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Friday, 23 November 2018

We began by delivering a bouquet to the Don Nisbett Art Gallery, whose big event is tomorrow’s Shop Small Saturday.

My original plan for the studio tour was just to visit Joe Chasse’s home, which was on the official tour for the first time.  However, we went to most of the locations that were in private home studios, partly because several of the artists had purchased Allan’s boating book and he wanted to exchange the older copies with ones with the spiffing new cover.

 Jim Unwin’s Hobbit Shop

up a woodsy one lane drive

Allan’s photo

wild rose hips

The Hobbit Shop

Jim told us that he had started carving a piece of wood and found a bird inside.

I love this crow piece.

To the north of the shop lies several acres of woods that we helped save from logging by donating to a fund to buy the property for preservation.

Joe Chasse’s Dangerous Toys Studio

Joe’s place

gate into the back yard, but we are not going there today

front porch

front porch

a man after my own heart

Joe is known for his steampunkish “toys” and his caravans built from license plates.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This was the first year Joe had been officially on the tour.  (Last year, he just put out his own sign.)  By the time we ended our visit, a crowd had gathered, more than we saw at any of the other studios.

interlude

Just a coffee break in Ocean Park while Allan scopes out places that might carry his book.  He had sold one already today to an enthusiastic kayaker at Joe’s place who had seen the book on Joe’s table!…

Adelaide’s in Ocean Park

inside Adelaide’s

A cute cottage in Ocean Park:

just my size

Bette Lu Krause Gallery

in Ocean Park

Bette Lu’s garden view

Bette Lu had bought Allan’s book early on and was pleased to trade for the new colour cover.

Oysterville

We went up a long one lane road to Harmony Soapworks, where we were greeted by Erin.  I threw her ball several times before entering  the soap making studio.

darling Erin

Soapmaker Diane is a woman after my own heart.

The Oysterville Store had featured artists…

…but I got distracted by chatting inside and then by store owner Greg’s house next door.

I love the purple.

That stick was a bit large to throw.

…no matter how strong the plea… (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan took a quick walk out to the shoreline of Willapa Bay.

Carol Couch Studio

I do like visiting Carol’s Ocean Park home, which she had designed for ease of older living.

She always offers the best snacks on the tour.

the large deck

a laser light ceiling effect which I quite liked.

desert rose

darling Ginger!

the deck from outside

I had heard some talk about kayaking while I had my delicious snack of stromboli and tea cakes and learned that Allan had traded a book for one of Carol’s paintings, appropriately featuring a red kayak.

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

We visited Eric’s gallery.  I enjoyed looking at my former garden there, now cared for by Eric’s brother Todd.  It was a treat to see gallery manager Kristl, who said she was happy with the original cover of Allan’s book and did not need to trade.

Eric’s gallery, north side

west side

Todd has achieved the goal for the west side which eluded me, some height, by adding some grasses between the two windows.  I planted all the other ornamental grasses there back in the day, so why did I not think of that?

south side

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

view from inside looking south

one of the rooms of glorious art

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen has chickens now!

beautiful and friendly

Karen was happy to get a new copy of Allan’s book with the colour cover. I was happy to get some Christmas shopping done.

in the studio

pretty new cranberry bowls

vases

and birdbaths

And then we were home again where I hope to stay for several days, days that I hope will be rainy reading time. This could mean that this blog will begin its winter habit of intermittent rather than daily posts. If not now, soon….

 

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Friday, 27 November 2015

On the day of the studio tour, our friend Joe put up a couple of signs and opened up his studio, as well, so we made sure to stop by.  Joe is a Found Object Assemblage Artist and the creator of model canned ham trailers and other art featured at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

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The fence used to have a blue pie plate in the hole till a neighbourhood youth broke it.  That ended the idea of putting in lots of pie plate holes and eventually the hole became a eucalyptus frame.

Joe's place

Joe’s place

Joe emerging to greet us.

