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Saturday, 10 June 2017

At last, after skipping several weeks, I did walk two blocks (with the motivation of finding a couple of tomato plants) to

Ilwaco Saturday Market

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Northwest Natural made a waterfall of their concrete leaves.

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asparagus from De Asis Farm


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all shopped out


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the cutest booth

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Our port office garden (and Basket Case Greenhouse baskets)


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The Wood Elf


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tomatoes!

I did get three more tomatoes and walked home in pouring rain, which made me happy because it means less watering.

reading

At home, because of the rain, I took the time for the book I had been wanting to read in one sitting.  It is the story of the author’s mum and dad’s  life in England from about 1930 to 1970.

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Oh, how wonderful it was, and thanks so much to my “imaginary” (online) friend Lynn for recommending it to me.  She got to see an advance showing of the film made from the book, which will be released in the USA next October.  As she said, “There’s gardening!”

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Installing an Anderson shelter in the garden.  I just love that they say “antirrhinums” for snapdragons.

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the terror of WWII bombing, laying down flat in a cabbage field


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the garden

For beautiful illustrations, not deliberately off angle snaps, I do advise you to get the book.  Oh how I cried at the end.  I am counting the months till the film.

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in love with this book

And then I went out to plant my tomatoes and pepper plants for the greenhouse and got them all done, just in time to go to a book reading at

Time Enough Books

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our bouquet for the event


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author Kathleen Alcalá

We were the only ones who showed up!  That made me sad; however, after the reading we had a good long conversation about the world’s problems (which we did not solve) with bookstore owner Karla and the author and her spouse, and bought a copy of the book.  (I’m halfway through a library copy.  If it were winter, I’d have read it in two days.)

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Karla and the author and her spouse

There was one thing I did not like about the book so far: One short passage in which the author says she does not like to see “overweight people buying pallets of food at Costco.”  I took the opportunity to recommend that she read Body of Truth by Harriet Brown without chastising her for her “People of Walmart” judgement.  I had written the title down for her.  She seemed open to reading it.

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At 7:30 PM, the light outside was gorgeous.

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looking west, Time Enough Books garden


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poppy and penstemon


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looking east


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coming home


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evening light


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greenhouse: messy but tomatoes are in!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The main feature of today was the glorious Astoria Pride Parade.  That will be tomorrow’s post because it deserves to stand alone.  Meanwhile, here are some photos taken while we were in Astoria.

As we parked, we saw this shopkeeper decorating.

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Allan’s photo

Some of the curbside gardens on Marine Drive:

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the best one…


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by Jessica Schlief


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O Jessica, what is this?


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Jessica’s garden


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poppies and cerinthe

The other curbside gardens could not compare to Jessica’s floriferous display…

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with salal


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and just plain weeds

We joined the parade.  A few non parade photos as we walked along the Riverwalk.

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trolley stop

I don’t want to add this old age story to the parade post:  During the parade, Allan was on his own taking photos.  After falling back to the end to get photos of the entire procession, I could not keep up with the parade and with five blocks to go till the rally, I was way behind.

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The end of the parade is now the people far far in the distance walking away from me.


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the pleasant view with freight ships lined up waiting for the tide

My slowness was rewarded because as I approached the rally, Darcelle was just getting off the trolley, and, in fact, I got a hug from her. (I’ve seen the grand Darcelle show a couple of times when it has come to Long Beach.)

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The famous Darcelle, left, longtime performer from Portland, Oregon

After the rally, we walked back to town.  Very very slowly.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo of the tour boat that goes all the way upriver


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

A young man told me I could have taken the trolley.  But it has a big step to the ground and even with the step box that they provide, it is very tough with knee problems.  Easier to walk.  Although I did wonder if I would make it and I reminisced poignantly about how, not so many years ago, Seattle Carol would spend the day in Astoria walking all up and down the hills or the whole length of the Riverwalk and back just for fun.  In those days, I lived up to my last name, Walker.

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Allan’s photo

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the cute bus that goes with the riverboat tour (Allan’s photos)

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Allan’s photo

I was pleased to make it to downtown.

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in a shop window (Allan’s photo)

And I was even more pleased to find something I had forgotten about: The Astoria Sunday Market was in session.

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Every time we saw someone with something rainbow, we exchanged “Happy Pride!” greetings. I found it most joyous.

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Allan’s photo


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We bought a hummingbird sculpture.


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Allan’s photo


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bouquets

At the market, we encountered our friends Pam of the Seaside gardens and Sean and his darling dog.

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Sean’s photo


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Allan is in this photo, too.


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plants for sale (Allan’s photo)

Then, I was so tired and we were hungry.  We ate at one of my favourite Astoria restaurants.

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Fulios

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Pasta Puttenesca for me


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squash ravioli for Allan


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back to where we began


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Allan’s photo

At home, I thought all I would be able to do was sit down and process photos.  And then, with the help of a handful of wake up beans, I managed to plant most of the new ladies in waiting that were slated for my own garden.

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yesterday


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this evening (and the three on the bench are Allan’s not mine!)

Meanwhile, Allan mowed three lawns: Ours, Devery’s, and the J’s.  That is not unusual becuase he does seem to have boundless energy.

Tomorrow: The Pride Parade itself.

 

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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.


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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


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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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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Astoria, Oregon

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From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia

From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia


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buzzing about

Carol has a sore foot…an injury from too much walking, as walking is one of her hobbies.  So we looked for activities that required little walking, and a good restaurant where we could park right outside.

