Wednesday, 14 December 2016
I had a little doctor’s appointment…X ray results to see if my wonky knee had caused lower back problems. I am happy to report that my back is still perfectly aligned.
On our rounds of clinic and errands, we saw some holiday cheer.
I had a look in the lobby of the Ocean Beach Hospital (across the parking lot) at the Memory Tree.
If I had thought it through, I could have got an ornament from the gift shop to add my mother’s name. That possibility did not occur to me till later. I find the memory ornaments deeply touching. Let us think about these people for a moment:
On display were the wreaths to be auctioned for Friends of the Hospital.
At the Ilwaco Timberland Library, I picked up the 800+ page tome, Modernity Britain. I expect it will be the center of my life for the next several days.
Allan suggested that we backtrack a few blocks to Black Lake to see the swans, who had recently arrived for their annual sojourn. (Allan took the swan photos.)
In the evening, Melissa and Dave joined us for a Salty Talk at Salt Pub.
Salty Talks lecture: “There’s a buzz going around, let’s keep it that way!” with beekeeper Julie Tennis at the SALT Hotel and Pub. Learn the differences in bee species living in the Long Beach area and how human intervention can play an important role to help prosper the survival of these pollinators.
Julie Tennis interspersed bee facts between passages from this story:
After speaking eloquently of the pollinators, the flowers that are most helpful to them (0n the wild side, prunella (self heal), evening primrose, and salal), using alternatives to pesticides (because more insects lead to more birds!), her final slide had an important message…for more than just helping bees:
We were offered free flower seeds:
After the lecture, the four of us lingered till closing time for our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.
For those of you who have enjoyed the excerpts from my mother’s diaries, please know that I will be publishing her December garden diary later this month. I haven’t published daily excerpts because I am not writing here every day during our Winterval.