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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour.  We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day.  Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.

in the frying pan

in the frying pan

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Anchorage Cottages

I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage.  I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters.  Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains.  (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages.  I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance.  (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)

If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down.  Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.

before

before


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.”  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.

after

after


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better.

She gave me a smooch.

She gave me a smooch.

I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts.  My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.

center courtyard

center courtyard


center courtyard hedge

center courtyard hedge; there is a path behind it for building maintenance


The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.

The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.


Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

 

our load of debris (Allan's photo)

our load of debris (Allan’s photo)

Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…

Peninsula Landscape Supply

…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.

We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves.  On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.

on Pioneer Road

on Pioneer Road


Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply


offloaded debris (Allan's photo)

offloading debris (Allan’s photo)


The debris gets ground up into mulch.

The debris gets ground up into mulch.

rocks

new planters that look like bark

new planters that look like bark


shell planter

shell planter


This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic...with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic…with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.

Another customer had a cute old truck.

Another customer had a cute old ’54 truck.


He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

Wiegardt Gallery

On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother.  Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.

That's our Bill!

That’s our Bill!


the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery

the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery


Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did...

Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did…

Marilyn’s Garden

Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.

view from the street

view from the street


colchicum by the driveway

colchicum by the driveway


the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle.

Miscanthus zebrinus

Miscanthus zebrinus

We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time.  Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.

center" Solidago 'Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y.

center: Solidago ‘Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y by our big wind a couple of weeks ago.


view straight across from back porch with neighbours' garage hidden

view straight across from back porch with neighbours’ garage hidden


looking northwest from back porch

looking northwest from back porch


Bees were all over the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.

Bees were all over the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


a big bumble bee

a big bumble bee

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looks furry and pettable...better not.

looks furry and pettable…better not.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan's photo)

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan’s photo)

At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny's bubbler.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny’s bubbler.


I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.

I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.


after...We were out of time; next week we'll get the roots of those ferns out.

after…We were out of time; next week we’ll get the roots of those ferns out.


Mary's tree peony looking autumnal.

Mary’s tree peony is looking autumnal (the brown leaves behind the cosmos).

(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden.  Must look for it!)

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' as tall as the greenhouse.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ as tall as the greenhouse.


Schizostylis brightening up the garden.

Schizostylis brightening up the garden.


the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.  (Southwest quadrant of the garden)


Southeast quadrant

Southeast quadrant


Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)

Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)


northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing.  After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.

A good rain fell overnight.

A good rain fell overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Long Beach

Today we went round all the planters fluffing them up after they were so sat upon by Rod Run spectators.  Even though a big rain was predicted, we watered them as well.  That way they will be well soaked enough to not need watering again till next week.  (And there is always the hope at this time of year that the necessity of the watering of planters will end soon.)

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan's photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

Allan’s photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

Allan's photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

Allan’s photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

Others did not fare well.

Others did not fare well.  (Note the sideways cosmos.)

Geranium 'Rozanne' got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, before tidying

Allan’s photos, before tidying

and after, all fluffed up

and after, all fluffed up

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (This planter used to have trailing plants on the edge)

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home (a weedy wild area far from planters)

This planter held up well.

This planter held up well.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).  (It wasn’t!!)

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

All fluffed...could have been much worse.

All fluffed…could have been much worse.

Back when Rod Run had an official car parade through town, and was on Labor Day weekend, the planters were thoroughly destroyed and turned to blackened mush by people standing in them.  Now the event is the weekend after Labor Day and the official parade is only at the north end of the Peninsula.  Even though onlookers gather in Long Beach and party into Saturday evening, and the car owners drive their vehicles round and round the town, the damage to our plants is not as extensive as in the past.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

Much to my surprise, we got done in Long Beach in time to attend to the gardens at The Red Barn and Diane’s home next door.

The Red Barn

Red Barn garden

Red Barn garden got a good weeding.

