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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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morning

The first thing I heard upon awakening an hour and a half too early was the damnable wind battering the south wall of the house.  Curses!  I had wanted to finish the curbside gardens at the port.  The wind inspired me to change to at least one non-windy job.

The Red Barn Arena

First we did our wake up call to the Red Barn garden, and I knew it would be annoyingly windy there.

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The wind came from the sea today.

The narrow garden was quite weedy with chickweed, shotweed, sorrel, and pesky little grasses.  Lots of California poppy seedlings, too.

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Allan’s photos, before

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and after

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nearby, a horse in training (Allan’s photo)

One horse, Jess, was particularly kicking up her heels today.  Round and round her pasture she went, first trotting, then galloping, then up with the heels, then stopping at the gate to make sure we noticed, then around again.

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Jess (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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ditch dug deeper because pasture has been flooded

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Jess

Diane’s garden

Next, we went next door to Diane and Larry’s pleasantly sheltered garden, mostly out of the wind.  What a relief.  Jess was pastured in the area where we usually park, so we had to walk down the highway a block….

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looking back: a difficult walk for me with my bad knee.

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Allan getting started on the Stipa gigantea

I clipped the hydrangea which is the one that was haunting me when I was afraid doctor visits this week might prevent spring clean up.  (Happily, the doctor visit yesterday did not morph into any kind of emergency as I had feared.)

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before

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after, so glad to get it done!

Seeing my good friend Misty for the first time this year was such a pleasure.

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I got kisses.

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Misty

I poked down into the pot that looks empty, looking for Stargazer lilies bulbs, and felt nothing.

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I do hope the lilies, which Diane especially requested, did not rot in all our rain.

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Diane’s crocuses

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front garden, weeded and clipped

I used the broom as a walking stick to get back along the road to the Red Barn parking lot.

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tulips at the Red Barn entry

Long Beach

We finished the work day back in the wind, weeding and clipping sword ferns around the pond at the corner of Bolstad and Pacific.

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I walked over to City Hall to pick up our check and missed this:

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Allan’s photo

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At City Hall: Leucojum, grape hyacinth, pulmonaria

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hellebore

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the ramp to City Hall

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narcissi

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Geranium macrorrhizum

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Ibiris (evergreen candytuft) and Hyacinth

I walked a half block worth of planters just to admire the narcissi (and pull some weeds).

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tree garden

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I love the reflexed petals.

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The Cottage Bakery called to me, and I acquired a couple of tiger paws to celebrate having that good glucose test result.

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Cottage Bakery

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tiger paws

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pies

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Cottage Bakery cakes

Back outside…Across the street is the tree garden where I took some of the above narcissi photos.

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crocuses

Back at the pond:  Allan had gone out on the center waterfall section and clipped ferns without falling in.  Our work at the pond garden is in view of the Heron Cam.

At my request, he took the big pick and attacked a section of salal.  How I loathe the way the salal has run through everything in this garden that we only have time to thoroughly weed about three times a year.

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salal all up in the santolina’s business

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After some exhausting picking and root clipping and trimming santolina

The maddening thing is that the salal will return soon and mock me.  A pox on salal anywhere but in the woods.

I weeded all along the edges.

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before

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after

Park Manager Mike stopped by to let us know that there’s now a pile of mulch for us at the city works yard, and that the planters from Bolstad all the way down to the police station (four in all) are still due to be dug up for electrical repair.  I can only be philosophical about it.

Because tomorrow is supposed to be nice weather, I hope to finish Howerton Way curbside gardens and Mayor Mike’s garden in Ilwaco, and weed the little popouts on Ocean Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, and fill some buckets of mulch and apply them to Fifth Street Park.  I live in hope.

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one more batch of narcissi in front of NIVA green

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries, two decades ago

1995 (age 70)

Feb 23: Weeded asparagus bed.  Cut centers off the broccoli to make plants branch out.  Saved best pieces although a lot were mushy—probably from hard freeze last week.  Started sieving compost.  All containers were full so when 1/4 of new box was empty I started sieving compost into that end of box.

