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Friday, 19 September 2014

Breakfast is included in the price of the SBH rooms and is kindly served till 10 AM so we night owls do not have to get up too awfully early. Carol and I walked around the outside of the hotel to get to the dining room to avoid the stairs (due to my sore knee).

Flossie followed us....

Flossie followed us….

...around the building and down the sidewalk to the outside entrance to the dining room.

…around the building and down the sidewalk to the outside entrance to the dining room.

Flossie, the outdoor cat (not let in because apparently the hotel cat is territorial) was due to go to a loving home the following Monday.

The Sylvia Beach Hotel breakfasts are lavish.

coffee or tea, and as much juice as you want.

coffee or tea, and as much juice as you want.

The very best lemon squares I have ever had anywhere.  The peach kuchen is also wonderful (but the photo came out blurry)

A selection of about six different breakfast treats. The very best lemon squares I have ever had anywhere. The peach kuchen is also wonderful (but the photo came out blurry)

all the fresh fruit that you want

all the fresh fruit that you want

hard boiled eggs

hard boiled eggs

AND a delicious hot breakfast choice that changes every day.

AND a delicious hot breakfast choice that changes every day.

AND this view.

AND this view.

Then…back into the hotel. I was oh so fleetingly disappointed that the weather was good. The predicted rain would have been perfect for staying indoors; I always feel a little guilty staying indoors in good weather. However, nothing would keep me from the room journals, my SBH obsession.

heading back inside...

heading back inside…

Good weather would have been quite perfect had we had one of these rooms with the little deck right by the front entrance: Jules Verne and JRR Tolkien.

Back to the Alice Walker room, I read journals while waiting for our next room to be cleaned. Carol went to the library, as we were just shifting next door so I could accomplish it easily.

I was able to snag enough journals from the nearby Hemingway room to keep me happily occupied for hours.

Hemingway Room

Hemingway room

Hemingway room

Hemingway room

Hemingway room

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a treasure trove of journals

a treasure trove of journals

An antelope head used to hang over the bed, leading to journal complaints about killing animals and journal humour about the antelope watching over amorous antics in the room. Now it has been replaced with paper mache heads.

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the bed got many rave reviews

the bed got many rave reviews

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Back in the antelope head days, a journal writer was inspired to draw this.

Back in the antelope head days, a journal writer was inspired to draw this.

 

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The roomie (i.e. the creator of the room) wrote this about some of the reactions in the journals:

roomie

roomie2

roomie3

roomie4

How enviable an experience to be one of the roomies (also knows as roomers). I like her attention to detail:

I guess it's ok to use her full name.  She put her phone number in the journal so guests could contact her.

I guess it’s ok to use her full name. She put her phone number in the journal so guests could contact her.

The Hemingway room view would be blocked by parked cars. However, journal entries revealed the convenience of being able to load one’s luggage in and out of the window.

Hemingway room view

Hemingway room view

hemingwayI had read several of the Hemingway journals years ago when staying in the Agatha Christie room. They always hold up to re-reading. Often the hotel guests do their best to write in the style of the author in whose room they reside, and the results are funny and charming.

 

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Journelers also share their experiences that relate to the author:

fine

 

And they share the inspiration they got from the author:

 

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And they sometimes share why they don’t like the author (as sometimes one takes whatever room is available).

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from my favourite room journaler, Pat Henderson

from my favourite room journaler, Pat Henderson

There are many references to books in the journals, and I wrote myself a list of recommendations.

a journal reference to one of my favourite books

a journal reference to one of my favourite books

My journal reading was briefly interrupted when I moved our belongings to the Virginia Woolf Room, right next door to Alice Walker.

Virginia Woolf Room

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on the door

Virginia Woolf room

Virginia Woolf room

Note there are only two room journals on the bed. That is all I found. I thought that the old ones had disappeared until I realized in reading one entry that this was fairly recently transformed from the Sigrid Undset room into Virginia Woolf. I long to know what happened to the Sigrid room journals as often the more obscure and quiet authors are the ones who inspire the most introspective journal entries.

This journal entry solved the mystery of the missing journals:

undset

Carol is my only friend who has, I know, read and indeed owns the Undset Nobel-prize-for-literature-winning trilogy, Kristin Lavransdatter.

Virginia Woolf room

Virginia Woolf room

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Virginia's sister, Vanessa Bell, painted walls and furniture in this style, inspiring the decoration of this room.

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I would not have understood why the furnishings and were painted as they were had I not read these journal entries:

woolf

woolf

vw

vw

my reading chair

my reading chair

Each room is provided with a good array of the books by and about its author. If I ever finish all the room journals, I would have plenty of other room-appropriate reading material.

my view

my view

next to my chair

next to my chair

from a room journal

from a room journal

After awhile, in order to save the last Woolf room journal for bedtime reading, I went exploring for more journals (and more rooms).

