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Sunday, 14 December 2014

We continued our B&B tour at the Boreas Inn where we take care of the gardens and whose owners, Susie and Bill, are treasured friends of ours.  Let me remind you that the inn is for sale, so as you peruse the photos you might ponder whether this might be the perfect dream for you.  You would have your own house, the one to the left; the inn is set back to the right.  You would be able to walk to the beach on your own path over the rolling dunes.  We would turn the gardens over to you or would recommend some wonderful local gardeners to take over…because, like Bill and Susie, we are trying to cut back.  You’d be doing us a good turn if you buy the inn because then our dear friends could move to Ilwaco and be our nearby neighbours!

approaching the Boreas

approaching the Boreas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Boreas, god of the north wind

Boreas, god of the north wind

We get the north wind in summer, and mostly south and west wind (and occasionally a cold wind from the east) in the winter.

beautiful job on the windowbox, Susie!

beautiful job on the windowbox, Susie!  (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The stairs to the innkeepers' house are to the left.

The stairs to the innkeepers’ house are to the left.

flower lights on the porch

flower lights on the porch

entrance to the inn

entrance to the inn

tree

 

The Boreas gets consistently rave reviews from all the weary travelers who check in here.

The Boreas gets consistently rave reviews from all the weary travelers who check in here.

entering the inn.  To the right are the stairs to the second floor guest rooms.  To the left is the kitchen and dining room.

entering the inn. To the right are the stairs to the second floor guest rooms. To the left is the kitchen and dining room.

When you enter the inn, you walk past the kitchen and dining area and into the first of two living room spaces, passing a sideboard loaded with an assortment of tea and coffee always available for guests.

a lavish assortment of beverages

a lavish assortment of beverages

Susie and Bill laid out a wonderful spread of treats for the open house.  (The breakfasts they serve their guests are renowned, and the Boreas always places near the top of the annual KING 5 best of the northwest contest, which says a lot for a place that is so far from the urban centers.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

treats

Every year, Bill and Susie harvest a “chanukah bush” from the dunes, and on Thanksgiving weekend a group of longtime guests comes to stay and participate in an inn decorating extravaganza.

tree

the Boreas Inn Chanukah bush

the inner living room; to the right is the door to the Garden Suite

the inner living room; to the right is the door to the Garden Suite

the fireplace in the cozy first living room

the fireplace in the cozy first living room

in the first living room; the Garden Suite is to the right.

in the first living room; the Garden Suite is to the right.

While we wandered around taking pictures (and eating snacks), J9 had already settled herself in the beautiful, light filled sun room.

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The piano belonged to Susie's father.

The piano belonged to Susie’s father.

piano

Windows on north, west, and south sides make for great storm watching.

Windows on north, west, and south sides make for great storm watching.

couches

looking east toward the dining room and kitchen

looking east toward the dining room and kitchen

Susie's jade plant.  To the right, outside, you can see the hot tub enclosure.

Susie’s jade plant. To the right, outside, you can see the hot tub enclosure.

living room view.  We could see the crests of the ocean waves and an occasional crabbing boat or cargo ship on the horizon.

living room view. We could see the crests of the ocean waves and an occasional crabbing boat or cargo ship on the horizon.

Let’s take a tour of the five guest rooms.  My favourite is the Garden Suite on the north side of the downstairs.

The Garden Suite

garden

chair

garden suite

Allan’s photo

 

garden suite

Allan’s photo

The Garden Suite's west doors open to a small deck.

The Garden Suite’s west doors open to a small deck.

doors

deck

Allan’s photo

dresser

I love the lighthouse shower curtain in the Garden Suite bathroom.

I love the lighthouse shower curtain in the Garden Suite bathroom.  Each guest gets a selection of bath luxuries.

Dunes Suite

The Dunes Suite is on the ground floor with west and south facing windows.

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Dunes Suite with a door to a west facing deck

dunes

wall mural with North Head Lighthouse

wall mural with North Head Lighthouse

dunes

Dunes Suite bathroom

Dunes Suite bathroom

Now let’s go up the stairs to the three second floor guest rooms, all of which have en suite bathrooms.

stairs

upstairs landing. Pacifica is to the right and Stargazer is to the left.

 

The Pacifica

The Pacifica guest room is in the northwest corner of the upstairs.

pacifica

Allan’s photo

Pacifica view

Pacifica view

The Pacifica view (slightly telephoto)

The Pacifica view (slightly telephoto)

Allan's telephoto of a cargo ship passing by

Allan’s telephoto of a cargo ship passing by

Pacifica....Allan's photo

Pacifica….Allan’s photo

a cosy desk in the corner

a cosy desk in the corner

Stargazer

The ocean view Stargazer is the room at the southwest corner of the upstairs.

stargazer

Allan’s photo

stargazer

star

The Hideaway

The Hideaway, on the east end of the upstairs, is my favourite because even though it does not have an ocean view, it’s delightfully quiet and secluded.

down a narrow passage to the Hideaway

down a narrow passage to the Hideaway  (Allan’s photo)

The Hideaway daybed

The Hideaway daybed

hideaway

Allan’s photo

bed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

The Hideaway has a tiny balcony on the north side.

The Hideaway has a tiny balcony on the north side. (Allan’s photo)

Each room has room journals.  Even though I doubt the guests write angsty private thoughts like they do at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  I do want to find time to read them this winter.

room journal in the Hideaway

room journal in the Hideaway

leaving the Hideaway

leaving the Hideaway

We went back downstairs and spent the next couple of hours just schmoozing with J9, Susie, Bill, and with Jim and Chi.  The latter two own Serious Pizza at the Cape Disappointment State Park and are planning to soon open a gourmet sandwich shop in downtown Ilwaco.  We’re thrilled as we rarely make the drive down to the park to get their most excellent pizza.

