Sunday, 27 December 2015
I awoke (at mid morning, of course), with a sudden urge to do a profile photos of sea stars on moss for a new Facebook page that I made for Dave and Melissa’s Sea Star Gardening. I was sure I had some glass stars, but no….just one clear star with blunted corners. Till I acquire some stars, this is the best I could do.
temporary Sea Star page profile picture
Although I have the urge to take the tree down, I decided not yet, as it makes a triangle of light with three other trees.
A tree in the cream coloured cottage and the blue house and our tree make a triangle of holiday lights.
I’m eager now to dismantle Christmas, because I have a plan to put my mother’s desk, instead of the big blue table, where the tree is, for blogging with a garden view.
The afternoon was consumed by incorporating Allan’s photos into the upcoming meander line blog post, and then the beginning of this post.
I got the paperwhites down to where I could smell them. They had grown to the top of the kitchen window.
Last night, we watched an episode of the Ciscoe Morris gardening show in which he said that a tablespoon of vodka, added to the water when paperwhites are about five inches tall, will retard their growth so they do not get so leggy.
In the evening, we drove to the north end of the Peninsula, almost as far north as one can go, to have dinner at the home of our dear friends Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Gardening.
at the door (Allan’s photo)
Melissa’s new hens, Josie and Gina, had laid their first three eggs.
The ornaments on the table tree are all fruits and veg. Dave gives Mel all the credit for decorating.
On Saturday, when she and Dave got home from an overnight Christmas trip to Portland, they found their naughty cats had done this:
Melissa’s photo. Fortunately, the cats did not get the little tree and its fragile ornaments pulled off the table.
Melissa has been collecting Old World ornaments for many years.
I love the window between the dining room and the living room.
We dined at the table next to the tree, on tortellini soup and cornbread and a cranberry cake dessert.
A scintillating conversation about Star Wars had us too distracted to remember to take photos of the beautiful soup and the cranberry crumble with a butter and sugar sauce (a traditional holiday dessert of Mel’s family).
a tree hung with exquisite ornaments
Speaking of naughty cats, here are two of the three:
high atop a shelf
another hiding under a bed (Allan’s photo)
Santa still loves them, naughty or nice.
crabby salt shakers (Allan’s photo)
After our dinner, we watched the brief film George Lucas in Love (a treasure!), followed by Mel and Dave’s offering (lent to them with high praise by Mel’s sons), Mad Max: Fury Road. It was certainly exhilerating.
unusual use for a garden tool??
We went home and calmed down with a midnight viewing of the cooking show, Chopped.
Monday, 28 December 2015
Allan’s photo: a beautiful but cold day
It has been raining for days. (Allan’s photo)
Last night, we made plans to see The Force Awakens again on Monday night (second time for Melissa and Dave, third time for us) as it may leave our small town theatre after December 31. (Turns out it will remain till the 7th.) My Star Wars fandom has not figured large in this gardening blog; trust me, it is there.
Todd and his son (visiting from college) have finally seen the film, and since he and Dave and Mel are working together on that Oysterville garden today, they might have time for more discussion while planting plants.
In the afternoon, Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages came to deliver presents, and brought our good friend Bella.
Mary and Bella
Frosty (who grew up with two medium sized dogs) was intrigued.
Bella had a good time exploring in the fenced garden.
I enjoyed the walk around the garden as well.
me and Mary
a hellebore about to pop
Mary is smelling a tiny bouquet of winter blooming honeysuckle—Lonicera fragrantissima.
some lichen? for Mr Tootlepedal
our sweet Bella
Mary’s Christmas packaging, beautiful as always
from Mary and Denny, candles and holder and wine
once more, with feelings
Heading to The Pickled Fish at Adrift Hotel, which is open till 10
The Pickled Fish
Talking about Star Wars and sipping tasty strong drinks got in the way of remembering to photograph the delicious pizza. As Melissa and I were planning next week’s viewing of Star Wars, Allan said in a bemused tone, “Haven’t we seen it enough?” The young server’s response to the ensuing discussion (when asked for his opinion) was that there are never too many times to see it. (He had chosen the number 42 for the back of his “Team Pickled” t shirt and was pleased when I said “the answer to life, the universe and everything”.) Not long ago, he had told a table of diners, “Let me know if I can answer any questions.” When one woman asked “What is the meaning of life?” He turned and showed her the back of his t shirt: 42. And she did not understand.
Perhaps we can count on Allan to take an interesting excursion of some sort before the end of the week, while I (finally!) read books. If not, the last post of the year will be All About Books. This blog will rear its head in January if we have good weather gardening days, Allan excursions, or really good books….oh, and I want to take some photos of my grandmother’s old scrapbooks and photo albums. I also may realize some plans to make posts on our other blog, which I may re-post over here for your reading convenience.
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