JRR Tolkien Room

JRR Tolkien room

JRR Tolkien room

Sadly, the room used to have THIS bed but something did it in.

Sadly, the room used to have THIS bed but something did it in. (photo courtesy Destiny Grose)

Tolkien room

Tolkien room

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Tolkien room view

Tolkien room view

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Jules Verne Room

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I’ve read old journal entries from the guests of this rooms previous incarnation, Robert Louis Stevenson. (Those journals reside in a glass fronted bookshelf in the attic of the library.) It was suggested, because of the rushing of water in the ceiling pipes, that 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea would be a good theme for this room, and here it is.

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the Jules Verne bathroom....This and Mark Twain's are the two spacious bathrooms of the hotel.

the Jules Verne bathroom….This and Mark Twain’s are the two spacious bathrooms of the hotel.

 

John Steinbeck Room

I stood and read the new journal entries in the Steinbeck room. This used to be the E.B. White room where I stayed three times with friends (because it is the only room with twin beds except for the dorms…more on the dorms in a later entry).

the brilliantly decorated Steinbeck room, which would have been one of our rooms this time but it was booked.

the brilliantly decorated Steinbeck room, which would have been one of our rooms this time but it was booked.

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Agatha Christie Room

I’ve stayed in Agatha’s room with Carol and with Mary (the latter being a Christie fan from way back). Last time I stayed in her room, the journals were missing, all but the most recent, a true and tragic mystery (and I searched EVERYwhere).

Agatha Christie room with a sleeper couch

Agatha Christie room with a sleeper couch

and  a big comfy bed

and a big comfy bed

and a working fireplace

and a working fireplace

and its own balcony

and its own balcony.

I caught up on the Christie journals. (The rooms that are not currently occupied are left open between 11:30 AM till the next guest checks in.) There is a series of clues left around the Christie room, although over the years I think they have gotten kind of mixed up. There used to be a pair of shoes peeking out from behind the curtain, and a bottle of “poison” in the bathroom cabinet, which may still be there.

The treat referred to was left by a previous guest.  More on this later.

The treat referred to was left by a previous guest. More on this in a later entry.

christie

With that little mystery, I will close this long journal entry of mine and Carol and I will leave the hotel for lunch.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Off to the Sylvia Beach Hotel with Carol, a good close friend of 36, yes, 36 years.

On the way, we stopped in Pacific City for lunch at the Grateful Bread Bakery. We drove around for awhile not seeing it, till I used my iPhone and discovered to my amazement that it led us there with a blue dot (us) on a blue line (the route).

I love modern technology!

I love modern technology!

at the Grateful Bread Bakery

at the Grateful Bread Bakery

Grateful Bread

Grateful Bread

adorable cottage across the street

adorable cottage across the street

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knead

the view

the view

We both had "dory caught" tuna melts.

We both had “dory caught” tuna melts. Delicious.

Pacific City is renowned for their dory fishing fleet, and all the fish on the menu was proudly described as “dory caught”.

The women’s restroom had inspirational walls:

wall

shoes

hat

hat

If I lived in Pacific City, I think this would be my place, although I suppose it is crowded with tourists (like us) during the summer.

We stopped for one viewpoint further on during our three plus hour drive. Our mission was straightforward, to get to the Sylvia Beach Hotel as soon as we could. However, I had noticed this particular view last time and this time I was prepared to ask Carol to stop.

The tide was very low; on our way back the wee island was surrounded with water.

The tide was very low; on our way back the wee island was surrounded with water.

low, low tide

low, low tide, south of Wheeler, Oregon

Then, onward, southward along the spectacular Oregon Coast until:

My favourite place

My favourite place

This is the hotel where every room is decorated for a different author.

Our room for the night was the Alice Walker room. We had figured out that we could bring a comfy tri-fold mattress for the second sleeper, which opened up a whole new world of rooms. (Previously, we’d stayed in the expensive large rooms (Colette, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie), or the EB White Room with twin beds (the only one so outfitted, now the John Steinbeck room, rarely available as is perfect for friends), or the smaller rooms with trundle beds (Oscar Wilde, Dr Seuss!).

Alice Walker room...mural

Alice Walker room…mural

The Color Purple, of course.

The Color Purple, of course.

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The room had a wonderful scent. As soon as I started reading the room journals and found mentions of it, I realized that the scent was from baskets…the nice natural fragrance of baskets.

alice

alice

alice

I was thrilled to find many room journals to read; sometimes the old journals are missing. There were a couple of years not there, but as you can see, I had lots of reading material, some going back to 1987 when the hotel first opened:

The room journals are my favourite part of a trip to SBH.

The room journals are my favourite part of a trip to SBH.

