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Saturday, 16 December 2017

My not-at-home activities continued because of the need to do a bit more Christmas shopping and because of a strong desire to have a box of Pink Poppy baked goods.

our neighbor, Rudder, outside our driveway

Allan’s photo

In Long Beach, we dropped off a long wool coat at the free coat rack in the SandPiper mall (just south of the pharmacy).

The box has gloves and socks.

This sweet sign has been posted in the breezeway for awhile (name redacted):

We attended a holiday bazaar at

Adrift Hotel…

….where Madeline of Pink Poppy was holding her very last market day before taking on her new job as a personal chef for a local artists’ retreat.

In the parking lot, we met a cairn terrier (like Toto!).

Piper

I do long for a nice, relaxing, good little dog.  I had a wildly naughty big bad dog for 13 years so I am sort of afraid of getting another naughty dog.

Memories: Bertie Woofter on a garage roof after breaking free and climbing up a ladder to where Robert was working.  Moments later, he leaped off the roof into the neighbour’s yard to chase another dog.

Bertie Woofter’s version of fetching a stick

At Adrift Hotel:

Allan’s photo

Someone who does not read this blog is getting Adrift Distillery/Starvation Alley cranberry liqueur for Christmas.  It was so tasty that it will be tempting to drink it myself!

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen’s butter dishes

Maddy’s last market, with her two month old daughter, Quincy

We followed the Adrift bazaar with one at

The Sou’wester Lodge & Rv Park

Before exploring the bazaar offerings, we toured ourselves around the vintage RVs that are for rent by the night.

The Potato Bug and the three-level African Queen (which also has a lower level)

African Queen mural

a tiny Airstream (Allan’s photo), might be the one I called The Potato Bug

inside the Potato Bug (?)

inside the Potato Bug

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Memories of 1993, when I lived in the round front Spartan trailer for six months:

Beaky (our van) and our new home, Jan. ’93

Today:

The Thrifty (thrift store) trailer and the pavilion

inside The Thrifty (Allan’s photo)

in the pavilion

Joe Chasse and his “Dangerous Toys”

Allan’s photo

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

Some garden art:

Some fairy furniture:

Some more looking at vintage trailers:

by the enclosed outdoor spa

The Blue Wave and one that is new to me

a tiny fixer upper

inside (table must drop down to make a bed)

Larry and Judy were bazaar-ing just behind us!

inside the lodge

With our shopping accomplished, we went home for a mere hour and a half before heading back out to an early dinner gathering. The invitation had been irresistible for several reasons:

It started in the late afternoon, not the evening, which I find preferable in the dark of winter.

It was at a house I love and where I used to garden.

It was a gathering of like minded people and it would feature more serious conversation than revelry.

I took the hour at home to pick a winter bouquet and to spray paint a large pile of dried eryngiums (which project I can now erase from the work board).

Allan took some photos of the bouquet:

And here it is in our friend’s kitchen:

The guests were all amused to see deer lying on the lawn outside the dining room:

We had a delicious dinner and good conversation, and we were home by 6:30.

Now I am hoping for two days at home before the next big event: the new Star Wars film with Dave and Melissa.  (We are running late for that because of varying personal schedules.)  My stay at home December is not coming true.  I have high hopes for January.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

I can tell you the library joke now, shared by Maggie Stuckey at her talk two days ago.  I found a version online:

A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and says: “book, bok, bok, boook”. The librarian hands the chicken a book. The chicken tucks it under her wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: “book, bok, bok, bok, boook”. Again the librarian hands over a book, and the chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head. Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts all over again: “boook, book, bok bok boook”. The librarian gives her yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, the librarian follows. The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: “Book, bok, bok, boook”. The frog blinks, and croaks: “read-it, read-it, read-it”.

Bad weather made me happy today because we had an afternoon meeting: an ACLU training session focused on supporting undocumented immigrants.

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The Long Beach welcome sign today

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both sides

On the way, we ran a couple of errands in Long Beach.  I was started to see that the planter just north of Dennis Company has been completely browsed by deer.

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The planter looked raggedy.