Diane’s garden

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

Diane and Larry's roadside garden

Diane and Larry’s roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

cosmos

cosmos

This pink heather was the inspiration to make this roadside garden; Diane fell in love with it when she saw it at The Planter Box.

the heather in question

the heather in question

I did not want to plant a whole border with one plant that would have a short season of bloom, so other complementary plants got included.

heather with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

heather with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Ilwaco 

We had a little bit of time left before a dinner engagement and we used it to water and groom the Ilwaco planters.  Because of expected rain, we did not have to water the street trees so we chose to bucket water the planters.  That goes much faster than using the water trailer.  While Allan filled the buckets at the boatyard, I walked ahead and did some light grooming of the boatyard garden.

some new boats

some new boats

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Allan's photo: bucket watering

Allan’s photo: bucket watering

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence (planted where a faucet dribbles sometimes)

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Azure has planted two handsome containers by their door.

Azure folks have planted two handsome containers by their door.

Allan's photo: planter grooming

Allan’s photo: planter grooming

Allan's photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da's

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da’s

They probably are finding it difficult to find the Ilwaco Market.

Allan’s photo.  To the right: Note how the Ilwaco Market has made a sideways sign after their big sign was blocked by the sign for a new café (which is now “closed for the season”!)

We just had time to drop off the work trailer at home.

new Fremontodendron by the garage

new Fremontodendron by the garage

a quick glance into the back garden

a quick excursion into the back garden (with my oddly shaped Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’)

sweet pea by the patio

sweet pea by the patio

I'm loving Sedum 'Strawberries and Cream'

I’m loving Sedum ‘Strawberries and Cream’

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.  But no.

The Depot Restaurant

Our Kathleen was down for a week at her cottage.  We sure do wish she could move here full time; her job up north offers a pension, so she has to stick it out for a few more years.  To celebrate her vacation and her upcoming birthday, we took her to dinner and were joined by Dave and Melissa.

Allan's photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

Allan’s photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

the view from our table

the view from our table

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in)

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in): “Fried Artichoke Flowerets served with traditional Spanish Almond Romesco Sauce and Olive Mix”

Allan's photo of Kathleen's "Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions"

Allan’s photo of Kathleen’s “Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions”

Allan's photo of his Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce

Allan’s photo of his “Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce”

Steak Killian

Steak Killian

for Melissa: "Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice"

for Melissa: “Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice”

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

The food and socializing were superb.  Later: Our Kathleen reminds me that she had the duck and Melissa had the scallops. The memory is clear to me now. 

Speaking of restaurants, I just finished my last book by Jon Ronson; he will have to write more!

Them

Among many scintillating true stories, he tells of a conservative politician named Rupert Allasan who did not tip well.   The tale is a bit blurry here, but well worth a read.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

ilwacocannonbeach

Back we drove, early (for us) to be sure to get to Debbie Teashon’s talk on time.  She was speaking at an 11 AM tea as the closing event for the 2015 Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour.

On the way, we saw a large number of bicyclists along the side of Highway 101.  It did not look like much fun to me with cars whizzing by.

Sometimes singly, sometimes in groups along the narrow shoulder....

Sometimes singly, sometimes in groups along the narrow shoulder….

Cannon Beach: Tolovana Park

When we arrived at Tolovana Park, we realized that it was the morning's destination for all those bicyclists.

When we arrived at Tolovana Park, we realized that it was the morning’s destination for all those bicyclists.

bicyclist and mascot

bicyclist and mascot

This was one of the two unconnected groups.

This was one of the two unconnected groups.

They took each other's photos with Haystack Rock (not shown) in the background.

They took each other’s photos with Haystack Rock (not shown) in the background.

Justifiably proud of themselves.

Justifiably proud of themselves.

Right next to them, a woman read quietly.

Right next to them, a woman read quietly.  (far right)

On the beach, a man was making fast time with a sand wheelchair.

On the beach, a man was making fast time with a sand wheelchair.

chair made for going over sand

chair made for going over sand

the other bicycle group (Allan's photo)

the other bicycle group (Allan’s photo)

The America by Bicycle group is averaging 67 miles a day. They started in Astoria and are heading to souther California.

