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What have we done this year for the holidays?  Not much.  I did not decorate one little bit, because I did not want to give up reading and gardening time to put up a tree and then take it down again.

Oh, but wait.  I did put out one piece of Christmas decoration, something I have had since 1977:

We have had enough seasonal festivity to make this Season’s Greetings post.  (Soon, I will catch up on the reading and gardening news for December.)

Saturday, 15 December 2018

We had our holiday dinner at the Depot Restaurant early with Our Kathleen, because her schedule would not permit her to join us on Christmas eve.  Our repast was so delicious that I must show you. Even though some people make fun of pictures of dinner, I know for a fact that some of you like that sort of thing.

bubbly, cheesy, flavourful French onion soup

the winter’s best wilted spinach salad

delicately prepared fish for Allan, with a lemony sauce

Kathleen chose the Thai calamari appetizer for her entree.

My favourite winter menu dish, the Cingiale Brasato

flan

sorbet duo

tiramisu

The Depot tree, decorated in a foodie theme, and in the window box, African daisies are still blooming

We decided to forgo our traditional Christmas crackers and exchanged presents without opening them.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

My own personal mission was to not leave my property.  However, we could not miss our holiday tradition of enjoying the Christmas Village display at the Hungry Harbor Grille in Long Beach.

a Christmas crab pot in our post office garden

On the way, we picked up more books from the library, where we found a Christmas carol gathering.

Allan’s photo

We drove to the end of the Bolstad beach approach to see how far up the massive, storm driven tide had come. Quite, far, with driftwood all the way to the picnic shelters.  Allan acquired a bundle of kelp for compost bins, stuffing it into the back of the van.

a feast day for some gulls

in the planter outside, flowers still blooming in our unusually mild winter

even bigger than usual

I imagine myself in the idyllic scene, where the snow is not slippery and where everyone likes each other.

Each building is so detailed, one could spend hours looking in the windows.  Pilgrim Pat, who first took us to see this village, used to take binoculars so that she could see the details of the far away buildings.

Below, I like the triangular building.  It reminds me of Seattle.  Behind it, by the window, it the apartment building with a roof garden which is my choice of where to live, on the top floor and with the garden as part of my domain.

Why I choose that instead of a house can only be explained by my fond memories of the year when I lived in the Gables apartments in Seattle.

The Gables would fit right into the village.  My apartment was on the second floor off the central courtyard.

Allan went outside the restaurant and, through the window, got two side views of my apartment building.

Looks like we somehow got our heavy cement curved bench up to the roof garden!

I now might rather choose to live in the new little float house:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo; it is rather exciting that the TARDIS is there.

Allan’s photo

The village harbour has a multitude of lighthouses.

Allan’s photo

the ghost ship

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley,
Ding, ding, ding went the bell…as the trolley zoomed by the fish market…

…and the Long Beach Tavern.

The Clamshell Railroad was running, too.

As darkness fell, the carnival lights came on.

one of several lodgings to stay when you visit

If you would like to watch a video that shows the trains and the trolley, click here.  It is rather noisy from other diners; just imagine that you are sitting in a popular café with a view of the village.

We dined on the pasta special and a Reuben sandwich.

Night had come by the time we left the village.

the lights of Long Beach

Allan photographed the Shelburne Hotel on our way home (with our van whiffing of salty kelp):

And he walked to the next block to get a photo of the Christmas lights at Lucy Dagger’s house:

a piratical Christmas

In the evening, I read a book about another village where (despite an alarming number of murders) life is cozy and friends are friends for life.

After that excursion, I did not have to leave the property for five blissful days. Every day is a holiday of reading, gardening, puttering, and projects.  Skooter sleeps in even later than we do….

Monday, 24 December 2018

We had the pleasure of a visit from Mary and Denny, formerly of Klipsan Beach Cottage and now easing into their retirement in their new home in nearby Naselle.  After so many years of being constantly on call at the cottage resort, Mary says she is going to have to figure out what she likes to do in all her free time.  Mary and Denny were on their way to a late afternoon Christmas Eve dinner at the Depot, and our own Dickens Christmas Eve dinner came later at 7:30 PM.

