Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’

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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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Today was our day for all the jobs other than Long Beach and Ilwaco.  At this time of year, about an hour and a half of deadheading and weeding is all we need to do at the bigger ones.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

in the post office window

in the post office window

The Depot Restaurant

Dierama at the Depot

Dierama at the Depot

"angel's fishing rod"

“angel’s fishing rod”

camera now known as Spot

camera now known as Spot

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.



garden north of dining deck

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone's shoulders.

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone’s shoulders.

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

I carry with me some organic mint horse treats for occasions such as these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden supervisor

garden supervisor

a noble profile

a noble profile

"Horses make a landscape more beautiful." -Alice Walker (Allan's photo)

“Horses make a landscape more beautiful.” -Alice Walker (Allan’s photo)

barn cat

barn cat

Diane’s Garden

along the road

along the road

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

blue veronica

blue veronica

back yard containers

back yard containers


The Planter Box

We stopped to get me a couple more bags of potting soil.

front patio display

front patio display

Calendula 'Strawberry Blonde'

Calendula ‘Strawberry Blonde’



Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south




Moments communing with animal friends are the best part of my day.  It was HOT, thus the hat.

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking north

looking north

my good friend Scooter

my good friend Scooter




I asked Allan to prune some shrubs away from the house in the native hedge by the narrow east side path.





Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived and parked, the warm sweet piney smell reminded me of childhood camping near Lake Wenatchee.

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

Melissa texted this photo from The Oysterville Garden, where she and Dave were working today.  She wrote “[The garden owner] wanted you to see the allée.”  If I had gotten this text while we were still way further north at Marilyn’s, we would have driven over to Oysterville.

Hydrangea 'Incrediball' in Oysterville

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ in Oysterville

At Klipsan Beach Cottages:

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’







birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

The Anchorage Cottages

my good friend Mitzu

greeted by my good friend Mitzu

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

in the center courtyard

in the center courtyard

Kindly note how the purplish inside of the Allium tones perfectly with the purplish part of the Agastache.


This was completely intentional, as always.  😉

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.


during.  Allan says the bench was buried when he started.



Long Beach

We added some nice Soil Energy mulch to two of the Long Beach street trees.  We are planning to do this to several of the trees where soil shows.  Soon we will be out of our mulch pile, and the city crew is so busy we may not get another pile till fall.

all fluffy

all fluffy


evening light on our apple tree

evening light on our apple tree

On the way home, I got a text from Jodi across the street asking if we could take on the garden of their little beach house.  I like it, it is small, and the commute is short, so I said yes.  Later in the evening, we went over to look at the project and sat around their fire circle with glasses of fine wine.

...along with my new friend, Daphne.

…along with my new friend, Daphne.

We’ll be starting the project after the upcoming garden tour weekend of July 16th.  It will give you something new to look at on this blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I had not intended to have a two day work week.  Today was supposed to be the watering day for Long Beach and Ilwaco.  Pouring rain made it a Garden Tour Blogging day.  The rain barrels filled up and I was happy and content.

Because of the rain, Allan and I went to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (3.5 blocks west) to see a photography exhibit.  A modern photographer has photographed the landscapes described in a book that Allan recently read:



While we were there, the museum director, Betsy Millard, offered us four panels of some old fencing.  It is marvelous stuff that would make our garden look like something from The Addams Family.  I looked at it and tried to lift an end of one section and felt my leg sort of give way and sorrowfully said we just couldn’t do it.

I used to be much stronger.

With Betsy.  I used to be much stronger.

The fence  has been replaced by local welder Jacob Moore (also of Pink Poppy Bakery) with a fence that echoes the railroad theme of the museum courtyard, where an old train car from the Clamshell Railroad is on display.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new fence by Jacob's Hammer (Allan's photo)

new fence by Jacob’s Hammer (Allan’s photo)

the old train car "Nahcotta" (Allan's photo)

the old train car “Nahcotta” (Allan’s photo, taken yesterday)

I went home and brooded and fretted and realized I have an almost impossible time asking people for favours.  I posted about this issue on Facebook along with the realization that I could actually pay someone to deliver those excellent gothic fence pieces (not that I know exactly what to do with them yet).  I am used to being the one paid or asked to do things for people, not the other way around. Within an hour, I had offers of help and an arrangement to get them delivered on some later day by Jacob himself.

