Saturday, 20 June 2015
I would have liked to stay home. I have spoiled myself with Saturdays off lately, However, we had to work today so that we can be home Monday for the plumber, and we have fallen behind enough so that we cannot have a three day weekend this time.
I was leaving good company behind.
As we got ready for work, Jessika from next door, co owner of Starvation Alley Farms
(purveyors of the finest organic cranberry juice) came over to pick a big bowl of strawberries. We had offered them to her as well as Devery, because we simply do not have time to keep up.
She suggested we come out with a bowl to pick berries for our breakfast, not realizing that both Allan and I are pretty non-functional during the first hour of our mornings.
Ilwaco Saturday Market
Before work, I fulfilled my self-imposed obligation of taking some Saturday Market photos for the Discover Ilwaco page. Pink Poppy Bakery was also a draw.
I continue to be thrilled to see the progress of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.
It’s already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.
We strongly advise taking Surfing Lessons from Salt Surfing owner Julez Orr, as the ocean is dangerous around here and he knows how to navigate it for safety and fun.
Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.
As I walked past OleBob’s Café, I thought “What in the world is that man doing?” and then realized it was Allan trying to get a photo of the crab steamer flame.
on the north side of OleBob’s
At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.
As you can guess, I was not pleased that we were facing another windy day of work.
I briefly popped into my favourite bookshop to check up on its owner, Karla, who had recently had minor surgery. She was fine and had her niece’s new puppy to show off!
south side of Time Enough Books
Kelli and Karla with Gimli
I got puppy kisses from Gimli.
market reflection in OleBob’s south window
As always, lots of cute dogs
a doggie pile up
Pink Poppy produce
Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods
Allan’s photo: He noticed this guy’s t shirt.
This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt. We are expecting purple monkeys soon.
We got ourselves some Swedish traveling cake for work, and some German chocolate brownies for dinner later with Our Kathleen. We were going to her place in the evening. We’d wanted to have a campfire here, but would not be able to because of the accursed wind.
well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts
Now, for work. Our first project was to get the horsetail weeded off the pond garden by the stoplight. On this busy Saturday, we parked a block away and walked with the wheelbarrow, buckets and tools south to the pond…
…past NIVA green, my favourite shop.
The pond, before
I weeded all around the edges.
Allan’s photo. It was like a wind tunnel there.
Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.
The heroncam watches this pond and is watched by people who wish they were in Long Beach. So far, no one has ever gotten to see Allan fall in.
The horse wagon went by. (Allan’s photo)
I crossed the street to the south to check on the dampness of the nearest planter. I am hoping they will hold till Wednesday, because of the watering schedule changes due to needing to take Monday off.
Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.
As we were driving north to Long Beach an hour or so earlier, I had gotten a message from MaryBeth asking if Allan might be interested in a small kayak that she wanted to divest herself of. It is a little too wide for her to easily paddle. He was very interested, as it would make it possible for him to take another friend along on a boating excursion, so she brought it to us. As you can see, it is so compact that it actually fit inside our van!
Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak
We finished up the pond and it looks beautiful again.
Above is an example of how salal takes over a garden. I tried planting other stuff because Mike wanted more colour. The darn salal comes up in everything all along the back side of the pond. Its roots are like iron.
This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.
If the pond were mine, I would be trying to cover all the fabric with driftwood, rocks, or…something.
It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.
a fish handing out fish ‘n’ chips samples (Allan’s photo)
We needed some coffee, not fish, to keep going through the next project.
Great Escape Epsresso drive-through
Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.
Our next project: Allan weeded the north side at the back of Coulter Park, while I went after bindweed sneaking up through various shrubs.
the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park
The south garden bed is easy to maintain, as the other side of the fence is mowed lawn. The north side is a nightmare, as the neighbouring property line is made of salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed, all of which run fiercely into the park’s garden bed and intermingle with the roots of the roses. This disheartening situation had discouraged me from scheduling this weeding job till now.
The trees at the southwest corner of the park have an habit of being ugly inside:
I spend a bit of time cutting dead wood out of them; they’ve been pruned to allow access at the back entry to the park so the dead interiors show.
I could spend hours at this….but did not.
made it just a little better
I don’t think many citizens know that there is such a peaceful park area behind the Long Beach depot building in Coulter Park.
looking west; It used to have picnic tables.
We were hoping to strim the long grass from the center parking lot berm. When we found that there were too many cars parked close to it (as we sort of expected on a Saturday), we cancelled that mission and just weeded the pocket garden by Culbertson Field. (Allan remembered it!)
it’s three blocks east of the Long Beach arch.
Allan’s photos: before
all tidied up
In the little garden, I found a prize: a little tin box (photographed later at home):
I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.
nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field
Dumping our load of debris at City Works ended the Long Beach part of our day.
one of the City Works killdeer family
Ilwaco Boatyard Garden
Back in our town, we tackled the north stretch of the boatyard garden, weeding out the horsetail. It is determined to take over; we are determined to prevail against it.
boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea
I also diagnosed, easily, a problem with the city planter at the corner of the boatyard. Instead of being dry, it is not draining, and the Erysimum is rotting.
soupy! This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.
At last, work was done, we dumped our debris, went home, and changed clothes, picked a bouquet and dropped off the trailer and headed out for the evening.
by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north
On the way to Kathleen’s cottage, we picked up delicious tacos at the truck by North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.
Chef Jason Lancaster from the Cove Restaurant only works there in person on Sundays. However, we learned Thursday evening that his Korean and Hawaiian tacos are featured there every day now. We are thrilled.
I liked the look of this vignette across the street.
We arrived at Kathleen’s with Waikiki tacos for her and spicy Korean and Bahn Mi tacos for me and Allan.
at Kathleen’s cottage
Kathleen had been to the Garlic Festival today and had met Debbie, who recognized her from the blog. Kathleen invited Debbie to join us for Ilwaco Halloween at our house. I hope she does!
a simple bouquet
Now for two days off, except for watering the Ilwaco planters…I do hope I muster up enough energy to get some gardening projects done at home. And I hope our slightly leaky pipe does not blow, as my garden needs a thorough watering so I simply must have water.
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