The Depot Restaurant

Dickens dinner

The glory of Yorkshire pudding

Allan tried a new menu item of spice meat balls and hummus.

Window boxes still flowering

Egg nog flan

View from our table

On the tree




We opened our presents late in the evening and now, for us, the celebration is done and we will return to gardening, puttering, reading, and projects—one of which is to catch up with a few blog posts before going on another short blogging hiatus.

 

 

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Friday, 8 December 2017

at home

We stayed up till 2 AM finishing season one of Stranger Things, and since I did not get to sleep till four, my idea of getting back to the compost project early did not come to fruition.

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Noon! Allan is on the job, with the two new pallets that he got last night.

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1:15: The new Bin One. Getting it installed involved shifting a heap of compost.

It took me an hour to shift most of bin two into bin one.  Now that bin one is installed, the job entailed shifting compost sideways to make room for bin two.  I longed to get the project done, but since we had a rally to attend a half an hour away at three thirty, I figured we’d be lucky to get two bins done.

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1:40 PM: Bin One is full

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Allan helps.

When the space for Bin Two was close to the bottom, it was possible to skoot the compost around in order to install the back and second side.

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Two PM, with Bin Two installed. A long throw from Bin Three.

We were also moving the bins forward so that they would now be accessible from behind.

3 PM: Three bins installed!

We now have a walkway between bins and greenhouse.

We had pushed hard to get that far before having to leave for the rally.  I wanted so much to stay home and finish the fourth bin!  I sternly told myself that there is no composting for people languishing in the detention center.

Ocean Park: Rally for “Rosas”

“Rosas was arrested when going to Okie’s early in the morning of November 27. When he asked why he was being arrested, ICE officers said “My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper.” We want to speak out against this arrest and on the attack on his rights to free speech. Please join us!”

Background:

The original story in the Seattle Times (my home town paper) is here, and well worth reading.

The follow up, after the arrest of Rosas, is here.

He appears to have been sought out because he spoke (under his nickname) to the Seattle Times.  ICE did not detain him earlier, even though he asked them why they took his family and not him.

This story has drawn the attention of the Mexican consulate and has been picked up by national and international news, including the Washington Post and The Independent, UK.

Here is a link to the gofundme where you can contribute, to help him and his family, who were deported to Mexico.  (His children are American citizens, who went with their mother.)

We arrived to find folks on both sides of the street by Okie’s Market, mostly on the other side of the street because we don’t want it to appear that we blame the local markets for the fact that ICE uses them to catch Hispanic people who are shopping for groceries.

Another group had settled in three blocks east on the main intersection.  Eventually, we walked down there to join them.  As we walked, a man came out of one of the shops and said “Thank you so much.  I would love to join, but I don’t want to be targeted.”

by the new medical clinic and pharmacy

on the right, newly elected Long Beach city councilman Isa Cline.

Allan’s sign:

I suggested he put something warm and fuzzy on the other side:

We had enough people to be on three of the four corners of the intersection.

by Doc’s Tavern

Someone who walked by the sign holders by Doc’s said something about people being illegal, and then went into Doc’s.  A few minutes later, she came out and said, “You are right!”  Something in there had changed her mind.

A woman paused her car to say she had just moved to Ocean Park and was pleased to see us, as she had no idea there were protests here.  I want to meet her.  None of us got her contact information.

I was heckled by a driver with a scowly face, something about “illegals” and “securing our borders” and “they should get legal.”  “It takes years and costs thousands of dollars,” I replied, but he had driven on.  That was the only heckling that I noticed.  Mostly, we got some honks and thumbs up.

Lee Hogan Knott, local teacher at Sea School Cooperative and yoga instructor at Earthlight Yoga, joined us with her children.

Lee’s photo

Lee’s photo

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Some black and white photos by Stephanie:

Two counter protestors showed up after sunset, just as we were ten minutes away from departure.

The counter-protest duo paraded back and forth on the other side of the street with their yuge Trump banner.

The rally ended at dusk, when it was too dark to easily read signage.  Some ralliers went to a nearby pizza place.  Allan and I had other plans.  Since my goal is to not get out much during staycation, we combined the rally with our annual visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille to see their lovely holiday village.

