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Friday, 27 November 2015

On the day of the studio tour, our friend Joe put up a couple of signs and opened up his studio, as well, so we made sure to stop by.  Joe is a Found Object Assemblage Artist and the creator of model canned ham trailers and other art featured at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

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The fence used to have a blue pie plate in the hole till a neighbourhood youth broke it.  That ended the idea of putting in lots of pie plate holes and eventually the hole became a eucalyptus frame.

Joe's place

Joe’s place

Joe emerging to greet us.

Joe emerging to greet us.

at the base of the bamboo

at the base of the bamboo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

flying saucer

flying saucer

 

the porch

the porch

a peek into the north side yard

a peek into the north side yard

On Joe's garage; like me, he is to the left of liberal.

On Joe’s garage; like me, he is to the left of liberal.

up the steps

up the steps

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the porch

on the porch

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Joe was once a tugboat mechanic in Alaska.

Joe was once an engineer on tugboats in Alaska and the Seattle  harbor.

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in Joe’s lair

shelf brackets from halved washing machine agitators

shelf brackets from halved washing machine agitators

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

found object robots

found object robots

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Note the natural wood shelf brackets.

Note the natural wood shelf brackets.

We went out to the back garden to have a look around.

outbuilding

outbuilding

The porthole in this door opens and is made from the door of a front loading clothes dryer!

The porthole in this door opens and is made from the door of a front loading clothes dryer!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I love the little square window on the back sunporch.

I love the little square box of windows on the back sunporch.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe made his flying saucer out of one of these; it is from a boat.

Joe made his flying saucer out of one of these; it is from a boat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking down on the house from the sloped back garden

looking down on the house from the sloped back garden

Joe's latest trailer fix-up project

Joe’s latest trailer fix-up project

back in the home studio

back in the home studio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe makes us tea. The painting at upper left was painted by his mum.

Joe makes us tea. The painting partially shown at upper left was painted by his mum.

a cool assemblage piece, "very heavy" says Joe.

a cool assemblage piece, “very heavy” says Joe.  I think he called it “from dad’s workshop”

a nice hot cuppa (Allan's photo)

a nice hot cuppa (Allan’s photo)

Joe makes his canned ham trailers by wrapping license plates around a form.

Joe makes his canned ham trailers by wrapping license plates around a form.

Joe's photo: one of the canned ham trailers

Joe’s photo: one of the canned ham trailers

Allan's photo: looking in the back window of the canned ham.

Allan’s photo: looking in the back window of the canned ham.

peeking into the trailer

peeking into the trailer

art assemblage ingredients

art assemblage ingredients

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe showed me this book....

Joe showed me this book….

and I found an inspirational quotation inside.

and I found an inspirational quotation inside.

more books (Allan's photo)

more books (Allan’s photo)

We wanted to stay longer but had one more studio to visit before the official studio tour hours ended.

departing from Joe's cabinet of wonders.

departing from Joe’s cabinet of wonders.

Here is some more of Joe’s art on display at the Bay Avenue Gallery.

Ginger

Ginger

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from the Dangerous Toys series

from the Dangerous Toys series

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Jet Patrol, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria (Joe's photo)

Jet Patrol, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria in 2010 (Joe’s photo)

Surge-Yo and Surge-Yo's Sister. 11 and 9 1/2 inches tall respectfully. Both made of found objects by Joe Chasse 2009 (Joe's photo)

Surge-Yo and Surge-Yo’s Sister. 11 and 9 1/2 inches tall respectfully. Both made of found objects by Joe Chasse 2009 (Joe’s photo)

Joe's latest piece, available at the Bay Avenue Gallery (Joe's photo)

Joe’s latest piece, available at the Bay Avenue Gallery (Joe’s photo)

 

 

 

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Monday, 20 April 2015

I continued to work on my rather overwhelming garden, while Allan went to weed the terribly weedy garden at the community building, a project that I foolishly agreed to last week.  I so appreciated him deciding to get that started rather than taking a day off.  Here’s the problem:  I need time off more than I need money at the moment, and so does he.  We can’t afford to retire for several years, but we can afford to cut back…and yet, how can we with so many jobs?  Then I think…we should keep working like mad in case we have medical bills before medicare age (as in insurance co-pays and deductibles, something you UK readers don’t have to worry about).  And THEN I think, as Allan has pointed out, NOW is the time to have more time off while we are healthy enough to still enjoy it.  I remind myself that my mother was able to garden till age 82…but that was with me helping her.  She could garden on her own till about age 77…I hope I am as fortunate.  She retired at age 55, and that may have contributed to her years of healthiness.

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Before he left for work, Allan caught this bird checking out one of the birdhouses.