Joe emerging to greet us.

at the base of the bamboo

at the base of the bamboo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

flying saucer

flying saucer

 

the porch

the porch

a peek into the north side yard

a peek into the north side yard

On Joe's garage; like me, he is to the left of liberal.

On Joe’s garage; like me, he is to the left of liberal.

up the steps

up the steps

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the porch

on the porch

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Joe was once a tugboat mechanic in Alaska.

Joe was once an engineer on tugboats in Alaska and the Seattle  harbor.

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in Joe’s lair

shelf brackets from halved washing machine agitators

shelf brackets from halved washing machine agitators

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

found object robots

found object robots

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Note the natural wood shelf brackets.

Note the natural wood shelf brackets.

We went out to the back garden to have a look around.

outbuilding

outbuilding

The porthole in this door opens and is made from the door of a front loading clothes dryer!

The porthole in this door opens and is made from the door of a front loading clothes dryer!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I love the little square window on the back sunporch.

I love the little square box of windows on the back sunporch.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe made his flying saucer out of one of these; it is from a boat.

Joe made his flying saucer out of one of these; it is from a boat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking down on the house from the sloped back garden

looking down on the house from the sloped back garden

Joe's latest trailer fix-up project

Joe’s latest trailer fix-up project

back in the home studio

back in the home studio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe makes us tea. The painting at upper left was painted by his mum.

Joe makes us tea. The painting partially shown at upper left was painted by his mum.

a cool assemblage piece, "very heavy" says Joe.

a cool assemblage piece, “very heavy” says Joe.  I think he called it “from dad’s workshop”

a nice hot cuppa (Allan's photo)

a nice hot cuppa (Allan’s photo)

Joe makes his canned ham trailers by wrapping license plates around a form.

Joe makes his canned ham trailers by wrapping license plates around a form.

Joe's photo: one of the canned ham trailers

Joe’s photo: one of the canned ham trailers

Allan's photo: looking in the back window of the canned ham.

Allan’s photo: looking in the back window of the canned ham.

peeking into the trailer

peeking into the trailer

art assemblage ingredients

art assemblage ingredients

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Joe showed me this book....

Joe showed me this book….

and I found an inspirational quotation inside.

and I found an inspirational quotation inside.

more books (Allan's photo)

more books (Allan’s photo)

We wanted to stay longer but had one more studio to visit before the official studio tour hours ended.

departing from Joe's cabinet of wonders.

departing from Joe’s cabinet of wonders.

Here is some more of Joe’s art on display at the Bay Avenue Gallery.

Ginger

Ginger

brazil

from the Dangerous Toys series

from the Dangerous Toys series

captain

Jet Patrol, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria (Joe's photo)

Jet Patrol, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria in 2010 (Joe’s photo)

Surge-Yo and Surge-Yo's Sister. 11 and 9 1/2 inches tall respectfully. Both made of found objects by Joe Chasse 2009 (Joe's photo)

Surge-Yo and Surge-Yo’s Sister. 11 and 9 1/2 inches tall respectfully. Both made of found objects by Joe Chasse 2009 (Joe’s photo)

Joe's latest piece, available at the Bay Avenue Gallery (Joe's photo)

Joe’s latest piece, available at the Bay Avenue Gallery (Joe’s photo)

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

Our route for the day, courtesy Map My Walk, a 31 mile round trip

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Our first stop was the library to pick up books and DVDs.

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

the garden outside the community building where the library is houses: Hamamelis, red twig dogwood, heather

We next drove up Sandridge Road to the Basket Case Greenhouse, just to look over a plant availabilty list from a new vendor.  Fred says to make sure to tell you they are NOT OPEN YET (but will be when the pansies and violas have sized up).

Basket Case Greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, a hug for Fred

Allan's photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list.

Allan’s photo: Fred and I pore over the plant list and choose some good stuff.

You can see how the darling little violas are just starting to come on.

precious little baby violas

precious little baby violas

the annual "plugs" are all planted and growing

the annual “plugs” are all planted and growing

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

along with hanging baskets full of youngsters

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond.  (Allan's photo)

Basket Case Nancy was off visiting her son; we admired the flowers in her little pond. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan got some beautiful photos of the entry drive to Klipsan Beach Cottages.