1998 (age 73)

Feb 23:  1:00-4:30  It seems I only do one or two days of good work each week.  Today I started sawing up the pile of branches that was along the shop.  I was so tired I felt sick but I got that pile cut up and about half of it into the shed.  Next is the branches that Skyler dragged over to the “raspberry” path.  Then the branches next to garage and in the driveway (from the mountain ash tree).  Then I need to start bringing in the two cords of firewood from the upper driveway.

 

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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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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

We have a few dregs of bulbs to plant here and there, and one more order coming by UPS.  And mine to plant at home.  Without that order, we can’t plant at Golden Sands, so we decided to achieve some erasures on the fall clean up work board.

at home, before work

In the back garden: I may never have had Geranium 'Rozanne' blooming this late.

In the back garden: I may never have had Geranium ‘Rozanne’ blooming this late.

looking east in the front garden

looking east in the front garden

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Melianthus major and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

The newly wired enclosure to the garden is protecting my Joseph's Coat rose from deer.

The newly wired enclosure to the garden is protecting my Joseph’s Coat rose from deer.

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Hymenanthera, still with berries

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Tetrapanax flower buds...Could it possibly stay mild enough for them to actually burst into white flowers??

Tetrapanax flower buds…Could it possibly stay mild enough for them to actually burst into white flowers??

Mike’s Garden

Just down the block, we did some pruning, shaping, cutting back of perennials, and weeding at Mayor Mike’s garden.

Allan shaped the Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' because Mike likes a formal look.

Allan shaped the Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ because Mike likes a formal look.

looking south

looking south

Mike's front garden

Mike’s front garden

Did not prune the escallonia because I feel it provides nice privacy for the new outdoor covered deck.

Did not prune the escallonia because I feel it provides nice privacy for the new outdoor covered deck.

Allan's photo: a bed of the dreaded Geranium 'A T Johnson' (planted by the garden designer years ago)

Allan’s photos: a bed of the dreaded Geranium ‘A T Johnson’ (planted by the garden designer years ago)

after (It's still there, but won't look mushy after a frost)

after (It’s still there, but won’t look mushy after a frost)

Mike’s garden is now done for the season except for a post-frost check (for anything made blackened or turned to mush if we have a hard frost).

The Red Barn

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

The fields were flooded at the Red Barn.

Amy bringing a horse in

Amy bringing a horse in past the little garden

Barn co-owner Amy said she had never seen so much water in the fields, and that it had been worse the day before.

Barn co-owner Amy said she had never seen so much water in the fields, and that it had been worse the day before.

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

I got to pet my good friend Disney.

Amy in the wet fields

Amy in the wet paddock

Just for kicks, here are more photos of the funny faces a horse made for me last time we were there:

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Today, we could not park in the field next to neighbour Diane’s property because two horses were enjoying the dry conditions there.

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So we walked the wheelbarrow along the highway to get to Diane’s garden.  We usually cut through by the white horse trailer.

on the way to Diane's

on the way to Diane’s

Diane’s garden

Along the roadside, we clipped perennials and pulled cosmos.

roadside garden, after some tidying

roadside garden, after some tidying

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; this whole bed may come out this winter for a septic project.

The back yard planters will need a post frost clean up...

The back yard planters will need a post frost clean up…

...because the annuals just are not done yet.

…because the annuals just are not done yet.

Other than the possible post frost visit, Diane’s is now done for the season.

water along the roadway; we heard it was much higher along Sandridge yesterday.

water along the roadway; we heard it was much higher along Sandridge yesterday.

Next door, in Amy’s garden:

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schlepping back along the road (Allan's photo...obviously)

schlepping back along the road (Allan’s photo…obviously)

Long Beach

It will take several sessions (at least three days worth) to get Long Beach erased from the work list.  Today, I decided to trim back a tall ornamental grass in Fifth Street Park.  The Christmas sea serpent will be installed atop this fence.  I like the idea of him swimming along above grasses, like in a marsh, but this one is so tall it will block part of the serpent’s body.

This is during....

This is during….partway thinned.

after. I won't be surprised if the crew cuts it down all the way.

after. I won’t be surprised if the crew cuts it down all the way.

It is so weird that narcissi (probably 'February Gold') are blooming.

It is so weird that narcissi (probably ‘February Gold’) are blooming.