The America by Bicycle group is averaging 67 miles a day. They started in Astoria and are heading to souther California.

“Ride the West is a western state adventure along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Southern California. This 23-day fully-supported touring-pace ride averages 67 miles per day and crosses through 2 states (California is really long!). The 1398 mile route begins in Astoria OR and wends its way south to Costa Mesa, CA.”

Debbie Teashon’s garden talk

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The treats were all laid out by the Tolovana Inn conference room.

The treats were all laid out near the Tolovana Inn conference room.

a fancy sort of tea

a fancy sort of tea

much nicer than most bagged tea

much nicer than most bagged tea

berries

Each table had a beautiful bouquet.

Each table had a beautiful bouquet.

I finally got to see in person what Debbie means when she says that doing the “hero pose” before an event gives one strength and confidence.

She says it really works.

She says it really works.

hero pose (Allan's photo)

hero pose (Allan’s photo)

That's our Debbie.

That’s our Debbie.

I have known Debbie online, and soon after that in person, since the year 2000 when I discovered her Rainyside website and began to participate in the forum there.  That forum has been overtaken by her Facebook page and Facebook group where the core group of Rainysiders is still strongly connected.  Jeanne and her mom Mary Kay from Portland were at this talk because of Rainyside.

waiting for the talk (Allan's photo)

waiting for the talk (Allan’s photo)

Rainyside Jeanne on the right

Rainyside Jeanne on the right

Debbie’s topic was extending the garden into fall and winter.  She reminded me of two shrubs that I used to have in my old garden and want to have again.

Every time I'm asked if I want someone to look for a plant for me, I mention this one.

Every time I’m asked if I want someone to look for a plant for me, I mention this one.

I had completely forgotten about this euonymous with amazing pink and orange flowers.

I had completely forgotten about this euonymous with amazing pink and orange flowers.

Sedum 'Autumn Fire' Like Debbie, I find it hard to tell this improved one apart from 'Autumn Joy'. It is said to not flop as much.

Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’; Like Debbie, I find it hard to tell this improved one apart from ‘Autumn Joy’. It is said to not flop as much.  (Allan’s photo of Debbie’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Debbie's new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer (Allan's photo)

Debbie’s new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer (Allan’s photo)

After the lecture, our table chatted till we had to leave the room for the next event.  At our table was a woman from Port Townsend named Marilyn; it turned out that she sometimes reads this blog!

Jeanne, Mary, Debbie, Allan, and I had lunch at Mo’s, a convenient spot because it is just north of the Tolovana Inn.

east side of Mo's

east side of Mo’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After Debbie, Jeanne, and Mary Kay had gone back to their cars, Allan and I saw bunnies on the lawn by Tolovana Park.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I would not like them in my garden, but they sure are cute here.

I would not like them in my garden, but they sure are cute here. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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home again

On the way home, a grocery stop at Costco netted me more bags of bulbs than I want to admit.

Costco bulbs

Costco bulbs

Costco bulb shopping advice:  Sometimes different sorts of bulbs are hidden way at the back where they cannot even be reached.

A bag of iris reticulata was barely visible way in tbe back.

A bag of iris reticulata was barely visible way in tbe back.

It is sometimes possible to scoot a rack away so that one can reach in from behind, or ask a floor clerk for help if the racks are not on wheels.  I was determined and scooched in from the back to check out all the bags, scoring some hidden Fritillaria imperialis.

The Astoria Megler bridge was lined with cars going south, among them many “rods” from this weekend’s Rod Run in Long Beach and Ocean Park.

They are heading back home.

They are heading back home.

This marks the final festival of the tourist season and the beginning of the quieter time on the peninsula.  I am so happy.