Susie, Chi, and Jim

Susie, Chi, and Jim

our J9

our J9 (Allan’s photo)

Innkeeper Bill and J9

Innkeeper Bill and J9  (Allan’s photo)

We stayed so long that the outdoor holiday lights were on when we left….

lights

….and we then drove about ten blocks to join Susie, Bill, Jim and Chi at the

 [pickled fish] restaurant

entering [pickled fish]

entering [pickled fish]

looking back at the bar from our table

looking back at the bar from our table

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo…fennel and sausage pizza, burgers, and for Susie some delicious trout

fennel and sausage pizza

fennel and sausage pizza

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Chi, Jim, Bill, Susie, me, Allan’s photo

Now I would return to staycation reading for two days till the next holiday event.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

J9 and Allan and I had planned to visit three B&Bs on the tour.  Unfortunately, the first one was closed as the innkeeper was under the weather.  We will share photos of that one sometime after staycation, as we are planning to help out a bit with the garden.  So on we went to the second B&B, a new-ish one that we can see from the decks of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

map

the long view

You can see the little row of the Klipsan Beach Cottages where we garden.

You can see the little row of the Klipsan Beach Cottages where we garden.

camp

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

camp2

entrance, north side of house

beach trail

beach trail

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's photo.  The owners have separate quarters, so  this may be their cat.

Allan’s photo. The owners have separate quarters, so this may be their cat.

porch

front porch, with a box of clam guns

porch ocean view

porch ocean view

in the entry hallway, a world map

in the entry hallway, a world map

with pins to mark the hometowns of guests

with pins to mark the hometowns of guests

I wish we had gotten a photograph of the pile of canned food for the food bank; a can of food per person was the entry fee to each B&B.

 

Allan's photo of the innkeepers and J9 (center).  The innkeepers are witty people.

Allan’s photo of the innkeepers Peter and Jo and our friend J9 (center). The innkeepers are witty people.

 (Allan's photo)

J9 said something amusing…to me. (Allan’s photo)

Who should appear but our dear friend Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages! (Allan's photo)

Who should appear but our dear friend Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages! (Allan’s photo)

holiday cheer

holiday cheer

cookies for B&B tour guests

cookies for B&B tour guests

main floor living room

main floor living room

living

a wall of books, many of them mysteries.  (Of course, I had to recommend the Seaside Knitters series.)

a wall of books, many of them mysteries. (Of course, I had to recommend the Seaside Knitters series.)

potter

mirror

over the telly

We pleaded for the house dog to be brought out from the innkeepers' quarters.

We pleaded for the house dog to be brought out from the innkeepers’ quarters.

stairs going up to the second floor

stairs going up to the second floor

upstairs landing

upstairs landing

 

view from upstairs landing (Allan's photo)

view from upstairs landing (Allan’s photo)

view from north window

view from north window

The house was a family home until the children grew up and moved away, and the upstairs rooms are still named after them.

east facing bedroom

south east  bedroom

cases

 

northeast bedroom

northeast bedroom

northwest bedroom

northwest bedroom

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view

the view

view

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all awash in ocean light

back out onto the landing

back out onto the landing

I so much like to see books everywhere.

I so much like to see books everywhere.

landing

doors to the east bedrooms with built in bookcase

 

The two east bedrooms share a bath, and the west bedrooms are en suite.

landing

landing

stairs

from the upstairs looking down

 

southwest bedroom

southwest bedroom

a garden poem in SW bedroom

a garden poem in SW bedroom

art by our client Eric Wiegardt

art by our client Eric Wiegardt

SW bedroom

SW bedroom

 

upstairs bedroom view (Allan's photo)

upstairs bedroom view (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: beach trail marker (so guests can find their way back)

Allan’s photo: beach trail marker (so guests can find their way back)

crabbing boats, Allan's photo

crabbing boats, Allan’s photo

the SW bedroom's amazing bath

the SW bedroom’s amazing bath

The innkeepers must like the blues.

The innkeepers must like the blues.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Back downstairs in the hallway bathroom, I found a surprise.

charming little shelves....

charming little shelves….

and another shelf...

and another shelf…

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I got a little teary-eyed because that outhouse art was on the door of my own grandmother’s bathroom (and I used to put the arrow to “I’m readin'”.  The innkeeper told me that she had gotten it from her own grandma!

You can read more about the Campbell House and make a booking on their website.

As we drove out of the lane, we marveled that every house on the way in exudes adorability.

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purple!

purple!

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It must be a real treat for B&B guests to view all of these cute cottages on their way in.  The best thing of all was this poem arranged to be seen through the gap in a fence:

roll

Next:  The Boreas Inn on the B&B open house.

I am trying to just read, and read, and read on staycation this year.  December, however, is not the most read-alicious month as there are so many colourful events going on here on the Long Beach Peninsula.  I think January will be more the solid reading month.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

I so much wanted to spend the day reading, but the warm and sunny weather required me to spend the day weeding and clipping instead.

before and after in the back garden

before and after in the back garden

Allan went boating on Black Lake with his friend Chris in beautiful, summer-like weather.

Allan: A portion of a used boat collector's garage. Two boats visible with assorted sails. The source of my last summer's fun green/white sailboat at the Black Lake Yacht Club" (which consisted of Chris and Allan and two small boats).

Allan: “A portion of a used boat collector’s garage. Two boats visible with assorted sails. The source of my last summer’s fun green/white sailboat at the Black Lake Yacht Club” (which consisted of Chris and Allan and two small boats).

Chris decided not to take this boat.

through the windshield: driving to the Black Lake dock

through the windshield: driving to the Black Lake dock

The red boat is Allan's.

Launching at the dock.  The red boat is Allan’s.

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Chris trying out Allan’s boat under sail

 

After that photo, the day went pear-shaped as Allan, while trying out Chris’s boat, went partway into the water, drowning a camera and his old iPhone.  The result was that we hurried across the river on…

Monday, 8 December

…to buy a new iPhone 6 for me while Allan upgraded to my iPhone 4S.   He generously offered me the new phone as I use it more.  I was not thrilled to go across the bridge because of the weather forecast:

dire warnings!

dire warnings!

No photos were taken as it was a rush around to three stores to find the phone in stock and because, until I got my lovely new phone in hand, I was disgruntled to lose a quiet reading day to phone and grocery shopping  We encountered a friend over there who told us her husband had made her feel guilty for over two weeks for dropping her phone in the water, so I guess Allan got off easy with just two hours of kvetching.

We barely got back before the first storm of the week hit, and went to dinner with Marla, who had decided to spend a couple more days here.  (She and I were both afraid that if we took the elevator to [pickled fish] restaurant, the power would go out in the 50 mph wind and we’d be stuck, and I am too decrepit to easily go down three flights of stairs.  We both loved that we had both thought of the most horribilizing possibility and happily went off to a first floor restaurant, Castaways, downtown.)  

Castaways:  We had the dining room to ourselves while a minor windstorm raged outside.

Castaways: We had the dining room to ourselves while a minor windstorm raged outside.

our Marla

our Marla and my margarita

The "loaded" baked potato soup was quite good.

The “loaded” baked potato soup was quite good.

I ordered a Caesar wrap and got a Caesar salad; it was tasty.

I ordered a Caesar wrap and got a Caesar salad; it was tasty.

Allan's burger met with his approval.

Allan’s burger met with his approval.

We walked Marla back to her hotel around the corner and could barely stay on our feet in the wind.  On the way back, we got some photos of a beautiful Ilwaco window:

Griffin Gallery window on First Avenue

Griffin Gallery window on First Avenue

window detail

window detail

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

At last I had a reading day on Tuesday.  (Eventually I will write an entry about staycation reading.)  On Wednesday, the entire Peninsula began hunkering down because the forecast called for 90 mph winds, and reputable meteorologists warned us that the Peninsula would take the brunt of a hurricane force storm.  Based on my memories of the 2007 storm, I expected to perhaps be out of power for a couple of days.  We had our lantern batteries and plenty of books.  I decided to sacrifice some reading time to decorating our first ever artificial Christmas tree while we still had electricity.

more dire warnings

more dire warnings

The tree: next year, I want to add more multicoloured lights.

The tree: next year, I want to add more multicoloured lights.

Just like last year, I had pondered skipping the tree ritual, and am glad I did not.  I am particularly enjoying not having to remember to water it every day and expect to find in the future that having an artificial tree on hand will make the decision to decorate it very easy..

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The tree comes complete with berries, pine cones, and frosted tips.

The tree comes complete with berries, pine cones, and frosted tips.

the peach ornament that dates back to my grandma's childhood

the peach ornament that dates back to my grandma’s childhood

Nancy from the Basket Case sent me a message asking us to join them for burger night at the Depot.  Who could resist?  Thus Wednesday became a tree decorating, Depot dining, Survivor watching non-reading day.

At the Depot on Wednesday nights, one checks off the ingredients desired on one's burger.

At the Depot on Wednesday nights, one checks off the ingredients desired on one’s burger.

Basket Case Fred & Nancy

a happy time with Basket Case Fred & Nancy

Thursday, 11 December 2014

  The local museum closed for the day and the public schools also closed so that children would not be traveling home in the wind, which was expected to arrive at 2 PM and blow till 10 PM.  At one o’ clock, we drove to the port to get photos of the unusual sight of the hurricane-force warning flags flying over the Port Office.

flags

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We had not had the chance to see both these ominous flags together before.

We had not had the chance to see both these ominous flags together before.

photo courtesy Nisbett Gallery; Don was prepared for the storm.

photo courtesy Nisbett Gallery; Don was prepared for the storm.

We visited with Don for awhile and marveled that there was still very little wind….

peaceful view from inside the gallery door

peaceful view from inside the gallery door

And then came a heavy rainstorm, and then a rainbow.

rainbow over the gear shed

rainbow over the gear shed

When the wind finally began to roar at about 3 PM, we had a five hour storm.  The gusts were just over 80 mph at the Coast Guard station not far from us.  Delightfully for us, we never did lose power as it seemed the storm chose to hit much harder on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, where thousands had to do without electricity for the night.

The next day we checked around for damage and the only thing we found was one roof tile in neighbour Mary’s driveway!

storm debris

the extent of our neighbourhood storm debris

Some were disappointed with the lack of excitement from the storm.  I was relieved because the excitement is all very well until a tree falls on someone’s house or car, which did indeed happen tragically in the city of Portland, Oregon.

Friday, 12 December 2014

I continued to crave days of just reading, of which I had only one in a seven day stretch.    Instead, errands beckoned, beginning with picking up the last check of the season at Long Beach City Hall.

City Hall was decorated with extra care this year.

City Hall was decorated with extra care this year.

Long Beach City Hall Christmas tree

Long Beach City Hall Christmas tree

hellebore in the city hall garden

hellebore in the city hall garden

and another city hall hellebore

and another city hall hellebore

We clipped the last two chrysanthemums in the city planters, at last.

still showing colour but it had to go!

still showing colour but it had to go!

While Allan shopped for some paint for a project, I dropped off a monetary donation at Shoeboxes of Joy.

shoes

Inside the Long Beach Depot

Inside the Long Beach Depot

Shoeboxes are packed and wrapped with gifts for the elderly.

Shoeboxes are packed and wrapped with gifts for the impoverished or lonely elderly.

On the way home, we picked up considerable storm-blown trash in the boatyard and portside gardens.  Back home again, I saw in our wheelbarrows the story of how much rain had fallen in Thursday’s storm.

water

rain

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Because I needed some photos of the Saturday Christmas Market for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page, and because we had afternoon and dinner plans, Saturday would not be a perfect reading day.  You see, the perfect reading day involves nothing BUT reading, a hard thing to achieve in the season of holiday events and good times with friends.

I walked to the market while Allan worked on a project.

blue skies over the port

blue skies over the port

and Blue Eyes in the water

and Blue Eyes in the water

walking past Time Enough Books...

walking past Time Enough Books…

I popped in for a little Christmas shopping.

