Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

This third post about the quilt show features flowers, birds, critters, and nature.

This got my vote for favourite mini quilt.

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

The annual Peninsula Quilt Guild show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco had over 100 quilts this year.

As always, my favourites are the ones with floral and garden and nature themes.

Here they are.

Flowers by Maureen Bittner

My Machine Quilting Sampler by Judy Kraft

Dream Big by Claudia Menzia

Gloria by Toni Tweedle Healy

Fall Pumpkins by Joe Ann Reidesel

Hummingbird Wreath Banner by Joe Ann Reidesel

I liked this one because it reminded me of teatime.

Vintage Farm Girl by Kathy Averett

Wonky Pentagon by Beth Tripp

…featuring ornamental cabbages.

Fabric Frolic by Maureen Bittner

…with floral details

Flowers on Silk by Toni Tweedle Healy

This one was almost my favourite mini; I love the languid petals:

Sunflower by Janet Darcher

left: Quatro Color by Claudia Menza

Grandma’s News! by Becky Olson Evans

My grandmother made several quilts with flowers like these:

Grandma’s News! by Becky Olson Evans

A Year in the Garden by Becky Olson Evans

Nature themed quilts:

Wings Over Willapa by Toni Tweedle Healy (an amazing quilter of all styles!)

Under the Sea by Toni Tweedle Healy

Dancing with Dragonflies by Joanie Chapel

Autumn at Sunset Beach by Joanie Chapel

Got crabs? by Beth Tripp

Pelicans by Judy Kraft

Puffins by Beth Tripp

We got to pick our favourites for best mini, small, medium, and large quilt.

My pick for medium was Grandma’s House.

Grandma’s House by Toni Tweedle Healy

My first thought was that, though impressive, it was so impractical…and then I read the description and got tears in my eyes.

Looking at the details, I did think of my grandma’s house, so of course it had to be my favourite because I had a wonderful grandma whom I still miss daily.

Grandma’s sewing machine

She loved cats….

…and her little house.

My favourite small quilt (and my favourite in the whole show) was Goofy Garden by Toni Tweedle Healy, and here it is with its creator.

photo courtesy Peninsula Quilt Guild

Native Plants by Joe Ann Reidesel came just barely after Goofy Garden (only because I love the garden theme with seeds and hose and secateurs), so I am including it here as what would have been a tie had that been allowed:

Native Plants by Joe Ann Reidesel

California poppies

skunk cabbage and trillium

My favourite mini quilt just barely edged out the sunflower.

Shooting Star by Maureen Bittner.

Wildflower Album by Becky Olson Evans was my favourite large quilt.

Finally, here are three more glorious quilts that we must include even though they are not at all on the gardening and nature theme.

La Dio de Los Muertos by Diane Duprez

The Lewiston Express by the inimitable Toni Tweedle Healy

Sorenson Work Wall Hanging by Judy Kraft

I am putting photos of most of the rest of the quilts on the Our Ilwaco blog, so avid quilters might want to have a look over there.

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

at home

I did not in the least intend to garden today.  With Allan at a holiday bazaar peddling his book, I was planning on a quiet day to blog about Halloween.  But from my desk window, I could see an area of the garden where the BadAster lurks.  I simply had to go dig and pull it.

alluring view



Aster roots are pinkish and easy to differentiate from others.

I managed to plant one lady in waiting…

Skooter helped.

This is not comfortable because of claws.

Banished from helping:

Around the garden:

planted this a few weeks ago

in the lawn

looking north

very young Acer griseum (paperbark maple)

lots of assorted fuchsias still blooming

This volunteer willow is crunching the fence. (But I love its privacy factor.)

Eupatorium ‘Elegant Feather’

at last, beautyberry success

west bed

Hyemenocallis; I love its angular form and white-grey berries.

Rain saved me from gardening and gave me three hours to blog before our evening event.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 6×6 Art Auction


The theme this year for the annual fundraiser was the Wild North West.  The art pieces are almost all just 6×6 inches in size.

One of four silent auction tables

one of two cases of the live auction art

Before the auction, we feasted.

sausage made of…bear

I learned that evening that a black bear had killed two beloved pet goats in the outskirts of Ilwaco, breaking through a plywood-boarded barn door to get the second one.  I still did not eat bear sausage.

loved the woodsy decor

a sell out crowd; most tickets were sold before the doors opened.

We got a good table up front, reserved for Discover Ilwaco, and shared it with Our Kathleen and with Steve and John of the Bayside Garden.

Karla of Time Enough Books ready to take call in bids, by telegraph or telephone.

Security by Richard Schroeder

Bruce Peterson, auctioneer, with assistant Betsy Millard, museum director

the excitement mounts

a call in bid

On the screen is one of the extra offerings, a dinner for 6 prepared in your home by private chef Maddy Moore (of Pink Poppy Bakery).  This special occasion went for $750.00

a telegram bid

and telephone

Then came the pièce de résistance, the annual sock monkey art by Leslie Hall.

The pony express monkey had to be steadied by Betsy because of all the excitement.

