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Monday, 20 March 2017

In honor of the turning of the season, here is my favourite quotation about springtime:

“Every year, back comes spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.”  Dorothy Parker

Skooter was not enthusiastic about the drizzly, cold weather.

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head under the covers (Allan’s photo)

I picked some flowers for an event, and then Allan and I went for our tax appointment with our accountant, Jennifer, whose office is just four blocks west.

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Jennifer’s flowers

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office assistant Helen

We then delivered two bouquets of flowers to Salt Pub for our dear friend Jenna’s evening event.

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There was a new tiny little baby to see!


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flowers for Jenna (and, later, for Salt to have)

We went back home because the cold drizzle was supposed to end in half an hour.  Allan became absorbed in “do not pick” signage for the boatyard and I delved into the excellent book I’m reading.

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I am loving Mr. Theroux’s trip around the English and Welsh coast.

This reminded me of Mr. Tootlepedal:

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Along a branch railway line:

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Two most interesting sounding places:

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Chesil Bank


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Undercliff Walk at Lyme Regis

I googled up some photos of both these areas and even found videos of the Undercliff walk.

This description of tourism in seaside towns certainly reminded me of where I live (even though we love tourists here, and I well remember being one):

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Meanwhile, Allan worked on strengthening the pallets that will make the new compost bins.

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Allan’s photo

I had to leave my book and Allan his projects when the weather seemed to clear.  We drove to

The Anchorage Cottages.

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Our good friend Mitzu

The weather was actually quite miserable, damp, drizzly, with a bitter wind.  We did not last more than an hour.

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Center courtyard: not much happening except too many bluebells coming up


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narcissi


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narcissi and primroses


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hellebores, pulmonaria, and ranunculus


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trilliums


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trillium (Allan’s photo)

I cut back some hardy fuchsias, planted three lily bulbs, we did some weeding and could bear no more of the cold and headed back home.

I did not get to take photos of the Long Beach narcissi display….

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too cold and miserable to stop

After an interlude at home, we went back out to that event for which I had picked bouquets.

Ilwaco Merchants Association Spring Mixer

Oh, how I had tried to weasel out of going.  Because our dear friends Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) are heading the group this year, Jenna did not let me escape.

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By the time everyone arrived, we had a full house at Salt Pub.


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Our Jenna (Allan’s photo)


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the view (Allan’s photo)

We discovered that Jenna had a special purpose in wanting us to attend: The merchants presented us with a community recognition of our work, both in the gardens and in taking photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

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Thank you plaque by Artist Don Nisbett

Raffle prizes were drawn, hors d’oeuvres were served, drinks were downed, and the crowd was happy.

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Ponytail: Andi from the Visitors Bureau (ponytail), with Jenna and our Mayor Mike, Don Nisbett in black, and Jane from The English Nursery.

We were so touched by that nice award.  And impressed with the fun and liveliness of the event.  If only the usual Ilwaco Merchants Association meetings weren’t at 8 AM!

Tomorrow: more rain, thunderstorms….I do hope the Long Beach narcissi hold strong till I get some of them photographed and closely appreciated.

P.S. After 9 PM, I suddenly had the sniffles and wheezes. This bodes extra ill for work tomorrow. Almost everyone I know has had The Three Week Cold this winter. I thought I had escaped. Am embarking upon all my home remedies. 

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By which I mean the last spring clean up job of 2017; I hope not the last of our career, as we plan to keep working at least part time for several more years.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We were pleased to have a good weather day for weeding and clipping the boatyard garden.

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before, looking south

Allan cleaned up the small bed just around the corner:

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before (Allan’s photos)

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after

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weeds and self seeded poppies

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and lots of escholtzia (California poppy) seedlings

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Allan’s photo

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north end of garden, before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

Some of the very old woody lavenders needed to go away.  Allan did the digging:

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before

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after

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after.  We also trimmed a lot of santolinas.

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The last big clumps of Miscanthus inside the fence.

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after

I have forgotten which one this is.  I have learned so many plant names in the last two years that I thought I would remember and don’t.  I need to make a list as I learn them, because my memory does not grab on like it used to.

