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Saturday, 4 March 2017

In the early afternoon, we crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge and joined a roomful of like minded folk for an Indivisible North Coast Oregon meeting.

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a darling small house by where we parked (Allan’s photo).  A sunny garden in front would have no privacy, though.


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Allan’s photo, on the way

Astoria was parked up because of a winter brewery festival. We walked two blocks in the rain, passing one of my favourite little gardens on the way to the Fort George Brewery meeting room.

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Allan’s photo

This ornately fenced garden is built by piling soil (now mulched with washed dairy manure) on top of pavement.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo: tulip foliage, and pigeon pecking in the manure

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a goodly crowd


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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a neat driftwood thing

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Some thoughts from the meeting:

Indivisible is opposed to the ABC of authoritarianism, bigotry, corruption.

A speaker advised that we send postcards to politicians…”even a picture postcard works because I think they stand out,” she said.  This made me smile because of our recent art postcard parties.

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an example from one of our postcard parties

A woman from Germany spoke, saying “who would have thought a little painter from Austria could have killed millions” and she asked, “How could my people not see this coming, how could they look away?”  She said “My life is a series of attempts to make up for the crimes of my ancestors”.  When she goes to a protest, her thought when seeing a photographer is: Is he from the newspaper or from Homeland Security?  She believes she sees the early signs of fascism.  Right here is her recommended reading on the subject.

The following speaker quoted this: “What you would be doing in 1930s Germany is what you are doing now.”

Action item: A member of KMUN radio asks that we write to or call members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations asking that public radio continue to be funded.  Small rural stations like Astoria’s KMUN depend on federal funding far more than city stations do.

Afterwards, we were encouraged to sign up if we had interest in particular topics (education, environment, immigration, health care, equal rights).DSC06882.JPG).

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Allan took the opportunity to buy a women’s march copy of the Daily Astorian.

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Afterwards, we walked by the Fort George Brewery’s lower garden, also freshly mulched.  The ornamental grasses have been cut back since last time we went to the Blue Scorcher Café next door.

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Fort George garden

We walked by the temptations of the Blue Scorcher because we wanted to try out a new restaurant in Seaside, Oregon.

In Seaside, it was too wet and miserably windy to walk around and look at Pam Fleming’s city gardens.

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Allan’s photo


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a new restaurant (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

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a warm and simple place


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Allan’s photo


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something so sweet on the menu


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many choices

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I had to try the cauliflower appetizer, hoping that it would be similar to the zahra from Seattle’s Mediterranean Kitchen…and it was.

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Allan’s chicken sandwich

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The tasty baba ganoush had pickled on it; I just put them to one side because I’m not used to that.  All food is made fresh so I bet I could ask for no pickles next time, and there will be a next time.

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the turnaround at the end of Broadway


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Pam’s garden on the turnaround (Allan’s photos)

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We shopped at Costco.  Wouldn’t this elaborate plastic apple container make an interesting little seedling greenhouse?

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stormy crossing of the Columbia on the way home: freighters at anchor, waiting


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light snow and fog on the hills on the Washington side of the bridge


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in the dusk, golden daffodils that someone once planted on the hillside

According to the weather forecast, we are due for several days of bad weather, possibly even light snow.  I will not mind reprising staycation.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

We had a rainy day off. While I continued to read Bad Feminist and got caught up on the Tootlepedal blog, Allan went to Time Enough Books to get some photos of Karla and the signs she had made for a Town Hall (Tuesday) with Representative Jaime Beutler, who is a Republican politician well known for opposing the Affordable Health Care Act and for not showing up to vote.  In fact, she has one of the worst voting absentee records of all.

The Tuesday event is an hour and a half away, so we won’t be going.

However, Allan and I did go to a demonstration in Astoria on President’s Day…

Monday, 20 February 2017

“Not My President Day”

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approaching the busy intersection where cars come from both the coast highway and the Astoria bridge and turn onto the main highway through town (Commercial Street), heading east to Portland.

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It was a good turn out despite a chilly rain, with a group on each of three corners of the intersection.  At its lunch hour peak, 60-70 folks were in attendance.

