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Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Ilwaco post office is place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

The Ilwaco post office is the place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

a stop at the library to pick up books

a stop at the library to pick up books

Former client Gene pulled up in his car to ask gardening advice about lavatera, montbretia, and buddleias.

Long Beach

deadheading the welcome sign

deadheading the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign with cosmos and echibeckia

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in town....I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

in town, watering the planters….I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

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This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

Fish Alley entrance

Fish Alley entrance

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little blue dachshund strolled by. (Allan's photo)

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little “blue” dachshund strolled by. (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

a late trigridia bloom

a late trigridia bloom

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, a Basket Case basket

All the watering and deadheading made us hungry.  For the second time this week, we had lunch out to try to get some energy to finish our workday.

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

Ilwaco

This time, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered.

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blue for Azure salon

blue for Azure salon

Allan had to move to another faucet while filling the water trailer tank because a boat was being hoisted in.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She's been working on her boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan's photo)

She’s been working on this boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan’s photo)

I finished up with some more weeding at the boatyard.

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington's Pink

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington’s Pink

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

And then, at last, a good five hours after lunch at Captain Bob’s, we went for our weekly dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

Cove owner Sondra's dog Lacey

Cove owner Sondra’s dog Lacey

belly rub!

belly rub!

This week, our garden gang had the pleasure of being joined by Our Kathleen, who was down for a week at her beach cottage.

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

an autumnal pear and beet salad

an autumnal pear and beet salad

Melissa's cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Melissa’s cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

noodle bowl

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

poached pears with huckleberries

poached pears with huckleberries

after a wonderful repast

after a wonderful repast

We lingered till the vacuum cleaner came out.

closing time

closing time

We now have four days off. I have no particular plans other than my hope for a good rainy reading day on Saturday (as predicted) and some smallish gardening projects.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 15:  Wet, rainy and cool.  Would like to build a fire in stove but will wait till Bill Jr cleans chimney.  He said there is a lot of creosote in it.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 15:  I received a box of Hydrangea plants and a box of Poppy plants from Spring Hill.  Both orders had been cancelled by them.  They are really mixed up. My froggie is in the garden sink so I put the frog/toad house in the sink with a latticed tray over him.

 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

THE Oysterville garden

Having heard that the  Oysterville garden had reached another peak of glory,  we made our workday one or two jobs shorter than usual and headed north in the late afternoon, arriving at 4:30 PM.  I had been thinking about the aster collection so was glad to be invited to visit while they were all blooming.  They are the gardener’s mother’s favourite flower and a herald of autumn.

looking in from the street

looking in from the street

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autumn crocus along the roadside lawn

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

late blooming clematis and asters

late blooming clematis and asters

looking in (Allan's photo)

looking in (Allan’s photo)

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approaching the front gate

approaching the front gate

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

asters and ornament

asters and ornament

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clipped boxwood in pots

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

golden cotinus

golden cotinus

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

All this, and we still have not set foot inside the garden.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

Before the stern “keep out” signs, folks would just wander through at any time, thinking perhaps that it was a park.  The other day when Melissa was working there, a fellow slowed his vehicle down and called out “What is this place FOR?”  Her reply was that it is a private garden, but she wishes she had said “An amusement park for honeybees!”

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north down the front lawn

looking north down the front lawn

the south side of the house

the south side of the house

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with...

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with…

south side of the driveway

…brick path on south side of the driveway; the stakes mark new(ish) columnar beeches

south side of driveway

south side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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None of us know the name of this tufted grass.

None of us know the name of this tufted grass. I intend to find out by asking Scott Weber of Rhone Street Gardens.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the terrace that always makes me weepy

the terrace that always makes me weepy

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Let's go up there.

Let’s go up there.

