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With some variation, the Christmas staycation week revolved round  Olde Towne Cafe.  Former Ilwaco resident Patt was in town dogsitting at the hydrangea house and was, as she put it, greedy for as many coffee klatsches as she could get before having to return to her new town of Battleground.

day one: Tuesday, 24 December 2013

I felt a slight regret at going to a midday coffee klatsch on a beautiful day when I could have accomplished some gardening.

The garden calls...and I ignore the call...

The garden calls…and I ignore the call…

Sarah Sloane's topiary came through the cold weather with no protection other than the eaves of the house.

Sarah Sloane’s topiary came through the cold weather with no protection other than the eaves of the house.

I do want to get that center garden bed cleaned up...

I do want to get that center garden bed cleaned up…

Smokey intends to enjoy a day in the garden.

Smokey intends to enjoy a day in the garden.

We had one delightful errand to run before coffee time:  picking up a box of Christmas cookies that I had ordered from Pink Poppy Bakery.  Up to Long Beach we drove to Madeline’s new bakery storefront near the Long Beach arch, just west of city hall.

Akari Space and Pink Poppy

Akari Space and Pink Poppy

The bakery is located on the side of the building now known as Akari Space.

pinkpoppy

I love the “Mission Control” sign for Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm.  I’m not sure whether or not it’s Pink Poppy that will be offering coffee and tea when they open with regular hours sometime in early 2014.

pink poppy

Oh, I see boxes of tea right there!

Baker Madeline Dickerson in her kitchen

Baker Madeline Dickerson in her kitchen

Madeline did a community fundraising where many locals loaned money for a “square” (or something like that) for $50 to help her get the oven for her bakery.  I’m proud to say that Tangly Cottage Gardening was one of the investors.  The bakery, whose goods up till now have been by special order or sold at a booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market from May-September, is so popular that it only took a couple of days to raise the money.

Pink Poppy seating

Pink Poppy seating

Part of the rest of the building is given over to coworking areas (Akari Space).  Since I don’t quite understand what that’s all about, here is an article on the subject provided by the Akari Space Facebook page.

conference rooms

The space is attractive.

the ceiling in one of the rooms

the ceiling in one of the rooms

wall finished with the sort of lath with which one makes trellises

wall finished with the sort of lath with which one makes trellises

Watch for the interior side of our dull mid 70s manufactured home front door to be transformed with lath like that…I hope.

Then…we went to Olde Towne.  Our friends were making noises about too many pictures having been taken of them, so I contented myself with some vintage kitchenware:

at Olde Towne

at Olde Towne

and a wall of art for sale

and a wall of art for sale

At home, I walked into my room just in time to catch this sunset from the back yard of Nora’s house next door.

sunset over Jeff's boathouse

sunset over Jeff’s boathouse

sunset

sunset

from the south end of Nora's yard, Jessie's Christmas star

from the south end of Nora’s yard, across the port parking lot, Jessie’s Christmas star

Pardon me while I add a photo that will be of interest to gardeners:

deer poop in Nora's yard near our deer fence!

deer poop in Nora’s yard near our deer fence!

We opened our presents before dinner.  Not being a morning person, I’ve started a Christmas evening gift ritual in our family.  One member of the family had opened his present two days early, however!   Allan had found, in the middle of the living room floor, this gift tag:

tag, with teeth marks!

tag, with teeth marks!

I recognized the handwriting and knew immediately that one of the cats had gotten into the box of presents under the tree from Montana Mary.  Sure enough, later that evening I had found Calvin playing with this:

catnip Christmas stocking!

catnip Christmas stocking!

Allan had been into a Kinks website and found me a representation of my two favourite songs by them, Waterloo Sunset (a mug) and, of course, Village Green Preservation Society (a tea towel).

kinks

Why o why can’t Ilwaco have a village green on the vacant lot next to the Pharmacy?  If I had the money to buy that lot, I would make it so.

