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What have we done this year for the holidays?  Not much.  I did not decorate one little bit, because I did not want to give up reading and gardening time to put up a tree and then take it down again.

Oh, but wait.  I did put out one piece of Christmas decoration, something I have had since 1977:

We have had enough seasonal festivity to make this Season’s Greetings post.  (Soon, I will catch up on the reading and gardening news for December.)

Saturday, 15 December 2018

We had our holiday dinner at the Depot Restaurant early with Our Kathleen, because her schedule would not permit her to join us on Christmas eve.  Our repast was so delicious that I must show you. Even though some people make fun of pictures of dinner, I know for a fact that some of you like that sort of thing.

bubbly, cheesy, flavourful French onion soup

the winter’s best wilted spinach salad

delicately prepared fish for Allan, with a lemony sauce

Kathleen chose the Thai calamari appetizer for her entree.

My favourite winter menu dish, the Cingiale Brasato

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sorbet duo

tiramisu

The Depot tree, decorated in a foodie theme, and in the window box, African daisies are still blooming

We decided to forgo our traditional Christmas crackers and exchanged presents without opening them.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

My own personal mission was to not leave my property.  However, we could not miss our holiday tradition of enjoying the Christmas Village display at the Hungry Harbor Grille in Long Beach.

a Christmas crab pot in our post office garden

On the way, we picked up more books from the library, where we found a Christmas carol gathering.

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We drove to the end of the Bolstad beach approach to see how far up the massive, storm driven tide had come. Quite, far, with driftwood all the way to the picnic shelters.  Allan acquired a bundle of kelp for compost bins, stuffing it into the back of the van.

a feast day for some gulls

in the planter outside, flowers still blooming in our unusually mild winter

even bigger than usual

I imagine myself in the idyllic scene, where the snow is not slippery and where everyone likes each other.

Each building is so detailed, one could spend hours looking in the windows.  Pilgrim Pat, who first took us to see this village, used to take binoculars so that she could see the details of the far away buildings.

Below, I like the triangular building.  It reminds me of Seattle.  Behind it, by the window, it the apartment building with a roof garden which is my choice of where to live, on the top floor and with the garden as part of my domain.

Why I choose that instead of a house can only be explained by my fond memories of the year when I lived in the Gables apartments in Seattle.

The Gables would fit right into the village.  My apartment was on the second floor off the central courtyard.

Allan went outside the restaurant and, through the window, got two side views of my apartment building.

Looks like we somehow got our heavy cement curved bench up to the roof garden!

I now might rather choose to live in the new little float house:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo; it is rather exciting that the TARDIS is there.

Allan’s photo

The village harbour has a multitude of lighthouses.

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the ghost ship

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley,
Ding, ding, ding went the bell…as the trolley zoomed by the fish market…

…and the Long Beach Tavern.

The Clamshell Railroad was running, too.

As darkness fell, the carnival lights came on.

one of several lodgings to stay when you visit

If you would like to watch a video that shows the trains and the trolley, click here.  It is rather noisy from other diners; just imagine that you are sitting in a popular café with a view of the village.

We dined on the pasta special and a Reuben sandwich.

Night had come by the time we left the village.

the lights of Long Beach

Allan photographed the Shelburne Hotel on our way home (with our van whiffing of salty kelp):

And he walked to the next block to get a photo of the Christmas lights at Lucy Dagger’s house:

a piratical Christmas

In the evening, I read a book about another village where (despite an alarming number of murders) life is cozy and friends are friends for life.

After that excursion, I did not have to leave the property for five blissful days. Every day is a holiday of reading, gardening, puttering, and projects.  Skooter sleeps in even later than we do….

Monday, 24 December 2018

We had the pleasure of a visit from Mary and Denny, formerly of Klipsan Beach Cottage and now easing into their retirement in their new home in nearby Naselle.  After so many years of being constantly on call at the cottage resort, Mary says she is going to have to figure out what she likes to do in all her free time.  Mary and Denny were on their way to a late afternoon Christmas Eve dinner at the Depot, and our own Dickens Christmas Eve dinner came later at 7:30 PM.