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every tulip nipped by deer

I am beginning to wonder if any place in Long Beach is safe for tulips.  I just hope they don’t take a liking to the tulips in the welcome sign garden.

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container outside the Adrift meeting room (Allan’s photo)

People Power ACLU meeting

Today’s ACLU  meeting was one of 2000 simultaneous watching parties across the country, with 200,000 people signed up to attend a broadcast of the actual live meeting in Florida.  We had 22 in attendance, one all the way from Westport.  We all appreciate Adrift Hotel providing the meeting room for free.

Since the election, membership in the ACLU has swelled from 400,000 to 1.2 million members (including me).

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sign in and cookies

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Resistance Training on the big screen

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discussion time afterward (A few folks had departed.)

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It saddened me to hear, again, that there have been immigration raids on at least five local families, with fathers taken away.  These are men who are known to be hardworking good folk, certainly not the stereotypical “criminal”. It is difficult and can take years to become documented, especially for folks from Mexico and Central America; it is not a matter of laziness or wanting to be “illegal”. (By the way, it is considered much kinder to refer to someone as “undocumented” rather than “illegal”.)  Many folks in the room had grandparents who were immigrants, in one case, by illegally stowing away on a ship.  Mine on my mother’s side were immigrants (and invaders)…of the Mayflower type.
If you would like to watch the presentation that we saw today, it is said to soon be available for viewing right here.

“Even when we lose we must not despair, for there is dignity in entering this battle”, said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

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“As DT is going about his amendments of hate, we need to live our love”, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU political director.

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Allan’s photo

We heard three other speakers as well, Louise Melling (deputy legal director), Andre Segura (an ACLU attorney), and Padma Lakshmi, a star of Top Chef,whose mother was an immigrant and who said “I want my daughter to live in a country of compassion, not fear.”

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I fell in love with audience member Daisy. (Allan’s photo)

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so soft

This is all going to lead to a whole ‘nother set of meetings, all with a productive and well informed agenda.

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the beachy view from our meeting room

at home

By the time we got home, we had an hour and a half of daylight and a cessation of rain and wind.  Some front garden clean up was suddenly possible.

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before

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Skooter inspects, 20 minutes later.

That was a favourite sit spot for Skooter.  He may have liked it better before.

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before

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after, much weeding still to do. I look forward to it.

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hellebore

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Clematis ‘Freckles’ has been blooming on west garage wall all winter.

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narcissi

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Skooter’s way in (where a bottom piece is missing)

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front path looking east

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hellebores

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the floppiest hellebore

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double white hellebore

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“black” hellebore…with mulch of last autumn’s apples

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Pieris finally sizing up and blooming (left)

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Iris histroides ‘Frank Elder’

Because it was at the same time as the ACLU training, we missed today’s postcard party.  Here are a couple of photos (by Michele) of the latest efforts.  You can stop reading now if you don’t like the postcard efforts, because they comprise the end of today’s post:

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Bannon is the most terrifying of all…

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Dang! I wish I’d been there.

Tomorrow (Sunday): an Indivisible meeting which we are planning to combine with a brief and, we hope, photogenic side trip to Skamokawa.

 

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

I’ve been mentally looking ahead to staycation and I think that it got me distracted from gathering blog fodder. So when I went to breakfast (a late one, of course) on this stormy Thursday with Garden Tour Nancy, I completely forgot to take photos. Unheard of!! We were having too much fun talking about gardens, plants, bulbs, her flock of young chickens, and possible gardens for next year’s garden tour. I swiped some photos from the 42nd Street website to make up for my distraction.

a darling drawing of the Café by our friend Don Nisbett

a darling painting of the Café by our friend Don Nisbett

inside

inside Seaview’s 42nd Street Café

We were happy that there were only two other tables dining, as we went at a time between breakfast and lunch times. We happily tucked ourselves away in the corner table to the left.

I had the Russian scramble and Nancy had the salmon scramble, both delicious.

I had the Russian scramble and Nancy had the salmon scramble, both delicious.