I sat myself down in a wicker chair by the window and began to read, and kept reading until sunset. This was my view:

view

Ok, this is what it really looks like. I tuned out the cars.

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Carol settled down across the room to read:

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the perfect companion

All we lacked was the hotel cat. Carol loves cats but is mildly allergic, so we did not invite Shelly in.

I immersed myself in the journals till dinnertime. I intend to share more later, on different themes; here are entries specifically about the Alice Walker room.

journal entry

name

walker

goody

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Goody Cable is the visionary who created the Sylvia Beach with the help of close friends.

Some people questioned whether or not the mural should show an African scene or instead a scene in the Georgia where Alice lived and wrote her books. This journal entry solved the question, I think:

walker

mural

I loved this affirmation of our own beauty:

love

 

Someone all the way from Belgium had her mind on the Agatha Christie room that is just a few doors down:

agatha

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The entry below makes reference to the Two Truths and a Lie game that we are “forced” to play during dinner at the Tables of Content restaurant in the hotel.

alice

After while Carol went up to the third floor library till dinner time. From my chair, I looked up now and again at the changing view.

sunset

view

sunset

people

After sunset, we walked right across the street to April’s at Nye Beach restaurant.

right across the narrow street

April’s: right across the narrow street

Carol had oh so delicious trout.

Carol had oh so delicious trout.

Sadly, I was feeling a bit poorly so I had a simpler dinner.

The balsamic vinegar on the bruschetta might, I thought, soothe my digestion.

The balsamic vinegar on the bruschetta might, I thought, soothe my digestion.

After dinner, I got right back to reading journals in Alice’s room, while Carol went up to the library again.

karen

I was pleased to see a reference to my favourite author, Iris Murdoch, who has become obscure now.

Many journal entries speak of lost love. I will gather more of them together later on.

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more

I thought this entry was especially lovely:

kitchen

I hope these two are married now:

marriage

A bit after ten PM, Carol thoughtfully brought me a cup of mulled wine from the library, so that I would not have to climb two flights of stairs to get there. A tradition of the SBH is hot mulled wine provided in the coffee room off of the library (and all day there is hot water, assorted tea bags and coffee). I read the journals till past midnight.

view from the bed

view from the bed

I wish for reading lamps like these at the head of my bed at home.

I wish for reading lamps like these at the head of my bed at home.

Next: The Virginia Woolf room and another day of journal reading.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A two day work week?  My goodness, we have gotten lazy.  We have more time off as we have quit jobs that were too hard on my knees (the up and down steep slopes jobs).  When I was very mildly fretting today about whether we should be trying to make more money, Allan pointed out that time off now, when we can enjoy it, might be more valuable than time later when we might be in wheelchairs, perhaps with money made now but with less mobility to get around the garden or the lake.  Our late and missed neighbour Nora often reminded us to do things and SEE things now while we still could walk and had good vision.  Perhaps she herself wished that she had worked less.  The day may come when we have to give up restaurant dining and garden tour trips; we will live on memories, online touring, and Allan’s good cooking.

We made the north end rounds today; next week, we will check on all the rest of the private gardens.

We went all the way to Marilyn's in Surfside today.

We went all the way to Marilyn’s in Surfside today.

The Depot Restaurant in Seaview (between Ilwaco and Long Beach)

the weekly photo from the east end of the flower garden

the weekly photo looking west from the east end of the flower garden

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

It looks like the Fort George Brewery Co-HOPerative folks may have come to pick the hop flowers for brewing a beer from several different local hops sources.

Basket Case Nancy, if you are reading this:  The windowboxes still look good for this time of year; I just forgot to take a photo!

Long Beach Welcome Sign

There are a lot of Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ to deadhead, an enjoyable enough task, and the twelve unenjoyable Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, which it crossed my mind could be pulled out soonish.

The bidens along the front provides plenty of yellow to "stop the eye".

The bidens along the front provides plenty of yellow to “stop the eye”.

The back of the sign is edged with white bacopa.

The back of the sign is edged with white bacopa.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The four quadrants of the courtyard garden aren’t looking too bad right now, thanks to Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, some sadly yellow-foliaged Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and not enough cosmos.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

Google Earth of the building surrounding the courtyard.

Southwest quadrant

SW quadrant

NW quadrant (the front a little bare where a bench used to sit).

NW quadrant (the front a little bare where a bench used to sit).

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Southeast quadrant

SE quadrant

Every week Allan removes with the pick a couple more of the tatty old carexes that are behind the quadrants.  I think when they are gone, the snail problem will improve as I am sure they hide in those grasses.  That could make it easier to grow more dahlias next year.

I had three ideas later in the day of plants I can get for free to add to the very late summer show at Golden Sands.

Sometime this winter I want to get around to a blog post about how the residents decorate the entryways to their rooms. How would you decorate if this area was your statement to the world?  I thought I’d write it last winter and did not.  Perhaps a sneak peek will motivate me.