I had been looking forward for several weeks to the Christmas Eve Dickens Dinner at the Depot Restaurant; we ended up sitting at the counter next to the Christmas tree where we were able to watch the bustlings about of the staff of personable servers while we dined.

at the counter right next to the Christmas tree

at the counter right next to the Christmas tree

above the front door: train lights and old luggage

above the front door: train lights and old luggage

Yorkshire pudding!

Yorkshire pudding!

and a dessert of hot buttered rum bread pudding with hard sauce

and a dessert of hot buttered rum bread pudding with hard sauce

We got the last one of that delicious dessert.

On the way home, we got a photo of the decorated porch at Larry and Robert's house, five doors down.

On the way home, we got a photo of the decorated porch at Larry and Robert’s house, five doors down.

day two: Wednesday, 25 December 2013

My paperwhites on the kitchen windowsill bloomed just in time for Christmas.

My paperwhites on the kitchen windowsill bloomed just in time for Christmas.

With no extended family in the area (and in my case, my family of birth is all gone), we went to the afternoon potluck gathering at Olde Towne, for people who wanted a place to gather with friends on Christmas day.

potluck offerings

potluck offerings

Christmas gathering...I made tabouli and Allan made a jello fish mold!

Christmas gathering…I made tabouli and Allan made a jello fish mold!

Luanne came up with a creative solution for some vanilla pudding that had not set up properly.

Luanne came up with a creative solution for some vanilla pudding that had not set up properly.
Patt, Heather of NIVA green, art historian Pat Moss, and baker and masseuse Dianne Duprez.

Patt, Heather of NIVA green,  Pat Moss of Fine Art Investigations, and baker and masseuse Dianne Duprez.

After our potluck we had a white elephant gift exchange, for which people wrap up something inexpensive or re-gifted and you take your chances with what you get.  I was amazed at how well the presents worked out.  Captain Phil from Nahcotta got a gardening book that I donated, and I think he was one of the few gardeners there.  And Sarah, who loves birds, got a birdhouse kit that Allan had originally bought for his dad.

Sarah and her new birdhouse kit

Sarah and her new birdhouse kit

Linda, Chon, Patt, Allan, Sarah

Linda, Chon, Patt, Allan, Sarah

Patt's spouse, Chon, came from Battleground for the day.

Patt’s spouse, Chon, came from their new home in Battleground for the day.

Cat got some sort of cat thing.

Cat got some sort of cat thing.

Allan had enough jello left for "fish head stew".

Allan had enough jello left for “fish head stew”.

day three:  Thursday, 26 December 2013

Again at Olde Towne:  Shortly after bringing us our lunches, Luanne had time to sit and visit with us for a spell.

Donna took this beautiful photo at Olde Towne.

Donna took this beautiful photo at Olde Towne.

and this one, too

and this one, too

day four: Friday, 27 December 2013

Of course, I went down to Olde Towne to have coffee with Patt.   Just to avoid the tedium of repetition, I took a photo of a different Olde Towne bunch.

another regular coffee klatsch including our gardening client Ann (left)

another regular coffee klatsch including our gardening client Ann (left)

After coffee, I stopped by the Antique Gallery, one of two Ilwaco antique shops run by our friends and gardening clients Robert and Larry.  Robert’s domain is the big shop on First Avenue.

Antique Gallery

Antique Gallery

My mission was twofold:  Take some photos for the business’s Facebook page and have a nice long schmooze with Robert.  Both missions accomplished.

platter with three men

an unusual platter with three men

The danger of taking the photos is I usually see something that haunts me with desire to own, and I might find something irresistible.

milk glass?

milk glass?

milkglass

Although I am immune to the charms of “milk glass”, if that is indeed what these white pieces are, they remind me in a sentimental way of one of my favourite writers, Glady Taber.

I found it very hard to resist this tea set.  What saved me is not having room for it.

I found it very hard to resist this tea set. What saved me is not having room for it.