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the main entrance to KBC

the main entrance to KBC

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flowering cherry trees

flowering cherry trees

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flowering quince in the outer gardens

Japanese flowering quince in the outer gardens

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

Chaenomeles (quince) flowers

My grandma had such a lovely one of these....

My grandma had such a lovely one of these….

red camellia flowers

red camellia flowers

wind vane over the office

wind vane over the office

office windowboxes

office window boxes

entering the grounds

entering the grounds

Allan then got busy pruning some hardy fuchsias and pulling ivy out of the dog memorial garden (where black lab Raven (my special favourite), and Great Pyrenees Misty and Debbie are buried).

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noxious English ivy.  The area looked much more defined when he was done...but I forgot to take an after photo.

noxious English ivy. The area looked much more defined when he was done…but I forgot to take an after photo.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' already leafing out.

In the garden, Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ already leafing out.

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines)

So is Melianthus major (and too many columbines).

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

The ferns looked almost too good to cut back.

If we wait much longer, they will be hard to cut because the new fronds will be unfurling.

Here's one that is already unfurling...so early.

Here’s one that is already unfurling…so early.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one.

I did cut the ferns in the fenced garden, and found these hiding behind one, despite Mary’s diligent pursuit of snails.

I couldn’t bear to trim the ones by the pond just yet, especially when the resort is full of guests.

We will have to come prune these very soon....

By the pond….We will have to come prune these very soon….

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia wulfenii outside the deer fence

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

species tulips

species tulips

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

the lawn bed, where we added hellebores last fall

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi along the driveway to the cottages

narcissi

narcissi

One of the owners had asked for a Waterlogue of his cottage.

Cottage One, "Beachy Keen"

Cottage One, “Beachy Keen”

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

altered with one click in the Waterlogue app

The A Frame

The A Frame

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

narcissi in the A Frame gardens

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Map My Walk of my work at KBC (including the walk to and from cottage one!)

Bay Avenue Gallery

We took a short work break to vist our friend Joe Chasse, who was giving a demonstration at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

Bay Avenue Gallery

Bay Avenue Gallery

(My Lumix pocketcam died two days ago with a resounding “System Error Zoom”, leaving me with my iPhone cam, and the Canon pocketcam unaffectionately nicknamed “Spot” because of its lens scratch.)

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

Joe and "Ginger"

Joe and “Ginger”

Joe's insects

Joe’s insects

Allan's photo:  I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

Allan’s photo: I sat with Lisa and watched for awhile

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson

at the gallery: one of the houses of artist Jan Bartlett Richardson, who used to live on the Peninsula

an appealing tea pot

an appealing tea pot

Weigardt Gallery

After our artful interlude, we did the cutting back of ornamental grasses at the Wiegardt Gallery.  I am 99% sure we will be passing this job into good hands this spring, and I look forward to having one less job even though I’m fond of the garden.  It will get much better, with cooler plants.  We’re also looking forward to having a certain likeable plants-person on the peninsula.

before

before

before

before

before, looking out

before, looking out

I’ve noticed a lot of plants leafing out or blooming early.  I did not get freaked out about it till today when I saw one of the Stipa giganteas already throwing out its plumes.

What the what?

What the what?

disconcertingly early

disconcertingly early

It's appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but...this early?)

It’s appropriate for this particular rhodo to bloom early (but…this early?)

Kudos to Allan for realizing that the middle growth of the Stipa was new, and not cutting it with the old stems.

after

after

after

rosemary blooming by the gallery's front door

rosemary blooming by the gallery’s front door

There was no question that the ferns at Weigardt’s were ready to trim.

before

before, SE corner of house

after.  (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

after. (I did not plant that orange montbretia!)

north wall of house

north wall of house

after trimming fern and epimidium

after trimming fern and epimidium

south side of house, the old kitchen door

south side of house, the old kitchen door

front walkway...still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall's removal efforts

front walkway…still too many cranesbill gernaniums despite last fall’s removal efforts

little Eucomis appearing rather early, yes?

little Eucomis appearing: rather early, yes?