Many vehicles honked in approval.  We got a few one finger salutes, which surely meant “You folks are number one for turning out in such bad weather!”

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Northwest corner


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Southwest corner

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a real sweetheart


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view from southeast corner.  That is Allan in yellow.

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They drove all the way from South Bend.

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“Support Families Not Deportation”

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very good dog

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my favourite sign


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our friend Carol from Ilwaco

We all followed instruction number two, being friendly to the passersby no matter what their attitude.

1. BE SAFE: Do not block cross-walks, intersections, and leave sidewalks accessible to pedestrians.
2. BE POSITIVE: Be nice to each other, drivers, and pedestrians. Ignore hecklers. Do not engage!
3. MAKE FRIENDS: Please–talk to as many people as you can. Network, exchange ideas, and feel free to engage with Indivisible co-organizers about any ideas you have.

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me and Allan (Carol’s photo)


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the youngest protestor

Allan’s photos of the demonstration:

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I have to admit that by the last half hour of the two hour long demo, we were checking our watches for how much longer.

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For the last fifteen minutes, when many folks had had to go back to work after their lunch break, those of us remaining consolidated ourselves on one corner.

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Allan collected the last sign.


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He was the last protestor because he had helped put signs away.

We had parked by the lovely Flavel House Museum.

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Flavel House back yard

Afterwards, glad to be out of the dreary weather, Allan and I had lunch at the Blue Scorcher Bakery.

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got the last slice of my favourite treat


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In the Blue Scorcher

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yummy breakfast burritos

We shopped for Dr Bronner’s Soap at the charming little Astoria Co-op.

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If you bring a bag, the co op gives one nickel to local causes of your choice.

A shopping for big items at Costco resulted in a bulb purchase.

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because we are still a gardening blog, most of the time

Then back across the Columbia River to home.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

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We crossed the mighty Columbia to attend a match by the mighty Shanghaied Roller Dolls, Astoria’s roller derby team.  Attending sporting events is not in our usual roster of activities.  Allan’s sister, Pam “Farrah Toss-It” Stockman, was a coach for the Rat City Roller Girls, I like tough women and the punk rock aura of roller derby, and so both of us had planned to attend a match one of these days.  When we saw the Dolls in last week’s Astoria Pride March, and then learned that tonight would be the last match of this season, one of these days became today.  Without further blather, here are our photos, all taken with little pocket cams, nothing fancy..  Allan’s are marked with an asterisk *.

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The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

*view from The Armory

*view from The Armory

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

*children's art on the walls

* art on the walls

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For the first hour after the doors opened, the skaters went round and round the arena warming up.  It was pleasantly mesmerizing to watch.

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*stretching out before the match

*stretching out before the match

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the match

As soon as the match began, the jammer was mostly out of focus as she skated rapidly around and through the blockers.  The referee skated along with her, pointing at her, I think so we could keep track of her.  Other than that, I am fairly clueless about what was going on.  That did not stop me from finding it highly entertaining.  The music was good, too, sort of a dance club feel.

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Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

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*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.

*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.  Read more here.

*The referees skated around along with the jammers. (I don't exactly know why.)

*A referees skated along with the jammer.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

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*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

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Then it was over.  I don’t know who won, and that did not matter to me.  The fans lined up around the ring and the skaters high fived them all.

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*fan appreciation after the match

*fan appreciation after the match

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

As we departed, we saw that the Armory project, which also houses the Q Center, was funded by Ilwaco’s Craft 3 Bank.

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south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Last night at 1 AM I checked the news as is my habit before bedtime, to learn that something horrific was unfolding at the Pulse dance club in Orlando, Florida.  This morning, I woke to news of 49 of my extended tribe killed and many injured.  All I could do in the afternoon was read the news and share the grieving of friends online and edit and post the photos of yesterday’s beautiful and joyous pride parade.  Back in my 20s and 30s, I frequented gay dance clubs every week. Every single time, my friends and I were well aware that to do so put us in danger from homophobic fanatics…as did just walking down the street together looking visibly gay.  We did not let that fear keep us home, and many of my best memories of those years came from the joy of dancing in community.

