Saturday, 26 November 2016
in the garden:As you can see, my bamboo poles will need repainting. Next time, I’ll try a coat of acrylic on top and see if that helps the colour last longer. Allan had gone to Costco. I thought I might take a puddle walk. I got two blocks away from home before being driven back by rain. We got a package in the mail from Penzey’s Spices. Our friends highly recommend them, and we appreciate the company’s liberal political stance. I finished the book I had started the day before: Searching for Whitopia.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
At a little after noon, Allan went to the port to help put lights on the crab pot tree.
At home, in an increasingly unpleasant storm, Allan began putting up some boards, which we had acquired for free from Denny at Klipsan Beach Cottages, on the fence between us and our neighbours to the north. We love Jared and Jessika and have discussed this project with them. It will provide privacy for them in the area where they like to do outdoor yoga in good weather and will give me that sensation that I crave of stopping the eye at the end of a long path.
Allan had painted the boards that will go on the Jared Jessika side to match their house and little cottage.We had a breakdown in communication, when Allan spaced the sections far apart instead of together. I was unclear about the shrub, which does not provide a solid enough visual barrier to skip over. Ooops. The shutter panels were originally not planned to go in here, which is why they are painted purple and green. I decided they just look wrong here; these are not J&J’s colours. So the new idea is to just use the boards to fill in the first section of wire fence, the part that is literally at the end of the path. By now, not only was the wind and rain buffeting at 26 mph, but it was time to go to dinner, so the project was shelved until Monday.
We still don’t know where we are going to use the shutters.
In the garden:The narcissus went into a bouquet that I made to take to dinner at Tony and Scott’s house in Long Beach. I also found Jasminum nudiflorum, Lonicera fragrantissima, roses, fuchsias, Nicotiana langsdorfii, lavender, red valerian, and more.
dinner at Tony and Scott’s house
I know I said I wasn’t going to go out much. But how could we resist an invitation from a couple who love plants, are great cooks, are politically simpatico, and have two cute dogs?Tony has been collecting Long Beach Peninsula postcards for years. I was completely thrilled to meet the dogs, Bailey and Rudy, whose photos I had so often seen on Facebook. Tony is great at group selfies:
You can see there was much laughter too, as we bonded over dogs, food, and shared political thoughts and feelings.
Monday, 28 November 2016
Skooter and Smokey helped me with this blog post.
Allan finished the fence section…without the shutter panels.Now, with the exception of our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting, I intend to read till Crab Pot Tree evening. Here’s what’s next: