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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mike’s garden

We began a few blocks east by tidying up Mayor Mike’s garden.

Allan focused on the gravel path along the front.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

cotoneaster draping over the outside wall

cotoneaster draping over the outside wall

Jo’s garden

We actually could have taken today off and done Mike’s another day, had it not been for our occasional visit to Jo’s to get the garden tidied before she and Bob have guests.  It is always a pleasure to work there.  And a TWO day work week is being a little bit TOO lazy.

For an overcast day, the working conditions were surprisingly hot and muggy.

hydrangea outside the garden

hydrangea outside the garden

entrance

entrance to Jo and Bob’s garden

just inside, a container from the Basket Case Greenhouse

just inside, a container from the Basket Case Greenhouse

The garden to the right of the entry walk had gotten so battered by wind...This was after tidying it up.

The garden to the right of the entry walk had gotten so battered by wind…This was after tidying it up.  Not much left.

Jo pointed out this maidenhair fern had reseeded under the windowbox by the guest house door.

Jo pointed out this fern had reseeded under the windowbox by the guest house door.

Persicaria 'Firetail' just inside the center courtyard. I love it; Jo thinks it "does not have enough bang for the buck!"

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ just inside the center courtyard. I love it; Jo thinks it “does not have enough bang for the buck!”

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard, north wall of house

center courtyard, north wall of house

double impatiens in a pot

double impatiens in a pot

Further along, another freaky cosmos, very tall but not blooming yet.

Further along, another freaky cosmos, very tall but not blooming yet.

Yellow cosmos! Probably 'Yellow Garden', but blooming earlier than the late blooming 'Yellow Garden', and how did it get here?

Yellow cosmos! Probably ‘Yellow Garden’, but blooming earlier than the late blooming ‘Yellow Garden’, and how did it get here?

The impatiens walk turned out well. A rare success in getting rid of Geranium 'A T Johnson'!!

The impatiens walk turned out well. A rare success in getting rid of Geranium ‘A T Johnson’!!

Jo reminded me of how much I complained about the sheer number of impatiens that she had bought and that we planted.

Allan pulled the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at the west end of the garden.  (The corms remain in the ground.)

before and after (Allan's photos)

before and after (Allan’s photos)

northwest corner of garden (Allan's photo)

northwest corner of garden (Allan’s photo)

The recent windstorm had knocked the cosmos about and broken some big stems.  Jo got in and helped pull some broken pieces out.

in progress (Allan's photo)

in progress (Allan’s photo)

I got the rest deadheaded and just when I stopped back to admire the results, I heard a loud crack and the main stem broke.  Drat.

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I told Jo it was because she had pulled a dead painted sage out that had been holding the whole mess up.  She laughed and said she did not mind those cosmos being gone as it is near the end of the season anyway.

I had to go into the house to get a photo of Coco with her new haircut.

She doesn't look like a King Charles Spaniel right now!

She doesn’t look like a King Charles Spaniel right now!

Jo's current quilt project is a complex pattern called "Gypsy Wife."

Jo’s current quilt project is a complex pattern called “Gypsy Wife.”

Jo saying goodbye, with the garden all ready for company.

Jo saying goodbye, with the garden all ready for company.

Long Beach

Mike’s and Jo’s gardens had taken long enough so that we only had an hour and a half before a city council workshop that we wished to attend.  (The topic was the future of the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market that takes place on Friday afternoons at Veterans Field.)  We thought we might just check on the planters on Bolstadt beach approach road and then go home to drop off the trailer and change clothes.  However, I noticed that in the first section of the beach approach garden, the rugosa roses were sticking out into the street by maybe four inches.  That would not do for Rod Run traffic, so we stopped and clipped them back.

after: forgot to take a before

after: forgot to take a before

I got to pet this lovely dog named Jack.

I got to pet this lovely dog named Jack.

Now we had a load of rose clippings to dispose off, and after a trip to city works, it turned out to be so close to meeting time that we decided to deadhead the Long Beach welcome sign and then go straight from work to the workshop.

welcome sign: front

welcome sign: front

and back

and back

colchicum on the ramp up to city hall

colchicum on the ramp up to city hall

We were joined at the city council workshop by Garden Tour Nancy and Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery and other vendors and customers of the market in a firm defense of it not being a detriment to downtown businesses, a few of whom feel threatened by it.  More on this if and when the issue progresses further.

 

 

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Allan attends the Poker Paddle in South Bend

Last year I attended this event to check out the kayak crowd. I had been sailing during the summer and was reaching some sort of decision point. I could sail my little skiffs downwind and back and forth very well at my skill level. Upwind travel often resulted in folding up the sail and rowing to finally get back to the launch where I’d drag the 145 lb. boat out into our disassembled garden trailer. I wanted to see how people loaded heavier kayaks (like a 63 lb. Hobie I had my eye on).

 Last year by the time I got there, I had only had time for a quick trot along the shore.  This year I had a boat with which to participate,and take pictures.

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boats and signs marked the spot

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lots of colorful boats

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Here’s the check-in with rules, directions and a number. “PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR CARDS ARE SOAKED YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DRAW NEW CARDS!!!” I’m covered.

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some people show up on time and don’t dawdle

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Off they went. Suppose I should stop looking around but this wasn’t a hurry up event.

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All the stations would be on the right.

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picking up their first playing card

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lots of chatting and fun

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I once had one of these sturdy 80 lb. Coleman canoes and finally sold it to a rental group that loved them.

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a stick, a clothespin, and a dry volunteer handing out another card

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It’s the Laymans from Raymond who also help promote our local kayaking. Their daughter was just in the local paper regarding her new kayak rental shop.

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back we go

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Vern and Janet took their graceful craft up the river a ways after gathering their cards

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cueing up to the small craft dock

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extra hands were available for this 22 foot outriggered boat coming out now

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just over two miles and a relaxed fun time.

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two more cards to come but a pair of sixes was it for me. However a pair of jacks or higher won money ranging from $25 to a $100.

Baylee Laymann of Raymond’s Willapa Paddle Adventures   brought her rental kayaks.  Some were reserved but many were available to take out. With all the assistance available, a short paddle was possible for nearly anyone.

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Karaoke with Doug was back again. One of the kids did an early set of Christmas carols. Doug has got a thick book full of songs and, if you want to try a song, what happens in Raymond-stays in Raymond.

The pole walk was the next dock event.

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just walk out to the line and back (the further line is for adults)

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shortest time determines winners…

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…if you come back dry.

I meanwhile walked back to the car and trotted the sail kit past the tempting rides, and past the swimmers making good use of the low dock.

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I had help pushing off the taller dock. It was 1:45  as I tried to discreetly leave the South Bend party and head down river for a nine mile trip to the entrance of Willapa Bay.

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Pelicans! This was at the entrance to a branch of the Willapa River that was too shallow to enter at the outgoing 3.0 foot tide.

