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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ilwaco post office garden


I always think I do not like the yellow evening primrose. And yet look how pretty this accidental one is.

Long Beach

We began Long Beach at city hall with the plan of pulling a lot of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and then then clearing out the boring Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ planter by the gazebo, getting new soil in buckets from city works, and redoing the planter with the plants we had brought with us.

cars and flowers meet at the edge of the parking lot

There is a whole wall of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ on the south of the west side (not planted by us! I would have picked something else.)

before


I set out to clip back the Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ from the sidewalk.

I then noticed that one of the two escallonias had produced three feet of new growth and decided to clip it away from the building.  Look who I found while clipping:

Pacific tree frog and snail

I am so glad I got that photo just before froggie jumped off.

As I clipped the escallonia, Parks Manager Mike drove by and called out a request, that we clip back the roses on the big pop out, one block south, because of sight line issues.  That changed the day’s plan considerably.  Soon after, I decided to cut the escallonia down very low so that it would better match the much smaller one at the other end of the garden.  Meanwhile, I asked Allan to take the pick and remove the big armeria on the corner by the escallonia; it was a haven for creeping buttercup and was too far out over the wall.

Allan’s photos: before…


and after


after

While Allan finished, I clipped back the huge Aruncus (goats beard) on the north side.

during


after

The aruncus has gotten too big for that spot.  Later this fall, we plan to dig it out and put it somewhere in Fifth Street Park (with a division going to my garden; it originally came from my previous garden).

Very little Crocosmia got pulled. 

The one thing we went there to do hardly got done at all.

Before even going to the pop out, we had so much debris that we had to dump.  We need revitalizing, yet the coffee drive through had four cars waiting so Allan said “Let’s go to the two guys.”  I knew exactly what he meant: Abbracci Coffee Bar, owned by Tony and Bernardo.

a Pink Poppy Bakery shortbread


fifteen minutes of relaxation


and a dulcimer player


Allan’s photo

While we were by Fifth Street Park for our coffee break, we went ahead and deadheaded there.

fall crocus (Allan’s photo)


At two o clock, the post-tourist season town was so quiet.


SW quadrant looking grand with Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


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Next: the big pop out project.  As we parked, I thought that there was no way the sightline could be blocked by the rugosa roses.

before: You’d look left, and you’d look right when you were further out….

However, in recent years we have taken the pick and tried to push the roses back (to no avail, but at least they stayed shorter for the summer).  I did not mind cutting them.  I had told Mike I wished we could redo the whole thing, rebuilding the wall and putting in all new soil.  By we, I mean the city crew and big equipment.

after; we will prune the rest of the roses down hard later.

As we were working on this, a fellow on a motorcycle stopped and wanted to give us a $20 tip.  The same thing, with a different man, happened in Long Beach a couple of weeks ago, and that time I was able to kindly refuse.  Today’s gentleman would not take a refusal; he tucked the $20 in among the stems of the rugosa roses (and we did not leave it there).

A kitty came to visit.


Her roundness reminded me of my Mary.

With another full trailer, we made another run to city works, and this time we filled buckets with soil for the original project, redoing a city planter. 

While Allan got started digging the boring old geraniums out of the planter, I walked four blocks worth of planters to deadhead.

I saw a pug.


And the pug saw me.

On my walkabout, I collected some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, some creeping succulents, and some cut leaf saxifrage and then joined Allan at the planter project.  The sun had become hot, and the town had become busy with lots of onlookers, and we only had two hours to get the project done before a social event. The Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ roots are so pervasive that we had to dig a lot of soil out.  Even then, I thought maybe we had not dug enough.  I was afraid to put in the two Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that I brought.  Rozanne (blooming from late spring to first frost) is related to Johnson (which blooms for about a month, if that), and if Johnson got mixed up with Rozanne, then Johnson could use Rozanne as a base to try to take over the whole planter again.  I’ll wait to see how much JB sprouts back before I add Rozanne to this planter. Allan took all the photos here.

before


before

after; we salvaged two santolinas and two agastaches.


after


As the sun was setting, we checked on the kite museum garden.


kite museum (Allan’s photo)

During our planter re-do, I had gotten a text that changed our dinner plans.  We had been going to meet Dave and Melissa at El Compadre Mexican Restaurant for our weekly dinner.  Instead, we were all invited to the home of Lynn, who until recently was our beloved server at the Cove.

sun setting as we arrive (Allan’s photo)

Our destination was next door to Gene’s garden, which you may remember from the 2013 local garden tour.