I decided to clip the flower border in the frying pan park while Allan did some trimming by the restroom sign.  I planted some stray tulips (‘Night Rider’) and species crocus, as well.

Allan's project, before

Allan’s project, before

park corner

park corner

after

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before

my project, before

When it started to rain, Allan (in yellow), the van, and my raincoat, were so far away.

When it started to rain, Allan (in yellow), the van, and my raincoat, were so far away.

Fortunately, the hard rain was a brief one.

after

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I had decided to cut down the Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the Frying Pan park just because people do like a tidy garden.  The gaura had still been blooming.  I am debating whether or not to just leave them up in the semi circle garden at Veterans Field, where they also are still blooming:

Vet Field semi circle: to tidy or not to tidy.

Vet Field semi circle: to tidy or not to tidy?

As I finished my project, Allan had dumped a big load of debris at city works.

As I finished my project, Allan had dumped a big load of debris at city works, including the still blooming gaura clippings.

a visit to Jo’s

We stopped by Jo's, plant a cyclamen, and got to see our good friend Coco.

We stopped by Jo’s, plant a cyclamen, and got to see our good friend Coco.

and, as we were leaving, we saw this fella.

and, as we were leaving, we saw this fella.

Ilwaco

Coming into town in the dusk revealed that the city crew had been busy putting up holiday lights.

At First and Lake, with a lighted crab pot at the base and a crab light at the top.

At First and Lake, with a lighted crab pot at the base and a crab light at the top.

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

By the boatyard, First and Eagle

At the west end of Howerton Avenue, the crab pot tree is under construction and is going to be huge this year!

an extra large base, built around a pole

an extra large base, built around a pole

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

Surely this will outdo any other crab pot town!

tree

from a previous year

photo from a previous year, featuring the World’s Shortest Fireworks Display

At the other end of town, the lights and crabs are up on Elizabeth Avenue

At the other end of town, the lights and crabs are up on Elizabeth Avenue

The Depot Restaurant

We moved our North Beach Garden Gang weekly meeting to burger night at the Depot, because the Cove, where we usually go to fish taco night (and eat fancier food than the featured fish tacos)  is closed for dinners for a couple of weeks.  Melissa and Dave had been wanting to try out burger night.  They were impressed.

Pelligrino orange for Allan and Melissa.

Pelligrino orange for Allan and Melissa. (Allan’s photo)

a beer from North Jetty Brewing with a touch of Starvation Alley Farm cranberry juice

a beer from North Jetty Brewing with a touch of Starvation Alley Farm cranberry juice

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: burger night at the Depot with fried egg, bacon, pickles and lettuce visible among a long list of tasty fillings.

Melissa's first burger night, with Allan

Melissa’s first burger night, with Allan

We were regaled with stories of Dave, Melissa, Todd, and the owner of that lovely Oysterville garden all working together in the wind and rain on Saturday and Monday (and maybe Sunday, too), including the moment when both Melissa and Dave took a tumble while transplanting and “went down like bowling pins”.  I look forward to driving by and seeing what they’ve been up when we go on the annual art studio tour after Thanksgiving.  Even though I suggested Mel and Dave for the job, I’m kind of jealous of them all working together…and yet I don’t feel I would have been up to it.

Even though rain is bucketing outside while I write this, I’m hoping the forecast of dry weather for several days will be true.  We just might get the fall clean up done, the rest of the bulbs in, and be on staycation by Thanksgiving.

the dwindling work list; I hope to have three more jobs erased by this time tomorrow.

the dwindling work list; I hope to have three more jobs erased by this time tomorrow.

 

 

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Monday, 16 November 2015

a cozy day at home

a cozy day at home

Smokey and his mother, Mary

Smokey and his mother, Mary

Allan’s errands in the wind:

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A stop at Time Enough Books at the Port to buy a battery powered booklight in case the power went out:

greeted by Harper

greeted by Harper

some cozies for a power outage (but I have a big stack of books from the library)

some cozies for a power outage (but I have a big stack of books from the library)

I see something missing from that collection:  My favourite cozy series, the Seaside Knitters.

stormy day reading lights

stormy day reading lights

gale warning flags at the port

gale warning flags at the port

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

substantial gusts

substantial gusts

Allan then went up to Long Beach to get a haircut at Carol’s Salon.

outside Carol's Salon: a seasonal arrangement created by our friend Terran.

outside Carol’s Salon: a seasonal arrangement created by our friend Terran.

in Long Beach: The city crew putting up holiday decorations in 40-ish mph wind.

in Long Beach: The city crew putting up holiday decorations in 40-ish mph wind.