This year’s sock monkey art, a photo bomb called Wild Outdoor Monkey:

In the usual bidding war between Karla and her sister, the monkey raised (as I recall) $800 for the museum.

monkey business

Karla hiding in the back to spring the winning bid (Allan’s photo)

Some pieces we especially liked:

I did love these crows, titled “HOA Committee” (homeowner’s association, a neighborhood body full of strict rules)

Oysterville Regatta by Tucker Wachsmuth

a lovely painting of my garden nemesis, salal

I was way outbid on this pretty little thing.  Running Wild in the Hood by Shelley Curtis Weaver (that would be Oregon’s Mount Hood)

But I did get this one, Washed Ashore by Wally Cox!

A few more favourites, photos provided by the museum:

6×6 is one of my favourite Ilwaco events of the year.  It is always in early November; come join the fun next year!









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Friday, 12 October 2018

The bulbs arrived. As with every year, I thought I might have the garage and clipboard all organized before the arrival.  This year, the bulbs arrived the earliest ever, so that is some excuse for the first part of the day being devoted to getting the sorting space organized.  I spent the rest of the day doing the intake, with a lot of arithmetic that even with a calculator hurts my brain.  By the end of the day, I had the packages all sorted into an area for big tulips, small tulips, big and small narcissi, alliums, crocus and muscari, and assorted small bulbs.

In between printing and binding copies of his boating book, Allan kept me sustained with snacks delivered to the garage.

I got a nice message today on my Our Ilwaco Facebook page.  A woman named Kathy Moyer had painted the flowers in one of our Ilwaco gardens.

art by Kathy Moyer

At midnight, I was able to read a chapter of Hagar’s Garden by Marion Cran.  I do wish I had finished it before Bulb Time.

Skooter has turned into a lap cat.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Allan went shopping across the river. Although I wanted to get right to bulb sorting, I walked down to the Cranberrian Fair at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, hoping that “The Card Lady’ would be there.  The superb creator of homemade collage greeting cards for all occasions was absent this year.  I do hope she is well.

at the Cranberrian Fair

The Bog Bus will take folks up to the Cranberry Research Station and Cranberry Museum on Pioneer Road.

Dudley’s Harvest, a cute local book about a cranberry bog dog.

Rose Power and her creations

Karen Brownlee at the wheel

I love her cranberry plates.

Karen’s maritime butter dishes

Harmony Soapworks of Oysterville

blacksmith demonstration

I got the smithy’s email address, having recently read three pages about blacksmithing in one of Marion Cran’s books; I will send him photos of those pages.

The Nahcotta railway car was open for touring today, evoking my longing to ride on the Clamshell Railroad.

Nahcotta railway car

I had a look at my favourite part of the museum (other than the Nahcotta), the “village street”.

newspaper office

Nearby is a display about the seining horses of yesteryear.  I found an interesting video about the old timey fishing with horses, here.

I can’t imagine the horses liked it much.

Allan’s book, Southwest Washington Paddle Trips, is now on the shelves in the museum gift shop and at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum gift shop, top right

at home again

The weather was warm and calm and lovely.  I felt sorry for myself having to be indoors sorting; then I reminded myself of my friends with office jobs who have to be indoors every day.

With Allan gone, there was no van parked in the driveway to give me a sense of privacy.  The garage was hot with the big door closed and just the back door open.  Finally, in a stroke of genius, I built myself a barrier inside the big door….

…and then I opened it and could breathe fresh air again.

Allan’s photos upon his return:

a few jobs sorted and ready to go

I managed to get enough clients’ bulbs sorted and bagged and boxed and ready so that we could work Sunday and Monday.  I would have continued to sort on into the evening, had not Nora’s granddaughter and her partner come visiting her house next door.  This inspired me to knock off bulbing at dusk so that the four of us could have a pleasant campfire dinner.

Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ aglow just after sunset around the campfire circle

Allan’s photo


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Show

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

I hope that on some rainy day, I will make the usual post of ALL the quilts that we liked over on our other blog (Our Ilwaco).  Here, I will share quilts with the pertinent subjects of flowers and birds (and a couple of other subjects of interest to a certain blog reader).

Show attendees get to vote on quilts of four sizes.  The scary thing is that it seems like yesterday, and yet was a year ago, when I was walking through the show trying to make my 2017 decisions.  Time goes faster every year, which is an especially ominous thought when the quilt show falls right on my birthday.

gardens and flowers:

This was my favourite large quilt of 2018; I always go for the jewel tones:

I hope it would cheer her up for all the hard work to know it was my favourite in its category!

Below is a quilt with the garden-y name “Flower Stalls”.

“Flower Stalls” quilt

Below: This geometric quilt had lovely botanical side panels with garden bridges.

Below, a quilt with botanical fabric star shapes on a vine spoke to me of flowers:

B.O.M. means “block of the month’ in quilt club lingo.

detail, centre

detail, corner

Below, a big quilt includes baskets and strawberries.  I believe the blue toned one to the right was the “Sea Glass” quilt that was raffled off.

