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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!)…

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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joe

joe

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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, 7 December 20 2013, part one

  Snow Postscript

Susie Goldsmith of The Boreas Inn sent me three photos of the garden in snow, too late to go in yesterday’s post.

Boreas, looking west from the end of the garden

Boreas, looking west from the end of the garden

Boreas, looking east toward the hot tub room.  The garden has disappeared.

Boreas, looking east toward the hot tub room. The garden has disappeared.

Boreas southwest deck

Boreas southwest deck

Looks like the snow caught Susie by surprise with the pillows still out there!

Thanks, Susie!

We began our day with a quick stop at the Ilwaco Saturday Christmas Market just to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.

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I noticed that the newly painted house just south of Tom and Judy’s (that has recently been remodeled with a view dormer) almost matches a house further up the hill.

houses of blue

houses of blue in our pretty town

We stopped by Olde Towne to do a compost bucket switch.

Luanne made this tree of mussel shells...collected when she visited her daughter in Maine.

Luanne made this tree of mussel shells…collected when she visited her daughter in Maine.

She's also spray painted these Alliums I brought her some while ago from the boatyard garden.

She’s also spray painted these Alliums I brought her some while ago from the boatyard garden.

I still did not have time to stay and celebrate staycation at Olde Towne, as we had to get on to…

The Peninsula Gift Shop Tour 

I am not much of a shopper (except for the garden), so when I find a little gift shop that I like, it is special to me.   I had been asked by Karyn Zigler of Home at the Beach to take some photos of their Saturday gift shop tour which included some of my favourite places.   The shops on this tour were not the kind that just sell “Long Beach” t shirts and other tourist mementos.

The weather caused me dire suspense because I do not like to go out in snow and ice at all, at all, at all.  If I had not said I would take photos, I would not have set a toe into Long Beach.  (The sidewalks and roads in Ilwaco, in contrast, had already lost their slick cover.)

Allan humoured me by finding parking spots that allowed me to get into the shops without walking on anything white.  It was rather an embarrassment when, while inside the shop Beautiful Things, I saw a car park and two ladies more elderly than I get out and walk sure footed over what to me had been impossible ice.

Here are some of the lovely objects that I saw.

Home at the Beach

618 South Pacific Avenue, Long Beach

home decorating display room

home decorating display room

Owners Kathy and Karen have a business of interior design, as well, with flooring, window coverings, and whatnot.  I love the floor in the room above.  It’s about $3 more per square foot than what we were thinking of using, but the pieces are sturdier and I like the pale colour and the realistic grained texture.

clear crystal decor with snowy background

clear crystal decor with snowy background

Here is an excellent motto for staycation

Here is an excellent motto for staycation!

sandpipers

sandpipers

Kathy and Karyn once explained to me once the difference between nautical and coastal, or beachy…

This is nautical, with red and blue, and boats.

This is nautical, with red and blue, and boats, and flags.

Most of "Home at the Beach" is more blue, white, sandy, and pale grey.

Most of “Home at the Beach” is more blue, white, sandy, and pale grey.

These guys are just a touch too silly for me!

These guys are just a touch too silly for me!

Lots of happy shoppers turned out despite the weather.

Lots of happy shoppers turned out despite the weather.

treats

treats

Outside, the city planter, with its annuals removed, lay under a smooth blanket of snow.

Note the scary icy street!

Note the scary icy street!

Beautiful Things

Two doors north, a new shop has just opened.

Beautiful Things

Beautiful Things

Karyn of Home at the Beach with the owner of Beautiful Things

Karyn of Home at the Beach with Jude, the owner of Beautiful Things

The owner does this skilled upholstery.

The owner does this skilled upholstery.

I like the artificial tree.

I like the artificial tree.

white on white

white on white

crystal with snow backdrop

crystal with snow backdrop

The Wooden Horse

I like the stuff in The Wooden Horse shop at 311 South Pacific so much that I picked it to be the January ’14 cash mob location.

