Posts Tagged ‘Depot Restaurant’

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Depot Restaurant

We checked on the watering, although not the window boxes because we were in a hurry with much planned for today.

camassia and rodgersia (Allan’s photo)

The Red Barn Arena

This little pot by the barn door looked good.

The first section of garden looked good.

But further on, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ was drooping from lack of watering.  The same thing happened last year, and I this year I decided it had to go.

I give up on the idea of yellow sunflowers by a red barn.  I have to rethink and plant only the most drought tolerant plants here.

I left a little bit of it by a barrel.  They get watered a bit more regularly and so some water might spill over.

Cosmo the barn cat

Allan’s photo

in the barn (Allan’s photo)

thirsty coreopsis by the barn

I need to remove that coreopsis and replace with something that needs minimal water.  This particular barrel used to get watered more regularly…

We then went next door to…

Diane’s garden

Allan’s photo

our good friend Misty

back yard containers

talking with client and friend Diane by the septic box garden (which still needs more!)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan potted up a new calla lily that Diane had brought home.

the roadside garden


valerian and catmint against the house (Allan’s photo)


Basket Case Greenhouse

It’s hard to drive by without stopping.

Penny  (Allan’s photo)

Deb’s garden

We took a break to tour two gardens: Steve and John’s bayside garden and the work going on at Deb’s garden (formerly the Barclay garden), where Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) have been working hard for the new owner.

future farmers’ market produce garden

planting trees in new berms along the driveway

North Beach Garden Gang

the way to Willapa Bay

Next door is Steve and John’s Bayside Garden.  We walked through it before returning to work.  That self guided tour will be our next post; their garden always deserves its own space.

Steve and John’s garden from Deb’s (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

This year, we did not get around to cutting back a native grass on the edge of the woodsy swale.  I asked Allan to just dig it out, which I have thought of doing every year.


It was big.

after (Allan’s photos)

elephant garlic (Allan’s photo)

Sarah (Allan’s photo)

There is some talk that if Mary and Denny move away after retiring, we might take Sarah and her brother Timmy.

After grooming the garden, I took some photos for the Klipsan Beach Cottages Facebook page.


bearded iris

Allium bulgaricum

also known as Nectaroscordum

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

birdbath view

Tiger Eyes sumac

corokia cotoneaster

On the way south, we stopped at…

The Planter Box

I sought and acquired a pineapple sage.

And a couple more tomatoes and some cukes.

Shelburne Hotel

Allan screwed some wire between trellis and big flower pots to help mitigate the windsail effect on the trellises.

Allan’s photos

I trimmed back the big sanguisorba that I had transplanted from KBC last week; it had just kept on looking a bit wilty around the edges.

Allan’s photo

Port of Ilwaco

We watered several of the gardens along Howerton Avenue.

on Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo)

in a curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

Montana Mary had asked why we call one little garden “the driveover garden”.  Here it is, a tiny bed between big parking lots and driveways.  Big trucks drive over it sometimes.

Another tiny bed by the port office:

Linaria purpurea (toadflax) seeds itself around but is not really up to the harsh conditons:

The Depot Restaurant

We had our North Beach Garden Gang dinner tonight.  On the way in to the restaurant, I saw that the window boxes were not getting watered.  (Roxanne from The Basket Case plants them up and we care for them, relying on the sprinkler system to water them.)  This led to a flurry to Allan watering them with a jug of water that we carry for emergencies, me fretting over them, and texts to various people.

Finally, dinner.  It was burger night.  We are thankful at this time of year for restaurants that let us dine at eight.  Restaurants that close at eight are no good to us now.

Allan’s photo

chocolate pot du creme

Annuals planting time is over except for at home, where I soon have to plant in my garden two six packs of painted sage and tomatoes and cukes from the Planter Box.


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Just walking around the quilt show in the late morning made my legs hurt (not my knee) to the point where I wondered if I would get any at home gardening done today.  But I must try!  I do not know why I was so sore at the show….maybe too much standing in one place while gazing admiringly at the quilts.

