Fame, banner year for Whidbey’s bean | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Aug 11, 2016 at 11:00AM

We had a lot of rain early this spring, then a lot of sun, then a lot of cooler temperatures, then a lot more sun. Those in the know about such things on Central Whidbey can add it up. After a couple thin years, 2016 should produce a great harvest of Rockwell beans.


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The Scenic Isle Byway becomes a traffic jam | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 4:00PM

Has anyone else noticed how much traffic seems to have increased on our Rock’s two-lane main artery with a split personality that morphs from Highway 525 into Highway 20? The Fourth of July weekend was cloudy and chilly, but that didn’t deter the bumper-to-bumper line-up inching through Bayview and Freeland, or creeping through Oak Harbor.

Getting the blues in Ocean Shores | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 5:00PM

In April, my husband and I took a jaunt down to Ocean Shores to do some razor clamming. If you’ve ever dug these surprisingly fast-tunneling, bivalve mollusks, you know you’re only allowed out clamming for a short window of time when tides are low.

Lettuce celebrate! School garden turns a year old | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 4:00PM

Second graders at Coupeville Elementary School held their very first “salad celebration” in their classroom late last month. On a Thursday, they carefully arranged place settings for themselves with bowls, forks and napkins.

Make peace with weedy invaders | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • May 11, 2016 at 5:00PM

In winter I like to play outside in the snow just long enough to make a snow angel, build a snowman or throw a few snowballs, and then I’m done and ready for the ice and cold to go away. During the summer I can’t wait for the blistering heat to dissipate and the rain to return so I can stop fretting about my garden turning to ash right before my eyes. And in the fall, I’m counting the days until the monsoons end and the sun peeks once more through the clouds.

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