Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

We are having a lovely Christmas holiday just spending time together. Of course, there is nothing like being chased by a GIANT SWAN! I was the one he was chasing. I was sure he was coming to peck my eyes out.

Isn’t this wonderful? I’m ready to move again! The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is just beautiful! I just soaked in the peace and tranquility of this place. We spent a wonderful afternoon strolling through the grounds and sipping hot cider in the house.

Love the planters and all the moss!

Not too shabby, eh? I think I could make this place work.


This was an amazing row of birch trees! I was kind of tempted to cut off a few branches for my house but decided against it. The groundskeepers probably (guessing) would have kicked me out!

photo: Taken at The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Merry Christmas everyone!

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  1. gorgeous!
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..Not a Creature was Stirring, not Even a Mouse… =-.

  2. What a gorgeous place! Too funny about the swan…and it’s not even nesting season. Love the mossy planter. Thanks for sharing the pics…it does look so tranquil. :-)
    Merry Christmas!
    Susan

  3. Gorgeous! :)

  4. Merry Christmas… ENJOY!!!
    Fifi
    .-= Fifi Flowers´s last blog ..All I want for Christmas… =-.

  5. Oh what an exquisite looking place – I love the architectural details and the surrounding landscape – in fact, it’s all beautiful. Oh my, just read your previous post (I’m in catch up mode, after being out of town for a week), and felt you were writing about me ….. I only finished decorating hte house last night!!!! Yikes a definite first for me! but thankfully I bailed out of the perfection “train” a few years ago, so not as stressful as it would normally have been. I am soooo thankful that due to delayed/ changed travel plans we are only having family over much later today – we will be enjoying a late Christmas lunch/ early dinner – thanks goodness for small mercies, gives me time to get everything done! Merry Christmas Melissa, thanks for your goregous blog, great posts AND not least, the opportunity to share!!!
    Gena
    .-= Gena´s last blog ..Merry Christmas!!! =-.

  6. That reminds me a lot of one of our favorite places in Williamsburg, VA. There they are geese who expect to be fed….but the grand house and ponds…very similarly beautiful.

    I am so thankful for you that your home sale situation is resolved and you can just enjoy your family without the stresses of this past year!

    Merry Christmas!!!

    Becky K.
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Merry Christmas to You! =-.

  7. OMG, that place is DIVINE!!!!

    Isn’t it perfect in every way…
    .-= Annie@A View On Design´s last blog ..Did someone say a "Castle"? =-.

  8. what a beautiful place…i love the planters with the moss. i would have had a hard time not picking them up and taking them home! Merry Christmas!!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

  9. Looks absolutely heavenly! Enjoy and Merry Christmas

  10. That’s a beautiful place to take a walk on Christmas. Looks like your children are enjoying their gifts:)
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

  11. First of all Happy Holidays!

    I LOVE the planters with moss. It is a stunning photo and I thank you for the inspiration. Makes me want to run to the nursery tomorrow.

    I’m a sucker for moss. I once bought a house (for the one and only reason…) because it had moss growing on the patio.

    The birches are beautiful too. I probably was a good idea that you resisted your impulse to “trim” them. I don’t think they allow computers in jail!
    .-= Michelle, Home Staging Pro´s last blog ..Los Angeles Home Stager A Finalist For Professional Stager of the Year =-.

  12. That place is gorgeous! I can’t imagine what the grounds look like in the spring and summer!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Merry Christmas =-.

  13. Looks like a very relaxing place! Sounds wonderful!
    Merry Christmas!
    ~Liz
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Home for the Holidays =-.

  14. Merry Christmas Melissa!!!!

  15. Isn’t Bloedel amazing, merry, merry Christmas. Clarice
    .-= clarice´s last blog ..From Our Family To Yours =-.

  16. Looks like a lovely place. Your pictures are beautiful. :)
    .-= sunnymama´s last blog ..A year of play =-.

  17. Oh yes! I am quite certain that you could make it work, Melissa, and how! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

    Thank you for your visits and comments; they’ve ment so much.

    As a collector of swans, I was very intrigued by such a close-up photo of one. Thank you for risking life and limb. ;D

  18. Merry Christmas!
    .-= fiberdoodles´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

  19. Just lovely, I enjoyed the tour! Have a blessed new year!
    .-= Gayle´s last blog ..Wishing You… =-.

  20. Sounds and feels lovely, Melissa.

    Many blessings to you and yours!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Losing Count is a Good Thing! =-.

  21. Such a beautiful place to enjoy the Christmas holidays! I hope you and your family have a glorious holiday and a very Happy New year!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Christmas Morning Breakfast =-.

  22. What a beautiful estate this is! The grounds are simply gorgeous. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

    Merry Christmas to you,
    Debbie
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Christmas Fun 2009 =-.

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family, thank you for brightening up our year full of tips and ideas to enjoy the best of everyday.
    .-= Pearl Maple´s last blog ..Happy Holidays =-.

  24. Oh my goodness… those photos are just beyond beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for all you share during throughout the year. I never leave your blog uninspired.

    My best,
    Maureen

  25. That looks so lovely! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
    .-= Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates´s last blog ..Merry Christmas!! =-.

  26. wow—how gorgeous!

  27. I think the BerryMorins are ready to move in!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  28. Emily-Sarah says:

    Gorgeous! Talk about upping one’s motivation for attending a family get-together if it were held in a place like this! :-) (But for the record, of course I attended all our familial gatherings. And one WAS held in a charming historic school, complete with a roaring fire in the fireplace.)

  29. Theres a place like that in my area that I go to from time to time- and yes, I love it and feel the same way…when do I move =)
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..a season of giving- =-.

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