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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

We had run into Steve and John at the 6×6 art auction three days before and were invited to tour their latest garden expansion.  On this cold and windy late afternoon, we bundled up and examined the entire garden…except for the beds on the east side, by the bay, from whence the wind came.  The tour was so interesting that we hardly commented on the cold.

Our tour started as we drove up to the house.

the driveway in

two beautiful piles of mulch that had just been delivered

young gingko by the irrigation pond

Met by Steve and John by the house, we began our walking tour.

This bed to the south east of the house was salal just a few days ago.  It is a hard task to get all the roots of that vigorously running native out of the ground, especially under a tree.

John picks a non variegated leaf off of a new variegated hydrangea.

The whole south side has been cleared of scrubby trees, including holly.

The tidal stream marking the edge of the property is now revealed.

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I teased Steve and John that they would now be stretching a plank across the stream to lie on and trim the sword ferns on the other side.

I would have thought for sure the new shrub, below, in a new bed, was a rhododendron.  It is not.

Rhododendron ‘Pinky Purple People Eater’

Looking back on the new area. The tall old species rhododendrons to the left will enjoy the increased light.

Here is how it looked (not from exactly the same spot) earlier this year:

16 July 2017

We continued our walk to the west.

Foreground: Rhododendron ‘Cherries and Merlot’

Arbor Care from Astoria had done the expert clearing and had also limbed up the remaining trees. Steve and John said that when Arbor Care is done, you can’t even tell they were there (other than the results), because all the debris is chipped and cleaned up.

The photo below from January 1st demonstrates the difference in how the trees look now.

1 January 2017

We crossed the driveway, where the garden beds are also expanding.

a sinuous new bed

a fairly recent bed in the northwest lawn

Allan took notice of this tree, Athrotaxis cupressoides (Pencil Pine)

the very newest lawn bed of all

Each new plant gets some attention and admiration.

Quercus alnifolia (golden oak)

Quercus alnifolia (golden underside of leaves)

Allan noticed wire laid to discourage deer.

An independent minded dawn redwood which lost its leader and turned into a shrub.

The redwood on the other side of the driveway had behaved like a regular tree. This one…not. (Allan’s photo)

At least one big tree has been removed from this view, looking east over the pond.

Compare to May 2 of 2015.

May 2, 2015, on the Rhodie Tour

We walked back up the driveway, admiring the pushing back of scrubby salal and undergrowth on the south side, giving the garden greater depth..

Allan admired a fern.

the cryptomeria grove

Even though the photo below, from May 2, 2015, is from a little further to the east, it shows the difference that the clearing and limbing up has made.

May 2, 2015

center: Cryptomeria ‘Black Dragon’

right: Rhododendron ‘Ever Red’

Rhododendron ‘Hill’s Bright Red’

another new area

We admired more plants in the mature beds, planted in late spring 2009, to the northwest of the house.

Acer ‘Bijou’ in gold

Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’

Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’ blowing in the wind.

Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’ (Allan’s photo)

autumnal hosta

(background) Rhododendrons closing their leaves against the cold wind

Brrr. They will close their leaves even more against winter’s cold.

Allan’s photo

Rhododendron pachysanthum by the front door

in the courtyard, looking through the breezeway (Allan’s photo)

coral bark maples

the last of the dahlias and the green roofed pump house

falling leaves

a look to the west before retreating indoors

same view on July 16 ’17

From the kitchen, we looked across the lower level to the stormy bay.  At a high winter tide, the water will come up over the rough grass.

south east corner: The evergreen huckleberry glade and the outlet of the tidal stream

view to the north: To the rear is Sorbus ‘Pink Pagoda’

A friend had given John and Steve some quinces, from which John had made a special treat, Quince membrillo, served with Monchego cheese, a delicious cheese made from the milk of Manchega sheep.  Served on crackers, it brought back memories of my grandmother’s quince jelly.

Quince membrillo

We admired a new piece of art that they had recently acquired from local woodcarver Jim Unwin.

by Jim Unwin

We visited till early evening, about gardening and politics, little knowing the glorious news of the blue wave of Democrat victories that awaited us in the evening news.