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The first thing I heard when I finally got outside at noon-ish was a great roar out beyond the bogsy wood, and I saw that the south gate was mysteriously wide open.  I don’t know how long it had been that way.  On the way out, I checked for a herd of deer in the garden.  None could be found, and the roses did not appear to be eaten.

Smokey followed me all the way out.

Smokey followed me all the way out.

The sound was from a big mower beyond the trees, and some sort of tree-mauler that was cutting down some of the willow that had sprouted up on the edge of the lawn between the port parking lots and us.

The view at noon.  I still have strimmed to the bench by the seasonal pond.

The view at noon. I still have strimmed to the bench by the seasonal pond.

The noise got louder and all the willows started to shake.  I hoped that all the little frogs could hop fast.  It must have been a bad time for them.

at 1:05

at 1:05

at 1:05 outside the gate, with the big machine tearing at the big willows

at 1:05 outside the gate, with the big machine tearing at the big willows

Fortunately, the trunks of the two big willows are on our property, which runs roughly to the middle of the ditch.

Fortunately, the trunks of the two big willows are on our property, which runs roughly to the middle of the ditch.

the view to the south at 1:30

the view to the south at 1:30

Well.  We will certainly have a better view of what is going on down at the port now.  Poor little frogs, though.  (Update: For the next several nights, I could hear the frogs peeping from the other ends of the ditch, but not from the middle part that had been mown and chopped.)

The seasonal pond all covered with floating wood chips.

The seasonal pond all covered with floating wood chips.

I'm glad I left a long grass frog haven on my side.

I’m glad I left a long grass frog haven on my side.

I had asked Allan to move two planted chairs all the way from a corner of the front garden to somewhere that they did not have to be shifted for weeding.  I like where he put them, in the salmonberry groves:

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While all the tree-ripping was going on, I got much planting done: two trays of Nicotiana langsdorfii and several assorted Agastaches (‘Apricot Sunsrise’, ‘Summer Glow’, ‘Tutti Frutii’, ‘Cotton Candy’, ‘Sangria’, and ‘Mexican Giant’).

Later, I got my new Hellebores in and my two birthday plants.

I found that this new area was really pretty much full, if I am to leave proper room between plants.

I found that this new area was really pretty much full, if I am to leave proper room between plants.

my new little bloodroot right at the edge of the new garden bed

my new little bloodroot right at the edge of the new garden bed

a cool pulsatilla about to bloom

a cool pulsatilla about to bloom

in another bed, two little noses coming up...very big event for a CPN

in another bed, two little noses coming up…very big event for a CPN

My new candy lily seemed right for the mini-scree bed.

My new candy lily seemed right for the mini-scree bed.

Yesterday, when Debbie came to pick up plants for the Master Gardener plant sale (I’m not in the MGs, although I did take the course years ago), she gave me a flower sculpture by Sue Raymond of Bay Avenue Gallery

.  I installed it today, placing it where I could tie the stake to a post.

I love this exotic flower.

I love this exotic flower.

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

our garden boat, the Ann Lovejoy

in the boat:  Tulip 'Green Wave'

in the boat: Tulip ‘Green Wave’

Tulip 'Angelique'  (pretty sure, although that green flame confuses me)

Tulip ‘Angelique’ (pretty sure, although that green flame confuses me)

Tulip 'Akebono' and 'Green Wave' in bud

Tulip ‘Akebono’ and ‘Green Wave’ in bud

More 'Green Wave' because it is my favourite this week.

More ‘Green Wave’ because it is my favourite this week.

Tulip 'Green Star'

Tulip ‘Green Star’

After the work done by the port staff, our view corridor is back.  The garden was designed around this in the first place.

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When we first moved here in October 2010, the bogsy woods was thick with junk and brambles and we cleared a path through and eventually build the fence and the south gate; outside the gate is only lightly gardened on occasion and is a haven for happy frogs. Below, the bottom photo shows the area which is the view corridor now.

what our woods looked like in Oct. 2010 when we bought the place

what our woods looked like in Oct. 2010 when we bought the place

To whoever it was who did one of those annoying blog posts about words and phrases that she or he never wanted to read in another gardening blog, and included “view corridor”:  Oh, well!

The east bed still has lots of small (for now!) weeds and will be my next big project.

The east bed still has lots of small (for now!) weeds and will be my next big project.

The west bed is pretty well weeded except for a strip all along the back side, and an area behind the blue chairs.

The west bed is pretty well weeded except for a strip all along the back side, and an area behind the blue chairs.

that tall heather from the front garden...I keep trying to appreciate it more.

that tall heather from the front garden…I keep trying to appreciate it more.  I think I like it best in a pot.

I had a feeling my brand new Hosta 'Stiletto' would be slug food.  Dang it.

