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August 25, 2013

When I say we spent the day overseas, I mean nothing more exotic than going across the bridge to the north Oregon coast.

I had no intention of doing anything on this particular Sunday but potter about at home, until I got onto Facebook and saw, on my business page, a message from the day before.  Pam from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, Oregon had indeed picked up some interesting new plants from Xera nursery.   It occurred to me what fun it would be to go to the Astoria Sunday Market and to the nursery…and NOT have to go grocery shopping at Costco because Allan had done so the day before.  Allan was amenable to the idea.  I think he is surprised I want to go so many places all of a sudden.  It is because of our comfy new van.   I had not been to the Astoria market since early September of 2011!

First:  a stop at Olde Towne to change compost buckets and have some coffee.

First: a stop at Olde Towne to change compost buckets and have some coffee.

Our Olde Towne visit took considerably longer than we had planned but we eventually left the good conversation and headed east out of town.

Crossing the Astoria Megler bridge felt much more pleasant to me sitting up higher in our lovely van.

the view looking west

the view looking west (with the camera raised up….not really sitting higher than the railings)

birds on a sand bar

birds on a sand bar

In Astoria, we parked on a hill above the market.  Every block of the older parts of town have photogenic houses and gardens to offer.

by our parking spot

by our parking spot

a tall house with a view

a tall house with a view

Allan's photo: looking downhill to the market

Allan’s photo: looking downhill to the market

Columbia River beyond

Columbia River beyond

sign

At its south end, the market widens out into a parking lot.  Here several plant vendors gather.

plants for sale

plants for sale

This is good planning because if one buys a large plant, one can easily bring one’s car to this area in order to pick it up.

One of the booths had Cryptomeria 'Sekkan Suji' for just $20.00

One of the booths had Cryptomeria ‘Sekkan Sugi’ for just $20.00

Someone had gotten to it first so I told myself it was looking a bit peaky anyway.

sour grapes...it was gorgeous

sour grapes…it was gorgeous

golden montbretia

golden montbretia

customers seeking advice

customers seeking advice

The market in Astoria has lots more options for produce than our market in Ilwaco.

veg

Wow, I have a fortune in baby spuds in my gardening, including some fingerlings!

Wow, I have a fortune in baby spuds in my gardening, including some fingerlings!

Poor nectarines to the right must have been a lower price due to being less pretty!

farm

The flower stalls are, to me, the most beautiful part of the market.

bouquet

The vendors create bouquets on the spot from buckets of gorgeous ingredients.

bouquet

bouquet

I would so love to see this farm...

I would so love to see this farm…

Vendors must drive very early to get here....

Vendors must drive very early to get here….

another bouquet artist at work

another bouquet artist at work

In the book I am currently reading, A Breath from Elsewhere, Mirabel Osler writes:

Even for a time when my garden is upholstered in flowers, pure meanness stops me from doing what genuine gardeners do — pick fresh flowers to bring indoors.  But to deprive the garden, either on the rare occasions when it’s florally abundant or when it’s predominantly green and the few blossoms are countable, would be unbearable.  Instead, a visit to the local market early on a summer’s morning to bring home bunches of what other people  have striven to grow leaves my garden inviolate.

bouquet

lilies

bouquet

floral artists

floral artists

ingredients: reds

ingredients: reds

note how the staining pollen is removed from the lilies

note how the staining pollen is removed from the lilies…almost

buckets and buckets of flowers

buckets and buckets of flowers

bouquet

peachy

hot

mix

focused creativity

focused creativity

good

I saw some familiar vendors from the Ilwaco market.  De Asis is the only big produce vendor who comes to Ilwaco.

De Asis Produce

De Asis Produce

The vendor below always has a lovely display of old windows with her little jar vases.  She came to the Ilwaco market just once and said to me that day, when I expressed pleasure at seeing her booth, that she wouldn’t be back because our market was too windy!

a fragile display

a fragile display

at the north end of the market...one block from the river

at the north end of the market…one block from the river

There are many arts and crafts booths but I must have been thinking of the blog and mostly took garden related photos at the market.

a basket maker at the north end of the market

a basket maker at the north end of the market

At its north end, the market widens again into a food court parking lot.

parking lot garden

parking lot garden, looking south east

looking north

looking north

We wanted food, of course.

the cute Tiki Juice booth; sometimes they come to the Ilwaco market

the cute Tiki Juice booth; sometimes they come to the Ilwaco market

Ilwaco's OleBob's had run out of crab cakes!

Ilwaco’s OleBob’s had run out of crab cakes!

I was seeking the Indian food booth and found it, but next to it a falafel booth caught my eye.

great Shawarma?  Hmmm!

great Shawarma? Hmmm!

falafel and shawarma booth

falafel and shawarma booth

I could not resist...

I could not resist…

and here is my review

and here is my review

Allan had the Indian food from the excellent Himani Indian Cuisine so i got to taste his tasty butter chicken.  I really do mean that the shawarma was outstanding!

On the way back through the fair, we took photos of the wonderful street planters at just one intersection.

looking west along Commercial

looking west along Commercial

I love the open screened sides of these planters.

I love the open screened sides of these planters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

planter

looking west on commercial

looking west on Commercial

just stuffed with plants!

just stuffed with plants!

looking north toward the river; the backside of market booths were to my right

looking north toward the river; the backside of market booths were to my right

planter

Something is going on here but I am not sure what...

Something is going on here but I am not sure what…

a bright store front

a bright store front

hosta and white potato vine

hosta and white potato vine

Back through the market, walking west to the hill, toward the parking lot of plant vendors….

uphill

and a look back from the south end of the market…

I will return sooner than two years...for more delicious shwarma!!

I will return sooner than two years…for more delicious shawarma!!

On the way back to the car on one of the east-west streets (Duane or Exchange) sits one of my favourite houses.  I love the porch.

house

porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan caught this scene of intricate painting

Allan caught this scene of intricate painting

a stately painted lady, Allan's photo

a stately painted lady, Allan’s photo

tricolour box, photo by Allan

tricolour box, photo by Allan

historic market, one of many in Astoria

historic market, one of many in Astoria; this one was on a house that did not look as remarkable as its history!

three: small, medium and large

three: small, medium and large

a garden in front of the smaller house

a garden in front of the smaller house

Views of the river can be seen between every building.

looking north and downhill between houses

looking north and downhill between houses

grand apartments

grand apartments

another garden

another garden

This house really did look tilted...

This house really did look tilted…

side view

side view

After reuniting with the van and started the drive out of town, we stopped again so I took take a photo of the Flavel house, subject of much mystery and this fascinating article (one of many on the subject).

the old derelict Flavel house; there is also a beautifully kept Flavel Musuem.

the old derelict Flavel house; there is also a beautifully kept Flavel Musuem.

Next:  Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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