When I returned home after two hours (!) of schmoozing, Allan optimistically had the trailer hooked up to go out and plant bulbs. The rain, however, refused to cease even though the forecast had called for a workable afternoon after a windy and stormy morning. This gave me a chance to do some more monthly billing (delayed by bulb sorting) and to finish reading The Sisters of Hardscrabble Bay. I liked the first part of the book better than the last; the two protoganists did not themselves read a book during the whole course of the novel and were not people I wished I knew in real life. Liking the characters is not a prerequisite for the enjoyment of a book. Perhaps I was just too eager to get it done because Three Junes has finally come from the library!

Now I can finally re-read the first two books of this trilogy and then read the new third book.

Now I can finally re-read the first two books of this trilogy and then read the new third book.

Later I had time to read the just first section of Three Junes. The title refers to three months of June in the history of a family. Then it was time to go to dinner with our friend and sister gardener Terran, at the Cove Restaurant, of course, for Taco Thursday.

Terran places her order from Carmen.

Terran places her order from Carmen.

The cider had changed from apple to apricot. I did not think I’d like it as am not a fan of fresh apricots. It was, in fact, deliciously tart and tasty.

beet salad

beet salad

my "prawns solo"

my “prawns solo”

$2 fish taco

$2 fish taco

Terran's fish and chips

Terran’s fish and chips

Chef Jason Lancaster sent us this delectable plate of ahi tuna!

Chef Jason Lancaster sent us this delectable plate of ahi tuna!

pumpkin cranberry stacker

pumpkin cranberry stacker

We had such a good time talking that the time slipped away and when I looked at my watch, I realized it was too late to go to the 8 PM concert at the Sou’wester. I do keep trying to get out for more musical events (and failing, it seems). So we just kept right on visiting at the Cove.

me and Terran outside in the parking lot

me and Terran outside in the parking lot

Friday, 7 November 2014: work and more food

Only the autumn sun casting a low shadow from the house shows that it's not summer.  Note the new lawn across the street.

Front window view: Only the autumn sun casting a low shadow from the house shows that it’s not summer. Note the new lawn across the street.

Sunny, warm weather had us back to planting bulbs on the south end of the Peninsula. We started with planting for an hour at our volunteer garden at the post office.

bulb bags all laid in place, and the planting begins (Allan's photo)

bulb bags all laid in place, and the planting begins (Allan’s photo)

Many the bulb goes in here as we like it to be a garden that makes post office patrons happy.

Many the bulb goes in here as we like it to be a garden that makes post office patrons happy.

bulbs for the post office planter

bulbs for the post office planter (Allan’s photo)

all planted up (Allan's photo)

all planted up (Allan’s photo)

On a check-depositing trip to the bank, I noticed an upcoming concert from the Bayside Singers. We will want to go to that as our friend Christl, manager of the Wiegardt Gallery, is in that ensemble.

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Coming at the the playhouse 3 blocks to the west…

Mike’s Garden

We took our first batch of work bulbs to Mayor Mike’s garden, four blocks east of us.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

He got some more white narcissi, some muscari, some Allium multibulbosum, to tone with his mostly blue and white (and green) garden.

Because a new deck or room is being constructed in the back garden, we planted narcissi there as well, and pruned a hydrangea that was set back by this summer’s long dry spell.

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pruning

White narcissi in semi circles around the shrubs will perk this area up.

White narcissi in semi circles around the shrubs will perk this area up.

The Red Barn

Next, we planted bulbs in the six barrels at The Red Barn. This time, no tall tulips! The wind gets to them too much. Short red and white tulips (Peppermint Stick and The First) and some yellow-orange Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, with some short and sweet narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ will be perfect. I am planting hundreds of Baby Moon this year as have found it reliably blooms in early May.

Some bulbs cast upon the ground to plant in the barrel...

Some bulbs cast upon the ground to plant in the barrel…

Bright Gem, The First, Peppermint Stick, Baby Moon, Rapture

Bright Gem, The First, Peppermint Stick, Baby Moon, Rapture

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Annuals still blooming on the south wall of the barn.

Annuals still blooming on the south wall of the barn.

our audience for the south wall planting

our audience for the south wall planting

Two adorable dogs hung around with me on the east side of the barn.