Hungry Harbor Grille

Every year, Hungry Harbor sets up an ever larger and more elaborate village.

It is a coastal village with boats and lighthouses.

Allan’s photo

Jessie’s Fish Market is one of many buildings personalized for our area.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

second from left, back: I dream of living in the top floor flat with a roof garden.

It’s odd that the flat with roof garden is my dream instead of a house with towers and room for a garden….

…or a farm with animals.

You could spend hours looking at the details. Some people bring binoculars.

tree house and train tunnel (Allan’s photo)

Our burgers and onion rings were perfect comfort food.

Allan’s photo

the best dinner seating in the house

Tomorrow: Barring calamity, I WILL finish the compost project!

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

High on our agenda for holiday rituals is the annual visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille and their holiday village.

last week's early peek

last week’s early peek

After dark on Thursday, Allan and I went (as we often do) to Mexican dinner tonight there (every Thursday in winter) and spend a good long while perusing every little building.  I think Allan heard there are 117 now!  Many of them are painted with the names of local businesses.

list

Queen La De Da's ship

Queen La De Da’s ship

Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Co

Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Co

Jessie's

Jessie’s

Neptune Theatre

Neptune Theatre (Long Beach)

The real Chen's, in Long Beach, is not this pretty but the food is good.

The real Chen’s, in Long Beach, is not this pretty but the food is good.

Sid's Groceries (Seaview)

Sid’s Grocery (Seaview)

Dairy-Aire delivered milk up till they retired about a year ago.

Dairy-Aire delivered milk up till they retired about a year ago.

Dennis Company (Long Beach)

Dennis Company (Long Beach)

Cottage Bakery (Long Beach)

Cottage Bakery (Long Beach)

Hungry Harbor

Hungry Harbor…and a knitting shop that could be Tapestry Rose.

knit

knit

It could be the Purly Shell knitting shop, which is soon to open (in real life) at the Port of Ilwaco.

our local newspaper

Our local newspaper is represented by a newstand.

one of our several realtors

one of our several realtors

beloved local artist Don Nisbett (Ilwaco)

beloved local artist Don Nisbett (Ilwaco)

Oman and Son Hardware (Long Beach)

Oman and Son Hardware (Long Beach)

I can mentally lose myself in the streets of the village, and sometimes at this time of year when falling asleep I will imagine living there.

Let’s just walk around, starting at the harbour.  The only time I like walking in snow is when it is all fluffy and non slippery, having just fallen.  Clearly, the village is gently coated in just that kind of snow.

light

lighthouse

santa

I hear the barking of the seals.

I hear the barking of the seals.

I do love walking along the harbour and looking at the boats.

Whale Watching Tour Boat

Whale Watching Tour Boat

whale

Harbor Ferry

Harbor Ferry

ferry

ferry

ferry

Bessie

Bessie

boat

the haunted shipwreck

the haunted shipwreck

another lighthouse

another lighthouse

How did we get a haunted shipwreck with so many lighthouses?

How did we get a haunted shipwreck with so many lighthouses?

Whale Point Lighthouse B&B...

Whale Point Lighthouse B&B…

...and guests

…and guests

North Head Lighthouse (Ilwaco)

North Head Lighthouse (Ilwaco)

Bay Boatworks

Bay Boat Works

The wind is cold down on the harbour so let’s walk up into town.

overview

train

Uh oh, our little scenic train has derailed (and no one can reach in far enough to right it!)

The Clamshell Railroad depot

The Clamshell Railroad depot

The Clamshell Railroad seems to be living up to its reputation as the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad”.

also near the train station, The Nottingham Hotel is convenient for stranded travelers.

also near the train station, The Nottingham Hotel is convenient for stranded travelers.

Fortunately, we can cover the whole village on foot.  There are very few cars on the peaceful streets.  As you will see, the village has many places we could stop for dinner.

The Lobster Hut Restaurant

The Lobster Hut Restaurant

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

pub

pub

Whale Tale

specials

whales

Brew House

Brew House

The Hungry Harbor

The Hungry Harbor, of course!

tables

Plogmann's Tavern

Plogmann’s Tavern

I always wonder if someone misspelled “Ploughman’s” Tavern.  This is my village watering hole.  It is idyllically like The Rover’s Return on Coronation Street.