One of the residents clearly likes the Rod Run.

One of the residents clearly likes the Rod Run.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the weekly look in the east gate

the weekly look in the east gate

Mary made a new container.

Mary made a new container planting.

'Streamer' sweet peas

‘Streamer’ sweet peas

and more 'Streamer' sweet peas

and more ‘Streamer’ sweet peas

boxwood and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' backed with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'.

boxwood and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ backed with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’.  A piece or two of that Persicaria will go to Golden Sands.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'; a piece of this could go to Golden Sands (and to Marilyn').

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’; a piece of this could go to Golden Sands (and to Marilyn’).

the garden bench backed with Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

the garden bench backed with Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

The Corokia cotoneaster has happily lived in the big blue pot for years.

The Corokia cotoneaster has happily lived in the big blue pot for years.

Sarah

Sarah (0r Timmy?)

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

Some deadheading of the Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' was all this low maintenance success needed.

Some deadheading of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ was all this low maintenance success needed.

It could use a new plant here later, maybe another Gaura 'Whirling Butterfly'; something got swiped here, probably another Eryngium.

It could use a new plant here later, maybe another Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’; something got swiped here, probably another Eryngium.

Marilyn’s Garden, Surfside

We had a talkative audience from the next door roof.

We had a talkative audience from the next door roof.

Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy who is co owner of the Depot Restaurant, has been doing a marvelous job of keeping the garden well watered.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, taller than me (as it gets with enough water)

looking south

looking south

Phygelius can go to the Golden Sands garden!  I can get many pieces of it from here as it wants to go out into the gravel path.

Phygelius can go to the Golden Sands garden! I can get many pieces of it from here as it wants to go out into the gravel path.

Some of the cosmos are seedy and hard to reach.  That's ok because this is a bird garden and birds love cosmos seeds...especially goldfinches.

Some of the cosmos are seedy and hard to reach. That’s ok because this is a bird garden and birds love cosmos seeds…especially goldfinches.

We're keeping the cosmos along the path deadheaded.

We’re keeping the cosmos along the path deadheaded.  The Buddleia to the right is a sterile cultivar, ‘Blueberry Cobbler’.

the deck with pots planted by Basket Case Greenhouse Nancy.

the deck with pots planted by Basket Case Greenhouse Nancy.

The chaise lounge keeps the deer who live in this garden from browsing the annuals on the deck.

Looking northwest; A gust of wind  made the giant Miscanthus rustle enchantingly.

Looking northwest; A gust of wind made the giant Miscanthus rustle enchantingly.

Wiegardt Gallery, Ocean Park

Eric’s gallery was hopping with a painting class which had been brought by their instructor “to get inspiration”.  They had painted at Oysterville Sea Farms the day before, and today at the Oysterville church and school, and tomorrow they will paint at the Ilwaco boatyard.

front garden, cosmos underlaid with the very determined Bad Aster.

front garden, cosmos underlaid with the very determined Bad Aster.

fall crocus

fall crocus

the old kitchen door

the old kitchen door

picotee cosmos

picotee cosmos

a Miscanthus beginning to take its autumn bow.

a Miscanthus beginning to take its autumn bow.

The dratted deer ate the tops off of the Sedumn 'Autumn Joy'...

The dratted deer ate the tops off of the Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’…

leaving the front garden looking rather empty.

leaving the front garden looking rather empty.

the north side of the gallery

the north side of the gallery

The predicted showers for today had not happened yet.  Rain is so much needed, I would have welcomed working in it.

Sword ferns are looking unusually distressed from hot dry weather.

Sword ferns are looking unusually distressed from hot dry weather.

Port of Ilwaco

When we got back to Ilwaco, we took a drive around the town to check on the Howerton Way gardens.

We saw three dandelions at the east end; Allan hopped out to get them.

We saw three dandelions at the east end; Allan hopped out to get them.

Then we decided to deadhead at the Port office and Time Enough Books.  In the garden north of the office, a Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ was pulled almost out of the ground.

Did someone get interrupted mid theft?

Did someone get interrupted mid theft?

South side of the Port Office

South side of the Port Office and Don Nisbett Art Gallery with baskets from The Basket Case

Don’s baskets are bigger from more watering and fertilizing.  He’s been asked to give his special attention to the port office baskets as well next year.

Seashells Cosmos

Cosmos ‘Seashells’

and the marina

and the marina

at home

I did just a bit of weeding and clipping in the front garden.  Tomorrow (September 18th), I’m leaving for the Sylvia Beach Hotel with Carol, a Seattle friend for 36 years.  Rain would be the perfect weather for staying indoors at the bookish hotel.  I was pleased when a drizzle finally began just before I came indoors to blog.  At dusk, the drizzle continued; may it continue for three days so that Allan does not have to do any watering work while I am gone.  (With just a break for the painting class to do their pleine air painting at the boatyard.)

delightfully drizzly window views:

north

north

north

north

photo 2

looking east

I hope that when I return and share whatever I wish to share from the trip that I can then somehow catch up to publishing this blog closer to real time.

