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Saturday, 28 November 2015

I still had not gotten to that magical rainy day winter reading time.  Today, in beautiful weather, was Small Business Saturday at the Port along with the first day of the Ilwaco Saturday Christmas Market.

Port of Ilwaco

At Time Enough Books

At Time Enough Books


Allan's photo: Time Enough Books

Allan’s photo: Time Enough Books


our good friend Scout

our good friend Scout

We learned today that the bookstore used to be half the size it is now; its original incarnation was to this side of the brown line!

Scout at the door

Scout at the door

I picked up the book I’d ordered, the last book of all from my favourite author Ruth Rendell.

Small Business Saturday had drawn a good crowd.

Small Business Saturday had drawn a good crowd.


peeking in to Purly Shell fiber arts

peeking into Purly Shell fiber arts


the view from Purly Shell

the view from Purly Shell


cosmos still blooming in the Purly Shell's containers

cosmos still blooming in the Purly Shell’s containers


our Port Office garden

our Port Office garden


in the Don Nisbett Art Gallery

in the Don Nisbett Art Gallery


our good friend Don

our good friend Don


Don's gallery view

Don’s gallery view


Who should we find there (in blue) but Our Kathleen!

Who should we find there (in blue) but Our Kathleen!


Don and Kathleen

Don and Kathleen


As we stroll to the Christmas market, we see  Betsy, director of the Columbia Pacific Heritage museum, and her darling little pooch.

As we stroll to the Christmas market, we see Betsy (left), director of the Columbia Pacific Heritage museum, and her darling little pooch, also out supporting the Small Business event.


greeting a friend

greeting Maisie (Allan’s photo)


such a lovely day

such a lovely day


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


a peek into Salt Hotel

a peek into Salt Hotel (with shirts for their  Skookum Surf Shop)


south door of the Saturday Christmas Market

south door of the Saturday Christmas Market


our main focus: Pink Poppy Bakery!

our main focus: the Pink Poppy Bakery booth!


Maddy, Allan, and Kathleen

Maddy, Allan, and Kathleen


Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery


As we left from the north door, more folks were going in.

As we left from the north door, more folks were going in.


the north side of Salt Hotel

the north side of Salt Hotel


In the parking lot, crabbers prepping for the season (which has been delayed till Dec. 15th)

In the parking lot, crabbers prepping for the season (which has been delayed till Dec. 15th)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


waiting for crabbing season

waiting for crabbing season

at home

Our Kathleen stopped by for awhile for some tea and to take home some pumpkin pie, and then I got out into the garden.

main project of the afternoon: clip old foliage off the hellebores

main project of the afternoon: clip old foliage off the hellebores


in Allan's garden

in Allan’s garden; his mum made the structure to the left

Allan was suspicious of my activity in his garden; I guaranteed that all I was doing was clipping the foliage from my hellebores.

in Allan's garden

in Allan’s garden


The gunnera was down back by the bogsy wood.

The gunnera was down back by the bogsy wood.


gunnera clipped and covered with its own leaves

gunnera clipped and covered with its own leaves


The ice was this thick in a basin sitting outside.

The ice was this thick in a basin sitting outside.


and still the Salvia 'Hot Lips' blooms.

And still the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ blooms.


blurry from exasperation: I do not enjoy cutting the foliage of Siberian iris.

blurry from exasperation: I do not enjoy cutting the messy foliage of Siberian iris.


So I decided to get them all done!

So I decided to get them all done!


I remembered to divide this very fine iris...

I remembered to divide this very fine iris…


to make an echoing run on the other path

to make an echoing run on the other path


Iris on both sides now.

Iris on both sides now.


Japanese iris has much better winter form than the mush of Siberian iris.

Japanese iris has much better winter form than the mush of Siberian iris.


These pods would have been good among the material I recently collected for Todd's autumn bouquet.

These pods would have been good among the material I recently collected for Todd’s autumn bouquet.


Ceanothus 'Dark Knight' is reblooming.

Ceanothus ‘Dark Knight’ is reblooming.


Verbena bonarienses (and Frosty)

Verbena bonarienses (and Frosty)


Geum still blooming.

Geum still blooming.


my grandma's sweetheart rose

my grandma’s sweetheart rose


Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming


Allan strung red lights to join the white ones on this old tree.

Allan strung red lights to join the white ones on this old tree.

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Holiday lights had become Allan's afternoon project.

Holiday lights had become Allan’s afternoon project.


stringing lights

stringing lights


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

 

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The Staycation routine of Olde Towne, reading, restaurants and a bit of gardening got interrupted by another holiday event somewhat of my own making.

