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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.

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Peninsula Quilt Guild

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 Large Quilts

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

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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):

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

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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.

 

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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.”

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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.

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Allan’s photo

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

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Typing Test by Karen Snyder

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fabric detail

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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.

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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:

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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.”

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Harry Potter by Nancy Allen

“Made for my granddaughter who likes Harry Potter.”

details, because I also like Harry Potter:

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Medium Quilts

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Kaleidoscope by Maureen Bittner

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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.

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Flower Pots by Betty O’Phelan

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

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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.”

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fabric detail

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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:

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

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Mariner’s Compass by Billie Warrick

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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.”

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Evening Clam Tide by Janet Darcher

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

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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.)

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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:

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

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Rolling Along by Marian Martzall

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I like quilts that are geometric but askew:

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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.”

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Small Quilts

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

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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”.

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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.

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BOM by Marian Martzall

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BOM-Summer by Ann Saari

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

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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.

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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.”

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Maui Turtles by Sheri Hendrix

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

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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:

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Flames by Maureen Bittner

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Christmas Trees by Maureen Bittner

“Made for a Christmas wall hanging for myself.”

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The Grand Canyon by Maureen Bittner

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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.”

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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.

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books

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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!

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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.

Indeed.

Indeed.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Karen

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

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door between sections of the car

door between sections of the car

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

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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

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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.


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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.

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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)

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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

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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’

roses

roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter

Scooter

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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

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telephoto

telephoto

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

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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’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Bella

Bella

Sarah

Sarah

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.

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This was completely intentional, as always.  😉

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.

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

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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

Ilwaco

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:

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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.

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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 

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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

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tulips at the Ilwaco Library

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foreground, Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

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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”.

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

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map by Maureen Mulvey

Salty Talk

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

Allan took some photos and some notes.

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Center Battery cannon didn’t aim left to right.

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

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Ilwaco is over the hill from here.

 

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

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Stairs (to nowhere) still exist up to radar mounts

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Museum director Betsy Millar concludes the lecture.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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my supervisory committee

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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.

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

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Transplanted Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ is leafing out.

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back garden, east side

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evidence of wind and rain

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not a day to go back in the bogsy woods

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a pink epimedium from Todd is blooming

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hellebores

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a peony from MaryBeth

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my Smokey

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

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flowering currant

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

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Azara microphylla variegata

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the flowers smell like chocolate

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Allan’s photo

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Frosty under the Azara

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in the front garden

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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.

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“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.”

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at Salt Pub (Allan’s photo)

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

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

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Nancy Fernandez (Allan’s photo)

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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.

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I learned what phenology is!

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

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Look at the difference in when deciduous trees leaf out:

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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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.

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Surprise, another chef-y book!

Surprise, another chef-y book!

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The book was published in 1998.

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

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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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Friday, 9 October 2015

I looked forward to four days off, although I knew that various activities would require my leaving our property.  Friday was not a day that I had to leave home for any reason; company came to us.

We had an intensely stormy day with much welcome rain.

from 642.weather.com

from 642.weather.com

Only Allan took photos today.

Prissy came from Seaside to get some Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).

Prissy came from Seaside to get some Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).

Prissy’s friends Debbie and Steve came to meet her for a lunch date.  I did not get to them in time to warn them not to go back under the trees in the 30 plus mph wind!

They survived!

They survived!  Steve said he had been scared!

much rain

much rain

Steve's adorable dog: half pit bull, half dachshund!

Steve’s adorable dog: half pit bull, half dachshund!

a low slung pitty mix

a low slung pitty mix

Allan went on some errands and checked out the weather at the port.

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storm flags

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

choppy weather

choppy weather

gulls hunkered down in the field behind our house

gulls hunkered down in the field behind our house

Allan got a little too close.

Allan got a little too close for their comfort.

I had a lovely afternoon reading a Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mystery.

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

The rain was pelting and the wind at gale force in the late morning when I arose, expecting our friend J9 to arrive to collect some hops vines to decorate at a catering job.  I was not surprised when she changed her mind about the need for hops decor.

from 642weather.com, today's impressive storm

from 642weather.com, today’s impressive storm

Allan and I had to go out and about, first to buy two cozy mysteries by local author Jan Bono, who was doing a book signing of her “Sylvia Avery mystery series” at Long Beach Coffee Roasters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

photographing Jan's books (Allan's photo)

photographing Jan’s books (Allan’s photo)

Jan's booksigning

Jan’s book signing

Next, we headed up to the Long Beach Depot building for the Peninsula Arts Association art show, on a mission to deliver two big daylily hunks to our friend Debbie for the upcoming master gardener’s plant sale.

In Long Beach, I thought the planters were holding up well in the storm.

In Long Beach, I thought the planters were holding up well in the storm.

in the back way to Coulter Park (Allan's photo)

in the back way to Coulter Park (Allan’s photo)

the Depot building (Allan's photo)

the Depot building (Allan’s photo)

This building, like the Depot Restaurant, was a station for the long ago Clamshell Railroad.