Melissa and me in plant appreciation mode (Allan's photo)

Melissa and I in plant appreciation mode (Allan’s photo)

on the terrace

on the terrace

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For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a stray salvia

a stray salvia

across the driveway

across the driveway

Japanese anemones and asters

Japanese anemones and asters

south side of garage

south side of garage

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button sized orange chrysanthemums

looking east along the driveway

looking east along the driveway

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

fennel and solidago

fennel and solidago

Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone

anemone and aster

anemone and aster

behind the garage

behind the garage

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan's photo)

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan’s photo)

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

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We turned the corner to the allée of ‘Incrediball’ hydrangeas.

entering the allée (Allan's photo)

Melissa and Dave and I entering the allée (Allan’s photo)

the allée

the allée, running east west (looking east)

lawn path, running north south

lawn path, running north south (looking north)

white begonias

white begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hamamelis foliage

hamamelis foliage

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

at the west end of the allée

at the west end of the allée

progressing up the allée

progressing up the allée

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looking west

looking west

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

the outside of the allée

the outside of the allée

asters and angelica

asters and angelica

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

the north border

the north border

more of the aster collection

more of the aster collection

Japanese anemones; there's room here for their running habit.

Japanese anemones; there’s room here for their running habit.

more tall pink asters

more tall pink asters

the front border

the front border

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This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

'Queen Elizabeth' roses

‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses

Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth'

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

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borrowed view of yews across the street

borrowed view of yews across the street

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and Joe Pye weed

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Joe Pye weed

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

front gate from inside

front gate from inside

sarracenia

sarracenia

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

new tetrapanax leaves

new tetrapanax leaves

proceeding south on the front path

proceeding south on the front path

some dark pink asters

some dark pink asters

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum 'Red Head' going to seed.

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum ‘Red Head’ going to seed.

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looking north; we have come full circle.

looking north; we have come full circle.

outside again

outside again

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

Sea Star Garden

Before going home, we went to see the garden of Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).  Contractors had just finished putting in a new septic system, involving a new dirt road and the knocking down of a derelict old house toward the front of the property.

the new road

the new road

Dave and his favourite hen

Dave and his favourite hen

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

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the tall old eucalyptus that they call "Elvis"

the tall old eucalyptus that they call “Elvis”

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

with very large frogs

with very large frogs

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beside the deck

beside the deck

on the exterior garage wall

on the exterior garage wall

This glorious hour and a half of garden touring had made a good end to a short workday.

Tomorrow: back to the gardening rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-14 Sept: 2 work days

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

at home: Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' and Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant'

at home: Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ and Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’

Mike’s garden

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the front garden, with some boxwood clipping having been done

big spider (Allan's photo)

big spider (Allan’s photo)

Sally watching us work (Allan's photo)

Sally watching us work (Allan’s photo)

The Depot Restaurant

deadheading and watering at the Depot

deadheading and watering at the Depot

unpleasantly hot!

unpleasantly hot!

The Red Barn

The Red Barn Arena garden

The Red Barn Arena garden

a sad Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' (from having stable water poured on it, maybe)

a sad Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (from having stable water poured on it, maybe)

...revived by clipping.

…revived by clipping.

Diane’s garden

a planter in Diane's garden

a planter in Diane’s garden

and a cool plant Diane had bought herself

and a cool plant Diane had bought herself

I do wonder where she found this!

I do wonder where she found this!

Diane and Larry's roadside garden

Diane and Larry’s roadside garden

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Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden

hotter still!

hotter still!

The Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu greets us at The Anchorage

Mitzu greets us at The Anchorage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Anchorage arbutus

Anchorage arbutus

arbutus flowers

arbutus flowers

Mitzu finds a spot of shade.

Mitzu finds a spot of shade.

Jo’s garden

at Jo's garden (where back up offers are still being taken)

at Jo’s garden (where back up offers are still being taken)

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It was time to take down the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

impatiens along the north wall of the enclosed porch (Allan's photo)

impatiens along the north wall of the enclosed porch (Allan’s photo)

double impatiens

double impatiens

center courtyard

center courtyard

the ensuite guest room

the en suite guest room

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Allan watered the east end port garden that I had not done yesterday, and we both watered at the boatyard.