Below: a hummingbird garden:

Below: This one qualifies as flowers because of the border:

detail; I like the jewel in the center of each flower.

Below, my favourite medium quilt:

Below, botanical fabric in a traditional pattern:



Below, different interpretations of a flower “block of the month”; one was my favourite “mini” quilt and one was my favourite “small” quilt:

my pick for best medium quilt


detail (the lace got my vote, and the shadow box theme)

…and the raised salmon berries…

my pick for best mini quilt

detail; I love the use of the lace so voted for this one.






detail (California poppies are not Washington natives but they have naturalized)

nature scenes:

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon


detail from a Texas-themed quilt by Kathy M. Dean

Below, a quilt with birds and critters:




A special bird quilt was on display, with panels created by school children:


I especially love this one little bird.

For Montana Mary:



In case we never get around to posting our more extensive quilt show post, you can see them all here.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

On the way to work, I took a bouquet (reassembled from our Halloween bouquets) to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum for tonight’s event.

Long Beach

We went to Long Beach in a light, cold drizzle.  After a search for a parking spot on a busy Saturday, we repaired to Abbracci Coffee Bar to wait out the rain.  The Dark Sky app promised that it would stop in half an hour.

Tony and Bernardo of Abbracci

new autumnal art by Brad Carlson

Bernardo showed us photos of the successful cast leaves that he had made from gunnera I had provided from nearby Fifth Street Park.


The rain did stop, as predicted, so we were able to start work after our coffee.

We had received in the mail a sympathy card from Dr. Raela at Oceanside Animal Clinic.  At first, I thought I had better wait to read it.  I couldn’t wait.

Dr. Raela’s message helped me a great deal with my feelings about having made the decision to have Smoky euthanized, which was so hard even though it was clear he was not going to get better and that he was so miserable and uncomfortable.  A veterinarian with this much insight and compassion is a treasure indeed.

It took me a while to join Allan at cleaning up the nearby park.

Fifth Street Park, west fence with Super Dorothy Rose.

Allan first did some fall clean up of the SW quadrant of the park.  We leave the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ standing through the winter here because it helps hide a not very attractive line of old pampas grass behind the restroom building.

(Allan’s photos) before




I began by cutting back the Darmera peltata in the SE quadrant by Benson’s Restaurant.  Even though I still like the way it looks before, I know the city crew will appreciate having the pond edge clear so they can do their fall clean up of fallen tree leaves in the water.


gunnera and darmera leaves obscuring the edge

a little darmera start in the waterfall

Allan came from his first project across the street and tidied up the little monument garden some more.


after shearing the lady’s mantle

Allan pried off a big piece of darmera that had attached itself to the side of a rock.

I showed him how the leaves having fallen off the maples had revealed a bindweed that had climbed from the hydrangeas in the back corner way up into the tree.

how embarrassing! (Allan’s photos)

He removed the bindweed with the pole pruners.

I had not intended to prune the big hydrangea, until I realized that it was so tall it was obscuring the lamp post in the corner of the park.  Much pruning ensued, including the ivy (from the lot next door, from whence the bindweed also comes) that was also interfering with the light.

This is just the hydrangea debris.

 Three tarp loads of darmera and gunnera debris got dragged by Allan half a block to our trailer to go home into our compost bins.

North, across the side street, the classic frying pan photo being taken (Allan’s photo)

Here is the before again:


And the after:

I think the city crew will be happy to see this on Monday.

I have an idea that a string trimmer might be the answer to cleaning up this difficult very muddy bed in the same park:

Next time!

We still had a lot of clean up to do.  Allan hauled the third tarp full of compostable debris to the trailer, which was parked up the street past Abbracci.

tarp load number three (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan noticed the three bikes parked in a tree garden. When he joined me back in the park, with the van and trailer moved to the side street in order to load up the hydrangea debris, he asked me to see if the bikes belonged to coffee shop customers and if so to request that they move them out of our garden.

All too typical.  Signs on the lamp posts, by the way, say no bicycle riding on the sidewalks, which is often ignored.

The coffee shop which was empty save for the owners and for a dad with two young daughters, who indeed owned the bikes.  I asked if they would please move the bikes out of “my garden”.  The dad said, “YOUR garden? I thought it was a public garden!”

“Yes, it is a public garden, and I’m the public gardener,” I replied, with every effort to be jolly and pleasant.  “I just tend to call it mine because I work on it, but the city would prefer if people not put their bikes on the plants.”

“Do you have a card to prove you’re the public gardener?” the dad asked.

I could not help but laugh, and said, “No, I’m not a card carrying public gardener.  I could send my husband here with an orange vest on, but we are too busy cleaning up the park.”  I just gave up and left.

I realized later that Allan had been dragging his tarp of debris past the big windows of the coffee shop and loading it into the trailer.  The dad must have seen!