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The 16x zoom of the fragile land camera helped keep me from bothering the birds. Waterproof cameras don’t zoom in as close.

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what a beak stretch on the left.

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more birds coming and going

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who’s the pretty bird?

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Back at shore I heard; ‘Where there are pelicans, there are fish…but not for long’. We saw a few seal heads pop up during the poker paddle but they wouldn’t come back up for a proper picture.

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Everything got wet and I had left my coat behind. Fortunately there still was enough summer around not to get cold.

The wind picked up. I covered the distance at an average speed of about 7 mph topping out at about 9. Here’s a 18 sec. video of my camera being splashed with salt water as we bump through the waves. Camera still works but I shouldn’t do it again.

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blue lights flashing, must be getting back to South Bend

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3:45, the dock is empty, and the party has moved elsewhere.

Last year I attended wondering how I could get a heavy kayak / light sailboat here in 2015. There are rear car top rollers that work for the very tall, and a clever hydraulic side loader that’s very pricy. Yakima Racks makes an extension pole to reduce the weight a person has to lift for a hundred bucks. I copied it with a two by four, a plate screwed on the end and a bungee cord.

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Allan paddles in Ocean Shores

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A quick stop at the Aberdeen Safeway for coffee, a snack, and a very clean restroom.

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It takes a look to the left to find the soap; where one would normally find soap is a drop box for used hypodermic needles.

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Duck Lake is in the middle of the Ocean Shores peninsula. It connects to an intricate manmade water system dredged out in the 1960s. Some real estate project involving Pat Boone I was told. (The red dot marks an electric boat rental shop)

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All local businesses, even the magazine, is based in nearby Aberdeen

Here is the beginning of the six mile race. Jon, solo in the green ocean canoe (OC-1 class) finished second. He got the boat free, patched up a lot of leaks and now finds it a very stable fishing boat.

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A crowded start and here I am dawdling in the back, taking a picture

And off they went, and I’m pedaling and snapping. Bob, the lead organizer of this event, is in the #8 college-style racing shell. He came in first.

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note the canine helper in the red boat

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Here they are after the race. That’s not just a handy dog carrier, it looks like a PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) too. He just hung there, relaxed, like luggage.

Most interesting was this minimalist approach by Luke on his paddle board. He finished only two minutes behind me and over twenty minutes ahead of the last boats.

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After much effort, his was the only craft I was able to pass.

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We were all totally impressed.

MaryBeth Kelly gave us a little wheelie bin like this.  It makes caring for the Long Beach gardens so much easier.

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Look at that! Time to get the camera out and take another picture.

I had a positive attitude to catch that last boat, soon.

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Staying left of the first island.

First I took a few more pictures. Then, I was going to work harder on catching the next boat.

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A nice gazebo

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A deer in the yard. Just a little patching and painting needed on this affordable dwelling.

Vern and Janet in their graceful ocean canoe that I first saw at the South Bend Poker Paddle last year. They have rounded the course and are heading back for third place overall.

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Whoa, I almost ran into a duck.

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One of the many volunteers to ensure we all made it back. The little dots on the water off to the left are the boats I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to catch, even with a winning attitude.

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Bob Rhodes, organizer and speedster extraordinaire at the finish.

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Winner of applause and the shout “BUY THAT MAN A BEER.”

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…and a celebratory cooling off plunge.

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The GPS called this course 5.7 miles making my average speed 5.3 mph. Bob, in the racing shell averaged 7.2 mph.

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11 of 15 of us were first in our division. My ‘peddle’ class soon was crossed out and renamed ‘pedal’.

However, I did peddle my boat to a couple of others by letting them try it out.

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This fisherman got pushed out in my boat and is floating away as he  figures out how to get the mirage drive and rudder systems to work.

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Soon he took off and came back happy.

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Wanda’s partner,Mark,  loaned me their top of the line sea kayak.  She bicycles everyday and also finished first in her class in the race. She figured the mirage drive would work out very well for her. I like the sail drive the best. It’s old school quiet and quick enough without requiring much exercise.

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Here is the red kayak I got to borrow. It was a sleek, fast, and light. It also had the craftsmanship I used to see on the high-end bicycles that I worked on in my previous career as a bicycle mechanic.

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“Uh oh” I said. “It’s OK, he’s a water dog”

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Another water dog with a boat and crew to paddle him around

Next came the Ducky Paddle. Three different colored ducks from three different bags are found and exchanged for four raffle tickets. Prizes were donated by the local merchants.

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Boats quietly idling waiting to hunt rubber ducks hidden along the shore.

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Important volunteers who kept track of times, who was entered, and who came back….

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My first duck handed over to my paddle by Mark. I saw him find it and we didn’t want to crash into each other, so he passed them around.

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We passed a greenhouse that may have lost its roof vent to the recent wind storm.

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Looking for a yellow duck. Its either to the left or the right of the dock.

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I see yellow

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There’s the bag. Due to a misunderstanding , some boaters came back with three whole bags of ducks.

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Finding her yellow duck. Her boat was built in Tacoma, WA near Bob’s Java Jive (the bar in the tea pot shaped building).

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Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

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HEY!

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Very nice medals were awarded. They were engraved with: “Paddle the Shores Ocean Shores, WA”.

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Sometimes it was a fast paddle, almost seven m.p.h.

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Not just a deer crossing. These other guys don’t want to be run over either.

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A deer friendly house. Besides many different plants in a garden, deer also like to be fed, and these folks had put out deer chow.

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A deer fence of recycled wood

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A Ocean Shores nursery closed on the day I visited.

(The next night I dreamed the nursery above was being run by a couple of dozen ex gardeners. They were raising their own food out in the back lots in a post apocalyptic world. They recognized me, and, they didn’t kill me. Then I found one of our old business cards on their table with our old phone number penciled on the back…)

Overall, an excellent day.

Last time I raced with the kayaks I went solo in my dad’s homebuilt canoe out in the Ilwaco port in 2006. I finished over an hour later than the first group. This canoe and me were the very last boat.  By then, the awards were being given out. Nobody was left at the beach to help drag it out (85 lbs. up a mud bank).  During that event, I won a second place medal in my division (solo, and in a canoe).

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dear old dad’s canoe propped on a box as I had a sailboat rudder on the bow to keep it from blowing sideways and keep the speed down

I showed up to have fun, explore, meet people, and assist the winners by finishing behind them. It’s much easier to not to finish last anymore in my almost new boat.

 

 

 

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Friday, 4 September 2015

With four days off because of the Monday holiday, I began a weekend of light garden puttering.  My goal, except for one excursion to the Saturday Market, was to not leave my property for four days.  Allan’s weekend story will be more scintillating, as he went boating twice (next two posts after this one).