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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Diane’s garden

Next door to the barn property, we planted lots of narcissi, crocus, and species tulips and iris reticulata and other littles in Diane’s back yard pots. And some tall tulips. All in the pastel colours that she favours. I usually plant narcissi in her roadside garden, but I am not sure what its future is as there is talk of a fence instead. It occurred to me that I’ve rarely planted narcissi and whatnot (just tall tulips) in the pots and that it will be great for Diane and Larry to be able to admire them up close.

stuffed full of bulbs

stuffed full of bulbs; we’ll be back for a post frost cleanup sometime later

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub.

Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing in a barberry

Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing in a barberry

Pink Poppy Bakery

On the way to our next garden, we picked up a check at Long Beach City Hall and of course a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery had to be acquired.

Madeline at Pink Poppy (Allan's photo)

Madeline at Pink Poppy (Allan’s photo)

Pink Poppy’s update below means we won’t find it quite as easy to get these treats after Thanksgiving, but we will track them down!

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Nancy’s Garden

We had a box of bulbs sorted out for Garden Tour Nancy. She and I share similar taste in tulips, especially Tulip viridflora (the ones with green markings).

Chinatown, Formosa, White Parrot, Green Star

Chinatown, Formosa, White Parrot, Green Star

And best of all, parrot tulip 'Green Wave', a very late bloomer

And best of all, parrot tulip ‘Green Wave’, a very late bloomer. Tulip photos from Van Engelen

 

Nancy's veg boxes

Nancy’s veg boxes

Tomatoes.  Outdoors.  In November.

Tomatoes. Outdoors. In November.

(If I had taken better care of my greenhouse tomatoes, I would still have some. I stopped watering because I got lazy!)

Nancy's pineapple sage is the best one around!

Nancy’s pineapple sage is the best one around! (to the left, Allan down planting bulbs)

I weeded along the front of the mixed border in order to plant some species tulips and muscari and so forth. And some Baby Moons, of course. And for the first time, we planted some lilies, and I advised Nancy to start to acquire them, especially the tall fragrant oriental and orienpets.

We admired Nancy and Phil’s new flock of pretty hens, still a bit too young to be laying eggs yet. They enjoy pecking around the sod pile where Nancy grew potatoes this year. But wait, I thought just now, could potato plants be toxic to chickens? I sent Nancy an urgent email to Google this topic! As I wrote this, I heard back from her that she has been removing the old potatoes since extending the chicken run to that area.

 hens, and a kayak filled with rain water

hens, and a kayak filled with rain water

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sifting through some grass clippings

sifting through some grass clippings

Jo’s garden and The Boreas Inn

At the Boreas Inn on 6th North in Long Beach, I tossed the assorted bulbs out to be planted and then went over to Jo’s garden to plant a few bulbs while Allan planted at the inn.

Autumn roses at Jo's

Autumn roses at Jo’s

nasturtiums still blooming and clambering

nasturtiums still blooming and clambering

guest cottage window boxes still looking like summer

guest cottage window boxes still looking like summer

Some short alliums albopilosum and schubertii got planted atop this wall where they will be so easy to admire.

Some short alliums albopilosum and schubertii got planted atop this wall where they will be so easy to admire.

Four new lilies went into areas where the Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' came out.

Four new lilies went into areas where the Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ came out.

Back at the Boreas, I helped Allan finish the day and meant to get more photos. This is all I got.

the lovely west windows of the Boreas Inn

the lovely west windows of the Boreas Inn

We’d found out partway through the day that friends were in town for the evening and had made plans for dinner. With darkness now falling at around 5 PM, we had time to go home and offload the trailer before returning to Long Beach and…

[pickled fish]

The bustling [pickled fish] restaurant.

The bustling [pickled fish] restaurant.

SALT ROASTED BEET SALAD fourme d’ambert . pickled shallots . marcona almonds . starvation alley cranberry vinaigrette

SALT ROASTED BEET SALAD fourme d’ambert . pickled shallots . marcona almonds . starvation alley cranberry vinaigrette

 “dirty dirty” fries: garlic . fried pork belly . pepperoncini . goat cheese

“dirty dirty” fries: garlic . fried pork belly . pepperoncini . goat cheese

Allan had a most interesting drink with a hint of chocolate:  WARM WOOLEN MITTENS el dorado 15 year rum . 11 pisa . scrappy’s chocolate bitters .