Here is what I found so irresistible that it came right home with me!

Here is what I found so irresistible that it came right home with me!

(Shhh... I'm hoping a certain someone gets me these for my birthday!)

(Shhh… I’m hoping a certain someone gets me these for my birthday!)

day five: Saturday, 28 December 2013

I had the late morning to kick around the house a bit as our coffee klatsch was not until two.  (I’ve switched to my staycation time, the natural rhythm for me of staying up till 3 and sleeping till 11.  I often would rather be a morning person for the sake of daylight but I love the quiet velvety hours of the night too much to sleep through them.)   Out my window around noonish, I saw this deer in Nora’s backyard.

deer

on the outside of our deer fence

She was very interested in watching my cat, Frosty, who had followed me outside.

She was very interested in watching my cat, Frosty, who had followed me outside.

She is small, perhaps one of last year's fawns

She is small, perhaps one of last year’s fawns.

Before I left for coffee, I could see her bedded down for an early afternoon rest.

from my window

from my window

She was relaxed enough to not get up when Frosty and I again went for a closer look.

She was relaxed enough to not get up when Frosty and I again went for a closer look.

Meanwhile, Smokey has found a new cave in the closet where he sleeps every day now.

Meanwhile, Smokey has found a new cave in the closet where he sleeps every day now.

On the way to coffee, I stopped at Larry’s branch of the antique shops to take some more photos.

In Larry's shop, just around the corner from Olde Towne.

In Larry’s shop, just around the corner from Olde Towne.

Coffee klatsch lasted from one pm all the way till about 4:30 as we worked very hard on solving some of the world’s problems.

today's klatsch...Jamie, Donna, Olde Towne owner Luanne, Patt, and Patricia....

today’s klatsch…Jamie, Donna, Olde Towne owner Luanne, Patt, and Patricia….

and our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

and our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

We are all missing the presence of our Judy who has been absent because she and Tom have a busy holiday with lots of family members at their house.

Meanwhile, as I spend my staycation life goofing off, Allan broke down our old rotten work trailer in preparation for a complete rebuild.  The evening that the tailgate fell off because of rotten wood around a bolt and dragged behind us by a bungie cord was a catalyst but this had been one of his planned winter projects all along.

stripped down

stripped down

I suggested that we go to Pelicano Restaurant for dinner with the gift certificate given to us by Mary and Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Allan was not hard to persuade.

At Pelicano, window seats had a view of the lighted boats outside.

At Pelicano, window seats had a view of the lighted boats outside.

My photo of a delicious shu mai appetizer did not come out well, so I borrowed this from their website.

My photo of a delicious shu mai appetizer did not come out well, so I borrowed this from their website.

my dessert: an extraordinarly delicious apple tartlet, fresh made in 12 minutes, with homemade vanilla ice cream

my dessert: an extraordinarily delicious apple tartlet, fresh made in 12 minutes, with homemade vanilla ice cream

With Pelicano being the only business open in the winter evenings, some of the Christmas boats had  kindly docked outside.

With Pelicano being the only business open in the winter evenings, some of the Christmas boats had kindly docked outside.

We took a little walk along Waterfront Way to enjoy the holiday lights, soon to disappear into the darkness of January.  I do wish that such lights were not just associated with Christmas so that they could see us through the whole winter.

boats

I can see the masts of the two boats above from my south window and will miss their lights next week.

another lighted boat and the Jessie's star

another lighted boat and the Jessie’s star

coffee klatsch intermission:  Sunday, 29 December 2013

On the day when Olde Towne is closed, I accomplished too much sleeping, and a reasonable amount of housecleaning (and the first part of this blog entry).   Allan was far more productive with his trailer project.  This is the first complete rebuild of the trailer since he moved down here and put it to work gardening in January 2005.

old rotten boards removed

old rotten boards removed

new sides going on

new sides going on

The neighbour cat, Onyx, supervising

The neighbour cat, Onyx, supervising

glossy Onyx

glossy Onyx

I'm worried that one of my Rustias has turned brown while the other is still green.

