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Thursday, 12 October 2017

We had had much rain overnight.  It was supposed to continue all day, and I settled in for a pleasant early afternoon of catching up on writing this blog.  Mark and Brian of the most excellent north Ocean Park garden stopped by to get some Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ starts.

We toured the garden, of course.

After they left, I realized the sun was out and that we must go to work.

our house


reflected garden


across the street: J Crew house with new paint job.


on the way to work: more water

Port of Ilwaco

With a couple of work hours available before a dentist appointment, we opted to clean up two more sections of the Howerton Avenue gardens.

westernmost beds, before


after


before


after

Long Beach

Dentistry followed (just cleaning, which I sort of enjoy).  Allan dropped me off and went to work in the city hall garden.

before pulling city hall crocosmia


after

He got caught in a heavy rain squall which I did not even hear from the dentist chair.

After my appointment, I called him and walked for a few blocks till he arrived to fetch me.

“Seabattical”, 1890 house on the corner of Sid Snyder Drive


Captain’s Cottage, 1905


reflected blue cottage

We still had some work time and decided to keep on with the crocosmia pulling in a planter on Sid Snyder Drive.

The crocosmia was planted by a volunteer years ago.


after (rather dull)

Allan pulled crocosmia from one of the little pop outs on Ocean Beach Boulevard.

Allan’s photos: before (with a rainbow)

No after, because a drenching rain began (and soon ended).

As we drove by city hall to admire Allan’s work, I realized we might have time to dig out the  aruncus (goat’s beard) that has gotten too big for its britches on the northeast corner of the building.  It was not easy.

I tried with the shovel to no avail.


Our strong shovel was not enough; Allan employed the pick.

I felt bad that it turned out to be such a hard task, at the cold windy end of the work day.  We dumped our debris at city works (saving good rooted pieces of the plant) and returned with some mulch.

adding Soil Energy scraped up from the flat dregs of the city works mulch pile


After, with some divisions of pulmonaria, and after hosing the mud off the sidewalk.

We were not able to get every root, so I hope aruncus is not a plant that returns from every little piece.  Constant vigilance will be in order.  I will plant a nice piece of it by the pond in Fifth Street Park.  The plant originally came from the road by my old house, rescued when the road was about to be widened.

looking west from city hall


The sun set as we worked.

That was exhausting, especially for Allan, on what we thought would be a rainy day off.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Carol and I swanned down to Cannon Beach on the only full day of her two night trip to the beach.

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Mostly, I photographed the gardens as we walked around.

Our walk was all around this area.

Our walk was all around this area.

I am always relieved to see that other city gardeners have areas they don’t have time to make perfect:

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the other corner of that intersection

the other corner of that intersection

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

(I’m not being holier than thou. You can often find a blackberry sneaking into our Port of Ilwaco garden by the restroom pavilion, and to find a weedy area in Long Beach, just check the parking lot berms.)

downtown window boxes

downtown window boxes

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

hardy fuchsias on a side street

hardy fuchsias on a side street

more hardy fuchsias

more hardy fuchsias

(Note to self: While my own garden abounds with hardy fuchsias, I could certainly use more in the Long Beach parks.)

I knew a secret path up into the cottagey beachfront neighbourhood.  It is private, but the public is allowed to walk through “at their own risk”.

the semi-secret path

the semi-secret path

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

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looking back over the steps

looking back over the steps

an attractive arbour...

an attractive arbour…

...which has two benches.

…which has two benches.

fence post toppers

fence post toppers

and a fence top gull

and a fence top gull

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

annuals

annuals

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my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

the view from that corner

the view from that corner

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to the south, Haystack Rock

to the south, Haystack Rock

my favourite beachfront hardscape

my favourite beachfront hardscape…

and its entryway

and its entryway

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

another beachfront corner

another beachfront corner

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

telephoto of "Terrible Tillie"

telephoto of “Terrible Tilly”

historic photo

historic photo

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

You could buy that twin dormered ocean view home for $1,200,000.00 .  Well, someone could.

The Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

In the next block, the Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

stairs to the beach

stairs to the beach

We turned away and walked back to town down the main street.  I think it would have been more pleasant to walk along the beach.  We were, however, hungry for lunch at Bill’s Tavern.  I was mighty tired and dizzy when we got there.  Carol and I agreed it is hard getting old(er).

borrowed from Bill's website

borrowed from Bill’s website

inside (with Halloween decor)

inside (with Halloween decor)

excellent reasonably priced food

excellent reasonably priced food

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albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

a revitalizing albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

an opportunist at an outdoor table

an opportunist at an outdoor table

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird's meal

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird’s meal; why?

more good landscaping across the street

more good landscaping across the street

I wasn’t especially dizzy any more.  (Lest you worry, I’ve been lightheaded on occasion since 2008 so it is probably not life threatening yet.)

leaving Bill's with photo taking energy restored

leaving Bill’s with photo taking energy restored

I have been to Cannon Beach with friends who want to browse into every shop.  Thank goodness Carol is not like that and is content just to stroll along and look at gardens and window displays.

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one of many courtyards

one of many courtyards

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

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a touch of autumn

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wineshop with grape vine

wineshop with grape vine

At the end of the street of shops, Carol and I found a place to sit and relax for awhile.

overlooking the estuary

overlooking the estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

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No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach....so much more beautiful than ours.

No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach….so much more beautiful than ours.

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

We decided we needed some espresso for the road so sought out one of the world’s most pleasant coffee houses in a little courtyard off the main street.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

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outdoor seating nook

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

I got all excited…but the journals were not like the Sylvia Beach room journals and were mostly drawings rather than words.

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the best entry I could find

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

 a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

We relaxed with our pleasant interior and outdoor courtyard view for a long while before walking back to Carol’s car and our drive back to Ilwaco.

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

Carol dropped me off and returned to the Sou’wester for a quiet evening of reading in the Zelmar Cruiser vintage trailer.

Next: While we went to Cannon Beach, Allan went boating on Oregon’s John Day River.

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Cannons Cottage

Situated on the edge of the forest, this beautiful blue classic cottage was built in 1928, according to country records.  This home is considered typical of a 1940s transitional bungalow style cottage in keeping with the traditional white picket fence and painted weathered shingles.  Painted cottages were once more common because they better repelled the constant weathering effects of Cannon Beach’s seasons.

Cannons Cottage is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Debbie found out that this colour is known as Cannon Beach blue.

Debbie found out that this colour is known as Cannon Beach blue.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: I was happy to see a cottage garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: living/dining room

downstairs bedroom

downstairs bedroom

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; he went upstairs.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a lower room down a couple of steps (Allan's photo)

a lower room down a couple of steps (Allan’s photo)

lower sitting room (Allan's photo)

lower sitting room (Allan’s photo)

booth-like feeling in kitchen (Allan's photo)

booth-like feeling in kitchen (Allan’s photo)

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back deck (north side)

back deck (north side)

woodsy back yard

woodsy back yard

outside again: Cannon Beach blue

outside again: Cannon Beach blue and a nice little flower border

interlude

cute and just my size

cute and just my size

also just my size

also just my size

How I long to tour more of the cottages that are not vacation rentals.  I can understand how people hesitate to open their homes to strangers, but it is for such a good cause.

Cozy Cottage

from the program:  This California style beach bungalow was built in 1940 and is a great example of pre-WWII cottage architecture with exposed shingle siding.  The easy to build rectangular California style was found in mail-order design books and was adopted throughout Cannon Beach for summer homes and rental cottages.  The small bedroom was originally a garage and was converted to a bedroom prior to the seventies.  The home received an extensive interior remodel and continues to remain a true original cottage of Cannon Beach.

Cozy Cottage

Cozy Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the porch

on the front patio

the south side garden

the south side garden

love this hanging over the kitchen window

love this hanging over the kitchen window

interlude

Across the street was High Jinks Cottage, which we have toured before.

High Jinks Cottage

High Jinks Cottage

detail: Allan's photo

detail (Allan’s photo)

Sea Dance Cottage

from the program: Built in 1948, this California craftsman dream home was one of the first houses in Cannon Beach to feature a white picket fence.  The current homeowners purchased Sea Dance seventeen years ago from a mother and daughter who were their own contractors.  The home was expanded and connected with roofts that also stretched over spaced between them and covered carports, emulating new motel designs.

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

Sea Dance, southwest corner

Sea Dance, southwest corner

Sea Dance Cottage

Sea Dance Cottage

I was so smitten with the fireplace that I think my hand was shaking.