 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My work behavior, or lack of it, is shocking these days. Just took three days off, and we are going to cram the work into just two days now so that I can go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel with old friend Carol from Thursday through Sunday. I am hoping we get enough done so that all Allan will have to do for work during that time is water Ilwaco (and maybe Larry’s garden if we have dry weather).

Long Beach

After the hot, dry weather, we definitely had to water the Long Beach trees and planters. Some showers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. Getting the soil moist now will help the rain water to soak in; otherwise, just showers would not penetrate the soil.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if this inspired me to really pursue adopting a greyhound? (Because Allan does not want a dog.) I have heard that some greyhounds chase cats, and that would not do in our house.

All the retired greyhound friends that I’ve had have been wonderful dogs indeed.

Allan's photo:  This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

Allan’s photo: This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

This is the same planter I was fretting over last week as being full of creeping red clover.

Allan's photo:  Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

Allan’s photo: Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

The tree south of the stoplight on the west side has no working water system so unless Allan hauls a bucket to it from the next planter down, it stays dry.

Allan's photo:  The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan’s photo: The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan's photo:  Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan’s photo: Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan's photo:  a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Allan’s photo: a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Some of the baskets looked so stressed I thought they might have been missed on the weekend watering, or maybe it was just from the 85 degree weather. This and the other one by the Fifth Street Park restroom are just about at the end, while the four at the gazebo and police station still look excellent.

Allan's photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan’s photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan's watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this.  Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Allan’s watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this. Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Fifth Street Park...loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed.

SW quadrant of Fifth Street Park…loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed. Next year: fertilizer so they get bigger. This is a damp corner, which they should like.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park:  Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

I would love to dig out that Dorothy Perkins rose, always whiteish with powdery mildew, from the NW quadrant to the park. That would undo the match with the healthy and beautiful Super Dorothy on the other side the of the street. Even so, I think plain old Dorothy has to go. It is irksome to have to constantly clip her back from the driveway, which she would love to engulf.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

This was our original planter, one of four, back in volunteer days. In fact, my four planters caught the eye of the city administrator back then (Nabiel Shawa) and that led to my getting the city flower-care job eventually.

the planter by the credit union...still excellent with dahlias and California poppies

the planter by the credit union…still excellent with dahlias and California poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Andersen’s RV Park

The park was still almost full of RVers.

The park was still almost full of RVers.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show.  As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show. As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

I'm currently reading a delightful and amusing book about 'trailerites'; I highly recommend it.

I’m currently reading a delightful and amusing book about ‘trailerites’; I highly recommend it.

Anchorage Cottages

I was delighted to see a good review of The Anchorage on Trip Advisor with raves about the garden. I snagged the photos from the Trip Advisor app on my phone. As you can see, I have been setting my blog to publish in the early morning, but it gets written in the late evening. At least, I think these are taken by a guest, because photos from the management say “Anchorage Management” on them. Anyway, whoever took them, I like seeing the gardens (even undeadheaded cosmos) through someone else’s eyes.

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Today at the Anchorage:

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate' (I think)

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ (I think)

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Persicaria 'Dimity' still looking good in its decline.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’ still looking good in its decline.

center courtyard

center courtyard with painted sage

arbutus in bloom

arbutus in bloom

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as one Calibrachoa died.

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as Calibrachoa died on the lefthand one.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

home

At home in the evening, I did some hose watering and especially admired two plants.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor.  Note the white back to the leaves.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Dan Hinkley Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor. Note the white back to the leaves.

I had seen a photo of the gleaming white leaf undersides in a photo during a Dan Hinkley lecture and could not resist. As a young plant, the under-leaves were not white; that developed later.

I've had it for years and it is blooming for the first time.  (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

I’ve had it for years and it is blooming and berrying for the first time. (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought...somewhere.  Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought…somewhere. Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

Allan made the second tasty dinner with Nancy’s and Phil’s gift of salmon.

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

This post is set to publish on 9-27 (as I fell way behind again with cottage tour posts) so:

Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

Garden theme birthday cake with white picket fence and ladyug and bee

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

After all the walking on yesterday’s cottage tour, my knee and calf were both playing up, so almost all I did was sit and blog about the tour. Garden Tour Nancy came over with a large piece of salmon which her hunter/gatherer spouse, Phil, had caught in his secret fishing place. (I cannot tell.)

Feast your eyes on that, caught six hours earlier.

Feast your eyes on that, caught six hours earlier.

At least I had some flowers to offer in return.

At least I had some flowers to offer in return.

