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Saturday, 12 September 2015

We departed Ilwaco for the Cannon Beach Cottage tour, a highlight of my year and something I look forward to all summer.

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7 Dees garden center, Seaside

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Dennis’ 7 Dees, Seaside

Of course, we had to stop at 7 Dees on the way down to Cannon Beach.  Having just finished planting my ladies in waiting at home, I found myself not in the mood to buy new plants.  This may be the only time I have ever stopped here without buying.

I was sorely tempted by the violas in the foreground and now have non-buyer's remorse.

I was sorely tempted by the violas in the foreground and now have non-buyer’s remorse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I do love this arbor that is often set up in the covered display area.

I do love this arbor that is often set up in the covered display area.  Seems like it is more beautiful than practical, though.

Look! They have Fatsia 'Spider's Web'

Look! They have Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web’.  I should have bought it as a present for someone.

a harvest display

a harvest display

A tomato tasting was in progress.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

all sorts of tomatoes large and small

all sorts of tomatoes large and small

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tomatoes

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, just some of the tomatoes

Allan’s photo, just some of the tomatoes

If I could transport myself back there, I’d taste more tomatoes and buy some plants.  I was in a hurry to get to Cannon Beach so we’d have plenty of time to find parking.

Cannon Beach

In our quest for a parking spot, we passed this cottage and had to pause for photos:

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cottage

whale arbour

whale arbour

gate detail

gate detail

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I almost missed this mermaid in the lawn; Allan pointed her out.

I almost missed this mermaid in the lawn; Allan pointed her out.

We went to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum for our tickets, because museum director Elaine Murdy Trucke had arranged for us to get press passes so that we could take photos in the cottages.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The other ticket sales and tour map venue was the Coaster Theater downtown.

Yay! This gave us special dispensation to take photos.

Yay! This gave us special dispensation to take photos.  Thank you, Elaine Murdy Trucke!

Even with the press pass, we always ask permission to take photos in private (non vacation rental) cottages and explain that we write a blog and love to share cottage detail vignettes.  We then found parking closer to the tour by this cottage with geraniums in a porch cut-out.  I have admired and photographed it year after year.

geranium cottage

geranium cottage

This planting of geraniums catches my eye every time the tour is on the east side!

2013

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geraniums in 2012

I could also call it Hydrangea Cottage.

I could also call it Hydrangea Cottage.

I was smitten with a little bridge that crossed over to another cottage.

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Underneath runs a stream with a seasonal waterfall. It would be pleasantly noisy in winter; today it was just a trickle of falling water.

Underneath runs a stream with a seasonal waterfall. It would be pleasantly noisy in winter; today it was just a trickle of falling water.

stream at front of cottage, delightful!

stream at front of cottage, delightful!

We did the tour from front to back because of where we parked.  Our friends Dave and Melissa had come, as well as Debbie Teashon, who would be giving a garden lecture the next day, and longtime garden friend from the Rainyside.com forum, Jeanne from Portland and her mum.  We did not see much of them during the tour as they had begun at the other end of town.

As we walk between cottages, there are so many sublime gardens where I have peeked over the fence and longed to go in and explore.

a cottage across the street from the Hidden Villa

a cottage across the street from the Hidden Villa Cottages, our first stop on the tour.

You know that the kind of cottages that make my heart go pitter pat are the very old ones and especially old ones that are privately owned.  You might want to go back to past tours and look at some of my favourites: A Collector’s Cottage (2013), this sweet one from 2011, and Priddy Cottage, which has been on the tour a couple of times.  My all time favourite was Windshell Cottage from 2010.

Next: The Hidden Villa Cottages

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Before getting down to serious work, we went to the port office to see if the baskets had been turned around to show their best side.  Last night, I had trimmed the dead trailing ends off the plants facing the water and had sent an email asking that the heavy baskets be turned around to show their good side for the Slow Drag on Friday evening.

They had been turned around.

They had been turned around.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

After the busy summer, the Port office staff had gotten a nice bouquet from CoHo Charters.

On the way out of town, we checked up on the planter that had gotten knocked into the street yesterday.  It looks like it has revived as well as could be hoped for.

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battered but unbowed

The Depot Restaurant

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

On the south side of the dining deck, the requested ornamental grasses are slowly gaining height. Next summer, they should provide a screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Our flower garden on north side got weeded and watered. The hops are up to the top of the lattice screen.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Today was our day to go north.  At Golden Sands, I again contemplated the future removal of the ugly patch of parched siberian iris at the entry to the courtyard.
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As you can see, while going in there with a pick will require caution because of wiring, it looks like the wiring probably just goes around the outside.  So we might leave a bit of iris.  I’d like to replace the rest with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, of which I have an endless supply.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a repeater along the front of the four quadrants.

I also sadly contemplated my pitiful dahlias in the different quadrants.

pathetic dahlias!

pathetic dahlias!

I decided I need to read up on how to grow them.  I am not a “dahlia queen” like Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.  The article I read years ago told me that dahlias do not like mulch or fertilizer.  Serendipitously, this same evening we watched an episode of Ciscoe Morris’s telly show and he said that dahlias need a LOT of fertilizer.  With that knowledge, maybe I can get these to do better next year.  (P.S. A week later, Todd told me he does not fertilize his spectacular daylilies and the ones at Golden Sands might have virus. So I am still uncertain.)

