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Not to worry, the last meals are because our favourite waterfront restaurant (and one of our favourites of all time), Pelicano, is closing, leaving no dinner restaurants at all in our tiny town.  Charter fishing is thriving here, and the wonderful Time Enough Bookstore is doing well, and Don Nisbett Art Gallery continues to please customers.  We hope someone opens a good dinner restaurant here soon; it was a treat having one less than two blocks from our house.

But first…some gardening.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Allan's photo:  Jeweled Chain fern (Woodwardia Ungemmata) from garden blogger's fling (never allow to dry out) planted in August is putting out a new burgundy frond backed by a Japanese waterfall grass and a Molton Lava Oxalis

Allan’s photo: Jeweled Chain fern (Woodwardia Ungemmata) from garden blogger’s fling (never allow to dry out) planted in August is putting out a new burgundy frond backed by a Japanese waterfall grass and a Molton Lava Oxalis

Allan's garden, where the red fern grows

Allan’s garden, where the red fern grows

I was not filled with enthusiasm for gardening, so I forced myself to start a couple of small fall clean up projects.  Of course, once I began I was soon in the gardening “zone” with no desire to stop.

west side of front garden

west side of front garden (during)

west side of front garden, after

west side of front garden, after

I must post this to a plant ID site.  Got at Steamboat Island Nursery (I think)...lost the tag.

I must post this to a plant ID site. Got at Steamboat Island Nursery (I think)…lost the tag.

Allan added some green paint to the porch posts.

Allan added some green paint to the porch posts.

Allan’s photos of a little Pacific tree frog on a half moon edger that he found languishing in the garden (oops) and put away.

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And then….another meal at Pelicano Restaurant, this time with Michelle who used to do cash mob with me (I’ve gone on hiatus from that) and Sondra, owner of the Cove Restaurant (our Thursday tradition) and Cove staff member Carmen.  We had had this reservation made before we knew the restaurant was closing.

Pelicano Restaurant

This was to be the last night.  However, Pelicano owner Shelly told us that they had added Monday night, as well, with a light menu prepared from whatever was left.

one of Shelly's beautiful flower arrangements

one of Shelly’s beautiful flower arrangements

and our table bouquet

and our table bouquet

Michelle and I got the last two Escarlata cocktails (and then the grapefruit simple syrup was gone), and Allan had an Aviation.

Michelle and I got the last two Escarlata cocktails (and then the grapefruit simple syrup was gone), and Allan had an Aviation.

The menu was changing daily at this point.

The menu was changing daily at this point.

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spicy calamari salad

spicy calamari, black bean and avocado salad with cilantro-roasted garlic dressing

shrimp and green bean salad with mustard-thyme dressing

shrimp and green bean salad with mustard-thyme dressing

We all do like our freshly ground black pepper.

We all do like our freshly ground black pepper.

Michelle ordered a bottle of champagne.

Michelle ordered a bottle of champagne.

restaurant owner Shelly, spouse of chef Jeff McMahon

restaurant owner Shelly, spouse of chef Jeff McMahon

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I think the champagne is why the food photos did not include all the tasty items on the table.

cod and mushroom shu mai with soy ginger sauce

cod and mushroom shu mai with soy ginger sauce

Michelle and Sondra

Michelle and Sondra

Baked Pacific cod with kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, and salsa verde

Baked Pacific cod with kalamata olives, tomatoes, onions, and salsa verde

chocolate pot de creme with Maldon sea salt

chocolate pot de creme with Maldon sea salt

Sondra of the Cove, who looks like she should BE in Downton Abbey, is simply longing for the next season to begin.

Sondra of the Cove, who looks like she should BE in Downton Abbey, is simply longing for the next season to begin.

We began our repast at 6 and were still there at 8:30.  By then, Susie of the Boreas had hoped to arrive but will STILL feeling poorly, and Allan and I decided that we would take the opportunity to join her and Bill for the real last Pelicano supper on Monday night.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Continuing our new slacker habit of three day weekends, we took the day off.  We would have anyway, as the predicted rain had come.  I thought I would completely catch up with my blog.  Imagine my dismay when the weather turned nice in the late afternoon.  I had longed for an entire day of guilt-free indoor time, and could not shift gears to go outdoors and garden.  Allan was much more ambitious, and I saw him going back and forth outside being productive.

While weeding his garden, he heard croaking from above and found a Pacific tree frog in a cup on the old apple tree.

He searched several cups before finding the frog.

He searched several cups before finding the frog.

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in a cup on the old apple tree

froggie croaking

froggie still croaking

I finally felt so terribly guilty indoors that I went out and did some weeding on the east side of the front garden, and felt much better for doing so.

Allan's photo of me in the thick of the garden

Allan’s photo of me in the thick of the garden

I picked a tiny spot behind the house, really a silly little garden bed, for one more tiny project.

before

before

after: this rather useless little bed, overhung with a large Solanum vine, gets ignored most of the time.

after: this rather useless little bed, overhung with a large Solanum vine, gets ignored most of the time.

And then, again, another farewell meal at Pelicano.

We'll miss the Ginger Snap, and Escarlata, and Allan's favourite, the Aviation.

We’ll miss the Ginger Snap, and Escarlata, and Allan’s favourite, the Aviation.

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Susie, while still feeling poorly from her flu shot, could not miss Pelicano's last evening and her last Ginger Snap.

Susie, while still feeling poorly from her flu shot, could not miss Pelicano’s last evening and her last Ginger Snap.

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Ginger Snap, Greek Salad, Buccatini Pasta, Lemon Cheesecake with blackberry sauce

sunset

sunset

There’s a sad feeling at the port with this restaurant now gone; I hope someone takes the business opportunity to open a new one in one of the five former restaurants along Waterfront Way.

next: four days of work

 

 

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