If you would like to virtually tour this garden in different seasons, here are some of our past posts about it:

26 September, 2013

21 April 2014

16 June 2014

19 July 2014 (garden tour)

2 September 2014

7 March 2015

2 May 2015 (Rhodie Tour)

23 June 2015

21 April 2016

24 July 2016

1 January 2017

11 May 2017

16 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017 (part one)

Allan had not gotten enough sleep because of Skooter’s 2 AM antics:

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Skooter somehow attained the highest bookshelf.

We set off on our work rounds that take us north once a week, along with a plan for a garden tour (which will be tomorrow’s post).

Port of Ilwaco

We began by bucket watering the drive over garden, a small pocket between two driveways,  at the port.

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It had been driven over.  (Allan’s photo)

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driving by the boat yard

The Depot Restaurant

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southeast of dining deck (Allan’s photo)

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north side of dining deck

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The Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’, which wants to be ten feet tall, is growing again to hide the Clamshell Railroad sign.  The restaurant was a train depot in days of old.

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I’ve suggested removing the escallonia.  Chef Michael thinks, I am sure correctly, that it keeps a bad driver from running into the corner of the building.

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after

The Red Barn

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These helianthus have to go.  They don’t get enough water.  (Allan’s photo)

After watering the garden and the planted barrels, we walked next door to

Diane’s garden.

We had to walk along the highway because the field we usually cross was occupied.

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These tire tracks did not inspire confidence.

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One of the back yard planters

I got to see my good friend Misty, although she went straight into the house when Diane brought her home from errands.  Then Holly came out of the truck.

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Do I hafta sit?

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not for long!

Whiskey was also visiting.

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So ready to play with Holly.

We drove back to the beach side on Sid Snyder Road to…

The Anchorage Cottages

Many guest vehicles were in the parking lot, so we parked behind the office, giving you a different entry view as I walked around the west side of the cottages.

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We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu, who has had to take tranquilizers because of a week’s worth of fireworks noise.

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Mitzu has had a stressful week of fear.  (Allan’s photo)

I weeded and deadheaded; Allan fertilized all the containers and the window boxes.

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center courtyard, Rose ‘New Dawn’

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by the office

We drove across Pioneer Road to the bay side to see what new plants might have arrived at

The Basket Case Greenhouse.

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successfully growing a tomato in a bag of soil

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greeted by my friend Penny

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a real sweetheart

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Darrell in the center greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

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gazanias coming forward

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gazanias

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gazanias

We drove back to the ocean side on Cranberry Road to make a delivery to

Jim Unwin’s Hobbit Studio.

We were giving Jim and Annie a Feliway cat comfort diffuser that I no longer needed, for Annie to try to help their two cats get along better.  This entailed a tour of the art studio, which we have visited before on the peninsula wide studio tour that takes place every Thanksgiving weekend.

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Jim’s Hobbit Studio

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Jim at his work bench.

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a double silhouette and a little sailboat (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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art ingredients

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Annie’s rose (Allan’s photo)

We drove north to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ taller than the fence (Allan’s photo)

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Tetrapanax

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red dragonfly (Allan’s photo)

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June bug

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lily and roses

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birdbath view

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east gate

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garden art from the Forsythea shop in Astoria

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Mary’s new rose

Our good friend Bella was in the basement and did not want to come out.  She is terrified of fireworks and despite being given tranquilizers and having music played for her to drown out the noise, she has tried to dig through the floor, has hidden in the closet, and has climbed into the bathtub for safety.

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She had her paw over one ear.

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Nine days of fireworks fear for peninsula animals (Allan’s photo); from June 28th to July 5th.  Ridiculously long.

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on the basement couch

We drove further north, almost to Nahcotta, for a garden tour which will be tomorrow’s post, and then south to do some watering of the curbside gardens at

The Port of Ilwaco.

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Ilwaco pavilion curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

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Something happened at the port.  (Allan’s photo)

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the condor (Allan’s photo)

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Westernmost bed needs its daisies clipped or pulled.  Next week.

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a fasciated Linaria stem in the Salt Hotel garden

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eryngium, yarrow, and parsley

Join us tomorrow on the garden tour that delighted us today.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

As planned, we left the house at about 10:30 AM for the Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour.

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All up and down the peninsula!

All up and down the peninsula!

We knew we would not be able to see all 17 of the venues, so we skipped the shops in Long Beach and a few places where we had been before. (The event continued Saturday for those who could devote two days to fitting in every single stop; we had other plans for Saturday.)

Marsh Pottery

I was curious to see a pottery studio in the Sahalee neighbourhood on the hill west of Ilwaco.