Here was Gene’s garden in 2013:

And here it is now, with the changes that Gene made since then:

good job, Gene!


in 2013…


and now with a new west facing deck


Gene’s cottage

Next door, pretty porch lights welcomed us to Lynn’s cottage.

She had stocked the cooler with our favourite cider.

The cottage inside was every bit as perfectly beachy as the best Cannon Beach Cottage.

windowsill lights with shells

Bitty protecting her lair

Chloe was much friendlier than Bitty (who warmed up to us eventually).

my new friend


Chloe’s nook

We dined with seven friends on a pizza assortment and snacks. With Dave and Melissa, we stayed till late, sharing thoughts and stories.

At home, I found it satisfying to erase “planter re-do” from the work board.

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Oznick-Muncy Cottage

from the program:  This modernized traditional craftsman style dream home was built in 2007 and is a great example of how the past meets the present.  The owners used a contemporary approach to their living quarters by featuring original art by Cannon Beach’s own Bill Steidel and Portland’s Richard Thompson.  Be sure to check out the beautiful man-made fireplace which is constructed from original Oregon river rock.

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Allan’s photo; as you can see, we were allowed to take photos here.

The table settings had belonged to the owner's great grandmother.

The table settings had belonged to the owner’s great grandmother.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

 

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Quinn’s Cottage (a vacation rental)

From the program: This classic maritime architectural style cottage was built in 1930 and the current homeowners purchased the home in 2004.  This home is a traditional Cannon Beach cottage with exposed shingle siding and parlor windows.  The cottage is thought to have started as a single-walled fishing shack in the early 30s and slowly got added onto over the years, with the most recent addition of the second floor from about the 1970s.

Quinn's Cottage

Quinn’s Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Quinn Cottage living room

Quinn Cottage living room

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borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk.

borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk by the front door.

kitchen

kitchen

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host's daughter guarded the way.

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host’s daughter guarded the way.

You can view photos of the upstairs on the vacation rental website.

Sea Salt

from the program: This beautifully tranquil home as built in 1986 and formerly sat across the street from an earlier version of the Surfsand Resort, which was located on Spruce Street.  It is rumored that Sea Salt was one of Surfsand Resort’s units and was later relocated and remodeled in 2006 to its current location.

Sea Salt is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

Allan’s photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

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downstairs bedroom

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

and a Buddha in the back garden.

and a Buddha in the back garden.

upstairs bedroom: Allan's photo

upstairs bedroom: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, upstairs deck

Allan's photo from the upstairs deck

Allan’s photo from the upstairs deck

Sea Salt side yard

Sea Salt side yard

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

interlude

We had a walk to a few blocks to the next cottage and we photographed cottages, gardens, and beach.

a cute little cottage

a cute little cottage

with a corner table

with a corner table

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

cottage just uphill from the gallery

cottage just uphill from the gallery

Allan pointed out that we could walk west for a couple of blocks and take the beach road to the next cottage, so we did.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.  This two bedroom, two bath home two blocks from the beach with hardly any yard is for sale for $635,000.

my kind of cottage

my kind of cottage

I took so many photos of that white picket fence cottage exterior that I felt I might be bothering the folks inside.  They must be used to it.  I knew they were home by all the shoes on the front porch.

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note the windowboxes!

note the windowboxes!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; I was using my cane and was mighty glad to have it.

I like the porch and dormers.

I like the porch and dormers.

house with honeysuckle arbor

house with honeysuckle arbor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

just my size, with garden space: would probably sell for $300 thousand or so here.

just my size, with garden space: would sell for $325 to 400 thousand or so here.

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

I asked "May I photograph your horse?"

I asked “May I photograph your horse?”

"Yes, you may." (Allan's photo)

“Yes, you may.” (Allan’s photo)

horse

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

looking north

looking north

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan's photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan’s photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan's photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan’s photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next:  We turn the corner at the end of that block and arrive at the next cottage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 14, 2013

The Cannon Beach Cottage Tour is a fundraiser for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

Hutchins House

from the program:  Built in 1935 by Bernice and Douglas Greer from Portland.  The cottage represents the Laurel Street neighbourhood’s classic beach style.  It has two floors with dormer windows and interior wood paneling.  It is likely that the building contractor was J.H. Dakin, who built and maintained most of the homes in this neighbourhood.  Dakin was a British citizen who settled in Cannon Beach along with many of his fellow countrymen.

I was pleased to recognize the Hutchins house right away as one that I’d seen the first year Allan and I had discovered the Cottage Tour.   Every time we had walked by since then, I had pointed it out and said “I’ve been in THAT one!”