The Wooden Horse...I like the pallet shelving

The Wooden Horse…I like the pallet shelving

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kindness and celebration

The shop is owned by the men who also own Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco (and Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop) and who bring us the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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treats

treats

Wooden...pigs

Wooden…pigs

Hello to Linda, in red, a regular reader of this blog.

Hello to Linda, in red, a regular reader of this blog.

As we left The Wooden Horse to go to the next shop, we encountered the Ilwaco “Epic Echo” Glee club just heading our way, so back into Wooden Horse we went to listen to them caroling.

Glee!

Glee!

caroling

caroling

glee

glee club

glee club

M & D Designs

Just a few doors north at M & D Designs:

M & D Designs

M & D Designs

This shop of local arts and crafts will be the February cash mob site.

This shop of local arts and crafts will be the February cash mob site.

delicate pine needle baskets

delicate pine needle baskets

stained glass, backed with snow

stained glass, backed with snow

Allan had got a photo of the Fifth Street Park one block to the south:

the clam squirting control device is coming along!

the clam squirting control device is coming along!

the scary icy sidewalk areas he helped me avoid

the scary icy sidewalk areas he helped me avoid

one of the planters we recently redid is completely smooth.

one of the planters we recently redid is completely smooth.

Next to it, an old planting of shrubs in one of the planters we want to re-do.

Next to it, an old planting of shrubs in one of the planters that we want to re-do.

NIVA green

Our very favourite shop of all time came next on the tour:  New, Vintage, Inspired, Artful, and environmentally conscious with lots of artistic upcycling.

NIVA green

NIVA green at 104 Pacific North

We recommend our friend Sarah's children's fantasy series, The Marble Game.

We recommend our friend Sarah’s children’s fantasy series, The Marble Game.

paper lamps

paper lamps

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a shop full of colour and fascination

a shop full of colour and fascination

bird feeders

bird feeders

niva

niva

Owner and artist Heather Ramsay makes string tins with scissors:

string tins with scissors

one of the best presents!

and lamps out of tins:

Heather's lamps

Heather’s lamps

Heather had some wonderful cookies from the Danish bakery in Astoria.  As always, I found a few good presents to buy AND we got a nice bar of soap as a door prize.

Stylin’ Consignment Shop

I honestly thought that because of the weather, we would not make it any further north than NIVA green.  Earlier, Allan had expressed some concern about not wanting to wreck our nice van.  And yet…we heard the roads were better the further north one drove, so we decided to test out the conditions a wee bit further north at Stylin’, 600 N Pacific.

Santa at Stylin'

Santa was just about to drive off, heading from Stylin’ to NIVA green

The shop is a cute little cottage.

The shop is a in cute little cottage.

The blue, clear sky is the culprit for our cold weather!

inside Stylin'

It amazes me shop owner Jan finds such nice items to sell on consignment.

This picture frame caught my eye.

This picture frame caught my eye.

Never could I wear such shoes, but they are cute.

PeninsulaMap13We decided to be very bold and head all the way to the two shops in Ocean Park.  I had been so sure we would not get to all the shops that I had not even gotten myself a “passport” at Home at the Beach.  Allan had one, and if he got a stamp from each shop, he’d get entered into a raffle for some sort of prizes.  We both would have had a good shot because the weather was keeping the north enders mostly at the north end and the south enders down here!  Oh well!  So on to Ocean Park.

Allan had lived in colder climes, Spokane and Idaho, and has experience driving in worse weather than this.

the road going north

the road going north

On the way we talked about our fortitude in going out in such weather to support local shops with picture taking, if not a lot of buying, and wished that more than 23 people had come to see our garden on the Edible Garden tour!  When the weather was lovely!  Of course, the shop keepers can’t because they are always working during the various garden tours.  Linda from The Wooden Horse guarantees she will get garden tour Saturday off next year.  (We can’t complain about attendance when we were on the BIG garden tour, Music in the Gardens, as we had more than 500 people come through that day.)

Beach Home Old and New

On Bay Avenue, Ocean Park

On Bay Avenue, Ocean Park

Beach Home Old and New

Beach Home Old and New

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wintry scene

wintry scene

If I didn't already have too many little things, I would have to have these.

