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Saturday, 27 September 2014

I slept deliciously late. I don’t sleep well while traveling, not even in the quietude of the Sylvia Beach Hotel, so I had some snoozing to catch up on. Then, off to the last day of 2014’s Ilwaco Saturday Market for some peaches and a treat. I walked half a block, realized my knee was so painful even with my cane, and turned back to get a ride down from Allan before he went boating; fortuitously, my pal J9 showed up at that very moment, so we went to the market in her little car. (All of a block and a half’s walk, it would have been; I was in pitiful condition.)

Ilwaco Saturday Market

A few plants for sale were still on offer.

A few plants for sale were still on offer.

This gentleman played a steel drum and sang "No Woman No Cry".

This gentleman (Bob Goldstick) played a steel drum and sang “No Woman No Cry”.

He was quite good, and I dropped some money in his tip box; didn't buy a CD although now I kind of wish I had.

 

He was good, and I dropped some money in his tip box; didn’t buy a CD although now I kind of wish I had. I hope he’s back next year.

market goers

market goers

De Asis Produce: Tomatoes are the one food item I grew well this year.

De Asis Produce: Tomatoes are the one food item I grew well this year. Oh, and spuds. Also the only food I tried to grow.

clever marketing: Salsa in a bag

clever marketing: Salsa in a bag. I don’t see cilantro, which I require in the tastiest of salsas.

Great to have good weather for the last day.

Great to have good weather for the last day. In 2013, the last day was canceled because of a storm.

our port office garden, highly visible without the hanging baskets

our port office garden, highly visible without the hanging baskets

still a few petunias at Don Nisbett Art Gallery

still a few petunias at Don Nisbett Art Gallery

When I got to the Pink Poppy Bakery booth, Madeline had found a moment to read.

The tat is of her favourite mixer.

The tat is of her favourite mixer.

J9 bought a chai cupcake; I bought a small lemon bundt cake.

J9 bought a chai cupcake; I bought a small lemon bundt cake.

We'd had a good rainfall overnight.

We’d had a good rainfall overnight.

At home, I thought about gardening, and did just a tiny bit of clipping and tidying in the front garden.

People who don't like their plants to touch would not like my garden.

People who don’t like their plants to touch would not like my garden.

Meanwhile, Allan went boating on Loomis Lake.

Loomis Lake

lakes

Allan:

Last time I was here was June 9 when the wind blew from the north & I rowed up to the northern tip & sailed back. Today I sailed and paddled upwind north to 198th where J9’s sister used to live.

The lake was very shallow with plant growth so I drifted south a mile to watch the birds and look at the houses. Several noisy herons, mallards and gulls and jumping fish.

heron

heron

using the cheap camera as don't want to get a better one wet

using the cheap camera as don’t want to get a better one wet; a better camera would have better captured the heron flying over the gulls.

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Rolled up the sail and started paddling up wind but found sailing easier & quick enough. Dinner reservations were three hours away.

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Discovered the pontoon makes a serviceable daggerboard but had to keep cleaning weeds off the rudder as the boat would drag to a stop.

 

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Found an abandoned dock at the south end. Google earth shows no remains of a house there and there was no path.

Found an abandoned dock at the south end. Google earth shows no remains of a house there and there was no path.

the dock of mystery

the dock of mystery

The water level should soon be replenished by rain.

The water level should soon be replenished by rain. Allan wondered if some had been pumped out to nearby cranberry bogs.

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boat with rolled up sail ready to paddle back

 

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Pelicano Restaurant

We had found out the day before that Pelicano was closing its doors. I so loved that restaurant and we usually dined there once a month to enjoy their changing seasonal menu. Our friend and client Susie of the Boreas Inn invited us to join her and Bill for a poignant last meal; then she fell ill from a flu shot, so Allan and I went alone.

Now this might seem like a shallow problem: A fine dining restaurant closes and we are sad. But it is more than that. It’s a working class problem, as Ilwaco is a working class town with lots of closed storefronts and the merchants who do have shops here were greatly benefited by the vibrancy that Pelicano brought to the port. There is now no restaurant in town open for dinner, and five former restaurants sitting vacant along Waterfront Way. (A new Italian place is in the works to open next spring, and it would make sense to have a simple dinner cafĂ© with plainer and less expensive fair, as well.) There are many reasons we are sad to see Pelicano close, not the least of which is that we like the owners and staff so much.

We will miss the adorable staff.

We will miss the adorable staff.

fresh flowers at each table

fresh flowers at each table

candles reflected in the marina view

candles reflected in the marina view

This month's menu had one of my favourite of their appetizers, shu mai.

This month’s menu had one of my favourite of their appetizers, shu mai.

Caesar salad and cocktail of the month (The Flamenco)

Caesar salad

and cocktail of the month (The Flamenco)

and cocktail of the month (The Flamenco)

ribs for me....

ribs for me….

cod in delicious sauce with kalamata olives for Allan

cod in delicious sauce with kalamata olives for Allan

One pleasant thing about the Pelicano menu is one could order a regular or smaller portion; both of the above dishes were the smaller portion. That saves room for dessert.

home made ice cream and meringue cookies with caramel sauce

home made ice cream and meringue cookies with caramel sauce for me

 

 

 

 

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