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I’ve mentioned before that Seattle is pretty great. One of those reasons: Viking festivals!

Tents at the Viking festival

This year, we checked out the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Viking Days. (Next year, we might hit the one out in Poulsbo or the Viking feast in Enumclaw.)

The Viking Days festival is in Ballard, which is full of adorable houses like these:

Adorable houses near the Nordic Heritage Museum

 

Adorable houses near the Nordic Heritage Museum

And so was this gorgeous tree laden with ripe apples. They were all blighted, which made me feel better about the blighted apple trees at Alcove House. (They were like that when we moved in and I haven’t had a chance to research it.)

Apple tree in Ballard

The house with the apples also had these pretty succulents filling the gaps in a rock wall:

Succulents on a stone wall in Ballard

I was feeling a bit socially anxious that day, so I didn’t take any photos of the crafters who were demonstrating woodworking or weaving, but I took a few of their work.

Viking gear on display at the Viking festival

 

Tents at the Viking festival

After checking out the festival, we ducked into the Nordic Heritage Museum itself, which was free to visitors for the day. It was dim and cool after the bright heat outside.

Wooden boat at the Nordic Heritage museum in Ballard, WA

Space Needle on a wooden horse statue at the Nordic Heritage musThe Seattle Space Needle painted as a detail on a larger-than-life-size wooden horse

Closely joined boards on a model house at the Nordic Heritage mu

Detail of the wooden boards on a hand-built house

Immigrants' steamer trunks at the Nordic Heritage Museum

The steamer trunk of an early-20th-century immigrant

Immigrants' steamer trunks at the Nordic Heritage Museum

Immigrants' steamer trunks at the Nordic Heritage Museum

Details of hundred-year-old steamer trunks

Delicate wood carving at the Nordic Heritage Museum

An intricately carved modern wooden jewelry box

Lace-making pillow at the Nordic Heritage Museum

An antique lacemaking pillow

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