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Sunday, 22 January 2017

On the way to a memorial for our friend Steve, chef extraordinaire of the great day café and spouse of Shelly, organizer of our local beach clean up gang, I said to Allan that the gathering would not be appropriate blog material.  Soon after we arrived, I realized that it was an event to share, because it so reflects the love our community held for Steve and Shelly.

In the foyer, we were given a program by Chef Michael and Nancy of the Depot Restaurant, who told us “Here’s the program, but there is no ‘program’, and you are just in time for lunch.”  I photographed the paper after it had been in my pocket for a bit.

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Lunch was cooked by Steve’s local chef and catering friends and featured his favourite dishes.

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The gathering was full.

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Shelly was embraced by all.

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our friend before we knew him

More than anything, Steve had wanted to get well and return to making food for his friends and customers, which for him were synonymous.

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A screen showed photos and home movies of Steve and his family,

Melissa and I were especially choked up by photos of Steve romping with and hugging his beloved dogs.

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At one end of the room, a replica of the counter of the Great Day Café had been constructed with items from the café and a place to write memories.

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Let’s go back five years to when Allan and I were taking photos of the making of the great day café (that’s how Steve liked it, with all small letters) for their Facebook page.

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refinishing the floor, February 2011

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getting the railing in place, 2-19-11

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friends checking out the space, 3-9-11

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3-16-11, almost ready to go

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Steve’s club sandwich, a customer favourite

During the two years that Allan and I ran an offseason series of events called The Peninsula Cash Mob, in which locals descended upon a specified shop and then had lunch at a nearby café, we featured the great day café twice.  Steve was by far the friendliest and most enthusiastic host of the cash mob lunches.

In January of 2013, on the very first Cash Mob, we visited the Sweet Williams gift shop in Ocean Park and then had lunch at the tiny café.

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Chef Steve

 

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Shelly and Steve.  Left, Ginger from Charles Nelson Guest House helping out

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chili and cornbread

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Steve sent out a dessert for everyone: his famous Nanaimo bars.

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The tiny dining area had a view of the Surfside golf course.

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the view

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Steve was behind this counter cooking all this time.

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At the time, Shelly wrote, “Not sure if all us volunteers were helping Steve or not, but if sure was fun.”

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Allan (left) at an outside table with Kelly of Ilwaco’s Blue Crab Graphics

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Diana and John from Oysterville’s Harmony Soapworks

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Look at that blue January sky.  Owners of different businesses were meeting for the first time.

In March of 2014, we again combined lunch at the great day café with cash mobbing the nearby Oysterville Store.

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a soggy February Saturday

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Steve and his menu

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Chef Steve

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Shelly and Steve

 

Another excellent memory-making day of Steve was when he and Shelly came to our house on Halloween of 2015 to help us with the usual 400 trick or treaters.  They didn’t get trick or treaters at their own place and so they wanted to share in the fun.

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Steve and Shelly

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Steve brought us this decorated pumpkin.

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We so looked forward to this becoming an annual tradition, but Steve was not well enough to be there for Halloween 2016.  We missed him and will miss him at every Halloween from now on.

Our last get together with Steve took place last February at a birthday party (for Boreas Inn Bill) at the Salt Pub.

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Shelly of the Grass Roots Garbage Gang and Chef Steve of Great Day Café

In memory of Steve, please turn out for our Grass Roots Garbage Gang beach clean up day on February 4th.  Also, in his memory, donations can be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society.

“In one sense there is no death.  The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond his or her departure.  You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, The spirit looking out of others’ eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved as a familiar friend.  He lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew him.” *Angelo Patri

At home, on the evening of the memorial, we had a rainbow…

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

(January outings, part three)

Garden Tour Nancy and I spend a spontaneous afternoon checking out a garden for the first ever Peninsula Rhododendron Tour.  Under the auspices of Water Music Festival, the tour, which is being organized by Nancy and by Steve and John of the Bayside garden, will take place on May 2nd.

eggs from Nancy's flock

eggs from Nancy’s flock

Nancy arrived with some eggs from her chooks and then drove us all the way up to Surfside for lunch at the Great Day Café.  Although it’s one of my favourites, I don’t get there often as it is the furthest away café from us on the Peninsula.