While I was working on a not very impressive looking task (picking poppy seedheads into a bucket while sitting in a chair) Todd dropped by for a visit.  He told a tale of having driven across the Astoria bridge at the height of last Saturday’s storm to pick up some sunflowers for a wedding floral display.

plant talk: Allan's photo

plant talk: Allan’s photo

Todd collected seeds from the way cool Eccremocarpus scaber that Nancy got me from Annie’s Annuals, and we gave him an extra Annie’s Annuals catalog for reference.

more plant talk over the front fence (Allan's photo)

more plant talk over the front fence (Allan’s photo)

caterpillar (Allan's photo)

caterpillar (Allan’s photo)

Todd told us that when he worked on the display garden at Plant Delights (as the curator, no less!), he had to contend with poisonous snakes and caterpillars with stinging spines!

Allan put wires across the new arbour so that I could plant two vines there.

Later on Friday, Allan put wires across the new arbour so that I could plant two vines there.

My gardening verve had returned with cooler wetter weather.  I managed to dig up the sad, parched white sanguisorba from the front garden and move it to a back garden spot which gets much more water.

It's front left, very unhappy but will have a much better 2016.

It’s front left, very unhappy but will have a much better 2016.

After that, I had a planting spree and got several ladies in waiting into the ground.

Pittosporum in the front garden

Pittosporum in the front garden

from my friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside and of Kingston Henery Hardware.

from my friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside and of Kingston Henery Hardware.

another variegated pittosporum

another variegated pittosporum

Holboellia coriacea 'Cathedral Gem' got moved to this new and better home.

Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’ got moved to this new and better home.

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Elegans' on the other side

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata ‘Elegans’ on the other side

two agastaches, one in front and one on the west side: 'Pink Pop' and 'Champagne'

two baby agastaches, one in front and one on the west side: ‘Pink Pop’ and ‘Champagne’

I’ve been waiting a long time for damp enough weather to plant this rhodo from Steve and John!  It’s next to that tree trunk.

R. 'Capistrano'

R. ‘Capistrano’

R. 'Capistrano'

R. ‘Capistrano’

At the end of the day of pleasant puttering, the sunset was especially lovely.

looking east from the front porch

looking east from the front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the eastern sky

the eastern sky

east over the greenhouse

east over the greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a wash of pink

a wash of pink

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo from the bogsy wood

Allan’s photo from the bogsy wood: Note at the top, a dangerous loose branch just sort of cradles there.  That will be dealt with this weekend!

looking east on Lake Street

looking east on Lake Street

back garden right after the pink faded from the sky

back garden right after the pink faded from the sky

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Allan left at a shockingly early hour to be at a boating event in Ocean Shores, over two hours away, by 9 AM.  (Tomorrow’s post!)

I made my weekly trip to the Saturday Market to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.  This time, I was rewarded with a delicious meal given to me by Anthony of Blue Collar Eats, who likes the photos I’ve been taking of his booth.

Our friend Joe, Jenna's son, was sous chef in training.

Our friend Joe, Jenna’s son, was sous-chef in training.

Anthony De Luz

Anthony De Luz

Blue Collar Eats

Blue Collar Eats

a delicious meal at the market

a delicious meal at the market

Don Nisbett's hanging basket...battered by the storm but still going. (The other one was a goner.)

Don Nisbett’s hanging basket…battered by the storm but still going. (The other one was a goner.)

The baskets at the port office re-hung after being sheltered behind the building during the storm.

The baskets at the port office re-hung after being sheltered behind the building during the storm.

newly planted flowers by Purly Shell Fiber Arts

newly planted flowers by Purly Shell Fiber Arts

On the way home, I was pleased to see a bit of water in the pond at the back of the Lost Garden.

I wish the kids that had made that fort would clean up the debris before the pond fills up again.

I wish the kids that had made that fort would clean up the debris before the pond fills up again.  (It blew apart and into the pond in a later winter storm.)

I had gotten distracted at the Pink Poppy Bakery market booth by a conversation with Maddy about how it had been an exceptionally windy summer.

I had brought back this delicious pound cake which I saved to share with Allan in the evening.

I had brought back this delicious pound cake which I saved to share with Allan in the evening.

In the afternoon, I did a whole bunch of small extensions of garden beds in the back garden.

before and after

before and after

another slightly expanded bed

another slightly expanded bed

and a weeded patch; I finally had a day with low enough wind to weed by the bogsy wood!

and a weeded patch; I finally had a day with low enough wind to weed by the bogsy wood!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

We had had this much glorious rain overnight, meaning that we would not have to water the planters until Wednesday!

a wonderful rain

a wonderful rain

Passiflora in the garden (Allan's photo)

Passiflora in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan got a rope over the danger branch that was caught in a tree.  I was busy digging up and transplanting plants in the front garden so I missed this event although I did hear the crash when the branch came safely down.

rope over the danger branch

a string to lift the rope over the danger branch

winch hooked to the most stable thing, the water boxes!

winch hooked to the most stable thing, the water boxes!

branch coming down

branch coming down

It was a big one and had been poised over a bed that needs weeding.

It was a big one and had been poised over a bed that needs weeding.

That reminds me of a passage I just read in an excellent book:

Shelter, by Sarah Stonich

Shelter, by Sarah Stonich

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Allan says our rechargeable battery saw is much better than hers, and it is a boon to have a quiet saw to use at resort jobs where we can’t be hauling out a screamingly loud chainsaw (if we even had one).

Allan helped me get the decorative crab pots repositioned by the front arbour.

before: held up with rebar, and with a narrow space that would be hard to weed

before: held up with rebar, and with a narrow space that would be hard to weed

after: All nicey nice and they don't need rebar any more.

after: All nicey nice and they don’t need rebar any more.

The one on the other side can't be moved yet as it has sweet peas growing through it.

The one on the other side can’t be moved yet as it has sweet peas growing through it.

dug up and transplanted some huge plants, including Thalictrum 'Elin'

dug up and transplanted some huge plants, including Thalictrum ‘Elin’; divided half out to share with Todd, along with some sanguisorbas.  A productive afternoon.

I moved Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ to where the Thalictrum had been, and planted the Thalicturm divisions back in a moister part of the back garden.

In the evening, we had a campfire.  Fortunately, Allan’s Monday boating trip would not require rising at 7 AM.

The rain made the wood damp and slow to start.

The rain made the wood damp and slow to start.

success and sausages

success and sausages

left: buttered and salted corn on the cob wrapped in foil, roasted for six minutes per side

left: buttered and salted corn on the cob wrapped in foil, roasted for six minutes per side

fire with the lights from the port in the background

fire with the lights from the port in the background

I briefly gazed upon those lights with a feeling of mild annoyance instead of the mild affecton of previous years, because it is one of the two businesses that would not let us use their hose for the curbside gardens this summer.  It’s going to take me a long time to get over that, apparently.  (“I’m quite fond of my grudge.  I tend it like a little pet.” —Liane Moriarty in Big Little Lies.  That quotation amuses me but I am really not fond of a grudge.  It was just an infuriating long dry summer.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the smoldering ashes

Monday, 7 September 2015

Mary looking especially cute.