I had a feeling my brand new narrow leaved Hosta ‘Stiletto’ would be slug food. Dang it.

Next to it, the hosta I got from Mary Fluaitt when she moved away is proving to be very strong, just like its former owner.

Next to it, the hosta I got from Mary Fluaitt when she moved away is proving to be very strong, just like its former owner.

I'm loving the bronzy top knot on this mahonia in Allan's garden.

I’m loving the bronzy top knot on this mahonia in Allan’s garden.

Another look at the results of the weekend's main project.

Another look at the results of the weekend’s main projects…the front border…

...and the northeast corner.

…and the northeast corner.

my double file viburnum on the west side of the garage

my double file viburnum on the west side of the garage (deer proof!)

my lovely silver name-us forgettii

my lovely silver nameus forgettii  (Help me remember?)

One fringed Tulip 'Aleppo' has returned from a planting a few years old.

One fringed Tulip ‘Aleppo’ has returned from a planting a few years old.

Tulip 'Aleppo'

Tulip ‘Aleppo’

I got my new outdoor sit spot almost back…for now.  It will fill again quickly when annuals planting time arrives in a couple of weeks.

weeding and planting at home await me.

my sit spot two days ago

and this evening

and this evening

Allan’s day on

Meanwhile, Allan had nobly gone to weed at the community center for seven and a half hours.  Perhaps because his area of our garden is small (by his choice, as he has boating and motorcycling as hobbies as well as gardening, unlike my one-track mind), he is more willing to give up a day off.

Ilwaco Community Building

Ilwaco Community Building

The gardens are all on the west side of the building, which houses our beloved Ilwaco Timberland Library, a low cost lunch room for seniors, Ilwaco City Council meetings and Toastmaster meetings.  We have declined this gardening job several times.  Now it seems there is just NO ONE else willing to take it on, and even though we feel a great need for free time, a love for Ilwaco has trumped all and we are going to try to do it.  By try, I mean we will see how long we can stand it.

Here are Allan’s photos:

He started at the driveway entrance with the theory that is best to do the areas first that are parked next to or walked past by Ilwaco Timberland Library patrons.  The first area gave him hope that the job might go quickly.  The kinnickinnick sprawls around and while I feel it is kind of boring looking, there were not many weeds.

before and after

before and after; maybe someone else had pulled bindweed out of here earlier.

When he moved on the the top of two tiers between the parking lot and the sidewalk, he knew this was more than a one day job.  (Last year, we saw someone weeding for a whole week in these beds.  We wish she was still doing it!)

top tier, before

top tier, before

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before

after

after

after

after

I look upon this with despair as I can’t stand heather in a flat garden.  The other day a friend said that even though the boatyard garden is so very long, it helped to have interesting plants to weed among.  I am going to have to do something with this garden to make it more interesting to me if we are going to keep it in the long term.  Allan just quietly stated that he doesn’t like the heathers, either, nor does he like the fact that there is nothing flowering in the garden in the summer.  He also commented, and of course I agree, that it is a pain to have salal in the garden because it is popping up through everything, including the heather.  If we keep this job long term, the salal is going to be our mortal enemy.  (I think it is just lovely in the wild woods, by the way.)

behind the sign

behind the sign, before

after

after

strip along the sidewalk, before

strip along the sidewalk, before

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before

after

after

another area along the sidewalk

another area along the sidewalk, before

after

after

How did we get into this?  It is one job I firmly did not want to take on because it has bindweed, horsetail, and, quite frankly, I am only interested in maintaining gardens we have created, with just a couple of exceptions. (Mayor Mike’s pretty little garden comes to mind because it was designed by a friend of mine who moved away, and I like it.)

I remember when the garden was being developed by a group of volunteers and I saw the big pile of dirt that they were planning to put back in.  I said “No!  No!  Don’t use that; it is FULL of BINDWEED!”  Bindweed was sprouting up all over it.  There was a chance that if that soil, dug out during the re-do of the parking lot, was just discarded, some of the bindweed would go away.  However, even a few little roots left down in the ground would easily create a menace within a year.  (I don’t know if that soil was re-used or not.)

The entrance garden: the outside was fine, as if someone has already weeded it.

The entrance garden: the outside was fine, as if someone has already weeded it.

Last time I saw the area above, it had dandelions.  We wonder if someone else is still doing part of the job and if there is going to be some mix up about us being hired.

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the entrance garden behind the wall, which we quite like, before

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after, with ferns trimmed

after, with ferns trimmed

The last area that remained is the hardest, a tiered garden covered with vetch, bindweed, and a haze of other weeds.

a before photo of an area he did not get to today.  What a mess of vetch obscuring all the good plants.

a before photo of an area he did not get to today. What a mess of vetch obscuring all the good plants.

