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It certainly is a difficult time of year to find time to just read!  There is so much to do in our beachy towns over the holidays.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

I seemed to find all sorts of little chores to do (and presents to wrap) over the afternoon of Thursday.  I even took a short walk as I have not been getting any gardening exercise due to rainy and windy weather.

When I turned the corner on Pearl Avenue, half a block away, the wind from the south was so strong that my walk became a brief one.

at the meander line, looking west

at the meander line, looking west

and east toward our bogsy woods

and east toward our bogsy woods

The same photo, with painted photo effect by Waterlogue.

The same photo, with painted photo effect by Waterlogue.

I hope this winter to do a post on my other blog about the meander line, the irregular imaginary line that runs east-west between the town and the port.

I made it as far as Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery on Waterfront Way (because I knew there would be cookies).

Don was talking enthusiastically to some high school students who wanted internships.

Don was talking enthusiastically to some high school students who wanted internships.

marina view from the gallery windows

marina view from the gallery windows

I returned home to snoozing cats, who continued to lack a lap to sit on as Allan and I were off out to a watercolor art show just round the block at Grays Harbor Community College’s local annex.

Miss Mary, snoozing

Miss Mary, snoozing

Calvin

Calvin

We found the block long trip, at dusk, to be so wet and wild that we got thoroughly drenched.

Looking west on Lake Street...

Looking west on Lake Street…with Allan just leaving our gate.

Allan's photo, looking east

Allan’s photo, looking east

The watercolours by instructor and students were displayed in the hallway of the college.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

mingling, with art instructor Carol Couch on left

Allan’s photo:  mingling, with art instructor Carol Couch on left

We were pleased that our friend from Seaview, Patti, was at the event, as well.  You might recall that Carol Couch’s studio was one of the venues on the recent studio tour, where we had bought a couple of her prints.  I am hoping to take a class from her, perhaps this winter.  She assured me that she takes rank beginners. Even though I have been enjoying creating, well, fake watercolours from photos with the Waterlogue app, I still would like to learn to create the real thing.

patti

Patti wisely had her high water pants on.

Some cookies, crackers and cheese had been laid out in the student lounge.

Some cookies, crackers and cheese had been laid out in the student lounge of the small college building.

The outdoor seating area, shieded from wind, shows how damp the weather was at dusk.

The outdoor seating area, shieded from wind, shows how damp the weather was at dusk…looking southwest across the port parking lots.

Since it was Thursday, we went out again later to the Cove Restaurant’s fish taco night (where Allan actually got a tasty $2 fish taco to go with the rest of his meal; I’ve been sidetracked every time  by the ahi tuna dish).  The roads were like lakes, with sheets of rain water driven sideways by the wind.

Allan's photo: looking in the front window of the Cove.

Allan’s photo: looking in the front window of the Cove.

sign

The restaurant had a musician playing and was so busy that we sat at the counter, an excellent spot for watching the kitchen and getting to have quick chats with Wendy and Sondra when they get a moment to rest.

at the counter

at the counter, with restaurateur Sondra and her sister Wendy at work

view from our counter seats into the busy dining room

view from our counter seats into the busy dining room

George Coleman skillfully entertained with seasonal tunes.

George Coleman skillfully entertained with seasonal tunes.

I’d been craving Chef Jason Lancaster’s food as we had not been in for three weeks.  (Last Thursday’s storm had closed the restaurant down, and the previous Thursday it had been full to overflowing.)

menu

We shared Prawns Solo and Allan had a fish taco and the udon noodle bowl.

We shared Prawns Solo and Allan had a fish taco and the udon noodle bowl.

Chef Jason says that the sauce in a noodle bowl is better absorbed and enhanced by udon noodles than by yakisoba noodles.

I was thrilled that his delectably prepared ahi tuna was on tonight's menu.

I was thrilled that his delectably prepared ahi tuna was on tonight’s menu.

schmoozing with Jason about food (Allan's photo)

schmoozing with Jason about food (Allan’s photo)

the dining room, still aglow as we were among the last diners to depart.

the dining room, still aglow as we were among the last diners to depart.