I read on Facebook about a vigil that would take place in Astoria in the early evening and Allan and I decided to go, even though, as always, I was sorely tempted to just stay in my garden.  (Allan’s photos from today are marked with an asterisk *.)

In the late afternoon, Devery came by to pick some strawberries and we talked for awhile about sadness and hope for the world.

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In our household, only the cats were having their usual cheerful day.

*In our household, only the cats were having their usual cheerful day.

In the evening, Allan and I went to The Garden of Surging Waves in Astoria for the vigil of memory.

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driving east along the Columbia River toward the bridge. You can see Astoria across the water.

driving east along the Columbia River toward the bridge. You can see Astoria across the water.

wildflowers on the Washington side of the bridge.

wildflowers on the Washington side of the bridge.

on our walk toward the vigil

on our walk toward the vigil

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The Garden of Surging Waves

The Garden of Surging Waves

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*a garden full of people

*a garden full of people

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The Astoria Q Choir led the singing of Over the Rainbow.

The Astoria Q Center Choir led the singing of Over the Rainbow.

Tears came because I am 61 years old and have seen the results of hatred for far too long, and because I am so moved by the local community joining together like this.

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*a circle of holding hands as the Astoria community sent love to Orlando.

*a circle of joined hands as the Astoria community sent love to Orlando.

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A young man spoke of how he had moved to Astoria from Orlando just four months ago, and this morning he had been looking for his friends on Facebook to see if any had died.

A woman spoke of how she and her wife and daughter had lived in Florida and had moved back to the Pacific Northwest because here, her daughter would grow up in a climate of acceptance; here in Cascadia, they are treated as a family.

A man spoke of how he and his partner had been on cruises with the delightful Edward Sotomayer, one of the first to be listed among the dead.

The organizers of the Pride weekend then led a walk all through downtown to tie black ribbons onto the banners that had been hung with happy anticipation a few days before.

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A different person tied the ribbon at each pole.

A different person tied the ribbon at each pole.

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* in the light

*waving to a passing car who had called out in support

*waving to a passing car who had called out in support

*a thumbs up to caring passerby

*a thumbs up to caring passerby

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a shop window decorated for Pride weekend

a shop window decorated for Pride weekend

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* Love will prevail.

* Love will prevail.

*The Shanghaied Roller Dolls were represented.

*The Shanghaied Roller Dolls were represented.

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*on the way to Marine Drive, one block north

*on the way to Marine Drive, one block north

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the final ribbon

the final ribbon

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Having eaten nothing all day but cereal and a banana in the morning, I appreciated repairing to Himani Indian Cuisine for some comfort food.

Himani Indian Cuisine

Himani Indian Cuisine

dinner at Himani

dinner at Himani

evening light on Astoria curbside garden

evening light on Astoria curbside garden

crossing the bridge to home at sunset

crossing the bridge to home at sunset

It had been a good thing to roust myself out of my garden and attend the vigil to be reminded that Love Wins.  The next day, I came upon this video from the Guardian UK that expresses that belief well.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Because I wanted the Astoria Pride Parade to stand alone, I’ve split this day into three parts.

After the parade, Allan and I wanted to stay in Astoria to attend at least a few moments of an early evening art event.  We dined at the Blue Scorcher Café.  Next door, at the Fort George Brewery, I admired the garden.

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Blue Scorcher Café

Fort George Brewery deck and garden (Allan’s photo)


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Blue Scorcher

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I saw what I wanted and got the last piece, after the folks in front of us placed their order.


on our table

on our table


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Allan’s photo


ginger tea cake

ginger tea cake


and fajita style taco

and fajita style taco

When we had finished our meal, we saw locally famous wild food forager Veronica Williams, the “mushroom queen“, enter the café, so when she had taken a seat, we joined her.

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Veronica’s meal


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Veronica Williams

Veronica, age 85, had been gathering wild berries this very morning….6-7 weeks after a hip replacement.  She was instrumental in popularizing the delicious wild foraged sea beans among the local restaurateurs after being taught about them by a local Native American woman from whom she had bought some baskets.

