Lester FallsApart

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, a lot of Indian poems over there, and a great forum for gays and lesbians over here on FFTL. Kind of a cosmic balance there, enit?

............Seymour

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Doug and Lane have been very gracious with the volume of homosexual banter than has cascaded down within these comments sections. Don't know where their sympathies lie, but the proof is in the volume.

............Liberace

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What any of us named George appreciate is that we have a kind of "George Forum" here as well as the fag rag.

.........George Mikal

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any of you remember that I created Ramada Inns?

......George Gobel

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pop reads this site all the time, and one of the reasons is the George power.

......George Foreman II

5:49 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Nice to be appreciated some out there, folks. I have to admit that I do post a plethera of poetry and film facts. Considering the very few commentors that show up, I can only hope that at least Doug hisself finds the time to read everything. It seems that he does somehow shave a few precious minutes out of his busy days to feel free to read.

Glenn

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Power, I like that. That might be the first time that this has been done or promulgated. Keep up the good George, Lane.

.........George Clueknee

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess all of we Georges need to speak up in gratitude and humility.

..........George A. Custer

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poetry goes through me like crap through a goose. FFTL, however, is a stanchion against bullshit. It is what it is, and I love it.

.........General George Patton

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I salute you, Lane, with a violin solo. Lee will accompany me on the grand piano.

...........Brother George
Liberace's Bro

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should see Dinah, these days. Burt would not be seen in public with her now. Serves her right.

......George Montgumrey

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very few peeple knows dat my middle name is Georgio. Now you do.

.........Vinnie

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough with the Georges already. Christ what about the Ed Power. Right Mr. Emerald?

...........Edgar A. Poo

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first time commenter here. I have enjoyed this site for years. Started checking on it back in '06.
It tickles the shit out of me. Thanks Doug.

.......Eddie Money

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a coke, and look at what's left of Liz.

......Eddie Fischerr

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, and I like the fact that short people have been well represented here as well.

......Edward G. Robinson

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that Emerald truly realized that our films were kind of about him.


........Eddie & The Cruisers

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, have you caught me lately on BATTLESHIP GALLACTICA? It just keeps getting better, just like this blog.


.........J. Edward Olmost

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Peer Gynt takes time to check out these sacred and profane pages.


.........Edward Grieg

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm out of the corner and out of the closet, and I will take a dare.

.......Georgie Porgie

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess in my present state I will have to side with the Eddie power gang. Maybe I'll get a tee shirt with that on it.

.........J. Edgar Hooverr

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess as long as we are being thankful here, we ought to thank my gal, Jannie, for adding bra flinging to the arena; the next Olympic event maybe?

.........Robert Dylan

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F**k, sh*t, piss, c**t, and a couple other epithets are in order, don't you think?

..........George Carlyn

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this site is a disgrace to decency. It simply embaresses me to no end every time I click on it. I wonder why I feel the urge to do that so often?

.......Roy Rodgers

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just like hearing from Elton and Trueman and Rock.

.........Tiny Tim

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, Tiny, youse alway puttin yer soprano fagness into tings. I wud say kiss yer cussin, but dat's too late. Butt youse knows what youse can do wid yer tulips, right?


............Vinnie

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now blog nice, Vinnie. Tiny has the right to join in whenever he wishes. This is America, and this is Lane Savant's FFTL.

............Emily

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, I know, it is just dat sumtimes der is too much fagg talk on here. It makes me jumpy.

..........Vinnie

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps when you were an alter boy, Vincenso, you had a traumatic experience with your priest?

.........Elton's John

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dat's nun of yer damned bizness. I ain't no fag. I got plenty sons, and womin have always dug me.

..........Vinnie

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do the Catholic Church and Walmart have in common?

...........Liberace

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I give up, Lee, what?

.........Mickie Roarck

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little boys underwear half off.

........Liberace

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuggedaboutit! I already herd dat plenty times.

...........Vinnie

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There sometimes just seems to be a shitstorm of comments that take off here. One never knows when it will happen, or where it will go.