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on 'Joseph's Coat' roses, are good.

At least my two patches of sweet peas, climbing up on ‘Joseph’s Coat’ roses, are good.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

I wish I knew what this rose is.

The coppery red rose from my mom’s garden was probably ordered from Jackson and Perkins or Wayside Gardens.  I am going to try to propagate this year just by laying some cuttings in the ground.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC was as far north as we went today.

the east gate of the fenced garden

the east gate of the fenced garden

Sarah

Sarah

my good friend Sarah

my good friend Sarah

Timmy

Timmy

just inside the east gate

just inside the east gate

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

feathery pink sanguisorba (canadensis, I think)

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

Schizostylis, a bit of a runner but so worth it in late summer

In a lecture, Dan Hinkley said that schizostylis runs more in a dry area, and clumps more in a damp area, as it grows on riversides in South Africa and seeks moisture.

looking southwest over the birdbath....the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

looking southwest over the birdbath….the changing view that will be a slideshow this winter.

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

the main wheelbarrow path and the center circle path

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

Japanese anemones that escaped the purge!

inside the south gate

inside the south gate with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

outside the south gate

outside the south gate

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

My good friend Mitzu kept me company while I deadheaded container plants.

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ has been a great doer. Today is the first time I had to do any serious deadheading on it.  Beth says it has been a hit with hummingbirds.

Long Beach

We filled up our last hour with a thorough weeding of the Long Beach City Hall garden beds.

Peggy's Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Peggy’s Park: memorial garden for Peggy Taylor Miles, east side of city hall

Basket Case baskets in the fog

Basket Case baskets in the fog

The weather all day had been annoyingly windy, and a heavy fog rolled in over Long Beach as we worked.  It had been slowly drifting in all day.  I love the fog but not coupled with a cold wind so I was glad to be done when dinnertime arrived and we drove to the Peninsula Golf Course to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance).

The Cove Restaurant

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

Parking Lot Cat was deeply interested in this tire.

some sort of message here

some sort of message here

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan’s photo, me and restaurateur Sondra inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The apricot cider tap "blew" so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

The apricot cider tap “blew” so Melissa and I each got a bonus of the new cask, apple cider.

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

so delicious new pear and goat cheese salad

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

Dave and I could not resist having the chicken alfredo again.

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

spicy Cajun chicken alfredo

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

prosciutto wrapped halibut for Melissa

Allan opted for a burger, not the "flame thrower" spicy one

Allan opted for a burger, not the “flame thrower” spicy one. (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, in the parking lot, Allan showed Dave and Melissa our long handled Fiskars pruner, the one that doesn’t use an annoying rope to make it open and close.

more gardening talk

more gardening talk

We’re hoping that Dave and Melissa can come down to Ilwaco tomorrow evening for the always fun Slow Drag at the Port.  I’ll be posting about that on my other blog, Our Ilwaco.  Then we have a busy weekend with the four of us going to the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour (one of my favourite events of the year), followed by another trip to Cannon Beach on Sunday to hear our Debbie Teashon speak for the cottage tour garden tea.

You can read about the Slow Drag here, in a slideshow of the vehicles, and here, in a story about the race.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Todd came by just as we were leaving to pick up divisions of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and two different sanguisorbas.  I was glad to have some good plants for him after all the great plants he has given us.  I told him that last night Allan had a dream about a bunch of friends living in a big house with an organic garden outside.  Todd said that would be great for old age because we’d have people to talk with about plants without their eyes glazing over.  Let’s see, Dave and Melissa own a big property!

We had put off watering the Long Beach planters and street trees for as long as we could, thanks to a good rain on the weekend.  Fortunately, we had not waited too long.  Watering Wednesday means we only need to water once this week, which is so good, because Monday was a holiday and would have been too crowded, and on Friday Long Beach will be crammed with folks sitting on the planters watching cars come in for the Rod Run to the End of the World annual car show.  Watering Tuesday would have been too early for them to hold till next Monday.  (I spend a lot of mental time on the watering schedule.) So it all worked out perfectly after much suspense (on my part).

Today was Tam, the Smoke Shop's dog, third birthday.

Today was Tam the Smoke Shop’s dog’s third birthday.

Agastache 'Estella Indigo's tall blue spikes still look great.

The thin blue spikes of Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’ still look great.

First Place Mall

First Place Mall

Cosmos 'Sonata' and a white tigridia in a planter. I plan on planting many more tigridia next year.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and a white tigridia in a planter. I plan on planting many more tigridia next year.

Around the edges of the planters, I left foliage that on any other weekend I would have trimmed as being not in the best condition.  That is a likely futile attempt to discourage car fans from sitting right on top of the edge plants.

I left the poky bits.

I left the poky bits.

Allan left this old Eryngium flower up under a street tree in hopes it will help protect the garden from being trodden.

