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What have we done this year for the holidays?  Not much.  I did not decorate one little bit, because I did not want to give up reading and gardening time to put up a tree and then take it down again.

Oh, but wait.  I did put out one piece of Christmas decoration, something I have had since 1977:

We have had enough seasonal festivity to make this Season’s Greetings post.  (Soon, I will catch up on the reading and gardening news for December.)

Saturday, 15 December 2018

We had our holiday dinner at the Depot Restaurant early with Our Kathleen, because her schedule would not permit her to join us on Christmas eve.  Our repast was so delicious that I must show you. Even though some people make fun of pictures of dinner, I know for a fact that some of you like that sort of thing.

bubbly, cheesy, flavourful French onion soup

the winter’s best wilted spinach salad

delicately prepared fish for Allan, with a lemony sauce

Kathleen chose the Thai calamari appetizer for her entree.

My favourite winter menu dish, the Cingiale Brasato

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sorbet duo

tiramisu

The Depot tree, decorated in a foodie theme, and in the window box, African daisies are still blooming

We decided to forgo our traditional Christmas crackers and exchanged presents without opening them.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

My own personal mission was to not leave my property.  However, we could not miss our holiday tradition of enjoying the Christmas Village display at the Hungry Harbor Grille in Long Beach.

a Christmas crab pot in our post office garden

On the way, we picked up more books from the library, where we found a Christmas carol gathering.

Allan’s photo

We drove to the end of the Bolstad beach approach to see how far up the massive, storm driven tide had come. Quite, far, with driftwood all the way to the picnic shelters.  Allan acquired a bundle of kelp for compost bins, stuffing it into the back of the van.

a feast day for some gulls

in the planter outside, flowers still blooming in our unusually mild winter

even bigger than usual

I imagine myself in the idyllic scene, where the snow is not slippery and where everyone likes each other.

Each building is so detailed, one could spend hours looking in the windows.  Pilgrim Pat, who first took us to see this village, used to take binoculars so that she could see the details of the far away buildings.

Below, I like the triangular building.  It reminds me of Seattle.  Behind it, by the window, it the apartment building with a roof garden which is my choice of where to live, on the top floor and with the garden as part of my domain.

Why I choose that instead of a house can only be explained by my fond memories of the year when I lived in the Gables apartments in Seattle.

The Gables would fit right into the village.  My apartment was on the second floor off the central courtyard.

Allan went outside the restaurant and, through the window, got two side views of my apartment building.

Looks like we somehow got our heavy cement curved bench up to the roof garden!

I now might rather choose to live in the new little float house:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo; it is rather exciting that the TARDIS is there.

Allan’s photo

The village harbour has a multitude of lighthouses.

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the ghost ship

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley,
Ding, ding, ding went the bell…as the trolley zoomed by the fish market…

…and the Long Beach Tavern.

The Clamshell Railroad was running, too.

As darkness fell, the carnival lights came on.

one of several lodgings to stay when you visit

If you would like to watch a video that shows the trains and the trolley, click here.  It is rather noisy from other diners; just imagine that you are sitting in a popular café with a view of the village.

We dined on the pasta special and a Reuben sandwich.

Night had come by the time we left the village.

the lights of Long Beach

Allan photographed the Shelburne Hotel on our way home (with our van whiffing of salty kelp):

And he walked to the next block to get a photo of the Christmas lights at Lucy Dagger’s house:

a piratical Christmas

In the evening, I read a book about another village where (despite an alarming number of murders) life is cozy and friends are friends for life.

After that excursion, I did not have to leave the property for five blissful days. Every day is a holiday of reading, gardening, puttering, and projects.  Skooter sleeps in even later than we do….

Monday, 24 December 2018

We had the pleasure of a visit from Mary and Denny, formerly of Klipsan Beach Cottage and now easing into their retirement in their new home in nearby Naselle.  After so many years of being constantly on call at the cottage resort, Mary says she is going to have to figure out what she likes to do in all her free time.  Mary and Denny were on their way to a late afternoon Christmas Eve dinner at the Depot, and our own Dickens Christmas Eve dinner came later at 7:30 PM.