Thursday, 19 December and Friday, 20 December 2013

Let me throw in three photos taken in downtown Long Beach on Thursday evening that did not make it into the Holiday Village post.

decorations at Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach

decorations at Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach

Long Beach looking south from midtown

Long Beach looking south from midtown

and looking north in the sparkling holiday town

and looking north in the sparkling holiday town

Friday, I made the usual restful round of the post office and Olde Towne Café.

cute decoration at the Ilwaco Post Office

cute decoration at the Ilwaco Post Office

At Olde Towne, Chester showed me a beautiful birdwatching calendar by Doug Swanson that is for sale at Rusty’s Coin Shop (First Place Mall in Long Beach).  (The red bird is a Summer Tanager.)

three of twelve impressive bird photos

three of twelve impressive bird photos

Plenty of other folk were enjoying the good ambience of Olde Towne, as well, including a gathering including (left) Doug “In Doug We Trust” Knutzen of Box K Auto Repair and (right) Wendy from beachdog.com (expert local website design business) and her family.

oldetowne

Errands followed after Olde Towne.  At Long Beach City Hall, while picking up the last cheque of the year, it was pointed out to me that the cyclamen were blooming in Peggy’s memorial garden (Peggy’s Park).  For more about Peggy, see her garden on the 2013 Music in the Gardens tour.

Peggy planted these.

Peggy planted these.

We acquired more lights on our errands run at the Dennis Company store in Long Beach where, in small town fashion, we encountered Tom and Judy as well as Donna M.   Our colour choice for lights was driven by the fact that the store was out of long strings of multi coloured lights, and white would be too glaring.  Purple will work for Halloween also (a big night here in Ilwaco).  Allan could not wrap the posts because of the wire mesh trellising right behind them; I think the way he attached the lights looks just fine.

lights

Allan attached the new lighting in the pouring rain, at dusk!

Friday, 21 December 2013

I woke early (for staycation) to pleasant weather, with a feeling of mixed excitement about the cash mob event of the day mixed with frustration that I had indoor plans for the entire day during unexpected good gardening weather.

looking south...I want to clean up that center bed!

looking south…I want to clean up that center bed!

From my window, to the southwest, I could see the entrance to the Saturday Christmas Market.

next door to Time Enough Books, telephoto (the way my mind sees it)

The flag marks the market space, next door to Time Enough Books, telephoto (like my mind sees it)

The Peninsula Cash Mob, created by me and Michelle Z of The Breakers resort, encourages people to go to a certain shop at a pre-arranged time and spend between five and twenty dollars to boost the business.  Usually there is a café associated with the event.  For December, it had been Michelle’s brilliant idea to mob the Saturday Christmas Market where a few vendors from the much larger Ilwaco Saturday Market set up a festive Saturday sale during the month of December.

me, in purple, entering the market with another local

me, in purple, entering the market with another local

I became anxious immediately because the market, at 11 AM, did not look mobbed at all, so I went next door to Time Enough Books.  I always worry that a cash mob will turn out to be a flop with hardly anyone showing up.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

After a few minutes, I dared to go back into the marketplace…and it was mobbed!

inside the Christmas market

inside the Christmas market

wreaths with sand dollars

wreaths with sand dollars

Rebecca, who used to operate The Canoe Room café at the port, shows off her purchases.

Rebecca, who used to operate The Canoe Room café at the port, shows off her purchases.
Charlene and Debbie, gardeners and readers of this blog, in holiday outfits

Charlene and Debbie, gardeners and readers of this blog, in holiday outfits

and buying treats from Pink Poppy Bakery

and buying treats from Pink Poppy Bakery

Allan looks over some glass colours; the glass folks are going to cut pieces for us to replace the ugly orange plastic in our very 70s exterior doors.

Allan looks over some glass colours; the Suzie Q’s Magical Glass folks are going to cut pieces for us to replace the ugly orange plastic in our very 70s exterior doors.

Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) supporting the market.  I saw her at every booth.

Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) supporting the market. I saw her at every booth.

Jenna fell in love with a purple bag.  If I used bags of this type, I would have been some tough competition for it.

a really gorgeous bag!

a really gorgeous purple bag!

Our friend J9 is a big fan of the same style of bag and she and a friend each bought one at the market last weekend.  This vendor is at the summer market every Saturday.

I bought one of these adorable pillows two weeks ago as a present.

I bought one of these adorable pillows two weeks ago as a present.

(It’s for someone who doesn’t read this blog, so I can safely post it here!)

Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville

Harmony Soapworks

Harmony Soapworks sells their soap online as well as at local shops, and they have regular shipments of soap going to Japan!

Our gardening client Ann

Our gardening client Ann

and another client, Cheri

and another client, Cheri

Harmony Soapworks

Harmony Soapworks

Our friend Ed Strange of Strange Landscaping was at the Pink Poppy Bakery booth, and I swear he posed for this photo.

Ed!

Madeline and Ed!

Pink Poppy Bakery is run by the daughter of Pink Poppy Farm, my favourite garden on both local garden tours this past summer.  Because she had run out of her amazing lemon sugar cookies, I ordered a box to be picked up on Christmas eve at her new storefront by the Long Beach arch.

Pink Poppy Madeline and Kathy (sister of Time Enough Books' Karla) pose for the definitive cash mob shot

Pink Poppy Madeline and Kathy (sister of Time Enough Books’ Karla) pose for the definitive cash mob shot

The camera loves Madeline and her Amelie-style flair

The camera loves Madeline and her Amelie-style flair

I was smitten with a new vendor.  They’d  been at the last outdoor Saturday Market in September and plan to be there twice a month next year.

coastalwood

Everything they had to offer appealed to me!

wreaths

wreaths

signs

signs

beachy words

beachy words

beachy scrabble racks

beachy scrabble racks

At the other end of the room, Knotty and Knautical was down to just three glass bricks, having sold one to Debbie or Charlene (I think).

the Knotty and Knautical booth, also a regular at the outdoor market

the Knotty and Knautical booth, also a regular at the outdoor market

the market, pretty well mobbed

the market, pretty well mobbed

I stepped out to stroll down Waterfront Way to Jenna’s shop and had a moment when I very much wanted to be home cleaning the dead foliage off of my river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’.  I find it hard to staycation without gardening; rainy days are a blessing to me.

the view from right outside the market

the view from right outside the market

The good weather enabled a cute picture of “Queen La De Da” outside her shop.

our Jenna

our Jenna

inside the Queen La De Da's shop

inside the Queen La De Da’s shop…

Who did we find but Debbie and Charlene!

Who did we find but Debbie and Charlene!

Jenna asked if I had told her spouse, Don, about the purple purse, so I popped back down to Don’s  art gallery and informed him.  He had me watch the shop while he went on a Christmas gift mission.  (I’m 100% sure they are too busy to read this blog, so don’t tell!)

Don ALWAYS has treats for customers in his gallery.

Don almost ALWAYS has treats for customers in his gallery.

At two, Allan and I went to OleBob’s Café and met Michelle Z for lunch.  And who did we find there?

The very festive Charlene and Debbie!

The very festive Charlene and Debbie!  Those gals know how to do a cash mob!

They had their Christmas present exchange, which included the wonderful new book of collected gardening columns by the late and much missed Dulcy Mahar.  Michelle, meanwhile, gifted me with a gorgeous green and purple scarf, the knitting of which benefits the South Pacific County Humane Society.  (Bonnie Carey of “bjs pet projects” makes the scarf, and donates her profits to the no-kill shelter.)  So I thought it was appropriate to have Mary model it later on in the day.

How did Michelle know these are "my" colours? ;-)

How did Michelle know these are “my” colours? 😉

And here I am with hardly any presents even wrapped!

We visited at OleBob’s for well over an hour…

OleBob's holiday decor, and boats

OleBob’s holiday decor, and boats

…and were only a few minutes late to coffee klatch at Olde Towne!  Patt had come back to town and of course we had to gather with the group of her special Olde Towne friends.  Rain began to fall and I could finally stop thinking about gardening!

oldetowne

olde towne

At Olde Towne, Jenna, MR and Donna, Tom and Judy, and Patt

Allan ran errands instead of joining us, his main mission being to donate some extra things to the Reach Out Thrift Store in Long Beach.  Our friend Cat (very much an Olde Towne regular) was working there and asked Allan to say hi for her to the gang since she couldn’t be there with us.

Cat with a little thrift store tree she was about to decorate.

Cat with a little thrift store tree she was about to decorate.

I have to close with a little Olde Towne item that I found so charming (but was able to resist buying).

the idyllic childhood Christmas I didn't quite have!

the idyllic childhood Christmas I didn’t quite have!

Now it haunts me.  If it is still there on Tuesday, it might come home with me!

