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Saturday, 13 September 2014

On the way back from the Cannon Beach Cottage tour, I remembered that tonight was Astoria Art Walk night and that an acquaintance was having a show called “Sock Monkey Album Covers”. We decided to stop by the Street 14 Coffee House and see for ourselves.

street14

an actually hot late summer evening

inside the coffee house

inside the coffee house

Long Beach Peninsulites hanging out

Long Beach Peninsulites hanging out

sock monkey album covers by Leslie Hall Lipe

sock monkey album covers by Leslie Hall Lipe, including my beloved Ramones

I do not understand the sock monkey fetish, but it is very big at my favourite bookstore, Ilwaco’s Time Enough Books.

The Commodore Hotel lobby seems to share space with the coffee house, and is a space that I find beautiful.

The wall display of is items found when renovating the old hotel.

The wall display is of items found when renovating the old hotel.

cool old stuff artistically displayed

cool old stuff artistically displayed

hotel check in

hotel check in

We decided to walk down a couple of blocks and check out a new-ish store with garden decor among its offerings.

Allan's photo inside a bookstore

Allan’s photo inside a bookstore

Astoria's Commercial Street has well maintained container gardens.

Astoria’s Commercial Street has well maintained container gardens full of choice plants.

Jessica Schlief cares for many of them.

Jessica Schlief cares for many of them.

The ones with wire sides are great favourites of mine.

The ones with wire sides are great favourites of mine.

good from every angle

good from every angle

Because they are against the buildings and not in traffic sightlines, they can have tall plants.

Because they are against the buildings and not in traffic sightlines, they can have tall plants.

green

tall

outside

planter

Forsythea, run by Pat Fagerland of Seaview

Forsythea, run by Pat Fagerland of Seaview

inside Forsythea

inside Forsythea

more sock monkeys

more sock monkeys

really nice stuff

really nice stuff

mirror

more stuff

more stuff

Wine and appetizers were on offer, but we were on our way to dinner. Allan thought maybe we could have fast food at the Roller Derby…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The town was full of sunshine.

The town was full of sunshine.

planter

art gallery window

art gallery window

Outside a shop called Cargo.

Outside a shop called Cargo.

I wanted to pass on the Roller Derby and go to Indian Cuisine and Allan agreed. It was very placid and dull of me, I think now. The delicious food, however, made us very happy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We chose to go on to dinner at Himani Indian Cuisine (again).

We chose to go on to dinner at Himani Indian Cuisine (again).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After dinner, on our five block walk back to the van, I looked with nostalgia upon all the bars and clubs hopping with young folk, and reminisced how that was my life once. I wish I had taken some photos of the windows glowing in the dusk on such a rare warm coastal evening; the only photo I took was one of a ship on the river.

sunset time on the Columbia River

sunset time on the Columbia River

I had a revelation and told Allan we did not have to move to Astoria to experience it; we could just rent a place for a couple of months, and after that I would probably be happy to move back to my quiet Ilwaco home. I couldn’t do such a thing while my cats are alive though; they would miss me too much.

 

 

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