It rained a lot this weekend, especially on Saturday, when Tina and I wanted to go out sketching, so once again we had to brainstorm on good locations for bad weather. We wound up at Swanson's Nursery in Ballard, which has several large buildings with covered walkways between.
The main attraction was a camel named Curly (yes, a real live camel). There were two reindeer as well, and all three were relaxing in roomy pens, munching away on hay. We managed to find space between the hordes of excited children to do a few sketches.
There were also lots of children admiring a miniature village with a train rolling round it -- I tried to sketch the train, but it went around so quickly that I could only get little bits each time, and eventually I gave up that endeavor and just drew a section of the village instead.
Then I found a quieter spot in another building, by a koi pond. No children were teeming around the pond -- it was ever so pleasant.
Zooming in for a close-up:
Not a bad outing at all. Afterwards we stopped in at a coffee house (One Cup Coffee in Shoreline) where we've sketched before, though I was more interested in drinking hot cocoa than drawing. We discovered the owner allows dogs inside! Not just service dogs, ANY dog. I could bring Truman there -- it is always wonderful to find places I can go with Tru. I may be spending more time there in retirement.