Not long after that, the dad and two daughters went bicycling past us, heading down the main sidewalk (despite signs on almost every lamp post saying no bicycling on the sidewalks).  We were parked in full view, with a traffic cone behind us, a few feet up the side street, loading debris. I called out in my jolliest voice, with a smile, “Here’s my public gardener ‘card’, this trailer full of debris!  See how full it is? We just cleaned up this park!”  I added, “Girls, look!  Public gardeners!”  The girls looked but the dad gazed straight ahead and kept pedaling.  I was laughing because it was so ludicrous to have been asked for a card.  Why would I even care where people park their bikes if I were not responsible for the plants?

I went back into Abbracci for a moment to confirm that I had not sounded mean when I asked the guy to move the bikes.  Nope.  I observed that the soil under the tree was a bit compacted by the bikes, that more damage would have been done in the summer when the plants were fuller, and that there is plenty of room for bikes on the sidewalk next to the bench.  (To my eternal amazement, summer does not stop people from parking bikes, strollers, and dogs on top of the plants under the trees.)

We dumped the hydrangea debris at City Works and got home with less than an hour to spare before our evening event.  The offload of the compost debris would have to wait till Sunday.

6×6 Art Auction

Tomorrow’s post, shared from Our Ilwaco blog, will be all about the always entertaining annual 6×6 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  I just want to share the personal aspects of it here.

I was touched that the museum reserved a table for us.  They know we will share photos on Discover Ilwaco and in our blog, so we got a great view of Karla, the communications expert, and of Bruce, the auctioneer, as you will see in tomorrow’s post.

Allan’s photo

Our Steve and John of the Bayside Garden attended.

John and Steve (Allan’s photo)

They have mounted another attack on salal in their garden, and we hope to go see the results next week.

A friend said that she had a gift for me.  It was a rainbow bracelet in honor of Smoky (and the Rainbow Bridge).  My face blindness kicked in and I had to go up later and ask her who she was: Leslie, who paints the sock monkey painting each year, and who I know quite well online but not so much to recognize in person…yet.  If her little dog, the Bean, had been with her I would have known her identity right away.

Allan’s photo

Two artist friends, Heather of NIVA green (our favourite shop) and Joe Chasse, attended.

Heather and Joe (Allan’s photo)

We were pleased that Joe sat at our table, and I was particularly pleased that I won his art piece in the silent auction.

Joe’s 6×6 creation, at home with me

I also bid on and won Wendy Murry’s piece.  I’ve gotten hers all but one of the years that she has submitted art.  This year, because the theme was the sixties, the piece is very 60s in feel.  I had a bit of a battle to win it.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.” -Jimi Hendrix

Our Kathleen got the other piece I bid on.  I had forgotten to increase my bid!  I will be able to visit it in her cottage.

1964 Long Beach by Leslie Price, won by Our Kathleen

The mosaic piece was right next to Wendy’s!

Allan’s photo

Usually the art in the live auction goes for a pretty penny, and my favourite live auction piece this year, by local artist Wendi Peterson (spouse of the auctioneer, Bruce) sold for $350.00  (I once bid almost that much for, and won, a piece by Wendy Murry in the live auction.  Not this year, with my recent vet bill.)  I am happy to admire the painting here:

Three Dog Night by Wendi Peterson

Later, at home, with Frosty:



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Thursday, 14 Sept 2017

We started at a garden just a few blocks east of us.

Mayor Mike’s garden

….with tidying, clipping some errant rose canes and some spent perennials.

Mayor Mike’s front garden

Just as we were finishing there, a parade of many old Dodge vehicles drove by down Lake Street.

Our next mission was chop the myrtles at ….

The Port of Ilwaco


cutting flush to the ground with our rechargeable saw

after. We will make this garden interesting again with divisions from other plants, after some rain comes.

The myrtles will grow back, and I will keep them small.

The sightline in late summer:

22 August: before pruning the myrtles

and today

While Allan pruned, I watered three garden beds.

my favourite port garden

the driveover garden

 Having decided on a midday cultural work break, we parked at the post office.

The deer have discovered the miniature rose in the post office planter.

We walked across the street to the

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

to peruse the Derby Days exhibit. You still have time to see it.

“Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as we explore the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing, and the emergence of the charter-boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula. This exhibit will be on view August 4 – October 7, 2017.”

The old Dodges were parked in the museum lot and across the street.

In the museum, we were fascinated with the old photos of the marina…

…and especially by photos showing the shoreline back when our lot was riverfront property.

The river bank is now the meander line, a ditch between us and the port parking lots.

We spent considerable time peering at the photo above, and the one below, trying to pinpoint our lot and the house that used to sit on it.

An old postcard touts the climate that was one of the reasons I moved here:

The water is no longer cheap and the summers are hotter than they used to be.

Allan enjoyed this old photo of Black Lake boating.

The salmon derby camps were along the banks of the Columbia, east of Chinook.

One of my favourite parts of the musuem is their replica street of shops.  It is being changed up with some new finds.

New school room display includes a typewriter like the one I typed a very bad novel on in high school.

tailoring shop

Allan likes the Chinook canoe:

Work called.  In case the rain did not arrive on Sunday, I wanted to get four more of my most favourite curbside gardens watered, and Allan had some hedge trimming to do.