The Depot Restaurant

Dickens dinner

The glory of Yorkshire pudding

Allan tried a new menu item of spice meat balls and hummus.

Window boxes still flowering

Egg nog flan

View from our table

On the tree




We opened our presents late in the evening and now, for us, the celebration is done and we will return to gardening, puttering, reading, and projects—one of which is to catch up with a few blog posts before going on another short blogging hiatus.

 

 

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Friday, 8 December 2017

at home

We stayed up till 2 AM finishing season one of Stranger Things, and since I did not get to sleep till four, my idea of getting back to the compost project early did not come to fruition.

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Noon! Allan is on the job, with the two new pallets that he got last night.

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1:15: The new Bin One. Getting it installed involved shifting a heap of compost.

It took me an hour to shift most of bin two into bin one.  Now that bin one is installed, the job entailed shifting compost sideways to make room for bin two.  I longed to get the project done, but since we had a rally to attend a half an hour away at three thirty, I figured we’d be lucky to get two bins done.

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1:40 PM: Bin One is full

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Allan helps.

When the space for Bin Two was close to the bottom, it was possible to skoot the compost around in order to install the back and second side.

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Two PM, with Bin Two installed. A long throw from Bin Three.

We were also moving the bins forward so that they would now be accessible from behind.

3 PM: Three bins installed!

We now have a walkway between bins and greenhouse.

We had pushed hard to get that far before having to leave for the rally.  I wanted so much to stay home and finish the fourth bin!  I sternly told myself that there is no composting for people languishing in the detention center.

Ocean Park: Rally for “Rosas”

“Rosas was arrested when going to Okie’s early in the morning of November 27. When he asked why he was being arrested, ICE officers said “My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper.” We want to speak out against this arrest and on the attack on his rights to free speech. Please join us!”

Background:

The original story in the Seattle Times (my home town paper) is here, and well worth reading.

The follow up, after the arrest of Rosas, is here.

He appears to have been sought out because he spoke (under his nickname) to the Seattle Times.  ICE did not detain him earlier, even though he asked them why they took his family and not him.

This story has drawn the attention of the Mexican consulate and has been picked up by national and international news, including the Washington Post and The Independent, UK.

Here is a link to the gofundme where you can contribute, to help him and his family, who were deported to Mexico.  (His children are American citizens, who went with their mother.)

We arrived to find folks on both sides of the street by Okie’s Market, mostly on the other side of the street because we don’t want it to appear that we blame the local markets for the fact that ICE uses them to catch Hispanic people who are shopping for groceries.

Another group had settled in three blocks east on the main intersection.  Eventually, we walked down there to join them.  As we walked, a man came out of one of the shops and said “Thank you so much.  I would love to join, but I don’t want to be targeted.”

by the new medical clinic and pharmacy

on the right, newly elected Long Beach city councilman Isa Cline.

Allan’s sign:

I suggested he put something warm and fuzzy on the other side:

We had enough people to be on three of the four corners of the intersection.

by Doc’s Tavern

Someone who walked by the sign holders by Doc’s said something about people being illegal, and then went into Doc’s.  A few minutes later, she came out and said, “You are right!”  Something in there had changed her mind.

A woman paused her car to say she had just moved to Ocean Park and was pleased to see us, as she had no idea there were protests here.  I want to meet her.  None of us got her contact information.

I was heckled by a driver with a scowly face, something about “illegals” and “securing our borders” and “they should get legal.”  “It takes years and costs thousands of dollars,” I replied, but he had driven on.  That was the only heckling that I noticed.  Mostly, we got some honks and thumbs up.

Lee Hogan Knott, local teacher at Sea School Cooperative and yoga instructor at Earthlight Yoga, joined us with her children.

Lee’s photo

Lee’s photo

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Some black and white photos by Stephanie:

Two counter protestors showed up after sunset, just as we were ten minutes away from departure.

The counter-protest duo paraded back and forth on the other side of the street with their yuge Trump banner.