Feeling exhausted by the social whirl of the Slow Drag followed by two Cottage Tour Days, we hoped to not have to water the Ilwaco planters even though they had not been watered since Wednesday.  We poked our fingers in several and were thrilled to find them just damp enough to hold till tomorrow.

overjoyed that it does not need water

overjoyed that it does not need water

planter and tree garden by Azure Salon

planter and tree garden by Azure Salon

At home, I thought about fall gardening and made a list of projects on the work board.  The projects can start at any time; the fall clean up will wait till October or November along with bulb planting time.

the autumnal work board

the autumnal work board

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

After the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, we took a walk back along the westernmost road and then into town to meet our friends for dinner.

Across the street to the east from the Ave Maria House Retreat, our last official tour stop, is a stairway and path to downtown that I used to take with ease.    The big house to the right was on the cottage tour in 2007.  It has been expanded hugely behind its original small cottage.

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It is kind of the owners to let the public walk down their stairs “at their own risk”.

I contemplated it with cane in hand and thought about what is was like to be younger!

I contemplated it with cane in hand and thought about what is was like to be younger!

The upper garden is more overgrown than it used to be, so perhaps the gardener is also no longer spry.

telephoto of the lower garden

telephoto of the lower garden

the garden in 2007

the garden in 2007 (right)

just to the north, a public path to the beach

just to the north, a public path to the beach

We turned and walked south along the street.

well trained nasturtiums on an east wall

well trained nasturtiums on an east wall

Hutchens House, which we have toured before.

Hutchins House, which we have toured before.

Hutchins House is one of my favourites of the vacation rentals we’ve toured.  It was on the cottage tour in 2013 and we also toured it in 2007.

Hutchins House

Hutchins House

You get to the east side deck by climbing out a bedroom window.

You get to the east side deck by climbing out a bedroom window.

cute shed in Hutchins House back yard

cute shed in Hutchins House back yard

An arbor that I have admired for years.

On the east side of an ocean view house is an arbor that I have admired for years.

peeking in to that garden

peeking in to that garden under the dragon-topped arbour.

a similar fence for an ocean view house

a similar fence for an ocean view house

a tiny guest house or shed

a tiny guest house or shed

One of my favourite cottages, The Bears.

One of my favourite cottages, The Bears.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; same purple trim colour as ours

The Bears on tour in 2007: Sadly, I've lost the larger versions of these photos.

The Bears on tour in 2007: Sadly, I’ve lost the larger versions of these photos.

The Bears window today still has dangling shells.

The Bears window today still has dangling shells.

lots of walkers along the road

lots of walkers along the road (Allan’s photo)

 a windswept beachfront garden

a windswept beachfront garden

This garden is right above the dunes.

This garden is right above the dunes.

white lilies by the beach

white lilies by the beach

the beach path at that corner (Allan's photo)

the beach path at that corner (Allan’s photo)

ocean view bench in front of that same house

ocean view bench in front of that same house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south along the beach front houses

looking south along the beach front houses

While I usually go for the older houses, I like this one's stone foundation.

While I usually go for the older houses, I like this one’s stone foundation.

And I remain smitten with its beachy landscaping, which I've admired on previous walks.

And I remain smitten with its beachy landscaping, which I’ve admired on previous walks.

looking north

looking north

hydrangeas, rugosa roses, and dahlias right by the beach

hydrangeas, rugosa roses, and dahlias right by the beach

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hydrangeas, artemisias, sedums, rugosa roses

hydrangeas, artemisias, sedums, rugosa roses

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (Allan's photo)

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Hebe (Allan’s photo)

rugosa roses with hips and flowers, with Haystack Rock

rugosa roses with hips and flowers, with Haystack Rock

rugosa rose (Allan's photo)

rugosa rose (Allan’s photo)

beachfront hebes and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

beachfront hebes and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

I meet a poodle (Allan's photo)

I meet a poodle (Allan’s photo)

We found Debbie just finishing her tour at the Liberty House.

We found Debbie just finishing her tour at the Liberty House.

We collapsed for awhile at Debbie’s rental cottage (at The Beaches) while waiting for Jeanne and her mom.

Debbie gave us her new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer!

Debbie gave us her new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer!

I learned that pear cider has a particular name: perry.

Debbie and her book (Allan's photo)

Debbie and her book (Allan’s photo)

Once reunited with Jeanne, Mary Kay, and Debbie, we repaired to The Irish Table for dinner.