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Looking south from Dennis Company

Looking south from Dennis Company

Where we recently photographed a backhoe digging up a little building by what is now Scoopers, an array of cottages used to sit.  They were still here when I moved to the Peninsula (and I wish they had been saved.)

old photo hanging in Dennis Company

old photo hanging in Dennis Company

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Local Jim Sayce took this photo of the construction area in front of Scooper’s:

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The forecast had been dire, with 60 mph winds predicted.  While we did not get as strong a storm as I had predicted, areas north got much much worse.

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We had had 6-7 inches of rain since Thursday.  The squalls that passed through were impressive.

Allan’s photos:

Allan's photo

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We did not get out into the storm.  For those who did, the photographic rewards could be immense:

substantial gusts

substantial gusts

just down the road...I finally had had a couple of reading days.  My book concentration has been hampered by obsessive reading of the news lately.  (My favourite sources: BBC News, AlJazeera, and memes on my Facebook news feed.)

I am in complete agreement here.

I am in complete agreement here.

 I did make it through a thoroughly enjoyable book by Stephen McCauley.

True Enough

True Enough

Ironically, I had been reminded of this excellent author by a mention in Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mysteries, and I found in True Enough this description of a malamute (the breed that figures in the mystery series).  “Helen was an arthritic malamute, snow white but beginning to go yellow all over….her blue eyes draped in misery.”  (Helen misses her person, who is in hospital.)  I think that is a description of a Samoyed, maybe crossed with a Husky, not a Malamute (or so I have learned from Conant’s books).

From Susan Conant’s All Shots, which I recently read:

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I asked Ms. Conant herself (on her Facebook page) and she replied: “There are white malamutes, but malamutes do not have blue eyes.”

A few favourite bits from True Enough:

“This was one of the challenges of being in a long term relationship; sustaining necessary delusions about yourself when someone was always there to witness your limitations and exaggerations and malign you with the truth about yourself.”

true enough

and

biography

There you go; perhaps you’ll be inspired to read some of his witty and slightly acerbic novels.

In the late evening, we finished watching season one of the US remake of The Returned and were so disappointed that it had been canceled, especially since season one ended on a cliffhanger.  How maddening; we’ve ordered the original French version of the show.  I began a book of essays by Elinor Lipman as I intend to begin delving into her novels on the next rainy day (which might be tomorrow).

 

 

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Smokey and Mary in the morning

Smokey and Mary in the morning

Halloween is almost here, and I am fretting because the weather is supposed to be bad with lashing rain and 30 mph wind gusts.  I tell myself there is no point in feeling bad about this prospect, as there is not a thing I can do.  Local parents say that when they suggested to their children that perhaps they could just attend a party instead of trick or treating, the children expressed determination to go trick or treating.  One loving parent said her boys would be livid if they did not get to go.  So fingers crossed we get lots of trick or treaters, as we are expecting several friends to come join the fun.

in the post office window today

in the post office window today

the new ramp to city hall, where we dropped off our quarterly B&O tax forms

the new ramp to city hall, where we dropped off our quarterly B&O tax forms (Allan’s photo)

We headed on up Sandridge Road to start today’s round of jobs.

The Red Barn

Allan's photo, before cutting Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photos, before cutting Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

and after. The Helianthus is much shorter than usual as it does not get much summer water here.

and after. The Helianthus is much shorter than usual as it does not get much summer water here.

Diane’s garden

Misty greets us, and Diane was home for lunch. (Allan's photo)

Misty greets us, and Diane was home for lunch. (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden next door got some deadheading, but not much.  At this time of year, I have started to pretty much let the cosmos go.  “Birds like the seeds” is a good excuse.  Gold finches are said to particular savour cosmos seeds.

It would take an hour to deadhead a patch of cosmos like this now. And they don't look half bad going to seed.