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view while watering at the boatyard

view while watering at the boatyard

one of my favourite boats (because I like the name)

one of my favourite boats (because I like the name)

The Turmoil captains asked to pick some rosemary to cook with his chicken dinner. Very nice, and the rosemary was close by.

The Turmoil captain asked to pick some rosemary to cook with his chicken dinner. Very nice, and the rosemary was close by.

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sweet peas from inside the fence

sweet peas from inside the fence

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

I had received a text from Melissa saying that THE Oysterville garden’s owner wanted me to know the asters were all in bloom.  When could we go, I wondered…and then realized it should be today, our north end day.  That visit will get its own post (next).  Meanwhile, here is our short work day.

Long Beach

While I had an hour long dentist appointment, Allan worked in the Veterans Field gardens.

A bagpiper was just warming up!

A bagpiper was just warming up!

He then moved to another park.

He then moved to another park.

Veterans Field flowers

Veterans Field flowers

bright red penstemon

bright red penstemon

Another painted rock turned up in the garden.

Another painted rock turned up in the garden.

Meanwhile, at the dentist…

I enjoyed this lighthouse wallpaper...

I enjoyed this lighthouse wallpaper…

and bird art by local artists.

and bird art by local artists.

and even a painting by Todd's well known artist brother, Eric Wiegardt.

and even a painting by Todd’s well known artist brother, Eric Wiegardt.

I joined Allan in Long Beach, where we pulled Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from the south parking lot “berm”.

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abelia, before

abelia, before

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and after

and after

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fall color from a euonymus

At the window of the Great Escape espresso drive through before driving north

At the window of the Great Escape espresso drive through before driving north

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove seven miles north to finish the workday at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view over the birdbath

view over the birdbath

Cosmos 'Seashells'

Cosmos ‘Seashells’

much too tall Boltonia asteroides 'Snow Bank'

much too tall Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

from near the sit spot

from the path near the sit spot

autumn crocus

autumn crocus

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah and her brother Timmy

Sarah and her brother Timmy

It's time to start removing tatty old ferns. Allan did this one...before..

It’s time to start removing tatty old ferns. Allan did this one…before..

and after

and after

Today had been our client Marilyn’s memorial mass…right during the time my dental appointment (not an easy appointment to change) had been supposed to run through.  As it turned out, the appointment took a half an hour less time than allotted.  Because we were in our work clothes, we were not presentable to alter our schedule and show up a bit late to the service.  Our friend J9 went and so did Mary C. (owner and manager at KBC).  Mary gave me the programme to keep.  I do feel reminded of Marilyn daily because our new cat, Skooter, was her loving feline companion.

Our Marilyn, of Marilyn's garden, mother of Nancy of the Depot Restaurant

Marilyn, of Marilyn’s garden, mother of Nancy of the Depot Restaurant

We are maintaining Marilyn’s garden every other week now till the sale of her home closes, and this was not the week to go there.  We ended our workday early and headed another seven miles northeast to Oysterville, Washington, to tour the splendid garden which will be in tomorrow’s post.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Klipsan Beach Cottages to Oysterville


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Sept 14 (Monday):  Cooked first applesauce.  It always seems like my busiest day is Monday.  I went out about noon to do some hand watering but ended up in the garage. I brought 4 or 5 boxes of various sizes of pots from the shed and sorted all the pots by size.  Then I started rooting through the stuff along the east side.  I threw out lots of containers such as cottage cheese tubs etc.  Now I can reach the boxes left over from my garage sale so I can sort thru them soon.

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12 Sept: post Rod Run watering

Monday, 12 September 2016

I lured Frosty onto the new cat platform with treats.  So far, no one wants to sit up there and lord it over the other cats.

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We began with an errand of necessity: setting an appointment at Box K auto repair for next week.  Our brakes had begun to growl.