YOIKS!

YOIKS!

This area is steeply tiered and would be hard on my knee.

After some weeding. This area is steeply tiered and would be hard on my knee.

I can already see in my mind some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Eryngium migrating from my garden over to the bare areas in the community building garden.  Free plants would fit in well with the budget, and would add some summer colour.  Some clumps of baby poppies could perhaps be moved up from the boatyard, as there are certainly MORE than enough poppies in that garden.   With that sort of change, I could get up more enthusiasm for this new job.

When Allan got home, I said he should have a look at the work the port crew had done at the south end of our property.  He went and took this photo from the outside, and said something about going in there and prettying it up with a better sawing job.  Otherwise, he agreed that it is a positive thing to have our view of the port returned.  You can even see our sitting bench now.

our property, south side, now

our property, south side, now

Tomorrow, we must get back to work if the weather allows.  The forecast is iffy.  There are new roses to plant and fertilizer to apply at Jo’s garden.

Postscript:   Tuesday’s weather, drizzly with 23 mile an hour winds, inspired me to take another day off.  Allan worked a tiny bit, digging up about a dozen drab roses at Jo’s garden in preparation for planting some new ones, and helping Ed Strange shift some pots of bamboo at the Boreas Inn.   I had time to write a paean of praise to The Big Tiny and have set it to be a bonus book post tonight.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

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Our first stop was the library to pick up books and DVDs.

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

We next drove up Sandridge Road to the Basket Case Greenhouse, just to look over a plant availabilty list from a new vendor.  Fred says to make sure to tell you they are NOT OPEN YET (but will be when the pansies and violas have sized up).

Basket Case Greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, a hug for Fred

Allan's photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list.

Allan’s photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list and choose some good stuff.

You can see how the darling little violas are just starting to come on.

precious little baby violas

precious little baby violas

the annual "plugs" are all planted and growing

the annual “plugs” are all planted and growing

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond.  (Allan's photo)

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan got some beautiful photos of the entry drive to Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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the main entrance to KBC

the main entrance to KBC

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flowering cherry trees

flowering cherry trees

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flowering quince in the outer gardens

Japanese flowering quince in the outer gardens

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

My grandma had such a lovely one of these....

My grandma had such a lovely one of these….

red camellia flowers

red camellia flowers

wind vane over the office

wind vane over the office

office windowboxes

office window boxes

entering the grounds

entering the grounds

Allan then got busy pruning some hardy fuchsias and pulling ivy out of the dog memorial garden (where black lab Raven (my special favourite), and Great Pyrenees Misty and Debbie are buried).

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noxious English ivy.  The area looked much more defined when he was done...but I forgot to take an after photo.

noxious English ivy. The area looked much more defined when he was done…but I forgot to take an after photo.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' already leafing out.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ already leafing out.

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines)

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines).

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

If we wait much longer, they will be hard to cut because the new fronds will be unfurling.

Here's one that is already unfurling...so early.

Here’s one that is already unfurling…so early.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one, despite Mary’s diligent pursuit of snails.

I couldn’t bear to trim the ones by the pond just yet, especially when the resort is full of guests.

We will have to come prune these very soon....

By the pond….We will have to come prune these very soon….

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

species tulips

species tulips

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi

narcissi

One of the owners had asked for a Waterlogue of his cottage.

Cottage One, "Beachy Keen"

Cottage One, “Beachy Keen”

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

The A Frame

The A Frame

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Bay Avenue Gallery

We took a short work break to vist our friend Joe Chasse, who was giving a demonstration at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

Bay Avenue Gallery

Bay Avenue Gallery

(My Lumix pocketcam died two days ago with a resounding “System Error Zoom”, leaving me with my iPhone cam, and the Canon pocketcam unaffectionately nicknamed “Spot” because of its lens scratch.)

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe and "Ginger"

Joe and “Ginger”

Joe's insects

Joe’s insects

Allan's photo:  I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

Allan’s photo: I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson, who used to live on the Peninsula

an appealing tea pot

an appealing tea pot

Weigardt Gallery

After our artful interlude, we did the cutting back of ornamental grasses at the Wiegardt Gallery.  I am 99% sure we will be passing this job into good hands this spring, and I look forward to having one less job even though I’m fond of the garden.  It will get much better, with cooler plants.  We’re also looking forward to having a certain likeable plants-person on the peninsula.

before

before

before

before

before, looking out

before, looking out

I’ve noticed a lot of plants leafing out or blooming early.  I did not get freaked out about it till today when I saw one of the Stipa giganteas already throwing out its plumes.

What the what?

What the what?

disconcertingly early

disconcertingly early

It's appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but...this early?)