It would take an hour to deadhead a patch of cosmos like this now. And they don’t look half bad going to seed.

Allan dug up some seedlings of Stipa gigantea...

Allan dug up some seedlings of Stipa gigantea…

and planted one on the other side of driveway.

and planted one on the other side of driveway.

I got to pet my good (and camera shy) friend Misty.

I got to pet my good (and camera shy) friend Misty.

My Misty-Twisters.

My Misty-Twisters.

Todd stopped by while we were at Diane’s, and I am happy to report that his eye, which he poked hard with a stick from a debris pile about two weeks ago, is all better.  Gardeners have a high risk job when it comes to our eyes, and we have had many close calls.  We should all wear goggles, and we pretty much do not (although I am fierce about wearing goggled whilst using a string trimmer or mower).

As we left Diane’s, I had a brainstorm:  We could acquire some gravel for my scree garden project!

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We were lucky to get in.  I did not look at the sign to see that they are on autumn hours and now closing at one…but Mike had not remembered to close the gate and was kind enough to load our rocks anyway.

Peninsula Landscape Supply autumn hours

Peninsula Landscape Supply autumn hours (M-W-F-Sat, 9-1).

small to medium river rock

small to medium river rock

OOPS!  I had intended to get about half that much.  I delegated to Allan the task of raising a hand to stop the dumping, and had not been clear that enough rock to just cover the bottom of the trailer would be plenty.  Now we had to deal with the anxiety of hauling a too-heavy trailer.  As you can see, our rig in not exactly heavy duty.  Allan pulled over halfway to our next job to check the tires.  They were warm, so I fretted.  If they got hot, they could blow out.

Fortunately, the next job was fairly near Peninsula Landscape Supply and we were not going all the way to our garden job in Surfside today.  The big concern would be the drive home.

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Denny, Mary, and Bella (Allan's photo)

Denny, Mary, and Bella (Allan’s photo)

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly view southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view southwest over the bird bath

an autumn rose

an autumn rose

Allan's photo: In the thick of fall clean up

Allan’s photo: In the thick of fall clean up, with colourful blueberry foliage

more pruning and clean up in the expanded sit spot

more pruning and clean up in the expanded sit spot

Denny had sawed out a big trunk of the bay tree at my request, and today I took about a third off of the blueberries.  Remember, in your own personal garden, leaving it wilder for the winter (less raking and less removal of perennial foliage) is better for the natural order of beneficial insects and li’l critters.

Allan's photo: At my request, he dug out some pesky Geranium 'A.T .Johnson'.

Allan’s photo: At my request, he dug out some pesky Geranium ‘A.T .Johnson’.

Iris foetidissima, one of my favourites for autumn berries.

Iris foetidissima, one of my favourites for autumn berries.

Denny, observing the sky, said that a big rain was about to dump on us.  He was right.  It began just as we were left.  Allan needed pumpkin (canned) for Halloween pie and so we went north to Jack’s Country Store.  I was relieved when he said that the rain would cool the trailer tires.  (I asked him if he was serious, and he said yes.)

the scene parked next to Jack's

the scene parked next to Jack’s

dramatically increasing rain

dramatically increasing rain

Dark Sky promises it will stop before the hour is over.

Dark Sky promises the downpour will stop before the hour is over.

Thus our work day ended.  Golden Sands garden had been on the list.  It can wait till next week and perhaps be given a whole afternoon of fall clean up.

Dark Sky told me the rain would stop in 50 minutes.  While that would be perfect for offloading the rock at home, it seemed unlikely with the sky dark all around.

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The rain stopped pouring just as we got home. (Allan's photo)

The rain stopped pouring just as we got home. (Allan’s photo)

The rain did stop at just the perfect time and we got all the rocks unloaded.  What excellent timing, as just when we parked in Nora’s driveway to offload, we got a call from her granddaughter who was coming to spend the night.  We were glad to not have to unload in the rain.  (Kind Alycia wouldn’t have made us move the trailer, but we would have felt we should anyway.)

Alycia arrived with a friend and the friend’s tiny dog, Jalapeno.

Alycia's spiffing shoes, and a shy Jalapeno.