The rally ended at dusk, when it was too dark to easily read signage.  Some ralliers went to a nearby pizza place.  Allan and I had other plans.  Since my goal is to not get out much during staycation, we combined the rally with our annual visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille to see their lovely holiday village.

Hungry Harbor Grille

Every year, Hungry Harbor sets up an ever larger and more elaborate village.

It is a coastal village with boats and lighthouses.

Allan’s photo

Jessie’s Fish Market is one of many buildings personalized for our area.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

second from left, back: I dream of living in the top floor flat with a roof garden.

It’s odd that the flat with roof garden is my dream instead of a house with towers and room for a garden….

…or a farm with animals.

You could spend hours looking at the details. Some people bring binoculars.

tree house and train tunnel (Allan’s photo)

Our burgers and onion rings were perfect comfort food.

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the best dinner seating in the house

Tomorrow: Barring calamity, I WILL finish the compost project!

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First, here a are a few preliminary photos by Allan.

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

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later that night, atop the refrigerator

later that night, atop the refrigerator

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

On a surprisingly nice day in the early afternoon, I suddenly decided that we should do some pre-frost clean up.  Frost and ice were predicted for Thursday.  With Allan planning to take a trip to Seattle on Friday, we would not be able to do a round of the Long Beach planters after the storm.

We checked all of the Ilwaco planters and removed the last batch of almost dead nasturtium from one.

At The Ilwaco Timberland Library, I had an exciting book to pick up.

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red twig dogwood at the library entrance garden

and heather in bloom

and heather in bloom

The new head librarian had found a bag of bulbs (narcissi and alliums) in a back room at the Ocean Park library.  Because they were over a year old, most of them were dried to almost powder.  I had sorted out a few narcissi that still felt slightly plump.  Allan planted them, and we will be interested to see if any of them grow.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Next: We clipped back the annuals in the Depot Restaurant window boxes.  I would hate to think of them all frozen and blackened over the weekend.  The window boxes do not get rain water so those plants looked pitiful and dry without our weekly visits.

window box clean up

window box clean up

The Depot garden, ready for winter

The Depot garden, ready for winter

With cold hands, we did some clipping in the Long Beach planters of assorted plants that I knew would be unattractive after the cold snap.  Perhaps the cold snap would not happen.  If it did, I did not want to think of sad looking planters over the weekend.

Fifth Street Park, before

Fifth Street Park, before

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before (with some flowers still on Geranium ‘Rozanne’!)

after

after

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped. (Allan’s photo)

When we finished cutting back the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the northernmost planter, we dropped by the Shoeboxes of Joy volunteer HQ at Coulter Park to make a monetary donation.  (We had dropped off some yummy energy bars and some cat food at a donation bin at the bank earlier in the day.  Yes, they do want pet food, not for the senior humans, but for their companion animals.)

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old Long Beach train depot building in Coulter Park

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

sorting has commenced

sorting has commenced

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

I tried and failed to reach Dave and Melissa to reschedule our weekly dinner for tonight, in case an icy storm prevented it tomorrow.  Therefore, we had time to fulfill one of our holiday traditions: a visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille holiday village in downtown Long Beach.

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Even though I have not been able to muster up any holiday spirit for decorating at home, I was able for half an hour to vicariously enter the life of this village (and we had an early dinner there.  Well, not IN the village, but at a table next to it).

approaching the village

approaching the village

Allan's photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan’s photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

At that moment, I was photographing the top floor apartment in which I live, in the village.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The only reason I can think of that out of all the lovely detached houses with gardens in the village I pick a top floor flat is that it reminds me of the happy year I spent living in the Gables on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard...

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard…

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden.

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden. This modern photo shows that someone did make a garden there sometime later.

I can only imagine that around my imaginary apartment building, I do have a garden in the village.

The harbor now has 15 lighthouses and more boats than it did last year.

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a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from "Las Vegas"

a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from “Las Vegas”

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The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

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I would make a few tweaks to the village before I moved in.  I would make sure the folks who live there were ethnically and racially diverse and, if there were any churches at all, I’d add a synagogue, a mosque, and a Quaker meeting place.  I’d make sure to install an Indian and an Ethiopian restaurant, and a sushi bar.  And a skateboard park, which is something Long Beach youths sorely crave.

