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Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

by | Dec 24, 2009 | Christmas Decorating

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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.

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

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.

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

Love the planters and all the moss!

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

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

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate

Christmas at The Bloedel Estate
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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Christmas at The Bloedel Estate


  1. Susan

    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!

  2. Gena

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

  3. Becky K.

    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! =-.

  4. Alissa

    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! =-.

  5. Jessica Washburn

    Looks absolutely heavenly! Enjoy and Merry Christmas

  6. Melanie

    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! =-.

  7. Michelle, Home Staging Pro

    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 =-.

  8. Robin

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

  9. Jen R

    Merry Christmas Melissa!!!!

  10. sunnymama

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

  11. Vee

    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

  12. Gayle

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

  13. Jennifer

    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 =-.

  14. Debbie

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

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

  15. Pearl Maple

    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 =-.

  16. Maureen

    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,

  17. Lisa

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

  18. paige

    wow—how gorgeous!

  19. Rona

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

  20. Emily-Sarah

    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.)

  21. teresa

    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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