Thursday, April 24, 2008


Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
The halibut fish and chips that we had for lunch at Halibuts was just right. They serve half orders. The two pieces of fish was the right size. I don’t care for getting too much food in restaurants and love it when I can order half an order. The beer battered halibut was light and fluffy not heavy and greasy.
Live Jazz and blues is played in the bar Halibuts II on most evenings.
2525 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
Phone: (503) 808-9600

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tulip Wine Down

tulip mickey mouse
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
This looks like a fun way to see the tulips and benefit charity.
Saturday April 19 and Sunday 20, 2008. Admission is $10, cash only. Must be 21 with ID. The Tulip Wine Down is an all Charity base event helping non-profits within the Mid-Willamette Valley. There will be over 10 wineries including David Hill vineyards, Eola Hills wine cellars and Willamette valley Vineyards. An additional tasting fee is charged to taste the wines. The Tulip Festival is extended to April 27, 2008
$5 per vehicle Saturday and Sundays.
33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR Follow signs off I-5 Woodburn exit or from Hwy 99E in Woodburn.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Portland Nursery

Portland Nursery
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
I don’t need a reason to stop in this nursery. It has an amazing variety of plants to tempt me. Portland nursery carries a large selection of native plants. The native plant of the month of April is Native Trillium ovatum. Trillium is such a pretty plant. I find trillium to be easy care plant in my yard, each spring it pops up under the shrubs. Portland nursery has a large selection of herbs, sedum and roses in stock. There are varieties of plants that aren’t available in the other nurseries. The help desk provides expert advice. When you tell them the growing conditions of where you are going to put a plant, they will tell you if it will thrive under those conditions or suggest something else that will thrive in your yard.
5050 SE Stark Portland, OR 97215, Spring store hours: Sunday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m; Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

MagnoliaHoyt Arboretum

Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

Recently I hiked along the Cherry trail to the wildwood trail through the winter garden to the Magnolia trail then back up the hill to the Visitors Center. I was looking for flowering trees. I was disappointed to find that Magnolia Collection had very few blooms open. I checked the dates on my photos from last year. I went too early. I took the pictures of magnolias in late April last year. I intend to go back to hike and take photos. Hopefully the dogwoods will be in bloom then along with the Magnolias.
The Magnolia trail starts by the winter garden. Make sure that you find the sign that says magnolia trail. If you take a different trail like Oak or Beech you will not see the Magnolias. It took me a few tries to find the correct trail.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rain or Shine

This garden supply store has everything. I shop there for my seed starting supplies. They give expert advice on starting seeds. With their help I have been very successful starting seeds and growing seedlings ready to plant outside. They have the trays, cells and soil for stating seeds. They sell grow lights, green houses and pond equipment. I have a hard time sticking to my shopping list when I go there. They have so many different things that aren’t available any where else that it is easy to get temped to add something to my purchases.

Rain or Shine 13126 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97230 (503) 255-1981‎ (800) 248-1981‎ - Toll Free

Monday, April 14, 2008

Springwater corridor Bike path

mile marker
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

Sunday Afternoon was a lovely afternoon for a bike ride. I went for my first bike ride of the year. It was great to be out on my bike. I started my bike ride a Gresham Main city park. The park is on Main street in Gresham just off Powell blvd. I rode east on the Springwater path. I heard many different bird songs as I rode along. I got passed by a child happily signing while being pulled in a bike trailer. People of all ages were out enjoying the path. The busy street crossings are well marked. There are posts along the route telling you the mile markers. Springwater is part of the 40 mile loop. It connects to the 205 path when it crosses 205. On the East end bike lanes connect it to the esplanade or the Sellwood Bridge. Trail map at

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

I went to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden this morning between rain showers. Walking into the garden I was awe struck. Beautiful blooming trees scattering petals all over the ground like snow flakes. It was fun walking around looking at what was blooming early. I looked over the early bloomers sale. The prices ranged from $8 to 20 dollars. There was a ride variety of colors and sizes of rhodi’s for sale. The sale is from 9am to 5pm Saturday April 5, 2008. SE 28th Street across from Reed College, one block north of woodstock. $3 admission, sometimes free early morning.

Portland Farmers market

Portland Farmers Market opens Saturday April 5, 2008 in the south park blocks in Portland State University. Open from 8:30 am to 2 pm. April is garden month at the market. There will be plenty of plants to choose from. In past years I remember seeing vegetables starts, herbs, bedding plants and a few shrubs. Local vegetables that are ready for harvest are radishes, spring greens and leeks. The list of venders is not posted yet. With over 100 venders there should be something that you like. It is a fun, interesting and very crowded shopping experience.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Saturday April 5, 2008 8:00am - 4:00pm at Fir Point farms.

This event is huge with six tents and a couple buildings. There will be many wholesale not open to the public nurseries selling plants. Gardenpalooza will have over 40 local nurseries and garden venders. On the list of venders are: Nichols Garden Nursery, they have a large selection of herb plants and seeds; One Green World, they have edible landscape plants; and Sedum chicks specializing in Sedum and Sempervivum. A petting zoo and food venders round out the event. The web page has coupons to print out and bring.

Fir Point Farm is not far from the tulip fields and you can stop at Fry’s in Wilsonville on the way home.

Take I-5 SOUTH toward SALEM


Go about 2 miles to the first traffic light

Turn Left (East) on ARNDT RD NE & go 0.4 miles. The MAIN ENTRANCE is 800 feet east of the AIRPORT RD NE intersection.

First Friday Art Walk April 4, 2008

Troutdale, OR is having an Art walk in historical downtown from 5 to 9 pm. Caswell Gallery will be open. 101 W Columbia River HWY. Rip Caswell’s bronze sculptures are stunning and life like. I wish that more of his sculptures were public art.

Historic Downtown Troutdale on the old Columbia River highway is a quaint place to visit with lots of antiques and collectibles.

Fabric Depot Sale April 4 and 5, 2008

Friday and Saturday are the 40% off fabric sale days. Everything else is 30% off. Find fabric for a new spring outfit or prom dress. There is plenty of new quilting cotton for making of a new spring quilt. I saw a pretty embroidered linen fabric to make a skirt out off.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

First Thursday Art walk April 3, 2008

Time to wander downtown and in the Pearl looking at Art. It is not suppose to rain until tomorrow. I have a bad case of spring fever. All the blooms are late this year due to the rain. Looking at art should do wonders for my spring fever. For a little different walk, start at Urban wineworks 407 NW 16th Ave. The featured artist for the month of April is Erika Warhus. Featured music is by Alfonso Pe Benito. Appetizers by phresh organic catering. Drink a flight of wine for $15. For April it is a high end flight of Domaine Michel Julliot 2005 Mecurey Blanc France, Bishop Creek Cellers 2005 Valois Reserve pinot noir Oregon. Domaine Des Relagnes 2004 Chateaneuf Du Pape Rouge France. Penny Hill 2005 Shiraz Australia.

Afterwards wander down Everett stopping at interesting places like Bullseye gallery until you get to Everett Street lofts. Have fun there are lots of interesting places to stop in along NW Everett.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

wooden shoe tulip farm

wooden shoe tulip farm
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Tulip Fest
We went to the tulip Fest on Sunday. We were there between thunderstorms. I got some great pictures of clouds and tulips. The entry fee is $5 per car. The weather has made the tulips bloom late this year. Only a few early tulips were blooming. I plan to go back later to view the tulips. This year they have added a tram to take people around the fields.