I popped in for a little Christmas shopping.

holiday decorations in the bookstore

holiday decorations in the bookstore

Next, a bit more shopping was accomplished at the Saturday Christmas market.

painted sand dollar ornaments by Lisa Gillespie

painted sand dollar ornaments by Lisa Gillespie

Lisa's decorated hats

Lisa’s decorated hats

I indulged myself in not one, not two, but three of these charming and inexpensive hats to fancify my gardening attire next summer.

my new hats

my new hats, a mere $12 each

I very much like the felt pillows and ornaments by another of the vendors.

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beachy signs

In the next room, beachy signs

I made myself unpopular with one vendor by announcing in a moderate tone that one sign, a carved out image of a gun with the slogan “We don’t call 911″ (which would be 999 in the UK) was a shock to my happy and peaceable holiday market mood.  I’ll spare you a photo of the ugly shooting sentiment. After that I thought I had better just go home…not without a few iced Christmas cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

On the way home, I shook off the disappointment of the gun-threatening sign with the sight of the cheerful garden boat on the north side of Time Enough Books.

outside Time Enough Books and Purly Shell

outside Time Enough Books and Purly Shell

At home, Mary had made herself comfortable without a reading lap to sleep on.

At home, Mary had made herself comfortable without a reading lap to sleep on.

While I did not really want to be indoors on such a sunny day, the garden took second place to an afternoon concert by the Astoria Tuba Quartet.  It’s a yearly tradition to attend this event with my friend J9.  (Allan stayed home and worked on his project.)  The quartet emerges to the audience chant of “TuBA, tuBA, tuBA, tuBA!”

left to right: two euphoniums and an f tuba and a double b flat tuba

left to right: two euphoniums and an F tuba and a double B flat tuba

tuba

one of the euphoniums

one of the euphoniums

The audience claps for the whipcrack sound in the sleighride song.  (Lovely weather for a sleighride together with you.)

The audience claps for the whipcrack sound in the sleighride song. (Lovely weather for a sleighride together with you.)

It's J9's tradition to have her Christmas card include the tuba players.

It’s J9’s tradition to have her Christmas card include the tuba players.

It was a most enjoyable time even though it did not include my very favourite Christmas song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, a song that I love because of its emphasis on the simplicity of “little”.

On our walk back to my house, J9 and I admired a lighted arch.

On our walk back to my house, J9 and I admired a lighted arch.

I ended my social time with J9 who went off to to company of her two new kittens and was met at our house by Kathleen, with whom I solved a few of the world’s problems before we all trooped out to dinner at the Depot.  We were joined by Patti, owner of the most beautiful garden in Seaview.

Kathleen, me, Patti, Allan

Kathleen, me, Patti, Allan

Patti and I had the seafood special with fish, clams, sausage, prawns.

Patti and I had the seafood special with fish, clams, sausage, prawns.

Kathleen had Udon Prawns, which I had intended to have till I saw the seafood special.

Kathleen had Udon Prawns, which I had intended to have till I saw the seafood special. ” Peanut, Coconut, Tomato and Yam Spicy Broth with Prawns and Udon Noodles Topped with Chopped Green Beans and Cilantro “

Allan's choice:  Cinghiale Brasato: House made Potato Gnocchi sautéed in a Ragout of Braised Wild Boar, Tomatoes, Red Wine and Seasonings topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese

Allan’s choice: Cinghiale Brasato: “House made Potato Gnocchi sautéed in a Ragout of Braised Wild Boar, Tomatoes, Red Wine and Seasonings topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese”

enjoying a delicious dinner

enjoying a delicious dinner

Patti about to delve into dessert.

Patti about to delve into dessert.

a perfect flan

a perfect flan

while the rest of us each had chocolate Guinness cake

while the rest of us each had chocolate Guinness cake

at the end of the bar, the Depot culinary theme Christmas tree

at the end of the bar, the Depot culinary theme Christmas tree

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We’d had a delightful evening and I was so glad I had thought of taking Patti to dinner to thank her for the several times she has invited us over for one of her great home cooked meals.

flashback to Patti's Christmas tree when she'd had us over for dinner on December 5th.

flashback to Patti’s Christmas tree when she’d had us over for dinner on December 5th.

It would be another day before a couple of reading days would come along, as next up is the Peninsula Bed and Breakfast tour on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

This Saturday was the biggest winter holiday event in Ilwaco, surpassed in attendance only by the July fireworks and the Slow Drag.

We began the day with a visit to the Saturday market, with a little trash picking along the way.

pouring rain while trash picking in the boatyard garden (Allan's photo)

pouring rain while trash picking in the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo)

a sudden break between squalls

a sudden break between squalls

boatyard garden...Some weeds are creeping in but...NO, it is staycation, not going to weed!

boatyard garden…Some weeds are creeping in but…NO, it is staycation, not going to weed!

The trash picking felt necessary as I knew that just before dusk, folks would be walking along this garden to get to the tree lighting.

stormy light and a rainbow, Howerton Way at the Port

stormy light and a rainbow, Howerton Way at the Port

Allan's photo, looking north

Allan’s photo, looking north

Allan's photo, looking north over Myrtle Avenue and the old Kola boathouses

Allan’s photo, looking north over Myrtle Avenue and the old Kola boathouses (left)

Market, Howerton Way entrance

Market, Howerton Way entrance

Saturday Christmas Market Waterfront Way entrance

Saturday Christmas Market, Waterfront Way entrance

We were pleased that the market had many more vendors than last Saturday and had many delightful offerings.

wooden word flowers

wooden word flowers

blank books

blank books

beachy decorations

beachy decorations

hats

enhanced hats

It occurs to me I should buy one of these; hope the vendor is there next week.

It occurs to me I should buy one of these; hope the vendor is there next week.

seashore wreath

seashore wreath

Best of all, Pink Poppy Bakery was there!