...........Lane S.

6:30 AM  
Blogger butch said...

I will say this, though. You don't get this action on just any blog. Lane Savant & Doug Palmer have nourished some kind of behemoth response team.

Glenn

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked it when Bobby De Niro kidded Sean Penn about fooling the public and getting all those straight roles. He made a terrific Harvey Milk. And Hugh Jackman, Mister Macho dance man shaking his butt on Broadway, playing gay all the way, and Heath, and Dennis Quaid. Gayness runs deep.

...........Mikel Jack'son

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, who can forget Richard Burton playing Rex Harrison's wife. What a flick that was.

..........Tiny Tim

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite was Tom Selleck kissing Kevin Kline in IN AND OUT.

..........Edgar Poo

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Phil Seymour Hoffman kissing Mark Wahlberg in BOOGIE NIGHTS?

..........Elton's John

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hollywood has turned into Faggliwood. I tell you, it ain't right.

.......George W. Bush Jr.

6:39 AM  
Blogger butch said...

I hate to break the news to you, W, but Hollywood has always been very gay. It is just more acceptable these days. One of my favorite gay roles in films was Robin Williams in THE BIRDCAGE, macho yet sensitive.

Glenn

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane+Meredith!!
Meredith took some greatGREAT fotos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The trip was really great, too!!!
The LL and I want to thank both of you; it was THE high point of her visit, the LL told me when I took her to the airport this morning!!!!!
Nochmals, HERZLICHSTEN Dank!!!!!
Tschuess,
Anonomann

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Y'all!
The above blog of mine got printed twice, perhaps because it was told it failed the spelling test with "driphy", which I did spell correctly!!!! Naughty blog filter!! A case for Vinnie!!
Tschuess,
Anonomann

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Glenn Buttkus said...

And gutten morgan, Anonomann, Lane, Meredith, Keth, and the LL back in Europe!

I had my annual physical yesterday. Nothing like a vigorous finger wave to complete one's day. I am in better health than I expected, so I guess this comment section will be graced by my presence for at least another year.

The opening comment in this fabulous string is "deleted", removed by the author. How the deuce does that work? You type up the comment, type in the word verification, and it magically appears, your comment. How would one then "remove" it?

I really am having fun with the three poet sisters, the Erdrichs, the "Three Graces", over on FFTR. I started out with Louise, who is both beautiful and formidable. Then I bumped into Heid, and she is more earthy. I have not got into sister Lise yet, her poetry that is, but it might be stirring as well.

I was thinking, now that there are over 2,400 postings on the site, maybe I should make up a Table of Contents, but I don't quite know where to put it, or how to put it...yet. I am at the point where when I want to go back and review something, it takes some time to find it; kind of like my 13,000 movie collection in my basement, enit?

Glenn

5:50 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Now that is different. No pic and my full name. The cyber gnomes and monkeys are really active today. At least I was not considered anonymous.

Glenn

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Youse can tell Anonofeller dat I knows some dudes over at Yahoo, and i will luk into da sityouashun, damn tootin. Dat ain't right dat a reglar commenter like Anonomann can't post what he wants, when he wants it. Life is frustraining enuff widout dat too.

.........Vinnie

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet that you And Miss M took Anonomann and the LL to Bainbridge Island on your outing; even though it was probably Meredith's idea, it was nice of you to accompany them and keep your bitching to a minimum.

........Eddy Emerald

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I particularly liked the mirrored pools, and wasn't the gardens and weather just divine.

.......Emily

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several of us were there with you, Doug. Emmie just likes to be a hoggut and speak up first.

........Edgar Poo

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh really? I didn't realize that trolls much like yourself actually liked gardens and parks. Smelly old bridges are more your style, Poo.

............Emily

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah....and dykes, such as yourself, can put on the airs and get all flowery too; but that doesn't change the fact that you eat beaver, and muff dive on a regular basis.