 Port of Ilwaco

port office garden

the marina

I weeded and watered three pocket gardens…

…and the Time Enough Book garden….

…and visited my good friend Scout in the book store.

as always, good books.

I had no intention of buying a book, yet I did purchase this one.

As I walked home, I noted that the meander line ditch is completely dry.  It will soon become a stream again when the rains arrive.

by the community college annex, showing the size the California wax myrtles like to attain.

Meanwhile, Allan had pruned two escallonias down at Coho Charters.

one of them, before

and after


frog in a water barrel (Allan’s photo)

Allan set to his new project, removing old shakes from the shed, which, in WWII years, was an electrical repair shop for small appliances.

Apparently, the shakes were just a decorative overlay. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

I rearranged some plants on the patio, accidentally pulling a santolina out of a planted chimney pot.  While transplanting it by Devery’s driveway, I saw that Frosty had gone next door to visit his new bestie, Royal.  Devery was taking photos from her porch while I was taking photos from the driveway.

 Devery and I are both delighted by this sweet friendship, initiated by Frosty.




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Friday, 4 August 2017

Before work, Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) came over to find out what plant cuttings she could have for a Jake the Alligator Man event costume: a “wild woman”.  While I did not have anything to make a mossy head dress with, we found all sorts of ideas while walking through the garden.  She will come tomorrow morning, probably before we wake, to acquire the materials, because it is too early to cut them now.


Jenna and I on the hunt for plant costume ideas.

After she departed, I started to pick four bouquets for my favourite Art Night participants.  I ran out of steam after two bouquets.

Port of Ilwaco

I delivered a bouquet to Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery.  (He is Jenna’s spouse.)


And to Salt Hotel.


Allan watered the Time Enough Books curbside garden and did some other garden tidying in the area.



We finished weeding the south end of the boatyard garden.


battling the scrimmy little horsetail


I pictured lots of people parading along here between a downtown gallery and the port this evening.

From a distance, Allan thought the name of this incoming boat was “Sleepwear”.


Allan’s photo

Allan liked the idea shown below, of a rope tied to the hose on the boatyard faucet that people use to power wash their boats.  It keeps the faucet from being yanked by the hose, he says.


While we had been near Time Enough Books, I’d seen shop owner Karla.   She said she would be at the museum this evening for their exhibit opening and so I thought I might just give a third bouquet to the museum.  We took a break to go home and make one more bouquet.



Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum



On the way to Long Beach, we stopped by the cannabis emporium to get me a product that the Freedom Market does not have in stock.


Mr Doobie’s in Seaview

I’ve been taking a tincture called Ethos 2:1, mostly CBD, on the recommendation of a friend.  As promised, it does not get me high but what I think it has done is almost eliminate my back spasms.  I doubt it’s a placebo effect because I combine all new medications with a big dose of skepticism.

We acquired these photos, two blocks from the pot shop, of a garden I enjoy in passing.


peeking over the fence



Across the street from that garden, I asked Allan to photograph the deck railing that I quite like.  The garden is good, too.  We had a communication breakdown over getting a photo that included the garden on the corner of the property.  Maybe next week.


Long Beach

Allan thought a drive-through coffee would be helpful for the day.


Horses had been through the drive through before us!


at the drive through window

I thought all we had to do in Long Beach was to give the planter at the end of Sid Snyder Drive some water (done!) and then dump yesterday’s debris.  On the way to city works, we found one more thing to do.


Minnie Culbertson Park, before



I had seen an ad in the local paper about a wee dahlia “farm” in the town. (I left off the line with the phone number:)


Of course, we had to have a look.


gardener Dale picking a bouquet for a visitor

He said there will be lots more dahlias starting next week.  He was also offering lots of little plants for sale in cute little containers:




My grandma would have loved the wooden shoe.



Allan’s photo

Dale’s pond had sprung a leak.  You can see it will be good-looking when re-filled.


Basket Case Greenhouse

We needed soil and plants for an Ilwaco planter.


new shade cloth entryway


Allan’s photo

Buddy wanted to get in our van and Allan handed him to me.


Roxanne and I joked that I was taking him home.


I gave this little darling back most reluctantly.


Klipsan Beach Cottages

We’d postponed our weekly cleanup of KBC because of Wednesday’s heat.  I clipped a whole lot of brown lady’s mantle out of the driveway garden and have no photos to show for that.  After working, we took photos for the KBC Facebook page (which I administrate).

The sky was still grey with a smoke haze from the fires in Canada.


lawn border


in the fenced garden




I cannot ID this special plant, a gift from Mary’s plantsman brother, with golden yew.


Veronicastrum and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (kind of a fail photographing white, as usual)


Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)


birdbath view


Allan’s photo


the pond island


I see they bought those string lights that were “shiny objects” to me last time we went to Costco.  If I see them for sale again, I will not resist. Or maybe I will resist because we don’t have effective outdoor outlets.  Oh well!