This allium bud also seems extra early.

This allium bud also seems extra early.

west side garden bed.  We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.

west side garden bed. We ran out of time before picking up every last grass blade from blown-around ornamentals.  They bug me…but we had to go.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down...and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

north driveway beds with Miscanthus variegatus cut down…and sadly, this area has much couch grass in it.

Here is what Map My Walk has to show about walking around the Wiegardt job site today:

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Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

I had noticed, on the way between KBC and Wiegardts, two ornamental grasses to cut at the OBS garden.  We stopped there on the way home.

Allan trimming grasses.

Allan trimming grasses.

There were three grasses to cut, actually, and I found my legs hurt so much I could not step into the garden bed over the stone wall, so I found something else to do.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

This old woody lavender looks like it might, rather unusually, put out good new growth from the center.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

So I chopped it, which I could do with the big loppers from outside the wall.

after

after

 

At home, the work board for February is getting whittled down, although today I did remember to add Carter/Red Barn.

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Tomorrow: back to Long Beach to finish pruning the rhodos.  (City Hall is done, forgot to erase it!)

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 15 November, 2013

Smokey and Mary definitely had the right idea about what to do for the day:

catsI would love to have followed their example and stayed home.  I would have been more productive than just napping and would have spent the day doing spreadsheets of bulb lists.  Instead, I decided we should go out in the rain and plant the eight remaining planters and two trees left to do north of the light on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach.  Allan was skeptical.

looking west from the driveway

looking west from the driveway

It hadn’t been raining this hard while I was putting my coat on!

into Long Beach....the rain had lessened

into Long Beach….the rain had lessened

The planters in question are in the two blocks north of the stoplight.

Just before I took this photo, we had seen three men in camo carrying rifle bags getting out of a truck.  Allan said “Maybe they are hunting donuts!” [at The Cottage Bakery].

We had a break in the weather and got the eight planters done, the first block with ‘Green Wave’ tulips as a shout out to my favourite shop, NIVA green, and then, with continued respite from strong wind and only a drizzle of rain, we did the three newly empty planters out on the beach approaches with minor bulbs (crocus, iris reticulata, muscari, etc) and species Narcissi.  These were the planters from which we removed sheets of Vinca and moneywort not long ago.

We have had a real problem with finger blight on the beach approaches in spring.  People cannot seem to resist picking ALL the narcissi out of the planters.  But we will try again.  Perhaps those who did so have moved on.

As we left the third planter, the rain and wind kicked up but sadly, I had realized we’d forgotten to plant the narcissi slated for the trees by Dennis Co. on the northernmost block.  We did so, in miserable weather indeed.  I was too wet during most of this to take any photos, but our client, Lisa, drove by and painted this word picture for me later:  “I drove past you and Allan today in Long Beach, in the pouring rain, very intently tending to a planter. You are heroes. …What the feck were you doing out in such shit weather??”   To which I replied, “We have bulbs to plant and we gotta plant ’ems.”

The rain had begun as we approached the final work project (the tree bulbs).

The rain had begun as we approached the final work project (the tree bulbs).

My dream when the weather did not seem as bad as expected had been to get the Veterans Field (red, white, and blue) bulbs planted as well.  It was not to be.  We had been offered coffee earlier by Heather of NIVA green (my favourite shop ever) so we went there; it is a block down from the last two trees.

There we found artist Joe Chasse also enjoying a cup of coffee.  You may remember his found object robots from last month’s  Cash Mob post.

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse and his finds

an unusual eggbeater

an unusual eggbeater (and a plug for Chico’s Pizza)

Heather has a hint:  If you want a meat pizza, order the vegetarian pizza at Chico’s and then ask for the meat to be added.  That way you get more delicious veg, too.

I failed to get a good photo of my little friend, Tiny.