When we got home, Skooter was on my go bag again….

Calvin and Skooter

Allan had agreed to help me with two difficult digging tasks, part of making room for two of my four new roses.

First was to move a Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ that was blocking a view into one of the garden beds in summer.  Moving it further back will also give room for a new rose.

chopping into sections with an axe before digging

after with smaller piece of the grass further back

Meanwhile, I dug out a tatty columnar evergreen (some sort of Juniper, which eventually was given another chance near the fence in Allan’s garden.  He said it looked like a “Grandma tree”, as in a boring arborvitae.  I said it had been a special tree, once.  I think it might green up again.  Or not.


a pitiful specimen

In the same large bed, both of my apple trees and a Calycanthus are leaning dramatically because of wind.

Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’; I later put some more soil on there.

Two apple trees leaning at the same angle, from the winter wind off the port.

Allan also got a side runner piece pried off of my Lonicera fragrantissima.  I would like the whole thing out of the spot it’s in but that is just sooooo difficult.  (If someone wants it enough to dig it out, please…it is yours!)  I love it, just not in that spot, and I have been starting others in better places.  I want that garden bed opened up.

fragrant winter Lonicera (honeysuckle) in bloom in the winter…The hummingbirds were feasting from this.

It is this big now and I want it gone.

I admired a late winter bloomer:


and another pulmonaria

We had a visitor, Judy of Ocean Park, with a birthday gift! (And Larry, who stayed in their vehicle because he had the sniffles and knows I am a hypochondriac.)

I just had to finish planting a second start of silver santolina in my cat memoiral garden to be.

Judy made me a beautiful birthday corsage, as she had done for Allan on his birthday.

and cute socks from my favourite shop, NIVA green!

Allan remembered one other plant I had asked him to remove, a big tatty libertia in the front garden.  It was starting to put out all sorts of side plants, including on the other side of the entry sidewalk, so I decided it must all go.  It did not look right in this spot:

Allan’s photo, before


after I dug out all the small pieces and transplanted a Pacific coast iris there.

Some of the small pieces will be planted in the port curbside gardens.  It is beautiful in bloom.

Libertia grandiflora in my garden, 5-14-13, back when it was well behaved

It had been given me by someone who likes to plant salal in gardens, so perhaps I should not have been surprised when it turned out to be a runner.

I cannot put a rose there because deer tend to work their way into the front garden over the low fence and through my bamboo and wire barrier.

As we were finishing up that project, we had a visit from our new neighbour….

and Yarrow

Allan went away to buy a piece of iron to mend the work trailer.  Before dinner, I opened some birthday presents.

3-D kitty card from Allan

yummies and a promising looking book from Montana Mary

a garden fairy from Shaz

Birthday dinner had started out as a tiny plan when it looked like Melissa was going to be out of town for family reasons.  I had made a small reservation for four at the Depot (not a place I would think of trying to have a big DO on a Saturday St Patrick’s Day).  Then Melissa and Dave were available so we upped it to six and then to seven with Ed.  The Depot was patient and accommodating with all the changes.  I brought some libertia starts and was able to give some away to Ed.

The Depot Restaurant

Corsage going back on for dinnertime.

J9’s artichoke fritos

wilted spinach salad

surveying the first course

Southern Comfort Pork for Our Kathleen

Chef Michael’s delicious shepherd’s pie

flourless chocolate torte

apple cobbler dessert (Allan’s photo)

Nancy presented me with a birthday candle in my vanilla bean flan, and I got my wish that no one sang happy birthday.

I look forward to reading this book from Melissa and Dave (and to planting the Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel that Mel found for me at Plant Nerd Night in Portland!):

….And to trying out this mason bee home from Our Kathleen.

As part of a birthday celebration, and because rain is expected, we will take tomorrow off, as well.







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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Today Allan went boating to a different part of Long Island.  Just before he left, he found Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) picking her wild woman costume accessory plants in the garden.