Fortunately for this blog entry, Allan rowed around Black Lake for awhile and took some photos.

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A fisherman (a 'Superfisherman') arrived and told of the trout he had caught, eagles that watch the lake from the surrounding trees and confirmed that I had seen otters as he'd seen them swimming in the weeds north of the dock.

Allan writes: A fisherman (a ‘Superfisherman’) arrived and told of the trout he had caught, eagles that watch the lake from the surrounding trees and confirmed that I had seen otters as he’d seen them swimming in the weeds north of the dock.

Ready to row the sailboat hull from the Yacht Club.

Ready to row the sailboat hull from the Yacht Club.

a couple taking wildlife pics

a couple taking wildlife pics

two kayakers who had launched from a dock by the school

two kayakers who had launched from a dock by the school

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The dock by the highway turn off was a gull hangout.

The dock by the highway turn off was a gull hangout.

A lot of feathers gathered downwind.

A lot of feathers gathered downwind.

The kayakers meanwhile had pulled out and a couple of kids were swimming by another dock.

The kayakers meanwhile had pulled out and a couple of kids were swimming by another dock.

Meanwhile I had found out with our wrapped up car GPS that I can row about 3 mph, top out at 4 .3 mph, and can't row and take pictures at the same time. The other photographer on the lake had a paddler too as her equipment was not a modest pocket camera.

Meanwhile I had found out with our wrapped up car GPS that I can row about 3 mph, top out at 4 .3 mph, and can’t row and take pictures at the same time. The other photographer on the lake had a paddler too as her equipment was not a modest pocket camera.

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I loaded up the boat, strimmed the grass where it had been, and loaded it on the vertical cart .

I loaded up the boat, strimmed the grass where it had been, and loaded it on the vertical cart at home.

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home for repairs; the purpose of the vertical cart is to move the boat through narrow garden paths.

home for maintenance; the purpose of the vertical cart is to move the boat through narrow garden paths. (Parked temporarily on Nora’s lawn)

We postponed eating the salmon for one day, as I had it strongly in mind to have a fire (with sausages) that night while the weather was still hot and not windy. Warm, still evenings are rare here (or have been in past summers; that may have permanently changed). If we could acquire a fire ring grill top, we could cook salmon and other delicacies outdoors but for now we are limited to food that can be toasted on a campfire fork (sausages and buns, and marshmallows for Allan).

starting the fire

starting the fire

Allan managed to start the fire with no paper at all; I usually use wads and wads of newspaper before I can get one going.

Allan's photo:  "NO paper, NO starters, just cedar and a lighter"

Allan’s photo: “NO paper, NO starters, just cedar and a lighter” (and alder wood)

garden in evening light

garden in evening light

Smokey was happy to join us near the fire.

Smokey was happy to join us near the fire.

Stipa gigantea, my favourite grass.

Stipa gigantea, my favourite grass (backed with river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’).

Tomorrow, I would have to do extensive watering as the garden had become distressed in the heat.

Persicaria 'Firetail' lying almost flat

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ lying almost flat

honeysuckle looking sad

honeysuckle looking sad

The fire burned bright and clean with no smoke.

The fire burned bright and clean with no smoke.

We wished that Kathleen had not had to go back to the big city, as last week when she came for a campfire, we had gotten rained out. This particular fire was the most perfect one of the summer.

the perfect fire

the perfect fire

and the experience we had hoped to share with Kathleen of watching the coals burn out

and the experience we had hoped to share with Kathleen of watching the coals burn out

Monday, 15 September 2014

We have become slackers, me more than Allan as he still goes out to do the necessary Ilwaco watering on a weekend. Having spent a day at the cottage tour, I felt a strong need for two days at home so declared Monday a day off. That will make this another TWO day work week for me as I am leaving Thursday, fate willing, for a trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

The day began shockingly hot again. I was thrilled when it soon cooled down and I could see fog in the distance.

the delicious sight of fog at the east end of Lake Street

the delicious sight of fog at the east end of Lake Street

a pause to admire Azara microphylla variegata by the front porch

a pause to admire Azara microphylla variegata by the front porch

It was a workday for our friend J9, who stopped by after work for a visit and to get some vegetables.

sent her home with some tomatoes and some Yukon gold potatoes...and a little piece of fresh salmon just right for her dinner.

sent her home with some tomatoes and some Yukon gold potatoes…and a little piece of fresh salmon just right for her dinner.

Allan went out to water Larry and Robert’s garden, our volunteer Post Office garden, and the Ilwaco planters, all of which are one-person jobs.

cosmos at the post office

cosmos at the post office

He marvelled:  "A planter with new soil and next to a field hit with Round Up still manages to get  a dandelion & a chickweed"

He marvelled: “A planter with new soil and next to a field hit with Round Up still manages to get a dandelion & a chickweed”

(The vacant lot downtown is treated with Round Up by its owner, which we think is a shame as it used to grow wild beach peas.)