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Saturday, 14 December, 2013

After rising at the shocking early hour of 10:20 AM, I had time to go to the Saturday Christmas Market before a coffee date.  First, I stopped at Time Enough Books to deliver the last gardening bill of the season.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Why does this sticker that they have for sale remind me of the times when Allan and I have tried to hire help for our business?

coworkers

Next door at the Christmas market, I resolved to buy a glowing glass brick, but with not quite enough sleep, I forgot to acquire it!

glass brick with lights inside

glass brick with lights inside

Allan joined me and we even had time to buy our Christmas Tree from the Ilwaco High School Band tree sale…

more on this later!

more on this later!

And then we met our dear friend Patt at Olde Towne Café; she was in town briefly to get set up for a dog sitting job later this month (for our client and friend Lisa and our dog friend Maddy!)  Her car was already there.  Over a year ago when I first saw her marriage equality bumper stickers, I just knew we would be friends.

clearly someone sympatico

clearly someone sympatico

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

After Patt departed to meet Lisa, Allan and I took a break from staycation to do some necessary work caused by last week’s freezing weather.  (But first, we popped back to the market so I could buy that glass brick!)

Christmas market entrance...soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

Christmas market entrance…soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

We stopped at the Depot Restaurant garden for just one thing:

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

A bit more Christmas shopping preceded the rest of work, at the Coastal Corner Market in Long Beach where I admired their driftwood sedum planting.

Coastal Corner Market

Coastal Corner Market

driftwood planter

driftwood planter

Just across the street from the market I photographed a cabin whose name speaks to me at this time of year:

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sign

Then on to the Anchorage Cottages:

The melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

The Melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

And two tasks that I had in mind in Long Beach:

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

Allan asked if it was normal for Narcissi to be up.  I said yes, thinking he just meant green spears poking through the soil.  Then I saw that despite the freezing weather, two Narcissi were up and blooming already.

Now that's strange.

Now that’s strange.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Half a block north of the park sits the Hungry Harbor Grille.  I popped in to see if their Christmas Village had been set up and indeed it had.  I love it and we will go back to dinner there before Christmas to admire it more closely.

at Hungry Harbor Grille

at Hungry Harbor Grille

boat

boat

boat

boat

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

That was the last of work for awhile.  Back home at Staycation Central we found on our porch a gift from Lisa, Buzz, and Maddy the dog, a box of goodies from Bailey’s Café up in Nahcotta, such a yummy place that we rarely find time to visit.

a delectable present

a delectable present

I hope now that….other than potential jury duty for me in January…we are firmly back into staycation mode.

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Saturday, 30 November, 2013

To work or not?  I really wanted to finish the mulching at Andersen’s RV Park so that I could cross that job off the “last visits of 2013: work list.

I woke to heavy mist.  We had a coffee date at 11 AM with Kathleen S, on her last day of this month’s visit to the beach.  (I well remember the feeling of being a visitor to the Peninsula and having to go back to the city too soon.)   I decided I had better get up “early” and go to the opening day of the Saturday Christmas Market at the port in case the weather turned out to be conducive to working.

With no breakfast or coffee (thus saving my appetite for Olde Towne fare), I walked down Lake and turned on Myrtle Avenue to the Port.  By then, the mist had turned to a breezy light rain.  I stopped to call Allan (who was running about fifteen minutes behind me) and say “DAY OFF!”   As he has pointed out, Andersen’s RV Park was packed with RV folks down for the clam tides and we did not want to bring them down by lo0king depressingly muddy and downtrodden while mulching in the rain.

Pretty good excuse for a day off, yes?

I well remember one Thanksgiving Day at a former job of ours, The Shelburne Inn.  The wonderful Shoalwater Restaurant (now the Birdgewater Bistro in Astoria)  offered a Thanksgiving dinner there.  Not realizing how early the dinner began, I tossed out a few hundred bulbs all over the garden and we began to plant.  If bulb time is not done, it stops for no holiday.  Then, unexpectedly, the skies opened with a torrential rain, and the Thanksgiving dinner clientele began to arrive.  As they entered the fine restaurant with its stained glass windows and warm inviting atmosphere, they had to pass two drowned rats, me and Robert, planting bulbs in the mud.  What a sad spectacle with which to start off their elegant meal!  They probably all gave thanks that they were not us.

Back to today, and my walk down Myrtle to the Port….

On Myrtle, a tree glowed in the mist, er, rain.

On Myrtle, a tree glowed in the mist, er, rain.

I stopped first at Time Enough Books just to chat for awhile with owner Karla.

greeted by Scout, who's named for the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird

greeted by Scout, who’s named for the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird

seasonal decorations at Time Enough Books

seasonal decorations at Time Enough Books

wreath

Next door at the Saturday Christmas Market, I found Kathleen had the same idea as me:  Buying some tasty treats from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Pink Poppy Bakery, soon to have a shop by the Long Beach Arch!

