Flower of the day – August 23, 2012
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844
“Feeling at peace, however fragilely, made it easy to slip into the visionary end of the dark-sight. The rose shadows said that they loved the sun, but that they also loved the dark, where their roots grew through the lightless mystery of the earth. The roses said: You do not have to choose. ”
~ Robin McKinley, Sunshine
The day, Sunday, and what can I say, the weather sucked. Rain. The temperature was mild, but rain, rain, and more rain. That said, Lloyd and I bundled me up and we zipped as fast as we could around the market gathering produce, at mach speed; imagine speed shopping in a crowded store as I grabbed and held on to the produce and my camera, while, Lloyd pushed me around in Delores. It was a challenge. Finagle the produce, my camera, and occasionally hollering stop, so I could quickly re-finagle the goodies held in my lap and grab a few quick shots, all without getting the camera extremely wet and tossing our wares on the ground. I can only imagine what we looked like. I didn’t much care at the time as we (I was) were on a die-hard mission to capture photos of the market. Surprisingly we weren’t the only ones out in the rain, as the market was hopping with people doing basically what we were doing without the camera and Delores (my chair). Some actually strolled along slowly, no particular mission in mind, and no doubt to watch people, and people like us. What can I say? I covered up with a red blanket, stuck out like a red stain on white carpet, so the damage to me, and the camera was minimal. Lloyd received the brunt of the rain, as he failed to dress for the occasion. My only real issue despite being covered was, water tends to pool in flat areas, like my legs. And riding around in Delores, well, my lap was a rain catcher, with a camera poking its lens out for the occasional shot. I must say, in the end it was well worth the comedic act performed at the market, as I was able to capture some pretty great shots. That and the torrential rains didn’t really happen until we finished shopping. Rain damage was minimal. We actually wandered out later in the day for some more photos (a discussion for another time). What we missed out on was purchasing any new plants. We didn’t want to get the inside of the car muddy soil mixed with rain.
We refrained from all plant purchases until Memorial weekend, (I can’t believe this coming weekend will be Memorial weekend.) where has the time gone. The year is nearly half over, and I still have trouble writing 2012. Whatever is going to happen when 2013 rolls around. I guess pray for the fact that we all made it to 2013. And by this I mean, we lived through the hoopla behind December 21, 2012. So here’s a cheer for the weekend, rain and sogginess at best. Our morning at the market.
This weeks music under the rain tarp, while I didn’t get their names they played blue grass and country. It was nice to hear music along with the rain. And in all fairness people didn’t seem to mind too much about the rain. We do live in Portland. It does rain. I am merely glad we don’t live in Seattle, where it rains most of the season, that and the horrendous traffic. Besides, a part of Portland’s beauty is due to the face we get rain. Portland wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful or green. Portland wouldn’t be Portland. And in mu opinion, Portland is one of the best places to live. And I have lived in a few.
For those who haven’t followed my posts, on Sundays, rain or shine, we travel to the Sunday Market at Orenco Station, a small burb of Hillsboro, about 10 miles west of downtown Portland. and a few blocks from our home. The Sunday Market specializes in local vendors selling anything from food, kettle corn, honey, vinegars, gluten-free products, pastries and fresh bread, to art, pottery, jewelry, nursery plants, and bouquets of flowers, and probably other few items I have forgotten. Over the course of the summer, products and vendors change, so you never know what the market might carry that surprises you.
For me, I love to watch the people flock to the street vendors for food. Basically, I love to people watch. Today was no different, people were out eating the non-healthy as well as the healthy fast food from the variety of food vendors. It amazes me for an area that prides itself on being (eating) healthy, one can’t help themselves when it comes to market food. From what I have heard it is all good. Might not be good for you but, you didn’t hear that from me.
My other favorite thing to do at the market aside from people watch is to sit back and actually see how beautiful the market is. How so many people will come out in support of such a fabulous market which helps our local vendors, produce and nursery farmers, florists, and artisans. The market is all that and more. It is a great time for all. This year, the number of merchants has increased considerably from last year and the choice and prices very competitive. One can find some great deals. As I mentioned we would wait until this coming Sunday to buy the rest of our plants when we bring the other vehicle. Rain plus soil equal mud, neither of which is allowed inside of the car.
I have no idea what this particular vendor was selling, me along with my camera shooed away. No kidding. Did she think I wouldn’t say something great or bad her booth in my blog? She had no idea I had a blog, for I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. That that by me having art featured in my blog was going to perhaps help her by all the people who read my blog. Now what they are going to see is how not very friendly or wonderful her ware are. Too bad so sad. Not for me, for her. I just tossed her under the bus. I talk about everyone I see in my blog and if something is wonderful, I talk about that, in fact I go so far as to tell people how wonderful these people and their products are. Last year I featured one or two people in my blog. They were gracious as they realized they were getting free advertising. I give credit where credit is due, when I can in the form of free advertising. Her wares didn’t look so special to me, but that is my opinion . But each to their own. Perhaps there is a large calling for ceramic leafs for your garden. The prices and not the lady scared me away. Just saying. And now for the awesome vendors.
The images in today’s blog are from the variety of nursery’s and flower vendors local to Portland and, all who offer beautiful flowers and shrubries. I felt right at home and the vendors all so friendly, have taken the time regardless of the crappy weather, to put together such wonderful bouquets either custom gathered while you wait, or already prepared bunches. The prices were rather reasonable generally from $5 to $10 for the small and medium sizes to maybe $15 for the large bouquets. Totally worth it. We would buy them but between our allergies and our cats, it is not feasible. We sometimes buy them in the summer for the back yard table if we are going to have guests over, but aside from that sadly we don’t. I simple live vicariously through the beauty of the photos I take. I hope you enjoy. And for more information you can check out the Orenco Station Hillsboro Farmer’s Market list of vendors.
Hanging baskets sold for between $15 and $30 dollars. Most were in the $20 to $25 dollar range. Great bargain beautiful large planters, your choice hanging or not.
I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Sunday Market. We did, what we could about the photos in the rain. We hope to see some of our local readers at the market. And for those living out of the markets range, I hope you at least enjoyed seeing out photos. All of our photos can be purchased on our website or by sending us an email. We can be followed on our blog, website or twitter We look forward to hearing from you.