Outside again:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Despite all this seasonal delight, I did not get inspired to decorate at home.  A few years back, I wrote about the dilemma of whether or not to “tree”.  We did buy an artificial tree the next year, and it would be fairly easy to set up.  Yet I think the decision this year’s decision is coming down on the side of not treeing.  I don’t feel like moving my heavy desk to make a space for it and, frankly, I am not in the mood and I would rather have the time to read.  I can always say that I am afraid Skooter would try to climb it; he is, after all, only three years old.  The other cats are a dignified twelve years.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

We did get some snow.

from the front porch

from the front porch

from the east window

from the east window

from the front window

from the front window

I put Skooter out to see if he would like the snow.  He made just a few footprints before hastily retreating.

That's as far as he got. (Allan's photo)

That’s as far as he got. (Allan’s photo)

Skooter snoozing

Skooter snoozing

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan's photo)

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan’s photo)

Meanwhile, at THE Oysterville garden, Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) worked until they could no longer see what to cut back.

Melissa's photo

Melissa’s photo

That was all we had, and it did melt, to be followed be evening ice that only affected the riverside towns. So our garden club meeting was cancelled this week…and it turned out that Salt Pub, where we had planned to dine, closed for the evening because of the weather.

Meanwhile, in Portland, friends like Danger Garden were suffering a horrible ice storm.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Allan departed for Seattle, and I did some holiday shopping at the port.

at the marina

at the marina

With nothing but silence and time, I began a 700 page book that would keep me busy for the next  three days.

sequel to last week's Austerity Britain

sequel to last week’s Austerity Britain

My very favourite passage of all, from a Mass Observation investigator:

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 I was especially thrilled that my most beloved diarist, Nella Last, was often quoted in this book. 

As I write this on 13 December, Allan is on his way home from Seattle and volume three of the Tales of a New Jerusalem, Modernity Britain, awaits at the library. At 880 pages, it will keep me busy for a few days.  I have some plans tomorrow so will wait to start it on Thursday so that I can completely immerse myself with few distractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Thursday, 4 December 2014

So far I’ve managed to have one day of just reading out of this whole week. We went out in the very late afternoon today on an excursion to buy, for the first time, an artificial Christmas tree. I had seen, at Dennis Co. Hardware, the only one I’ve ever (sort of) liked. It is pricey but might solve my dilemma every year of to tree or not to tree. We found that we had mistakenly thought that THURSDAY was senior discount day. It’s Tuesday….sigh. (Yes, Allan is that old, even though he looks 35.)

We cheered ourselves up from this little setback with dinner at the Hungry Harbor Grille’s Mexican Fiesta night (Thursdays, off tourist season) and our annual visit to their delightful holiday village.

Perhaps you would like to take a walk with us through its snowy wonders.

Hungry Harbor Holiday Village

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313 Pacific Avenue South, Long Beach WA

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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lighthouse

new lighthouse (found at a garage sale, in an unopened box!)

 

new this year: a working carousel

new this year: a working carousel

new: tree with white lights

new: tree with white lights

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Restaurateur Lois came to chat with us, and I hope she was impressed at how well we know her village as I think we picked out every item that was new.

new this year: a working trolley

new this year: a working trolley

the train tunnel

the train tunnel

train

fishing

whale watching tours

whale watching tours

ferry

ferry

ghost ship

ghost ship

museum

Seacoast Martiime Museum

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

I love the vignettes in many of the windows.

pub

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

delicious details

delicious details

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

new this year: vintage truck and trailer

barnyard

barnyard

Whale Point B&B

Whale Point B&B

Knit Shoppe

Knit Shoppe

knits

The Knit Shoppe puts me in mind of the fictional town of Sea Harbor, Mass., in which I am immersed while trying to find time to read the Seaside Knitters mystery series. (Sea Harbor also offers whale watching tour boats.)

Here's where I buy plants.

Here’s where I buy plants.

Here's where we buy books.

Here’s where we buy books.