It’s appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but…this early?)

Kudos to Allan for realizing that the middle growth of the Stipa was new, and not cutting it with the old stems.

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after

after

rosemary blooming by the gallery's front door

rosemary blooming by the gallery’s front door

There was no question that the ferns at Weigardt’s were ready to trim.

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before, SE corner of house

after.  (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

after. (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

north wall of house

north wall of house

after trimming fern and epimidium

after trimming fern and epimidium

south side of house, the old kitchen door

south side of house, the old kitchen door

front walkway...still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall's removal efforts

front walkway…still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall’s removal efforts

little Eucomis appearing rather early, yes?

little Eucomis appearing: rather early, yes?

This allium bud also seems extra early.

This allium bud also seems extra early.

west side garden bed.  We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.

west side garden bed. We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.  They bug me…but we had to go.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down...and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down…and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

Here is what Map My Walk has to show about walking around the Wiegardt job site today:

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Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

I had noticed, on the way between KBC and Wiegardts, two ornamental grasses to cut at the OBS garden.  We stopped there on the way home.

Allan trimming grasses.

Allan trimming grasses.

There were three grasses to cut, actually, and I found my legs hurt so much I could not step into the garden bed over the stone wall, so I found something else to do.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

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after

 

At home, the work board for February is getting whittled down, although today I did remember to add Carter/Red Barn.

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Tomorrow: back to Long Beach to finish pruning the rhodos.  (City Hall is done, forgot to erase it!)

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

As planned, we left the house at about 10:30 AM for the Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour.

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All up and down the peninsula!

All up and down the peninsula!

We knew we would not be able to see all 17 of the venues, so we skipped the shops in Long Beach and a few places where we had been before. (The event continued Saturday for those who could devote two days to fitting in every single stop; we had other plans for Saturday.)

Marsh Pottery

I was curious to see a pottery studio in the Sahalee neighbourhood on the hill west of Ilwaco.

When we got there, the weather was like this...and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

When we got there, the weather was like this…and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Allan’s photo: Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

inside

Allan's photo; the roofer had taken shelter

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Allan’s photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Hobbit Shop

We tried to go to Karen Brownlee’s studio next but shot by her driveway, went into the next driveway thinking it was hers, and decided to keep on going north and catch her on the way home. (All day became suspenseful; would we get back to Karen’s on time?)

We swung back over to Pacific Avenue (the ocean side) and into a mysterious driveway. This is what I had been hoping for: to visit places down secret little roads.

down a long one lane driveway

down a long one lane driveway

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped for!

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

Allan’s photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

the door to the hobbit shop

the door to the hobbit shop

inside

inside

Allan's photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art.

Allan’s photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art. (Allan bought the wooden box on lower right.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, with his little box front and center

art

woodcarver Jim Unwin

woodcarver Jim Unwin

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

building tools

building tools

Jim's wife, reflected in a carved mirror

Jim’s wife, Annie, reflected in a carved mirror

I asked Annie if Jim recycled wooden pallets, since I had seen the old pallets leaned up against the side of the shop. She showed me a pallet table (for only $40!)…

table

table

And she told me that the chairs we had noticed outside were made of pallets…

Allan's photo: pallet chairs

Allan’s photo: pallet chairs

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Annie took us out the side door and showed us the fence that Jim is building out of deconstructed pallets.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

back inside the shop

back inside the shop

Jim at work.

Jim at work.

I fell in love with a birdhouse; Jim said it was not one he had made. He had gotten it up in Tokeland at a craft fair for $20. Make me an offer, he said, and I acquired the charming birdhouse for $20!

not for the outdoors or for real birds

not for the outdoors or for real birds

card

Getting to see this hidden-away woodshop was one of the highlights of the tour for me.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

Carol Couch Watercolors

Kathleen had told us we must be sure to visit Carol’s studio and home. Oh my, she was so right!

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Carol’s sign was the easiest one to see!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed/greenhouse

shed/greenhouse

studio at front of house

studio at front of house

The house that stood here before was a manufactured home. One stormy day three trees fell on it. Rather than replace it with another manufactured, Carol decided to design a house that would be a place to grow old in, with wheelchair width doors and all on one level. It is gorgeous.

an open floor plan

an open floor plan

doors to an enormous deck

doors to an enormous deck

shed door viewed from the deck

shed door viewed from the deck

fresh air outdoor room

fresh air outdoor room

looking in from the deck door

looking in from the deck doors

snacks on the kitchen table

snacks on the kitchen table

Carol introduced us to her friend and chef, Eddie, who had done much of the design work on the house and who was cooking up delectable empinadas.

Eddie cooking empinadas

Eddie busy cooking empinadas

with two sauces, so good!

with two sauces, so good!