The garden still had a few crocuses…

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But I had expected there to be daffodils, especially since I had planted about 100 of the same one as is blooming right now in the Long Beach welcome sign.  As I began working in the garden, I realized Every Single Damn One had been PICKED.  Not by deer (which would be unusual because narcissi are poisonous) but by humans.  Each stem was cut down low.  The foliage was not nipped at all like a deer would do.

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stolen, every single one!

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empty stems

A boat guy said that he had seen “a couple messing around in the garden” earlier that morning.  Or the thievery could have happened over the weekend or late last week.  It must have taken awhile to pick every single flower. So much for creating a great big beautiful show.

It was not a gardener thief, and I know that because I found a number of bulbs pulled out and just left lying on top.  A gardener thief would have considered the bulbs to be extra bounty.

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bulb pulled out and left behind

I persisted at the job.  It would have been enjoyable to work among flowers instead of in a garden with only a few crocuses.  About a third of the way along, I thought we would never get it finished today.  By the time we passed the gate and only had about one third left, I thought we would get done after all.  And we did.

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looking south from the gate

The new owners of Marilyn’s garden stopped their vehicle to say hello.  They are happy with Dave and Melissa’s spring clean up work at their new home.  I am so glad the garden is in the hands of people who appreciate it.

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Passersby did not have much to admire.  I enjoyed when a small family passed, and the dad was reading aloud as he walked.  I thought he said, “When she wanted to have her morning coffee there, she simply lifted him down into the garden.”  I wondered from which story that comes.  Google let me find it!  Pippi Longstocking:

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south end, weeded (Allan’s photo)

I took my after photos from the van because I was too sore to walk.

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It would look a lot more interesting with 100 narcissi.

We had not put up our polite “do not pick” signs yet.  Allan dropped me off at home and went to dump debris, and on the way back he put up the two signs that were still in good enough condition.  The words “horse” and “barn door” come to mind.  We have caught people picking flowers right smack dab under these signs before.  I do think signage might deter some.

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Wouldn’t it look nice if there actually were some flowers to leave?

At home, I was pleased to erase the last spring clean up job from the work board.

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Tomorrow, I had been hoping for good weather.  Now the forecast calls for rain.  We need to check up on the Anchorage Cottages garden, and I want to photograph all the narcissi in Long Beach, while they are still there.

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017

After attending the quilt show, and blogging about the quilt show, our Friday ended with my birthday celebration at the Cove Restaurant, which is once again open for weekend dinners.

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At the Cove on St Patrick’s Day

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Patty, Kathleen, Todd, Melissa, J9, me, Boreas Inn Susie and Bill, and Dave

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Todd brought flowers.

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with Patty from the World Kite Museum.

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Allan, Patty, Our Kathleen, and Todd

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Irish Stew and soda bread

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Carmen bringing cake.

Allan provided  cake by buying two at Sid’s Supermarket and secretly decorating them himself in the back of our van!

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garden clippers from Dave!

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Plant Delights plants from Todd

Dan and Leanne from Casa Pacifica happened to be dining nearby, so they got some cake, and then (being excellent singers and former choir directors) they serenaded us with “Happy Birthday.”

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I was pleased to get The View from Great Dixter from Kathleen.

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Allan gave me three books about England, including one by a former spouse of mine.

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written by a Leedsman

From Melissa, a subscription to Fine Gardening magazine will be much enjoyed, and Susie had made a lilac scented non headache-y all natural perfume.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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I hadn’t had time to pick up birthday wrapping paper.

Empty Bowls

We began Saturday with the annual Empty Bowls event, in which you buy a handmade bowl and then have a bowl of soup, with the event proceeds going to local programs that feed the hungry.

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at the Peninsula Church Center

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picking bowls, many made by local schoolchildren

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flowers

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our four bowls.  The turtle is reversible!

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Soup provided by several chefs

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well attended

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entertainment (Allan’s photo)

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Postcard Party

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entering the studio

We drove half an hour north to Ocean Park to attend part of a postcard party.  Today’s focus was sending postcards to our area’s Republican representative to try to get her to attend a town hall and hear our concerns.  We’re going to have the town hall whether or not she shows up.