Mary looking especially cute.

Smokey being cute, as well.

Smokey being cute, as well.

J9 came over and picked some tomatoes and we had a visit.

J9 came over and picked some tomatoes and we had a visit.

I did quantities of edging.  I love edging.

front path, before and after

front path, before and after

My neighbour, Onyx, strolling through the garden

My neighbour, Onyx, strolling through the garden

stalked by Smokey

stalked by Smokey

I finally got my last two shrubs-in-waiting planted.

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In a most imperfect spot, as I have run out of perfect showcase spots.

In a most imperfect spot, as I have run out of perfect showcase spots.

It's behind this fennel, which I can't cut down as it is a "stop the eye" plant near the edge of the garden.

It’s behind this fennel, which I can’t cut down yet as it is a “stop the eye” plant near the edge of the garden.

Hydrangea 'Cityline Rio' got a much better spot, front and center on the north side of the house.

Hydrangea ‘Cityline Rio’ got a much better spot, front and center on the north side of the house.

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Cityline Rio stays quite small.

Cityline Rio stays quite small.

When Allan got home from his latest boating trip, he just had time to offload his boat before we departed for a special dinner at the Depot Restaurant:  their annual Labor Day special of ribs and corn.

The Depot Restaurant, from our favourite table at the end of the bar

The Depot Restaurant, from our favourite table at the end of the bar.  Chef Michael talks with diners at the Chef’s Table

the wine of the evening

the wine of the evening

ribs, corn, cornbread, beans (Allan's photo)

ribs, corn, cornbread, beans (Allan’s photo)

Allan's salmon with mushroom sauce

Allan’s salmon with mushroom sauce

sorbet duo

sorbet duo (Allan’s photo)

peach cobbler!

peach cobbler!

As you might guess, I felt for the rest of the evening like I had overindulged.  (Allan’s choice of the light sorbet duo was wiser but possibly less delicious.)  Every scrumptious morsel was worth it, though.

Next: a couple of posts about boating!  I’m looking forward to reading about Allan’s weekend excursions.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Port of Ilwaco

Although our main task was the weekly tidying of the Long Beach planters, we added some grooming of a couple of the Howerton Avenue gardens at the port.  I’d noticed a need for clipping santolina when driving past them yesterday evening.

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

and after

and after

I got carried away and pruned one of the santolinas harder than I had meant to.  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

Nearby, two shrubby gardens needed to have their California wax myrtles sheared back and lowered.

before and after

loiking west, before and after

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

clouds behind the condor

clouds behind the condor

We trimmed some santolinas at Time Enough Books curbside garden as well, and we went into the bookshop so I could ask Karla if she would spring for a yard of mulch for the garden.  Yes, she will.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

the children's book corner

the children’s book corner

nautical books

nautical books

Karla and I look over the garden.

Karla and I look over the garden.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

Here is an infortmative aside:  If you see me wearing a headband, it is not a fashion statement (which would obviously be unlikely); it means I have a headache.  A cold wet bandanna is a great help on headachey days.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

The Depot Restaurant

All we had to do was deadhead at the Depot.  No watering necessary, as rain showers have continued off and on since Saturday’s storm.

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

I wish I could solve the mystery of why some, but not all, of cosmos from the same batch will shoot up high and not bloom.

Long Beach

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

Some had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Someone had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Veterans Field: windblown garden

Veterans Field: windblown garden with only a few broken plants.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.  (Allan’s photo)

We dumped the debris from Veterans Field, including some big broken cosmos, at city works, and got a look at the hanging baskets which had been taken down on Monday after the storm.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

sad to see them down so early

sad to see them down so early

Allan's poignant photo

Allan’s poignant photo shows how fully the roots fill up the pots by this time of year.

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

The cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The three cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

We went over all the planters, trimming up the storm damage and fluffing the plants.  I was disturbed to find that some of the planters seemed a little dry.  How can this be?  It is proof indeed that the rain does not penetrate into a thickly planted container no matter how much it pours.  Since it had rained just yesterday, I had not planned to water, and we did not, in hope that the dampness, despite lack of saturation, will enable the planters to hold up till early next week.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.  Laid out on the benches for a final paying of respect.

Lewis and Clark Square, Allan's photo

Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.  (Allan’s photo)  Our favourite shop is just north of the Bolstad stoplight.

by Dennis Company (Allan's photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think)

by Dennis Company (Allan’s photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think).

Allan found a Gaura 'So White' blown over in Fish Alley.

Allan found a Gaura ‘So White’ blown over in Fish Alley.

He propped it back up.

He propped it back up.

We had some time to pull some crocosmia out of a planter on Sid Snyder Drive and check up on the kite museum garden.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

With an hour left before our Thursday dinner engagement, we tackled the most frustrating job in all of the Long Beach gardens: the back end of Coulter Park, where salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed coming under the fence from a neighbouring yard.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

It is a mess, with the salmonberries coming up inside painfully thorny roses.

It is a mess, with the salmonberry canes inside painfully thorny roses.

This bed is impossible.  All we can do is clip the salmonberries out; we can’t get at the roots.  I have pretty much given up on it.  The only solution I can think of is to ask the city crew to rip out the five roses bushes and just plant annuals here, so that the salmonberries (AND blackberries AND bindweed) that are coming over from the other side can be pulled more easily.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

We made another dump run to city works and then swung a bit south to pluck one dead daisy that I’d seen early by Culbertson Field.  As we passed the pond by the stoplight, we paused so Allan could pluck out one pesky dandelion.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I'd be a goner.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I’d be a goner.

The Cove Restaurant

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage.

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage to the south of the parking lot.

Sondra's garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

Sondra’s garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

As we began our weekly meeting of the core members of the North Beach Garden Gang (Melissa, Dave, me, Allan), Chef Jason sent out a treat:  samples of a Mexican style soup that he has just added to the menu.

It was delicious.

It was delicious.

Melissa got the halibut special.

Melissa got the halibut special.

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Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Now: four days off because of the holiday weekend.  Other than a walk to to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, I hope to not leave my property at all.  Allan has big plans for two boating events, one in Ocean Shores and one in South Bend.  His back is much better so the prospects look good for both of us to get the sort of weekend that we most prefer.

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Even though it was not the week for our three of  our every-other-week clients, we checked on their gardens anyway because of the storm.

just a reminder of the storm we had on Saturday

just a reminder of the storm we had on Saturday

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

the arena inside the Red Barn (Allan's photo)

the arena inside the Red Barn (Allan’s photo)

Allan tidying up the Red Barn garden, which had held up better than we had expected

Allan tidying up the Red Barn garden, which had held up better than we had expected

We think the storm’s direction, from the south, did not hit the little garden full force. Next door, Diane’s garden, especially the Stipa gigantea, had also held up much better than we had expected.  It was protected by being on the south-east side of the house.  I think.  I always feel confused about directions here because of a turn made by Sandridge Road.  It still seems to me the wind should have roared up the road and right through the garden with much damaging force.  I am grateful that it did not.