Allan had a most interesting drink with a hint of chocolate: WARM WOOLEN MITTENS el dorado 15 year rum .
pisa . scrappy’s chocolate bitters .

In the photo above you can see, in a blur (it’s a dark sort of place) David, whom I had not seen till the 80s, and while I did not really remember our meeting long ago at The Gorilla Room and Wrex, he was delightful company. He had driven our friend Marla down for the day.

Marla dines at [pickled fish] when she visits the beach!

Marla dines at [pickled fish] when she visits the beach!

It has been fascinating to reconnect with her after having lost contact In about 1989, not because I want to talk endlessly about old times, but because it is interesting to see how much we have changed. I had sometimes wondered about her since we drifted apart geographically, before the days of being able to keep in touch with email and on Facebook.

They were driving all the way back to Seattle the same night. In the lobby of the Adrift Hotel (on whose top floor is the restaurant), David and Marla got some coffee to take for the road, a three and a half hour drive.

The lobby of the eco-hip hotel

The lobby of the eco-hip hotel

fruit infused water, coffee, and tea are available

fruit infused water, coffee, and tea are available

At home, Allan and I were happy to put our feet up and watch Grimm and The Amazing Race. The weather has promised to be good for a few more days; tomorrow, more bulbing will ensue.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 10 October 2014

I awoke to an excellent weather day after all and tried to think of where we could work. Perhaps we could do some more fall clean up on the Long Beach berms or LB city hall. But wait! I remembered that on Monday I had not gotten the whole boatyard garden done. So that is where we went.

One of the first things that struck me was the ever annoying line of river rock along the back of the garden. Years ago, I had created the boatyard garden as a volunteer project. A few years later, it had to be torn out so the port could put in new streetlights and repair the chainlink fence, and I decided to not replant it as by then my work schedule had gotten too full to allow time for a volunteer project of that size. The port put down landscape fabric and river rock, a poor solution as the fabric did not reach to both sides so the “garden” had a two lines of weeds bordering it, and the river rock was thin on the ground so the fabric showed. Some years later, I was pleased to be given the job of bringing the garden back to its original beauty and the port staff tore out the horrible fabric. Some of the river rock remained at the back and made for tough weeding.

a messy line, as you can see

a messy line, as you can see

I’d had enough of the difficult back edge so today was the day to take all the river rock out! Some of it we moved down to a couple of areas where landscape fabric pokes under the fence from behind and shows; I hate having the underwear show. (The port staff put some fabric under the boatyard gravel to try to control the horsetail; of course, the horsetail pokes right through it.)

river rock repurposed to hide a hump of landscape fabric

river rock repurposed to hide a hump of landscape fabric

We weeded the whole south end of the garden and collected the rock in buckets to use elsewhere at the port.

Allan at the southernmost end digging out some wild lupines at my request.

Allan at the southernmost end digging out some wild lupines at my request.

I walked the length of the garden taking photos to ponder later. You can walk with me from south to north, if you like. The plants in this garden are fairly drought tolerant, deer resistant and hold up well to wind.

Cosmos and Santolina

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, Cosmos and Santolina

one of those TOO late blooming cosmos, carex, santolina

one of those TOO late blooming cosmos, carex, santolina

cosmos backed with an ornamental grass that I quite like but can't identify, given to me years ago by a Seattle friend.

cosmos backed with an ornamental grass that I quite like but can’t identify, given to me years ago by a Seattle friend.

Origanum 'Herrenhausen'

Origanum ‘Herrenhausen’

'Herrenhausen', my favourite ornamental oregano

‘Herrenhausen’, my favourite ornamental oregano. The blue is Geranium ‘Rozanne’ pooled around a drainage ditch.

Bare soil was filled with poppies.  Note how much better the back looks without the rocks.