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Michele made a card to send to Rep. Jaime Beutler, who has not done a town hall here for years.

And we have embarked upon a series of thank you postcards to folks who are fighting the good fight.

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Allan sent a card to our Senator Maria Cantwell.

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a card for Al Franken from another local liberal

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postcards and homemade chili

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postcard party

I did not have time to finish my last of four cards (lower left).

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We left before the party was over because we had to be at another event.  On the way, we managed to squeeze in a stop at the Depot Restaurant, where we had so kindly been offered some leftover St Pat’s Day shepherd’s pie! At home, we met with Indivisible member Gwen (who had also been at the postcard shindig) and all three of us in our van headed an hour north to South Bend for the …

92nd Annual Pacific County Democrats Crab Feed.

In South Bend, we drove around looking for a garden that I wished to view from the street.  We got a bit lost.

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a beautiful house on the hill

We dropped Gwen off at the event venue and kept looking, only to find the garden was walking distance from our destination rather than being up on the hill.  It belongs to a gardener I admire and I had used Google to find it.  Leaving the word “east” out of the address made it much more findable.

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a dreamy garden

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conifer textures

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Allan’s photo

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just snooping the front garden

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very cool

I long to see the whole garden in summer, and I hope it will be on the Pacific County Master Gardeners’ summer tour.

We then walked to the crab feed.

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a historic photo of South Bend

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free buttons

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showing only about half of the local dems in attendance

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Members of the Chinook Tribe sang a blessing song.

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Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville provided table favours.

Someone did not know it was soap and took a bite!

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State and local politicians served the dinner.

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Senator Maria Cantwell (Allan’s photo)

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State Democrat Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, former Congressman Brian Baird, and Congressman Derek Kilmer

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an enormous crab on top of a green and a potato salad.

I had forgotten how daunting a crab is to eat.  We managed with a set of pliers.  Next year, we will know to bring crab crackers and picks.

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Senator Maria Cantwell was one of several rousing speakers.

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Allan’s photo

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enthusiastic response

We are filled with resolve and have every intention of solving all sorts of problems.

In the silent auction, I won an art piece by our friend Joe Chasse, from his Dangerous Toys series.

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I’m thrilled to have this.

Shortly after Joe departed, Gwen and Allan and I left during the live auction in order to get through the most wooded roads home before dark

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dusk along the marshland on the way home

It has been an intense two day social whirl and, with a break in the bad weather, I am  looking forward to getting some quiet gardening work done.

 

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Today began the three day quilt show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  You had best go on Sunday between noon and four to see ALL the quilts.  These, my favourites, comprise only about half of the show.  I tend to go for jewel tones of green, blue and purple, and for less traditional patterns (with exceptions).  Under most of this year’s quilts is the description from the show programme.

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Peninsula Quilt Guild

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 Large Quilts

The first quilt I saw became my people’s choice pick for best large quilt.

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Irish Posies by Lynda Newell

“This is a combination of the traditional Irish Chain pattern with a little applique added.  I am not a huge fan of doing applique but occasionally it sucks me in.”

details (the flowers are what made it my favourite):

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This bright quilt would appeal to my friend Montana Mary and reminds me of our job at the Red Barn.

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Rodeo Gals by Earline Nichols

“I love anything with horses and when I saw this quilt pattern I knew I had to make it.  I have donated this quilt to the horse therapy for needy/abused children organization for an auction.”

A pleasing green and flowered quilt turned out to be by our friend Ann.

 

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Stars for Chuck and Sarah by Ann Saari

“Shortly after his marriage, our son’s bride picked this pattern and gave me some fabric she had been saving.  I found it easier to make the stars by hand so over 7 years I did just that. Susan James did an amazing job of quilting.”

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flower fabric detail on Ann’s quilt

Below: The quilter to the left made the stunningly beautiful horse quilt.  It was not in the people’s choice competition.

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Allan’s photo

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While not “my” colours, the quirkiness of this typing test quilt appealed to me.