After the evening of Thursday, January 1st, the restaurant will be closed for the rest of January.  We hear they will be open for feasting on New Year’s Eve (but won’t be staying open till midnight!)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday was a much needed reading day…

I read this and China Bayles mystery.

I read this and China Bayles mystery.

One Perfect Day was written in the droll style of the New Yorker, and made me glad that the wedding I attended last summer was a true home made garden wedding, untouched by the wedding industry.

excerpt

excerpt

Saturday, 20 December 2014

After a Friday of just reading (pure delight), we devoted Saturday to holiday errands.

We had had a pineapple express of rain overnight, as the view of our back garden shows.

We had had a pineapple express of rain overnight, as the view of our back garden shows.

When we went down to the Saturday Market, we heard that the water had been up over the Jessie’s Fish Co loading docks.

We came just after high tide.

We came just after high tide.

It would have looked like this photo from a 2011 edition of the Chinook Observer:

tide

Inside the Saturday Christmas Market, our mission was to buy a few gifts and to stock up on some frosted cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Pink Poppy owner Madeline Moore

Pink Poppy owner Madeline Moore

lemony frosted cookies

lemony frosted cookies

Local potter Karen Brownlee had a booth today.

Local potter Karen Brownlee had a booth today.

shopping at Lisa Gillespie's booth

shopping at Lisa Gillespie’s booth (Allan’s photo)

double storm flag (Allan's photo)

double storm flag (Allan’s photo)

a delivery to and a present from Don Nisbett (Allan's photo)

a delivery to and a present from Don Nisbett (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo by Don's gallery

Allan’s photo by Don’s gallery

On the way north on a present-delivery run, we popped into NIVA green for reasons we cannot specify here (as our reason had to do with Christmas shopping).

inside NIVA green

inside NIVA green

Heather asked me if I would help out with the NIVA green Facebook page.  She actually asked “How much do you charge?” which is a novel question indeed and one that I much appreciated!  I told her that I had just read that book about the wedding industry in which one wedding planner would not name a price but would wait till the immediate afterglow of a perfectly beautiful wedding and then ask the mother of the bride “How much was it worth to you?”  Anyway, I look forward to being able to add some photo content to the page, as Heather herself is busy creating and acquiring objects of art.

Heather Ramsay sets the world on fire.

Heather Ramsay sets the world on fire.

Heather Ramsay table lamps

Heather Ramsay table lamps and faux heater (Oh how I love them, especially the “heater”)

all sorts of charming little gifties

all sorts of charming little gifties

We left NIVA green to deliver presents to the hydrangea house, Andersen’s RV Park, and Klipsan Beach Cottages.

a mossy wall at the hydrangea house.

a mossy wall at the hydrangea house

the footprints of homeowner Lisa and Buzz's dog, Maddie (Allan's photo)

the footprints of homeowner Lisa and Buzz’s dog, Maddie (Allan’s photo)

I am pretty sure that the owner of Andersen’s doesn’t read this blog; if she does, she is going to see just one day early what her Christmas present is: a delightful history book about trailer life.

bungalows

Onward we drove to Klipsan Beach Cottages, where the garden was well decorated for the season by owners Mary and Denny.

the view west from Mary and Denny's house showing the road to the cottages on the ridge.

the view west from Mary and Denny’s house showing the road to the cottages on the ridge.

KBC

KBC

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

view in the east gate of the fenced garden

photo enhancement by Waterlogue

photo enhancement by Waterlogue

in the garden

in the garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the office door

by the office door

inside the office

inside the office

Mary and Denny's tree

Mary and Denny’s tree

flowers

 

Allan's photo: Bella, me, Mary

Allan’s photo: Bella, me, Mary

some pets for Bella

some pets for Bella

We did not linger long as three of Mary’s sisters were there and bustling preparations were underway for more family to arrive.

As we arrived back in Ilwaco, we saw that a large Santa had arrived two blocks west.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the evening, our friend J9 joined us at the Sou’wester for a musical play performed by Nick Jaina.  We had been quite taken with him when we saw him on another stormy weekend over a year ago.

Sou'wester Lodge, Allan's photo

Sou’wester Lodge, Allan’s photo

I always love the glow of the vintage trailer court at night.