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That turn in the road throws off my sense of direction.

Diane and Larry's roadside garden

Diane and Larry’s roadside garden, looking…um…up the Peninsula, with Allan weeding halfway down

looking...south? from the end of the roadside garden

looking…south? from the end of the roadside garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living…

is a weekly stop for weeding, deadheading, and strimming the courtyard lawn.  This time we did not even have to fill the birdbaths as they were still brimming with rain water.

the front lobby with convincing artificial sunflowers

the front lobby with convincing artificial sunflowers

On a hallway shelf outside one of the rooms, I saw a Madonna vase exactly like the one my grandma used to have.

I had my grandma's vase after she died,outside in a niche as garden decor, til the Madonna's head got broken off in a winter storm.

I had my grandma’s vase after she died,outside in a rock wall niche as garden decor, til the Madonna’s head got broken off in a winter storm.

Allan strimming the lawn at Golden Sands

Allan strimming the lawn at Golden Sands; easier than hauling a lawnmower through the hallway

dahlia (Allan's photo)

dahlia (Allan’s photo)

aster and white yarrow: two thugs that look good right now.

aster and white yarrow: two thugs that look good right now. (Allan’s photo)

an appreciative resident walking the courtyard path (Allan's photo)

an appreciative resident walking the courtyard path (Allan’s photo)

The brightest spot in the garden right now is provided by the rudbeckias that Our Kathleen gave me.

one of two rudbeckias with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

one of two rudbeckias with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Marilyn’s Garden

Marilyn’s garden got a post-storm look-in.  Some cosmos were down almost over the gravel path, and some grasses were blown all about, but other than that the substantial wind had not done substantial damage.

southwest view from the street

southwest view from the street

the extent of the storm clean up

the extent of the storm clean up

The windswept miscanthus will just have to stay this way.

The windswept miscanthus and crocosmia will just have to stay this way.

windblown poppy (Allan's photo)

soggy cosmos (Allan’s photo)

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' leaning far forward.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ leaning far forward.

Cosmos and Echibeckia

Cosmos and Echibeckia

I tried just two echibeckias in Marilyn’s garden as a deer test.  They were not nibbled at all.  Looking at the bright late season colour, I realized how perfect they would be for the front of the Golden Sands courtyard garden.  Next year for sure!

The giant miscanthus did not fall over!

view from back porch: The giant miscanthus did not fall over!

looking northwest from the back porch

looking northwest from the back porch

My good friend Scooter.

My good friend Scooter. (Allan’s photo)

"Mr. Scootlee-Bootlee-Boot!"

“Mr. Scootlee-Bootlee-Boot!” (Allan’s photo)

My pal (Allan's photo)

My pal (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

From our parking spot next door by “Joanie’s Cottage”, we saw a flock of birds of a sort new to us.

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birds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan went in to the basement work area to see if Mary and Denny knew about the birds.

Bella, with Mary hard at work on laundry.

Bella, with Denny hard at work on cottage laundry.

Mary said the birds had been hanging around for awhile, and she thinks that they are Spruce Grouse.

In the fenced garden

In the fenced garden

I saw telltale evidence on several roses that deer had gotten in through the fence.  Mary told me that during the storm, the gates came open and that must be when they got in.

rose leaves stripped in that distinctive deer fashion

rose leaves stripped in that distinctive deer fashion

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

the bubbler (Allan's photo)

the bubbler (Allan’s photo)

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and cosmos

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and cosmos

This sedum outside the fence was laid flat. I had failed to cut this one back in late spring.

This sedum outside the fence was laid flat. I had failed to cut this one back in late spring.  (Also, it is too close to the boxwood.)

The ones I cut back by half have smaller flowers and stand upright all summer.

The ones I cut back by half have smaller flowers and stand more upright all summer.

We had some time left and debated which job to finish the day with.

The Ilwaco Boatyard Garden…

…was the winner.  I got a brainstorm, since some of the bronze fennel had blown over.  It’s on the noxious weed list (in the category of being annoying but not illegal), and I have been meaning for some time to eliminate it from this particular garden.  Years ago, it was a feature in many beautiful slideshows of gardens and we all wanted it.  It’s a darn shame that it has turned out to be a thug.   I can’t dispose of the seedheads in the debris dump area, so I cut back the tall canes and then we painstakingly cut all the many seed heads into two big garbage bags.  Later this year,  I do hope we have the energy to remove the massive root clumps of the seven clumps that I cut back.  It will be a job for pick and pry bar.

the boatyard garden, looking north

the boatyard garden, looking north; this garden got full force of the wind.

looking south

looking south at a short stretch of the long garden

We saw these geese at the east end of the marina.

We saw these geese while dumping weeds at the east end of the marina.

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It was wonderful to not have to do any watering and to see birds enjoying the many puddles around town.

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The grass in the back garden, that had turned brown up to halfway to the lush green bogsy woods lawn, is already greening up.

from the entry gate: This was all brown before the storm.

from the entry gate: This was all brown before the storm.

How quickly it responds to rain.

How quickly it responds to rain.

Echinops 'Arctic Glow'

Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’

And more Echinops 'Arctic Glow'

And more Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’

delightful full water boxes

delightfully full water boxes

By the front gate, I found a pink heart and knew that MaryBeth had stopped by.  She had asked me awhile back it I might want said heart for garden decor and suggested perhaps painting it another colour.

I am thinking cobalt blue.

I am thinking cobalt blue.

In a bag, she had also left some assorted globes to hang from trees.  I was thrilled.

a shiny assortment

a shiny assortment

Two of them got hung before nightfall.

Two of them got hung before nightfall.

That reminded me to rehang the Great Wall of China, which I had dismantled before the storm as it is in a wind tunnel between house and shed.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It is hard to get going back to work after four days off.

Mary and Smokey were all cosy as we left for work.

Mary and Smokey were all cosy as we left for work.

After an autumn storm, I am usually anxious to go out and check on the damage to our gardens.  The timing of our recent storm was so freaky that I almost did not want to see what might have happened.  I surprised myself by not wanting to go to Long Beach Sunday or Monday and see how it fared.

It is wonderful to see the big puddle in the street after months of drought.

the Lake Street puddle

the Lake Street puddle

a new feature to reflect

a new feature to reflect

I like it.

I like it.

Our first stop: to check on the two planters in front of Ilwaco City Hall.  The new sign has just been erected regarding fundraising for City Park.  This is its first day so we hope to see the amount increase.  The city needs this amount to get matching funds.  I am hoping to do a volunteer garden there so I want this project to happen because I do like making a garden for people to enjoy.  You can contribute, if you like, at this GoFundMe page, until mid October.