Bare soil was filled with poppies. Note how much better the back looks without the rocks.

santolinas and lavenders

santolinas and lavenders

Euphorbia characias wulfenii

seedheads of Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Euphorbia characias wulfenii. Catananche (cupid’s dart), green santolina and behind the railroad history sign is a bronze fennel whose reseeding we rigorously control.

cosmos and carex and linaria purpurea (toadflax)

cosmos and carex and linaria purpurea (toadflax)

California poppies, santolina, lavender

California poppies, santolina, lavender

This is a blah spot now because we cut down the spent goldenrod.

This is a blah spot now because we cut down the spent goldenrod.

Santolina, lavenders, blue oat grass

Santolina, lavenders, blue oat grass, Origanum ‘Herrenhausen’

The rocks mark the garden edge; Allan weeded and tidied all the way to the gate.

The rocks mark the garden edge; Allan weeded and tidied all the way to the gate.

past the gate, the north stretch of garden

past the gate, the north stretch of garden (pink painted sage, chartreuse Nicotiana langsdorfii, and some catmint and Calif. poppies)

green and silver santolinas and Verbascum bombyciferum (Giant Silver Mullein)

green and silver santolinas and Verbascum bombyciferum (Giant Silver Mullein)

In summer, the gaps are all filled in with corn poppies, California poppies, and Shirley and Iceland poppies.

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies, Verbascum and santolinas

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies, Verbascum and santolinas

Last year, I cut the santolinas hard in the fall, here and along Howerton Way. Then we had a very cold winter and the ones along Howerton all died, although these survived. So this fall I am cutting only the most floppy ones.

spent Solidago 'Fireworks' (a nicer clumped look untrimmed than the tall goldenrod) and rosemary

spent Solidago ‘Fireworks’ (a nicer clumped look untrimmed than the tall goldenrod) and rosemary

bronze fennel, cistus, lavender, California poppies

bronze fennel, cistus, lavender, California poppies, Stipa gigantea

More uselessly late blooming cosmos (wish I knew which cultivar) and a clump of Solidago 'Fireworks'

More uselessly late blooming cosmos (wish I knew which cultivar) and a clump of Solidago ‘Fireworks’

Nepeta (catmint0 and santolina

Nepeta (catmint0 and santolina

Cosmos and Artemisa 'Powis Castle'

Cosmos and Artemisa ‘Powis Castle’ underlaid with yarrow

Echinops ritro  (blue globe thistle, second bloom after being cut down)

Echinops ritro (blue globe thistle, second bloom after being cut down)

Aster 'Harrington's Pink'

Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’

Persicaria 'Firetail' in a spot that tends to get hose dribblings.

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ in a spot that tends to get hose dribblings.

the dried flowers of a pink yarrow

the dried flowers of a pink yarrow

cosmos and bronze fennel

cosmos and bronze fennel

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and cosmos

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and cosmos

Euphorbia 'Portuguese Velvet', some sort of Helianthus, cosmos

Euphorbia ‘Portuguese Velvet’, some sort of Helianthus, cosmos

fennel, santolina, gaura

northernmost end of boatyard: fennel, santolina, gaura, California poppies

Since we planted many of our gardens years ago, having fallen in love with bronze fennel at Lucy Hardiman’s Portland garden, this fennel has crept onto the noxious weed list so I don’t recommend it anymore even though it is statuesque and beautiful. It’s a class b noxious weed so I make sure to not put any of its debris in any of our dump sites, and I have the intention of trying to eliminate it in the garden although its taproot makes it a bugger to remove.

Cosmos and Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Cosmos and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and santolina

and walking back, a pretty picture

and walking back, a pretty picture

When I got back to the van at the south end of the garden, the Marine Travelift so poised to bring up a boat, so we decided to take a work break and watch while munching our sandwiches.

waiting (but not for that little boat)

waiting (but not for that little boat)

how it relates to the south end of the garden

how it relates to the south end of the garden; that bench is for folks to watch the boats come out, but we leaned on the fence

Here it comes.

Here it comes.

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lots of muscle work keeping the boat lined up

lots of muscle work keeping the boat lined up

One guy operates the engine.

One guy operates the engine.

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Those straps are what will lift the boat...even the really huge ones.

Those straps are what will lift the boat…even the really huge ones.

 

It's a slow process tightening the straps.

It’s a slow process tightening the straps.

Up it comes.