The Anchorage Cottages

On the way south, we made the briefest stop at the Anchorage.  Since we had been there Monday this week, I felt we should do a second quick deadheading.

I am quite worked up about how this dierema is darker than any of my others.


This thrills me.  I wonder if it would come true from seeds.


in the office courtyard (Allan’s photo)


When it was built, partly by moving WWII cottages from Cape Disappointment, the Anchorage was Ocean Front. Now, because of beach accretion, it is about a half mile from the beach.  A path leads through piney woods to the shore.


Astilbe and Fuchsia ‘Pat’s Dream’

As I had begun to deadhead, I’d asked Allan to photograph an adorable caravan in the car lot at the corner.


such a cute face


I smile in response.


Would make a great guest house.


We drove past the boatyard garden to see the crowds of strolling art walk patrons that I had imagined…and saw no one at all till we drove past the galleries along the port.

We had every intention of immediately finishing the day by planting up the Ilwaco planter that got dug out, due to poor drainage, last weekend.  That is, until I looked at my Ilwaco Facebook feed on my phone to see if there were some last minute Art Walk posts that I could share to Discover Ilwaco.


I saw this photo from the museum!

The exhibit opening was on a topic that interests us.  We had planned to see it later in the month because of a reluctance for peopling (me) and simply wanting to get the work day done.  But the snacks called to us and soon we were there.


Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as we explore the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing, and the emergence of the charter-boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula. This exhibit will be on view August 4 – October 7, 2017.


the big room (The plates were about to get replenished)


Allan’s photo.  Someone at the museum said “No one’s ever brought us flowers before.”  That gives me a new bouquet target.


center: Dan and his wife had just toured our garden today (by invitation).  (Allan’s photo)

We did not have time to thoroughly peruse the exhibit.  I can see it is one that I will very much enjoy.


I like this sort of display.



This history goes back to when our garden was riverfront property, before the port was built out on fill.

Information about the mayor, for whom our street of curbside gardens at the Port if named:


We had to get back to work and plant the planter by the fire station.


Allan made the small hole, added this week by the city crew, bigger.


new plants getting firmed up


red for the fire station, including Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

At home, our neighbor Mary from two doors down brought us some freshly caught salmon and, of course, I dragged her back to see the towering, fragrant lilies.



Skooter indicated that he would like to have a campfire some evening soon.

Now for two days off, with some more lily guests invited.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Today began the three day quilt show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  You had best go on Sunday between noon and four to see ALL the quilts.  These, my favourites, comprise only about half of the show.  I tend to go for jewel tones of green, blue and purple, and for less traditional patterns (with exceptions).  Under most of this year’s quilts is the description from the show programme.



Peninsula Quilt Guild



 Large Quilts

The first quilt I saw became my people’s choice pick for best large quilt.


Irish Posies by Lynda Newell

“This is a combination of the traditional Irish Chain pattern with a little applique added.  I am not a huge fan of doing applique but occasionally it sucks me in.”

details (the flowers are what made it my favourite):




This bright quilt would appeal to my friend Montana Mary and reminds me of our job at the Red Barn.


Rodeo Gals by Earline Nichols

“I love anything with horses and when I saw this quilt pattern I knew I had to make it.  I have donated this quilt to the horse therapy for needy/abused children organization for an auction.”

A pleasing green and flowered quilt turned out to be by our friend Ann.



Stars for Chuck and Sarah by Ann Saari

“Shortly after his marriage, our son’s bride picked this pattern and gave me some fabric she had been saving.  I found it easier to make the stars by hand so over 7 years I did just that. Susan James did an amazing job of quilting.”


flower fabric detail on Ann’s quilt

Below: The quilter to the left made the stunningly beautiful horse quilt.  It was not in the people’s choice competition.



Allan’s photo





While not “my” colours, the quirkiness of this typing test quilt appealed to me.


Typing Test by Karen Snyder


fabric detail


Bazaar in Marakesh by Renee Newstrom

The bright and vibrant jewel tones have me imagining far off travels and colorful markets.  Curved piecing is simplified by use of the Quick Curve Ruler.  Pattern from the book One Wonderful Curve and enlarged from a wall hanging.


House Pattern by Peggy Christensen

“My entry for my quilt group’s annual challenge.  House quilts being my favorite pattern I decided to make a block for each member and the rest of the blocks a tribute to my favorite quilt stores.  I could have called it the ‘Kiss of Death Quilt’ because as soon as I started making it, the stores started closing!!  Lucky for us it did not have the same effect on our members!!”

I like house quilts, and my grandma had a little red house.  I think the last quilt store on the Long Beach Peninsula closed recently.

Here’s a quilt in my favourite colors:


Trip to Trinidad by Joanie Chapel

“I have made three quilts designed by Kathleen Starr.  I love the hand dyed batiks and how the colors flow together.”


Harry Potter by Nancy Allen

“Made for my granddaughter who likes Harry Potter.”

details, because I also like Harry Potter:





Medium Quilts


Kaleidoscope by Maureen Bittner


I liked the flower fabric and the gold thread.