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Typing Test by Karen Snyder

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fabric detail

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Bazaar in Marakesh by Renee Newstrom

The bright and vibrant jewel tones have me imagining far off travels and colorful markets.  Curved piecing is simplified by use of the Quick Curve Ruler.  Pattern from the book One Wonderful Curve and enlarged from a wall hanging.

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House Pattern by Peggy Christensen

“My entry for my quilt group’s annual challenge.  House quilts being my favorite pattern I decided to make a block for each member and the rest of the blocks a tribute to my favorite quilt stores.  I could have called it the ‘Kiss of Death Quilt’ because as soon as I started making it, the stores started closing!!  Lucky for us it did not have the same effect on our members!!”

I like house quilts, and my grandma had a little red house.  I think the last quilt store on the Long Beach Peninsula closed recently.

Here’s a quilt in my favourite colors:

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Trip to Trinidad by Joanie Chapel

“I have made three quilts designed by Kathleen Starr.  I love the hand dyed batiks and how the colors flow together.”

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Harry Potter by Nancy Allen

“Made for my granddaughter who likes Harry Potter.”

details, because I also like Harry Potter:

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Medium Quilts

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Kaleidoscope by Maureen Bittner

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I liked the flower fabric and the gold thread.

Because it reminded me of a quilt made by my grandma, “Flower Pots” was my favourite medium quilt.  Gram liked that sort of appliqued flower.

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Flower Pots by Betty O’Phelan

“Too small to keep and too big to throw out.  Combination of several patterns.”

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Yellow Brick Road by Joan Palmroth

“I have enjoyed making Yellow Brick Road many times.  It is fun laying out the blocks like a jigsaw puzzle to not have same fabric touching same fabric.  Beautiful “daisy chain” quilting made this one a keeper.”

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fabric detail

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Over the River and Through the Woods by Vivian Macek, reminds me of my grandma, of course.

“I collected the blue and silver batiks for 2 years and spent another year embroidering the design during my work lunch hours.  This is a labor of love for my daughter.”

I like the Mariner’s Compass pattern very much.  Here are three versions:

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Mariner’s Compass by Sue Grennan, DeLila West, and Mariner’s Stars by Doris Schalka

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Mariner’s Compass by Billie Warrick

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Paris Boutique by Joe Ann Ridesel

“I purchased the pattern for Paris Boutique at Cotton Pickin’s Quilt Shop in Stanwood, WA.  I added extra fabric to make it twin size. I’m hoping one of my granddaughters will want it.”

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Evening Clam Tide by Janet Darcher

“This was my first time using the freezer paper piecing technique.”

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Beach Balls by Lynda Newell

“This started as a kit from the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  The ‘balls’ were just pieced straight strips of fabric.  As I was going through the boring task of piecing all of the fabrics I suddenly saw beach balls bouncing.  Of course beach balls are not just straight stripes so I had to design them into something that might resemble beach balls.  Never feel limited by someone else’s vision.”  (All of a sudden I feel that this is my favourite medium quilt.)

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Exotic Plants by Betty O’Phelan

“Needed a project to go fast so big blocks and not too many colors.

I like the plant fabric:

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Normally, I don’t go for orange, but I had to put in this next quilt for Mr. Tootlepedal:

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Rolling Along by Marian Martzall

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detail

I like quilts that are geometric but askew:

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A Little Bird Told Me by Nancey Olson

“I wanted to make a funnel quilt for my Grand Niece.  Polka dots and birds seemed to be a cute combination.”

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detail

Small Quilts

The small quilt category often has the most creative and painterly entries.

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Stripes and Squares by Beverly Wakeman

“After last year’s quilt show, I moved to Vancouver and to a much smaller sewing room.  When the dust settled, I wanted to get back to quilting.  The first box was full of solid fabric so I made a small throw.  I have enough blocks for another quilt and one empty box.  Only 20 more boxes to go.”

Many of the small quilts feature “BOMs”.

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Small Treasures by Beverly Osterholm

“A fun Guild BOM…. I did put a teacup in mine as that is one of my ‘small treasures’.”

My grandma made some quilts with the flower pattern in the upper right corner.

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BOM by Marian Martzall

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BOM-Summer by Ann Saari

“I made four small quilts to represent the four seasons.”