Meanwhile, Allan fetched the one small piece that would fit in our trailer.

sliding it under the new fence

sliding it under the new fence

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

 In the evening, we had our meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at…

The Cove Restaurant

We were joined by Todd this time, always a treat.

same old story...going on about finger blight or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

same old story…going on about finger blight (plant theft) or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

strawberry and feta salad

strawberry and feta salad

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

We stayed till after closing, as always, and were given sweet little desserts by the delightful Lynn, our server.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We always know it is time to go when she gets the vacuum cleaner out.

Sondra's Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan’s photo)

There would be no lingering and talking in the parking lot today because of sideways wind and rain.

I’ve already written about July 8th in the “plant tag” post of a couple of days ago so next will be the July 9th weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries 


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 7: cool and cloudy  Picked raspberries—froze 2 pkgs.  Worked from 3:00 to 5:00 “pruning” rows 1 and 2 of strawberries.  Called in Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 6: HOT  Today I worked in the shade planting seedlings into several bowls.  There are several plants (annuals) too tall for bowls.  I think I’ll plant these in some big peat pots and some in the peat trays so I can plant them directly into the flower bed when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

July 7: Another morning headache so I took this day off.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Allan’s day


tulips at the Ilwaco Library


foreground, Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’


a tulip at Time Enough Books

Salt Hotel

When I first visited to the Peninsula, the state park by Ilwaco was known as Fort Canby.  It is now called Cape Disappointment State Park; locals just call it Cape D.  Sand Island is the big island offshore.  Even when Allan moved here in 2005, I still slipped up sometimes and called it Fort Canby, as do many “oldtimers”.

cape d.png


I have seen on a historic map that Ruby Island may be the site of the first garden (of potatoes) in the Pacific Northwest.


map by Maureen Mulvey

Salty Talk



A good crowd.  I see Rose who brought me some books a few days ago!

Allan took some photos and some notes.



Center Battery cannon didn’t aim left to right.


Look at the darling cottages in the photo below; they were World War II housing for the military.


Ilwaco is over the hill from here.



on Sand Island: False railroad concealed cannon spotting (not water) tower & barracks


Stairs (to nowhere) still exist up to radar mounts



Building on hill up to lighthouse. (old photo shows only half) housed a powerful spotlight



Coast lights, navigation lights were shut off suddenly after Pearl Harbor. A ship was allowed to ground ashore at night rather than signal it and reveal our capabilities to track vessels.


Small house-upper right was a Canby house that was moved to Seaview, then later torn down. A similar one is behind Hill’s Towing in Ocean Park.

I was completely fascinated when Allan came home with the news that some of the little WWII houses were salvaged and moved around the Peninsula including….forming the complex now known as The Anchorage Cottages, one of our gardening jobs!  I asked Our Kathleen, who used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her own beach cottage, if she knew about that.  Of course she did, as she does seem to know everything about the Peninsula, and she directed me to the Anchorage website where the story is told.  The “Max” Wilson, according to Allan, is, or is related to Skip Wilson who owns the Bay Trader and who built the bookshelves in our house.  An excerpt from The Anchorage Cottage’s site:

The nearby military outpost of Fort Canby (now Cape Disappointment) had been recently decommissioned with the end of World War II, and Max’s vision found fodder with the sale of the outpost’s officers’ barracks offered at $15 per building. As the current proprietor of a moving and hauling business, Max had the necessary equipment to individually load the barracks onto trucks and cart them up the beach to their present location, where he ingeniously coaxed these rustic 1930’s accommodations into “modern” 1950’s gems.

One by one, each of ten units came together to create the Anchorage Motor Court, which was fully completed by the early 1950’s, proudly boasting “Frigidaire equipment, Simmons beds, and a view of Long Beach’s most recent shipwreck.”


Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

Viburnum at Anchorage Cottages

I am ever so pleased to know the history of these darling cottages at The Anchorage.


Museum director Betsy Millar concludes the lecture.

at home

For dinner, after another day of jello and broth while recovering, I was thrilled to have a delicious and perfectly cooked piece of spring salmon caught by our kind neighbour Jeff Norwood (I assume from his red boat called the Salmonator).



The fish went down a treat.

Tomorrow: back to work, ready or not!


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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The weather was changeable and predicted to worsen through the day.


Even though I had woken up intending to read books all day, I suddenly had in mind two indoor projects.  The first: To photograph my grandma’s wonderful old scrapbooks, one from about 1905-10ish and one from about 1914-1924.  I set about it with a fervent will, feeling pressured by the visit to a neurologist on March 3, which suddenly was looming near, and by the fear of a brain tumor and of losing the ability to do visual projects.  My primary care provider suggested that possibility among many to rule out.  Of course, having had a friend who went blind and later died of a brain tumor, those words stuck hard in my brain.


my supervisory committee


and helper, who was not allowed to walk on the pictures

After I had photographed the albums, including closeups of individual pictures,  a sun break insisted I go outdoors and plant my lilies and two perennials; the wind did not give a break at all.