Wendy scheduling us for next week (Allan's photo); she is the sister of Sondra, Cove Restaurant owner.

Wendy scheduling us for next week (Allan’s photo); she is the sister of Sondra, Cove Restaurant owner.

at Box K

at Box K

After the cottage tour, I still have my mind on cottages.

a cute Long Beach cottage

a cute Long Beach cottage

detail

detail

a colourful Long Beach garden

a colourful Long Beach garden

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I brought MaryBeth’s wheelie cart, knowing I’d find, while watering, a fair amount of damaged plants from Rod Run (planter-sitters watching cars over the weekend).

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One of the staff at Pacific Realty came out to say hello.

One of the staff at Pacific Realty came out to say hello.

The town was still bustling.

The town was still bustling.

Some rods still lingered.

Some rods still lingered.

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a fine Basket Case basket

Basket Case baskets still going strong

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Some planters held up well.

Some planters held up well.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Others were thoroughly sat upon.

Others were thoroughly sat upon.

a yanked out and broken erysimum which I cannot replace at this time of year (none available around here)

a yanked out and broken erysimum which I cannot replace at this time of year (none available around here)

one blue agastache still tall, the other broken off. Maddening for symmetry.

one blue agastache still tall, the other broken off. Maddening for symmetry.

a pretty well sat upon planter edge by Lewis and Clark Square

a pretty well sat upon planter edge by Lewis and Clark Square

smashed up by the Hungry Harbor Grille

smashed up by the Hungry Harbor Grille

The amusingly bent verbascum had not made it through the weekend. (Allan's photo)

The amusingly bent verbascum had not made it through the weekend. (Allan’s photo)

I am annoyed but I don’t dwell on the damage; I’m just glad that Rod Run comes at the end of the summer. The damage used to be much worse years ago when the official Rod Run parade of cars came through town on the Saturday afternoon of Labor Day weekend.  Yearly chaos finally inspired the shifting of the event to the weekend after Labor Day and the permanent cancellation of the peninsula-long parade; they still have a smaller parade up at the north end.

Now that Rod Run is over, this half ugly lavender can finally be removed.

Now that Rod Run is over, this half ugly lavender can finally be removed. (Soonish.)

Allan's reward: a pocket full of pennies

Allan’s reward: a pocket full of pennies, which he kindly left behind for someone else to find.

Fish Alley murals, completed

Fish Alley murals, completed

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Damn, someone had put this planter under a wide eave, where it got no rain and so the Gaura died. Also not replaceable now.

Damn, someone had put this planter under a wide eave, where it got no rain and so the Gaura died. Also not replaceable now.

Although the work day was not done, we took a break for yummy crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

Captain Bob himself in the background.

Captain Bob himself in the background.

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the Ilwaco planters, I dragged a long hose from faucet to faucet at the port (and realized that’s a highly aerobic and heart pounding work out).  I think this will be the last watering of the port gardens (although I have said that before, and not long ago).

on Howerton Avenue

on Howerton Avenue

Thanks again to Tuna Club for letting us use their water for a garden that is next door to their lot.

Thanks again to Tuna Club for letting us use their water for a garden that is next door to their lot.

It was surprisingly strenuous to haul this hose.

It was surprisingly strenuous to haul this hose.

evening light on a toppled eryngium

evening light on a toppled eryngium

6:45 is late evening nowadays.

6:45 is late evening nowadays.

a perfect warm windless evening

a perfect warm windless evening

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back at home…..

Skooter and Smokey

Skooter and Smokey

Allan bringing in the water trailer

Allan bringing in the water trailer

(There’s no gardening post in my mother’s old journals to correspond with this day.)

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Frosty and Smokey waiting for cereal milk; cold cereal being the best day off breakfast.

Frosty and Smokey waiting for cereal milk; cold cereal being the best day off breakfast.

My energy for any accomplishments was low today, so I did little but finally sorting through and saving poppy seeds from pulled plants that were tarped in the garage.