I’m worried that one of my Rustias has turned brown while the other is still green.

the first full flowering of a hellebore this season

the first full flowering of a hellebore this season

day six: Monday, 30 December 2013

By the time I had breakfast, worked on this blog entry a bit more, and emerged into the daylight, Allan was already being productive with his trailer rebuilding project.

more usefulness

more usefulness

I wandered the garden a bit, saw much that needed doing, and did none of it.

wheelbarrows at rest

wheelbarrows at rest

Smokey in a messy border.

Smokey in a messy border.

I haven't been back to the bogsy wood for three weeks!

I haven’t been back to the bogsy wood for three weeks!

We have had no wind fierce enough to take Danger Tree down; getting something done about it is must be addressed this winter.

I had to do something productive so decided the tree must come down, mainly so that I could more easily admire my new garden bookshelf area.

Our lovely tree was in my new garden book corner.

Our lovely tree was in my new garden book corner.

Down came the ornaments,my favourites viewed with appreciation:

the unusually shaped ones...

the unusually shaped ones…

the frosted ones....

the frosted ones….some with words and pictures

the ones with insets...

the ones with insets…

and the ones that most strongly evoke times past.

and the ones that most strongly evoke times past.

(I’m going to add these to my Christmas tree post, so anyone who happens to read this blog straight through will have found this to be repetitive.)

They are packed into Christmas tins and small boxes, inside big boxes, for extra protection.

The Christmas tins sit under the tree during the season for extra decor.

The Christmas tins sit under the tree during the season for extra decor.

Once upon a time at my Grandma’s, such tins were an important part of making and delivering an assortment of cookies to all the neighbours.

I had one last look through a cunning, tiny book that is another favourite ornament:

a small book ornament

a small book ornament

part of the story

part of the story

The book has a strong message about being kind to animals, as  “boys who chased the cats and stoned the birds and were unkind to dumb animals…found rods and empty bags, and stockings filled with bran.  But in those days as now, to the children who were good, and kind, and true, Old Kriss left rattles and tops and presents for all.”   The author also makes a point that the reindeer are well cared for:

inside

Where this little book came from, I do not know.  It appeared among my ornaments as if by magic.

My new book corner, revealed in all its glory, will be the subject of a blog post sometime in January.

garden books all together at last!

garden books all together at last!

In the evening, coffee klatsch (Jamie, Pat Moss of Fine Art Investigations, Heather of NIVA green, Luanne of Olde Towne Café, Patt, me, and Jenna of Queen La De Da’s), convened at El Compadre Restaurant in Long Beach for dinner, making this the official sixth day of Patt’s coffee klatsch holiday gatherings.   I did not want to pester my friends with photos so concentrated just on the ambience:

Heather's coat!

Pat and Heather’s coats!

the bright and cheery restaurant

the bright and cheery restaurant

colourful chairs and tables

colourful chairs and tables

and our party departing

and our party departing from our cozy corner

Luanne says we need to have a coffee klatsch dinner once a month and I couldn’t agree more.

day seven: Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Coffee klatsch was scheduled for one thirty PM on into the afternoon for any of the informal group who could come for Patt’s last official klatsch before she returns to her new home in Battleground.  The quilting group was also there when I arrived.  An attempt to do a stealth photo was rewarded by blurriness that I somewhat redeemed by going sepia.

Peninsula Quilt Guild

Peninsula Quilt Guild

If only we had the know-how to do this for Tom!

If only we had the know-how to do this for Tom!

Our group came and went till the four PM closing time.   To our utter delight, Judy made it out today.  She has been absent because of a busy family Christmas, and she tells me it is ok to reveal that another reason she has been absent is that her Tom is going through chemo again.  You may recall many tears shed one night while bulb sorting awhile back; the reason was that after a year of remission, he has had to re-enter the difficult process of chemo.  We miss his being able to come to klatsch and wish we were techie enough to have him join us through a computer monitor on a traveling frame like Sheldon did on Big Bang Theory!