The Heleniums I bought in a box looks so small, but will probably grow.


Transplanted Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ is leafing out.



back garden, east side


evidence of wind and rain



not a day to go back in the bogsy woods


a pink epimedium from Todd is blooming




a peony from MaryBeth


my Smokey


an array of golden foliage (including a gold leaf fuchsia, and Thalictrum ‘Illuminator’, and Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’


flowering currant

A strong sweet scent let me know that my Azara is in bloom.


Azara microphylla variegata


the flowers smell like chocolate


Allan’s photo


Frosty under the Azara


in the front garden


narcissi and clematis

Back to the project.  Rain and wind cooperated by lashing the house all afternoon so that I did not feel guilty about being inside.

While scanning would be better, I don’t have the right kind of scanner (although now Allan tells me he thinks the iPad app would work well).  A graphics-inclined friend is interesting in scanning some of the images.  Meanwhile, I will be posting the photographed images pretty regularly on my new side blog, The Grandma Scrapbooks.

I got one scrapbook album partially uploaded to the new blog, and then had to tear myself away to attend an event at Salt Hotel.


“Join us for a Salty Talks presentation featuring Nancy Fernandez, a climate change intern with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park as she delves into the history of plant phenology as seen through the eyes of Lewis and Clark, and gives practical information about Project Budburst. This 6:30pm Salty Talks presentation takes place at the Salt Hotel & Pub in Ilwaco, WA and is free, open to the public. Come early or stay late for a bite and a brew.

Salty Talks are sponsored by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in partnership with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and the Salt Hotel & Pub. The Salt Hotel & Pub is located at 147 Howerton Ave. Ilwaco, WA.”


at Salt Pub (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo, Todd, Dave, Melissa, me (and on the table, a branch of my Azara to show off)


Betsy Millard from the museum introduces the speaker (Allan’s photo)


Nancy Fernandez (Allan’s photo)



For example, if a certain flower blooms early, it will be done by the time a butterfly needs it for food or egg laying host.


I learned what phenology is!


Colewort (Skunk Cabbage) is blooming NOW here in 2016.


Look at the difference in when deciduous trees leaf out:


Here is how folks in the USA can help track these changes:



Either help record plants at the Project Budburst website, or participate in the BioBlitz:


Budburst looks easy and I hope to participate.  The website even has a place to upload a photo and get feedback on plant ID.

My lecture notes were sparse, but here they are:

“Observe the face of the country its growth and vegetable production” was part of Lewis and Clark mission

Between Jan 20-Feb 28 1806: They mentioned or described more than three dozen plant species using at least 200 technical botanical terms.

After the lecture, fortified with a Gibson (like a martini but with a cocktail onion), I gregariously showed all my acquaintances how delicious my Azara tree flowers smell. Everyone seemed appreciative, or perhaps polite.


At home, I got right back to uploaded photos, finishing scrapbook number one in time to watch a movie (past midnight, but we knew that tomorrow would be a stormy day off).  Party Girl, while still pleasantly full of the Dewey Decimal system, was not as good as I remembered from 20 years ago.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Plants came from Gossler Farms.



Allan’s photo, mostly witch hazels

Allan unpacked them for me and set them on the porch, as it was too stormy to plant and was obsessed with my scrapbook project.  I felt I had just one more day to finish before the axe of doom visit to the neurologist.


Allan got some photos of the rain in the bogsy woods:










Speaking of phenology, these parrot tulips should bloom in May:



I obsessively uploaded scrapbook photos into future posts on the Grandma’s Scrapbooks blog, working non stop, refusing any interruptions (not very politely), and finishing at 10:30 PM.  That’s about 400 photos  cropped, rotated, fussed over (probably not hard enough) and uploaded in two days.  The second indoor project is to record the interesting photos from my grandma’s old photo albums.  Of course, I also recently transcribed all the garden writings of her daughter, my mother:

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago:

1995: (age 70)

March 1: Nice day but yesterday I pulled a lot of the large leaves off the new bulbs in front tam area [former bed of juniper tams, now a flower bed]. They were all stuck together and matted. I left a few on the bulb area as it is still below freezing at night.  Today I raked those leaves and bagged them for chipping.