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shack

covered bridge

covered bridge

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: our local newspaper, the Chinook Observer

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan's photo)

new this year: (magnetized) swimming swans (Allan’s photo)

Jessie's Fish Co (Allan's photo)

Jessie’s Fish Market (Allan’s photo)

For some reason, instead of imagining that I live in a grand home like this:

house

…I always imagine that my residence in this village is the top two floors of this apartment building with a roof garden. (The photo is from a previous village visit, as this year the building was set too far back to get a good photo.) Maybe I think if I lived up there, I’d have more time to just sit and read.

mine

As we were about to depart, I took another good look at the new lighthouse.

newlighthouse

There, I saw something evocative of the Tootlepedal blog: a flying bird (or several!) of the day.

birds

another flying bird for Mr. T.

another flying bird for Mr. T.

We had tasty meals to go with our village walk:

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas

You can check out last year’s holiday village here.

Long Beach

After dinner, we took a little drizzly stroll through the real holiday village of Long Beach.

puddles rather than snow: Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

puddles rather than snow: Marsh’s Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

police station

police station

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

Allan's photo:  The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan’s photo: The Long Beach tree in Veterans Field

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

We checked out some of the holiday lights in Ilwaco on our way home. I was not very successful with photos as I had my Lumix pocket cam. The Canon Power Shot pocket cam does better at night photos. Allan had his little Canon so had better luck.

Queen La De Da's underwater window, Spruce Street

Queen La De Da’s underwater window, Spruce Street

queen

I remember helping to paint the grassy fronds a couple of years back.

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department

Spruce Street house

Spruce Street house

Allan's photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Allan’s photo; This home always has the scariest Halloween decor.

Spruce Street:  Allan's photo

Spruce Street: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan’s photo, Spruce and Elizabeth

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street

Allan's photo: School Hill

Allan’s photo: School Hill

Elizabeth Avenue

Elizabeth Avenue

The newly paved section of Elizabeth, the road to the port, has new streetlights and with these clad in holiday lighting, there’s now a lighted lamp-post route all the way around the port.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

Allan’s photo: new this year, crab lights at the top of each lamp post.

At CoHo Charters, blow up decorations sway in the wind while soft Christmas music plays. I like to hear it in the distance, from my window, while I work on a holiday blog post such as this.

CoHo Charters

CoHo Charters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I’m worried that there aren’t many lighted boats this year for the crab pot Christmas tree lighting event that takes place Saturday night. I hope some more get decorated by then. Allan took one photo of one boat with what he says is a mermaid; he did not have time to get close.

better photo to come, we hope

better photo to come, we hope

We have the Jessie's star and a sailboat mast!  (Allan's photo)

We have the Jessie’s star and a sailboat mast! (Allan’s photo)

No matter how many or few lighted boats we have to gaze upon, the Crab Pot Tree Lighting is always a delight and will probably be the next blog post.

P.S. Later, looking out our south window, I think I saw more boat masts decorated with holiday lights. (I can just see glimpses between the port buildings.)

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 9 September, part one

There will be a part two consisting of a garden tour.

Here's a slightly sun-struck photo to show that Allan's section of ladies in waiting ferns are no longer in waiting.  Not a black plastic pot to be seen; all are in the ground.

Here’s a slightly sun-struck photo to show that Allan’s section of ladies in waiting ferns are no longer in waiting. Not a black plastic pot to be seen; all are in the ground.

Allan's garden looking north

Allan’s garden looking north

in Allan's garden

in Allan’s garden

In the back garden:  Echinops gone to seed, Solidago 'Fireworks', Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Miscathus variegatus

In the back garden: Echinops gone to seed, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Miscathus variegatus

I had tried last year to dig out the Helianthus and was sure I had succeeded.  It did not seem like that much of a thug to have totally come back this year, but it did.  Now I am glad; it does look so wonderful for several weeks.

It is swamping one of my Physocarpus, though.

It is swamping one of my Physocarpus, though.  And it is so tiresome to have unattractive lily stalks dying down in the foreground; they must be allowed to die before cutting them.