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

Allan's photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan’s photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan's photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

Allan’s photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime.  We will.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime. We look forward to that.

Note, bottom right below, the Depot Tavern. That was the previous incarnation of The Depot Restaurant, now our favourite place to dine and one of our gardening spots.

some of our art haul from Carol's studio

some of our art haul from Carol’s studio

Naquaiya’s Studio

On a quiet side street in Ocean Park, we found the cutest little house. If we’d ever been up that street before, I would have noticed it.

600 square foot cottage

600 square foot cottage

Next door is a barn housing the art of several artists, including owner Michele Naquaiya.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

an array of cards by the artists

an array of cards by the artists

paper decorations

paper decorations

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio...

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio…

As we left, I noticed the mosaic shutters on the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The next day, Kathleen told me that she got a tour of the house later that day. I was jealous! She told me that artist Michele had done much of the building and had learned a lot about power tools in the process. The house was only recently completed. Michele had told me that all the wood trim was hand cut and she made all the mosaics.

Allan's photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door.

Allan’s photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door. Another will join it.

Allan's photo: a garden in the making

Allan’s photo: a garden in the making

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

intermission

We saw some cute little Ocean Park cottages on our way to the next studio.

with lavender shutters

with lavender shutters

detail: Robin's Nest

detail: Robin’s Nest

and blue shutters

and blue shutters

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

green and red

green and red

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

Bette Lu’s Holiday Studio

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one; would it be just Christmas decorations?

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I was pleased to discover a tiny studio full of excellent art. Artist Bette Lu Krause said she just calls it the holiday studio because of the time of year that she opens for this event; most of the time, she sells through local galleries.

cupcakes and hot cocoa

cupcakes and hot cocoa

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; This was the only studio where we crossed paths with Kathleen.

Bette Lu herself

Bette Lu herself

Her art is evocative of nature, fog, trees, and the sea.

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art

"contemplating clams" and trees in fog

“contemplating clams” and trees in fog

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

glass

view out the back window

view out the back window

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I've ever seen.

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I’ve ever seen.

On an impulse, even though I was concerned about time left before 4 PM, we decided to make the rather long drive up to north Surfside to a studio we’d visited on a previous tour.

On the way....(Allan's photo)

On the way….(Allan’s photo)

Don Perry Metal Art

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Don’s studio is in a garage up a steep driveway.

garden art on the way up (Allan's photo)

garden art on the way up (Allan’s photo)

more garden art (Allan's photo)

more garden art (Allan’s photo); I was smitten by the starry sphere

garage

Don Perry (Allan's photo)

Don Perry (Allan’s photo)

We both tried to get photos when his metal tool was actually shooting blue sparks. It occurred to me later that neither of us are at all assertive in getting people to pose for photos. In one sense, this means you can count on the blog photos being true to life; nevertheless, it would have been so easy to ask him to just shoot off some sparks for a great photo.

in the workshop:  Allan's photo

in the workshop: Allan’s photo

perry

I decided I could not live without that starry sphere. It was a long day’s wages in price. I learned years ago from the book Your Money or Your Life how to value things I want to buy. You deduct your overhead expenses from your hourly wage, figure out how many hours you would have to work for said thing, and then decide if it was worth it. The starry sphere was most definitely worth a day of my time.

Don Perry brought it down from the garden....

Don Perry brought it down from the garden….

...and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

…and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

He warned us it is assembled under tension so never undo it. I promised we would not dissect the garden art.

intermission

Surfside is a windswept neighbourhood on a base of sand.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan's photo)

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan noticed this viewing deck next to a low slung home.

Allan noticed the viewing deck next to a low slung home.

In Ocean Park, we made a quick drive to the beach approach restrooms. Across the street, I noticed the unusual sight of the very popular Full Circle Café without cars and trucks parked all along the front.

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café!

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café.

Allan nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

He nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

Bay Avenue Gallery

We next visited the Bay Avenue Gallery especially to see the latest creations by our friend Joe Chasse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

inside

inside

Lisa, who runs the edible garden tour and often volunteers at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, was cashiering for the event.

All of Joe’s recent “canned ham trailer” pieces from his Dangerous Toys collection had been sold. They HOP off the shelves. You can see some photos at his blog, here. Other interesting pieces remained:

joe

joe

joe

ginger

joe

joe

joe

We also found a display of the little pottery houses by Jan Richardson. We miss seeing her around since she has moved away from the Peninsula. You can see her former Peninsula home and garden here.

jan

home

dog houses

dog houses

dream house

dream house

A display of Karen Brownlee’s pottery reminded me we must hurry as I did want to see her studio.