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Just as I had expected, the nasturtiums were beat up by wind and had to go.

too tatty to live

too tatty to live

The off balancedness of the two planters bothers me: One has a painted sage and one doesn’t, one has a volunteer dog daisy and one has a volunteer feverfew.  I did cut back the salvia and the feverfew hard.  Even though I have tried to mostly turn the Ilwaco planters over the Allan, I can’t help but interfere.

Allan tidying

Allan tidying

Long Beach

The welcome sign flowers had held up much better than I expected.

front, with one tipsy echibeckia

front, with one tipsy echibeckia

after tidying

after tidying

at the back: refitted modern light, set at an angle and blocked by plants.

at the back: refitted modern light, set at an angle and blocked by plants.  I can’t figure out how to not have plants in the way of this angle!

The lights pointing straight at the sign are easy to work with in terms of keeping plants from being right in front of them.

The lights pointing straight at the sign are easy to work with in terms of keeping plants from being right in front of them.

The back of the sign seems well protected.

The back of the sign seems well protected.

When we got to downtown Long Beach, I felt sad to see that all the hanging baskets hung up high on the main street had been taken down.  They were simply too battered by the wind to look any good.

No basket anymore...sad...

No basket anymore…sad…with two more big tourist weekends to go.

Having the baskets down so early (usually they stay up till the end of September) made the town feel autumnal to me.  I love autumn but not this early.

The ones by the gazebo are gone, too, although the police station baskets survived.  We did a bit of deadheading and then decided to go to the Anchorage from whence an email had informed me of some storm damage.

Anchorage Cottages

Poor sweet pea trellis.  I hope that next year we can have some bolts in the chimney itself to hold a strong system of wire.

goodbye sweet peas

goodbye sweet peas

Other than that, the damage was not as bad as I had feared.

center courtyard, as a light drizzle began

center courtyard, as a light drizzle began

still pecking away at making this area (where callas and trillums reigned earlier in the year) look better.

still pecking away at making this area (where callas and trillums reigned earlier in the year) look better.

The Planter Box

Because of rain that turned torrential, we went to the The Planter Box to get a few plants to improve the Ilwaco city hall planters.  I decided on two rosemaries for now, as the centers need replacement plants.  They’ll get too big later and can go…somewhere else, maybe the new park garden!

a pear at The Planter Box

a pear at The Planter Box

and a pretty rain-spattered rose

and a pretty rain-spattered rose

back to Long Beach

With the rain having stopped again, we did some trimming up of the Long Beach City Hall garden.

so glad these baskets, on an east wall, made it through the storm.

so glad these baskets, on an east wall, made it through the storm.

Later this week, we will do a whole day of deadheading and grooming (but thankfully, not watering!)  I did think that we should take care of the very first planter one seems when coming in from the south.

before: Geranium 'Rozanne' all beat up by wind

before: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ all beat up by wind

after

after

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We spent the rest of the work day grooming the Ilwaco planters.  The sturdy selection of plants had held up well except for nasturtiums, which almost all had to go.

two diasia went into this planter, whose previous assortment of plants all mysteriously died.

two diascia went into this planter, whose previous assortment of plants all mysteriously died.

Two cute dogs came by. (Allan's photo)

Two cute dogs came by. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: It's tough to get windblown planters to look good again.

Allan’s photo: It’s tough to get windblown planters to look good again.

Allan's photo: This petunia has been growing in the street for weeks. We don't know where it came from!

Allan’s photo: This petunia has been growing in the street for weeks. We don’t know where it came from!

 

 

the Ilwaco boatyard...

the Ilwaco boatyard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I figured the garden on the south wall of the port office would be badly beat up.  It was not happy, but I was pleased that the baskets had been saved.

all four baskets, safely stashed on the north side of the building

all four baskets, safely stashed on the north side of the building

Port manager Guy Glenn Jr. had gotten completely drenched moving the baskets to shelter DURING the storm.

Don Nisbett’s extra lush and well cared for baskets were just too big to move, and they show what the Long Beach ones probably looked like.

It will be interesting to see how well these might revive.

It will be interesting to see how well these might revive.  I have hope!

I did not take a photo of the office garden.  I suppose I am disheartened with how drab the gardens look with so many flowers stripped away or too battered to save.

I saw a dog friend of mine, though!

I saw a dog friend of mine, though!

looking south

looking south

looking west: the tide was high

looking west: the tide was high

Back to city hall to plant the rosemaries.

Back to city hall to plant the rosemaries.

Allan and I are in disagreement about that volunteer dog daisy.  I feel that it spoils the symmetry and looks just silly.  He likes it.  This disagreement will continue tomorrow because we now need to bring some soil to top off these two planters.

When we got home, we found a treat on our front porch.  Madeline and Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery had had a cider pressing day, and Allan had given them a basket of our windfall apples.  Our next door neighbour, Jessika, had gone to the cider pressing and had left us a bottle of cider on the porch.

It was absolutely delicious essence of apple.

It was absolutely delicious essence of apple.

I sat myself down and finished Sue Grafton’s X, and that also made me happy. I don’t have a “bucket list” except for this:  I want to live long enough to read Y and Z.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Despite a forecast of wind, the weather was perfect for gardening, so I could not sit indoors all day and read Sue Grafton’s X!  That was a disappointment for a little while, till the gardening proved to be so very enjoyable.

Mary felt no such compulsion to go out.

Mary felt no such compulsion to go out.

Smokey did wake up and follow me outside.

Smokey did wake up and follow me outside.

Allan and I spent part of the day cleaning up the mess...

Allan and I spent part of the day cleaning up the mess…

I was glad we'd taken the little tables in from the fire circle.

I was glad we’d taken the little tables in from the fire circle.

Our friend Annie stopped by and hefted some branches.

Our friend Annie stopped by and hefted some branches.

Annie just moved back to Ilwaco.  We used to occasionally garden for her when she used to live here and had a darling garden up on the hill.

lots of branches down

lots of branches down

later, with branches picked up and lawn mowed

later, with branches picked up and lawn mowed

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I felt all inspired to garden again because of the change in the weather so did some edging and weeding.

edging a garden bed ((Allan's photo))

edging a garden bed ((Allan’s photo))

even did some bed expansion

even did some bed expansion

a slightly widened bed

a slightly widened bed

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apples (Allan's photo)

apples (Allan’s photo)

Cripp's Pink (Pink Lady) apples that had blown off our tree. (Allan's photo)

Cripp’s Pink (Pink Lady) apples that had blown off our tree. (Allan’s photo)

extra delicious Cox's Orange Pippins that fell

extra delicious Cox’s Orange Pippins that fell

I was surprised to find some late strawberries. Critters had eaten most of them.

I was surprised to find some late strawberries. Critters had eaten most of them.

The big greenhouse tomato harvest begins.