Skooter helping

Skooter helping

Even in the garage, the weather was hot and sunny.

Even in the garage, the weather was hot and sunny.

In the afternoon, as had been planned, Tony and Scott arrived to show the garden to some of their visiting friends.  (Allan took all the visit photos)

garden tour party arriving (Allan's photo)

garden tour party arriving

Edward, one of the touring party, was especially fascinating to Skooter.

Edward, one of the touring party, was especially fascinating to Skooter.

Edward and Skooter. He simply ignored all the cats!

Edward and Skooter. He simply ignored all the cats!

Daniel, touring back to the bogsy woods

Daniel, touring back to the bogsy woods

pointing something out to Shannon (who became a Facebook friend by the end of the day)

pointing something out to Shannon (who became a Facebook friend by the end of the day)

Frosty

Frosty sharing the limelight

Edward and Scott

Edward and Scott and Frosty

We had an excellent tour of the garden and we hope to see all these folks again.  There is some talk of retirement or at least summer homes on the Peninsula (the latter of which Scott and Tony already have).

Allan worked on his project: a new cat perch, to make more room outside the living room cat door.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; He thinks it looks a bit like the Starship Enterprise.

Allan's photo. I asked his help in moving the big wire plant (which I thought was a house plant and is now taking over this corner).

Allan’s photo. I asked his help in moving the big wire vine plant (Muehlenbeckia , which I thought was a house plant and is now taking over this corner).

The pot broke.

The pot broke.

I had been trying to think of a place where this huge plant could go on pavement, thus rendering it unable to grow into the soil.  When the pot broke, I said out with it, and into the garbage it went.  I saved a few starts, and will probably regret it.

In the evening, I continued the progress of weeding “wire vine” out in the front garden corner where my new boxwoods will go.

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minus one extremely aggressive potted plant

Now I have a project that interests me…just before the work week begins.

While Allan prepared for a campfire, I took a few more dusk photos of the garden.
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very tall white sanguisorba

very tall white sanguisorba

Cripps Pink apple tree

Cripps Pink apple tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Here comes Smokey!

Here comes Smokey!

campfire time

campfire time

Smokey also sits in a chair by the fire.

Smokey also sits in a chair by the fire.


ginger

Catching up on three days worth…

1995 (age 71):

(learning to take care of all things after her husband had died in early summer):

September 9:  Left the message with security guard then I dug up plants near water pipe.  I diverted the water so it is now going back under the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed].  Maybe it will flood out the mole.  Now to keep my mind busy I’m going to order some plants from Bluestone.

September 11: The Pines (Roger) was no help re the water leak.  He said “Call a plumber”.  I called and BJ Plumbing came out and fixed the leak in about two hours.  The problem was one fitting at the stand pipe was broken.  What a relief!  I hope you are watching, Bruce, so you will know it’s all fixed.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 10:  STORE DAY.  I didn’t even get up early enough to water but I did water in the evening.  It gets dark now around 8:00 so I can’t do much.  I sorted some of the stuff I had tossed into a box when the guys were working here. Now the stuff is in 3 boxes to be sorted and put away.

Sept 11:  I threw out 149 cans of pop!  There are two 12 packs of Sprite that are probably ok. [They were well past expiration, I guess.]  Also there are 7 cans of beer that I saved for slugs.  Last night I saw a frog/toad in front and today I saw the one that’s usually in the garden sink.

Cool weather is forecast for next week.  I’d like to bring in the wood as well as plant more perennials.

I don’t remember what I did Wednesday.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

cottage

A benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center

We departed from the delightful Anchor cottage at 4:40 PM for the rather long walk back to the one modern-ish dream house we had not yet seen.  I rather doubted we would get there by tour’s end at 5 PM.

We had a quick gander at the exterior of a cottage across the street from the Anchor, just west of The Sea Star cottage.

Heeszel's Hut

“Heeszel’s Hut”

The cottage sign. I do like a cottage to have a name.