Karen Brownlee pottery

Karen Brownlee pottery

Lisa told us we must go next door to the workshop as more art was on display there.

the workshop and classroom space

the workshop and classroom space

a new sign for the front

a new sign for the front

I was smitten with a flattish piece with a poppy seedpod design. It turned out to be a second, a platter that the artist thought had failed, and the price was therefore low.

It came home with me.

It came home with me.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Beach Home Old and New

We reluctantly, because of time running short, skipped the Weir Gallery as we think it is open more often than the “occasional shop”, Beach Home Old and New.

It's housed in "The Barn On Bay".  (Allan's photo)

It’s housed in “The Barn On Bay”. (Allan’s photo)

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inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten's jewelry

inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten’s jewelry

necklace

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to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

The large space abounds in all sorts of just the kind of thing I like.

inside

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cats

basket

bonnie

jars

fire

Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each.  Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each. Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

Wiegardt Gallery

Of course, we had to stop at the Wiegardt Gallery to have a staycation look at the garden (no weeding allowed!) and to say hello to Eric.

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan's photo)

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan’s photo)

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus....

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus….

and found a Knautia still blooming.

and found a Knautia still blooming.

Miscanthus

Miscanthus

front walkway

front walkway

autumnal lawn beds

autumnal lawn beds

all tidy by the front door

all tidy by the front door

montbretia...ready to be pulled...but it's staycation!

montbretia…ready to be pulled…but it’s staycation!

east front corner of the house...a shrub in bloom.

east front corner of the house…a shrub in bloom. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 a winter blooming camellia??

a winter blooming camellia??

inside

inside

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

alliums and grasses

alliums and grasses, displayed by gallery manager Christl

Eric himself

Eric himself

A young art patron reached out to touch a photo and his mother, as would any good mother, admonished him not to touch.

boy

Eric, a renowned art teacher as well as a renowned artist, said that it was okay for the boy to touch the painting. In fact, said Eric, there was a painting with even more texture. He got it down from the wall so the boy could examine the layering of paint.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

paint

paint

an inspiration

an inspiration

With just a little over a forty five minutes left, we departed to try to make it to Karen’s studio. On the way, we drove right by another studio tour sign and realized we had forgotten…

Epinoia Studio

…so we turned around in the driveway of Peninsula Landscape Supply and went back. Who did we find in the driveway, giving a consultation about some running bamboo, but our good friend Ed Strange!

inside Epinoia Studio

inside Epinoia Studio

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

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a large space for creating

Allan and the artist

Allan and the artist

me 'n the Edster

me ‘n the Edster; we’re trying to solve a conundrum about the game Words with Friends

 

I'm showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

I’m showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

Karen Brownlee Studio

We had to take our leave of Ed and rush down to the Brownlee pottery studio. This time, we knew that we should turn in at the driveway with mosaic posts. No photo ensued as the driveway was long and the tour was due to end in about fifteen minutes.

Karen was busy at her potter's wheel

Karen was busy at her potter’s wheel

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You may recall the annual charity event, Empty Bowls, and that Karen is the driving force behind it.

Karen’s work is both beautiful and practical.

pie birds

pie birds

salt

pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

assorted fruit

assorted fruit

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread....delicious.

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread….delicious.

an interesting poster on the wall

an interesting poster on the wall

This mirror was my last purchase of the day.

This cranberry pattern mirror was my last purchase of the day.

at home

We left Karen’s at 4:00 on the dot and came home to lay out our acquisitions and dote on them.

our art haul

our art haul at home

To make the end of the day even more satisfying, I saw from my window that Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company had lit their holiday star for the first time this year.

south window view

south window view

Even better, I knew I had one more pleasant social and artistic occasion the following day and then I might have six days of reading time.

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Saturday, 26 October, 2013

I had been photo-promoting the first Peninsula Cash Mob of the season for a couple of weeks on Facebook, teasing with photos of the wide range of local art at Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park. We had to get up “early” on Saturday to get there….by 11:05. The starting time was 11:00. I was in suspense over whether or not the event would be successful.

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

Reflected in the gallery window is the old Taylor Hotel, now home of Adelaide’s coffee and the café that we had promoted as a possibility for cash mobbers to have lunch.

I should explain that “A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases and have a fun and positive impact on our local economy.” The Idea is to spend between $5 and $20 dollars. Usually a café is also mentioned for those who want to dine with friends and chat about the day (and life, the universe, and everything).

the main room of the gallery

the main room of the gallery

gallery staff waiting....

gallery staff waiting….

At the desk, above, is Lisa who organizes the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour.

The first group of shoppers and browsers arrived a little after 11:15 and the pace kept steady and most satisfying all day long.