Jamie, Patt, Donna, MR, and Our Judy

Jamie, Patt, Donna, MR, and Our Judy

We stayed till after hours before bidding adieu to Patt.  Her heart is in Ilwaco but her life is now in an inland town.  While I might encounter her at midmorning breakfast coffee on Thursday,  it will be a poignant farewell instead of a cosy klatsch.

I had had a phone call from our friend and client Jo and I deceived Allan into thinking we needed to go to her Long Beach home in the very late afternoon to pick up some work money.  The real reason is that Jo had made him a quilt!

Allan with Coco at Jo's house

Allan with Coco at Jo’s house

and the glorious quilt

and the glorious quilt

While on the subject of Jo and her glorious quilting skills, here’s the one she made for me a few years ago:

my quilt

my quilt

Jo and Bob were divesting themselves of a garden patterned rug which is going to be just perfect for my garden book corner!

couldn't be better

couldn’t be better

(You might wonder if I accomplished anything other than coffee klatsches during this week….The answer is not much other than the final billings of the year, the Astoria blog entry which took a good long while, the reorganizing of my garden books, and the reading a few books and four months worth of excellent older entries in The Miserable Gardener blog.)

We move on now to a New Year and the last view from our south window of the Christmas tree and star at Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company and of the holiday lights at Time Enough Books.

My only New Year's wish on the Jessie's star is for good health for all of my friends.

My only New Year’s wish on the Jessie’s star is for good health for all of my friends.

For Patt:

 Mist in the Valley by Edna St Vincent Millary

These hills, to hurt me more,
That am hurt already enough,—
Having left the sea behind,
Having turned suddenly and left the shore
That I had loved beyond all words, even a song’s words, to
convey,

And built me a house on upland acres,
Sweet with the pinxter, bright and rough
With the rusty blackbird long before the winter’s done,
But smelling never of bayberry hot in the sun,
Nor ever loud with the pounding of the long white breakers,—

These hills, beneath the October moon,
Sit in the valley white with mist
Like islands in a quiet bay,

Jut out from shore into the mist,
Wooded with poplar dark as pine,
Like points of land into a quiet bay.

(Just in the way
The harbour met the bay)

Stricken too sore for tears,
I stand, remembering the Islands and the sea’s lost sound—
Life at its best no longer than the sand-peep’s cry,
And I two years, two years,
Tilling an upland ground!

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Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

I awoke to white frost on the back lawn, as predicted.  All the tender plants in pots were safely in the greenhouse.  The ones that I want to save, anyway:  scented geraniums, tender salvias…

frost

frosty morning

Great, thought I, the annuals will perhaps be done in Long Beach.  I have wearied of their tired looking appearance; they have still been looking too colourful to pull as it might make shopkeepers and passersby said if I dispose of them them prematurely.

But NO!  They still look mostly wonderful.

painted sage, Agyr. 'Butterfly', nasturtium

painted sage, Agyr. ‘Butterfly’, nasturtium

still a tangle of colour by Home at the Beach

still a tangle of colour by Home at the Beach

Even a few of the cosmos still look good.

Even a few of the cosmos still look good.

Allan cut back the Panicum ‘Heavy Metal‘ ornamental grass back in the one street tree under which it grows.  I like the name of the grass and its metallic sheen.  However, I think that to most people it probably looks weedy.

Heavy Metal grass

Heavy Metal grass

This particular tree has no working water and has to be bucket watered from a nearby planter.