I was so smitten with the fireplace that I think my hand was shaking.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I should have straightened the rooster!

I should have straightened the rooster!

Allan's photo: looks to me like he straightened it.

Allan’s photo: looks to me like he straightened it.

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upstairs (Allan's photo)

upstairs (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

upstairs view (Allan's photo)

upstairs view (Allan’s photo)

upstairs deck (Allan's photo)

upstairs deck (Allan’s photo)

looking down (Allan's photo)

looking down (Allan’s photo)

Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia

Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia

out the kitchen door

out the kitchen door

looking back

looking back, nook at north side of house

south side of house

south side of house

windblown

windblown

on the south side picket fence

on the south side picket fence

faded hydrangea

faded hydrangea

plate depicting the house (Allan's photo)

plate depicting the house (Allan’s photo)

Ave Maria Retreat House

from the program: This beautiful historic home was built in 1928 in the New England maritime architectural manner, complete with a widow’s walk.  Controversy remains about whether it was built by, or for, a ship’s captain, although Cannon Beach did see many captains build their homes during the early years.  Its previous owners include Reuben Adams, who was an executive at Meier and Frank.  Today, it is magnificently preserved and maintained by the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon.

Ave Maria Retreat House

Ave Maria Retreat House

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

living room fireplace

living room fireplace

dining room

dining room

I remember those round window cupboards from when this house was on the tour in 2007.

I was confused about which parts of the house were open to tour.  I thought maybe only the living and dining room so I did not explore the rest of the downstairs, which Allan later told me was open to view.  By then, I had gone outside to look at the view.

chapel (Allan's photo)

chapel (Allan’s photo)

the kitchen (Allan's photo)

the kitchen (Allan’s photo)

the view (Allan's photo)

the view (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

old fashioned tub (Allan's photo)

old fashioned tub (Allan’s photo)

perfect for reading (Allan's photo)

perfect for reading (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of the nuns on retreat (Allan's photo)

one of the nuns on retreat (Allan’s photo)

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photo on display from 2007 tour

photo on display from 2007 tour

The house is right on the low ocean bluff.

The house is right on the low ocean bluff.

view to the north

view to the north

Next: we take a walk past more cottages and gardens to rejoin our friends for dinner.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 September, 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Cannon Beach. This year the tour was in the "presidential blocks", toward the top of the satellite view.

Cannon Beach. This year the tour was in the “presidential blocks”, pretty much right above the words Cannon Beach.

Hidden Villa Motel

From the program: Hidden Villa Motel is a reminder of the vintage beach cottage resorts of the past  These cottages represent a bygone era in which beach-goers typically stayed in small, comfortable cottages rather than large hotels.  It has weathered well, accumulating the patina that comes with years of salt and mist, as well as stories and memories.  Locals rumor that author Ursula Le Guin found inspiration here as have numerous visitors who return year after year,

I would love to stay here sometime.  I wish I had discovered it as a vacation spot back in the day when it was run by a woman who lived there and was beloved of all her guests; back then, the courtyard was, I hear, brimming with flowers.  While it is now managed by a vacation rental company, the cottages are still entirely charming.  They have been recently refurbished with careful attention to vintage detail.  We had visited this resort before on the 2012 cottage tour.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Not all of the cottages were available for touring as some had guests.  We somehow managed to miss one of the units that was open to view.

fireplace

Nautical Cottage

first cottage bedroom

Nautical Cottage bedroom

peaceful view from bedroom

peaceful view from bedroom along the street to the west

Allan's photo: cottage bathroom

Allan’s photo: cottage bathroom

kitchen

pictures

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; He liked the sailboat photos, too.

Allan's photo: bottled water and tote bags were offered to guests.

Allan’s photo: bottled water and tote bags were offered to guests.

The courtyard, where a big tree had blown down this past winter.

The courtyard, where a big tree had blown down this past winter.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A tour guest enters cottage 5.

A tour guest enters Sunflower Cottage.

Sunflower Cottage is my favourite.

Sunflower Cottage is my favourite.

I dibs the sunflower daybed.

I dibs the sunflower daybed.