When we got there, the weather was like this...and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

When we got there, the weather was like this…and a worker was on the roof of a new house being built across the road!

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

The hill houses overlook the Columbia River.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Allan’s photo: Every stop had various snacks on offer.

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

Potter Linda Marsh and art patrons

inside

Allan's photo; the roofer had taken shelter

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Allan’s photo: The roofer had taken shelter.

Hobbit Shop

We tried to go to Karen Brownlee’s studio next but shot by her driveway, went into the next driveway thinking it was hers, and decided to keep on going north and catch her on the way home. (All day became suspenseful; would we get back to Karen’s on time?)

We swung back over to Pacific Avenue (the ocean side) and into a mysterious driveway. This is what I had been hoping for: to visit places down secret little roads.

down a long one lane driveway

down a long one lane driveway

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped for!

At the end, a place of delight just as I had hoped!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

Allan’s photo, the crow in the peak of the roof

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

on the side of the shop, ingredients!

the door to the hobbit shop

the door to the hobbit shop

inside

inside

Allan's photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art.

Allan’s photo; One wall had all sorts of tools and one had art. (Allan bought the wooden box on lower right.)

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Allan’s photo, with his little box front and center

art

woodcarver Jim Unwin

woodcarver Jim Unwin

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

building tools

building tools

Jim's wife, reflected in a carved mirror

Jim’s wife, Annie, reflected in a carved mirror

I asked Annie if Jim recycled wooden pallets, since I had seen the old pallets leaned up against the side of the shop. She showed me a pallet table (for only $40!)…

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And she told me that the chairs we had noticed outside were made of pallets…

Allan's photo: pallet chairs

Allan’s photo: pallet chairs

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Annie took us out the side door and showed us the fence that Jim is building out of deconstructed pallets.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

fence of free pallets deconstructed into slats of varying size.

back inside the shop

back inside the shop

Jim at work.

Jim at work.

I fell in love with a birdhouse; Jim said it was not one he had made. He had gotten it up in Tokeland at a craft fair for $20. Make me an offer, he said, and I acquired the charming birdhouse for $20!

not for the outdoors or for real birds

not for the outdoors or for real birds

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Getting to see this hidden-away woodshop was one of the highlights of the tour for me.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

As we left, the weather was still like this.

Carol Couch Watercolors

Kathleen had told us we must be sure to visit Carol’s studio and home. Oh my, she was so right!

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Carol’s sign was the easiest one to see!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed/greenhouse

shed/greenhouse

studio at front of house

studio at front of house

The house that stood here before was a manufactured home. One stormy day three trees fell on it. Rather than replace it with another manufactured, Carol decided to design a house that would be a place to grow old in, with wheelchair width doors and all on one level. It is gorgeous.

an open floor plan

an open floor plan

doors to an enormous deck

doors to an enormous deck

shed door viewed from the deck

shed door viewed from the deck

fresh air outdoor room

fresh air outdoor room

looking in from the deck door

looking in from the deck doors

snacks on the kitchen table

snacks on the kitchen table

Carol introduced us to her friend and chef, Eddie, who had done much of the design work on the house and who was cooking up delectable empinadas.

Eddie cooking empinadas

Eddie busy cooking empinadas

with two sauces, so good!

with two sauces, so good!

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

We loved the art and bought two prints and some cards and a mirror framed in beach glass.

Allan's photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan’s photo of Carol and me and the wonderful light in the studio.

Allan's photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

Allan’s photo: beach glass mirrors made by Carol and her daughter.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime.  We will.

As we left, Carol invited us to come visit in summertime. We look forward to that.

Note, bottom right below, the Depot Tavern. That was the previous incarnation of The Depot Restaurant, now our favourite place to dine and one of our gardening spots.

some of our art haul from Carol's studio

some of our art haul from Carol’s studio

Naquaiya’s Studio

On a quiet side street in Ocean Park, we found the cutest little house. If we’d ever been up that street before, I would have noticed it.

600 square foot cottage

600 square foot cottage

Next door is a barn housing the art of several artists, including owner Michele Naquaiya.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

Just inside, jams and jellies represent the culinary arts.

an array of cards by the artists

an array of cards by the artists

paper decorations

paper decorations

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

lower right, broken plates about to be repurposed as mosaics

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio...