I always love the glow of the vintage trailer court at night.

souwester

Sou'wester sunporch, Allan's photo

Sou’wester sunporch, Allan’s photo

tonight's event

tonight’s event

Innkeepers and guests were just finishing their dinner in the lodge kitchen.  (Allan's photo)

Innkeepers and guests were just finishing their dinner in the lodge kitchen. (Allan’s photo)

We were offered clam chowder; Allan accepted and said it was delicious.

Allan noticed the "how it works" sign on the living room turntable.

Allan noticed the “how it works” sign on the living room turntable.

With J9, we sat on a couch and waited for a few minutes..

With J9, we sat on a couch and waited for a few minutes.

photo courtesy Sou'wester

photo courtesy Sou’wester

From the Sou’wester event description:  With Nick Jaina “recently back from New Orleans, we have a rare opportunity to witness this thought-provoking performance from one of our favorite artists-in-residence and performers. Please be in your seats by 8 pm.

The Hole in the Coffin is a 50-minute story told through words and music by Nick Jaina about a strange experience he had in New Orleans of going to the funeral of his hero and ending up inside the coffin with a gun and a bible. He tries to unravel the information he is given, reconnect with his former love, and piece together the perfect love song.”

Nick Jaina sang and spoke of mysterious happenings on a visit to New Orleans.

Nick Jaina sang and spoke of mysterious happenings on a visit to New Orleans.

While I am not big on New Year’s resolutions, after this riveting performance I resolved to further my efforts to get out to more Sou’wester events in the future, even though it is so hard to leave the house in the evening once one gets settled in.

The performance inspired a thoughtful mood that distracted me from purchasing a copy of Nick’s book.  I must find out if the Sou’wester has it for sale or else order it online.

jaina

Since I was so impressed last year with a song he wrote about lost love, I am particularly interested in his survey on “the ability of love songs to woo anyone, featuring interviews with people [he’s] written love songs about.”

At home, we added some one more photo to our collection of Ilwaco’s homes for the holidays.

our house (Allan's photo)

our house (Allan’s photo)

We would now have four days to relax before the next round of holiday events.

 

 

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Wednesday, 11 December, 2013

I could tell from the sky that Wednesday’s sunset would be excellent.  The weather had warmed just slightly to hover around freezing. I walked around the corner and down Advent Avenue toward the Port.

A forklift operator was stacking crab pots on the side of Advent.

stacking Dungeness crab pots

stacking Dungeness crab pots

the promising sky to the southwest

the promising sky to the southwest

As I walked past, a big truck drove up and the forklift began to stack the pots onto the flatbed trailer.

onto the truck

onto the truck

The pots were appearing from down the short gravel road leading to the gear shed that is just southeast of our back garden.

much bustling at the gear shed

much bustling at the gear shed

Meanwhile, in the big parking lot between town and port, workers spread out and untangled lines.

getting ready

getting ready

I walked the half block from there to Waterfront Way.

the condor statue

the condor statue

Some of the crabbing boats were already loaded, ready to go early on the first day of commercial crabbing.

Pacific Dream

Pacific Dream

condor and moonrise

condor and moonrise

I wondered if the sunset would live up to my expectations.

looking south

looking south

In the dusk, the lights began to show from the decorated boats.

Nauti-lady always goes all out for the holidays.

Nauti-lady always goes all out for the holidays.

The sunset colour I had hoped for came on…

colour

sunset

Jessie's Fish Company star and processing steam

Jessie’s Fish Company star and processing steam

sunset

brighter

A heron flew in, squawking, and posed.

A heron flew in, squawking, and posed.

no colour enhancement!

no colour enhancement!

sunset colour fades and seasonal lights glow

sunset colour fades and seasonal lights glow

and the moon....

and the moon….

I made a slight detour on the way home to see the lively decorations at the east end of the port by CoHo Charters and Motel.

Imagine Christmas music playing, as well.

Imagine Christmas music playing, as well.

another kind of boat at the Coho Charters

another kind of boat at the Coho Charters

My sunset walk segued into a neighbourhood Christmas lights walk, but that’s another story.