Pink Poppy Bakery, soon to have a shop by the Long Beach Arch!

Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville had a booth

Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville had a booth

As did Angela's Tied Pool clothing.

As did Angela’s Tied Pool clothing.

a booth of stone candle holders

a booth of stone candle holders

I loved these little "best friends" pillows.

I loved these little “best friends” pillows.

The same fabric artist had made cute little stockings with Ilwaco scenes.

The same fabric artist had made cute little stockings with Ilwaco scenes.

Kathleen and I popped a couple of doors down to Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery where she bought a crab pot Christmas tree card.

Don's gallery

Don’s gallery

He usually has sweet treats  for customers; a cookie tided me over till we got to Olde Towne Café.   I had not been in for coffee for what seemed like a very long time (although it had probably only been a week).

Chester had been “saling”.  When his partner, Luanne, had first used that word I had assumed she meant “sailing”, since until recently he was a fisherman as well as a purveyor of good food and antiques.  Chester, however, says he likes a boat with a motor, and questing for antiques are now his business.  He had acquired quite a few new items.

frying pans

frying pans

a ship with its masts made of wood

a ship with its masts made of wood

a horn

a horn

part of a mast (I think) of a boat called Tortuga

part of a mast (I think) of a boat called Tortuga

and a thingie whose name i forget

and a thingie whose name I forget

Kathleen asked if he was going to polish the metal up, and he said, no, that when he first got into the antiques trade, he was advised to leave things as they were, and he “found that very easy to do.”

another thingie; Chester knew just what is was.  Some kind of gauge, I think.

another thingie; Chester knew just what is was. Some kind of gauge, I think.

Meanwhile, Luanne made someone a sandwich and then my breakfast and Kathleen’s lunch (biscuits and gravy and a BLT).

Luanne at work

Luanne at work

Allan arrived, soon followed by Donna and MR, so we had a proper coffee klatsch.  Judy and Tom still had a houseful of Thanksgiving company so were not part of today’s chat.  Luanne pointed out that the rain was descending quite fiercely outside, and I felt good about not have chosen work instead.

a thoughtful moment

a thoughtful moment

Donna's captured a livelier moment!

Donna’s photo captured a livelier moment!

How wonderful it felt, after day after day of bulb time and mulching, to sit and relax with good friends.

Kathleen bought a particularly lovely floral teapot (which I wish I had photographed) and then we parted.  I do wish she lived here full time.  We’d have a grand time going to various events.

Kathleen's new teapot, lower right!

Kathleen’s new teapot, lower right!

After her departure, I went home while Allan went down to the Saturday market.  I should have gone in to my home office and started the monthly billing.  Instead, as the rain had stopped (oh, dear! we could have been mulching!), I trimmed about fifteen hellebores.

Hellebore...one that does not need trimming.

Hellebore argutifolius..one that does not need trimming.

Hellebore, removing old leaves, before and after

Hellebore, removing old leaves, before and after

I was closely observed.

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hummer

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As dusk approached, I got into the debris pile whose demolition and re-designing will be a winter project— for a windless day as it is near the Bogsy Wood.

pile

pile

The crab pots under a tarp that were the backdrop to this area have now been moved and prepped and stacked, ready for the commercial crab season to begin sometime after December 15th.

My mission in the pile:  To find some more spuds before the hard freeze that is predicted for next week.

Yukon Gold and red potatoes

a quarter of a bucket of Yukon Gold and red potatoes

I also rescued and shelled some red runner beans.  The insides of the pods are smooth like a fine suede fabric.

pods outside and in

pods outside and in

I don’t find the beans themselves to be very tasty.  Or maybe we do not know how to cook them deliciously.  I save them to plant more red runner beans next year simply because the flowers are beautiful.

beans of pink, black, and beige

beans of pink, black, and beige

Allan put up our Christmas lights until darkness thwarted him from adding the last string over the tall arbour at the front of the house.

our decorated crab pot

our decorated crab pot

From the end of our late and much missed neighbour Nora’s yard, I took a photo of the Jessie’s Fish Company star….

Jessie's at dusk

Jessie’s at dusk

I will be able to see it from my window throughout the month of December.

After dark, I enjoyed my Pink Poppy treat, a gingerbread cupcake with molasses frosting.

The top is slightly rumpled by the wax paper it was wrapped in.

The top is slightly rumpled by the wax paper it was wrapped in.

I expect to have no excuse to delay the long task of billing tomorrow, as rain is predicted for sure, and Olde Towne Café is closed on Sundays and Mondays!

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