This was the planter that was vandalized in later summer, then moved and replanted.

This was the planter that was vandalized in later summer, then moved and replanted.

the planter by Larry's Antique Gallery Too! with vigorous nasturtium

the planter by Larry’s Antique Gallery Too! with vigorous nasturtium

My big garden plan for the weekend had been to chop up some of the garden debris pile and put it into the compost bins. We have decided to no longer collect kitchen compost from a nearby café for several reasons, one being that the compost bins stink up the garden in hot weather, one being that the amount of time spent collecting and processing takes more work hours than the cost of a load of dairy manure, and another being that a neighbour had….RATS…and the cats brought in a rat the other day, an ominous sign. With four plastic bins of kitchen compost, three of which could be breached by a determined critter, we were perhaps asking for trouble.

The first day was too hot to do the garden debris project and the second day I was just too darn lazy.

After watering, Allan made a delicious salmon dinner with Phil’s salmon, and some of our Yukon Golds and tomatoes (and storebought everything else).

I try to eat a bit of sauerkraut every day as it is supposed to be healthy.

I try to eat a bit of sauerkraut every day as it is supposed to be healthy.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

On the way back from the Cannon Beach Cottage tour, I remembered that tonight was Astoria Art Walk night and that an acquaintance was having a show called “Sock Monkey Album Covers”. We decided to stop by the Street 14 Coffee House and see for ourselves.

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an actually hot late summer evening

inside the coffee house

inside the coffee house

Long Beach Peninsulites hanging out

Long Beach Peninsulites hanging out

sock monkey album covers by Leslie Hall Lipe

sock monkey album covers by Leslie Hall Lipe, including my beloved Ramones

I do not understand the sock monkey fetish, but it is very big at my favourite bookstore, Ilwaco’s Time Enough Books.

The Commodore Hotel lobby seems to share space with the coffee house, and is a space that I find beautiful.

The wall display of is items found when renovating the old hotel.

The wall display is of items found when renovating the old hotel.

cool old stuff artistically displayed

cool old stuff artistically displayed

hotel check in

hotel check in

We decided to walk down a couple of blocks and check out a new-ish store with garden decor among its offerings.

Allan's photo inside a bookstore

Allan’s photo inside a bookstore

Astoria's Commercial Street has well maintained container gardens.

Astoria’s Commercial Street has well maintained container gardens full of choice plants.

Jessica Schlief cares for many of them.

Jessica Schlief cares for many of them.

The ones with wire sides are great favourites of mine.

The ones with wire sides are great favourites of mine.

good from every angle

good from every angle

Because they are against the buildings and not in traffic sightlines, they can have tall plants.

Because they are against the buildings and not in traffic sightlines, they can have tall plants.

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Forsythea, run by Pat Fagerland of Seaview

Forsythea, run by Pat Fagerland of Seaview

inside Forsythea

inside Forsythea

more sock monkeys

more sock monkeys

really nice stuff

really nice stuff

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more stuff

more stuff

Wine and appetizers were on offer, but we were on our way to dinner. Allan thought maybe we could have fast food at the Roller Derby…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The town was full of sunshine.

The town was full of sunshine.

planter

art gallery window

art gallery window

Outside a shop called Cargo.

Outside a shop called Cargo.

I wanted to pass on the Roller Derby and go to Indian Cuisine and Allan agreed. It was very placid and dull of me, I think now. The delicious food, however, made us very happy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We chose to go on to dinner at Himani Indian Cuisine (again).

We chose to go on to dinner at Himani Indian Cuisine (again).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After dinner, on our five block walk back to the van, I looked with nostalgia upon all the bars and clubs hopping with young folk, and reminisced how that was my life once. I wish I had taken some photos of the windows glowing in the dusk on such a rare warm coastal evening; the only photo I took was one of a ship on the river.

sunset time on the Columbia River

sunset time on the Columbia River

I had a revelation and told Allan we did not have to move to Astoria to experience it; we could just rent a place for a couple of months, and after that I would probably be happy to move back to my quiet Ilwaco home. I couldn’t do such a thing while my cats are alive though; they would miss me too much.

 

 

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Clark’s Cabin

from the programme:  This red and white cabin was built in 1920 in the heart of Cannon Beach’s presidential neighbourhood [where streets are named for U.S. Presidents] and is a whimsical nod to Lewis & Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  This cabin has been lovingly outfitted in gorgeous handmade furniture and colorfully cast in the deep greens and wood tones that make this corner of Oregon famous.  The cabin’s large kitchen and living area has the feel of a classic coastal lodge, with fun decor and lots of space.  With its rustic character and beachy nostalgia, this comfy cabin is a craftsman’s dream come true.