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and bulb time, day 18

Thursday, 28 November, 2013

At last, a partial day off at home to plant my own bulbs!   For myself, I had some Eremerus (just three) and some rather expensive Narcissi ‘Sinopel’; the latter always entices me from the catalog, and then I allow myself ONE, and then I miss it blooming.  So this time I planted five and hope I actually see them when they bloom with an intense green cup.  Or is it green?  The Van Engelen catalog shows it as green as can be:

Sinopel, photo from Van Engelen

Sinopel, photo from Van Engelen

Other image sources show varying colours:

versions of Sinopel

versions of Sinopel

When it doubt, read the descriptions.  Van Engelen’s may explain why I did not differentiate the bulb from other small cupped Narcissi (which are my favourites so I have a lot of different ones):

 “Fragrant, it has a perfect 3″ ivory-white perianth and a bowl-shaped, greenish white cup edged in yellow. Circa 1974 and a bit like a mood ring, its dainty cup is more yellow in cool temperatures and more green when basking in warm temperatures (cherish its greenness indoors in a bud vase). Bulb size: 14/16 cm. April. 16″ to 18”. HZ: 4-8. Limited supply.”
And yet the Fairegarden blog says “Narcissus ‘Sinopel’ really has the green cup described in the catalog, and is fragrant as well.”  Oh, but they are in Tennessee.  I wonder how warm their springs are?
Today was my last chance to get photos to illustrate the difference in the size of narcissi bulbs.  Because I have been planting the big showy Narcissi this year along with my usual more tasteful choices, we have been dealing with some very large bulbs that are especially challenging to plant in hard soil.
Narcissi bulbs

Narcissi bulbs

These are all Narcissi.  The smallest bulb is ‘Baby Moon’.  The biggest of this batch was from ‘Fragrant Rose’, a substantial and tall one.  (I must remember to smell it, as it is “said to have the fragrance of raspberries and roses”, according to Van Engelen.

One would think the littler flowers would always have tinier bulbs, and yet that is not true.  “Peeping Tom’, an heirloom Narcissi with multiple flowers and a shorter height,  has bulbs of substantial size.

bulbs of Peeping Tom

bulbs of Peeping Tom

None that I planted here compare to the monstrous size of the ‘King Alfred’ Narcissi that Lorna ordered for us to plant at Andersen’s RV Park.  Fortunately, the garden there is all light, sandy soil.

Some bulbs are exceptionally shiny and beautiful.

Narcissi bulbs, possibly 'Avalanche'.

Narcissi bulbs, possibly ‘Avalanche’

(By the time I planted the bulbs in my own garden, the bags had been reused and relabeled so many times that I was not very sure about the names of some.)

While I planted my selection of home bulbs, Allan mowed the damp and quite tall lawn.

mowed for the last time this year...probably...

mowed for the last time this year…probably…and the boat is full of tulip bulbs

I was mildy distressed between noon and 1:45 PM that we had made plans to go to the community dinner on such a glorious gardening day.  Would I be losing the last three pleasant weather hours of the year in my garden?  (Because tomorrow we must work, and Saturday the weather is due to change.)  On such a windless day, there was much I could do back toward the trees.  And I had really wanted to have time to get bulbs planted in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.  However, I have set myself certain self imposed obligations to photograph events for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page and we had our friend Kathleen S, here for the weekend from  Olympia,  to go to the dinner with us.  When she arrived just before two, I was still offloading yesterday’s debris from Jo’s garden and was in no way ready to go.  I unappreciatively bemoaned the dinner being during the day and she kindly pointed out that it draws some older people who would not want to drive and walk up the hill to the inn in the dark.  So I stopped whinging (and about bloody time).

Flinging the last of the debris on the pile, I then changed quickly into dry shoes and socks;  Allan changed from lawnmowing clothes, and off we went on the five block walk to the Inn at Harbour Village.

poster

Inn at Harbour Village, site of Ilwaco Community Dinner

Inn at Harbour Village, site of Ilwaco Community Dinner

On the way up the hill, Kathleen and Allan pointed out the cutest sight:  a little dog with a driving coat on, paws on the steering wheel:

dog

dog

Kathleen and I cresting the hill, greeting by innkeeper Chuck Parker

Kathleen and I cresting the hill, greeting by innkeeper Chuck Parker

Kathleen's photo of the Inn at Harbour Village

Kathleen’s photo of the Inn at Harbour Village

Unlike previous years when we had walked right in, this time the event had become so popular that there was a wait.  Here is where the good weather was an advantage; people were able to wait in comfort outside.  The dinner is free to all who come, although monetary donations are welcome.  It is sponsored by the owners of the Inn, who also own several stores in Long Beach, including Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop and The Wooden Horse gift shop.

waiting for dinner

waiting for dinner

Inside in the handsome parlour, Allan found some of our friends also waiting.

Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn

Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn

Heather Ramsay from NIVA green and local artist Joe Chasse

local artist Joe Chasse and Heather Ramsay from NIVA green

I had Bulb Knee so walked around the inn to the lower entrance, thus taking a bit longer than Allan and Kathleen and so I missed seeing our neighbours Mary and Jeff (fisherman extraordinaire) just finishing their dinners.

Jeff and Mary from two doors down, with MR on the right

 Mary and family from two doors down

And I just barely got a glimpse of Donna and MR before they left.

MR and Donna

MR and Donna

Kathleen's photo of Donna and Allan

Kathleen’s photo of Donna and Allan

at the table

at the table

centerpiece

centerpiece

pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies

pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies

the dining room

the dining room

diners

diners

coffee

The meal is set up like a restaurant with servers taking orders.

menu

menu

restaurant quality service

restaurant quality service

We were thrilled to be seated with Joe and Heather!

Heather and Joe

Heather and Joe

Heather’s Long Beach shop, NIVA green, is my source for almost all birthday and holiday presents.

At the next table, dear Sarah Sloane, local author and topiary artist, was seated when we were about halfway through our meal; due to the bustling nature of the event, we just waved and smiled.

Our Sarah

Our Sarah

Allan's photo capture the lot of us

Allan’s photo capture the lot of us

I marveled at how the kitchen staff and servers, all volunteers, kept the meals emerging to the crowded room.

in the kitchen

in the kitchen

plating

plating

plating

serving

serving

washing

washing

After our delicious pie, when we left by the back door we saw a stack that reveals how much roasting had been done so far:

roasting pans outside

roasting pans outside

another view of the kitchen

another view of the kitchen

We strolled down the hill and back to our house and visited outside for a bit.

in the garden, stunning Dichroa febrifuga

in the garden, stunning Dichroa febrifuga

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden

Kathleen took her leave to enjoy the last forty five minutes of daylight and I realized that I DID still have time to plant the bulbs at the post office.  While I would have walked down to accomplish the task, Allan was not opposed to helping out.

The Post Office garden now planted and put to bed for winter!

The Post Office garden now planted and put to bed for winter!

Afterward, with a trace of post-sunset pink still in the sky, we went down to the Port to look at the Jessie’s star.  The low tide was not good for reflective photographs.

low tide

low tide

The Canyon Cruiser with holiday lights

The Canyon Cruiser with holiday lights

Next Saturday (December 7) is the lighting of the Port’s crab pot Christmas tree and the lighted boat parade; The Canyon Cruiser is just the first to be decorated.  Last year, we had severe storms the week before that event …right about now, as the first Saturday of December in 2012 was the 1st.  People could not decorate the boats very well because of high wind.  And today…summery warmth and not a breath of wind.

Port of Ilwaco office

Port of Ilwaco office

Allan, more sure footed than I, took a walk out on to the docks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company

Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company

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Allan's photo of Waterfront Way

Allan’s photo of Waterfront Way

and a crab pot outside of Queen La De Da's Art Castle

and a crab pot outside of Queen La De Da’s Art Castle

Soon the traditional (for three years now) crab pot Christmas decor will go up around town.

I have realized over these past months of trying to write every day that my town is as almost much about our quality of life in Ilwaco and the Long Beach Peninsula as it is gardening.  That might bore all of my readers half of the time (all 30-60 of you!).

I did close the day with a last bulbing project: collecting enough glass “pebbles” from the patio to anchor my five paperwhites in a trough of water.

paperwhites

paperwhites

Is it now the official end of bulb time?  Not quite.  One more comparatively small shipment will arrive on Monday.  I just could not resist that 20% off end of season sale at Van Engelen.  300 more bulbs and we’ll be done.