We can see our friends in there waiting for us.

We can see our friends in there waiting for us.

friends

Earlier, we would have begun our day at the coffee shop (Olde Towne, of course).

My daily hangout.

My daily hangout.

I like a coffee shop that is open in evening...Have not had one of those since leaving Seattle.

I like a coffee shop that is open in evening…Have not had one of those since leaving Seattle.

nearby, a purveyor of fine chocolates

nearby, a purveyor of fine chocolates

I wonder if Allan decided to open a garage?

I wonder if Allan decided to open a garage?

In my dream village, I have a bookish niece to treat with books and toys.

In my dream village, I have a bookish niece to treat with books and toys.

toys

toys

You would think that I’d choose one of the houses, with grounds, for my dream place to live in the village.  Instead, the place that calls to me the most every year is the top floor of this apartment building:

my village home

my village home; I have the top floor and the roof garden!

side view of my building

side view of my building

coffee

The coffee shop is conveniently located near my apartment building, which reminds me of The Gables on Capitol Hill in Seattle, where I had a beautiful old one bedroom apartment in 1975.  (The best apartment was the old ballroom, with skylights, on the fourth floor._

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard...

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard…

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden.

I left here only because I wanted to try out communal living.  Bad decision!

But…back to the village.  I wouldn’t say no to this house (below); its stonework reminds me of the previous Tangly Cottage when we lived over behind the boatyard.

my other house in the village!

my other house in the village!

or perhaps this one!

or perhaps this one!

I'd have this in my garden.

I’d have this in my garden.

my greenhouse

my greenhouse

Here's the village version of The Basket Case Nursery.

Here’s the village version of The Basket Case Greenhouse (but open year round)

flowers

I still would have the same job taking care of parks and gardens.

I still would have the same job taking care of parks and gardens.

Windmill Park

Windmill Park

This would be one of my gardening jobs.

This would be one of my gardening jobs.

Let’s stroll through the covered bridges and explore more of the village streets.

Let's walk through the covered bridge and look at some more houses.

bridges

bridge

still walking along...

still walking along…

The Post Office

The Post Office

housecats

two

Towers abound in the village.

I love the house with the towers, but even in the dreamy village it is out of my price range.

I love the house with the towers, but even in the dreamy village it is out of my price range.

a pretty house with a tower

a pretty house with a tower

Business are mixed with residences throughout most of the village.

pets

I can guarantee the pet shop sells pet supplies, not animals.

I can guarantee the pet shop sells pet supplies, not animals.

Precious Pet Store

Precious Pet Store

The owner of the pet store lives by the shop with her dog(s) and cat(s).

Precious Pet Store residence window.

the school

the school

The Fire Station

The Fire Station

firestation

The Bank

The Bank

Christmas tree sales

Christmas tree sales

garbage

Village Square Library

Village Square Library

a grand house

a grand house

house

apartment building

apartment building

Oh….look…THIS is my perfect little dream house, luring me to move out of the roof garden apartment that I have loved up until now; the gate is even open to welcome us.

my house

my house

nearby, a treehouse

nearby, a treehouse

We’re at the base of the hill now.

hill

It’s lovely to have a farm within walking distance.

barn

pigs

At the top of one hill is the dairy where Dairy-Aire gets milk and cheese.

dairy

farm

coop

Chicken Coop Produce

information about hiking trails up in the hills

information about hiking trails up in the hills

winter camping, fly fishing tours

winter camping, fly fishing tours

and a Sauna to warm up in?

and a Sauna to warm up in?

Church Hill

Church Hill

and the Creator

and the Creator

I’ve emerged from the dream of walking through the village, but I can return there in my mind anytime I want to, and, happily, I live in a village that is in many ways similar.  

Most of the village buildings are from Department 56.

The Hungry Harbor Grille is in downtown Long Beach, Washington at 313 Pacific Highway South.  Every year, the holiday village appears right after Thanksgiving weekend.