Because it reminded me of a quilt made by my grandma, “Flower Pots” was my favourite medium quilt.  Gram liked that sort of appliqued flower.


Flower Pots by Betty O’Phelan

“Too small to keep and too big to throw out.  Combination of several patterns.”


Yellow Brick Road by Joan Palmroth

“I have enjoyed making Yellow Brick Road many times.  It is fun laying out the blocks like a jigsaw puzzle to not have same fabric touching same fabric.  Beautiful “daisy chain” quilting made this one a keeper.”


fabric detail


Over the River and Through the Woods by Vivian Macek, reminds me of my grandma, of course.

“I collected the blue and silver batiks for 2 years and spent another year embroidering the design during my work lunch hours.  This is a labor of love for my daughter.”

I like the Mariner’s Compass pattern very much.  Here are three versions:

mariner's compass

Mariner’s Compass by Sue Grennan, DeLila West, and Mariner’s Stars by Doris Schalka


Mariner’s Compass by Billie Warrick


Paris Boutique by Joe Ann Ridesel

“I purchased the pattern for Paris Boutique at Cotton Pickin’s Quilt Shop in Stanwood, WA.  I added extra fabric to make it twin size. I’m hoping one of my granddaughters will want it.”


Evening Clam Tide by Janet Darcher

“This was my first time using the freezer paper piecing technique.”


Beach Balls by Lynda Newell

“This started as a kit from the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  The ‘balls’ were just pieced straight strips of fabric.  As I was going through the boring task of piecing all of the fabrics I suddenly saw beach balls bouncing.  Of course beach balls are not just straight stripes so I had to design them into something that might resemble beach balls.  Never feel limited by someone else’s vision.”  (All of a sudden I feel that this is my favourite medium quilt.)


Exotic Plants by Betty O’Phelan

“Needed a project to go fast so big blocks and not too many colors.

I like the plant fabric:


Normally, I don’t go for orange, but I had to put in this next quilt for Mr. Tootlepedal:


Rolling Along by Marian Martzall



I like quilts that are geometric but askew:


A Little Bird Told Me by Nancey Olson

“I wanted to make a funnel quilt for my Grand Niece.  Polka dots and birds seemed to be a cute combination.”



Small Quilts

The small quilt category often has the most creative and painterly entries.


Stripes and Squares by Beverly Wakeman

“After last year’s quilt show, I moved to Vancouver and to a much smaller sewing room.  When the dust settled, I wanted to get back to quilting.  The first box was full of solid fabric so I made a small throw.  I have enough blocks for another quilt and one empty box.  Only 20 more boxes to go.”

Many of the small quilts feature “BOMs”.



Small Treasures by Beverly Osterholm

“A fun Guild BOM…. I did put a teacup in mine as that is one of my ‘small treasures’.”

My grandma made some quilts with the flower pattern in the upper right corner.


BOM by Marian Martzall


BOM-Summer by Ann Saari

“I made four small quilts to represent the four seasons.”


Flower Fiesta by Joanie Chapel

“I love Batiks, flowers, butterflies, and applique so this pattern jumped out and grabbed me.  It was fun making each flower different.  I added yoyos and Swarozski crystals.”

This got my vote for favourite small quilt, because I loved the crystals and it reminded me of my grandma, even though Women’s March quilt (shown a ways below) was a close, such a very close second.




Ties That Bind No More by Karen Haines

“When my husband retired, he swore he would never wear a tie again.  So I gathered them up to hold him to his promise and to do something creative with them someday.  I’m grateful he had a playful attitude towards the ties he wore.  The silk was challenging.  I chose Dresden because it looks like teeny ties.”




Maui Turtles by Sheri Hendrix

“Bought kit at Maui Quilts after seeing sea turtles at the beach.”


Early Fall Afternoon by Janet Darcher

“Landscape quilt, raw edge applique, acrylic paint and machine quilted.”

Wait.  Now I think the above is my favourite small quilt.

This one spoke to my heart and was also almost my favourite small one:


Astoria Women’s March by Cathie Jensen

“This quilt was made to take to the Astoria Women’s March in January 2017.  I was inspired by my daughter who works in Civil Rights in Washington, DC and will be sending her the quilt.”


A Light in the Darkness by Cathie Jensen

“A quilt guild in Newport, OR sells artwork panels by Dennis McGregor and had a large panel in their raffle quilt.  Since I didn’t win, I made this wall hanging with a small panel to practice blending the panel with added fabrics.”


Dahlias by Joanie Chapel

This is my first landscape quilt.  It is an original.  I grow over 100 dahlias on my property so, naturally, there are dahlias in this quilt.”




Dahlias by the Sea by Joanie Chapel

“I bought this pattern at the Quilted Dandelion.  It was rather dull so I jazzed it up!  I added bright colors, sand, star fish, sand dollars, and flowers.  I love beach scenes.”




Flames by Maureen Bittner

“Group challenge using a specific color and using black or white as an accent.”