The big greenhouse tomato harvest begins.

Monday, 31 August 2015

I decided to delay going to fluff up all the storm-swept gardens by one day, just to give out clients a break on the August bill.  We will start up again tomorrow, Sept. 1st.  This day off was brought to us by so much rain that we did not have to water any planters today.

Did I read Sue Grafton’s X like I wanted to?  I am sorry to say only half of it so far, as it is the monthly billing day for jobs.  Since I had to boot up the computer for that, I decided to catch up on this blog and so…here we are.

Allan’s Black Lake walk

In the evening Allan felt that he really should DO something, so he went for a walk around Black Lake.  This, he figured, would help him limber up for two kayak events that he hopes to attend next weekend.

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You are here. Later we’ll be past the high school at the bottom and back around on Josh’s trail.

A proper walk around the lake that includes Josh’s and Salamander Trail would be about 2.6 miles.  ‘bobcat’ at oregonhikers.org gives a serious 455 word review of this trail if you wish to read it. I risked the casual approach instead.

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Humor in the boat launch sani-can ( No way could they spell that well).

The water level has dropped due to a lack of rain as shown on these pilings,

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and the new muddy beaches.

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The long spring and summer drought shows on the shoreline.

looking at the south east corner where once stood the former Johnson sawmill (as described in bobcat’s article).

However, there also used to be another sawmill on the northern shore as described in a paragraph at historylink .  And, another article from wikipedia describes a long gone cranberry warehouse on the west side the and also confirms the northern sawmill.

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Benches of mystery

Walking past the sawmill site with a dock I’ve seen other boaters launch from, and past the school’s athletic field, this is where I found myself in Ilwaco.

There have been cougars sighted behind Black Lake.

There have been cougars sighted behind Black Lake.

up on School Hill, the prettiest house in town

Walking a block more, the road ran past the prettiest house in town

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Then I went back to the trail where I met the same bicyclists I’d waved at outside my house when I left. It’s a small town thing.

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I’m sure the local high school uses these trails to train their cross-country team just as I got to do, back in the day, in Seattle.

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Piled up sticks on the left redirects people around one of the large trees

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A bad pruning job or a stump with new growth.

The trail came out to an old logging road that could bear more exploring as it’s several miles long.

cranberry bogs north of the lake

cranberry bogs north of the lake

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one of our native slugs

One of our native slugs almost at the end of the trail, discovering Ilwaco.

Tomorrow, we will go out to assess the storm damage at our various jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 28 August 2015

We had had rain overnight and the rain barrels were full!

six out of eight barrels rainwater, a glorious sight

six out of eight barrels rainwater, a glorious sight

I got every bucket we could spare and all the watering cans and proceeded to dip water out till every barrel was empty and every bucket was sitting around full…even the green wheelie cart that Mary Beth gave me.  Allan said I was acting like a Beduoin, saving water like a desert dweller.  I was simply thrilled to splash around in it.  Even though I used a small bucket to pour water into the big ones, I felt pain the next day, mostly in my quadriceps, for some reason.

I also got my tub spray painted in dark green.

I also got my tub spray painted in dark green. The paint job earlier had been too light.

Today, Allan finished the big project of the summer by adding two arches to tie the whole front garden look together.

cardoon (which causes many passersby to say "Look, artichokes!"

cardoon (which causes many passersby to say “Look, artichokes!”

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

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posts set (Allan's photo)

posts set (Allan’s photo)

crosspieces up (Allan's photo)

crosspieces up (Allan’s photo)

That's why the gate got painted dark green yesterday. (Allan's photo)

That’s why the gate got painted dark green yesterday. (Allan’s photo)

done! The new arches balance the arbour on the other side.

done! The new arches balance the arbour on the other side.

Thanks to Pam Fleming for the idea for adding the right side arbour.

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The cardoons match! I'll pretend that was planned.

The cardoons match! I’ll pretend that was planned.

At the end of the day, because we had had some rain, we decided we could have a campfire.  We had wanted to all summer but it had been too dry (even though there was no burn ban on small backyard fires).

the back garden from the fire area

the back garden from the fire area

Verbena bonariensis and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Verbena bonariensis and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

view from my chair

view from my chair

the former danger tree garden

the former danger tree garden

Allan makes fire.

Allan makes fire.

Smokey joined us (Allan's photo)

Smokey joined us (Allan’s photo)

cider and sausages

cider and sausages

We still have so much firewood because of not being able to have summer fires (seemed too dangerous)

We still have so much firewood because of not being able to have summer fires (seemed too dangerous).

from south of the fence (Allan's photo; he had gone out there because a deer walked by.)

from south of the fence (Allan’s photo; he had gone out there because a deer walked by.)

a bed of coals

a bed of coals

a thorough dowsing

a thorough dowsing

Have you noticed that blue flowers really glow at dusk? (Allan's photos)

Have you noticed that blue flowers really glow at dusk? (Allan’s photos)

We took in the fragile outdoor tables ahead of the storm and I took down the plates that hang on the shed wall in summer, and was awfully glad I did.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The storm arrived at 5 AM and got progressively fiercer.  The power went out for an hour or so.  (Friends up north of Seattle had their power out for three days!)

leaves blown into my water hoard

a barrel full again, and leaves blown into my water hoard

At about 11 AM, I went out to take a few photos.  Allan saw me carrying a tray in which I was determined to catch a little more water overflowing from the rain barrels.

a water hoarder

a water hoarder

full again

full again

apples blown off the tree

apples blown off the tree

The trees were whipping in the wind.

The trees were whipping in the wind.

small leafy branches blown to the north

small leafy branches blown to the north

Nora's lawn strewn with leaves

Nora’s lawn strewn with leaves

leaves over the house and into the driveway

leaves over the house and into the driveway

Ilwaco made the Seattle news.

Ilwaco made the Seattle news.

The wind got up to over 70 mph on the Astoria-Megler bridge.  I think it is unheard of to have a storm this powerful here in summer.

In the afternoon, when the wind died down from 56 mph (!), we went to Time Enough Books.

The post office garden is all blown about.

The post office garden is all blown about.

a snowplow heading east to push debris off the road.

a snowplow heading east to push debris off the road.

at the Ilwaco boatyard (where the garden is blown sideways, too).

at the Ilwaco boatyard (where the garden is blown sideways, too).

Even though the Saturday Market had been cancelled, OleBob's Café was bustling.

Even though the Saturday Market had been cancelled, OleBob’s Café was bustling.

storm flags by the port office

storm flags by the port office

I had been waiting to buy “X” by Sue Grafton on this day when bookstore owner Karla was donated 10% of her profits to the Ilwaco Community Park fund.

My good friend Scout was happy to see me.

My good friend Scout was happy to see me.

Karla seeking money for the park fund.

Karla seeking money for the park fund.