Some of the card art that we acquired from this studio…

As we left, I noticed the mosaic shutters on the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The next day, Kathleen told me that she got a tour of the house later that day. I was jealous! She told me that artist Michele had done much of the building and had learned a lot about power tools in the process. The house was only recently completed. Michele had told me that all the wood trim was hand cut and she made all the mosaics.

Allan's photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door.

Allan’s photo shows the horse mosaic by the front door. Another will join it.

Allan's photo: a garden in the making

Allan’s photo: a garden in the making

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

roadside greenery across the street (cotoneaster, evergreen huckleberry, salal)

intermission

We saw some cute little Ocean Park cottages on our way to the next studio.

with lavender shutters

with lavender shutters

detail: Robin's Nest

detail: Robin’s Nest

and blue shutters

and blue shutters

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

tiny cottage next to blue shutter cottage

green and red

green and red

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

across the street from the next studio; I like this better than a big fancy house.

Bette Lu’s Holiday Studio

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one; would it be just Christmas decorations?

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I was pleased to discover a tiny studio full of excellent art. Artist Bette Lu Krause said she just calls it the holiday studio because of the time of year that she opens for this event; most of the time, she sells through local galleries.

cupcakes and hot cocoa

cupcakes and hot cocoa

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Who should walk in the door but our dear friend Kathleen! shown here with the artist.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; This was the only studio where we crossed paths with Kathleen.

Bette Lu herself

Bette Lu herself

Her art is evocative of nature, fog, trees, and the sea.

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"contemplating clams" and trees in fog

“contemplating clams” and trees in fog

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

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view out the back window

view out the back window

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I've ever seen.

We came away with cards: the back yard Buddha in springtime and the best Christmas card I’ve ever seen.

On an impulse, even though I was concerned about time left before 4 PM, we decided to make the rather long drive up to north Surfside to a studio we’d visited on a previous tour.

On the way....(Allan's photo)

On the way….(Allan’s photo)

Don Perry Metal Art

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Don’s studio is in a garage up a steep driveway.

garden art on the way up (Allan's photo)

garden art on the way up (Allan’s photo)

more garden art (Allan's photo)

more garden art (Allan’s photo); I was smitten by the starry sphere

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Don Perry (Allan's photo)

Don Perry (Allan’s photo)

We both tried to get photos when his metal tool was actually shooting blue sparks. It occurred to me later that neither of us are at all assertive in getting people to pose for photos. In one sense, this means you can count on the blog photos being true to life; nevertheless, it would have been so easy to ask him to just shoot off some sparks for a great photo.

in the workshop:  Allan's photo

in the workshop: Allan’s photo

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I decided I could not live without that starry sphere. It was a long day’s wages in price. I learned years ago from the book Your Money or Your Life how to value things I want to buy. You deduct your overhead expenses from your hourly wage, figure out how many hours you would have to work for said thing, and then decide if it was worth it. The starry sphere was most definitely worth a day of my time.

Don Perry brought it down from the garden....

Don Perry brought it down from the garden….

...and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

…and he kindly carried the heavy object down to our van.

He warned us it is assembled under tension so never undo it. I promised we would not dissect the garden art.

intermission

Surfside is a windswept neighbourhood on a base of sand.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

A lot of the gardens look like this.

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan's photo)

a planting of ornamental grass in glowing autumnal colours, even in the rain (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan noticed this viewing deck next to a low slung home.

Allan noticed the viewing deck next to a low slung home.

In Ocean Park, we made a quick drive to the beach approach restrooms. Across the street, I noticed the unusual sight of the very popular Full Circle Café without cars and trucks parked all along the front.

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Full Circle Café and Tapestry Rose yarn shop

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café!

Allan noticed the weathervane atop the café.

Allan nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

He nipped across the street to get a photo of a driftwood fence with beach grass and salal.

Bay Avenue Gallery

We next visited the Bay Avenue Gallery especially to see the latest creations by our friend Joe Chasse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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inside

Lisa, who runs the edible garden tour and often volunteers at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, was cashiering for the event.

All of Joe’s recent “canned ham trailer” pieces from his Dangerous Toys collection had been sold. They HOP off the shelves. You can see some photos at his blog, here. Other interesting pieces remained:

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We also found a display of the little pottery houses by Jan Richardson. We miss seeing her around since she has moved away from the Peninsula. You can see her former Peninsula home and garden here.