The Depot Restaurant

Dickens dinner

The glory of Yorkshire pudding

Allan tried a new menu item of spice meat balls and hummus.

Window boxes still flowering

Egg nog flan

View from our table

On the tree




We opened our presents late in the evening and now, for us, the celebration is done and we will return to gardening, puttering, reading, and projects—one of which is to catch up with a few blog posts before going on another short blogging hiatus.

 

 

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Friday, 8 December 2017

at home

We stayed up till 2 AM finishing season one of Stranger Things, and since I did not get to sleep till four, my idea of getting back to the compost project early did not come to fruition.

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Noon! Allan is on the job, with the two new pallets that he got last night.

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1:15: The new Bin One. Getting it installed involved shifting a heap of compost.

It took me an hour to shift most of bin two into bin one.  Now that bin one is installed, the job entailed shifting compost sideways to make room for bin two.  I longed to get the project done, but since we had a rally to attend a half an hour away at three thirty, I figured we’d be lucky to get two bins done.

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1:40 PM: Bin One is full

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Allan helps.

When the space for Bin Two was close to the bottom, it was possible to skoot the compost around in order to install the back and second side.

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Two PM, with Bin Two installed. A long throw from Bin Three.

We were also moving the bins forward so that they would now be accessible from behind.

3 PM: Three bins installed!

We now have a walkway between bins and greenhouse.

We had pushed hard to get that far before having to leave for the rally.  I wanted so much to stay home and finish the fourth bin!  I sternly told myself that there is no composting for people languishing in the detention center.

Ocean Park: Rally for “Rosas”

“Rosas was arrested when going to Okie’s early in the morning of November 27. When he asked why he was being arrested, ICE officers said “My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper.” We want to speak out against this arrest and on the attack on his rights to free speech. Please join us!”

Background:

The original story in the Seattle Times (my home town paper) is here, and well worth reading.

The follow up, after the arrest of Rosas, is here.

He appears to have been sought out because he spoke (under his nickname) to the Seattle Times.  ICE did not detain him earlier, even though he asked them why they took his family and not him.

This story has drawn the attention of the Mexican consulate and has been picked up by national and international news, including the Washington Post and The Independent, UK.

Here is a link to the gofundme where you can contribute, to help him and his family, who were deported to Mexico.  (His children are American citizens, who went with their mother.)

We arrived to find folks on both sides of the street by Okie’s Market, mostly on the other side of the street because we don’t want it to appear that we blame the local markets for the fact that ICE uses them to catch Hispanic people who are shopping for groceries.

Another group had settled in three blocks east on the main intersection.  Eventually, we walked down there to join them.  As we walked, a man came out of one of the shops and said “Thank you so much.  I would love to join, but I don’t want to be targeted.”

by the new medical clinic and pharmacy

on the right, newly elected Long Beach city councilman Isa Cline.

Allan’s sign:

I suggested he put something warm and fuzzy on the other side:

We had enough people to be on three of the four corners of the intersection.

by Doc’s Tavern

Someone who walked by the sign holders by Doc’s said something about people being illegal, and then went into Doc’s.  A few minutes later, she came out and said, “You are right!”  Something in there had changed her mind.

A woman paused her car to say she had just moved to Ocean Park and was pleased to see us, as she had no idea there were protests here.  I want to meet her.  None of us got her contact information.

I was heckled by a driver with a scowly face, something about “illegals” and “securing our borders” and “they should get legal.”  “It takes years and costs thousands of dollars,” I replied, but he had driven on.  That was the only heckling that I noticed.  Mostly, we got some honks and thumbs up.

Lee Hogan Knott, local teacher at Sea School Cooperative and yoga instructor at Earthlight Yoga, joined us with her children.

Lee’s photo

Lee’s photo

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Some black and white photos by Stephanie:

Two counter protestors showed up after sunset, just as we were ten minutes away from departure.

The counter-protest duo paraded back and forth on the other side of the street with their yuge Trump banner.

