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Saturday, 4 March 2017

In the early afternoon, we crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge and joined a roomful of like minded folk for an Indivisible North Coast Oregon meeting.

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a darling small house by where we parked (Allan’s photo).  A sunny garden in front would have no privacy, though.


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Allan’s photo, on the way

Astoria was parked up because of a winter brewery festival. We walked two blocks in the rain, passing one of my favourite little gardens on the way to the Fort George Brewery meeting room.

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Allan’s photo

This ornately fenced garden is built by piling soil (now mulched with washed dairy manure) on top of pavement.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo: tulip foliage, and pigeon pecking in the manure

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a goodly crowd


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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a neat driftwood thing

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Some thoughts from the meeting:

Indivisible is opposed to the ABC of authoritarianism, bigotry, corruption.

A speaker advised that we send postcards to politicians…”even a picture postcard works because I think they stand out,” she said.  This made me smile because of our recent art postcard parties.

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an example from one of our postcard parties

A woman from Germany spoke, saying “who would have thought a little painter from Austria could have killed millions” and she asked, “How could my people not see this coming, how could they look away?”  She said “My life is a series of attempts to make up for the crimes of my ancestors”.  When she goes to a protest, her thought when seeing a photographer is: Is he from the newspaper or from Homeland Security?  She believes she sees the early signs of fascism.  Right here is her recommended reading on the subject.

The following speaker quoted this: “What you would be doing in 1930s Germany is what you are doing now.”

Action item: A member of KMUN radio asks that we write to or call members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations asking that public radio continue to be funded.  Small rural stations like Astoria’s KMUN depend on federal funding far more than city stations do.

Afterwards, we were encouraged to sign up if we had interest in particular topics (education, environment, immigration, health care, equal rights).DSC06882.JPG).

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Allan took the opportunity to buy a women’s march copy of the Daily Astorian.

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Afterwards, we walked by the Fort George Brewery’s lower garden, also freshly mulched.  The ornamental grasses have been cut back since last time we went to the Blue Scorcher Café next door.

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Fort George garden

We walked by the temptations of the Blue Scorcher because we wanted to try out a new restaurant in Seaside, Oregon.

In Seaside, it was too wet and miserably windy to walk around and look at Pam Fleming’s city gardens.

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drive by photo

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Allan’s photo


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a new restaurant (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

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a warm and simple place


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Allan’s photo


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something so sweet on the menu


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many choices

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I had to try the cauliflower appetizer, hoping that it would be similar to the zahra from Seattle’s Mediterranean Kitchen…and it was.

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Allan’s chicken sandwich

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The tasty baba ganoush had pickled on it; I just put them to one side because I’m not used to that.  All food is made fresh so I bet I could ask for no pickles next time, and there will be a next time.

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the turnaround at the end of Broadway


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Pam’s garden on the turnaround (Allan’s photos)

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We shopped at Costco.  Wouldn’t this elaborate plastic apple container make an interesting little seedling greenhouse?

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stormy crossing of the Columbia on the way home: freighters at anchor, waiting


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light snow and fog on the hills on the Washington side of the bridge


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in the dusk, golden daffodils that someone once planted on the hillside

According to the weather forecast, we are due for several days of bad weather, possibly even light snow.  I will not mind reprising staycation.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

‘Twas a birthday for Allan:  age 62.

I guess this is the year he could start collecting social security.  However, it would be a paltry amount so we must keep going with work.  Good thing we like it (and fortunately, we still have a month of staycation).

His day began with him making breakfast.  That’s not very fair on his birthday!  It always works out that way though, as I sleep longer.  And…I would be taking him out to dinner, at least.

My presents were on a sailing theme:

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Three Men in a Boat, its sequel, and an amusing science fiction book that references Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat, its sequel, and an amusing science fiction book that references Three Men in a Boat

(There was also a not very photogenic Cuisinart hand mixer, as he likes to bake and I had heard him grumbling a tiny bit about the one he had.)

We had a leisurely day during which he puttered in his shop, and then a dinner with some friends at the 42nd Street Café.  (I managed to round up a partial crew of friends; I’m not very good at organizing parties, so I picked the ones that I knew liked the 42nd Street, and I chose the 42nd Street because it has the best birthday dessert, as you will see.)

image from their Facebook page

image from their Facebook page

a beautiful tree in the foyer

a beautiful tree in the foyer

As we wait, top server Jean March glides through the room.

As we wait, top server Jean-Marc glides through the room.

Our guests joined us at 6 PM.

I took one of Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn

I took a photo of Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn

 

me and Patti of the glorious Seaview garden

 Susie took a photo of me and Patti of the glorious Seaview garden

I took a photo of J9.  (Jeannine, for those who have asked about her name)

I took a photo of J9. (Jeannine, for those who have asked about her name)

J9 took a couple of Allan and Kathleen.

J9 took a couple of Allan and Kathleen.

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Jean Marc (who does have a delightful French accent) took a photo of all of us.

Jean-Marc (who does have a delightful French accent) took a photo of all of us.

left to right:  Bill, Susie, J9, Allan, Kathleen, me, Patti

The restaurant was filling up.  Two of the other tables had seated guests at the Boreas Inn.