Veronica is a font of wisdom about wild foods.

Veronica is a font of wisdom about wild foods.


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Allan’s photo


in the Blue Scorcher Café

in the Blue Scorcher Café


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Allan’s photo

After our meal, we did a bit of shopping at the nearby Astoria Co-op.  If we lived in Astoria, we’d be members and shop there frequently.  It reminds me of Puget Consumers Co-op in Seattle, before it got big.

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borrowed from the Astoria Co-op Facebook page


the garden outside

the garden outside


the wall garden at the Astoria Co-op

the wall garden at the Astoria Co-op

I could not resist buying a very few plants, mostly because of their names.

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got one even though I don't like zukes!

got one even though I don’t like zukes!


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could not resist

If you bring a grocery bag, the co-op gives you a bean, and when you donate it to one of three charities in a jar outside, a nickel per bean gets donated to the charity of your choice.  We picked the North Coast Food Web.

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Allan helped another shopper donate a bean.

Allan helped another shopper donate a bean.

As we walked back to our van, I saw a room I would like to write in:

Can you see the tower room?

Can you see the tower room?


a plaque by the sidewalk

a plaque by the sidewalk

We had managed to linger till almost five in order to go to the art event, so we strolled back downtown.

trolley art in a window

trolley art in a window


more planter admiration and more reflection on how these are not very sittable because of the narrow edge.

more planter admiration and more reflection on how these are not very sittable because of the narrow edge.


Old Town Framing Company

Old Town Framing Company


Old Town Framing Company was featuring art by our dear friend, Ilwaco's Don Nisbett.

Old Town Framing Company was featuring art by our dear friend, Ilwaco’s Don Nisbett.


me and our Jenna (Don's spouse, Queen LaDeDa)

me and our Jenna (Don’s spouse, Queen LaDeDa) and Don’s rainbow art on a t shirt

Don had created the rainbow fish art especially for Astoria Pride weekend.

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Don and Jenna


Don, Dulcye Taylor (art gallery owner) and Jenna

Don, Dulcye Taylor (art gallery owner) and Jenna


Don Nisbett and rainbow fish for Astoria Pride

Don Nisbett and rainbow fish for Astoria Pride


people taking pictures of each other

people taking pictures of each other


Jenna and Don

Jenna and Don

We did not take in the rest of the Art Walk galleries as I was simply tired.  Even though it had been hard to leave my garden this morning and spend the day “overseas”, I felt awfully glad that I had.

At home, even Calvin and Frosty had a rare moment of unity.

I post this blurry 1 AM photo just to prove it can happen.

I post this blurry 1 AM photo just to prove it can happen.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 11: Another day of puttering.  Picked strawberries in a misty rain—got another 8 Sealameal bags for the freezer.  Sorted the various boxes I brought up from the garage sale.

The Jazz lost—MJ 3 pointer with seconds left in the game.

1997 (age 74):

June 11:  11:00 to 4:45  Another good day’s work.  I worked in the shop dumping the trays of planted seeds that didn’t germinate—most of them were old seeds.  Then I started on plants on patio—mainly so I can get the saw horses to move the tomatoes out of greenhouse.  I put several dianthus in large bowl.  Planted some other plants in tam area.  After dinner I planted more seeds until 9:00.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

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We had had a pleasant walk through Astoria, and now we saw the Pride Parade coming from the direction of the Astoria bridge.  My eyes welled up with happy tears at this, the first pride event in small town Astoria.  I hail from the land of huge Pride Parades (Seattle) with ten or so blocks fancy floats, bands, performances…and since moving to the beach, the Pride Week events are what I miss most about Seattle….and yet none had ever made me happier that this block long parade in Astoria, Oregon.

 I like to give credit for Allan’s excellent photos.  In this post, I have just marked them with an *.

Here they come!

Here they come!

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Our friends Todd and Annie; Allan on railing taking photos.

Our friends Todd and Annie; Allan on railing taking photos.