...........Edgar Alan Poo

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was crude as hell, Poo; kind of made me feel tingly all over.

...........Tiny Tim

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear that Barack Obama is one smooth talker. Did you all catch his one hour address to the nation and congress last night? He is almost too moral, and too intelligent to be President.

.......Rush Limburger

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane, Glenn, et al.,
I just read your "complete profile", Lane. If Schoenberg is your 2nd favorite composer, you should like his "Erwartung" which Seattle Opera is now doing @ the McCaw; "Bluebeard" ias also a great production, and I like Bartok's music to it more than I like Schoenberg's, but my favorite composers are neither; they are (for "old sgtuff") Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini; for contemporary, I like the music of Douglas Palmer, and hope the Rosenbusch Quartett will do his "@nd String Quartet" when I bring it to them next week (7 March when I volunteer as a ticket taker for their concert in Schwerin's Castle). Cross your fingers, Palmer-people!!
Tschuess,
Anonomann

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Readers-of-Lane's-Blogs!
This will be my last entry from Seattle; on Friday, the 27th, I fly back to Schwerin, where the computers have umlauts and the Staatstheater has no "security" guards.
Tschuess,
Anonomann

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont reely have nuttin to say, but I figger dat it would be da coolest to be #65. Bon voyage der, Anonomann, winging yer way back to Germany der. Maybee Lane and Meredith will come and visit youse by da lake one summer. Dat wud be a corker.

...............Vinnie

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that one could find more native American poets and poetry anywhere, than Glenn has devoted hundreds of postings and dozens of Indian poets to over on FFTR. He is working on Carter Devard now. Interesting that 90% of these poets are also college English professors, enit?

..............Chief Victor

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone let all of us know if Doug's composition gets accepted.

................Eddie Emerald

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I saw Roy today, aka Rock, and he always checks in on this site to check the latest Gay News.

..............Tabb Hunther

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I was talking with Patton today, and he recommended I start checking this site daily for the Military News.

...........Dwight D. Izenhower

6:03 PM  
Blogger butch said...

It is supposed to snow today. That will be fun, won't it, although perhaps in the lower elevations we will not become too impaired.

Man, the Anonymous Gang has really been active for this posting. One never knows how it will go, enit?

I'm staying home a bit later this morning, so that I can go give a fasting lab; checking my cholesterol levels among other stuff. I offered to just leave my shorts, so that they could get a stool sample, a urine sample, a sperm sample, a blood sample--but my doctor did not have much of a sense of humor about it. Maybe he needs to check in here and read some of Lane's stuff, and loosen up a mite. The world looks brighter when one is laughing, I assure you.

My boss is already a bit as my retirement gets closer; just a little more than a year off. He is not going to be able to hire my replacement until after I depart, per usual for the government. So he asked me if I would consider doing some consultant work, coming in part-time at double my present salary, to help cross train my replacement. I told him I would consider it. There is, of course, that part of human nature that would just as soon walk off one day, leaving a tremendous vacuum, knowing the Center will suffer, the veterans will suffer, the government will suffer from my absence. All ego. Probably I will help out. They have been pretty good to me this last couple years.

It is fun to watch all the projects and joy that Meredith is getting into now that her wage slave days are behind her. So many folks I know are fearful of retirement, for they have no hobbies, no interests, no sense of themselves being anything or anybody more than a well conditioned worker, who has given up 50-60 years of their lives to the job. There is also the stigma of early death, which does seem to plague so many of them. For me, I am fearless, ready to plunge head on into the pool of retirement. Doug says the water is fine. Kristine Johnson, our old friend, retired last year, and she seems pretty happy about it.

Glenn

Word Verification is "magrat"

4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they call a fag bar that has no stools or chairs?

................Liberace

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, Lee, we don't know. What do they call it?

...............Tiny Tim

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fruit stand.


...................Liberace

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it comes again, Fags on Parade. Don't you girly men have anything better to do besides sit around and kibitz on this blog?