Alycia’s spiffing shoes, and a shy Jalapeno.

offloading rock (Allan's photo)

offloading rock (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found room for the extra back in the bogsy wood swale.

some rock in the swale

some rock in the swale

hardy fuchsia (Allan's photo)

hardy fuchsia (Allan’s photo)

Now my scree garden has been expanded and I need some more scree plants.

scree garden rocks put in place but not arranged

scree garden rocks put in place but not arranged; I will make the boat stern garden scree, too, when I have time.

Note to self: I must remember to divide this gorgeous variegated iris….

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…and put some on this side to make some symmetry on the paths.

...and put some on this side to make some symmetry on the paths.

Something also to remember: I planted three little bulbs of cardiocrinum giganteum and must protect them from slugs and snails.

Cardiocrinum planted right where the soil is ruched up!

Cardiocrinum planted right where the soil is ruched up!

I had an excellent evening reading an entire book (interpersed with watching Survivor and then three episodes of Girls).

finished at 2:30 AM

finished at 2:30 AM

I recommend the Dog Lover’s Mystery series to all dog lovers.  The plots are good, the characters endearing, and the stories are full of dog treats in the form of educational information about dogs (especially malamutes).

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Tomorrow: more work, more rain.

 

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was beginning the day under a cloud.  On a trivial note, I’d had a stubborn headache since yesterday.  On a serious note, the newspaper had contained an obituary of my friend Mary Fluaitt.  I had just been getting to know her as a sister gardener rather than an acquaintance when she was diagnosed, three years ago, with brain cancer and she moved away to be closer to her family.  She was a darling.

In the evening, I organized some photos of her garden into an album on the Music in the Gardens page and if you wish, you may peruse them here.  Her Surfside garden, just half a block from Marilyn’s garden, was on the garden tour in 2007 and 2011.

Work called, though, so we had to go…

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: autumn decorations at our little Red Barn garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Next door to one of the Red Barn pastures, our friend Misty came to say hello.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While tidying the containers by Diane’s back porch, I bent over and my back went into a sudden excruciating spasm.  I yelled OW and dropped my clippers and then could not even bend over to pick them up.  At that moment, Diane drove up for her lunch break and fortunately, I know her well enough to be honest about my plight and ask her to hand me my clippers.  Then I found some deadheading that I could do without bending over for awhile.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden

Marilyn’s garden

Next, we went way up to Surfside to Marilyn’s garden.  Marilyn’s mother, Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant), had asked me to prune the fig tree back hard.  I had no idea when I planted it (a gift from another of Marilyn’s daughters) that it would get way too big in that spot.  This was a good job for me with my back problem as I could do it standing up, interpersed with hopeful stretching.

before: the monster fig tree

before: the monster fig tree, looking north

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a radical pruning job, with some clean up help from Allan

The view for watching deer in the garden will certainly be improved!

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

Scooter showed up to inspect my work.

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I was feeling more limber by the time Scooter arrived and was able to pet him and then do some weeding, cautiously because it had hurt so much when my back went OUT at Diane’s.

slow, cautious bending

slow, cautious bending

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

When I cut back the catmint, I left one for Scooter to enjoy.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

Today was not the day to dig out the big patch of montbretia.

looking south

looking south

Meanwhile, Allan worked on the driveway garden.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan's photo)

Oh how I loath pushy greedy salal! (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo); that’s an Azara microphylla in foreground, and apparently the deer continue to leave it alone.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan's photo), two of a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn's garden.

just down the street as we were leaving (Allan’s photo), a family of three that spend much time in Marilyn’s garden. The third is left of the shrub.

The young ones were born in Marilyn's garden (Allan's photo)

The young ones were born in Marilyn’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan's photo)

Two cats kept watch on the deer. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Things were going better physically, as both my headache and backache were gone.

through the east gate of the fenced garden

through the east gate of the fenced garden

the weekly garden view

the weekly garden view

did lots of cutting back in one corner

did lots of cutting back in one corner

I saved the eight foot or more tall stems of the Thalictrum ‘Elin’ that was there to use in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

no time today to make this sit spot bigger, as planned for sometime this fall

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan's photo)

Mary and Bella came out to say hi. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC

our dear Mary, owner/manager at KBC (Allan’s photo)

by the greenhouse

by the greenhouse

seeds collected from the yellow tree peony

seeds collected from the yellow tree peonies (Maybe Todd or Teresa can grow them!)