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Saturday, 14 December, 2013

After rising at the shocking early hour of 10:20 AM, I had time to go to the Saturday Christmas Market before a coffee date.  First, I stopped at Time Enough Books to deliver the last gardening bill of the season.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Why does this sticker that they have for sale remind me of the times when Allan and I have tried to hire help for our business?

coworkers

Next door at the Christmas market, I resolved to buy a glowing glass brick, but with not quite enough sleep, I forgot to acquire it!

glass brick with lights inside

glass brick with lights inside

Allan joined me and we even had time to buy our Christmas Tree from the Ilwaco High School Band tree sale…

more on this later!

more on this later!

And then we met our dear friend Patt at Olde Towne Café; she was in town briefly to get set up for a dog sitting job later this month (for our client and friend Lisa and our dog friend Maddy!)  Her car was already there.  Over a year ago when I first saw her marriage equality bumper stickers, I just knew we would be friends.

clearly someone sympatico

clearly someone sympatico

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

After Patt departed to meet Lisa, Allan and I took a break from staycation to do some necessary work caused by last week’s freezing weather.  (But first, we popped back to the market so I could buy that glass brick!)

Christmas market entrance...soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

Christmas market entrance…soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

We stopped at the Depot Restaurant garden for just one thing:

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

A bit more Christmas shopping preceded the rest of work, at the Coastal Corner Market in Long Beach where I admired their driftwood sedum planting.

Coastal Corner Market

Coastal Corner Market

driftwood planter

driftwood planter

Just across the street from the market I photographed a cabin whose name speaks to me at this time of year:

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sign

Then on to the Anchorage Cottages:

The melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

The Melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

And two tasks that I had in mind in Long Beach:

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

Allan asked if it was normal for Narcissi to be up.  I said yes, thinking he just meant green spears poking through the soil.  Then I saw that despite the freezing weather, two Narcissi were up and blooming already.

Now that's strange.

Now that’s strange.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Half a block north of the park sits the Hungry Harbor Grille.  I popped in to see if their Christmas Village had been set up and indeed it had.  I love it and we will go back to dinner there before Christmas to admire it more closely.

at Hungry Harbor Grille

at Hungry Harbor Grille

boat

boat

boat

boat

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

That was the last of work for awhile.  Back home at Staycation Central we found on our porch a gift from Lisa, Buzz, and Maddy the dog, a box of goodies from Bailey’s Café up in Nahcotta, such a yummy place that we rarely find time to visit.

a delectable present

a delectable present

I hope now that….other than potential jury duty for me in January…we are firmly back into staycation mode.

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After a late summer and fall of immense change, we took comfort in the rituals of holidays on the Peninsula.  (Speaking of rituals, it took me until late autumn to realize to my dismay that I had completely forgotten to go on September’s Cannon Beach Cottage Tour.  Argh, what a shame that was.)

But in early December up went the crab pot tree….

world’s largest crab pot tree in Ilwaco

and on a starry night, came the lighting ceremony and crab-centric Christmas carols.

by the boatyard at night

lighting of the crab pot tree

lighted boats at the port

the crab pot tree

At the port on tree-lighting night, shops stayed open and lighted boats sailed out to the bar and back.

Don Nisbett Gallery, always with hot chocolate on lighted boat night….

At The Planter Box, Christmas trees arrived.

trees at the Planter Box

The Hungry Harbor Grille owners assembled their expansive Christmas Village in the back dining room of the restaurant.

Hungry Harbor Christmas Village

I imagined that I lived in a two story apartment of the top floor of the building, lower right.  For some reason it appealed to me more than any Victorian village house, and it did have a roof garden and close proximity to a greenhouse.

We made the last rounds of our gardening jobs.  Mary and Denny of Klipsan Beach Cottages always did the best garden holiday decorating of any of our clients.

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

December at KBC

Olde Towne Trading Post Café and Antiques

Mid December found Allan and I at last on our staycation.  I went most days to Olde Towne Café and, realizing it was the perfect dream of a coffee shop, created a Facebook page for them.

Olde Towne holidays

How very much we needed our winter of peace, puttering, reading and rest.  Much as I have done in 2012 by writing these flashback journals, in the winter of ’09-’10 I scanned photos of the past and relived thirty years of memories.

 

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