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Pink Poppy Bakery gingerbread house

Pink Poppy Bakery gingerbread house kits

and my favourite iced sugar cookies

and my favourite iced sugar cookies

At 4:30, we walked back down to the port to be there for the crab pot tree lighting that happens on the dot of 5 o clock, always the first Saturday of December.

outside Don Nisbett Art Gallery

outside Don Nisbett Art Gallery on Waterfront Way

I popped in to compliment Jenna (Queen La De Da) on her decorating skills.

I popped in to compliment Jenna (Queen La De Da) on her decorating skills.

failed to get a good pic of the lions in front of Time Enough Books...

I failed to get a good pic of the lions in front of Time Enough Books…

Peeked into Purly Shell Fiber Arts, where the scene of children making knitted ornaments reminded me of the Seaside Knitters mystery series.

Peeked into Purly Shell Fiber Arts, where the scene of children making knitted ornaments reminded me of the Seaside Knitters mystery series.

Looked in on Time Enough Books.

Looked in on Time Enough Books.

At the west end of Waterfront Way, the star shone over Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company.

At the west end of Waterfront Way, the star shone over Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company.

wreaths outside the Saturday market, which was still in session

wreaths outside the Saturday market, which was still in session

Holiday lights on Englund Marine

Holiday lights on Englund Marine

In the dusk, failed to get a good telephoto of these active St Bernards.

In the dusk, I failed to get a good telephoto of these active St Bernards heading for the crab pot tree.

4:50 PM as the crowd gathers...

4:50 PM as the crowd gathers…

waiting...

waiting…

view from the crab pot tree to the southwest and Ilwaco Landing

view from the crab pot tree to the southwest and Ilwaco Landing

5 PM sharp" The crowd cheers!

5 PM sharp:  The crowd cheers!

The suspenseful moment:  Would I get a photo with a tree AND the fireworks, working with the time delay click of a little pocket cam?  Success!

After a slight delay, we were treated to "the world's shortest fireworks display"...

After a slight and inintended delay, we were treated to “the world’s shortest fireworks display”…

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Our friend Marla had sped down from Seattle and arrived JUST in time for the tree lighting.  She had driven by while I took my first (unlit) tree photos and called out a greeting; I had hoped she would find parking in time, and she did.

Photo by Marla Blazer

Photo by Marla Blazer

Marla's photos

Marla’s photos

Bruce Peterson leads some crabby Christmas carols.

Bruce Peterson leads some crabby Christmas carols.

Our friend Lisa Smith wrote some excellent crabby carol lyrics:

lyrics

 

a joyous gathering

a joyous gathering

tree

Allan’s newish Canon camera had been very uncooperative and he was most disgusted with a $300 camera behaving so badly.  He got many photos that turned out like this:

bad

…and he sorely wished that he had brought his $80 Olympus camera as a back up.

We found Marla in the crowd and walked down along Waterfront Way.  Marla (whom I knew as the glamourous young LaBlaze in my early 30s) and I had recently reunited via Facebook and I found that she has been a frequent visitor to the Long Beach Peninsula and a fan of the Adrift Hotel and the [pickled fish] restaurant.  Before we walked, I helped her fetch her two schnauzers, Weezer and Herkie, from her car.  In the thrill of having a couple of dogs to dote on (especially when I carried the puppy, Herkie!), I sort of forgot to take photos of Santa in Time Enough Books and of diners at OleBob’s Café.  Sometimes life intervenes.  I do wish more volunteers provided photos for Discover Ilwaco.  Allan forgot, too, because he went down on the docks with Marla and the dogs (all four of them braver and more agile than me).

Speaking of brave and agile:

Allan's photo of Marla taking a photo....

Allan’s photo of Marla taking a photo….

and the photo Marla took.

and the photo Marla took.

on the docks (Allan's photo)

on the docks (Allan’s photo)

Weezer makes a friend (Allan's photo)

Weezer makes a friend (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lighted boats

lighted boats and Jessie’s star

The very low tide did not make for good reflections.

The very low tide did not make for good reflections.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On shore, the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band regaled passersby in the foyer of Purly Shell.

holiday jazz

holiday jazz

Allan did go into Time Enough books and found the bookstore so crowded that he did not make it far enough back to see Santa.

inside Time Enough Books

inside Time Enough Books

Meanwhile, I was wandering and gabbing with Marla and the dogs and still forgetting to take photos…

me, Marla, and the dogs, Allan's photo

me, Marla, and the dogs, Allan’s photo

…until Allan took Weezer’s leash and I guided Marla into Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery so she could meet Cosmic Blondie, one of the Cosmic Bombshell duo that livens up local events.  Marla herself was a Las Vegas showgirl so I knew that the two would like to meet.

Cosmic Blondie

Cosmic Blondie

Blondie fell hard for little Herkie.

Blondie and Herkie fell in love.

blondies

Don himself was making customers happy, as always.

Don himself was making customers happy, as always.

So, completely forgetting to take more photos, I suggested to Marla that we all go to the Depot Restaurant for dinner.  (On crab pot night, we certainly missed the late lamented Pelicano Restaurant and its view of the port, but then, it would have been full of dinners with no room for spontaneous arrivals).  We were fortunate to get a table at the bustling Depot.

At the Depot, to the right, you can see the window box annuals that still refuse to die, and inside, the lights of the Christmas tree.

At the Depot, to the right, you can see the window box annuals that still refuse to die, and inside, the lights of the Christmas tree.  That’s the historic Clamshell Railroad sign in the middle.

Oysters 'Scargo for Allan and Marla

Oysters ‘Scargo for Allan and Marla

I have figured out why the famous Depot oyster dish is called Oysters ‘Scargo.    The dish in which it is served must be especially made for escargot (which I could never, ever eat!):

a special dish

a special dish: “Six fresh wild local Willapa Petite Oysters broiled in Garlic Lime Butter Served with a Fresh Baguette. “

Marla's photo

Marla’s photo

Peruvian mango sea scallops: "Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions "

Peruvian mango sea scallops: “Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions “

Marla had Udon Prawns:  "Udon Prawns: Peanut, Coconut, Tomato and Yam Spicy Broth with Prawns and Udon Noodles Topped with Chopped Green Beans and Cilantro"

Marla had Udon Prawns: “Udon Prawns: Peanut, Coconut, Tomato and Yam Spicy Broth with Prawns and Udon Noodles Topped with Chopped Green Beans and Cilantro”

Marla donned the proffered bib for her prawn dish but turned out to not need it.