Todd is a local school principal and Annie is a teacher.  I told Annie that I remembered, as late as 1990, that teachers (whether LGBT or Allies) marched in the Seattle Pride Parade with paper bags with eyeholes over their heads and a banner that read “Teachers with Pride Still Have to Hide”.  I rejoice in the freedom for teachers to parade in the open.

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* "Love: It's Good For Our Planet"

* “Love: It’s Good For Our Planet”


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* The Shanghaied Roller Dolls (Astoria's roller derby team)

* The Shanghaied Roller Dolls (Astoria’s roller derby team)

I fell into the parade with Annie and Todd.  (My LGBTIQ credentials are excellent, although I may have lost my ID card somewhere over the years.)

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* We are looking online for the film from this drone.

* We are looking online for the film from this drone.

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The MCs at Buoy 10 announcing the parade entrants.

The MCs at Buoy 10 announcing the parade entrants.


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Our Annie in orange

Our Annie in orange


Now I have an idea where to get my hair cut short before my knee surgery.

Now I have an idea where to get my hair cut short before my knee surgery. I am sure they will understand when I say I want it short, punk, and dykey.


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a nicely sizeable crowd of happy onlookers at Buoy Beer

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Annie and Todd

Annie and Todd

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*Shanghaied Roller Dolls

*Shanghaied Roller Dolls


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Shangaied Roller Dolls

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Astoria Jellyfish Pride

Astoria Jellyfish Pride


Yay for being a cat!

Yay for being a cat!

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spreading joy all around

spreading joy all around

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respect

respect

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werewolf pride

werewolf pride


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The rest of the weekend’s festivities are announced.


after the parade

after the parade

 

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

After an unusual eight hours of sleep and dreams about the Cazalets, I felt well enough to go to Astoria (even though, as usual, I found it hard to leave my own garden).  First, the weekly delivery of a simple bouquet to Salt Hotel and just peek at the Ilwaco Saturday Market at the Port.

Salt Hotel deck and Saturday Market

Salt Hotel deck and Saturday Market


Saturday Market begging (Allan's photo)

Saturday Market begging (Allan’s photo)


garden boat at Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

garden boat at Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

We were then off to Astoria, Oregon for the LBGT pride parade (which deserves a post of its own) and some downtown and riverfront sight seeing.

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Astoria, Oregon

We parked near the Garden of Surging Waves, a tribute to Astoria’s Chinese community of yore.

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Looks like a big healthy Edgeworthia, when I cannot seem to get one to survive in my Lake Street garden.

Looks like a big healthy Edgeworthia, when I cannot seem to get one to survive in my Lake Street garden.


another Edgeworthia. I must try again.

another Edgeworthia. I must try again.

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A cane is very useful for garden pointing.

A cane is very useful for garden pointing. (The tree suckers at the base needed trimming.)


Gingko tree sadly not doing well.

Gingko tree sadly not doing well.

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I am especially fond of this wall of words.

I am especially fond of this wall of words.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I always feel sad about the frogs.

I always feel sad about the frogs.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


kitty corner from the park...so that's where the food carts are!

kitty corner from the park…so that’s where the food carts are!

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Snackie Box

Snackie Box (Allan’s photo)


darn cute!

darn cute!

With almost an hour till the parade, we took a leisurely route through downtown toward the river.

checking out all the planters

checking out all the planters

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Pride banners downtown!

Pride banners downtown!


rainbows everywhere (Allan's photo)

rainbows everywhere (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


These wire mesh sides planters that I have always admired are not doing well this year.

These wire mesh sides planters that I have always admired are not doing well this year.


looking sad

looking sad and dry or maybe just ungroomed


They look sad by occupied storefronts as well as empty ones.

They look sad by occupied storefronts as well as empty ones.


Allan said the soil was moist, so what went wrong?  Perhaps this design that I liked so much does not work out in the long term.

Allan said the soil was moist, so what went wrong? Perhaps this design that I liked so much does not work out in the long term.


I wish I knew where these planters were acquired. They are handsome and not very sittable.

I wish I knew where these new planters were acquired. They are handsome and not very sittable.


narrow edge=not good for sitting=want these for Ilwaco if they would hold up to the weather.

narrow edge=not good for sitting=want these for Ilwaco if they would hold up to the weather.