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a pretty fireplace

a pretty corner fireplace

Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage in tones of green

garden cottage

Garden Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

interlude

roses as we walk to the next stop on the tour (Allan's photo)

roses as we walk to the next stop on the tour (Allan’s photo)

 

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For our twelve day annuals planting push, we took three days off as a reward.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Basket Case Greenhouse

Saturday was almost a day off.  It began with a trip to the Basket Case Greenhouse because the Blooming truck had come on Saturday rather than Friday.  Is that really work?  No, but Basket Case Nancy understood what I meant, agreeing it is work if you have to get in the vehicle and go anywhere.

Allan's photo:  Basket Case Fred

Allan’s photo: Basket Case Fred


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got lots of cool plants for my garden, so I’m not complaining.

colourful callas

colourful callas


Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble'

Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’


Could not resist this Tie Dye violet

Could not resist this Tie Dye violet


Kitty poses among the annuals

Kitty poses among the annuals


Allan's photo: camera shy

Allan’s photo: camera shy

Long Beach

On the way home, we passed through residential Long Beach on our way to the grocery store for some sausages for a proposed campfire.  Down a back road which we usually do not drive, two little houses caught my eye.

So beachy!

So beachy!


adorable

adorable


beach cottage

beach cottage


established 1905

established 1905

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This abandoned row of small apartments must have an interesting history.

This abandoned row of small apartments must have an interesting history.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

After the grocery stop, I went to the Ilwaco Saturday Market to take some photos for the Discover Ilwaco page.

A jolly new vendor; he'll have tomatoes later this summer.

A jolly new vendor; he’ll have tomatoes later this summer.


Blue Coast, another booth with local produce and treats.

Blue Coast, Farm another booth with local produce and treats.


De Asis produce, more than just asparagus now.

De Asis produce, more than just asparagus now.


The owner of Willapa Crafts told me she reads this blog!  Thank you!

The owner of Willapa Crafts told me she reads this blog! Thank you! (and note the cute holders for terra cotta pots).


I had a chat with Wendi Peterson, here hosting the Bruce Peterson photography gallery, about the positive changes happening in Ilwaco (such as the Salt Hotel).

I had a chat with Wendi Peterson, here hosting the Bruce Peterson photography gallery, about the positive changes happening in Ilwaco (such as the Salt Hotel).


inside the gallery, which is open every Saturday during market season.

inside the gallery, which is open every Saturday during market season.


a booth of small quilt hangings

a booth of small quilt hangings


and the Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle booth with this year's prize quilt

and the Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle booth with this year’s prize quilt


I bought myself a pale pink Astilbe.

I bought myself a pale pink Astilbe.


English Nursery also had plants for sale.

English Nursery also had plants for sale.


Pink Poppy Bakery: I got a lime bundt cake (not shown, as it was already in the bag).

Pink Poppy Bakery: I got a lime bundt cake (not shown, as it was already in the bag).


hats from heartfelt handbags

hats from heartfelt handbags


floats for sale

floats for sale


garden decor

garden decor

I checked on, and admired, our garden on the water side of the port office:

port office garden

port office garden


Alliums and Agastache

Alliums and Agastache


and the garden that Todd helped us weed a couple of days ago.

and the garden that Todd helped us weed a couple of days ago.


Skookum Surf (boards and lessons) has now opened in a ground floor room of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.

Skookum Surf (boards and lessons) has now opened in a ground floor room of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.  I think orange is a good colour for this garden bed.

To get home, I cut through Nora’s back lawn and was surprised to see beautiful calla lilies in the mist on her side of the meander line that divides port and town.

callas in the mist

callas in the mist


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Perhaps she thinned the callas by her house and threw the tubers out here.

                        Home at last

The first task was to unload all the plants onto the patio.  I immediately planted the calla lilies in a big container set into the water boxes.  I want to know if they will grow well this way.

callas in water..,,I've heard they like it.

callas in water..,,I’ve heard they like it. (photo taken later, after Allan moved the lawn)

I used the chilly grey weather as an excuse to write a couple of blog posts before going outside to garden.  After all, I had three days. plenty of time, right?

Verbascum in the garden...

Verbascum in the garden…

 Meanwhile, Allan went through potential photos on his computer and then mowed the lawn and began a project.

project area: before (Allan's photo)

project area: before (Allan’s photo)


Allan setting up a new gutter water collection spot for me.