Marla donned the proffered bib for her prawn dish but turned out to not need it. (Allan’s photo)

I had the delicious Cinghiale Brasato: “House made Potato Gnocchi sautéed in a Ragout of Braised Wild Boar, Tomatoes, Red Wine and Seasonings topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese” and Allan had the Parmesan Chicken: “Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce”.

Allan took a photo of two friends reunited after 20 years.

two

It’s pleasant to find a friend from the past who has turned out to be politically sympatico, and an environmentalist,  with lots of shared memories to amuse ourselves with, and she likes to garden.

Now back to quiet staycation for a few days until the next round of holiday social events.

 

 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

So far I’ve managed to have one day of just reading out of this whole week. We went out in the very late afternoon today on an excursion to buy, for the first time, an artificial Christmas tree. I had seen, at Dennis Co. Hardware, the only one I’ve ever (sort of) liked. It is pricey but might solve my dilemma every year of to tree or not to tree. We found that we had mistakenly thought that THURSDAY was senior discount day. It’s Tuesday….sigh. (Yes, Allan is that old, even though he looks 35.)

We cheered ourselves up from this little setback with dinner at the Hungry Harbor Grille’s Mexican Fiesta night (Thursdays, off tourist season) and our annual visit to their delightful holiday village.

Perhaps you would like to take a walk with us through its snowy wonders.

Hungry Harbor Holiday Village

hh

313 Pacific Avenue South, Long Beach WA

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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lighthouse

new lighthouse (found at a garage sale, in an unopened box!)

 

new this year: a working carousel

new this year: a working carousel

new: tree with white lights

new: tree with white lights

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Restaurateur Lois came to chat with us, and I hope she was impressed at how well we know her village as I think we picked out every item that was new.

new this year: a working trolley

new this year: a working trolley

the train tunnel

the train tunnel

train

fishing

whale watching tours

whale watching tours

ferry

ferry

ghost ship

ghost ship

museum

Seacoast Martiime Museum

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

pub

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

delicious details

delicious details

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

barnyard

barnyard

Whale Point B&B

Whale Point B&B

Knit Shoppe

Knit Shoppe

knits

The Knit Shoppe puts me in mind of the fictional town of Sea Harbor, Mass., in which I am immersed while trying to find time to read the Seaside Knitters mystery series. (Sea Harbor also offers whale watching tour boats.)

Here's where I buy plants.

Here’s where I buy plants.

Here's where we buy books.

Here’s where we buy books.

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shack

covered bridge

covered bridge

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: our local newspaper, the Chinook Observer

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan's photo)

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan’s photo)

Jessie's Fish Co (Allan's photo)

Jessie’s Fish Market (Allan’s photo)

For some reason, instead of imagining that I live in a grand home like this:

house

…I always imagine that my residence in this village is the top two floors of this apartment building with a roof garden. (The photo is from a previous village visit, as this year the building was set too far back to get a good photo.) Maybe I think if I lived up there, I’d have more time to just sit and read.

mine

As we were about to depart, I took another good look at the new lighthouse.

newlighthouse

There, I saw something evocative of the Tootlepedal blog: a flying bird (or several!) of the day.

birds

another flying bird for Mr. T.

another flying bird for Mr. T.

We had tasty meals to go with our village walk:

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

You can check out last year’s holiday village here.

Long Beach

After dinner, we took a little drizzly stroll through the real holiday village of Long Beach.

puddles rather than snow: Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

puddles rather than snow: Marsh’s Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

police station

police station

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

Allan's photo:  The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan’s photo: The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

We checked out some of the holiday lights in Ilwaco on our way home. I was not very successful with photos as I had my Lumix pocket cam. The Canon Power Shot pocket cam does better at night photos. Allan had his little Canon so had better luck.

Queen La De Da's underwater window, Spruce Street

Queen La De Da’s underwater window, Spruce Street

queen

I remember helping to paint the grassy fronds a couple of years back.

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Spruce Street house

Spruce Street house

Allan's photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Allan’s photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Spruce Street:  Allan's photo

Spruce Street: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan’s photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street

Allan's photo: School Hill

Allan’s photo: School Hill

Elizabeth Avenue

Elizabeth Avenue

The newly paved section of Elizabeth, the road to the port, has new streetlights and with these clad in holiday lighting, there’s now a lighted lamp-post route all the way around the port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

Allan’s photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

At CoHo Charters, blow up decorations sway in the wind while soft Christmas music plays. I like to hear it in the distance, from my window, while I work on a holiday blog post such as this.

CoHo Charters

CoHo Charters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I’m worried that there aren’t many lighted boats this year for the crab pot Christmas tree lighting event that takes place Saturday night. I hope some more get decorated by then. Allan took one photo of one boat with what he says is a mermaid; he did not have time to get close.

better photo to come, we hope

better photo to come, we hope

We have the Jessie's star and a sailboat mast!  (Allan's photo)

We have the Jessie’s star and a sailboat mast! (Allan’s photo)

No matter how many or few lighted boats we have to gaze upon, the Crab Pot Tree Lighting is always a delight and will probably be the next blog post.

P.S. Later, looking out our south window, I think I saw more boat masts decorated with holiday lights. (I can just see glimpses between the port buildings.)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

I had every intention of finishing Perks of Being a Wallflower and moving on to another book.  (Perks seems much more simplistic than the movie treatment; the protagonist is supposed to be 15 but it seems to me he writes more like a 10 year old.)