I failed to get a good photo of my little friend, Tiny.

Before leaving, we took a tour of Heather’s wonderful shop.

Heather Ramsay's latest lamps

Heather Ramsay’s latest lamps

Heather makes signs with words made from license plates.  (You can commission what you want; we have one for “Tangly Cottage”.)  Recently a couple came in from a town north of the Peninsula and the woman said that her partner made things from license plates, as well, and would Heather be interested in seeing them?  She most certainly was, and pointed out to me the careful detailing and joints of the man’s bird feeders.

an elegant license plate birdfeeder

an elegant license plate birdfeeder

details

and another

and another

and a license plate planter by the same man

and a license plate planter by the same man

Some socks with flowers and interesting slogans benefit Doctors Without Borders.  Although adorable, they are not for me because I only wear fluffy, not thin, socks.

"THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO DO IT BUT I SAY DO IT"

“THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO DO IT BUT I SAY DO IT”

"YOU'RE NOT OBSESSIVE, YOU'RE COMPULSIVELY AWESOME."

“YOU’RE NOT OBSESSIVE, YOU’RE COMPULSIVELY AWESOME.”

And then we had yet another break, at Olde Towne café.  It had been a rough day!

view from our table at Olde Towne

view from our table at Olde Towne

We each had delicious sandwiches and best of all, Luanne had time to sit with us and we had a good natter.

I bought the peacock...only $6.95.  Will look great on the wire fence next summer.

I bought the peacock…only $6.95. Will look great on the wire fence next summer.

So much for doing spreadsheets all day.  I did make some belated bulb sorting progress in the early evening at home by cleaning up the sorting area after micro-sorting the box of Port of Ilwaco bulbs into three categories:  Port office garden, Howerton Street gardens (short narcissi) and the boatyard garden (tall narcissi).  The Port gets very few tulips because of deer, and, because I was disheartened by bird depredations last year, only the port office will get Iris reticulata and crocuses.

Now we are in for several days of rain and wind and we may take a bulb planting break.  Here’s to some time indoors catching up on paperwork!  And on Saturday we have tickets for a play.

Note:  Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com just published an excellent article about Salvia viridis (painted sage), featuring some photos taken in the Long Beach planters and other local gardens.

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Saturday, 26 October, 2013

I had been photo-promoting the first Peninsula Cash Mob of the season for a couple of weeks on Facebook, teasing with photos of the wide range of local art at Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park. We had to get up “early” on Saturday to get there….by 11:05. The starting time was 11:00. I was in suspense over whether or not the event would be successful.

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

Reflected in the gallery window is the old Taylor Hotel, now home of Adelaide’s coffee and the café that we had promoted as a possibility for cash mobbers to have lunch.

I should explain that “A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases and have a fun and positive impact on our local economy.” The Idea is to spend between $5 and $20 dollars. Usually a café is also mentioned for those who want to dine with friends and chat about the day (and life, the universe, and everything).

the main room of the gallery

the main room of the gallery

gallery staff waiting....

gallery staff waiting….

At the desk, above, is Lisa who organizes the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour.

The first group of shoppers and browsers arrived a little after 11:15 and the pace kept steady and most satisfying all day long.

I realized early on that a wonderful piece of art that I had, in the past, voted for people’s choice award (it won!) at the Peninsula Art Show was by our new friend Joe Chasse. It had been a creative sculpture somewhat like these:

by Joe Chassee

by Joe Chasse

I loved this description of Joe’s art:

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Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

(We met Joe through artist Heather Ramsay of my favourite shop ever, NIVA green.)

The gallery continued to be well filled with people and I felt a great relief that the event was a success. One of the shoppers was our friend Debbie Teashon, writer and photographer of Rainyside Gardeners!

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Carol Thompson began a plein air painting in the courtyard while her husband tended a barrel in which pots were baking:

painting and pots

painting and pots

barrel firing and painting

barrel firing and painting

fire

fire

I couldn’t help but notice the space between the Bay Avenue studio building (where classes are given and where artists can come work on projects). The narrow, damp area called out to be for a fabulous swale garden with stepping stones, and I was told a friend of the owners has exactly that in mind.