Squirrel!

by where we parked (Allan's photo)

by where we parked (Allan’s photo)

humans!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The sun was getting mighty low when we got to Golden Sands, so we just strimmed the courtyard lawn (Allan) and did some light weeding, and planted a fuchsia and some watsonia.  I decided I did not want bearded iris in the courtyard garden so I snuck it into the landscape to the north of the building!

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident's rooms

seasonal cranberry decorations outside one of the resident’s rooms

One of the autumnal quadrants

One of the autumnal quadrants in the courtyard

one of my mom's rosebushes

one of my mom’s rosebushes

I took a cutting each from my mom’s coppery rose and her deep red rose, and when I got home I laid them in the soil with just a tip sticking out and we’ll see if they make rosebushes.  I have successfully started rambling roses that way before.

You may recall that I recently read Jan Bono’s first two books of her mystery series set on the Peninsula.  I liked this scene in Starfish, in which a character visits his wife in a facility that resembles Golden Sands:

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Tomorrow will have to begin with a run to the dump to offload all that fig tree debris, and we plan for it to end with a delicious dinner at the Cove with Melissa and Dave.

 

 

 

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Friday, 9 October 2015

I looked forward to four days off, although I knew that various activities would require my leaving our property.  Friday was not a day that I had to leave home for any reason; company came to us.

We had an intensely stormy day with much welcome rain.

from 642.weather.com

from 642.weather.com

Only Allan took photos today.

Prissy came from Seaside to get some Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).

Prissy came from Seaside to get some Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).

Prissy’s friends Debbie and Steve came to meet her for a lunch date.  I did not get to them in time to warn them not to go back under the trees in the 30 plus mph wind!

They survived!

They survived!  Steve said he had been scared!

much rain

much rain

Steve's adorable dog: half pit bull, half dachshund!

Steve’s adorable dog: half pit bull, half dachshund!

a low slung pitty mix

a low slung pitty mix

Allan went on some errands and checked out the weather at the port.

storm flags

storm flags

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

choppy weather

choppy weather

gulls hunkered down in the field behind our house

gulls hunkered down in the field behind our house

Allan got a little too close.

Allan got a little too close for their comfort.

I had a lovely afternoon reading a Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mystery.

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

The rain was pelting and the wind at gale force in the late morning when I arose, expecting our friend J9 to arrive to collect some hops vines to decorate at a catering job.  I was not surprised when she changed her mind about the need for hops decor.

from 642weather.com, today's impressive storm

from 642weather.com, today’s impressive storm

Allan and I had to go out and about, first to buy two cozy mysteries by local author Jan Bono, who was doing a book signing of her “Sylvia Avery mystery series” at Long Beach Coffee Roasters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

photographing Jan's books (Allan's photo)

photographing Jan’s books (Allan’s photo)

Jan's booksigning

Jan’s book signing

Next, we headed up to the Long Beach Depot building for the Peninsula Arts Association art show, on a mission to deliver two big daylily hunks to our friend Debbie for the upcoming master gardener’s plant sale.

In Long Beach, I thought the planters were holding up well in the storm.

In Long Beach, I thought the planters were holding up well in the storm.

in the back way to Coulter Park (Allan's photo)

in the back way to Coulter Park (Allan’s photo)

the Depot building (Allan's photo)

the Depot building (Allan’s photo)

This building, like the Depot Restaurant, was a station for the long ago Clamshell Railroad.

Debbie's steampunk-inspired jewelry

Debbie’s steampunk-inspired jewelry at the art show

the art show

the art show

With the daylilies delivered, we returned to Ilwaco.  I had been planning to skip the Cranberrian Fair this year in favour of reading quietly at home on a stormy day.  However, Our Kathleen dearly wanted one of the buttons with its lovely heron logo, so we decided to go after all.  (To gain admission, the $5 button becomes your ticket to the event that encompasses two museums.)