It's in the parking lot overlooking the Surfside Golf Course

It’s in the parking lot overlooking the Surfside Golf Course

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view to the east

view to the east

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menu cover with map by Artist Don Nisbett

"Keep calm, I'm making your lunch."

Chef Steve Pollock: “Keep calm, I’m making your lunch.”

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soup du jour: chicken, leek, and apple

soup du jour: chicken, leek, and apple

We had our soup at one of the two counters, from which we had a view of Steve cooking.  Then, as the place cleared out from a bit of a lunch crowd, we were able to get the corner table.

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I had the special salad....

I had the special salad….

with a delicious lime dressing.

with a delicious lime dressing.

And then, off to preview of a garden which will very probably (I’d say for sure, but I’m not the organizer) be on the Rhododendron Tour.

Nahcotta Rhododendron Garden

We were welcomed by Mike, the owner, and two of his three dogs.

Bruce and I immediately became friends.

Bruce, a quiet and friendly mini-pin Chihuahua mix, and I immediately became friends.

Camper warmed up just a little bit more slowly.

Camper warmed up just a little bit more slowly.

Camper and "the one ball he won't lose".

Camper and “the one ball he won’t lose”.

Nancy and Mike entering the gate.

Nancy and Mike entering the gate.

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The back deck….

...overlooks this pond.

…overlooks this pond.

Nancy and Mike were joined by a third dog, Riley.

Nancy and Mike were joined by a third dog, Riley.

Riley and Bruce

Riley and Bruce

Join us as all six of us stroll the path ar0und the pond.

Camellia on north side of pond

Camellia on north side of pond

pink petals in the water

pink petals in the water

Bruce, north side of pond

Bruce, north side of pond, and a variegated Ilex

Riley and the variegated Ilex

Riley and the variegated Ilex

West side of pond

West side of pond

looking east over the pond.  The camellia is to the left.

looking east over the pond. The camellia is to the left.

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Camper paused for a lie down while we all talked about the garden.

Camper paused for a lie down while we all talked about the garden.

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Bruce, Riley, and Camper on the south bank of the pond

Bruce, Riley, and Camper on the south bank of the pond

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Next to the south side path, a mahonia in bloom was surely popular with hummingbirds.

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Mahonia

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Mike told us that between owners, much of the garden had gotten so overgrown that you could barely see the banks of the pond.

from the south side

from the south side

path leading to the house garden

path leading to the house garden

a narrow-leaved rhodo

a narrow-leaved rhodo

Because this used to be a collectors nursery, one where I bought plants in 1993, it has choice and rare specimens throughout the garden.

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two rhododendrons

a tiny pond with convincing artifical koi

a tiny pond with convincing artifical koi

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a cotoneaster right by the house

a cotoneaster right by the house

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sinuous trunks

We were invited into the house by Mike and his wife. Bonnie, to look at old plans of the garden.  It had been rich in an understory of collectible perennials but most had been lost to neglect during years when the property was between owners.

I clearly remembered a feature of the house that I loved when I saw the garden on tour in 2007:

a river rock channel just inside the front door.

a river rock channel just inside the front door.

Mike had a stunning selection of photos from later in the year when the rhodos are in bloom.  Here are some of his photos of the garden at its peak:

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entry drive

with good dog Riley

with good dog Riley

with Camper

with Camper

layers of colour

layers of colour

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hot dazzlers

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Of course, they all bloom at different times and so we are hoping that May 2 this year will be a good time to see an assortment at their peak at the various gardens that will be featured on the tour.

I’ve been thinking about the three wonderful dogs as much as I’ve been thinking about the glorious pond and garden.

Next: we return to work for just one day.