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Saturday, 23 November, 2013

Tomorrow we will get back to some serious bulbing.  Enough were planted today to just barely qualify it as a bulbing day!  We had many distractions, in particular the monthly Peninsula Cash Mob event which we help organize.

Cash mob came almost first on the schedule.  We were distracted on the way by the site of the World’s Largest Dungeness Crab Pot Tree being decorated.

Allan took this photo.

Allan took I both took a photo from this angle; his came out better.

His photo of adding garlands and lights was also better than mine!

His photo of adding garlands and lights was also better than mine!

Then we arrived at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

nisbett

nisbett

nisbett

We felt the startlingly warm and pleasant weather may have gotten in the way of masses of people attending the mob.  For such a gorgeous day, it was reasonably successful.

a happy crowd

a happy crowd

The idea of cash mob is that just a small purchase helps.  Don had set out a number of lower priced things:  magnets, cards, tiles, and a special deal on handpainted wine glasses.

wine

Allan asked if Don had ever done a painting of the crab pot tree.  One of the cash mobbers found the painting to show us.  I loved the way his smile got bigger as I took the photo.

one

one…

two

two

three!

three!   This fellow is an expert in invasive plants.  The crab pot tree is non invasive.

Don was working on a new painting…

artist at work

artist at work

But we had to go to work for awhile at the boatyard.

The cosmos were completely done…

Cosmos season officially over!

Cosmos season officially over!

At the boatyard, we are leaving some architectural stems and dried flowers and seedheads up, at least till midwinter or the next big storm.

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

There was a horrific amount of creeping sorrel in some areas of the southernmost stretch of the long narrow garden.  We did not have time to deal with that today, and the sun’s low angle would have made it hard to weed.

not done!

not done!

At least we got the cosmos out…and ten Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ added to the garden, thus helping to qualify this as a “bulb time” day.

Back we went to the Nisbett Gallery, where we saw the painting Don had made:  by request, a steam punk crab!

don

Don with the purchasers, Dee and spouse.

Don with the purchasers, Dee D. and spouse.

Dee D. and her husband told us the steam punk crab had been their idea, for a relative who is very much into it.  I suggested they advise him to go to the Jules Verne room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

By the way, this is the view right outside Don's gallery.

By the way, this is the view right outside Don’s gallery.

We had lunch at the cash mob restaurant of the day, OleBob’s Galley, just a few doors to the west.

OleBob's

OleBob’s

my delicious crab cake lunch and some purchases of Don's art magnets.

my delicious crab cake lunch and some purchases of Don’s art magnets.

For years, I thought the restaurant was pronounced Ole Bob’s (like Old Bob) till I learned it was named after two fishermen friends, Ole (pronounced Olee) and Bob, the latter being the dad of the people who own the restaurant now.

Ole and Bob

Ole and Bob

Their boat the OleBob.

Their boat, the OLE BOB.

While we were dining, Allan (who was seated facing the water view) said “Dog!”  As in, Dog Alert!  I looked and saw the most amazing dog walking by and had to leave my meal to go meet him.

a Caucasian Ovtcharka!

a Caucasian Ovtcharka!

The enormous Caucasian Ovtcharka (a breed I had never heard of) was tail wagging and pettable and had exceptionally soft fur.

As I finished my crab cakes, I worried a bit that not many cash mob diners had gone to OleBob’s.  The weather had just been too fine, I think.  I hope some locals do a belated cash mob lunch there next week.  (They will be open only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to Thanksgiving.  And I think they are open on Sundays.)

We also stopped it at Time Enough Books, my favourite bookstore, which happens to be between OleBob’s and Nisbett Gallery.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Owner Karla told us that for $200, any local citizen can sponsor a boat to be decorated for the lighted boat parade (this year on December 7) and of the $200, $100 will be donated to the Ilwaco High School music program.  The students will decorate (and undecorate) the boat.

Back at Don’s gallery to take a few more photos for the cash mob page, we saw our friend Robbie, who as a “Critter Sitter” had also been impressed with the big dog and had taken his photo.  I’m hoping she will send it to me as it is better than mine.

