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My idea of best kind of day off in gardening season, except perhaps for one touring gardens, is being in our own garden all day. Saturdays are never like that from May through September because I always go down to take some photos at the Ilwaco Saturday Market for the Discover Ilwaco page. It’s enjoyable enough, and is a project I set for myself so no one makes me do it (it’s a volunteer thing), but there are some Saturdays when it is hard to fit it in. This was one, and last week was another.

Some garden themed photos:

honey

honey

stone vases

stone vases

planters

planters and bird feeders

kale at De Asis produce

kale at De Asis produce

From last week, when we managed to get down to take photos before Nora’s funeral:

radishes at Pink Poppy Bakery booth

radishes at Pink Poppy Bakery booth

flowers from Pink Poppy Bakery

flowers from Pink Poppy Bakery

garden art

garden art

Our little garden on the west side of the port office is filling in and the baskets by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse are looking wonderful.

port office

port office

Below, my view of our garden when I return from the market across Nora’s back lawn:

from outside the deer fence

from outside the deer fence

We were expecting exciting garden company at 11:15 and I got back with time enough to put out a bit more of the garden art that is slowly making its way outside now that the late spring winds have stopped. (I just remembered a hanging blue bottle thing that is still not out!) Debbie, a local woman who reads this blog and her friend Helen, who has one of my favourite gardens in Astoria, were welcome guests. I had been looking forward to their visit. (Helen’s garden was so good that we went back to see it in the winter!)

Helen took to all the cats, and almost every one got picked up! Even cranky old Maddy got picked up and seemed to enjoy it…something we never dare to do because of her claws and teeth.

Helen and Mary

Helen and Mary by the bogsy wood

Helen and Smokey, the softest one of all

Helen and Smokey, the softest one of all

gardeners three

gardeners three, Debbie, Helen, me

on the patio

on the patio

in the front garden

in the front garden

Helen and Debbie were on their way to the annual Garlic Festival in Ocean Park and Allan and I were going to a cash mob in Chinook, so we parted ways. We go to all the Peninsula Cash Mobs because we help organize and publicize the events. We hadn’t had coffee yet so our first stop in Chinook was the café part of the cash mob, Chinook Coffee Company.

Chinook Coffee Company, with pretty flowers

Chinook Coffee Company, with pretty flowers

drive through coffee window

drive through coffee

When I set my coffee on top of the car to open the door, this crow stole the straw right out of the cup!

crow

When Allan came out of the café, the crow flew over and grabbed the cuff of his jeans.

crow

I went in to get a new straw and the barista said that the crow was the pet of someone who lived nearby. He certainly was bold.

crow

crow

I found him fascinating…until he jumped on my shoulder and bit my ear and the top of my head. Then it was more like “The Birds”.

Ow!

Ow!

He flew off to a nearby roost when I moved but sat poised to return so we got in the car rather quickly and went to our next destination, Inpirations Stained Glass. The owner, Debbie Patana, when I described the experience said “OH, that’s Boyd’s crow” and added that the bird gets around town and is known for stealing pens at the outdoor art show over labour day.

Years ago in Seattle, Robert and I took a stained glass course and made some things. I like the glass and “jewels” and all that goes with the craft.

Inspirations

(Outside the front door were some pulmonarias, which you do not see in many gardens around here…)

Pulmonaria AKA spotted dog

Pulmonaria AKA spotted dog

The cash mob was a creative one; the shop offers some quicker projects for an afternoon of crafting, so I made two fish stamped onto a porcelain clay and Allan made a colourful bowl.

project making

project making

calla lilies back with sheets of stained glass

calla lilies back with sheets of stained glass

I bought some jewels for my garden.

I bought some jewels for my garden.

When my little fish are fired and coloured, they will look like the ones on the right:

little fish

little fish

They will be outdoors-hardy so I think they will look good in a small birdbath.

I have mentioned before that I find the show Deadliest Catch to be inspirational when it comes to hard work, so it was a treat for me to hear Debbie’s fishing stories as she comes from a fishing family; she grew up helping on the boat. She knew a lot of the oldtimers, including Nora, and I loved that.

a creation at Inspirations

creations at Inspirations

fish window

We got home at about three. I did some weeding but my main inspiration was to reorganize the patio to create better access to all the planters and to find and fill with soil some containers to grow edibles in. Allan nobly went to water the Ilwaco planters without me. Nancy had stopped by while we were out and left me some kale and lettuce starts and I at least got them planted: very significant because our not very edible garden is going to be on the edible garden tour in August. More on this tomorrow. At least I have strawberries; Devery came in the late afternoon and picked some. I told her to keep picking daily because a huge number are getting ripe each day.

Well, it's a start, anyway.

Well, it’s a start, anyway.

I had better find a better place for that lettuce bowl than right next to my white, highly poisonous monkshood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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