1998 (age 73)

March 2: Cool and rainy.  12:30-3:45.  I started cleaning out VBW [can’t decode this! V—? Bed West] but soon got rained in—to the shop.  I got all the new begonias in peat moss and vermiculite into individual pots—13 trays of pots (about half are last year’s bulbs and half new ones).

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

a windy mid-morning with gale warning flags

some lightness to the west

some lightness to the west

I wanted to get the library garden mulched no matter what the weather!

load one to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

first load to the Ilwaco Community Building (Ilwaco Timberland Library)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plenty of rain

plenty of rain

bucket application of Soil Energy

bucket application of Soil Energy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

second load!

second load!

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Neither rain, nor sleet, will stop us today.

Back home with this much mulch left

Back home with this much mulch left, I urgently wanted to finish spreading it.

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

the glorious moment of a completely erased 2016 work board!

Staycation REALLY begins now.  This time, I mean it!

And then we changed out of wet and muddy clothes and went to Time Enough Books for a reading by Robert Michael Pyle.

Our Time Enough garden boat

Our Time Enough garden boat

As we approached, we could see from the way the boats looked to the south of the buildings that the tide was at its peak.



Allan's photo

Allan’s photo



The sun was about to come out and the sky looked like we were probably going to miss a rainbow.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the bookstore, we met our good friend J9 and settled in to hear Robert Pyle read from the new edition of Wintergreen (with a new forward and an afterward that updates the stories).

Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

Bookstore owner Karla introduced the author.

an older edition of Wintergreen

an older edition of Wintergreen

"All this is the rain world."

“All this is the rain world.”

Right after the reading, we had to rush off to get the the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum before they closed.  They have a certain item in their gift shop which I needed to complete a Christmas package that needed mailing the next day.

Scout says goodbye.

Scout says goodbye.

At the Museum, we were able to catch the last two songs of Tuba Christmas, which is usually the holiday tradition of J9 and me; this year, as we all agreed, books trumped tubas.

entering the museum

entering the museum

the museum Christmas village

the museum Christmas village

a full house (Allan's photo)

a full house (Allan’s photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan's photo)

Astoria Tuba Quartet (Allan’s photo)

Back home, I thought I could maybe get all the mulch moved before pitch dark….and then….

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Rain so hard it was bouncing!

Allan covering the pile

Allan covering the pile

I went in, took coat off, rain stopped, put coat on, rushed back out, rain began again, gave up.

Allan's photo: A bad word may have been being said.

Allan’s photo: A bad word may have been being said.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow's cracking handles.

The rain gave Allan the opportunity to fix the red wheelbarrow’s cracking handles.

Monday, 14 December 2015

A beautiful winter day enabled me to get the last two or more yards of mulch applied to beds in the front and back garden.

Allan's photo; didn't even need a jacket today

Allan’s photo; didn’t even need a jacket today

Happy me!

Happy me!

Meanwhile, Allan ran errands having to do with last minute Christmas shopping.

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan's photo)

at the port, while visiting the Don Nisbett Gallery (Allan’s photo)

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen's Cannery

a cat seen in Seaview near the Sportsmen’s Cannery

I walked all round the garden in the afternoon and admired the various mulched spots.

front, west side

front, west side

front, middle path

front, middle path

front, east bed

front, east bed

back garden

back garden

back, east side

back, east side

looking north

looking north

looking south

looking south

still moisty

still moisty

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

I do hope for a winter campfire or two.

bogsy mulch

bogsy mulch

Frosty joined my tour.

Frosty joined my tour.

more lovely mulching

more lovely mulching

southwest corner

southwest corner

windfall branches

windfall branches

bogsy swale

bogsy south swale

the meander line ditch

the meander line ditch (at the south edge of our property)

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

to the south: crab pots still waiting for the season to open

inside the fence: middle swale

inside the fence: middle swale

apres wind

apres wind

west path, looking south

west path, looking south

Well satisfied, I was able to settle in to an evening of reading.


Surprise, another chef-y book!

Surprise, another chef-y book!



The book was published in 1998.

Montana Mary’s Christmas package arrived, provided a dessert of holiday cookies:


tonight's assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

tonight’s assortment of pumpkin and pecan pie cookies

Later the same evening.

Later the same evening.

Now begins the 12 days of Christmas (perhaps not the tradition 12 days) with social events piled up and alternating almost every other day with potential reading and perhaps boating days.  While we enjoy this social whirl, I have a series of restrospective photo galleries and slide shows lined up for your enjoyment.


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