...............Gov. Arnold Schwartzeneighbor

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy big fella, your pecs are sagging just like the rest of us, and after all the steroids you have taken, I doubt you could get it up for a woman or a man.

..............Elton's John

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard the one about the homosexual sitting in Pete's Poop Deck on the Seattle waterfront?

...............George Mikel

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Georgie, after you shave you naughty boy, pray tell us.

...............Tiny Tim

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looked out the window after downing several beers, and was amazed at what he saw. Poking the stevedore next to him, he asked, "Hey, man, what in the world kind of boat is that?
"You're not from around here, huh?"
"No, actually, I am up from California."
"That, young man, is a Washington State Ferry Boat."
After a short silence, the young man's eyes became larger as he exclaimed:
"Gosh, I knew we were organized, but I never knew we had our own Navy."

.........George Mikel

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Don't ask, don't tell," is pure horseshit. The military has become infiltrated with Commies, homos, and dames. I am worried about the state of our readiness.

................George Patton

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of us can be ready at a moment's notice. You have nothing to worry about, General.

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mikel Jack'son

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about, "Don't Spank, I'll Tell." ?

...........Melvin Broocks

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel, you Yiddish perve, you always fully enjoyed a good spanking. Don't be a hypocrite.


.............Ann Bankcroft

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Mommy, you promised never to tell.

.................Mel B.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dis iz gettin way two kinky! Dat ain't nun of our bizness what youse two done once. You gots to member dat little kids read dis stuff too.

................Vinnie

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I post a lovely little something about visiting a park and you commenters get into the strangest dialogues. I like the attention, though. Rant on.


............Lane Savant

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you dig rants, wait for the next posting from Doug. As we have pointed out here before, Palmer has elevated ranting to an art form.

..............Eddie Emerald

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There hasn't been much Frock Talk lately. What's the matter, girls, getting shy?

.............Divine

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a nice selection of sun dresses that I only wear at home; bright prints.

..............Pee Wee Herman

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitchcock is always raiding my closet for dresses for the larger figure.

............J. Edgar Hoooverr

VE is "shisters"

5:11 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Hey, let me jump in here and become commenter #90. I do not recall, maybe Doug could check it out, but this batch of comments may set a record for FFTR.


.............Glenn

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who is missing? Miss Jannie, with her bra flinging and sharp wit. She claims that she visits like 300 blogs on a regular basis; wow.

.............Edgar Poo

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jannie is spending a lot of time practicing her guitar and singing skills in prep for her recital in May, launching her new CD, I NEED A MAN.

................Bobby Dillyn

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They checked my height the other day, and they told me I was too short to ride in those bumper cars with the kids. Now, that ain't right.

...........Robert Bake

5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any of you check out the moo moo I was buried in? I insisted upon it. They slit open the back of the suits anyway, so why bother dressing me up?

.............Bud Brando

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very few people, certainly not my fans, ever knew I was gay. That was one reason I bought an island and kept my business out of the limelight.

...............Raymond Burrrr

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the big deal, ladies. Being gay has been a career booster for me, and many others too.

......................Nathan Pain

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a list of 100 homosexuals who are in Congress. I think there needs to be an investigation.

..................Senator Joe M.

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those Commie fags, Joe? Obama won't stand for such foolishness in the halls of Congress, or in its closets.

.........................Rush Limburger

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is significant that most of the best Native American poets are women. I wonder if they all know each other? They seem to. Glenn has set up an archive that simply dazzles the curious amongst us.

.................Emily

5:35 AM  
Blogger butch said...

LeAnne Howe, on her blog site, mentioned that since Barrack Obama likes to play basketball, and Sherman Alexie likes to play basketball, then Sherman needs to be invited to the White House for a game of horse, and/or elected to national office, or appointed something by Obama. I wonder how Alexie feels regarding this?


Glenn

5:38 AM  
Blogger Jannie Funster said...

That place is GREEN.

All your rain comes in handy.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Yeah, I'll bet there are very few moss gardens in Texas

3:39 PM  

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