After mowing the lawn:  Allan setting up a new gutter water collection spot for me.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


after: Allan's photo

after: Allan’s photo

It was so comfy inside and so pleasant to blog at leisure that I rather shockingly did not get back outside till five, which gave me two hours to garden before campfire time.

Dicentra scandens

Dicentra scandens


Dicentra scandens, looks so delicate, comes back reliably

Dicentra scandens, looks so delicate, comes back reliably


I decided to tackle the wild impatiens which had returned in this area.

I decided to tackle the wild impatiens which had returned in this area.


two hours later

two hours later


and this area

and this area


also two hours later, with the weeds thrown onto the edge

also two hours later, with the weeds thrown onto the edge

There is is much more to do!  But surely in two more days, I would accomplish more.

Mary inspects my work.

Mary inspects my work.

While weeding, I felt someone watching…and looked northwest to see Allan up on Nora’s roof! He was cleaning the gutters, having noticed they were not draining right; while he was up there, he got a good view of our garden.

looking southeast

looking southeast

Can you spot the gardener? (first hint: purple shirt)

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second hint: “I decided to tackle the wild impatiens which had returned in this area.”

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Our Kathleen arrived at seven for our campfire.  I had accomplished enough in two hours to thoroughly relax and enjoy it.

The wood was last year's tree-fall from Nora's garden.

The wood was last year’s storm-fallen branches from Nora’s garden.  The bark came from the tall stump of our former Danger Tree.

Allan and Kathleen

Allan and Kathleen; we were all bundled up for chilly weather.

Around the campfire, Allan revealed that he used to think this blog was weird in the way that it followed our day to day lives.  I said I was inspired to write daily by the best: Mr. Tootlepedal.  You can tell that Allan has come round to liking the idea as he now contributes regularly to the blog posts.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


dusk in the garden...the weeds don't show...

dusk in the garden…the weeds don’t show…

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We had a lovely time till a sudden rain came; fortunately, by then we had finished our campfire dinner and we simply repaired to the living room to finish the evening of talk.

 

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

J9 and Allan and I had planned to visit three B&Bs on the tour.  Unfortunately, the first one was closed as the innkeeper was under the weather.  We will share photos of that one sometime after staycation, as we are planning to help out a bit with the garden.  So on we went to the second B&B, a new-ish one that we can see from the decks of Klipsan Beach Cottages.

map

the long view

You can see the little row of the Klipsan Beach Cottages where we garden.

You can see the little row of the Klipsan Beach Cottages where we garden.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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entrance, north side of house

beach trail

beach trail

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's photo.  The owners have separate quarters, so  this may be their cat.

Allan’s photo. The owners have separate quarters, so this may be their cat.

porch

front porch, with a box of clam guns

porch ocean view

porch ocean view

in the entry hallway, a world map

in the entry hallway, a world map

with pins to mark the hometowns of guests

with pins to mark the hometowns of guests

I wish we had gotten a photograph of the pile of canned food for the food bank; a can of food per person was the entry fee to each B&B.

 

Allan's photo of the innkeepers and J9 (center).  The innkeepers are witty people.

Allan’s photo of the innkeepers Peter and Jo and our friend J9 (center). The innkeepers are witty people.

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J9 said something amusing…to me. (Allan’s photo)

Who should appear but our dear friend Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages! (Allan's photo)

Who should appear but our dear friend Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages! (Allan’s photo)

holiday cheer

holiday cheer

cookies for B&B tour guests

cookies for B&B tour guests

main floor living room

main floor living room

living

a wall of books, many of them mysteries.  (Of course, I had to recommend the Seaside Knitters series.)

a wall of books, many of them mysteries. (Of course, I had to recommend the Seaside Knitters series.)

potter

mirror

over the telly

We pleaded for the house dog to be brought out from the innkeepers' quarters.

We pleaded for the house dog to be brought out from the innkeepers’ quarters.

stairs going up to the second floor

stairs going up to the second floor

upstairs landing

upstairs landing

 

view from upstairs landing (Allan's photo)

view from upstairs landing (Allan’s photo)

view from north window

view from north window

The house was a family home until the children grew up and moved away, and the upstairs rooms are still named after them.

east facing bedroom

south east  bedroom

cases

 

northeast bedroom

northeast bedroom

northwest bedroom

northwest bedroom

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view

the view

view

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all awash in ocean light

back out onto the landing

back out onto the landing

I so much like to see books everywhere.

