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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, 17 December 2014

I met Garden Tour Nancy at her house to go with her to today’s event, and noticed something interesting about her front door wreath.

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It's a Santa Chicken!

It’s a Santa Chicken!

That reminds to to share with you a photo of the pale blue egg, the first egg from one of Nancy’s young hens:

Nancy's photo

Nancy’s photo

…and of a stunning “wreath salad” that she made to take to the Water Music Festival Christmas party:

Nancy's Christmas wreath salad

Nancy’s Christmas wreath salad

We had a good natter while we drove partway up the bay side of the Peninsula for…

Debbie’s Holiday Buffet Lunch

While I am not much of a lady, I was most pleased to be invited to blog reader and gardener Debbie’s ladies’ holiday buffet lunch.  I had been wanting to see her bayside house AND greenhouse.

My friend Ralph and his beautiful bayside house

My friend Ralph and his beautiful bayside house

Inside, I was smitten with the light, the tall ceilings, the view, and the holiday decor.  The house was built by Debbie’s contractor husband, Dave (who was puttering in his workshop during the party).

in the guest room where we put our coats

in the guest room where we put our coats

The doors made me want to hire Dave to do some sort of door like this, on a smaller "double wide" scale, for our closets.

The closet doors made me want to hire Dave to do some sort of door like this, on a smaller “double wide” scale, for our flimsily-doored closets.

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How gorgeous this is!

in the hallway, the bird art that I also got for Allan last Christmas (from Peninsula Landscape Supply)

in the hallway, the bird art that I also got for Allan last Christmas (from Peninsula Landscape Supply)

living room with bay facing windows

living room with bay facing windows

the view to Willapa Bay

the view to Willapa Bay

in the living room

in the living room

under the tree, an homage to Ralph the dog

under the tree, an homage to Ralph the dog

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Debbie says the curtain-like lights are called Strala Lights.  I am now on a quest for some.  Or hoping to put Allan on a quest.

Debbie says the curtain-like lights are called Strala Lights. I am now on a quest for some. Or hoping to put Allan on a quest.

The front porch arches enhance the view of trees.

The front porch arches enhance the view of trees.

over the sink, tiles of paintings.

over the sink, tiles of paintings.

One of the flower tiles is of a painting by Klimt.  I thought of him as only doing the gold-draped human figures, not flower-scapes.

Long ago, Bryan had this poster...

Long ago, Bryan had this poster…

Little did I know that Klimt made art like this.

Little did I know that Klimt also made art like this.

Debbie had laid on a beautiful luncheon with two salads, pulled pork sliders and lots of finger food.

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to the right, local potter extraordinaire Karen Brownlee

to the right, local potter extraordinaire Karen Brownlee

salads

salads

and cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery!

and cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery!

You can how the kitchen just flows into the living room (called the great room, I believe).

You can how the kitchen just flows into the living room (called the great room, I believe).

Ralph was ready and willing to hoover up any crumbs.

Ralph was ready and willing to hoover up any crumbs.

We settled and ate from one end of the common space to the other.  I started out at the table by the west windows...

We settled and ate from one end of the common space to the other. I started out at the table by the west windows…

and had dessert with Nancy by the east windows.

and had dessert with Nancy (in black) by the east windows.

view from the east table

view from the east table

Ralph got plenty of attention from the dog lovers in the group.

Ralph got plenty of attention from the dog lovers in the group.

Debbie (left) and her friend and co-host...whose name I forget because I'm bad that way.

Debbie (left) and her lovely friend and co-host…whose name I forget because I’m bad that way.

A couple of hours later, some of us went out to see the enormous greenhouse, where Debbie is growing on some plants for the Master Gardeners’ spring seminar plant sale.

a dream of a greenhouse

a dream of a greenhouse

a mingling of gardeners

a mingling of gardeners

A grand time was had by all.  Thank you, Debbie, for letting your home be blog fodder!

 

 

 

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