Hutchins House

Hutchins House

north windows

north windows

adorable storage shed on east side of house

adorable storage shed on east side of house by “Bobby the Builder”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

One of my strongest memories of touring the house years before was the east side deck that is accessed from the upstairs bedroom windows.

looking up at the east side deck

looking up at the east side deck

window boxes

window boxes on the east wall

back door on east side of house

back door on east side of house

The front porch is on the north side of the house and has comfy old chairs.

chairs on the front porch

chairs on the front porch

cottage sign

cottage sign

That sign says 1924 so it might be telling us the cottage is older than the program says it is!

chairs on the west end of the porch

chairs on the west end of the porch

western view from the porch

western view from the porch

peeking in the window at the northwest corner

peeking in the window at the northwest corner

Inside the cottage feels like home even though it is a vacation rental.

the kitchen

the kitchen

kitchen shelves

kitchen shelves

dining room

dining room

I seem to lack photos of the living room but you can see some on the house website.

From upstairs, the beach is this close!

view from upstairs west window

view from upstairs west window

slightly telephoto view

slightly telephoto view

The upstairs has three bedrooms.

bedroom with attic roof

bedroom with attic roof

Access to the deck is through the window past the bed.

window

window

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another window to the deck

another window to the deck

deck on east side of attic

deck on east side of attic

another attic bedroom

another attic bedroom

detail photo by Allan

detail photo by Allan

and another window to the deck

another bed

west window with beach view

west window with beach view

I could sleep in the salty air in any of these comfy looking beds.

attic sleep spot with south window

attic sleep spot with south window, Allan’s photo

Back downstairs:

a green window view

a green window view

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

the back door

the back door

as we leave Hutchins House

as we leave Hutchins House

By now it was 4:15 and we had three more cottages and an old hotel to see, and the tour ended at five.

the beach, just steps from the Hutchins house

the beach, just steps from the Hutchins house

We turned east toward our parking space and two more east side cottages.

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cottage five

cottage five

brick path in front

brick path in front

Again, we lost track of our programs at the time I wrote this flashback to the garden tour, so I cannot put a name to any cottage that does not have its name at the door. I do wish the the Cannon Beach History Center website or  Facebook page offered more memories of the tour for those of us who are scatterbrained with our programs. (Their WordPress site is much more active with lots of interesting articles about Cannon Beach history, but still no cottage names.) The fifth cottage was a quick walk from cottage number four.  As always, we checked out the garden first.

 

side path

side path

garden corner

garden corner

the garden

the garden

I was very taken with the red cottage just to the east.  Bright red, like my Grandma’s “little red house”.  Most houses in Cannon Beach are cedar shaked, so a painted one stands out.

the neighbouring red house, from cottage five garden

the neighbouring red house, from cottage five garden

little red house

little red house

Inside the window I could see a stool decorated with the word “shack”.  And a picture of a clam.  Clam shack.

Allan examined the fence between the two properties for carpentry details.

the fence

the fence

And now we will turn our attention to the cottage itself.

on the east side, a rustic carport

on the east side, a rustic carport

on an outside wall, a flock of gulls

on an outside wall, a flock of gulls

the front of the enclosed porch

the front of the enclosed porch

the porch porthole from inside

the porch porthole from inside

At one end of the sheltered porch, a heavy old storm door could be closed during a storm, so that one could open the front door of the house (to our right) without being blown away.

front door and storm door

front door and storm door

storm door, from the porch

storm door, from the porch

Porch at southwest corner of house with slight view of the ocean

Porch at southwest corner of house with view of the ocean

And now, in we go to the simple and lovely beachy cottage.  This one may be a vacation rental, or else it is occupied by some very tidy people!

happy tour-goers

happy tour-goers

living room

living room

beautiful table setting

beautiful table setting

hearth

river rock hearth

window seat...Oh to curl up there with a book!

window seat…Oh to curl up there with a book!

window sill, view of deck

window sill, view of side yard

a green view

a green view

sill

window sill, view of deck
kitchen

kitchen

bedroom with two beds

bedroom with two beds

The room with two beds had a big collection of Sandcastles Day posters.

The room with two beds had a big collection of Sandcastles Day posters.

posters

posters

posters

posters

bedroom window view to back yard

bedroom window view to back yard

the master bedroom

the master bedroom

painting

painting

sand dollar crafts

sand dollar crafts

old pictures

old pictures

beachy books

beachy books

Next, two walking interludes and the sixth cottage.

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