Clark's Cabin

Clark’s Cabin

Clark Cabin is for sale.

Clark’s Cabin is for sale.

You can see the listing with lots of photos here.  It’s also a vacation rental.  Information and more photos can be found here.

The clear red paint job reminds me of my grandma's house.

The clear red paint job reminds me of my grandma’s house.

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around the side of the house

around the side of the house

side door

side door

I admire a neatly trimmed sword fern

I admire a neatly trimmed sword fern.

hydrangea

hydrangea

shady back yard

shady back yard

Allan's photo:

Allan’s photo: “lining up for the booty drill”

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peaceful view from sink window

peaceful view from sink window

The table, chairs, and beds all have the same rustic wood look.

The handmade furniture all has the same rustic wood look.

Allan found out that “the old porch had been enclosed with chalk boards where old window cut outs had been”.

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(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

bed

bed

I'd like to know where they got all this rustic furniture.

I’d like to know who made the rustic furniture.

Allan's photo. Hmm, I had been bellyachin' about my knee and the heat.

Allan’s photo. Hmm, I had been bellyaching about my knee and the heat.

the docent and a guest

the docent and a guest, LOVE the green floor (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo:

Allan’s photo: “They thought the original outside door with its simple lift latch was now the study’s interior door.”

You can see the listing with lots of photos here.  It’s also a vacation rental.  Information and more photos can be found here.  I’d love to stay here just to feast my eyes on the furniture.


On the way to our next destination, we passed another red and white cottage.  My grandmother’s colour scheme was very unusual in its day; perhaps she would have fit right in in Cannon Beach.

a red and white cottage...for sale!

a red and white cottage…for sale!

The Presidential Pardon; it was on the tour in 2004 (a tour I did not discover til 2007).

The Presidential Pardon; it was on the tour in 2004 (a tour I did not discover til 2007).

While it’s for sale, you can see in photos here that the inside has been completely modernized.  I have no words.

also on the way, a pleasant garden

also on the way, a pleasant garden

1893 Cottage with Garden

The next cottage was “garden only”.

from the programme:  This 1893 original homestead is a 1925 Sears Kit Home.  The cottage garden reflects what gardens of that era would have included.  You’ll notice beautiful roses, lilacs, and hydrangeas in this well-tended garden.

A sign warned to not walk on the lawn, so I could not get close to the little garden.

the enticing 1893 cottage

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side garden by driveway

side garden by driveway

buddleias and hydrangeas and rugosa roses on other side of driveway

buddleias and hydrangeas and rugosa roses on other side of driveway

Allan's photo: Cake and lemonade was on offer!

Allan’s photo: Cake and lemonade was on offer!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The refreshments were most welcome.

The refreshments were most welcome.

Allan's photo, narrow garden beside driveway

Allan’s photo, narrow garden beside driveway


On the way to the next house:

an attractive garden

a garden with archway

hint: If these epimidiums were cut all the way to the ground, they would come back nice and fresh.

hint: If these epimidiums were cut all the way to the ground, they would come back nice and fresh.


 1997 home

from the programme:  This 2 story home was built in 1997 with careful detailing and much wood design.  The home features a great room with vaulted ceilings.  The landscaping has been recently renovated to include tropical plants that survive in our climate.  

house

front

banana

banana

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side

other side

other side

bamboo

bamboo

looking down on garden and wetland from back deck; the ground slopes to a hidden stream.

looking down on garden and wetland from back deck; the ground slopes to a hidden stream.

grape vine growing on back deck

grape vine growing on back deck

woodsy view from back deck

woodsy view from back deck

Someone pointed out that from the deck, one could see the back of a tiny house next door.

I could live there!

I could live there!

I had to walk next door to see the front of that house.  It looked just perfect for me, and in Cannon Beach it might go for as low as $350,000, or am I just dreaming?

next door, tiny cottage perfect for me with lots of garden space!

next door, tiny cottage perfect for me with lots of garden space!

walking on, back of modern house from the street

walking on, back of modern house from the street


On the way to the last cottage:

“Beware of Pug” arbour

a large parklike garden with a shady pond...

a large parklike garden with a shady pond…

belonging to this establishment.

belonging to this establishment.

digiplexis along the main street

digiplexis along the main street

a stone garden, Allan's photo

a stone garden, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


last stop:  Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals:  Garden only

We are back where we started, which I now realize is the office of the Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals.

picket fence garden

picket fence garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

fuchsias and windowboxes

fuchsias and windowboxes

silvery eucalyptus

silvery eucalyptus

a sheltered sit spot

a sheltered sit spot

Thanks to everyone who made this tour, one of the highlights of my year, possible.  Our wish is that those of our readers who live elsewhere (especially overseas) and thus have no way to take this tour themselves enjoyed touring with us vicariously.

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