Ocean View by Deborah Berkely

“I’m a fabric stasher.  My husband calls it hoarding.  I had a lot of blues that I kept playing with and finally came up with this skinny quilt that I named Ocean View.”


Chain Gang by Deborah Berkley

Just after another show viewer and I were laughing over this one, he tried to turn over the corner of the next quilt by the paper piece, as one is supposed to (to admire the stitching), and he knocked it off the wall.  I don’t know what happened to him…

“This little wall hanging was inspired by a cartoon from a 1986 Quilting Magazine.”


Yellow Ducky by Glennys Sherman

“I found this pattern at the Paisley Duck in Kelso.  I was intrigued by the fact that it was made with tiny squares.”


Ruddy Rooster by Joanie Chapel

“Three of us in the guild took a class from Ann Shaw.  We all made a rooster.  It was fun.”


Falling Leaves by Joanie Chapel

“This quilt was very challenging and I learned some new skills.  All of the fabric came from my stash so it didn’t cost anything.”


Christmas Trees by Maureen Bittner

“Made for a Christmas wall hanging for myself.”


The Grand Canyon by Maureen Bittner


Happy Circles by Marian Martzall

“This was my first attempt at making circles on a home machine with a walking foot.  I really enjoyed the whole process and look.”



There are many more quilts to see if you go to the show, and there are quilts and quilt books in the museum gift shop.




quilts by Karen Snyder for sale

Ss we left, we saw a sign promising fabric, but though we followed the arrow and went all the way round by the port, we never did figure out where it was pointing to!


Allan’s photo




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Saturday, 8 October 2016

It’s just as well I had a social rather than a reading day, because my concentration was scattered by frequent reading of the news about the misogynistic Republican presidential candidate, and I would not have been able to peacefully settle with a book.



I feel I should apologize to all readers in other countries for our even allowing this bozo to be a presidential candidate….but I had nothing to do with it.  Still, it is an embarrassment.

When I recently wrote that Blues and Seafood was the last big Ilwaco event, I was so mistaken.  I should have called it the last big event of the summer.  Today, Allan and I took part of the afternoon to attend…

The Cranberrian Fair

at Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.



Because of wind and rain, we did not avail ourselves of a trolley trip to the cranberry bogs.  You can see photos from a better weather bog visit here.

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan's photo)

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan’s photo)

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

one of two rooms of vendors

one of two rooms of vendors

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

The Card Lady was at the fair, and I was so glad to be able to stock up on her distinctive handmade cards.


Local potter Karen Brownlee had her wares on display; she is the force behind the Empty Bowls event that raises money for our food banks every spring.



I love her cranberry design.

I love her cranberry design.

The Peninsula Fiberistas had their spinning wheels whirring.

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

spinning wheels

spinning wheels

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose gave me the softest of black scarves for the winter and told me it is made of alpaca wool and will keep my neck extra warm because alpaca is a hollow fiber and gets warmer from contact.  It is perfect as I am a member of the “those who wear black club”, or would be, if I didn’t buy almost all my clothes second hand.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

The museum’s Nahcotta railway car from the Clamshell Railway (the historic “train that ran by the tides” up the Long Beach Peninsula until 1930) was open today.  I always find it a treat to go into the rail car.  If I could do one thing via time travel, it would be to take a ride on the Nahcotta back in the day.

Nahcotta railway car

Nahcotta railway car

the conductor (Allan's photo)

the conductor (Allan’s photo)

inside the Nahcotta

inside the Nahcotta


door between sections of the car

door between sections of the car



On the way home, we made a half block side trip so Allan could show me the bright autumn leaves on this arbor:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, at home, I admired my new scarf from Rose.

soft and stylish black

soft and stylish black

I had time at home to fret over the news some more, and then we met Our Kathleen for a belated birthday dinner at

The Depot Restaurant


appetizer: Thai calamari

Behind the calamari is a gift bag which contained a mug from Bailey’s Café….ever so nice black with a drawing of marsh grasses by the bay.  That was the real reason we stopped at Bailey’s last week; it is a favourite haunt of Kathleen’s.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

I must admit I also had clams buccatini, but the blurry photo showed too much excitement over good food.

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Allan's favourite is the parmesan chicken.

Allan’s favourite is the parmesan chicken.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

vanilla bean flan for me

vanilla bean flan for me

We now have two days off with no plans.  I hope I can focus on my book if we are lucky enough to get rainy reading days.  I have a feeling the news will continue to be a distraction.

As I write this, an enormous storm is predicted for the next weekend, leading to an extra short work week.


1997 (age 73):

Oct 8: Received big bag of Perlite etc from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.  Received Spring Hill perennial order.  Put them as close under shop lights as I could.


1998 (age 74):

Oct 8:  11:00-4:00  Are you sitting down?  I actually put all those clothes on bed in little room into the chest of drawers.  Those clothes have been on the bed since last November.  Then I did the filing that had piled up for 2 or 3 months!  I had to toss out some old files to make room in the filing cabinet.  (Tabby slept on bed all this time.)

[How very much alike my mother and I were in household habits.]



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