Ironically, the weather was beautiful and the fire that we had had to let burn itself out in the rain last night would have been perfect to have this evening.

After we cooked our sausages last night, we let it burn without us.

After we cooked our sausages last night, we let it burn without us.

Our late summer fires have put a big dent in our woodpile.

Our late summer fires have put a big dent in our woodpile.  Winter storms will gift us with more fallen alder branches.

In the greenhouse, the tomato plants look terrible and yet they keep producing bounties of cherry tomatoes.

pitiful looking plants

pitiful looking plants

Only the cherry tomatoes are successful; the big ones keep splitting.

Only the cherry tomatoes are successful; the big ones keep splitting.

On our way out of town to work:  one of our planters at Ilwaco City Hall, draped like a dress with a train on it.

On our way out of town to work: one of our planters at Ilwaco City Hall, draped like a ball gown with a train on it.

Long Beach

Rod Run was over at last.  Almost.  The town still had more hot rods than usual.

Allan's photo of a rod leaving town.

Allan’s photo of a rod leaving town.

Note how clean the streets are; the city crew had been working very hard.

Allan's photo and caption:  When ever it is really hot, I feel fortunate I don't have to work on a roof.

Allan’s photo and caption: When ever it is really hot, I feel fortunate I don’t have to work on a roof.  (Cedars Inn near City Hall)

After the throngs of the Rod Run weekend we usually find lots of planter damage.  This time, it was not too bad.

Some were smashed along the edges.

Some were smashed along the edges.

between Funland and the Bakery

between Funland and the Bakery, clearly sat upon, but NOT stood upon as in days of yore.

Some look perfectly fine.

Some look perfectly fine.

At least 25% of the planters had beer bottles tucked in among the plants. I bet it was way more before the city crew's clean up.

At least 25% of the planters had beer bottles tucked in among the plants. I bet it was way more before the city crew’s clean up.  (Allan’s photo)

A big fat cigar not so enhancing the planter by the Elks Lodge.  (Allan's photo/caption)

A big fat cigar not so enhancing the planter by the Elks Lodge. (Allan’s photo/caption)

Allan's photo/caption:  Outside Rocket Diner (south end of the LB Pharmacy) an eryngium took a hit.

Allan’s photo/caption: Outside Rocket Diner (south end of the LB Pharmacy) an eryngium took a hit.

(Allan's photo) ..As did another eryngium by Dodge City arcade.

(Allan’s photo) ..As did another eryngium by Dodge City arcade.

Many planters had damage that was easy to trim up, like woody stems broken off of hardy fuchsias or lavenders.  Others looked just as good as last week, to our great surprise.

by the Hungry Harbor Grille

by the Hungry Harbor Grille

I was most pleased at the overall lack of damage.  While I finally cut back some of the tatty California poppies in the police station planter, a tourist came up and showed me on her phone three plants for which she wanted identification:  Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, Salvia viridis (painted sage, of course), and I cannot for the life of me remember the third although I was sure I would.  We had a lovely gardening chat, one of the perks of the Long Beach job.

One odd thing: a bench was completely missing down by Streetside Tacos.  Later, a café owner told me that there had been a big trailer parked right about there with a campfire (grille??) on top.  I wonder if that’s where the wooden bench went?

It's a mystery.

It’s a mystery.

Even though the nasturtiums looked quite beat up by Home at the Beach, I left them.

Even though the nasturtiums looked quite beat up by Home at the Beach, I left them.

Allan's photo and caption:  Outside new mini mart, someone sowed tobacco for next year.

Allan’s photo and caption: Outside new mini mart, someone sowed tobacco for next year.

I had had a brainstorm while doing the planters.  There was not much else pressing to do, and we had been putting off a grocery trip to Costco till tourist season and traffic had dwindled.  What it we went over today?  Allan was amenable, and we decided to make the late afternoon and evening into a fun one and go to our favourite Astoria garden, as well.  (That will get its own post.)  We still had some work to finish, however, including weeding and deadheading in Fifth Street Park.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Then, on to one more job.

The Anchorage Cottages

We need to prune down those viburnums...on a cooler day and one where we don't want to go have fun instead.