The cottage sign. I do like a cottage to have a name.

Just around the corner to the east is a set of tiny cottages, each with its own name sign, that I have admired before and today admired again.  I’d have a perfect photo of each of them, had not a vehicle full of lucky vacationers pulled up to one and begun unloading groceries.

Cozy

Cozy

Comfy

Comfy

Care-Free

Care-Free

We then applied ourselves to walking back to the modern house, past the Stephanie Inn and the Cannon Beach Lodge.  We arrived at the last tour home at 4:48 PM.  (We were doing them all out of order.)

#2: Beach Haven

a modern ocean view home

a modern ocean view home

from the programme:  This stunning home was built in 1982 by J. Thomas Ayers and Alan Schoenberg in the Cannon Beach tradition of exposed shingles.  This is the perfect example of an oceanfront dream home.  The home was designed to be passive solar with the observation area and bathroom and sauna on the top floor.  The metal connectors on the beams throughout the house were designed by Carl Friedman, who was a local at the time.  The connectors were designed to look a bit like razor clams, a local delicacy in Cannon Beach.  The custom rock work inside was done by Nikos Maragos, a Greek stone-mason who did lots of work in Cannon Beach.  

Beach Haven entry

Beach Haven entry

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UH-OH!

UH-OH! The tour officially ended at five.  We had not dawdled…well…maybe in the Sea Horse (the cottage with a tower).  11 stops is a lot for a four hour walking tour.

The home was still open, but with no one in sight.  We went into the the ground floor level and when I realized it was all bedrooms, with the main living space upstairs, I backed out because it was too late for me to be going slowly up and up and then even more slowly down the stairs.  Allan ascended and there found no tour guests (and why should there be at 5:02 PM!), just a volunteer who was unsuccessfully trying to close a window with a complicated latch.  He was able to assist, much to the relief of the struggling volunteer who could now close the house up.

 

the view

the view

rock work by Nikos Maragos

rock work by Nikos Maragos

a view deck

a view deck

the view

the view

looking down on me, outside, decided to get a photo of the beach

looking down on me, outside, decided to get a photo of the beach

the west side of the Beach Haven

the west side of the Beach Haven

on the beach below, a bonfire ready to go

on the beach below, a bonfire ready to go

looking north to Haystack Rock

looking north to Haystack Rock

I thanked this man for adding a splash of yellow to my photo.

I thanked this man for adding a splash of yellow to my photo.

(Why is this beach so much more beautiful than ours?  Even more than Haystack Rock, the best feature is the lack of vehicles on the beach.  Unlike the beaches by Long Beach, it is NOT a state highway!  I don’t even see the point of an ocean view that includes trucks and cars driving back and forth.)

looking south

looking south

the south wall of Beach Haven

the south wall of Beach Haven, with the high up windows that Allan had helped close, and autumn clematis and the neighbours’ sweet peas.

the porch next door

the porch next door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another view house

another view house

ocean view garage

ocean view garage

In case you are wondering, a home like the one by that garage would sell for over $2 million dollars.  I am not joking.  In Cannon Beach, even a small non view cottage is round about $400,000.  That is one reason why, despite my love of the cottages there and the vehicle-free beach, I don’t live on the north Oregon coast.

When we arrived back at the Tolovana Wayside parking lot, I received a text from Seaside gardener Pam asking us to join her and Sean at the Warren House, which turned out to be right across the street.

Warren House Pub

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

They had finished their meal but were willing to linger to visit with us and talk about the cottages.  We had seen them only at the central cottage (my favourite, the Sea Horse!) Pam’s favourite had been The Anchor.   Sean’s architectural taste runs much more toward the modern than mine, and in fact, his own fabulous Gearhart home is for sale.

Pam and Sean at the Warren House. Yes, Sean is just that glamorous.

Pam and Sean at the Warren House. Yes, Sean is just that glamorous.