Just some of the offerings at the gallery, all by local artists:

lighthouse

card

flowers

clams

These three golfers might amuse Mr. Tootlepedal and his golfing friends as well as P.G. Wodehouse fans.

golfers three

golfers three

golf

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

steampunk jewelry

steampunk jewelry

flying machine

flying machine

You can see more art in the background as I appreciated the presence of various well liked local folk.

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers!

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers! (Charlene left me a Daphne plant the other day!)

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan’s garden, Windy Meadows, was on the Peninsula garden tour in 2012, Her little cottages at Windy Meadows Pottery fill me with joy.

I like the originals even better.

I like the originals even better.

For lunch, Debbie and Allan and I met Michelle, cash mob co organizer. across the street at Adelaide’s.

Adelaide's Coffee

Adelaide’s Coffee

at Adelaide's

at Adelaide’s

Debbie, me, Michelle

Debbie, me, Michelle

Allan's artistic latte

Allan’s artistic latte

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney-like sauce

Adelaide's also houses a small bookstore.

Adelaide’s also houses a small bookstore.

With lots of talk about cash mob itself, and Debbie and Michelle proving to be sympatico, lunch took well over an hour. Allan and I then returned to the gallery to take more photos.

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

The barrel firing had burned up a considerable amount of wood.

the pots were beginning to show...

the pots were just beginning to show…

Debbie had gone to her hotel (at the Breakers in Long Beach) by then. Just before four o clock, Allan and I walked three blocks east to the new shop Beach Home Old and New which will be “cash mobbed” in May. It is the first time we had been there. I found it completely charming.

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

utterly delightful!

utterly delightful!

We happened upon two artists there who assemble sturdily constructed garden decor with plates, and carefully picked our way around the plates laid on the floor.

My favourite:  Desert Rose

My favourite: Desert Rose

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

This is my kind of place. I love the alder used as decoration over the door between two rooms.

alder

alder branch

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as "insect balls" and then thought...oops!

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as “insect balls” and then thought…oops!

Orbs would be a better word.

In the same way that I realized I had voted for a piece of art by Joe Chasse once upon a time, when I saw shopkeeper Bonnie Lou Cozby’s photographs for sale, I recognized her style and knew that one of my favourite art pieces in my home is a photo by her, of sunflowers in the village of Nahcotta.

I’m so very taken with this shop that I have to share a string of photos. The funny thing is, I don’t shop much for home decor things, having so many items already from my grandmother. But I love everything here:

Beach Home Beach Home Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

love the angry kitten at lower right!

Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

I have a strong urge to go back and buy that angry kitten picture….but we probably will not be up there on the days (end of the week) when the shop is open…

When we walked back to Bay Avenue Gallery, we found that the pots in the barrel firing were enticingly peeking out of the ashes.

barrel

The next day, the gallery posted this photo of one of the resulting pots.

beautiful barrel fired pot

beautiful barrel fired pot, photo courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

Allan and I had some time at home before our planned dinner out. We took that hour and a half to process and upload 161 photos to the Peninsula Cash Mob Facebook page for today’s event.

We then met Debbie at Pelicano Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and dined from 7 until 9:46 PM. Pelicano co owner Shelly (spouse of the amazing chef) once told me that when you book a table at Pelicano, “you own that table” till closing time. The pace is elegantly relaxed and of course Allan and Debbie and I had much to talk about. When we looked up, another restaurant had become empty and was being tidied by the staff. Shelly told us that we did not have to hurry to leave.

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

flowers by the door at Pelicano

flowers by the door at Pelicano

I’ll close with part of the menu for those who are interested in such things. It changes monthly and the food is delectable.

Pelicano October menu

Pelicano October menu

For those who are REALLY interested, Allan had the pasta, I had the scallops, and Debbie had the Vietnamese chicken. We each had our own serving of the chocolate pot de creme. It is too good to share.

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