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Flower Fiesta by Joanie Chapel

“I love Batiks, flowers, butterflies, and applique so this pattern jumped out and grabbed me.  It was fun making each flower different.  I added yoyos and Swarozski crystals.”

This got my vote for favourite small quilt, because I loved the crystals and it reminded me of my grandma, even though Women’s March quilt (shown a ways below) was a close, such a very close second.

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detail

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Ties That Bind No More by Karen Haines

“When my husband retired, he swore he would never wear a tie again.  So I gathered them up to hold him to his promise and to do something creative with them someday.  I’m grateful he had a playful attitude towards the ties he wore.  The silk was challenging.  I chose Dresden because it looks like teeny ties.”

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detail

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Maui Turtles by Sheri Hendrix

“Bought kit at Maui Quilts after seeing sea turtles at the beach.”

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Early Fall Afternoon by Janet Darcher

“Landscape quilt, raw edge applique, acrylic paint and machine quilted.”

Wait.  Now I think the above is my favourite small quilt.

This one spoke to my heart and was also almost my favourite small one:

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Astoria Women’s March by Cathie Jensen

“This quilt was made to take to the Astoria Women’s March in January 2017.  I was inspired by my daughter who works in Civil Rights in Washington, DC and will be sending her the quilt.”

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A Light in the Darkness by Cathie Jensen

“A quilt guild in Newport, OR sells artwork panels by Dennis McGregor and had a large panel in their raffle quilt.  Since I didn’t win, I made this wall hanging with a small panel to practice blending the panel with added fabrics.”

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Dahlias by Joanie Chapel

This is my first landscape quilt.  It is an original.  I grow over 100 dahlias on my property so, naturally, there are dahlias in this quilt.”

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detail

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Dahlias by the Sea by Joanie Chapel

“I bought this pattern at the Quilted Dandelion.  It was rather dull so I jazzed it up!  I added bright colors, sand, star fish, sand dollars, and flowers.  I love beach scenes.”

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detail

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Flames by Maureen Bittner

“Group challenge using a specific color and using black or white as an accent.”

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detail

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Ocean View by Deborah Berkely

“I’m a fabric stasher.  My husband calls it hoarding.  I had a lot of blues that I kept playing with and finally came up with this skinny quilt that I named Ocean View.”

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Chain Gang by Deborah Berkley

Just after another show viewer and I were laughing over this one, he tried to turn over the corner of the next quilt by the paper piece, as one is supposed to (to admire the stitching), and he knocked it off the wall.  I don’t know what happened to him…

“This little wall hanging was inspired by a cartoon from a 1986 Quilting Magazine.”

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Yellow Ducky by Glennys Sherman

“I found this pattern at the Paisley Duck in Kelso.  I was intrigued by the fact that it was made with tiny squares.”

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Ruddy Rooster by Joanie Chapel

“Three of us in the guild took a class from Ann Shaw.  We all made a rooster.  It was fun.”

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Falling Leaves by Joanie Chapel

“This quilt was very challenging and I learned some new skills.  All of the fabric came from my stash so it didn’t cost anything.”

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Christmas Trees by Maureen Bittner

“Made for a Christmas wall hanging for myself.”

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The Grand Canyon by Maureen Bittner

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Happy Circles by Marian Martzall

“This was my first attempt at making circles on a home machine with a walking foot.  I really enjoyed the whole process and look.”

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detail

There are many more quilts to see if you go to the show, and there are quilts and quilt books in the museum gift shop.

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books

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quilts by Karen Snyder for sale

Ss we left, we saw a sign promising fabric, but though we followed the arrow and went all the way round by the port, we never did figure out where it was pointing to!

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Allan’s photo

 

 

 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

At the post office, on our way to work, Allan found a note in our box asking him to talk to the postmaster.  A postal patron had urgently needed to know the identification of a plant “that looks like a coleus”.

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Here it is: a greigii tulip.

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The foliage is as great as the flower to come.

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I realized it was time to apply some sluggo.