As planned, Mary, Denny, and Bella (from Klipsan Beach Cottages) came over after they had walked through the Saturday market.  Bella came right up onto the porch wagging her tail like, “Oh, YOU live HERE!”


Skooter was not sure what to think about a big white dog.


Going to the market had been thirsty work.


Bella enjoyed touring the garden as much as her two human guardians did.


Denny strolling


Bella strolling



Just as I stood at the front gate waving goodbye to my first guests, a car slowed down and a woman called out, “Are you Skyler?”  When I said yes, she said she reads this blog, so I invited her and her spouse in.  They are from up north and are friends with Debbie W who often comments herein.

Molly gave me a particularly nice compliment when she told me that they’d been to France with Debbie and her spouse, and Molly had been unwell and missed the day that they toured Monet’s garden.  I said how sad that was and she said “That’s ok, now I’ve seen this one.”  We talked about how Monet’s garden probably does not have nasturtiums sprawling all over the path’s as in this postcard that I have on my wall, because it would make for unsure tour garden footing.


Molly and Stan

Molly and Stan proved to be observant garden tourers.  They noticed the little table (above) which has been quite a hit with folks lately.


They noticed this golden shrub, whose name I had forgotten:


It’s Cistus x hybridus ‘Mickie’

Molly noticed my faux flint top wall.


a shout out to my visit to Yorkshire

And the quotation by the cat ramp:


And this set of planted pipes.


I appreciate folks who notice things so closely.



Mollie and Stan at the front gate

Shortly after they left, the sun came out and the day turned hot.  Our Kathleen was next to visit.  We did make the obligatory garden walk to see the lilies.


accompanied by Frosty


We then sat in the cooler comfort of the house and had a good long visit.

Allan arrived back from his boating trip.  After Kathleen left, I started blogging and then heard a hallooooo.  Here came Jenna to show us her wonderful wild woman costume featuring plants from our garden.




Allan’s photo



with a statuesque verbascum

Later, she sent me her photos from the event.


Jenna’s photo

In the evening, Allan started a campfire.  I finished writing the blog post and then walked out in the dusk to join him.

I’ve read that blue is the most visible colour at dusk.  It glows.








sausage roasting for dinner


the air scented with lilies and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’


Allan’s photo


full hazy moon


Allan’s photo

When I walked back to the house at ten o clock, white clover flowers in the lawn sparkled in the moonlight.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

While watering the greenhouse tomatoes, I found a Pacific tree frog in the watering can.  “Oh, it can’t get out!” thought I, and then the frog leaped into the long spout, out the end of the spout, and onto the wall.



Allan’s photo in the front garden

I took the grey day opportunity to take some non shadowy lily photos.





Frosty flopping in front of me.


Agapanthus ‘Xera’s Cobalt’


a popular drinking spot


Fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’


I’m trying to show how my passionflower vine grabbed and deadheaded a nicotiana flower.


acanthus and elephant garlic


More traffic hazarding by Frosty



Fuchsia ‘Chang’


Fuchsia ‘Chang’ and Hypericum berries


My namesake, Rosa ‘Night Owl’



pink lilies, with snails


Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (and lilies)


Lily Conca D’Or

In the evening, we took J9 out for a very belated birthday dinner at …

The Depot Restaurant.


our garden at The Depot


Allan’s photo


As we waited for our table, another woman waiting told us that she reads our blog.  Check out travel writer Elizabeth Rose’s recent article about Oysterville at Wander With Wonder.

Like Chess and Mani at one of my top two favourite blogs, The Miserable Gardener, Liz’s dog also writes a blog at Cinnamon’s Blog.

J9, Allan and I lingered over our meal till closing time.


two out of three scallops with spicy mango sauce (Allan’s photo)


the very best clam chowder in the world (Allan’s photo)


This summertime Asian salad is delicious if you love cilantro, which I do.


clams bucatina for J9


Steak Killian, with a green onion sauce and wonderful potatoes.

Tomorrow: a boating trip back to Long Island

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pouring rain almost put an end to the idea of work.


We’d had this much rain overnight.