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button art by Debbi Littlefield of Naselle

button art by Debbi Littlefield of Naselle

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco

The Long Beach trolley was called into service as the "Bog Bus" (Allan's photo)

The Long Beach trolley was called into service as the “Bog Bus” (Allan’s photo)

Susie of the Boreas Inn at the kitchen window, with cranberry peach pies (Allan's photo)

Susie of the Boreas Inn at the kitchen window, with cranberry peach pies (Allan’s photo)

potter Karen Brownlee (Allan's photo)

potter Karen Brownlee (Allan’s photo)

We bought an assortment of delightful handmade cards from this vendor. (Allan's photo)

We bought an assortment of delightful handmade cards from this vendor. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan perusing the bake sale. Our dessert later on was two Pink Poppy cupcakes.

Allan perusing the bake sale. Our dessert later on was two Pink Poppy cupcakes and pumpkin bread with craisins.

I liked this fellow's couture.

I liked this fellow’s couture.

blacksmithing demonstration

blacksmithing demonstration

outside, people boarding the bog bus (Allan's photo)

outside, people boarding the bog bus (Allan’s photo)

I had a sudden urge to get on the bog bus, which would take me to the Cranberry Museum on Pioneer Road.

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As we walked back to our parking spot, I thought this planter was looking rather fine despite the weather:

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We watched the trolley go by, heading north.

trolley on First Avenue

trolley on First Avenue

All of a sudden I had the most intense urge to go to the Cranberry Museum, as well, instead of going home to read.  So, most un-ecologically, we drove our van north again.  Part of the lure was that Sondra of the Cove Restaurant was catering the lunch at the Cranberry Museum, located at the Cranberry Research Station on Pioneer Road.

Washington State University Cranberry Research Station

Washington State University Cranberry Research Station

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The Museum and Gift Shop

in the gift shop

in the gift shop

cranberry wine

cranberry wine. We bought an orange cranberry blend to save for the holidays.

gifts displayed in cranberry boxes

gifts displayed in cranberry boxes

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in the Cranberry Museum

in the Cranberry Museum

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We’ve shared more details about the museum in this post from a previous Cranberrian Fair.

Cranberry Museum labels

Cranberry Museum labels

and dress patterns

and dress patterns

We bought lunch from Sondra.

We bought lunch from Sondra.

some seasonal decor

some seasonal decor

Despite Tom Trudell’s piano music, the dining room at the museum lacks ambience.

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I talked with Sondra of the Cove about helping to decorate it with some autumnal foliage and hops next year.

Outside, in the bogs, a harvest demonstration was taking place, and the rain stopped just in time for us to walk out and observe.

folks boarding the trolley for a return trip to Ilwaco (Allan's photo)

folks boarding the trolley for a return trip to Ilwaco (Allan’s photo)

This walking tour is available year round.

This walking tour is available year round.

(Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

Flooded bog with floating cranberries (Allan's photo)

Flooded bog with floating cranberries (Allan’s photo)

corralling the cranberries (Allan's photo)

corralling the cranberries (Allan’s photo)

Birds help out the growers. (Allan's photo)

Birds help out the growers. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The berries are corralled into a smaller and smaller area. (Allan's photo)

The berries are corralled into a smaller and smaller area. (Allan’s photo)

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cranberry conveyer (Allan's photo)

cranberry conveyer (Allan’s photo)

A highlight for me was meeting this darling wire hair dachshund puppy, Britta, who had come all the way from Germany.

A highlight for me was meeting this darling wire hair dachshund puppy, Britta, who had come all the way from Germany. (Although she looks a little bedraggled here, she was having a wonderful time.)

One of the ponds from which water was being pumped to flood the bogs.

One of the ponds from which water was being pumped to flood the bogs.

Because of the unusually dry summer, cranberry farmers have been worried about whether there would be enough water to flood the bogs.  A crisis had been looming. They must have been rejoicing to have some rain.

In 1994, one of my first regular gardening jobs was weeding this garden by the Cranberry Museum.

Cranberry Research Station garden...looks like it needs a weeder's touch.

Cranberry Research Station garden…looks like it needs a weeder’s touch.

Heather is grown to attract pollinators.

Heather is grown to attract pollinators.

the trolley heading north again as we drove home

the trolley heading north again as we drove home

The rest of the day was all reading for me.

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Next: two more days off, and after that, some boating.

 

 

 

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