I realized early on that a wonderful piece of art that I had, in the past, voted for people’s choice award (it won!) at the Peninsula Art Show was by our new friend Joe Chasse. It had been a creative sculpture somewhat like these:

by Joe Chassee

by Joe Chasse

I loved this description of Joe’s art:

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Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

(We met Joe through artist Heather Ramsay of my favourite shop ever, NIVA green.)

The gallery continued to be well filled with people and I felt a great relief that the event was a success. One of the shoppers was our friend Debbie Teashon, writer and photographer of Rainyside Gardeners!

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Carol Thompson began a plein air painting in the courtyard while her husband tended a barrel in which pots were baking:

painting and pots

painting and pots

barrel firing and painting

barrel firing and painting

fire

fire

I couldn’t help but notice the space between the Bay Avenue studio building (where classes are given and where artists can come work on projects). The narrow, damp area called out to be for a fabulous swale garden with stepping stones, and I was told a friend of the owners has exactly that in mind.

Just some of the offerings at the gallery, all by local artists:

lighthouse

card

flowers

clams

These three golfers might amuse Mr. Tootlepedal and his golfing friends as well as P.G. Wodehouse fans.

golfers three

golfers three

golf

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

steampunk jewelry

steampunk jewelry

flying machine

flying machine

You can see more art in the background as I appreciated the presence of various well liked local folk.

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers!

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers! (Charlene left me a Daphne plant the other day!)

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan’s garden, Windy Meadows, was on the Peninsula garden tour in 2012, Her little cottages at Windy Meadows Pottery fill me with joy.

I like the originals even better.

I like the originals even better.

For lunch, Debbie and Allan and I met Michelle, cash mob co organizer. across the street at Adelaide’s.

Adelaide's Coffee

Adelaide’s Coffee

at Adelaide's

at Adelaide’s

Debbie, me, Michelle

Debbie, me, Michelle

Allan's artistic latte

Allan’s artistic latte

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney-like sauce

Adelaide's also houses a small bookstore.

Adelaide’s also houses a small bookstore.

With lots of talk about cash mob itself, and Debbie and Michelle proving to be sympatico, lunch took well over an hour. Allan and I then returned to the gallery to take more photos.

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

The barrel firing had burned up a considerable amount of wood.

the pots were beginning to show...

the pots were just beginning to show…

Debbie had gone to her hotel (at the Breakers in Long Beach) by then. Just before four o clock, Allan and I walked three blocks east to the new shop Beach Home Old and New which will be “cash mobbed” in May. It is the first time we had been there. I found it completely charming.

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

utterly delightful!

utterly delightful!

We happened upon two artists there who assemble sturdily constructed garden decor with plates, and carefully picked our way around the plates laid on the floor.

My favourite:  Desert Rose

My favourite: Desert Rose

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

This is my kind of place. I love the alder used as decoration over the door between two rooms.

alder

alder branch

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as "insect balls" and then thought...oops!

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as “insect balls” and then thought…oops!

Orbs would be a better word.

In the same way that I realized I had voted for a piece of art by Joe Chasse once upon a time, when I saw shopkeeper Bonnie Lou Cozby’s photographs for sale, I recognized her style and knew that one of my favourite art pieces in my home is a photo by her, of sunflowers in the village of Nahcotta.

I’m so very taken with this shop that I have to share a string of photos. The funny thing is, I don’t shop much for home decor things, having so many items already from my grandmother. But I love everything here:

Beach Home Beach Home Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

love the angry kitten at lower right!

Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

I have a strong urge to go back and buy that angry kitten picture….but we probably will not be up there on the days (end of the week) when the shop is open…

When we walked back to Bay Avenue Gallery, we found that the pots in the barrel firing were enticingly peeking out of the ashes.

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The next day, the gallery posted this photo of one of the resulting pots.

beautiful barrel fired pot

beautiful barrel fired pot, photo courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

Allan and I had some time at home before our planned dinner out. We took that hour and a half to process and upload 161 photos to the Peninsula Cash Mob Facebook page for today’s event.

We then met Debbie at Pelicano Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and dined from 7 until 9:46 PM. Pelicano co owner Shelly (spouse of the amazing chef) once told me that when you book a table at Pelicano, “you own that table” till closing time. The pace is elegantly relaxed and of course Allan and Debbie and I had much to talk about. When we looked up, another restaurant had become empty and was being tidied by the staff. Shelly told us that we did not have to hurry to leave.

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

flowers by the door at Pelicano

flowers by the door at Pelicano

I’ll close with part of the menu for those who are interested in such things. It changes monthly and the food is delectable.

Pelicano October menu

Pelicano October menu

For those who are REALLY interested, Allan had the pasta, I had the scallops, and Debbie had the Vietnamese chicken. We each had our own serving of the chocolate pot de creme. It is too good to share.

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