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Saturday, 16 December 2017

My not-at-home activities continued because of the need to do a bit more Christmas shopping and because of a strong desire to have a box of Pink Poppy baked goods.

our neighbor, Rudder, outside our driveway

Allan’s photo

In Long Beach, we dropped off a long wool coat at the free coat rack in the SandPiper mall (just south of the pharmacy).

The box has gloves and socks.

This sweet sign has been posted in the breezeway for awhile (name redacted):

We attended a holiday bazaar at

Adrift Hotel…

….where Madeline of Pink Poppy was holding her very last market day before taking on her new job as a personal chef for a local artists’ retreat.

In the parking lot, we met a cairn terrier (like Toto!).

Piper

I do long for a nice, relaxing, good little dog.  I had a wildly naughty big bad dog for 13 years so I am sort of afraid of getting another naughty dog.

Memories: Bertie Woofter on a garage roof after breaking free and climbing up a ladder to where Robert was working.  Moments later, he leaped off the roof into the neighbour’s yard to chase another dog.

Bertie Woofter’s version of fetching a stick

At Adrift Hotel:

Allan’s photo

Someone who does not read this blog is getting Adrift Distillery/Starvation Alley cranberry liqueur for Christmas.  It was so tasty that it will be tempting to drink it myself!

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen’s butter dishes

Maddy’s last market, with her two month old daughter, Quincy

We followed the Adrift bazaar with one at

The Sou’wester Lodge & Rv Park

Before exploring the bazaar offerings, we toured ourselves around the vintage RVs that are for rent by the night.

The Potato Bug and the three-level African Queen (which also has a lower level)

African Queen mural

a tiny Airstream (Allan’s photo), might be the one I called The Potato Bug

inside the Potato Bug (?)

inside the Potato Bug

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Memories of 1993, when I lived in the round front Spartan trailer for six months:

Beaky (our van) and our new home, Jan. ’93

Today:

The Thrifty (thrift store) trailer and the pavilion

inside The Thrifty (Allan’s photo)

in the pavilion

Joe Chasse and his “Dangerous Toys”

Allan’s photo

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

by Joe Chasse

Some garden art:

Some fairy furniture:

Some more looking at vintage trailers:

by the enclosed outdoor spa

The Blue Wave and one that is new to me

a tiny fixer upper

inside (table must drop down to make a bed)

Larry and Judy were bazaar-ing just behind us!

inside the lodge

With our shopping accomplished, we went home for a mere hour and a half before heading back out to an early dinner gathering. The invitation had been irresistible for several reasons:

It started in the late afternoon, not the evening, which I find preferable in the dark of winter.

It was at a house I love and where I used to garden.

It was a gathering of like minded people and it would feature more serious conversation than revelry.

I took the hour at home to pick a winter bouquet and to spray paint a large pile of dried eryngiums (which project I can now erase from the work board).

Allan took some photos of the bouquet:

And here it is in our friend’s kitchen:

The guests were all amused to see deer lying on the lawn outside the dining room:

We had a delicious dinner and good conversation, and we were home by 6:30.

Now I am hoping for two days at home before the next big event: the new Star Wars film with Dave and Melissa.  (We are running late for that because of varying personal schedules.)  My stay at home December is not coming true.  I have high hopes for January.

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

It’s just as well I had a social rather than a reading day, because my concentration was scattered by frequent reading of the news about the misogynistic Republican presidential candidate, and I would not have been able to peacefully settle with a book.

Indeed.

Indeed.

I feel I should apologize to all readers in other countries for our even allowing this bozo to be a presidential candidate….but I had nothing to do with it.  Still, it is an embarrassment.

When I recently wrote that Blues and Seafood was the last big Ilwaco event, I was so mistaken.  I should have called it the last big event of the summer.  Today, Allan and I took part of the afternoon to attend…

The Cranberrian Fair

at Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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Because of wind and rain, we did not avail ourselves of a trolley trip to the cranberry bogs.  You can see photos from a better weather bog visit here.

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan's photo)

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan’s photo)

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

one of two rooms of vendors

one of two rooms of vendors

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

The Card Lady was at the fair, and I was so glad to be able to stock up on her distinctive handmade cards.

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Local potter Karen Brownlee had her wares on display; she is the force behind the Empty Bowls event that raises money for our food banks every spring.

Karen

Karen

I love her cranberry design.

I love her cranberry design.

The Peninsula Fiberistas had their spinning wheels whirring.

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

spinning wheels

spinning wheels

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose gave me the softest of black scarves for the winter and told me it is made of alpaca wool and will keep my neck extra warm because alpaca is a hollow fiber and gets warmer from contact.  It is perfect as I am a member of the “those who wear black club”, or would be, if I didn’t buy almost all my clothes second hand.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

The museum’s Nahcotta railway car from the Clamshell Railway (the historic “train that ran by the tides” up the Long Beach Peninsula until 1930) was open today.  I always find it a treat to go into the rail car.  If I could do one thing via time travel, it would be to take a ride on the Nahcotta back in the day.