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home

dog houses

dog houses

dream house

dream house

A display of Karen Brownlee’s pottery reminded me we must hurry as I did want to see her studio.

Karen Brownlee pottery

Karen Brownlee pottery

Lisa told us we must go next door to the workshop as more art was on display there.

the workshop and classroom space

the workshop and classroom space

a new sign for the front

a new sign for the front

I was smitten with a flattish piece with a poppy seedpod design. It turned out to be a second, a platter that the artist thought had failed, and the price was therefore low.

It came home with me.

It came home with me.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Back into the gallery we went to pay for it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Beach Home Old and New

We reluctantly, because of time running short, skipped the Weir Gallery as we think it is open more often than the “occasional shop”, Beach Home Old and New.

It's housed in "The Barn On Bay".  (Allan's photo)

It’s housed in “The Barn On Bay”. (Allan’s photo)

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inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten's jewelry

inside, our friend Debbie Haugsten’s jewelry

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to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

to the right, in background, is Debbie herself.

The large space abounds in all sorts of just the kind of thing I like.

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cats

basket

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jars

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Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

Allan could not resist, and bought a fairy furniture gate and door.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each.  Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

I could not resist five little houses for $2 each. Here they are on my bookshelf a day later.

Wiegardt Gallery

Of course, we had to stop at the Wiegardt Gallery to have a staycation look at the garden (no weeding allowed!) and to say hello to Eric.

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan's photo)

Miscanthus variegatus behind the gallery (Allan’s photo)

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus....

Allan checked on the tiny bun of dianthus….

and found a Knautia still blooming.

and found a Knautia still blooming.

Miscanthus

Miscanthus

front walkway

front walkway

autumnal lawn beds

autumnal lawn beds

all tidy by the front door

all tidy by the front door

montbretia...ready to be pulled...but it's staycation!

montbretia…ready to be pulled…but it’s staycation!

east front corner of the house...a shrub in bloom.

east front corner of the house…a shrub in bloom. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 a winter blooming camellia??

a winter blooming camellia??

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

alliums and grasses

alliums and grasses, displayed by gallery manager Christl

Eric himself

Eric himself

A young art patron reached out to touch a photo and his mother, as would any good mother, admonished him not to touch.

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Eric, a renowned art teacher as well as a renowned artist, said that it was okay for the boy to touch the painting. In fact, said Eric, there was a painting with even more texture. He got it down from the wall so the boy could examine the layering of paint.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

paint

paint

an inspiration

an inspiration

With just a little over a forty five minutes left, we departed to try to make it to Karen’s studio. On the way, we drove right by another studio tour sign and realized we had forgotten…

Epinoia Studio

…so we turned around in the driveway of Peninsula Landscape Supply and went back. Who did we find in the driveway, giving a consultation about some running bamboo, but our good friend Ed Strange!

inside Epinoia Studio

inside Epinoia Studio

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

I wish I had inquired as to whether the flower flags were for sale.

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a large space for creating

Allan and the artist

Allan and the artist

me 'n the Edster

me ‘n the Edster; we’re trying to solve a conundrum about the game Words with Friends

 

I'm showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

I’m showing him, in our van, the awesome sphere with stars.

Karen Brownlee Studio

We had to take our leave of Ed and rush down to the Brownlee pottery studio. This time, we knew that we should turn in at the driveway with mosaic posts. No photo ensued as the driveway was long and the tour was due to end in about fifteen minutes.

Karen was busy at her potter's wheel

Karen was busy at her potter’s wheel

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You may recall the annual charity event, Empty Bowls, and that Karen is the driving force behind it.

Karen’s work is both beautiful and practical.

pie birds

pie birds

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pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

pottery flowers; I could use a whole bouquet of these in my garden, I just realized!

assorted fruit

assorted fruit

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread....delicious.

Karen offered some garlic made this way for a snack, with bread….delicious.

an interesting poster on the wall

an interesting poster on the wall

This mirror was my last purchase of the day.

This cranberry pattern mirror was my last purchase of the day.

at home

We left Karen’s at 4:00 on the dot and came home to lay out our acquisitions and dote on them.

our art haul

our art haul at home

To make the end of the day even more satisfying, I saw from my window that Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company had lit their holiday star for the first time this year.

south window view

south window view

Even better, I knew I had one more pleasant social and artistic occasion the following day and then I might have six days of reading time.

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