The Irish Table

The Irish Table

We were not sure we’d be able to get into the Irish Table, so we eyed a fall-back place right next door.

Allan's photo: Hardware Store and Pub

Allan’s photo: Hardware Store and Pub

However, we were fortunate and got into the Irish Table without a reservation.  They only take reservations for five people (and they won’t take a party of more than five).  Smaller groups and couples have to line up outside and hope for the best.  My dear friend Carol and I had a memorable meal here a few years ago so I was especially glad to get in.

Inside The Irish Table

Inside The Irish Table

a salad of onions, arugula, beets, with an "Irish Wake" (cranberry, lemon, Irish whiskey)

a salad of onions, arugula, beets, with an “Irish Wake” drink (cranberry, lemon, Irish whiskey)

an amazing halibut for Debbie

an amazing halibut for Debbie

I got the shepherd's pie. It was not as amazing as I expected, and I wished I'd gotten the steak or the halibut. However, I'd had that excellent salad...

I got the shepherd’s pie. It was not as amazing as I expected, and I wished I’d gotten the steak or the halibut or the mushroom Wellington. However, I’d had that excellent salad…

chocolate pot de creme for dessert

chocolate pot de creme for dessert

We walked down the hill to Debbie’s cottage and on the way, we found some birds for Mr. Tootlepedal.

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We passed the same courtyard gate as earlier in the day. (Allan's photo)

We passed the same courtyard gate as earlier in the day… (Allan’s photo)

a driftwood fence (Allan's photo)...

a driftwood fence (Allan’s photo)…

And one more Cannon Beach landscape to admire, featuring cosmos.

And one more Cannon Beach landscape to admire, featuring cosmos.

The hour long drive home over the bridge in the dark scared the geewhillikers out of me, and tomorrow we turn right around and go back to Cannon Beach for Debbie’s 11 AM garden tea talk!

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Cannons Cottage

Situated on the edge of the forest, this beautiful blue classic cottage was built in 1928, according to country records.  This home is considered typical of a 1940s transitional bungalow style cottage in keeping with the traditional white picket fence and painted weathered shingles.  Painted cottages were once more common because they better repelled the constant weathering effects of Cannon Beach’s seasons.

Cannons Cottage is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Debbie found out that this colour is known as Cannon Beach blue.

Debbie found out that this colour is known as Cannon Beach blue.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: I was happy to see a cottage garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: living/dining room

downstairs bedroom

downstairs bedroom

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; he went upstairs.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a lower room down a couple of steps (Allan's photo)

a lower room down a couple of steps (Allan’s photo)

lower sitting room (Allan's photo)

lower sitting room (Allan’s photo)

booth-like feeling in kitchen (Allan's photo)

booth-like feeling in kitchen (Allan’s photo)

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back deck (north side)

back deck (north side)

woodsy back yard

woodsy back yard

outside again: Cannon Beach blue

outside again: Cannon Beach blue and a nice little flower border

interlude

cute and just my size

cute and just my size

also just my size

also just my size

How I long to tour more of the cottages that are not vacation rentals.  I can understand how people hesitate to open their homes to strangers, but it is for such a good cause.

Cozy Cottage

from the program:  This California style beach bungalow was built in 1940 and is a great example of pre-WWII cottage architecture with exposed shingle siding.  The easy to build rectangular California style was found in mail-order design books and was adopted throughout Cannon Beach for summer homes and rental cottages.  The small bedroom was originally a garage and was converted to a bedroom prior to the seventies.  The home received an extensive interior remodel and continues to remain a true original cottage of Cannon Beach.

Cozy Cottage

Cozy Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the porch

on the front patio

the south side garden

the south side garden

love this hanging over the kitchen window

love this hanging over the kitchen window

interlude

Across the street was High Jinks Cottage, which we have toured before.