And then it stopped by midmorning.

I scheduled an easy day, which included a visit to THE Oysterville garden.  That self -guided tour will be our next post.

At home before work


Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ and Skooter (Allan’s photo)


Erythronium (dog tooth violet)


Allan digging a Tetrapanax sprout, too close to the maple


Acer campestre ‘Carnival’


Acer campestre ‘Carnival, acquired from Dancing Oaks last year


Our post office garden looks unexciting so far.  I planted some bachelor button seeds.

The Depot Restaurant

I planted the wee sprout of tetrapanax in the garden on the south side of the dining deck…my second attempt to get one started there. Light weeding and deadheading ensued.


north side of deck


Tulip ‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)


the barrel by the east window


Tulip ‘Virichic’

Long Beach

A stop at city hall to pick up our cheque led to some deadheading and weeding.


the ramp garden


north side: pulmonaria still blooming


north side


signs of finger blight


city hall west side

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m collecting plants for the upcoming Planting Time, so far just perennials.  I consider it too early for annuals, and yet, as always, I am concerned that folks who plant (too) early will get all the good stuff before I’m ready for annuals (round about Mother’s Day).


Darrel waters the many tempting plants in the annuals house.


Me and Roxanne with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and some Erysumum ‘Bowles Mauve’


Buddy behind the desk


YOU, yes you (those who live here), should snap these callistemon.  It’s rare to see them for sale on the Peninsula!




and more heucheras


Buddy woke up.

We left the Basket Case and took ourselves to Oysterville to tour its premier garden, one of the top two gardens on the Peninsula (the other being Steve and John’s bayside garden).  If there are better gardens here, I have not seen them. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Driving south from Oysterville, we saw Todd gardening at a Nahcotta bed and breakfast.


in front of the Charles Nelson Guest House


Todd Wiegardt at work


Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent a pleasant two hours at Klipsan Beach Cottages. In a preview of Planting Time, Allan planted four Nicotiana langsdorfii, one Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’.




driveway garden


Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ has been going strong in this spot for years.


looking in the east gate of the fenced garden


Allan planting


He found a furtive dandelion.


tulips (Flaming Spring Green and a parrot in bud)


the burgeoning garden



Tulip ‘White Parrot’



blue inside


Tulip ‘Artist’ hiding under rhubarb


Tulip ‘Artist’


tree peony in bud


fringed pink tulip


Thalictrum ‘Elin’ will get about 7 feet tall.


“pink” narcissi


more narcissi



Fritillaria meleagris, in the lawn bed that I note needs mulching.


double hellebore


white narcissi


Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)


Mary, her friend Katie, Bella, and Katie’s dog Libby, back from the beach (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photos: a hard to reach blackberry sprout across the pond


He got it.


We drove around by the port on the way home, just to see how lively the 4-20 event was at the Freedom Market pot shop. (Their outdoor barbecue looked well attended.)


garden boat at Time Enough Books (PV=Plant Vessel instead of FV for Fishing Vessel).  Allan’s photo


Tulip ‘Akebono’

While Allan mowed at the J’s (across the street), I planted some poppy and bachelor button seeds in the back garden.  The weeded spots in the east and west bed have seeds, and the unweeded spots will let me know where I can put new plants (after more weeding).


a seeded spot


At the J’s (Allan’s photo)

Next, our tour of the Oysterville garden.

And we really do have to get back to the beach approach weeding!




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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We had a relaxing day of pouring rain and wind: 86 mph at the hill called Radar Ridge east of Chinook.  More like 50 mph gusts at home.


snooozy day

After the usual day off lengthy reading of the news, which has been rather delicious for two days, I was just able to finish Sundown Towns, and I continue to recommend it.  You can read more at the author’s website.

In the evening, we had our garden club meeting at The Depot Restaurant (burger night) to belatedly celebrate Todd’s birthday.


Valentine decor still floating above the counter (Allan’s photo)


the handing over of presents


an excellently plant-y book from Allan

I had been fortunate enough to find a copy of Ryan Gainey’s The Well Placed Weed.  I still grieve for the loss last year of the wonderful and talented Mr. Gainey.