The rally ended at dusk, when it was too dark to easily read signage.  Some ralliers went to a nearby pizza place.  Allan and I had other plans.  Since my goal is to not get out much during staycation, we combined the rally with our annual visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille to see their lovely holiday village.

Hungry Harbor Grille

Every year, Hungry Harbor sets up an ever larger and more elaborate village.

It is a coastal village with boats and lighthouses.

Allan’s photo

Jessie’s Fish Market is one of many buildings personalized for our area.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

second from left, back: I dream of living in the top floor flat with a roof garden.

It’s odd that the flat with roof garden is my dream instead of a house with towers and room for a garden….

…or a farm with animals.

You could spend hours looking at the details. Some people bring binoculars.

tree house and train tunnel (Allan’s photo)

Our burgers and onion rings were perfect comfort food.

Allan’s photo

the best dinner seating in the house

Tomorrow: Barring calamity, I WILL finish the compost project!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

brunch at Debbie’s

Our Debbie H, she to whom we give extra plants for the Master Gardener’s plant sale, invited me to a holiday brunch centered around gardening, with Garden Tour Nancy, Garden Tour Darlene, Debbie and I and my very good friend Ralph.

Fatsia japonica in bloom

Fatsia japonica in bloom

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Debbie's Christmas tree featured birds!

Debbie’s Christmas tree featured birds!

This fluffy one could be a flying bird of the day.

This fluffy one could be a Flying Bird of the Day.

another potential FBofD

another potential FBofD

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Debbie and her holiday luncheon table

Debbie and her holiday luncheon table

I was completely smitten with this.

I was completely smitten with this.

We all agreed this arrangement could be on the cover of Martha Stewart magazine.

We all agreed this arrangement could be on the cover of Martha Stewart magazine.

I love looking at all of Debbie’s decorative arrangements.

"I'm a child at heart", says Debbie.

“I’m a child at heart”, says Debbie.

Ralph

the bay view

the bay view on a day of intense rain

a photo pillow of my good friend Ralph

a photo pillow of my good friend Ralph

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Debbie had made a scrumptious broccoli and feta and phyllo leaf pie:

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and a salad with a balsamic dressing....

and a salad with a balsamic dressing….

and a creamy no bake cheesecake with those good dark chocolate wafers at the base.

and a creamy no bake cheesecake with those good dark chocolate wafers at the base.

Ralph, Debbie, Nancy, Darlene, me

Ralph, Debbie, Nancy, Darlene, me, photo by Debbie’s spouse, Dave (who built the house)

The four of us kept each other well regaled with stories during our meal.

My very good friend Ralph did not find our conversation scintillating.

My very good friend Ralph did not find our conversation scintillating.

a well framed view to the woods

a well framed view to the woods

Thank you, Debbie, for a wonderful afternoon.

Hungry Harbor Grille

In the early evening, we met Dave and Melissa at the Hungry Harbour Grille for dinner and our annual perusal of the Hungry Harbor holiday village.

Next door: Marsh's Free Museum

Next door: Marsh’s Free Museum

The Hungry Harbor

The Hungry Harbor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dinner

dinner

I took a film of the village; the handheld quality is somewhat annoying, I’m sure, but it gets across the idea of how big the display is (bigger than ever this year!)  The train has been running but was not running tonight.

As always, I wished I could study each building in every detail.  I find it overwhelming, and some are so far back that one needs binoculars.  That is not a complaint.  (Our old friend Pilgrim Pat introduced us to this village and she always brought binoculars.)

The sheer size is impressive, and the owners rotate the buildings so over the years one gets a good look at all.  I like to imagine which one I would live in.

The village, like Ilwaco, is built beside a marina with steep hills in the background.  Some of the businesses have been given names like the ones of our seaside towns (Dennis Hardware, Sid’s Grocery, etc).

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Sea Harbor Ferry

Harbor Ferry

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One of our two lighthouses. (The other is Cape Disappointment Light House.)

One of our two lighthouses. (The other is Cape Disappointment Light House.)