Debbie's steampunk-inspired jewelry

Debbie’s steampunk-inspired jewelry at the art show

the art show

the art show

With the daylilies delivered, we returned to Ilwaco.  I had been planning to skip the Cranberrian Fair this year in favour of reading quietly at home on a stormy day.  However, Our Kathleen dearly wanted one of the buttons with its lovely heron logo, so we decided to go after all.  (To gain admission, the $5 button becomes your ticket to the event that encompasses two museums.)

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button art by Debbi Littlefield of Naselle

button art by Debbi Littlefield of Naselle

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco

The Long Beach trolley was called into service as the "Bog Bus" (Allan's photo)

The Long Beach trolley was called into service as the “Bog Bus” (Allan’s photo)

Susie of the Boreas Inn at the kitchen window, with cranberry peach pies (Allan's photo)

Susie of the Boreas Inn at the kitchen window, with cranberry peach pies (Allan’s photo)

potter Karen Brownlee (Allan's photo)

potter Karen Brownlee (Allan’s photo)

We bought an assortment of delightful handmade cards from this vendor. (Allan's photo)

We bought an assortment of delightful handmade cards from this vendor. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan perusing the bake sale. Our dessert later on was two Pink Poppy cupcakes.

Allan perusing the bake sale. Our dessert later on was two Pink Poppy cupcakes and pumpkin bread with craisins.

I liked this fellow's couture.

I liked this fellow’s couture.

blacksmithing demonstration

blacksmithing demonstration

outside, people boarding the bog bus (Allan's photo)

outside, people boarding the bog bus (Allan’s photo)

I had a sudden urge to get on the bog bus, which would take me to the Cranberry Museum on Pioneer Road.

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As we walked back to our parking spot, I thought this planter was looking rather fine despite the weather:

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We watched the trolley go by, heading north.

trolley on First Avenue

trolley on First Avenue

All of a sudden I had the most intense urge to go to the Cranberry Museum, as well, instead of going home to read.  So, most un-ecologically, we drove our van north again.  Part of the lure was that Sondra of the Cove Restaurant was catering the lunch at the Cranberry Museum, located at the Cranberry Research Station on Pioneer Road.

Washington State University Cranberry Research Station

Washington State University Cranberry Research Station

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The Museum and Gift Shop

in the gift shop

in the gift shop

cranberry wine

cranberry wine. We bought an orange cranberry blend to save for the holidays.

gifts displayed in cranberry boxes

gifts displayed in cranberry boxes

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in the Cranberry Museum

in the Cranberry Museum

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We’ve shared more details about the museum in this post from a previous Cranberrian Fair.

Cranberry Museum labels

Cranberry Museum labels

and dress patterns

and dress patterns

We bought lunch from Sondra.

We bought lunch from Sondra.

some seasonal decor

some seasonal decor

Despite Tom Trudell’s piano music, the dining room at the museum lacks ambience.

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I talked with Sondra of the Cove about helping to decorate it with some autumnal foliage and hops next year.

Outside, in the bogs, a harvest demonstration was taking place, and the rain stopped just in time for us to walk out and observe.

folks boarding the trolley for a return trip to Ilwaco (Allan's photo)

folks boarding the trolley for a return trip to Ilwaco (Allan’s photo)

This walking tour is available year round.

This walking tour is available year round.

(Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

Flooded bog with floating cranberries (Allan's photo)

Flooded bog with floating cranberries (Allan’s photo)

corralling the cranberries (Allan's photo)

corralling the cranberries (Allan’s photo)

Birds help out the growers. (Allan's photo)

Birds help out the growers. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The berries are corralled into a smaller and smaller area. (Allan's photo)

The berries are corralled into a smaller and smaller area. (Allan’s photo)

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cranberry conveyer (Allan's photo)

cranberry conveyer (Allan’s photo)

A highlight for me was meeting this darling wire hair dachshund puppy, Britta, who had come all the way from Germany.

A highlight for me was meeting this darling wire hair dachshund puppy, Britta, who had come all the way from Germany. (Although she looks a little bedraggled here, she was having a wonderful time.)

One of the ponds from which water was being pumped to flood the bogs.

One of the ponds from which water was being pumped to flood the bogs.

Because of the unusually dry summer, cranberry farmers have been worried about whether there would be enough water to flood the bogs.  A crisis had been looming. They must have been rejoicing to have some rain.

In 1994, one of my first regular gardening jobs was weeding this garden by the Cranberry Museum.

Cranberry Research Station garden...looks like it needs a weeder's touch.

Cranberry Research Station garden…looks like it needs a weeder’s touch.

Heather is grown to attract pollinators.

Heather is grown to attract pollinators.

the trolley heading north again as we drove home

the trolley heading north again as we drove home

The rest of the day was all reading for me.

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Next: two more days off, and after that, some boating.

 

 

 

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