Todd had been visiting family in Hawaii, partly on a cacao farm.  Along with a hilarious video of the family dog knocking over a banana tree, he shared these photos of cacao:


the pods on the tree


cacao pod harvest


the beans

He told us that the white fibrous stuff is a necessary part of the process of making chocolate but that when it is separated from the beans, it can be made into such a delicious drink that he doesn’t know why the drink is not the main feature of cacao.  (Except that it takes a great deal of the fiber to make a small amount to drink.)

After dinner, we found one of the local painted rocks at the edge of the garden, this time from Astoria Rocks.



Allan’s belated birthday present from Todd was a soon-to-com Mahonia gracilipes; Allan looked up a photo later at home.


I am initiating a new idea for this blog: A short rainy day can result in a short post like this one, and the loooong work days will reflect reality with longer posts.  This should work well until we go on the sort of garden tour that makes for a week or more of entries for one day.

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I wondered if I would regret by now that I did not decorate for Christmas.  No, I am just relieved that I have more reading time instead of a day spent un-decorating.  Putting this card, from 1977, out was my entire extent of decorating this year:


Two pleasant intervals with friends provided some holiday feeling to the season.

I had indeed gotten sick by Tuesday morning with a bad cold, just as Allan was getting over his.  Even though the evening weather had been dry and not windy, we hadn’t had a solstice campfire on Wednesday the 21st as I had hoped.  The knee brace fitter had showed up unannounced at the door with the brace, and I had sent her away politely because I felt so terrible.  (She should have called first.  I just wasn’t up to it by surprise and didn’t want to pass on the illness.  If she’d called, I could have thought ahead and done the fitting out in the garage where the germs were not thick…but I couldn’t think fast enough when put on the spot. Next week, I hope we will connect.)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

While getting the mail on Thursday, Allan had a look at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum Christmas village.

in the museum window

looking in the museum window

frontier Christmas village

frontier Christmas village

the Christmas train goes round and round.

the Christmas train goes round and round.


Skooter helped Allan wrap some presents.

Skooter helped Allan wrap some presents.

Even though I did not think I should take my contagious self to Dave and Melissa’s holiday dinner party, Melissa was strangely insistent that I should attend.  She, Dave, and Todd all expressed conviction that they would not get sick.

Sea Star holiday dinner

at Sea Star

at Sea Star

entry way

entry way

Unlike me, Melissa did not refrain from decorating this year.  (Dave says, “It’s all Melissa.”)

a table top tree with all fruit and veg ornaments

a table top tree with all fruit and veg ornaments


I love the indoor window between dining room and great room.

I love the indoor window between dining room and great room.


the big tree

the big tree

Dave, Melissa, Todd

Dave, Melissa, Todd

As always, a delicious feast by the Sea Star chefs

As always, a delicious feast by the Sea Star chefs





North Beach Garden Gang

North Beach Garden Gang

When gift exchange time came, we learned why Melissa had been so determined for us all to come.  She presented the entire gang with matching garden club hoodies.

How about that?

How about that?



home made cookie assortment including chocolate truffles

home made cookie assortment including chocolate truffles, and Allan brought pumpkin pies.

It was impossible to get a good photo of the ever active Coulee.  Here he is, though, as we were also celebrating his tenth birthday.

Coulee gets a scritching.

Coulee gets a scritching.

And a hug.

And a hug.

When we arrived back home at ten, look who we found in the unfenced part of the front garden:


and a third one behind our neighbour's house

and a third one behind our neighbour’s house

Friday, 23 December 2016

The glass blocks arrived for the upcoming bathroom beautification project.

all the way from Seattle

all the way from Seattle

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This is all being organized by master builder Bill Clearman.

