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Saturday, 25 February 2017

After peering over the fence on Thursday at a fascinating property that Our Kathleen had told me about, we got a comment on our blog from Charlene that made me feel compelled to see inside.

“I was on that property, for a gathering, and it’s more than incredible. I walked around for a couple hours and still didn’t see everything. You would come upon a garden item, and stand and look, to see what he had repurposed to make it. He would go to Boeing surplus and buy all these ordinary things and come back and make magician garden areas and displays. He is a pure inventor. I just did not want to leave! If you get a chance to visit it, go.”

So I called the realty company today and said I don’t want to buy it (even if I sort of do) but that I would love to blog about it…and the listing agent was happy to show us around. Here is the  Artist garden link and the description:

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100 amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”  The agent is Mark Magee at 503-860-5596.

Samuel Mockbee’s goal was providing “shelter for the soul.”  I feel that here on this property.

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On Thursday, the two big gates were closed.

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Today, one was open.

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the road in

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Meeting Mark’s dog, Ajax.

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sweet Ajax

The owner collected salvage and turned it into art. Mark told us that some viewers wonder what they would do with all that “junk”.  The sort of people I know would be thrilled to have it.

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Allan’s photo

 

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English ivy was the only horticultural problem that I saw.

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Allan’s photo

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and moles…  The construction to the left had fallen apart this past winter.

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now (Allan’s photo)

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Here it was in happier times.

At the center of the property is a large pavilion.

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south end of the pavilion

 

Here are three photos of the pavilion from the real estate listing:

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a party from the past

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This maybe went back to before the pavilion was covered.

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In the pavilion today. The glowing end walls are made of automative floor mats.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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north of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

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the north end of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

On the south back side of the property is the large storage container and all sorts of ingredients for more projects.  The entire property is fenced, tall enough to keep out deer.

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Allan’s photo

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storage unit and potential extra living space (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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lights (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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fence (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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east end of the property

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At the east end of the large property are two joined sheds.

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a breezeway in between the sheds

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center breezeway

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woodsy view, close to the back edge of the property

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One side has a working kitchen and bathroom.

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bathroom (Allan’s photo); also has a shower

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and a door to the outside

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The other could be the sleeping space.

If I were, say, 40, I would still have the energy to say I could so easily live in this space.  We could convert the 40 foot storage container into more housing, or bring in an RV to one of the two RV sites.  To add an actual house, manufactured or stick built, one would have to have a new septic system installed. Earlier in my life, I’d have found it easy to live with what’s there now.

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the view back out to the pavilion

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built on a grand and massive scale

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more ingredients by the sheds (Allan’s photo)

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You might have to make a few dump runs if you couldn’t figure out how to use every last thing.

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Clearly, many plans were unrealized here.

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Allan’s photo

I can easily imagine a delightful alternative life here.  I can’t leave my home and garden to take it on….but maybe you can?

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I asked realtor Mark Magee to please let me know if he has any more listings that are amazing secret soul nurturing hideaways like this. I would love to see them and blog about them.  After all, it was my blog posts about it that brought the perfect new owner to the original Tangly Cottage.

 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

Little Tyke Garden

John and Judy named their garden “Little Tyke” and describe it as “simple, easy, fun”.  I visited it with Garden Tour Nancy not long ago and on that day was able to tour the flower garden part.  Today, that had caution tape because the paths are narrow.  The main edible tour feature was John’s container kitchen garden, but for me the whole garden is a delight, especially his garden art from found objects.

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Little Tyke

front garden

front garden

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back.

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back. (Allan’s photo)

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden (Allan’s photo)

one of John's cool art creations

one of John’s cool art creations

I like it very much.

I like it very much.

driftwood and found objects make art

driftwood and found objects make art

looking south into the flower garden

looking south into the flower garden

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.  (Allan’s photo)

The sign is one that they found.

The sign is one that they found.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.  (Allan’s photo)

tomatoes on south wall of garage

tomatoes on south wall of garage

container kitchen garden

container kitchen garden

backlit chard

backlit chard

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

deck railing

deck railing

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

another critter by John

another critter by John

deck windows looking east

deck windows looking east (Allan’s photo)

a shovel critter that rocked

a shovel critter that rocked (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John's in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan’s photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John’s in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan's photo: tour host Judy and me.

Allan’s photo: tour host Judy and me.

I said to Judy “Your voice, the way you move, and the way you look are so much like a Judy I used to know that it’s spooky.”  She said “I AM that Judy!”  It was funny.  She modestly had a name tag just saying “John’s wife”, because she said the kitchen garden is his project.  She made me laugh.

She invited me in to see a wintertime project of John’s:

a button head with watches for eyes

a button head with watches for eyes

her friendly little dog

her friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

very friendly

very friendly – I wonder if he is “little tyke”

flowers on the deck

flowers on the deck (Allan’s photo)

looking northeast over the garden

looking northeast over the garden

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SE view

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all kinds of fun objects

all kinds of fun objects

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John his ownself

John his ownself

from my pre-tour visit

from my pre-tour visit

I was sorry to leave because I’d really taken to John and Judy on both visits to their garden.  However, we have seven more gardens to see.  Before we leave for the next one, let’s look around the charming cul-de-sac on which John and Judy live.

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This house is at the entrance and is next to the original house on the block.

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You can just see a taller house behind it that was the first house on the block:

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An arbour on the other side of the street from Little Tyke:

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pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

Next: the garden behind the Planter Box garden center that feeds a large family.

 

 

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