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

I had a cougar burger, a reference to a sports team.  Owner Tony Kischner glided by, still as graceful and personable as when he and his wife Ann operated the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview.  I miss having their fine establishment closer by.

made with Cougar Gold cheese

made with Cougar Gold cheese


Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

We then took in the view from the deck on the restaurant’s north side.

The building to the north is a fine hotel.

The building to the north is the Cannery Pier Hotel.


the Astoria-Megler bridge

the Astoria-Megler bridge


the restaurant's herb garden

the restaurant’s herb garden on the sunny, sheltered south side of the building

Carol was able to walk a block to the trolley stop, as we had decided that a ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley would be the perfect use of our afternoon.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.


Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Carol sang a line from The Trolley Song as we waited.  It had been lurking in my mind since the last time we saw the trolley with Debbie Teashon. Later that evening, I found a delightful video that shows almost the entire run of the riverfront trolley, speeded up, accompanied by the song.  Enjoy!

The trolley runs about every 45 minutes on good weather summer days, so we chatted and waited.  The ding ding ding announced its arrival.

All aboard!

All aboard!


old boat at the west end of the line

old boat at the west end of the line

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The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.

The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.  Carol, a Seattle Metro bus driver, said she would love to do this if she retired in Astoria.


“Ding ding ding goes the bell!”


the Columbia River

the Columbia River

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the old net building

the old Uppertown Net Loft

That building was purchased by artists who were fixing it up as an art studio when the roof blew off in the 2007 windstorm. A couple of them were in it during the storm, and barely escaped, crawling along the wooden bridge to shore.  The trolley tour guide told us that quantities of art blew out of the building and were lost in the river.  The dramatic story is told here: “Around town, telephone poles snapped and car windows caved in under the pressure of the hurricane-force winds. Eddie Park, a friend of the Nebekers who had been helping board up the windows was thrown 40 feet and broke his arm against a wall. Royal and Park were trapped in the loft as winds raged around them. After 20 hours, they escaped by strapping themselves to a ladder for weight and then crawling on their bellies down the long gangplank to shore.”  Two days after I took this photo, part of the gangplank was lost in an unusually powerful summer windstorm.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.


cropped to show the mass of sea lions

cropped to show the mass of sea lions

When the trolley reaches the end of the line, passengers are instructed to take the handle on the seat backs and gently swing the back to the other side of the bench, thus enabling us to sit back down facing forward again.

turned around

turned around


passing the Mill Pond Village

passing the Mill Pond Village


Millpond Village and its many little gardens

Millpond Village and its many little gardens


the old mill pond

the old mill pond


the west end of Mill Pond Village

the west end of Mill Pond Village


historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)

historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)


by the Maritime Museum

near the Maritime Museum, a bar pilot boat


I love this mural.

I love this mural.


mural, part 2

mural, part 2


Wet Dog Café

Wet Dog Café

Note the man to the right, waving.  As the trolley clangs along by the River Walk, many passersby wave and trolley passengers wave back.

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Every time people waved, I felt all choked up and teary eyed.  It really gets to me and reminds me of this line from What a Wonderful World:

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”

And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café with the trolley reflected


We were waving back.

We were waving back.


looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.

looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.


The industrial waterfront is fascinating.

The industrial waterfront is fascinating.


There's another trolley reflection.

There’s another trolley reflection.

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We disembarked back at the Maritime Memorial.  The wonderful trip had cost us only $1 each. For a slightly higher fee, you can ride back and forth on an all day pass.  Due to a non-waterproof roof, the trolley only runs in good weather.

We paused at the memorial wall.

Maritime Memorial

The Maritime Memorial park

The Maritime Memorial park

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flowers taped to the wall for loved ones

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She loved the river.

She loved the river.


Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!

Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!


Ding, ding, ding!

Ding, ding, ding!  These folks were not quite into the swing of waving yet.

Garden of Surging Waves

Carol moved her car to a spot downtown that was a short walking distance to The Garden of Surging Waves.  I knew she would be interested in the Chinese heritage of Astoria.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria's excellent planters.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria’s excellent planters.

Next to the park, around a soon to be developed plaza, we stopped to read some informative signs.

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The Garden of Surging Waves

The Garden of Surging Waves

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I love the wall of words.

I love the wall of words.


contrasting styles of architecture

contrasting styles of architecture

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“To learn and to practice what is learned time and again is pleasure, is it not? To have friends come from afar is happiness, is it not?”

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.


We sat for awhile on a bench.

We sat for awhile on a bench.


overhead

overhead


I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

Astoria Coffee House and Bistro

We skipped checking out the River People’s outdoor market as Carol had already walked too much, and drove to park near the Astoria Coffeehouse…which had, since my last visit, transformed into a fancy dinner bistro and bar.

This took me by surprise!

This took me by surprise!

Fortunately, the excellent weather meant that we could sit outside in the early evening.

with delicious chocolate cake

with delicious chocolate cake

That is the end of Carol’s visit as she must return to Seattle tomorrow.  I gave her my certificate for a free night at the Sou’wester (a door prize that I won!) in hope that she can visit again this fall.

meanwhile, Allan’s day at home

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without me or the trailer involved.

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without a passenger or the trailer involved.


our post office garden

He watered and deadheaded our post office garden


Life Flight

Life Flight going over Nora’s house; we always spare a thought for whoever is hurt.


before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.

before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.


seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

Allan’s productive day was perhaps not happier than this fellow messing about in a boat.

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a sign on the dock

a sign on the dock


making apple cobbler

making apple cobbler


It was delicious.

It was delicious.

We had gotten so much work done on Wednesday that we decided to take Friday off, as well.

 

 

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