I kept reading, alternating between Modernity Britain and online discussions of intersectional feminism. By the end of the day, I had finally finished the 758 page tome of Modernity Britain, and I am anxious because I can find nothing online regarding when historian David Kynaston will publish the next volume, Opportunity Britain.  I long for it.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

I spent the afternoon reading more discussions about intersectional feminism and trying to finish a book called Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. I was too distracted to completely finish the rather short book.  My concentration is nil these days.

Allan took a DVD back to the library, a ten block walk.

Allan's photo: library garden

Allan’s photos: library garden

view from library entrance

view from library entrance

A walk back by the marina netted another gift certificate from Salt Pub.

at Salt Hotel

at Salt Hotel

The tide was low.

The tide was low.



from the docks

from the docks

the steamer at OleBob's Café

at OleBob’s Café

a Christmas eve day walk

a Christmas eve day walk

Crabbing season will finally begin at the New Year.

Crabbing season will finally begin at the New Year.

It is hard on the crabbing families when the lucrative season does not begin till after Christmas.

The Depot Dickens Dinner

At 8 PM, we met J9 and Our Kathleen for the traditional Christmas Eve Dickens dinner at the Depot Restaurant.  I felt ever so much better than earlier in the week.

Depot Restaurant entry way

Depot Restaurant entry way

Depot tree with train and culinary ornaments

Depot tree with train and culinary ornaments

on the tree

on the tree

Dickens dinner: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and brussel sprouts

Dickens dinner: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and brussel sprouts

Allan had the crab stuffed petrale sole.

Allan had the crab stuffed petrale sole.

eggnog flan

eggnog flan

vanilla bean caramel cheese cake

vanilla bean caramel cheese cake

J9 and Allan tuck in to dessert after we opened our Christmas crackers and donned our crowns.

J9 and Allan tuck in to dessert after we four opened our Christmas crackers and donned our crowns.

in the pass

in the pass

a nice card from the Depot

a nice card from the Depot

Sunday, 25 December 2016

We had a quiet Christmas afternoon, with the opening of presents (not-morning-people don’t open presents in the morning) and the writing of this blog post.

Skooter enjoyed the unwrapping

Skooter enjoyed the unwrapping

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

presents from Our Kathleen, Montana Mary, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and to the right a Slow Drag mug by Don Nisbett (from Allan to me)

presents from Our Kathleen, Montana Mary, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and to the right a Slow Drag mug by Don Nisbett (from Allan to me)

a beautiful sculpture from Jenna

a beautiful sculpture from Jenna, made by Astoria artist Judith Niland

three from the pile of Christmas cards

three from the pile of Christmas cards

Allan found me a darling house.  It lights up and is not just for Christmas.





Here, to you, our Christmas greetings; the photo is from a long ago trip.









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Sunday, 13 November 2016

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

Monday, 14 November 2016

At 1:30 AM on Monday morning, before sleep time, something gave me the only moment of pure joy I have felt in the past week.  Allan is ever so good to the cats and is the one who gives them their dinner, but he has never bonded with one of them before, till now:

Allan and Skooter

Allan and Skooter

I have had to resort of just a bite of a benadryl to get at least six hours of sleep.  I’d been trying to avoid it because of a tenuous and debatable link between benadryl use and Alzheimers.  Right now, I need sleep more than future sanity (and melatonin does not work for me).

Monday began slowly with the reading of news and getting choked up, for the sixth day in a row, about hate crimes across the nation, including against people in Washington State.  Meanwhile, because I had taken very seriously the rhetoric and the “dog whistles” of DT’s campaign, I was horrified but not surprised to see white supremacist and anti-Semite Bannon entering a high level of government.  

Despite this gloom, we did manage to get out to work only slightly later than usual. During the day, as has been true of every day, we encountered friends who felt as we did and were able to commiserate.

Our work day began with dry weather so that we could go to Peninsula Landscape Supply and get a yard of Soil Energy Mulch for the Anchorage.  As soon as I learned that the supply yard might be closed tomorrow, I wished I had gotten my arse in gear earlier in the day.  PLS closes at 1 o clock during these autumn months and it is difficult to mulch all day with that schedule.  With a sense of urgency, I said we would go to the Anchorage, dump off the soil really quickly, and return for a second load (for a different job) by 1:30; owner Mike readily and kindly agreed to stay open a bit longer for our sake.

first load

first load

At Anchorage Cottages, we offloaded as fast as possible and just left the mulch in piles.


