Nestled along the eastern shore of Puget Sound about ten miles south of Seattle is the ever so quaint town of Burien, Washington. A place that we have called home for the past seven years. When we came up to Washington from San Diego for Roger’s new job, we looked around at all of the nearby communities to find the right place. It only took one drive through Burien to discover that this was the town for us. We had found a rental house on Three Tree Point which is the western edge of Burien along the water front and as we drove down the idyllic main street through town I fell in love immediately. Even before we saw the home with it’s million dollar view of the sound!
For a couple of years we enjoyed sitting on our deck and watching the cargo ships go by, 4th of July Fireworks, pods of Orcas and Bald Eagles fishing in the Sound and majestic Mt. Rainier in the background. Taking Charlie on beach walks and attending neighborhood gatherings as well as the wonderful July 4th celebrations that the neighborhood was famous for. It was a fantastic way of life. Unfortunately the home owner passed away and we were forced to relocate. We found our second Burien home in the middle of Olde Burien right in the heart of town.
A great little pre-war bungalow with a huge yard just a few steps from the main street and walking distance to all of our favorite restaurants and shops along 152nd street. Olde Burien seems to be a throw back to the fifties and a time when folks would gather at the local diner or the feed store. Although the “Diners” are more gentrified and upscale now, the feed store is still here right next to the old Burien Food Center market.
With such a great yard, Roger started a garden and has become somewhat of a gentleman farmer. Each year the garden has grown a little and our summers have been filled with fresh fruits and veggies. There is nothing on earth like a nice ripe tomato from your own garden. Aside from the garden which contains everything from lettuces and tomatoes to peas and beans, broccoli and cauliflower, peppers ,cucumbers, carrots, radishes, leeks, watermelon and corn. We also have blackberry and raspberry bushes, apple trees, a pear tree, a cherry tree and an herb garden. And a lot of yard left over for enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor.
We’ll miss the annual 4th of July parade that winds it’s way through the center of town, the largest event of the year.
The weekly Farmers Market held each Thursday next to the Library and City Hall.
And I will miss the friends that we’ve made here. I’m hoping that some of them will take up our invitation to come and visit us in Belize. I am quite sure that some of them will. Burien is a great town with a real small town atmosphere within minutes of Seattle and we couldn’t found a better place to call home during our stay in the area. Bye Bye B-Town, you’ve been swell!