Up it comes.

telephoto:  Ilwaco Landing in background

telephoto: Ilwaco Landing in background

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Note the guy to the right looking to see the boat is high enough.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the move

on the move

rolling

rolling

past the garden, heading towards the yard

past the garden, heading towards the yard

Allan got some views of the action from a different angle:

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with me taking the other set of photos

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Then, even more excitingly, Nicki and her guy came walking by.

I'm all excited to see Nicki.

I’m all excited to see Nicki…

and to get her picture

and to get her picture.

Nicki

Nicki

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She's a sweetheart.

She’s a sweetheart.

walking

With the Discovery all squared away, we went back to work at the gardens at the west end of Howerton Way. In front of the old Harbour Lights hotel (vacant now), a river rock landscape is short on rocks so that the underwear is showing.

fabric showing around the edges

fabric showing around the edges

and some fabric showing in the "garden" itself

and some fabric showing in the “garden” itself

This must not stand!

This must not stand!

So we put all the extra river rock from the boatyard over the visible fabric, and it looks much better although it could use more rock. The way to prevent the unfortunate showing of the underwear would have been for the landscaper who did this job (wasn’t us) to place a layer of pea gravel to completely obscure the fabric and then put the larger decorative rock on top of that.

We weeded and groomed the westernmost garden beds and then the port was all ready for Cranberrian Fair.

before

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Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Allan got us a treat: some delicious calamari salad for me and some herring in wine sauce for him from OleBob’s Café nearby…the only lunch spot open on the port now.

delicious snacks

delicious snacks

home

We had absolutely no intention of going out again, but when we arrived at home, I got a call from Heather of NIVA green asking her to join her, Allison and David at [pickled fish]. That was irresistible (because of the company). First, I walked around the bogsy woods cleaning seeds off of some Linaria that I’d picked at a job.

linaria before, looking dull

linaria before, looking dull

You gently rub the papery husk and it comes off on both sides, dropping the seeds and making the dried plant into a beautiful thing for a vase indoors.

after

after

Smokey walked all around with me.

Smokey walked all around with me.

The hardy fuchsias are still so fine.

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fuchsias

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I think that cleaning up the center bed will be my next project, but not tomorrow as we intend to go the the Cranberry Museum to watch the harvest.

an autumnal center bed

an autumnal center bed

Pickled Fish

[pickled fish] Restaurant is on the top floor of the Adrift Hotel at the end of the Sid Snyder beach approach road.

Adrift Hotel

Adrift Hotel

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I love the restaurant lighting.

I love the restaurant lighting.

Allison and Heather

Allison and Heather

Since the Starvation Alley owners live next door to me, I had to have a cocktail with their organic cranberry juice.

Since the Starvation Alley owners live next door to me, I had to have a cocktail with their organic cranberry juice.

and calamari

and calamari

Allison's tender kale salad

Allison’s tender kale salad

burgers for me and Allan (his was vegetarian white bean) with lots of greens

burgers for me and Allan (his was vegetarian white bean) with lots of greens

pizza for Allison and Heather

pizza for Allison and Heather

David and Allan having a droll moment

David and Allan having a droll moment. They have much to discuss on the subject of motorcycles.

We had a good two hours to visit before nine o clock when live music, Paul Mauer and his band, began to play. Our companions lingered through several songs and then departed.

Paul Mauer

Paul Mauer

After our companions departed, I felt we should move to a smaller table. We switched to a two top where our view of the band was through a couple talking and then dining.

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I’m not used to watching bands in a venue like this. I like to pay strict attention to the music but felt that I was perforce staring at the couple, even though my gaze was really past them to the band, so I got uncomfortable and instead looked around the room, again pondering how much I like the lighting and wondering how to recreate it at home.

table

Coincidentally, the Starvation Alley folks and friends were at the next table. I thought about how they know the woman who did the interior design for the restaurant and hotel and parts of their own house, and wondered about asking her for advice.

lights, quite lovely, eh?

mason jar lights, quite lovely, eh?

Our friend Heather also knows how to make these, but the idea of somehow making a strip of wiring daunts me.

Tomorrow: cranberry harvest!

 

 

 

 

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