If I didn’t already have too many little things, I would have to have these.

garden decorations

garden decorations

These are said to be sturdily assembled, unlike others some friends have purchased elsewhere that have disintegrated in short order.

pink, with a little teapot

pink, with a little teapot

sunlight and snow

sunlight and snow

local photography

local photography

Sweet Williams on Bay

A few blocks to the west sits Sweet Williams, one of the original  fine gift shops on the Peninsula.

Sweet Williams on Bay

Sweet Williams on Bay

in the front window

in the front window

east side window

east side window

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Just across the street I saw a seasonal vignette at Adelaide’s Coffee: a Christmas tree in a car.

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Owner Katie Williams loves Polish pottery

Owner Katie Williams loves Polish pottery

Our client and friend Mary of Klipsan Beach Cottages is close friends with Katie AND collects Polish pottery, so we have had a good look at many of these gorgeous pieces and have gotten some as cherished gifts over the years.

Katie also carries of an assortment of delicious truffles.

Katie also carries of an assortment of delicious truffles.

Sweet Williams

Sweet Williams

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Now for the drive back south.  Allan would definitely get his passport completely stamped!

heading south to Long Beach

heading south to Long Beach

Long Beach Pharmacy

Allan popped into the Long Beach Pharmacy gift shop.

Long Beach Pharmacy

Long Beach Pharmacy

a display by our friend Artist Don Nisbett

a display by our friend Artist Don Nisbett

I looked at the icy parking lot from across the street and delegated the photo-taking at the pharmacy to Allan while I entered the last shop of our tour.

Deux Chapeaux

I’ve always found Deux Chapeaux to be a good place to find a greeting card, bubble bath, and elegant soap for a present.

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cards

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Shop owner Sharon has excellent taste in cards and exquisite taste in women’s and children’s clothing.

cute children's clothes

cute children’s clothes

The cutest!

The cutest!

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I have rarely had children in my life (since being one).  I wonder if children themselves get as much of a kick out of adorable little clothes like these as the adults do who dress them up.  I hope so.

The women’s clothes are richly coloured and gorgeously far removed from any sort of life I have led.  I think this is the only place on the entire Peninsula where one could find garments this lovely.

tops

tops

The blue one really speaks to me!

Sharon's shop

Sharon’s shop

 Deux Chapeaux

Deux Chapeaux

When Allan joined me, he completed his passport.

pass

passport

With 45 minutes to spare before the end of the tour, we slid back through the streets of Long Beach where the ice remained worse than anywhere else.

near Fifth Street Park

driving south near Fifth Street Park

We only had one scary sliding moment when trying to stop for a pedestrian who wanted to cross in the middle of the much icier block by Dennis Company;  he saw we were not going to be able to stop and just waved us on.

Fifth Street

Fifth Street

We now had about an hour and a half before the big Ilwaco event of the season:  The lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

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Monday, 11 November, 2013

Another nice day required more planting of bulbs…First, at The Depot Restaurant where Allan dug out schizostylis and ajuga along the front of the east wall garden.  It will be good to have more colourful things in this area in summer.

before

before

after

after, room for a bright patch of summer annuals

While he accomplished this great thing, I planted bulbs along the north side garden and pulled out some hops roots which will go to Jim Karnofski of Biocharm Farm.  They are the same hops that Fort George Brewery made into CoHoperative Ale last year so should grow productively for Jim.

bulbs planted...

bulbs planted…

The cosmos just will not give up.  I left a couple of them for the sake of diners who will enjoy seeing the last flowers.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead' continues to bloom.

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’ continues to bloom.

hops roots for Jim

hops roots for Jim

Halfway through the Depot tasks, I realized it was a three ibuprofen day.  For further comfort, we stopped at The Great Escape espresso drive-through window for a mocha and a chai tea.

coffee window

coffee window

Next, we planted tulips in the pots at The Anchorage, and little species narcissi in the window boxes, and some narcissi in the ground.  I want to get the manager to do what KBC used to do for window boxes:  Instead of having wooden window boxes filled directly with soil, build wooden enclosures and then slip plastic inserts in with bulbs for spring  and then take them out and slip in new inserts with summer annuals.  That allows for many more bulbs to be planted and enjoyed; I just did not think of it in time for this year.