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Ilwaco City Hall ready for St Patrick’s Day

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We hoped to accomplish two tasks on the project list today.  The first was pruning and weeding the five roses in the back of Coulter Park.  They are exceedingly difficult because of weeds, including salmonberry, coming under the fence.  The neighbouring house has but a tiny strip between house and fence that would be almost impossible for the homeowner to maintain, and in that strip dwell salmonberries, blackberries, and birds-foot trefoil that long to join up with the roses.

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the dreaded rose bed, before

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south side of park with pieris

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Pieris and Ribes (flowering currant)

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There was another ribes in that gap that turned up its toes a few years ago, as ribes are wont to do.

Allan trimmed up in the garden next to the old train depot.

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before

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after trimming sword fern

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rose bed; line cut with half moon edger (Allan’s photo)

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I was inspired to do two lines of half moon edging.

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after

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a pretty patch of primroses

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One dead rhododendron (azalea) has thrown this old threesome off balance.

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one of the two good rhodos (Allan’s photo)

We had two cold and windy squalls of heavy rain pass through; we sat them out in the van to avoid getting drenched and miserable.  (During the second one, we went to the Great Escape espresso drive through for invigorating sustenance.)

To add to our load of debris, we decided to do a bit of pruning on an escallonia at city hall.

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city hall, west side

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before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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city hall hellebore

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telephoto through the arch (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris at city works and filled up all our buckets with Soil Energy mulch.  (The crew had got us a pile from Peninsula Landscape Supply.)

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a pile of riches

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first load 

On the Bolstad approach, we filled up the lower spots in the planters.

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before

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after

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looking east

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not a good day for a picnic

And we added some mulch to city hall west side garden.

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city hall after pruning, lily bulb planting, weeding, mulching

The last five buckets went into Fifth Street Park.  Yesterday, drenched from rain, we had left behind a messy patch of sorrel:

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yesterday

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today

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mulched

A lily bulb had worked its way to the top of the soil.  This is just one third of how big it was, after I divided it:

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Allan’s photo

We followed our first load of mulching with a break for delicious crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Captain Bob’s crab rolls

Back we went to city works to get another load of mulch.  Jackpot! I saw two good pallets on the pile.

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Thank you, Allan.

Now I need just two more for my triple compost bin.

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A red wing blackbird serenaded us.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Full load of mulch buckets (Allan’s photo)

This load went to the big welcome sign garden.  It had gotten low after pulling out last year’s annuals and absorbs a large amount of soil.

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before

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We found loads of shotweed to pull.

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mulching carefully around bulbs

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after

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back side

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after

I am sorry to report that deer are eating the tulips along the east end of the front side.  I hope they don’t eat them all.  One of these years, we may have to give up on tulips here.

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well chomped

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So glad deer do not eat narcissi, my favourite flower

On the way home, we stopped briefly at the Depot Restaurant to pour some water on the two sheltered window boxes, and there we discovered a sad situation.

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a flattie!

The spare is weirdly located under the front seats.  Everything there had to be moved and the t-bar thingie assembled to loosen a bolt in the floor that holds the spare tire in place.

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complicated!

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underneath

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the culprit

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Fortunately, Allan had all the tools (even two jacks for extra safety).

Despite having to look at the instruction book, Allan got the tire changed in 40 minutes and we were back on our way home.  But tomorrow will be devoted to getting a the good (fairly new, now punctured) tire repaired.

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one more big  task on the workboard

When the boatyard spring clean up is done (I hope by Sunday evening), the board will be gloriously blank for a moment and will then fill up with the beach approach clean up and more.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Two nights of poor sleep from assorted aches and pains did not dissuade me from willingness to work in a light drizzle.  I couldn’t stand not having the Fifth Street Park roses pruned. My usual goal is to have roses all pruned between Presidents Day and March 1.  This year, the weather has not been conducive.

Fifth Street Park

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tree garden nearby with primroses

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I pruned by the restroom entrance, with fish bicycle rack…before

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working from the Wiegel Cottage side. The restroom building also looks cottagey.

This fence has a double line of fence boards, making for a dead zone of rose canes inside.  Un-gettatable.

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The drizzle stopped soon into the job and we had pleasant weather until increasingly hard rain in the last half hour.