At least I have no trouble sleeping in on staycation days…with a little help from Valerian or ZZZquil.  However, waking up to sunny weather made me feel restless.

view from south window

view from south window

"Twas tempting to clean up the river of Geranium 'Rozanne'.  Frozen ground would have made it a chilly task.

“Twas tempting to clean up the river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’. Frozen ground would have made it a chilly task.

view to the southwest

view to the southwest

mermaids in ice

mermaids in ice

I could not help feel the urge to do the project at our volunteer Post Office garden.  This meant I robbed Allan of his staycation day, as the project involved fetching gravel.

(When I went back to our greenhouse to get our tamping tool, I saw the special  buddliea that Todd gave us is thriving despite the cold.)

(When I went back to our greenhouse to get our tamping tool, I saw the special buddliea that Todd gave us is thriving despite the cold.  With some reseeded mustard and arugula.)

so cold the ice was not melting by our parking spot

so cold the ice was not melting by our parking spot

Ilwaco Post Office garden

before

before

The grassy corner has been bugging me since we created this garden a few years back from a rectangle of lawn.  The previous postmistress worried that gravel would get tracked into the post office.  (Not if it’s tamped! But I used her concern as an excuse to do nothing.)  The current postmistress thought it would be fine to bring the garden all the way to the bench, but I worried that the plants would get walked on.  Humans MUST cut corners, you know.  For the past year, all that has been stopping me from fixing the corner was my own stinginess about buying gravel.  When I found out that the Port would let us use some from a pile of theirs, I became obsessed with the idea of getting this little project done.  I had thought of waiting till a Sunday, when we would have fewer passersby.  (Locals do not get home delivery, so the post office is a place where you might see everyone in a day.)  I couldn’t wait!

buckets, hand tools, half moon edger

buckets, ho-mi, double tool, half moon edger, and warm enough in the sun to not need a jacket.

We also used the big pick as the sidewalk edge of the lawn was frozen solid.

sod dug out, garden slightly expanded, brown sandy dirt used to build of garden edge.

sod dug out, garden slightly expanded, brown sandy dirt used to build of garden edge.

sod ready to be hauled away

sod ready to be hauled away

At the port, sod is tossed into our dump spot.

At the port, sod is tossed into our dump spot.  (Looks like it’s going into the marsh but it is really going into a debris pile.)

view to the southeast without distractions

view to the southeast without distractions

view to the northwest, low tide

view to the northwest, low tide

and a gull

and a gull

back to the post office with gravel and all our leftover scraps of landscape fabric

back to the post office with gravel and all our leftover scraps of landscape fabric

We had dug out more of the brown sandy soil to make the gravel nice and thick.  Thus we had to make another trip to the port for more gravel.

tamping

tamping (For a bigger project, we would use our big roller filled with water.)

Testing out how it feels to sit with a nice gravel spot for feet.

Testing out how it feels to sit with a nice gravel spot for one’s feet.

finishing touches, so so Allan thinks.

finishing touches, or so we thought.

I tossed the brown sand toward the back, too, so the soil colour would more or less match.

I am not quite satisfied as I take what I thought would be the "after" photo.

I am not quite satisfied as I take what I thought would be the “after” photo.

Dang blang it!  In the dark, someone could trip on that corner piece of driftwood.

Dang blang it! In the dark, someone could trip on that corner piece of driftwood.

NOW it is done, with white rocks moved to the edge for better visibility, driftwood moved back, and edge much lower.

NOW it is done, with white rocks moved to the edge for better visibility, driftwood moved back, and edge much lower.

officially after

a two and a half hour project:  officially after

more…

We took a little side trip to the Ilwaco Timberland Library, where I hoped I’d get the book I’d been waiting for.

entrance to library...and my book was there!

entrance to library…and my book was there!

I had one more project in mind, one I figured I could accomplish alone.  Having used up the yearly budget for a garden five doors down, I had decided to pull out the dead cosmos as a Christmas present.  I walked down the block and started pulling, sure I could do it all…

before

before

However, I ended up with such a big pile of cosmos that I had to call Allan for help.  There was too much cosmos for the garbage can; it had grown lavishly.

He came with the trailer, to haul the cosmos away to our debris pile.

He came with the trailer, to haul the cosmos away to our debris pile.

Neither one of the tasks we did today was even on my to do list, so there was no crossing-off satisfaction.  The satisfaction was pretty big even without that ritual.

There are still two tiny jobs on the work board:  cleaning up the window boxes at the Depot and cutting back two chrysanthemums in Long Beach.  SURELY this latest cold spell has finished off those plants.

And one bigger project remains: adding some mulch to the post office garden.  I hope to get my own garden cleaned up enough to have some mulch delivered in a nice big pile, some of which could be bucketed down to the post office.

Now, though, I hope I can take a rest, because look what I’ve got: the rest of the Seaside Knitters series, in order.  I’ll be doing a blog post exploring the fictional town of Sea Harbor when I’m done with these.

books

Two days of rain would be helpful for reading.

lights

at dusk, our seasonal lights…

and the moon with our old lighted apple tree

and the moon with our old lighted apple tree

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 1 December 2014

I was sure I was going to read all day and shock all three of my regular followers with no blog post at all.  However, it ended up being a tiny little workday during which leaving the house resulted in a number of photos.

Allan went out in the mid morning to find much ice still around, after a night that got down to 26 degrees:

in the bogsy wood....

in the bogsy wood….

in the water boxes...

in the water boxes…

with the house reflected...

with the house reflected…

in the li'l red wheelbarrow...

in the li’l red wheelbarrow…

by the kerb under the wheelbarrow (note the UK spelling because yes, I am a UK-o-phile)

by the kerb under the wheelbarrow (note the UK spelling because yes, I am a UK-o-phile), although I would rather be able to be an independent-Scotland-o-phile and an Anglophile)

In his shop, the thermometer said 20 ...

In Allan’s shop, the thermometer said less than 20 degrees..

The front garden is in heavy shadow all day now; even our very low house blocks the winter sunlight.