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passersby

passersby


a florist shop

a florist shop

We encountered Ilwaco friends Todd & Annie also ready for the parade.

Todd and Annie

Todd and Annie (Allan’s photo)


solution for dead planters

solution for dead planters


more pride weekend rainbows

more pride weekend rainbows


at the bottom of the hill: The Columbia River

at the bottom of the hill: The Columbia River

I bought, three years ago, a pair of SAS shoes for $2 at a thrift store and discovered the most comfortable shoes ever to feel like soft comfy butter on the feet.  Now I buy them about every eighteen months (for much more than $2) at Gimre’s and wear them every single day for work and leisure.

best shoes ever. Just bought a brand new shiny pair.

best shoes ever. Just bought a brand new shiny pair.


a chowder house window

a chowder house window


Charlie's Chowder House

Charlie’s Chowder House


well cared for curbside gardens

well cared for curbside gardens


folks waiting for the trolley

folks waiting for the trolley

At the Riverwalk, we turned west.  The parade would begin at the Maritime Memorial under the Astoria Bridge, and we still had time to enjoy the river views.

You can tell if the tide is flowing in or out by the way the waiting ships are swung around.

You can tell if the tide is flowing in or out by the way the waiting ships are swung around.

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ferry wars

ferry wars


Pilot boats taking specially trained river captains to the big ships in order to pilots them over the hazardous Columbia Bar.

Pilot boats taking specially trained river captains to the big ships in order to pilot them over the hazardous Columbia Bar. (Allan’s photo)


many signs of Pride Day

many signs of Pride Day (Allan’s photo)

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Behind us, to the east, the Riverwalk is right by the water with trees and grass.  We were walking in the fascinating industrial and business section going west to the Astoria bridge.

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low tide (Allan’s photo)

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I love these murals.

I love these murals.

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My friend Carol, a bicyclist, liked this sign when she and I walked the Riverwalk.

My friend Carol, a bicyclist, liked this sign when she and I walked the Riverwalk.


looking east

looking east

Allan said “We don’t come here often enough.”  I had to agree.

a railing planter

a railing planter (Allan’s photo)


Oh! A goat!

Oh! A goat!

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a popular goat

a popular goat (Allan’s photo)


next door to the goat

next door to the goat


the maitre d'

the maitre d’ (Allan’s photo)

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Outside Buoy Beer would be the MC and announcements as the parade passed by.

Outside Buoy Beer would be the MC and announcements as the parade passed by.


sweet talking

sweet talking


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I went inside Buoy Beer to have a look.

Buoy Beer: a glass floor to the river

Buoy Beer: a glass floor window to the river

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inside Buoy Beer

inside Buoy Beer with its big river view

We walked on….west toward the bridge.  The parade was due to begin there in about fifteen minutes.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


a tenacious fern

a tenacious fern


a tough (noxious weed) buddliea

a tough (noxious weed) buddliea


I should have brought my big rainbow American flag!

I should have brought my big rainbow American flag!


note the rock sculpture

note the rock sculpture


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Riverwalk viewing platform

Riverwalk viewing platform (Allan’s photo)

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California poppies

California poppies


a corner garden

a corner garden


Ding Ding Ding! came the trolley....

Ding Ding Ding! came the trolley….


...bedecked with rainbow banners

…bedecked with rainbow banners

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Astoria Megler Bridge

Astoria Megler Bridge

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low tide

low tide (Allan’s photo)


river side seating

river side seating

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I detoured to the main street to take a photo of a cottage I especially like:

little and lavender

little and lavender

Then back to the Riverwalk…

cute dogs, great license plate

cute dogs, great license plate

Allan had continued down the Riverwalk  for more photos.

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Here comes the trolley again!

Here comes the trolley again!  I love it so.

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Now we just waited for the parade to come.  Allan photographed the back of a t shirt:

RuPaul's world tour

RuPaul’s world tour


I see them!

I see them!


Here they come!

Here they come!

Tomorrow, the parade.

 

 

 

 

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