The restaurant was filling up. At two of the other tables sat guests from the Boreas Inn.

It looks lovely in Waterlogue.

It looks lovely in Waterlogue.

The opening of presents, during cocktails and a flatbread pizza appetizer time:

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a calendar from Susie and Bill, an excellent local book from Kathleen...and a local massage gift certificate from Patti for later in the year when Allan is sore from work.

a calendar from Susie and Bill, an excellent local book from Kathleen…and a local massage gift certificate from Patti for later in the year when Allan is sore from work.

The food of the evening:

Kathleen and Bill each had one of the burgers.

Kathleen and Bill each had one of the burgers.

Jambalaya for former New Orleans-er J9: Prawns, Chicken and Andouille Sausage in a spicy stew of tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers seasoned with Tasso ham and served with rice

Jambalaya for former New Orleans-er J9: Prawns, Chicken and Andouille Sausage in a spicy stew of tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers seasoned with Tasso ham and served with rice

Susie gives the fish special two thumbs up.

Susie gives the fish special two thumbs up.

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Patti and I had the ravioli with caper and lemon sauce, which I had been so craving since tasting it last month (and almost taking the whole bowl away from Allan on that occasion)

Patti and I had the Crab & Cheese Ravioli with a lemon and caper cream sauce, which I had been so craving since tasting it last month (and almost taking the whole bowl away from Allan on that occasion)

Allan had the classic comfort food: beef stroganoff

Allan had the classic comfort food: Rich & Real Beef Strogonoff Pan-seared sirloin strips, wild mushrooms and caramelized onions tossed with egg noodles, sour cream and garnished with poppy seeds.

The 42nd Street was historically a comfort food café, and when Blaine and Cheri Walker took it over some years, they kept the pot roast, chicken fried steak and stroganoff for people who liked the food the café had been famous for when it was the “Bonnie B”.

a photo from the old days

a photo from the old days

When dessert comes, the birthday person is advised to NOT blow out the flare.

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Chocolate Mint Sorbet a miniature dessert for those desiring just at taste of sweetness and chocolate after dinner

Chocolate Mint Sorbet
a miniature dessert for those desiring just at taste of sweetness and chocolate after dinner

Lemon almond “Dainty” baked lemon almond custard with a “caked” meringue top and whipped cream

Lemon almond “Dainty”
baked lemon almond custard with a “caked” meringue top and whipped cream

Old-fashioned Northwest fruit crisp warm with vanilla ice cream

Old-fashioned Northwest fruit crisp
warm with vanilla ice cream

Aren’t the glazed plates chunky, solid, and beautiful?

The restaurant crowd thinned out slowly as we ate and talked.

The restaurant crowd thinned out slowly as we ate and talked.

three hours later....

three hours later….

Owner Blaine sat with us for awhile after all the other diners had gone.  If there had been someone putting the chairs up on the tables and sweeping, the scene would have looked like the end of My Dinner with Andre.

And now….We are both hoping for some quiet time.  With the holidays over, and the days still short, we just might choose to skip going out to the available concerts and other entertainments for awhile and enjoy some complete relaxation.  (At this time of year, that means reading and puttering for Allan, and quite simply just reading for me.)

 

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Our favourite local restaurant and one that gets all the top star ratings is The Depot Restaurant in Seaview, Washington, and we are honoured to work on their small garden.

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot building was indeed a depot for the Clamshell Railroad. The Depot gardens consist of the front door container plantings, a garden bed on east side (left) of entrance, a garden bed behind the log that defines the parking area (backed with a wall of hops). You enter the dining deck from behind the clump of bamboo in the crook of the “L”.  A raised bed with ornamental grasses segues into a bed of herbs as it wraps around the east and south sides of the dining deck.

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Above: On a sunny day in June, the east wall garden bed with Cistus and Cosmos (left), and the north side of deck garden bed with Astilbe and Allium schubertii (right).

5 August, Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

Above, Dierama, Cosmos, Hardy Fuchsia, Cistus in the east wall bed.

5 August, Persicaria ‘Firetail, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’, Astilbe

5 August, Hardy Fuchsia, Astilbe

Above six photos on August 5th: The mostly shady garden bed on the north side of the outdoor dining deck.

Alongside the outdoor dining deck, a raised bed of railroad sleepers (ties) was built back when the restaurant opened and planted up with ornamental grasses and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from The English Nursery, a small collector’s nursery just three blocks away.  These make a privacy screen and rustling backdrop for outdoor dining in the summer.

Ornamental grass border along dining deck

In tribute to the delicious beers on tap at the Depot, we planted hops on the north side of the deck.

5 August, hops, views from inside and outside the dining deck

The containers and windowboxes around the entryway were planted up by The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Depot front door plantings

window box with plants from The Basket Case

late summer, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ by the dining deck.

5 August, fresh herbs right outside the kitchen door

Let me know if you want company for dinner; we are always eager to dine at the Depot!

at entrance to outdoor dining deck

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