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after….the rose is ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, Allan removed a messy patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis).  They will come back, no doubt.

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before

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after

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before and after

He then pruned the Super Dorothy roses on the south fence.

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before

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after

That white fence was erected by the hotel next door.  I predict it is going to get weedy between tall white fence and low concrete wall and that neither the hotel staff nor us will be able to get at said weeds.

I had turned my attention to weeding in the northwest quadrant of the park, where wildly invasive alliums are a problem.  For last year’s first clean up, in early 2016, Melissa and Dave had helped us.  She had gone after those alliums with much more determination to get every bulb.  I had been curious if her effort would pay off.  No, there were just as many as always.

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northwest quadrant, before

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damnable thread like alliums have fairly inconsequential flowers in summer.

Full disclosure: I may have planted a few clumps many years ago.  Sorry now, if so.

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a nice clump of ‘Ice Follies’ or some such

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after (but not done)

My former spouse had come by on his bike while I was weeding.  We’d had a good time commiserating about politics.

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I had gotten my hopes up about having time to also tidy the roses in Coulter Park…till the rain came.

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We were fairly well drenched.

While dumping debris at city works (where Allan did all the hard work), I was thrilled to see that the city now has a pile of mulch for us.  Perhaps if we have good weather tomorrow, we will do some mulching in Long Beach.

 

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On the way home, we scouted for pallets at a spot that sometimes has free ones.  We scored two.  Allan did all the heavy lifting.  The scavenging spot also had an unusual offering: a pile of driftwood, maybe cleaned off the shore bank at the marina.

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Got some good decorative pieces.

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We did not try for the wood in two big bins.

A block from home:

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Ocean Thunder and Ocean Lightning parked on Lake Street

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home with a good haul.  Have enough pallets now for the first bin. Need four more to make three bins.

I had planted a few lilies in Fifth Street Park and planted more at home.  The weather had gotten fine again.

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lily time

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planted with a bit of bulb food

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It has been windy.

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bogsy wood (Allan’s photo)

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work board tonight with just three pressing things

It won’t take long to re-fill the board when those last three spring clean up tasks are done.

 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Allan mailed our 26 postcards to the White House, part of a nationwide drive to express our opinions to its most well known current resident.  The cards are awfully pretty, considering that we are annoyed.

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It takes a lot to motivate me to go to a (non Star Wars) film at a theatre instead of waiting to watch a DVD in my comfy chair.  Today I ran across more articles that I wanted to read but that were full of spoilers for the movie Get Out.  This inspired me to suggest that we spend out rainy afternoon at the movies in Astoria.

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Smokey and Frosty preferred a comfy chair.

Those who know me know that going across the river is my own little horror movie.

First, the dreaded Chinook tunnel:

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the maw of the tunnel

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A good friend who is a professional Seattle Metro driver was once completely horrified when she was driving us one way through the tunnel and a big semi truck (that’s a really big lorry) went through the other way.  She said the truck driver was screaming.  I had closed my eyes.

Then, along the mighty Columbia River. On a stormier day, waves come right over those rocks at high tide.

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Glad we did not pass that school bus in the tunnel.

Then the 4.2 mile long bridge.  I wouldn’t mind the bridge so much if it were a no passing zone.

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Astoria Megler Bridge

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The south end rises so that large ships can go underneath.

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Astoria hills rise higher than the bridge.

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I don’t like the curve down.

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Not one little bit.

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Downtown Astoria has much to offer.

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Astoria Gateway Cinema

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Get Out was well worth the drive for this semi-agoraphobic.  Now I can read all sorts of interesting articles about it.

I’m also excited about this movie, coming this summer to Astoria.  I hope it has the rescue by the little ships.

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The film let out too late to have a meal and still drive home before dark, so all we did was gas up and go.

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view of the river and a jetty from the petrol pump.  Three misty lights that are higher up (left) were from a ship moored in the fog.

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bridge, returning, Washington side lost in the mist

In Googling for who played the mother in Get Out, I learned to my delight that one of my favourite non fiction books has been made into a movie.  It’s about someone who would NOT get out.

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The book

I don’t suppose it will play here.  It would get me to a theatre if it did.

 

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