Sep 6, 2010


I few weeks ago,
Mike and I took a day trip to
Bickleton,  WA

The bluebird capital of the world!

(click photos to enlarge)

It's a tiny town,
population 91.

In the 1950's the bluebirds had become rare,
and a family put out a few houses which were quickly
filled with nests...
Then the rest of the town jumped on board
building bluebird houses...

Now.. It is a tourist attraction
with trails...

which are lined with
2500 birdhouses....

Hows that for a community project!

This one is stamped with the letter D
there are other designs..
I assume each family / organization has a unique design....

Do you see the wind farm in the background?

Besides wheat farming, wind farming
seemed to be the major industry there..

Of course there is a darling rustic Bluebird Inn :-)

Not a rose in sight...
But what a sight this gorgeous Victorian home is!!

Look at that wild sky!!

Someone is restoring it's  porch flooring...

all the gingerbread is stunning!!

So at this point you are wondering
where are the bluebird photos right?

While abundant,
they were very camera shy :-)

another point of fun....
This tiny town on the high desert,
football team's name...
The Pirates!

Today I am joining
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

Thanks for joining me today!


Maleviks Rosenträdgård said...




You visiting :)
Thank ypu for sharing :)
Hugs from Håkan

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Sweet! If we ever get up to that part of Washington, I'm making sure we stop there. Thanks for the look-see of the area.
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

SmilingSally said...

What an interesting blue post.

Happy Blue Monday, Bella! Check out my book giveaway.

Cacau Jafet said...

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Cabin and Cottage said...

Talk about off the beaten track... This doesn't look at all like what I would expect to see in WA--except for the sky! What a great looking inn! And that cottage house! I suppose I will never lose my fascination for that architecture. Q

Alison said...

What a fascinating old house and town!

Loui♥ said...

loved the photos!
delightful post!!
enjoyed the gingerbread house!
warm sandy hugs..

NanaDiana said...

Bella-What a fun place to visit...and I LOVE the old Victorian house. I always wonder why such beauties came to be abandoned in the first place, don't you? There's just something sad about something so beautiful being left without a happy family to fill it.

How funny-you went to the town of Bluebirds and didn't get one picture of one bird! lol

And the Pirates name? I think that is hysterial...I mean...why not the Wildcats or the Coyotes...but the Pirates? Too, too funny! xxoo Diana

Sarah said...

Beth, thanks for taking us along and for the information about this town and it's bluebird population. Fascinating story. ~ Sarah

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tour of a delightful community.

The Victorian with the beautiful sky is gorgeous.

I had never seen a bluebird in my entire life until about twelve years ago when we moved into this house on bluebird street. I was beginning to think they were a legend.

Now I see them all the time!!

LV said...

You did a great job for your Blue Monday feature. My sister and I have our day together every other Saturday. We love to go to the small towns around. They are always fun and can fine so many interesting sights. You found a lot of neat things on your outing.

High Heeled Life said...

Wonderful pictures.. that sky was definitely amazing!!! HHL

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
Yes, I was looking for photos of the bluebirds.
There was obviously enough other things to see - love that old Victorian home that's being restored.
We have wind farming in Ontario too - they remind me of alien creatures.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a wonderful old Victorian house, I do hope someone restores it back to it's full glory. Take care.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Bella! What a fun little trip! I love lazing through those old, out of the way, little towns. So much character. So much history. That deserted house is spectacular! Can you imagine it setting by the coastline somewhere....? Oh yeah..... :) Thanks for taking us on this sweet trip!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a cute place, I hadn't heard of it before. I love hearing about places here that we haven't visited. I love the Anitque rose farm in your previous post, that is definitely a favorite place. We visited Port Gamble yesterday which is a really cute old town. Lots of old houses and everything is lined with picket fences.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Bella, What a fun place to visit. I like to watch the blue birds when they visit the bird bath. That sweet old victorian just need the right soul to bring her back to life. Thank's for sharing a fun post....Julian

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

This is a lovely place! ANd I love the Bluebird Inn!!

Hélène Glehen said...

We do not have Bluebirds here in Europe, nor Cardinal, another beautiful american bird.
It is conformting to think that everything is done to preserve them :o)
Now the victorian house is gorgeous, very "Hitchcockian" if I must say.
Have a nice day.

Patyclau said...

I´ve enjoyed very much the photos, an the old house is absolutely great.

Have a nice week Bella.


Dawn said...

I came to tee your lovely Tuesday Teacups but no sign however I dd enjoy your day out in BB contry

Love Dawn xx

Princesa Nadie said...

I like that house! Really an very special place,I would love visiting it

Pamela said...

That home is gorgeous and what wonderful pics! Thanx for sharing!