Earlier in their meal, part of Pam’s sandwich had been stolen by this frequent visitor to the pub deck.

Sean's photos

Sean’s photo

Sean's photo: "His name is Crackers because he likes oyster crackers."

Sean’s photo: “His name is Crackers because he likes oyster crackers.”

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You don’t have to choose to feed Crackers; he just takes what he wants.  Allan and I managed to eat a plate of nachos without attracting his notice.

We stayed for bit after Sean and Pam left, and then departed by the back door of the pub, where I saw one of the cutest dog faces ever.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

His only interest was in waiting for his people.

His only interest was in waiting for his people.

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ADA access

faithful pooch

faithful pooch

I wonder if Pam knows about the pleasant garden seating behind the pub.

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east wall of the pub

east wall of the pub

We had sat on the west facing deck with a slight ocean view.

We had sat on the west facing deck with a slight ocean view.

This had been a day of delight, especially getting to finally visit the Sea Horse (the House that Jerry Bosco Built, the cottage with the square tower).  It will be in my dreams, waking and sleeping.  This was possibly the last of the “tour days” of 2016, days that lead to many blog posts and put the quotidian blog far behind.

The setting sun glowed so brightly from the Astoria Megler bridge that for a moment I thought Cape Disappointment was on fire.

the setting sun from the highway on the Washington side

the setting sun from the highway on the Washington side

Next: back to everyday stories of gardening…with a visit to one of my favourite gardens later in the week.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

It felt like a long walk to the two vintage cottages at the north end of the tour.

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This will orient you as we walk past a couple of resorts.

On the west side of Pacific, even the garages have an ocean view.

On the west side of Pacific, even the garages have an ocean view.

a tall escallonia hedge

a tall escallonia hedge

Hydrangeas do well this close to the ocean.

Hydrangeas do well this close to the ocean.

at the end of a block

at the end of a block

Even if new, this house looks convincingly vintage.

Even if new, this house looks convincingly vintage.

another beachy view home

another beachy view home

sweet peas and autumn clematis

sweet peas and autumn clematis

Below: This 1982 home was actually the next stop on the tour, but we walked on.  Time was short, with only an hour left, and I wanted to make sure to see the vintage cottages.  We would return here if we had time.

a modern ocean view home

a modern ocean view home

the beach access by the tour home

the beach access by the 1982 house

Fortunately for such a long walk, the weather had become cool and misty.

Allan saw a funny sign on the way:

maybe someday!

maybe someday!

on the east side of the street, a view deck

on the east side of the street, a view deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were closer to Haystack Rock now. (Allan's photo)

We were closer to Haystack Rock now. (Allan’s photo)

We walked past the Ocean Lodge.

Ocean Lodge

Ocean Lodge

cute guest cottages

cute guest cottages across the street from the Ocean Lodge

another guest cottage built to look vintage

another guest cottage built to look vintage

Next came The Stephanie Inn, reputed to have an excellent restaurant.  Carol and I almost stayed there once.  Then we looked at the amenities online and realized that, while it would be a big extravagance for us, we’d be offered a “Complimentary beer and wine gathering in the oceanfront library” and “Complimentary late evening nightcap in the oceanfront library”.  We couldn’t imagine passing up such amenities and yet did not feel comfortable at the thought of mingling with other guests who would be, well, no doubt so much richer.  So we chose instead to stay at a more humble abode, the Sea Sprite (also on the map above).

The Stephanie Inn

The Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

I thought then that we might have to walk back up to the highway to get to our destination.  I was thrilled to find a grassy path through to the next block.

Allan is way down at the corner; I am waiting at the grassy path to the next block.

Allan is way down at the corner; I am waiting at the grassy path.

Finally, we arrived  and were delighted to find the two vintage cottages across the street from each other.