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the ghost ship

the ghost ship

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crab or perhaps lobster pots

crab or perhaps lobster pots

Bay Boat Works

Bay Boat Works

Jessie's Fish Market

Jessie’s Fish Market

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Many of the buildings have window vignettes which could take hours of perusal.

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The Lobster Hut

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Whale Point Bed and Breakfast

I'll have this greenhouse, please.

I’ll have this greenhouse, please.

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The Hungry Harbor

The Hungry Harbor

Sid's Grocery

Sid’s Grocery

The Neptune, where we saw Star Wars yesterday

The Neptune, where we saw Star Wars this week

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Dennis Hardware

Dennis Co Hardware

This could be repainted as Pacific Art and Office.

This could be repainted as Pacific Art and Office.

I quite like the house with the towers.

I quite like the house with the towers, behind Artistic Bouquets.

And yet somehow, this top floor apartment with rooftop garden is always the one that appeals to me most.

And yet somehow, this top floor apartment with balcony and rooftop garden is always the one that appeals to me most.

a canned ham trailer (Allan's photo)

a canned ham trailer (Allan’s photo)

City Park

City Park

Outside: the real Holiday Village of Long Beach, with wet cold rain rather than snow. (Allan's photo)

Outside: the real Holiday Village of Long Beach, with wet cold rain rather than snow. (Allan’s photo)

Almost all of the village buildings are by Department 56.  Thanks to the Hungry Harbor for putting on this extravaganza year after year.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

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Allan made blackberry pie.

Allan made blackberry pie.

Thursday, 25 December 2015

I’d divide this post in two, except I have a thing against posting Christmas eve photos on December 26th, so please bear with one more day.  In January, the blog will be on a partial hiatus and you will be able to rest. 😉

Although I did not get up in time, Allan made it down to the port to see the King Tide, 9.4 feet, and brought us back these photos:

an almost flying bird for Mr Tootlepedal

an almost flying bird for Mr Tootlepedal

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I am sure that Allan wished he had got his boat out.

I am sure that Allan wished he had got his boat out.

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He barely fit under the bridge.

He barely fit under the bridge.

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He could not fit under this bridge at all.

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Jessie’s fish processing plant

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almost up to the asphalt

almost up to the asphalt

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There is much excitement because the crab season is finally set for January 4, weeks later than usual.

There is much excitement because the crab season is finally set for January 4, weeks later than usual.

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Boats are loaded with pots because the crabbers can set pots three days before the season opening and pull them on the first day.  “No New Year’s Eve for the crabbers”, says local fisherman’s spouse, Ann Saari.

 

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Allan found a few California poppies still blooming in our boatyard garden.

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and some calendula

and some calendula

Then….Christmas Eve Dickens dinner at the Depot Restaurant with J9 and Kathleen.  We saw Lisa and Buzz leaving; I had not realized she still had time to faithfully read the blog, and she’d gotten a spoiler about her Christmas present.  I’ve been more careful about not revealing Star Wars spoilers (even though I have much to say on that topic).

J9: we had Christmas crackers, and, therefore, crowns.

J9: we had Christmas crackers, and, therefore, crowns.

Our Kathleen with in a charactistic pose (with the hand gesture)

Our Kathleen with in a characteristic pose (with the hand gesture); reading riddles from the Christmas cracker

Kathleen and J9 requested "end pieces" of the roast, with brussel sprouts and Yorkshire pud.

Kathleen and J9 requested “end pieces” of the roast, with brussel sprouts and Yorkshire pud.

Allan had the delicious fish special.

Allan had the delicious fish special.

a creamy apple ice cream concoction

a creamy apple ice cream concoction

and eggnog cheesecake!

and eggnog cheesecake!

at the counter (Allan's photo)

at the counter (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow, we will see Star Wars again with J9, perhaps have a visit at home with Our Kathleen, and then some reading time just might begin again….

Smokey also hopes for me to spend a quiet month at home.

Smokey also hopes for me to spend a quiet month at home.

(Smokey and Mary both)

(Smokey and Mary both)

 

 

 

 

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