We need to prune down those viburnums…on a cooler day and one where we don’t want to go have fun instead.

The arbutus is gorgeous in full bloom.

The arbutus is gorgeous in full bloom.

But one of two ceanothus in the center courtyard is having a lot of dieback...yet if I cut it too much, it will expose the window of one of the cottages.

But one of two ceanothus in the center courtyard is having a lot of dieback…yet if I cut it too much, it will expose the window of one of the cottages.

After cutting some of the dead branches out of the ceanothus, we abandoned any more ideas of work and headed “overseas” to Astoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

High on our agenda for holiday rituals is the annual visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille and their holiday village.

last week's early peek

last week’s early peek

After dark on Thursday, Allan and I went (as we often do) to Mexican dinner tonight there (every Thursday in winter) and spend a good long while perusing every little building.  I think Allan heard there are 117 now!  Many of them are painted with the names of local businesses.

list

Queen La De Da's ship

Queen La De Da’s ship

Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Co

Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Co

Jessie's

Jessie’s

Neptune Theatre

Neptune Theatre (Long Beach)

The real Chen's, in Long Beach, is not this pretty but the food is good.

The real Chen’s, in Long Beach, is not this pretty but the food is good.

Sid's Groceries (Seaview)

Sid’s Grocery (Seaview)

Dairy-Aire delivered milk up till they retired about a year ago.

Dairy-Aire delivered milk up till they retired about a year ago.

Dennis Company (Long Beach)

Dennis Company (Long Beach)

Cottage Bakery (Long Beach)

Cottage Bakery (Long Beach)

Hungry Harbor

Hungry Harbor…and a knitting shop that could be Tapestry Rose.

knit

knit

It could be the Purly Shell knitting shop, which is soon to open (in real life) at the Port of Ilwaco.

our local newspaper

Our local newspaper is represented by a newstand.

one of our several realtors

one of our several realtors

beloved local artist Don Nisbett (Ilwaco)

beloved local artist Don Nisbett (Ilwaco)

Oman and Son Hardware (Long Beach)

Oman and Son Hardware (Long Beach)

I can mentally lose myself in the streets of the village, and sometimes at this time of year when falling asleep I will imagine living there.

Let’s just walk around, starting at the harbour.  The only time I like walking in snow is when it is all fluffy and non slippery, having just fallen.  Clearly, the village is gently coated in just that kind of snow.

light

lighthouse

santa

I hear the barking of the seals.

I hear the barking of the seals.

I do love walking along the harbour and looking at the boats.

Whale Watching Tour Boat

Whale Watching Tour Boat

whale

Harbor Ferry

Harbor Ferry

ferry

ferry

ferry

Bessie

Bessie

boat

the haunted shipwreck

the haunted shipwreck

another lighthouse

another lighthouse

How did we get a haunted shipwreck with so many lighthouses?

How did we get a haunted shipwreck with so many lighthouses?

Whale Point Lighthouse B&B...

Whale Point Lighthouse B&B…

...and guests

…and guests

North Head Lighthouse (Ilwaco)

North Head Lighthouse (Ilwaco)

Bay Boatworks

Bay Boat Works

The wind is cold down on the harbour so let’s walk up into town.

overview

train

Uh oh, our little scenic train has derailed (and no one can reach in far enough to right it!)

The Clamshell Railroad depot

The Clamshell Railroad depot

The Clamshell Railroad seems to be living up to its reputation as the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad”.

also near the train station, The Nottingham Hotel is convenient for stranded travelers.

also near the train station, The Nottingham Hotel is convenient for stranded travelers.

Fortunately, we can cover the whole village on foot.  There are very few cars on the peaceful streets.  As you will see, the village has many places we could stop for dinner.

The Lobster Hut Restaurant

The Lobster Hut Restaurant

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

Whale Tale Pub and Inn

pub

pub

Whale Tale

specials

whales

Brew House

Brew House

The Hungry Harbor

The Hungry Harbor, of course!

tables

Plogmann's Tavern

Plogmann’s Tavern

I always wonder if someone misspelled “Ploughman’s” Tavern.  This is my village watering hole.  It is idyllically like The Rover’s Return on Coronation Street.