#4: The Sea Star

The Sea Star

The Sea Star

from the programme:  According to county records, this home was built in 1948, but may have been built sooner.  Upon the current homeowners’ purchase ten years ago, the cottage was completely renovated to look like a true beach cottage.  The home was remodeled by Mike Capper of Capper Construction, along with the fellow resident and storyteller, Peter Lindsey. Be cautious of the low vaulted ceiling upstairs.

ocean at the end of the block

ocean at the end of the block

front porch

front porch

by the front door

by the front door

old photos

old photos

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stone fireplace

back deck has outdoor stairs to upper deck and top floor

back deck has outdoor stairs to upper deck and top floor

little shed in back yard

little shed in back yard

peekaboo view dining

peekaboo view dining

view of next door cottage called "Snug"

view of next door cottage called “Snug”

my telephoto sees beachfront gardens

my telephoto sees beachfront gardens

The upstairs had a small door the red chair is only a couple of feet tall, into a large storage area perhaps, and kids who lived there used to call it the “monster room” (where the monsters lived).

upper deck

upper deck

looking north

looking north

looking down to the Snug Cottage

looking down to the Snug Cottage

stairs to lower deck

stairs to lower deck

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main floor view window

main floor view window (Allan’s photo)

#3: The Anchor

Right across the street, to the south, was The Anchor Cottage.

from the programme:  This property was part of the original Warren homestead.  Frank and Irta Woodfield purchased the land in 1919, and in 1928,  “Anchor” was built by Dermot and Pearl Lagassee to rent as a summer cottage.  Dr. Tom and Sally Olsen purchased the home in 1970.  Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon Coast during the early 1900s, and his wife, Irta, was a talented poet.  Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display in the home. “Beside Our Sandy Shore”, the short film featuring the life of the Woodfields, will be screening in the carport.  

You can read more about the Woodfields here. You can see some of Frank Woodfield’s photos here. Irta Woodfield wrote a book (of poems?), which I intend to track down.

Beside Our Sandy Shore

Beside Our Sandy Shore

Anchor

Anchor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now that's what I call a cottage!

Now that’s what I call a cottage!

front garden (Allan's photo)

front garden (Allan’s photo)

front garden view

front garden view

around the back

around the back

view north to the Sea Star Cottage

view north to the Sea Star Cottage

northwest corner porch

northwest corner porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the carport

in the carport

When I sat down to watch the narrated home movies in the carport, I became verklempt that all those people are gone.  The narration, by a man with an elderly voice, reminiscing about his childhood, must have been by Frank Woodfield.

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a ghost from the past by Haystack Rock

a ghost from the past by Haystack Rock

family and flowers

family and flowers

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Oh, how very much this movie moved me.  I did not care that we were running out of touring time; I had to see it all.  You can watch a movie with the history of the Anchor family here.

This little door led in from the car port.

This little door led in from the car port.

And a window at the back of the carport looked in to a wallpapered room.

And a window at the back of the carport looked in to a wallpapered room.

the front door

the front door

front porch windowbox

front porch window box

This poodle had been touring along with us all day. (Allan's photo)

This poodle had been touring along with us all day. (Allan’s photo)

porch view (Allan's photo)

porch view (Allan’s photo)

on the mantel

on the mantel

anchor window

anchor window

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

old fashioned windows

old fashioned windows

the wallpapered bedroom

the wallpapered bedroom

looking out the narrow side door to the carport to more ghostly images

looking out the narrow side door to the carport to more ghostly images

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In the kitchen, below, behind the woman who is listening to the owner’s stories, is a corner window over the sink with a view of the ocean a block to the west.

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When I commented what a great view for washing dishes, he told me that the neighbours to the west had had their house lifted and moved north slightly, thus opening up the ocean view that did not used to be there.

looking north to the Sea Star as more tour guests arrive.

looking north to the Sea Star as more tour guests arrive.

It was 4:38 by now and the tour ended at 5:00, and it was at least a ten minute walk back to the modern house we had not yet seen.  I had a feeling we wouldn’t make it, but we would try.

 

 

 

 

 

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