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view from Time Enough Books, very high tide

view from Time Enough Books, very high tide

Scout

Scout

Browsers had flocked to the bookstore as a refuge from the stormy day.  Earlier, Karla had sold books by lantern light during the power outage.

bustling

bustling

We drove to the south parking lot to look at the river.

east side of the marina

east side of the marina

The Lady Washington was docked here, but certainly not giving rides today.

The Lady Washington was docked here, but certainly not giving rides today.

hunkered down

hunkered down

wind from the south

wind from the south

at the entry to the marina

at the entry to the marina

Stipa tenuissima sails through a storm.

Stipa tenuissima sails through a storm.

Our Kathleen came over after the wind lessened and we had tea and Allan’s apple cake.  I meant to start Sue Grafton’s X afterwards but decided to work on blog catch-up instead as I had not even written about The Winterlings concert yet.

We got enough torrential rain in the late afternoon that the barrels would have completely filled again were they not already full.  It was wonderful to hear it.  You can see a video from our front porch here.

From our local paper, the following Wednesday:

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Next: two more days off, because we don’t have to water!

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Astoria, Oregon

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From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia

From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia


buzzing about

buzzing about

Carol has a sore foot…an injury from too much walking, as walking is one of her hobbies.  So we looked for activities that required little walking, and a good restaurant where we could park right outside.

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

I had a cougar burger, a reference to a sports team.  Owner Tony Kischner glided by, still as graceful and personable as when he and his wife Ann operated the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview.  I miss having their fine establishment closer by.

made with Cougar Gold cheese

made with Cougar Gold cheese


Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

We then took in the view from the deck on the restaurant’s north side.

The building to the north is a fine hotel.

The building to the north is the Cannery Pier Hotel.


the Astoria-Megler bridge

the Astoria-Megler bridge


the restaurant's herb garden

the restaurant’s herb garden on the sunny, sheltered south side of the building

Carol was able to walk a block to the trolley stop, as we had decided that a ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley would be the perfect use of our afternoon.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.


Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Carol sang a line from The Trolley Song as we waited.  It had been lurking in my mind since the last time we saw the trolley with Debbie Teashon. Later that evening, I found a delightful video that shows almost the entire run of the riverfront trolley, speeded up, accompanied by the song.  Enjoy!

The trolley runs about every 45 minutes on good weather summer days, so we chatted and waited.  The ding ding ding announced its arrival.

All aboard!

All aboard!


old boat at the west end of the line

old boat at the west end of the line

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The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.

The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.  Carol, a Seattle Metro bus driver, said she would love to do this if she retired in Astoria.


“Ding ding ding goes the bell!”


the Columbia River

the Columbia River

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the old net building

the old Uppertown Net Loft

That building was purchased by artists who were fixing it up as an art studio when the roof blew off in the 2007 windstorm. A couple of them were in it during the storm, and barely escaped, crawling along the wooden bridge to shore.  The trolley tour guide told us that quantities of art blew out of the building and were lost in the river.  The dramatic story is told here: “Around town, telephone poles snapped and car windows caved in under the pressure of the hurricane-force winds. Eddie Park, a friend of the Nebekers who had been helping board up the windows was thrown 40 feet and broke his arm against a wall. Royal and Park were trapped in the loft as winds raged around them. After 20 hours, they escaped by strapping themselves to a ladder for weight and then crawling on their bellies down the long gangplank to shore.”  Two days after I took this photo, part of the gangplank was lost in an unusually powerful summer windstorm.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.


cropped to show the mass of sea lions

cropped to show the mass of sea lions

When the trolley reaches the end of the line, passengers are instructed to take the handle on the seat backs and gently swing the back to the other side of the bench, thus enabling us to sit back down facing forward again.

turned around

turned around


passing the Mill Pond Village

passing the Mill Pond Village


Millpond Village and its many little gardens

Millpond Village and its many little gardens


the old mill pond

the old mill pond


the west end of Mill Pond Village

the west end of Mill Pond Village


historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)

historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)


by the Maritime Museum

near the Maritime Museum, a bar pilot boat


I love this mural.

I love this mural.


mural, part 2

mural, part 2


Wet Dog Café

Wet Dog Café

Note the man to the right, waving.  As the trolley clangs along by the River Walk, many passersby wave and trolley passengers wave back.

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Every time people waved, I felt all choked up and teary eyed.  It really gets to me and reminds me of this line from What a Wonderful World:

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”

And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café with the trolley reflected


We were waving back.

We were waving back.


looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.

looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.


The industrial waterfront is fascinating.

The industrial waterfront is fascinating.


There's another trolley reflection.

There’s another trolley reflection.

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We disembarked back at the Maritime Memorial.  The wonderful trip had cost us only $1 each. For a slightly higher fee, you can ride back and forth on an all day pass.  Due to a non-waterproof roof, the trolley only runs in good weather.

We paused at the memorial wall.

Maritime Memorial

The Maritime Memorial park

The Maritime Memorial park

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flowers taped to the wall for loved ones

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She loved the river.

She loved the river.


Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!

Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!


Ding, ding, ding!

Ding, ding, ding!  These folks were not quite into the swing of waving yet.

Garden of Surging Waves

Carol moved her car to a spot downtown that was a short walking distance to The Garden of Surging Waves.  I knew she would be interested in the Chinese heritage of Astoria.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria's excellent planters.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria’s excellent planters.

Next to the park, around a soon to be developed plaza, we stopped to read some informative signs.

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The Garden of Surging Waves

The Garden of Surging Waves

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I love the wall of words.

I love the wall of words.


contrasting styles of architecture

contrasting styles of architecture

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“To learn and to practice what is learned time and again is pleasure, is it not? To have friends come from afar is happiness, is it not?”

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.


We sat for awhile on a bench.

We sat for awhile on a bench.


overhead

overhead


I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

Astoria Coffee House and Bistro

We skipped checking out the River People’s outdoor market as Carol had already walked too much, and drove to park near the Astoria Coffeehouse…which had, since my last visit, transformed into a fancy dinner bistro and bar.

This took me by surprise!

This took me by surprise!

Fortunately, the excellent weather meant that we could sit outside in the early evening.

with delicious chocolate cake

with delicious chocolate cake

That is the end of Carol’s visit as she must return to Seattle tomorrow.  I gave her my certificate for a free night at the Sou’wester (a door prize that I won!) in hope that she can visit again this fall.

meanwhile, Allan’s day at home

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without me or the trailer involved.

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without a passenger or the trailer involved.


our post office garden

He watered and deadheaded our post office garden


Life Flight

Life Flight going over Nora’s house; we always spare a thought for whoever is hurt.


before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.

before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.


seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

Allan’s productive day was perhaps not happier than this fellow messing about in a boat.

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a sign on the dock

a sign on the dock


making apple cobbler

making apple cobbler


It was delicious.

It was delicious.

We had gotten so much work done on Wednesday that we decided to take Friday off, as well.

 

 

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