I so much like to see books everywhere.

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doors to the east bedrooms with built in bookcase

 

The two east bedrooms share a bath, and the west bedrooms are en suite.

landing

landing

stairs

from the upstairs looking down

 

southwest bedroom

southwest bedroom

a garden poem in SW bedroom

a garden poem in SW bedroom

art by our client Eric Wiegardt

art by our client Eric Wiegardt

SW bedroom

SW bedroom

 

upstairs bedroom view (Allan's photo)

upstairs bedroom view (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: beach trail marker (so guests can find their way back)

Allan’s photo: beach trail marker (so guests can find their way back)

crabbing boats, Allan's photo

crabbing boats, Allan’s photo

the SW bedroom's amazing bath

the SW bedroom’s amazing bath

The innkeepers must like the blues.

The innkeepers must like the blues.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Back downstairs in the hallway bathroom, I found a surprise.

charming little shelves....

charming little shelves….

and another shelf...

and another shelf…

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I got a little teary-eyed because that outhouse art was on the door of my own grandmother’s bathroom (and I used to put the arrow to “I’m readin'”.  The innkeeper told me that she had gotten it from her own grandma!

You can read more about the Campbell House and make a booking on their website.

As we drove out of the lane, we marveled that every house on the way in exudes adorability.

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purple!

purple!

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It must be a real treat for B&B guests to view all of these cute cottages on their way in.  The best thing of all was this poem arranged to be seen through the gap in a fence:

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Next:  The Boreas Inn on the B&B open house.

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Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

rock moldThis is the same “rock ‘n’ mold” path I used at my old house. It did not work out because so many weeds came up between the pavers, until we figured out to just stamp the design (not cut all the way through) onto a strip of soft cement. We ended up replacing the unstamped areas with plain gravel. I now use the old pavers from those paths as edging stones in my new garden.

cute little sheds in front yard

cute little sheds in front yard

with Allan for scale

with Allan for scale

and interior detail

and interior detail

path to the back yard

path to the back yard

the back yard

the back yard

table set for a picnic

table set for a picnic

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

the back porch

the back porch

two round window on the side of the porch

two round window on the side of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

a look back to the seating areas

a look back to the seating areas

coming back up the other side of the house

coming back up the other side of the house

and to the front yard again

and to the front yard again

And now, into the cottage we go.  It is a vacation rental so you could enjoy it in person, for a price.

front steps

front steps

a comfortable bench for removing our shows (and it is purple!)

a comfortable bench for removing our shoes (and it is purple!)

into the kitchen

into the kitchen

kitchen table

kitchen table

counter

counter

reproduction refrigerator

reproduction refrigerator

kitchen art

kitchen art with cobalt blue counter

view toward back yard

view toward back yard

 

table by windows

table by windows:

blueprints

blueprints

hearth

hearth

downstairs bedroom

downstairs bedroom
bedroom

bedroom

I love the headboard.

I love the headboard.

bedroom mirror

bedroom mirror

main bathroom

main bathroom

under the stairs at one side of the living room

under the stairs at one side of the living room

photo display on outer wall of stairway

photo display on outer wall of stairway

Where is she now?  Is she still alive?

Where is she now? Is she still alive?

coat rack at base of stairs

coat rack at base of stairs

upstairs, doors close together

upstairs, doors close together

flowers on white

flowers on white

black and white

black and white

imagine and dream

imagine and dream

windowside table

windowside table
old phone

old phone

a narrow room

a narrow room

the front upstairs bedroom

the front upstairs bedroom

I want to nap here.

I want to nap here.

rustic headboard

rustic headboard

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

mirror

mirror

old photo at side of mirror

old photo at side of mirror

shell hooks

shell hooks

old fashioned silhouettes

old fashioned silhouettes

From the upstairs front bedroom window we can see across the street to the cottage we toured just before this one.

view of Priddy Cottage

view of Priddy Cottage

Allan’s photo of the same view came out like a pastel dream.

view from one dreamy cottage to another

view from one dreamy cottage to another

Now we depart and have a walk of several blocks before the next cottage.

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