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Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013

11:15 AM

11:15 AM:  The bay is missing in the view due to fog

11:15 AM:  the bay is missing from view due to fog

I asked Allan if he could chop down the Scotch broom by the first debris pile.

We had arrived at the hydrangea estate a little earlier than usual so I took the time to nose around the next door property by a derelict old farmhouse reached by a narrow path through vinca (such an invasive, once planted by someone and now gone mad on the woodsy floor).  The foggy air made for a good photo opportunity.

Vinca path to the old house

Vinca path to the old house

derelict

old farmhouse

old farmhouse

once upon a time....a rhodo next to a farmhouse

once upon a time….a rhodo next to a farmhouse

The huge lot on which this abandoned house sits was once planted with all sorts of interesting trees.

There is also (not shown) a huge eucalyptus.

There is also (not shown) a huge eucalyptus.

wisteria clambering to the top of trees

wisteria clambering to the top of trees

I had hoped the cool, delicious fog would last all day, but as I headed back toward the hydrangea field, the sun emerged.

tree with huge fallen limb

11:29 AM:  tree with huge fallen limb

vinca taking over

vinca taking over

I am awfully glad that vinca is not on Lisa and Buzz’s property!  (as far as I know now.)

11:31:  Allan had dealt with the Scotch broom while I frittered away 15 minutes.

11:31: Allan had dealt with the Scotch broom while I frittered away 15 minutes.

the field....

the field….

I still say I would have cut them lower but then if they did not bloom next year, I would feel bad indeed!

11:32 AM:  The bay in fog.

11:32 AM: The bay in fog.

The foggy mood was so enticing that I frittered away a bit more time taking photos.

high tide in the marsh grass

high tide in the marsh grass

There is an illusion that floating birds are higher in the air than me.

There is an illusion that two floating birds are higher in the air than me.

old dock in the fog

old dock in the fog

mesmerized by lapping, marshy water

mesmerized by lapping, marshy water

11:35 AM: fog starts to lift and the Willapa Hills peek out.

11:35 AM: fog starts to lift and the Willapa Hills peek out.

beside the green road

beside the green road

looking back at the house; Allan is working industriously

looking back at the house; Allan is working industriously

I would love to walk the plank walk all the way to the end...but should work...

I would love to walk the plank walk all the way to the end…but should work…

The plank walk might have a hole in it, for all I know, or a loose board, so I had better not risk it.

to the side....

to the side….

11:39: lifting fog

11:39 AM: lifting fog

11:40 AM, in the hydrangea field at last

11:40 AM, in the hydrangea field at last

The foggy views were more distracting than the usual ebb and flow of the tide, but as I had my camera in my pocket it did not take much time to record the changes.

11:46 AM

11:46 AM

11:58 AM

11:58 AM

11:58 AM

11:58 AM, the fog was higher further to the north

11:58 AM: looking straight across the bay

11:58 AM: looking straight across the bay

12:18 AM:  Baby Island emerges right across the bay

12:18 AM: Baby Island emerges right across the bay

pretty little Baby Island

pretty little Baby Island

12:20 AM: Long Island

12:20 AM: Long Island

12:32 AM, about to tackle some hydrangeas much taller than me...

12:32 AM, about to tackle some hydrangeas much taller than me…

and admiring the architecture of the house

and admiring the architecture of the house

12:41 AM...too hot!!!

12:41 AM…too hot!!! over 60 degrees!!  When will the sun go behind those trees??

12:45 PM:  found some blessed shade over by the guest house and started pruning the shady  hydrangeas.

12:45 PM: found some blessed shade over by the guest house and started pruning the shady
hydrangeas instead.

deck view, still with many unpruned and very tall hydrangeas

deck view, still with many unpruned and very tall hydrangeas

pretty: little ferns among the rocks by the stairs from the deck...

pretty: little deer ferns among the rocks by the stairs from the deck…

baby ferns

 

1:04 PM:  as I prune my way to the south, I see light at the end of the tunnel!

1:04 PM: as I prune my way to the south, I see light at the end of the tunnel!

1:51 PM:  Allan alerts me to the presence of a cute little Pacific Tree Frog

1:51 PM: Allan alerts me to the presence of a cute little Pacific Tree Frog

and a much smaller garter snake that had been chasing the frog!

and a much smaller garter snake that had been chasing the frog!

I wish the snakes would stick to eating slugs and leave the frogs alone.

2:06 PM: a glorious moment:  At last I break on through to the other side!

2:06 PM: a glorious moment: At last I break on through to the other side!

2:22 PM: a clear way through

2:22 PM: a clear way through

looking back where hydrangeas towered overhead this morning.

looking back where hydrangeas towered overhead this morning.

2:24 PM:  still do to between us and the green road

2:24 PM: still to do between us and the green road

2:43 PM:  I discover a mossy birdnest

2:43 PM: I discover a mossy bird nest

Oddly, this is only the second bird nest we found.  Maybe the hydrangeas had gotten too overgrown for the birds’ liking?

4:11 PM: the lower field is clear!

4:11 PM: the lower field is clear!

4:15 PM:  Maddy wanders through the field looking sad.

4:15 PM: Maddy wanders through the field looking sad.

I wonder if she was remembering tree-like hydrangeas that made a secret world of green shady tunnels just yesterday…

4:22 PM:  looking south from the north end of the field

4:22 PM: looking south from the north end of the field

Allan started at the south end raking the debris and cutting any whippy low side growth that had been missed.  As the debris piles up, it is hard to see what is going on sometimes.

4:22 PM:  hydrangeas still to do by the guesthouse

4:22 PM: hydrangeas still to do by the guesthouse

looking east from below the guest house deck

looking east from below the guest house deck

5:12 PM: a heron (crane?) flies by squawking

5:12 PM: a heron (crane?) flies by squawking

5:42: the tide is out

5:42: the tide is out

Would I ever stop noticing the tides if I lived on the bay?

5:51 PM:  Allan pulls out a maple taller than him by the guesthouse.

5:51 PM: Allan pulls out a maple taller than him by the guesthouse.

It had reseeded….as many and many are trying to do…from the big maple way at the other side of the house.

6:15 PM:  looking south!

6:15 PM: looking south!  That big maple is catching the light, past the field

Above, you can see Allan raking where this morning the shrubs towered as tall as the deck.  The north end still needs lots of debris removal.

still do do by the guest house...20-25 more

still do do by the guest house…20-25 more

We will bring this job in at the time I estimated and in fact, I might even have time tomorrow to get started on the azaleas on the west side of the house!

I am filled with joy.  Five days ago it seemed insurmountable.

October 12th, October 16th

October 12th, October 16th

6:20 PM

6:20 PM

disheartening view of approximately 200 hydrangeas to go!

October 13th

6:20 PM today

6:20 PM today

Allan's photos today:  11:25 and 4:18

Allan’s photos today: 11:25 and 4:18, looking southeast

11:25 and 4:18 looking northeast

11:25 and 4:18 looking northeast

6:25 PM:  Maddy on the deck

6:25 PM: Maddy on the deck

coming to the railing to get some love

coming to the railing to get some love

 

 

 

6:29 PM:  view looking northeast

6:29 PM today: view looking northeast

6:30 PM: we depart

6:30 PM: we depart

7 PM at home:  There's a moon in the sky (called the moon).

7 PM at home: There’s a moon in the sky (called the moon).

Tomorrow:  20 or so more hydrangeas to prune, the rest of the field to rake and clean up, and just maybe, the cloud pruning of an azalea patch that is much much smaller than the hydrangea field!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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