The front garden is in heavy shadow all day now; even our very low house blocks the winter sunlight.

Staycation got put on hold as we had gotten a call for gardening help from the owner of the Red Barn.  We would not have gone out to help just anyone; she’s awfully nice.  Next year, I told Allan as we loaded some gardening tools back into the van, I will put out a bulletin to all clients three weeks before staycation seems likely, saying to get in all requests NOW because after Thanksgiving we will be unavailable.  Not everyone knows that.

When Allan hooked up the work trailer, he found a wealth of potato bugs on the log that supports the trailer hitch…and is that a fungus?  It is certainly not as photogenic as the ones Mr. Tootlepedal finds.

Is that a fungus on the log that supports the trailer hitch?

Is that a fungus?

A whole clan of bugs had taken shelter in the cold night.

A whole clan of bugs had taken shelter in the cold night.

I am grateful that we are able take time off through January.  We used to be able to take only about a month off, and in earlier gardening years, Robert and I did odd jobs to get through the winter.  I figured out that up until this past year, even with six weeks off, we had two weeks less time off than an office worker with weekends and holidays and a two week vacation.

Hard work is not what is putting us in the gravy of taking a longer staycation and being able to support yummy restaurants; it is because we both have small inheritances as a cushion.  I say this because it is important to me not to promote the hard work and bootstraps equal success theory.

But enough of waxing almost political.  Back to our little bit of work:

The beautiful house by which we worked.

The beautiful house by which we worked.

a whiskey barrel that has seen better days

by the garage: a whiskey barrel that has seen better days

The top crust of soil was frozen.  We were able to lift it off and then get to the Stargazer lily and narcissi bulbs that needed to be replanted into the new container, by someone who knows which side of the bulb goes up.  While we waited for Amy to bring the new container, I walked next door to Diane’s garden.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' putting on a good winter show in Diane and Larry's roadside bed.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ putting on a good winter show in Diane and Larry’s roadside bed.

Every time we drive down Sandridge Road lately, I have been bothered by three white broken off stems sticking out the front of the Stipa gigantea.

Even at 45 mph, I would fret about this.

Even at 45 mph, I would fret about this.

After some trimming, I knew I would feel better next time we drive by.  I don’t mind about the bits sticking out the back…till February.

after....I can tell the difference.

after….I can tell the difference.

a bit later...the planter is done.

a bit later…the planter is done.

In the reloading of tools, I forgot bulb food so sometime when driving Sandridge Road we must pull over and add some.

Because we recently purchased a bright red toaster oven (my desire, for making easy staycation toasted tunafish and cheese sandwiches!), we were on a mission to find a piece of kitchen furniture to hold it.  We went a bit further on up Sandridge to poke around the offerings at the Bay Trader.

The Bay Trader

The Bay Trader

I knew what I wanted and did not see it there.  Of course, it was a fun place to browse anyway.

bright display of dishes

bright display of dishes

an old photo of downtown Ilwaco

an old photo of downtown Ilwaco

and some other beachy pictures

and some other beachy pictures

After dropping off a gardening invoice at Oman & Sons Builders Supply Long Beach store, we next had a look around the big antique store in Seaview.

diving in

diving in

After going round the whole inside of the store’s many booths, I found the perfect thing…sort of.

thing

At least I was able to show Allan that what I sought was a painted wood cabinet.  This one would have been perfect if it did not come with a hutch on top.  And it cost over $400.  I then found a white dresser that might do for $65 and realized I had made the rookie mistake of not measuring the two appliances that we wanted to sit on top.

On the way home to measure, I saw that the Ilwaco Antique Gallery was open.

Antique Gallery

Antique Gallery

I also saw that one of the Ilwaco planters was mysteriously missing a largeish chunk of soil!

Blimey, what happened here?

Blimey, what happened here?

While Allan added some soil to that, I cruised around the antique shop to no avail.  Lots of charming objects, but no piece of painted kitchen furniture.

a cute table just like the one my grandma had.

a cute table just like the one my grandma had.

Would this fainting couch keep me home reading?

Would this fainting couch keep me home reading?

sparkling bright winter sunshine on seasonal decor

sparkling bright winter sunshine on seasonal decor

After three large antique stores had provided no perfect piece of furniture, we gave up and went home.  And, darn it, only one hour left of daylight made it too late to do the other away-from-home project that has been nagging at me, replacing a bit of grass at the edge of the volunteer post office garden with gravel.  (On the way home, I noted that the grassy bit is larger than I had remembered.  Uh oh.)

As we measured the microwave and toaster oven, I had a sudden brainstorm.  Could I perhaps have a useable piece of furniture outside?  Allan said “I didn’t think you keep furniture outside.”

But…of course, there was the perfect piece, proving there is no place like home.

The old wooden potting bench!!!

The old wooden potting bench!!!

With a lick of paint and some metal or a tile piece laid on the top, it will work just fine and dandy in the kitchen.  Shabby chic was my style before it even became a style.  While Allan got the piece moved into his shop to dry out for painting, I dumped all the old tomato growing soil from greenhouse pots into the garden boat.

Not willing to rest yet, Allan put the trailer, dry from our cold clear weather, into the garage to get a coat of sealant.

before

before

after3

after

 

Allan wants you to know that yesterday, he made a pie crust from scratch with the rolling pin that used to belong to our neighbour Nora, given us by her dear granddaughter.

pies

The pie crusts became pumpkin pies.

The pie crusts became pumpkin pies.

The pies provided our late afternoon snack.

The pies provided our late afternoon snack.

Thus ends a sort of workday.  Back to staycation now with the hope that tomorrow might be a reading day.  I just finished a funny and also emotionally wrenching novel by Liane Moriarty,  Three Wishes, and am reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and anxiously waiting for the fifth Seaside Knitters cosy mystery to arrive at the library as I can’t proceed with books six and seven till it comes.

(Along with Grimm, we’ve seen two awfully good movies in the evening recently:  Short Term 12 and Samsara.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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