Then we rushed back to Peninsula Landscape Supply and got there at 12:45, making it less than a one hour turnaround.  I thought “We Are The Champions” should have been playing for us.

second load

second load

Back at the Anchorage by 1:05, we got the pavers removed from a circular patio that manager Beth had decided should be turned into garden.  It was cute but its benches never got used and it was terribly hard to weed among the small pavers.  She had already removed half of them.

redoing the patio

redoing the patio (Allan’s photo)

patio, after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan's photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.

after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan’s photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.  After that, we will spread the mulch around to match the other garden area.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

And here is Mitzu.

And here is our good friend Mitzu.


Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

more Mitzu

more Mitzu



soil energy (Allan's photo)

soil energy (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage is now off the fall clean up and projects work list and relegated to the post-frost list.

We departed with our second load of mulch, designated for the Ilwaco Community Building, with a pause at the Depot to deadhead the barrel of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and water the window boxes under the eaves.

autumnal Depot

autumnal Depot



The Ilwaco Community Building houses the Library, CCAO (which provides low cost lunches for seniors), and a meeting room for the city council, local Toastmasters, and other groups.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a two level garden

a two level garden


We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan's photo)

We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan’s photo)

the tiered garden

the tiered garden

the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

entry garden

entry garden


At home, a late rose blossom:

Joseph's Coat rose (Allan's photo)

Joseph’s Coat rose (Allan’s photo)

On the work board, the only project left is to apply a yard of mulch where needed in Long Beach.  We will get to that on the next nice weekday that Peninsula Landscape Supply is open. All other jobs are relegated to post-frost (or pre-holiday) clean up which means that we are one work day away from semi-staycation.  (The purest staycation feeling only begins when the work board is empty, probably in mid December.)

In the evening, we went out to the local Democrat meeting.  Being to the left of Democrats, I did not feel I fit in well.  I probably did not endear myself by saying I’d appreciate talk about “working people” rather than “the workin’ man”.  Only one attendee, a member of the Chinook Nation, brought up the issue of how racism affected the vote.  I am not giving up and am attending, on Monday, a meeting of a different, although overlapping, group of local liberals.

I took to heart the realization (not mentioned in the meeting) that shopping local is key now.  More important than ever.  I think we working poor and children and schools and the non-affluent elderly will be counting more on our dear blue Washington State for social services,  so it is crucial to not succumb to “buy with one click” online but instead to get out to our local shops for holiday shopping.

Meanwhile, I ran across words from a  friend, the great Paul Bonine of Xera Plants:  While we fight we will make the world beautiful. That hasn’t gone away.


1997 (age 73):

Nov 14:  11:00-1:00  2 hours at the dentist for crown.  I have to go back in 2 weeks.

I spent the afternoon puttering with plants in the Floralight.  I repotted some violets. and cut off bad leaves, added systemic insecticide to soil etc.  I tossed a few dead plants.  I ran out of potting soil and was too lazy to go get more from garage.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 15: At about 4 o’clock when I brought in some wood I was stung by a bee.  It hurt as bad as any migraine I’ve ever had.  It continued hurting terribly. I considered calling 911 or St Peters but felt silly calling about a bee sting.  I used a package of frozen veggies as an ice pack.  Then when I was going to have some toast at about 11 there was a bee on the side of the table!

Next week:

  • clean out the containers
  • turn on shop hot water tank
  • while water in on clean out the BBQ
  • start planting container bulbs
  • rake and bag the fallen leaves
  • set strawberry flats in garden and cover with leaves and Reemay

Nov 14:  7 pails of apples today!  I picked up all those before it started raining.  I got the houseplants watered.  The apples in the 6 trays were almost dry.  I pared more and was then able to empty the trays and fill them up again.

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