The park by Marsh’s Free Museum and one of our favourite little cafés, Captain Bob’s Chowder, still looks fine.

obelisk tiles by Renee O'Connor

obelisk tiles by Renee O’Connor

The work in the frying pan park is coming along….By spring, that clam statue will spout every hour on the hour again.

park

Allan took a break from Long Beach city work and pulled Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ from the Summer House  garden while I checked the rest of the planters.  I swear I did not plant the darn hardy geranium at Summer House.  It probably had one little seedling inside another plant.

Below:  Allan stands where a rose trellis should go IF Erin (who owns this vacation rental) wants to keep the rampant climbing rose in there:

I asked him to look like a trellis, but he is sideways.

I asked him to look like a trellis, but he is sideways.

Then he dropped me off to tidy up the Veterans Field garden while he dumped debris.

Veterans Field garden

Veterans Field garden

still very faintly red white and blue

still very faintly red white and blue

We had an appointment at NW Financial and Insurance regarding the Affordable Care Act (which I believe will be very beneficial to us).  The main website was down again, even though it had been working all day.

My friend Bella greeted me at the insurance office!

My friend Bella greeted me at the insurance office!

The best thing I have read about this is:  “War is a crisis.  Poverty is a crisis.”  And then something about the computer problem being an inconvenience.  We will go back next week.  If anyone local (Southwest Washington or Northwest Oregon) needs help figuring out the Affordable Care Act paperwork, Shelly Pollock is a wonderful helper and her services are free.

We concluded our work day by pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage clumps and a doing a bit of weeding on the Bolstadt beach approach.

Bolstadt approach buoy

Bolstadt approach buoy

two birds

two birds

another two birds

another two birds

bird

Bolstadt beach approach garden, looking toward town

This walk is so popular with townfolk and tourists alike.  One can walk up Sid Snyder Boulevard ten blocks south, then along the boardwalk with its view of the beach and back down this street….or vice versa.

rugosa rose autumn colour

rugosa rose autumn colour

with dwarf mugo pine

with dwarf mugo pine

Something amazing happened when I pulled a weed from the easternmost Bolstadt planter….

full of chocolate mint planted back in volunteer days

full of chocolate mint planted back in volunteer days

The mint started to peel up just like taking up a carpet!   I was thrilled!!

before and after

before and after

Next year we can make this planter right by the arch look so much better.

Next year we can make this planter right by the arch look so much better.

While Allan tidied that up, I cut back a few lily stalks on the south side of city hall and observed with dismay that a purple ajuga had gone aggressively running through the whole bed.

Anyone want some purple ajuga??

Anyone want some purple ajuga??  will fix this later

Just west of city hall, reflections of sunlight fell on the sign for the upcoming new coffee shop.  I was excited to see that Pink Poppy Bakery’s logo had been added to the sign.  My ultimate loyalty still likes with Ilwaco’s Olde Towne coffee café but I will love being able to get Pink Poppy treats while working in Long Beach.

Akari Space

Akari Space

Although I could tell a great sunset was brewing, the dumping of debris had to take priority.

looking west from city hall

looking west from city hall

While at the city works yard, we could see the sunset developing.

over the water treatment plant

over the water treatment plant

With work done, we went back to Bolstadt.

Another sunset watching group had gathered on the big picnic shelter.

crows

closeup

The sunset started as a moody grey and pink one, and I thought it would continue that way.

Allan’s photos:

bird

grey

grey

grass

west of the boardwalk

buoy

my photos:

from the end of the Bolstadt approach

from the end of the Bolstadt approach

pink

boardwalk

boardwalk

band of colour

band of colour

Thinking it was fading, we turned to go back to town and saw the tail lights of the cars of other sunset watchers driving away….

Long Beach from the boardwalk

Long Beach from the boardwalk

One glance back and we turned to the west again as the colour suddenly intensified.

colour

bright

And then it did fade.

last

At home, I took a quick walk along Spruce and Lake Streets to check out progress in the Ilwaco flatlands Halloween preparations.

the J's house across the street

the J’s house across the street from ours

on Spruce

on Spruce

Soon would come the yearly Halloween extravaganza.

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