She did!

She did!

Our friend Robbie who has a Critter Sitter business bought this wine glass with dogs.

Our friend Robbie who has a Critter Sitter business bought this wine glass with dogs.

Robbie's photo of me on photo detail, mainly to show the little camera behind most of this blog.

Robbie’s photo of me on photo detail, mainly to show the little camera behind most of this blog.

I got the classic photo of cash going over the counter:

Allan and Jenna

Allan and Jenna

North of the parking lot after leaving the gallery, the sunlight cast an intense tree shadow on a green house at the south end of Myrtle Avenue.

tree

tree house

tree house

And then we were on our way to work, or so we planned.  First we needed to stop at home (just a couple of blocks away) and pick up some fresh caught crab at the house of our neighbours Jeff and Mary.  Then I saw that New Judy’s front door was open and called out to our new neighbour, who had just moved in, and offered her some crab.  She was most pleased.  Soon Our Judy heard us talking and came over and the four of us had a good natter.  Allan was getting restless about work, while I adopted my new philosophy that many things are more important than work (if one has the luxury of having enough money to get through the winter).

With only two hours of daylight left, we finally got back into work mode and headed to The Depot Restaurant to pull their dead cosmos.

They're not only merely dead, they're really most sincerely dead.

They’re not only merely dead, they’re really most sincerely dead.

We planted some ‘Akebono’ tulips and some ‘Fragrant Breeze’ narcissi and cut back the Persicaria that had gone to mush.

All it needs is some cow fiber to be put to bed for the winter.

All it needs is some cow fiber to be put to bed for the winter.

I do think that in the kitchen garden, the rosemary are greening up after being given a tonic of Ironsafe and Lime.

greener?

greener?

And yet two are still quite brown.  The only other tonic I can think of is to add some magnesium sulfate (epsom salts).

brown, green(ish), brown

middle one greening up but flanked by two small browned off ones

It’s a mystery.  If I had more time, I would get the soil tested.  It is Soil Energy, which has always been just fine for rosemary, on top of whatever old soil was in there.  I am thinking maybe the sprinkler system was on too much this past summer.

After the Depot we went to the Anchorage Cottages and cleared all the frosted annuals out of the windowboxes and containers.  The hardy fuchsias were all hit hard.  That makes me sad, as they often bloom into December.

Phooey!

Phooey!

I refuse to cut them back even though they look dead because I want them to be tall next year.  Next on the agenda for this job is a nice layer of mulch; the soil has lacked this for at least two years and is looking sandy grey and paltry.

Ten more Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ and I have almost dealt with that package of fifty that I’d forgotten to count!

We closed the day back at the port where I planted an Oriental poppy in the garden by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle and Allan dumped out and arranged a bag of white marble rocks we had gotten Jenna for her belated birthday.

The Queen's garden glowing in the dusk.

The Queen’s garden glowing in the dusk.

Just to the north, crab pots in the parking lot

Just to the north, crab pots in the parking lot

Of course, I had to walk around to the other side of Jenna’s shop to see the sunset colours in the water.

the marina

the marina

Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company

Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company

I was standing on the upper dock so could not back up enough to get the sky into this horizontal shot, so….

sky

and here is another composition with Christmas lights on the railing:

lights

lights

The temperature at sunset was still crazily balmy.

At home, I ate some of the crab from Jeff and Mary right over the sink and found it awfully hard to save any for dinner later on!  Then processed and uploaded the cash mob photos to the Facebook page and, of course, blogged.

Meanwhile, Allan went down the street and snagged a blue wading pool that had been set in a “free” pile outside the house of someone who is moving.  It will be perfect to set plants in, with the pots in shallow water, when waiting to plant them during next year’s annuals season.  Thanks to Sheila for this tip; I have awaiting the arrival of a free wading pool for quite some time.  Although it has a pinhole leak or two, as one might expect from something salvaged from a “free” (read “junk”) pile, Allan has some goop that will fix it.

Tomorrow should be a SERIOUS bulb day.  I have a huge order sorted for the A Frame (part of Klipsan Beach Cottages) and am hoping to also get a smaller but still substantial batch planted way up north in Marilyn’s garden.

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