High Jinks Cottage

High Jinks Cottage

detail: Allan's photo

detail (Allan’s photo)

Sea Dance Cottage

from the program: Built in 1948, this California craftsman dream home was one of the first houses in Cannon Beach to feature a white picket fence.  The current homeowners purchased Sea Dance seventeen years ago from a mother and daughter who were their own contractors.  The home was expanded and connected with roofts that also stretched over spaced between them and covered carports, emulating new motel designs.

Sea Dance is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Sea Dance, southwest corner

Sea Dance, southwest corner

Sea Dance Cottage

Sea Dance Cottage

I was so smitten with the fireplace that I think my hand was shaking.

I was so smitten with the fireplace that I think my hand was shaking.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I should have straightened the rooster!

I should have straightened the rooster!

Allan's photo: looks to me like he straightened it.

Allan’s photo: looks to me like he straightened it.

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upstairs (Allan's photo)

upstairs (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

upstairs view (Allan's photo)

upstairs view (Allan’s photo)

upstairs deck (Allan's photo)

upstairs deck (Allan’s photo)

looking down (Allan's photo)

looking down (Allan’s photo)

Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia

Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia

out the kitchen door

out the kitchen door

looking back

looking back, nook at north side of house

south side of house

south side of house

windblown

windblown

on the south side picket fence

on the south side picket fence

faded hydrangea

faded hydrangea

plate depicting the house (Allan's photo)

plate depicting the house (Allan’s photo)

Ave Maria Retreat House

from the program: This beautiful historic home was built in 1928 in the New England maritime architectural manner, complete with a widow’s walk.  Controversy remains about whether it was built by, or for, a ship’s captain, although Cannon Beach did see many captains build their homes during the early years.  Its previous owners include Reuben Adams, who was an executive at Meier and Frank.  Today, it is magnificently preserved and maintained by the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon.

Ave Maria Retreat House

Ave Maria Retreat House

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

living room fireplace

living room fireplace

dining room

dining room

I remember those round window cupboards from when this house was on the tour in 2007.

I was confused about which parts of the house were open to tour.  I thought maybe only the living and dining room so I did not explore the rest of the downstairs, which Allan later told me was open to view.  By then, I had gone outside to look at the view.

chapel (Allan's photo)

chapel (Allan’s photo)

the kitchen (Allan's photo)

the kitchen (Allan’s photo)

the view (Allan's photo)

the view (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

old fashioned tub (Allan's photo)

old fashioned tub (Allan’s photo)

perfect for reading (Allan's photo)

perfect for reading (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of the nuns on retreat (Allan's photo)

one of the nuns on retreat (Allan’s photo)

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photo on display from 2007 tour

photo on display from 2007 tour

The house is right on the low ocean bluff.

The house is right on the low ocean bluff.

view to the north

view to the north

Next: we take a walk past more cottages and gardens to rejoin our friends for dinner.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Oznick-Muncy Cottage

from the program:  This modernized traditional craftsman style dream home was built in 2007 and is a great example of how the past meets the present.  The owners used a contemporary approach to their living quarters by featuring original art by Cannon Beach’s own Bill Steidel and Portland’s Richard Thompson.  Be sure to check out the beautiful man-made fireplace which is constructed from original Oregon river rock.

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Allan’s photo; as you can see, we were allowed to take photos here.

The table settings had belonged to the owner's great grandmother.

The table settings had belonged to the owner’s great grandmother.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

 

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Quinn’s Cottage (a vacation rental)

From the program: This classic maritime architectural style cottage was built in 1930 and the current homeowners purchased the home in 2004.  This home is a traditional Cannon Beach cottage with exposed shingle siding and parlor windows.  The cottage is thought to have started as a single-walled fishing shack in the early 30s and slowly got added onto over the years, with the most recent addition of the second floor from about the 1970s.

Quinn's Cottage

Quinn’s Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Quinn Cottage living room

Quinn Cottage living room

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borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk.

borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk by the front door.

kitchen

kitchen

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host's daughter guarded the way.

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host’s daughter guarded the way.

You can view photos of the upstairs on the vacation rental website.

