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Kate and Dan

Kate and Dan

One day in 1996 we went to visit our friends Kate and Dan who lived in Gray’s River, whom we had met when they stopped by in 1993 to look at the Sou’wester. While we worked there, we had no time to visit them, so this was our first trip to their old farmhouse. Bertie immediately disgraced himself by chasing a chicken.  (He caught it but did not hurt it, thank goodness.)  Kate was already not fond of dogs, and he did nothing to improve her opinion.

Kate's cat on the patio

Kate’s cat on the patio

I’m not sure what Kate and Robert were doing (below), but I think it was that thing where you try to imagine the height of a fence or arbour.

planning and imagining?

planning and imagining?

Kate was a genius at decorating and hardscaping. She would have the ideas and Dan, when he came home from his job on a tugboat, would do the work.  Note to self: steal this idea:

Kate's concrete block chair

Kate’s concrete block chair

Kate's patio

Kate’s patio

water feature on patio

water feature on patio

Kate’s garden was soon to be featured as the cover story of the Oregonian’s gardening section.

Kate's patio

Kate’s patio

Below, a corner of Kate’s house with driftwood sculpture; she said she had gotten the driftwood idea from us.

driftwood

driftwood

arbour

arbour and gate

old barn on the property, with pile of decorating ingredients

old barn on the property, with pile of decorating ingredients

Inside, Kate painted her house with Mary Engelbreit-ish checks..

inside

inside

and painted designs on furniture.  I was in awe of her talent.

Kate's furniture painting

Kate’s furniture painting

We visited Kate one more time, and I may find a photo to add here later, but Robert did not like to visit without Bertie the wild dog, and after The Chicken Incident, Bertie was no longer welcome.

When Kate and Dan parted ways, she moved to Astoria and created another amazing garden, and then to a town further north.  When a friend told me that she had seen a glorious garden in that town and been shown around by the gardener, I asked “Was her name Kate?” and my friend said yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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