 

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

We managed to make it to the cash mob at the Oysterville Store, almost to the very north end of the Peninsula, by a little after 11 AM.

from Ilwaco to Oysterville

from Ilwaco to Oysterville

Oysterville meadow in the mist

Oysterville meadow in the mist

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Oysterville

Of course, we had to stop so I could look over the fence at the Huson garden which I so much admire.

on Territory Road

on Territory Road

peeking over the fence

peeking over the fence

next door: the Oysterville church

next door: the Oysterville church

We arrived at the Oysterville store just ahead of the cash mob crowd and we were pleased with the good attendance.  Everyone bought a little something and gave the shop a good boost during off season.

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Oysterville Store

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Local artist Joe Chasse arrives.

Local artist Joe Chasse arrives.

and Lisa and Buzz of Crank's Roost and the hydrangea house

and Lisa and Buzz of Crank’s Roost and the hydrangea house

a veritable mob

a veritable mob

Buzz looks at books.

Buzz looks at books.

Steven, Jan, Allan, Joe

Steven, Jan, Allan, Joe

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green fern soap

owner Greg gets some cash from Long Beach city councilman Steven Linhart

owner Greg gets some cash from Long Beach city councilman Steven Linhart

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a beautiful bag

a beautiful bag

our dear friend Jamie arrived!

our dear friend Jamie arrived! with Oysterville Store owner Greg

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a rustic box

a rustic box

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fabric baskets

the original owners of The Oysterville Store

the original owners of The Oysterville Store

As the crowd moved on to have lunch at the cash mob eatery of the day, so did we.

from Oysterville Store to the great day café

from Oysterville Store to the great day café

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great day café

great day is one of our favourite lunch spots, one we rarely visit as usually the only time we get so far north is when we are very busy doing Marilyn’s garden.

the menu and Chef Steve

the menu and Chef Steve

Steve and Shelly with Allan in the background

Steve and Shelly with Allan in the background

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Shelly is the prime organizer of our wonderful local beach clean up group, the Grass Roots Garbage Gang.

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the tiny café

Shelly told us that the cash mob crowd had been just perfectly staggered to enable them to keep up with having enough room in the smallish space.

We were delighted to lunch with Jamie and afterwards to visit her home which is just a few blocks away on the other side of the Surfside canal.

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Starfish Cottage

Starfish Cottage

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a mosaic that Jamie made

a mosaic that Jamie made

in Jamie's garden

in Jamie’s garden

overlooking the canal

overlooking the canal

I like this idea of the birdhouse pattern repeated all around the back porch.

I like this idea of the birdhouse pattern repeated all around the back porch.

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on the back porch

on the back porch

chicken bench

chicken bench

the best canal view

the best canal view

We moved the chicken bench to get a better photo so as not to tumble backwards into the water!  Jamie told us she has seen mating raccoons roll right down the slope and fall into the canal.

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inside the cottage

inside the cottage, stars echo stars

I asked Jamie HOW in the world she and her spouse keep the place so perfectly neat and clean.  She smiled and said “I like it that way.”  I do, too, but I sure cannot achieve that in my own house!  It is a skill that I wish I had.

I have this blog to thank for having met Jamie; she happened upon it as a reader, somehow, and then came up to greet Allan and me as we gardened in Long Beach.  I always want to tell people how cool she is; along with being a writer and a retired teacher, she had a singing career, including singing during a tour for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass; her spouse was a session drummer (now karate teacher) and can be heard playing drums on the intro for the Fat Albert animated tv show.  And they once lived in Laurel Canyon, locale of one of my favourite songs (Ladies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell) and one of my favourite films (Laurel Canyon, of course).

After the joy of seeing Jamie’s abode and now being able to visually place our friend at the center of her universe, we drove down the Peninsula to stop at The Basket Case Greenhouse and have a look at the first plant order form of the season to see if there is anything we wanted to add to it.  (Yes, there was; expect some cool perennials soon!)

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bright tomato cages

bright tomato cages

a wealth of violas

a wealth of violas

I personally prefer the small flowers of violas to the big blowsy pansies, just because the violas hold up better to the weather.

and yet the pansies have such expressive faces!

and yet the pansies have such expressive faces!

Next:  my afternoon visit to the Peninsula Quilt Guild show.

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