Pay it Forward Locally

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Pay it Forward Locally. Here's what I am doing with my localism articles. I'm trying to "spotlight" businesses giving them links in my articles while also letting Fishhawk Lake members know what businesses are out there to help them. This was a post that I wrote earlier this week. Three that I have included here are:

  • Cascadian Nurseries
  • All Natures Construction
  • Jim Dandy Farm Market

Plus, you will get a chance to see some of the fun photos I took on my trip this last Friday!

Fishhawk Lake Just Another Day in Nature Today I forced myself to go to a new nursery to pick out plants for our Fishhawk Lake home that's being re-landscaped.  Oh, boohoo, had to go outside and be among gorgeous, newly blooming plants and some creatures whose "screams" are strange and haunting, but endearing at the same time!

This was one of the guys who greeted me.


Cascadian Nurseries is located in Hillsboro area about a 90 minute drive from Fishhawk Lake and I'd never been there before. My landscaper, Elmer Aranda, who owns Natures Construction was the one who turned me onto it. After we did some whirlwind shopping for scads of plants and trees and bushes, I walked the property and got an eyeful....

Peacocks are  everywhere at Cascadian Nursery. They are sort of "uppity" and shy at the same time. Quite protective, though, that's why some people have them as watchdogs. They were just sort of wandering about like they owned the place.

 While the guys at All Natures Construction were taking a quick coffee break:

I walked around after one of the males wandering the parking lot (peacock, that is!)

Check him out in chrome!

After that, I headed over to the waterfeature and the single lonely koi.

I got a bunch of photos and then finally got the Full Monty as I headed to my car--a parting shot!

 After that, it was the long boring drive back to Vernonia, with nothing but stunning spring colors to light my way.

Last Stop before heading to Vernonia for "Floor Day" and meeting my sellers!

Jim Dandy Farm Market where I like to pick up my annuals and perennials, but today--just a photo or two!


Come join me if you dare!

Fishhawk Lake Just Another Day in Nature Content and Photos by Gayle Rich-Boxman All Rights Reserved.


Pay it Forward Locally

Gayle Rich-Boxman
Realtor® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
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Karin Lundeen
Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands - Centennial, CO
Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale

Beautiful pictures, the peacocks are absolutely amazing1  Thanks for sharing!

May 08, 2011 09:08 AM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Wow Gayle. Peacocks, coffee breaks, scenic drives ~ your area is so peaceful and you have become such an excellent photographer.

May 08, 2011 09:08 AM #2
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

ha ha, I like the picture and comment you made about the "males"  Nice post.

May 08, 2011 09:08 AM #3
Peggy Harmeyer- Harmeyer Team
RE/MAX Real - Altoona, IA
Licensed in the State of Iowa


What a great Idea to pay it foward to local business's.  I am going to use this idea in my blogs.  You had such beautiful pictures to had to the story.  Happy Mothers Day and Enjoy Spring!


May 08, 2011 09:10 AM #4
Gwynn Carpenter
Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin) - Austin, TX
: Broker, Home & Hearth Realty (512)467-6191

Gayle...o yea - this is certainly the type of post that I like to Suggest.  I just might bring you so much business that you will need to schedule tiime to sneak away to take some more incredible photos.  Loved the peacock - the blues are brilliant!

May 08, 2011 09:18 AM #5
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Very well done Gayle. You always have the best pictures. All the best with the landscaping project.

May 08, 2011 09:45 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Karin, those peacocks never knew what hit'em...I was in and outta there before they could say boo!

Gary, Kris Ginsberg is helping me with re-creating them in a better format...still a work-in-progress. I mentioned you to another newbie blogger about what you suggested re: photos being in your posts (of course you created a monster!)

Cindy--so glad someone got that joke!

Peggy--now THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIIN' ABOUT! Really glad you're going to do that. I already have a resource list on my website and am planning on putting together a website where I can actually have other local businesses advertise on it, while offering their contact numbers (by me) for free for my neighbors at Fishhawk Lake.

Gwynn, a huge thank you!!! This idea is the result of taking Katerina Gasset's classes called SEO to the Top.  She offers a myriad of ways to increase business awareness, linking back to you, and I even now write a column monthly for one of my local papers, thanks to her ideas.

Doug, to me one of the nicest compliments I can get is that you appreciate my pictures.  It's terrific when you have a passion that you then can have others enjoy besides yourself!

May 08, 2011 10:03 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your focus on localisms. Many should follow your lead.

Absolutely beautiful photographs!

 Blooming for Mother's Day!

May 08, 2011 12:59 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Roy! Thank you for mentioning that it's important to focus on's something I'm taking seriously.

That orchid looks similar to mine. (I suppose I'll have to get a shot of it now, but it won't come close to yours!)

May 08, 2011 02:05 PM #9
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

How beautiful. In fact that one picture of the peacock is simply stunningly gorgeous.

May 09, 2011 04:26 PM #10
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Eric, "stunningly gorgeous" made my day!

May 10, 2011 01:50 PM #11
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gayle, well I could say ditto to all of your comments above.  

 It looks like it would be so fun to go shopping in your area.    I'm glad that you enjoy taking pictures that you in turn share with us. 

Each and every one of these pictures are very nice.  The peacock pictures are really interesting and beautiful. 

Take care,


May 10, 2011 02:59 PM #12
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