Autumn at The Anchorage

Autumn in The Anchorage center courtyard

annuals still blooming

annuals still blooming

Violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse (last spring) still blooming with precious faces

Violas from the Basket Case Greenhouse (last spring) still blooming with precious faces

The viburnums are making up for being stinky after rain by beginning their glorious winter flowering.

Virburnum, three stages of blooms

Virburnum, three stages of blooms

autumn colours by the sport court

autumn colours by the sport court

Next, we planted a smaller batch of bulbs at the Boreas Inn, including some extras as a belated birthday present for Susie.  I have learned it is best to throw out clumps of fives or sevens still in the bag so the individual bulbs do not roll away and get lost.  A long drift still needs to be placed by hand.

bulbs placed at the Boreas

bulbs placed at the Boreas

One of these days I will prattle on about some changes in which narcissi I’ve chosen to plant this year.  (That will take more energy that I have tonight.)  I used to plant only tasteful heirloom and species ones…but now…there’s been a bit of a shakeup.

signs of autumn at the Boreas...bright blueberry foliage and a firewood delivery

signs of autumn at the Boreas…bright blueberry foliage and a firewood delivery

The last of the cosmos came out today in this garden and it has entered a quiet phase.

Boreas, looking east

Boreas, looking east

It has been a most satisfactory year in this garden after we did the big landscape fabric removal project in the spring.  Still to do: a nice layer of cow fiber mulch.

We had a little break at the restrooms out on the beach approach, where we saw a project going on.  Turns out the sand has built up by the boardwalk to the point of covering some of the steps and even drifting across the boardwalk itself, so the dunes are being groomed by backhoe.

reshaping sand

reshaping sand

Our last bulb planting of the day was a bigger batch at Nancy Allen’s.  I had been limping terribly at The Boreas so Allan kindly did the planting while I walked (slowly) around with Nancy and discussed some new garden ideas.  Then we sat on the porch and had a pleasant chat while Allan worked.  By the time I took any photos, we were almost in the dusk.

Nancy has the best pineapple sage I have seen anywhere this year.

Nancy has the best pineapple sage I have seen anywhere this year.

Nancy and Phil have covered their mound of last year’s sod with a tarp to help it break down; next year, they will plant potatoes in it to complete the process.

Mount Sod, covered

Mount Sod, covered

cotoneaster berries at twilight

cotoneaster berries at twilight

Nancy's good crop of winter kale.

Nancy’s good crop of winter kale.

I am sure that, unlike me, Nancy actually harvests her kale and makes good things with it.  The only way I can think of to make it taste is smothered with butter and bacon.  Although I do remember an amazing mashed potato and kale dish that a Dutch friend made…again, swimming with butter.

By 4:39 the autumn twilight had arrived.

cozy glow from neighbouring windows

cozy glow from neighbouring windows

And then…home to sort bulbs.  As I delved into the boxes to try to stay one day ahead in case the weather is nice tomorrow, I pondered some difficult news I heard today from a good friend.  It is painful to see someone dear go through a hard time and even I believe with all my heart that the outcome will be okay (because it just HAS to be so), I sorted bulbs through tears.  I got enough done to still be one day ahead and Allan helped me get the garage back to car-parking status because I was still limping piteously.

While beginning to blog (can’t miss a day because am doing that November daily blog writing challenge!) I multitasked as usual.  In my email, I found a message that my friend Carol C. had dropped something off for me on the porch.  Could it be the garlic that had mysteriously appeared a couple of days ago?  No, this was something more recent, and it made me feel so uplifted to find, in a pretty gift bag, the little kitten picture I had so admired and written about after visiting the shop Beach Home Old and New on the recent cash mob day.

such a very comforting kitten

such a very comforting kitten

Thanks, Carol C!  Your timing was impeccable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

joe

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.

barrel

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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