Today was one of those rain-sun-rain-sun-rain Saturdays in our Ballard neighborhood. Blue Ridge, nestled just north of Crown Hill and Golden Gardens, is a pretty, cosy area of early and mid century homes, many with views of Puget Sound. Encouraged by one twenty-minutes-straight bout of sunshine we set out on a walk, only to note it start sprinkling again. No worries, like most Seattleites we had our hoodies so we could just pull up the hood. We were rewarded by a beautiful double rainbow right over the Blue Ridge rooftops. Maybe gets a top rating for best walk of the month. I kept noticing the really great landscaping that so many of the bungalow owners have put into place. Why let your lawn stretch from doorstep to sidewalk when you can create interest and a sense of expansive privacy with an irregular island of shrubs and interesting plants that finishes off the look into one of polished elegance. Of course, as soon as I decided these homes were hands down the most finished looking, I found several with straight walks intersecting a full lawn which impressed me too. What do you think?