Allan left this old Eryngium flower up under a street tree in hopes it will help protect the garden from being trodden.  (Allan’s photo)

Allan photographed the soft edge of lambs ears at the planter by NIVA green to see if it looks this good by next Monday!

Allan photographed the soft edge of lambs ears at the planter by NIVA green to see if it looks this good by next Monday!

This barberry, left over from when the planters were done by volunteers, should be a good sitting deterrent. (Allan's photo)

This barberry, left over from when the planters were done by volunteers, should be a good sitting deterrent. (Allan’s photo)

Allan watered the street trees and the two north blocks today and photographed my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

Allan watered the street trees and the two north blocks today and photographed my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley planter closeup (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley planter closeup (Allan’s photo)

Allan's big find in Third Street Park!

Allan’s big find in Third Street Park!

Fifth Street Park, east side, with schizostylis blooming

Fifth Street Park, east side, with schizostylis blooming

behind the pond, Darmera peltata and Gunnera

behind the pond, Darmera peltata and Gunnera

The “rods” are already appearing on the street, along with car fans discussing their finer points.  These are probably vehicles belonging to local people who have them stored in garages till this special week.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This isn't a "rod"; it's our good friend Terran of Flowering Hedge Design gardening driving by between jobs.

This isn’t a “rod”; it’s our good friend Terran of Flowering Hedge Design gardening driving by between jobs.  Check out the cute little trailer for her mower.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fifth Street Park, west side

Fifth Street Park, west side

Ilwaco

After four hours of watering, deadheading, and parks fluffing, we drove south to Ilwaco where that town’s street trees and planters also needed watering.

While Allan did that, I weeded along the boatyard garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Dream, one of my favourite boats (because of its name) had just arrived today.

Dream, one of my favourite boats (because of its name) had just arrived today.

I had tried growing sweet peas on the chainlink fence, and some of them have done well. This one (Black Knight) is almost to the top. More next year!

I had tried growing sweet peas on the chainlink fence, and some of them have done well. This one (Black Knight) is almost to the top. More next year!

I know why Black Knight did best of all:  It’s by a hose faucet that sprays a little water when boat people turn on the hose!

north end of the boatyard garden

north end of the boatyard garden

another sweet pea success

another sweet pea success

This aster, probably 'Harrington's Pink', did much better last year when the weather was not so dry.

This aster, probably ‘Harrington’s Pink’, did much better last year when the weather was not so dry.

Aster 'Harrington's Pink'

Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’ last October 13th was so much better.

second flush of bloom on the Echinops (blue globe thistle) after cutting back hard

second flush of bloom on the Echinops (blue globe thistle) after cutting back hard

I could see Allan at the first intersection beginning to water, after filling the pump trailer at the boatyard

I could see Allan at the first intersection beginning to water, after filling the pump trailer at the boatyard.

I began a walk down Howerton Avenue to check on all the planters there.  Friday evening (September 11th), the Slow Drag will take place along that street.  Even though everyone will be looking at cars instead of the gardens, I want to make sure that a stray gardener or two won’t see weeds.

looking west at the west end over the gardens we struggled hardest to water this year

looking west at the west end over the gardens we struggled hardest to water this year (took three hoses to reach them; was glad the rain may have ended that struggle)

It is almost time to start moving the extra special plants (eryngiums!) out of these two beds into the beds adjacent to easily accessible hoses.   Today I pulled out a few assorted plants that had died from lack of water despite being chosen for drought tolerance.  One nice dianthus was especially mourned.

The low evening light makes it hard to find a garden tool when one sets it down.  It’s all glare-y and blinding, pretty to look at but annoying to work in.

Round about this time, Allan called me to say he had found a problem.  Over by the old Doupé Building, someone had driven way up on the curb and knocked one of the planters into the street.

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tire marks showing how wide the vehicle, probably towing an RV (caravan) had turned.

tire marks showing how wide the vehicle, probably towing an RV (caravan) had turned.

Allan called the police because the planter was a traffic hazard and he could not lift it on his own.  However, three passersby insisted on helping and as a group, they were able to wrestle it back uo onto the sidewalk.

helpful passersby

helpful passersby paused while walking their dogs (they’re watching on the right)

back in place and well watered

back in place and well watered

Right after that, Allan saw this guy sitting right smack dab on a planter.  Before Allan could protest, the bus came and the fellow hopped on.

The plants are saying OUCH!

The plants are saying OUCH!

He squashed nasturtiums that had been so nicely dangling down.

He squashed nasturtiums that had been so nicely dangling down.

The Ilwaco City Hall planters, looking better after their post-storm re-planting.

The Ilwaco City Hall planters, looking better after their post-storm re-planting.

Meanwhile, back at the Port:

Salt Hotel has their simple and elegant new sign up.

Salt Hotel has their simple and elegant new sign up.

low tide, photographed after checking the garden on the south side of the port office

low tide, photographed after checking the garden on the south side of the port office

Allan joined me after completing his watering.

Dave kayaking in the marina (Allan's photo)

Dave kayaking in the marina (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We finished weeding all the way to the east end.  I was mighty tired and hobbling and ever so glad to be done.  Tomorrow should be an easier day.

 

 

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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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