Stan & Joyce Orchard

Trying to figure it out since 1975.

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde

Lunch In Tacoma

Lunch In Tacoma

Had a lovely lunch with my siblings at Harbor Lights in Tacoma today. Walked down to the Dickman Mill park. Drove through the old neighborhood. Many changes…there and in us. A good day.

Club Antler

Club Antler

Elk strolling by our front porch is common here on The Orchard Compound. But this morning when a group of five bulls walked by, this guy’s freaky antlers caught my eye. Not a great shot – through a dirty window in the dark. But you can see it grew out sideways. Can he use it as a club?

Bzzzzzz

Bzzzzzz

Never tire of watching these little critters do their thing.

Pollinator

Pollinator

This little thing has been a busy bee and then some.

Sun Lovers

Sun Lovers

While we humans are freaking out over this unprecedented heatwave here in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, our cold-tolerant gardenias are loving it.

Garden Friend

Garden Friend

One of many small creatures who share our deck garden. Staying cool under the shade sail as the 2021 heat wave intensifies.

Taking A Break

Taking A Break

Been thinking about mowing this field. Starting to get a bit overgrown. But lately some of our deer friends have been resting in that same spot. So, mowing can wait.

Greenhouse Update

Greenhouse Update

Making slow but steady progress on our 16 x 24 hoop house. This guy and a smaller friend wandered through to check it out. So far, so good.

Welcome To The World

Welcome To The World

Ran to the store this morning and had to wait for this doe and her newborn to cross the road. Both were still wobbly.