We can see our friends in there waiting for us.

We can see our friends in there waiting for us.

friends

Earlier, we would have begun our day at the coffee shop (Olde Towne, of course).

My daily hangout.

My daily hangout.

I like a coffee shop that is open in evening...Have not had one of those since leaving Seattle.

I like a coffee shop that is open in evening…Have not had one of those since leaving Seattle.

nearby, a purveyor of fine chocolates

nearby, a purveyor of fine chocolates

I wonder if Allan decided to open a garage?

I wonder if Allan decided to open a garage?

In my dream village, I have a bookish niece to treat with books and toys.

In my dream village, I have a bookish niece to treat with books and toys.

toys

toys

You would think that I’d choose one of the houses, with grounds, for my dream place to live in the village.  Instead, the place that calls to me the most every year is the top floor of this apartment building:

my village home

my village home; I have the top floor and the roof garden!

side view of my building

side view of my building

coffee

The coffee shop is conveniently located near my apartment building, which reminds me of The Gables on Capitol Hill in Seattle, where I had a beautiful old one bedroom apartment in 1975.  (The best apartment was the old ballroom, with skylights, on the fourth floor._

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard...

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard…

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden.

I left here only because I wanted to try out communal living.  Bad decision!

But…back to the village.  I wouldn’t say no to this house (below); its stonework reminds me of the previous Tangly Cottage when we lived over behind the boatyard.

my other house in the village!

my other house in the village!

or perhaps this one!

or perhaps this one!

I'd have this in my garden.

I’d have this in my garden.

my greenhouse

my greenhouse

Here's the village version of The Basket Case Nursery.

Here’s the village version of The Basket Case Greenhouse (but open year round)

flowers

I still would have the same job taking care of parks and gardens.

I still would have the same job taking care of parks and gardens.

Windmill Park

Windmill Park

This would be one of my gardening jobs.

This would be one of my gardening jobs.

Let’s stroll through the covered bridges and explore more of the village streets.

Let's walk through the covered bridge and look at some more houses.

bridges

bridge

still walking along...

still walking along…

The Post Office

The Post Office

housecats

two

Towers abound in the village.

I love the house with the towers, but even in the dreamy village it is out of my price range.

I love the house with the towers, but even in the dreamy village it is out of my price range.

a pretty house with a tower

a pretty house with a tower

Business are mixed with residences throughout most of the village.

pets

I can guarantee the pet shop sells pet supplies, not animals.

I can guarantee the pet shop sells pet supplies, not animals.

Precious Pet Store

Precious Pet Store

The owner of the pet store lives by the shop with her dog(s) and cat(s).

Precious Pet Store residence window.

the school

the school

The Fire Station

The Fire Station

firestation

The Bank

The Bank

Christmas tree sales

Christmas tree sales

garbage

Village Square Library

Village Square Library

a grand house

a grand house

house

apartment building

apartment building

Oh….look…THIS is my perfect little dream house, luring me to move out of the roof garden apartment that I have loved up until now; the gate is even open to welcome us.

my house

my house

nearby, a treehouse

nearby, a treehouse

We’re at the base of the hill now.

hill

It’s lovely to have a farm within walking distance.

barn

pigs

At the top of one hill is the dairy where Dairy-Aire gets milk and cheese.

dairy

farm

coop

Chicken Coop Produce

information about hiking trails up in the hills

information about hiking trails up in the hills

winter camping, fly fishing tours

winter camping, fly fishing tours

and a Sauna to warm up in?

and a Sauna to warm up in?

Church Hill

Church Hill

and the Creator

and the Creator

I’ve emerged from the dream of walking through the village, but I can return there in my mind anytime I want to, and, happily, I live in a village that is in many ways similar.  

Most of the village buildings are from Department 56.

The Hungry Harbor Grille is in downtown Long Beach, Washington at 313 Pacific Highway South.  Every year, the holiday village appears right after Thanksgiving weekend.

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