Sea Salt

from the program: This beautifully tranquil home as built in 1986 and formerly sat across the street from an earlier version of the Surfsand Resort, which was located on Spruce Street.  It is rumored that Sea Salt was one of Surfsand Resort’s units and was later relocated and remodeled in 2006 to its current location.

Sea Salt is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

Allan’s photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

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downstairs bedroom

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

and a Buddha in the back garden.

and a Buddha in the back garden.

upstairs bedroom: Allan's photo

upstairs bedroom: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, upstairs deck

Allan's photo from the upstairs deck

Allan’s photo from the upstairs deck

Sea Salt side yard

Sea Salt side yard

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

interlude

We had a walk to a few blocks to the next cottage and we photographed cottages, gardens, and beach.

a cute little cottage

a cute little cottage

with a corner table

with a corner table

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

cottage just uphill from the gallery

cottage just uphill from the gallery

Allan pointed out that we could walk west for a couple of blocks and take the beach road to the next cottage, so we did.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.  This two bedroom, two bath home two blocks from the beach with hardly any yard is for sale for $635,000.

my kind of cottage

my kind of cottage

I took so many photos of that white picket fence cottage exterior that I felt I might be bothering the folks inside.  They must be used to it.  I knew they were home by all the shoes on the front porch.

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note the windowboxes!

note the windowboxes!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; I was using my cane and was mighty glad to have it.

I like the porch and dormers.

I like the porch and dormers.

house with honeysuckle arbor

house with honeysuckle arbor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

just my size, with garden space: would probably sell for $300 thousand or so here.

just my size, with garden space: would sell for $325 to 400 thousand or so here.

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

I asked "May I photograph your horse?"

I asked “May I photograph your horse?”

"Yes, you may." (Allan's photo)

“Yes, you may.” (Allan’s photo)

horse

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

looking north

looking north

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan's photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan’s photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan's photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan’s photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next:  We turn the corner at the end of that block and arrive at the next cottage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 September, 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Cannon Beach. This year the tour was in the "presidential blocks", toward the top of the satellite view.

Cannon Beach. This year the tour was in the “presidential blocks”, pretty much right above the words Cannon Beach.

Hidden Villa Motel

From the program: Hidden Villa Motel is a reminder of the vintage beach cottage resorts of the past  These cottages represent a bygone era in which beach-goers typically stayed in small, comfortable cottages rather than large hotels.  It has weathered well, accumulating the patina that comes with years of salt and mist, as well as stories and memories.  Locals rumor that author Ursula Le Guin found inspiration here as have numerous visitors who return year after year,

I would love to stay here sometime.  I wish I had discovered it as a vacation spot back in the day when it was run by a woman who lived there and was beloved of all her guests; back then, the courtyard was, I hear, brimming with flowers.  While it is now managed by a vacation rental company, the cottages are still entirely charming.  They have been recently refurbished with careful attention to vintage detail.  We had visited this resort before on the 2012 cottage tour.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Not all of the cottages were available for touring as some had guests.  We somehow managed to miss one of the units that was open to view.

fireplace

Nautical Cottage

first cottage bedroom

Nautical Cottage bedroom

peaceful view from bedroom

peaceful view from bedroom along the street to the west

Allan's photo: cottage bathroom

Allan’s photo: cottage bathroom

kitchen

pictures

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; He liked the sailboat photos, too.

Allan's photo: bottled water and tote bags were offered to guests.

Allan’s photo: bottled water and tote bags were offered to guests.

The courtyard, where a big tree had blown down this past winter.

The courtyard, where a big tree had blown down this past winter.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A tour guest enters cottage 5.

A tour guest enters Sunflower Cottage.

Sunflower Cottage is my favourite.

Sunflower Cottage is my favourite.

I dibs the sunflower daybed.

I dibs the sunflower daybed.

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a pretty fireplace

a pretty corner fireplace

Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage in tones of green

garden cottage

Garden Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

interlude

roses as we walk to the next stop on the tour (Allan's photo)

roses as we walk to the next stop on the tour (Allan’s photo)

 

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