Nahcotta railway car

Nahcotta railway car

the conductor (Allan's photo)

the conductor (Allan’s photo)

inside the Nahcotta

inside the Nahcotta

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door between sections of the car

door between sections of the car

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On the way home, we made a half block side trip so Allan could show me the bright autumn leaves on this arbor:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, at home, I admired my new scarf from Rose.

soft and stylish black

soft and stylish black

I had time at home to fret over the news some more, and then we met Our Kathleen for a belated birthday dinner at

The Depot Restaurant

appetizer

appetizer: Thai calamari

Behind the calamari is a gift bag which contained a mug from Bailey’s Café….ever so nice black with a drawing of marsh grasses by the bay.  That was the real reason we stopped at Bailey’s last week; it is a favourite haunt of Kathleen’s.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

I must admit I also had clams buccatini, but the blurry photo showed too much excitement over good food.

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Allan's favourite is the parmesan chicken.

Allan’s favourite is the parmesan chicken.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

vanilla bean flan for me

vanilla bean flan for me

We now have two days off with no plans.  I hope I can focus on my book if we are lucky enough to get rainy reading days.  I have a feeling the news will continue to be a distraction.

As I write this, an enormous storm is predicted for the next weekend, leading to an extra short work week.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 8: Received big bag of Perlite etc from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.  Received Spring Hill perennial order.  Put them as close under shop lights as I could.

 

1998 (age 74):

Oct 8:  11:00-4:00  Are you sitting down?  I actually put all those clothes on bed in little room into the chest of drawers.  Those clothes have been on the bed since last November.  Then I did the filing that had piled up for 2 or 3 months!  I had to toss out some old files to make room in the filing cabinet.  (Tabby slept on bed all this time.)

[How very much alike my mother and I were in household habits.]

 

 

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Friday, 27 November 2015

tour

We got to eight of the studios on the tour.  Our day included a nursery and a garden visit, as well as a visit to a friend’s art studio, and those will be in our next post(s).

The Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel's Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel’s Picture Attic

The Picture Attic was an excellent place for photo processing during my pre-digital years on the Peninsula and now focuses on picture framing, craft supplies, and art classes.

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card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

 

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The Hobbit Shop (Jim Unwin)

down a woodsy road to a magical place

down a woodsy road to a magical place

The Hobbit Shop

The Hobbit Shop

chairs made of pallets

chairs made of pallets sitting by the Unwin residence

an observer

an observer who watched all the comings and goings

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim Unwin's art of carving

Jim Unwin’s art of carving

in the workshop

in the workshop

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim at work

Jim at work

ingredients for future projects

ingredients for future projects

Naquaiya’s Studio

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the sweet little residence

the sweet little residence

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the entryway

by the entryway

inside the studio

inside the studio

Bette Lu Krause

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leading the way....Allan's photo

leading the way….Allan’s photo

Betty Lu herself

Betty Lu herself

inside

inside

view from the window

view from the window

refreshments

refreshments

We especially like Bette Lu's art

We especially like Bette Lu’s art

And look who crossed paths with us just as we left the Krause studio:

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

Don Perry Metal Art

Don's studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Don’s studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Allan's photo, summery weather

Allan’s photo, summery weather

quail and driftwood

quail and driftwood

crab and mermaid

crab and mermaid

inside

inside

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All the metal “sayings” had to do with wine.  However, Don said he could make me one of a garden quotation, so I am pondering that.  Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts?  No…I think Village Green Preservation Society!  That’s it!

Before the next studio, we drove through Oysterville and had a walk through our favourite garden there.  That will be tomorrow’s post!  Then on to…

Carol Couch Watercolors

Carol's dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

Carol’s dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

so excited to revisit this house that I love that I had a shaky hand

so excited to revisit this pretty little house that I love that I had a shaky hand

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the living room

the living room

a house full of light

a house full of light

The stromboli was so delicious...

The stromboli was so delicious…

and here is the recipe.

and here is the recipe.

in the kitchen

in the kitchen

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dream deck on north side of the house

dream deck on north side of the house

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Marshmallows for toasting were provided for tour guests.

view from the deck

view from the deck

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan's photo)

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan’s photo)

Wiegardt Studio Gallery

We visited the gallery of Todd’s brother, Eric, and of course had a good look at the garden that we used to do.

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Todd has the garden looking tidy, mulched, with weed free gravel.

Allan's photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

Allan’s photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

I think I see deer prints.

I think I see deer prints.

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

Bill recently repaired the fence and front door.

Bill Clearman recently repaired the fence and front door.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Allan touring the garden.

Allan touring the garden.

Indoors, we found the bouquet that I had provided some of the ingredients for two days ago.

Todd's autumnal bouquet

Todd’s autumnal bouquet

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It was a pleasure to visit Eric’s glorious art again.

the gallery

the gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Our good friend Christl was working on framing in the workshop area.  She said she knew we would show up for the tour day because she had read our intentions in this blog.  That made me happy.

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Christl: Allan’s photo

Karen Brownlee Pottery

After a side visit and cup of tea at our friend Joe’s gallery (not on the official tour and needs it own journal entry), we ended at about one second before closing time at Karen Brownlee’s pottery studio.  She graciously told us she had been about to post that she would stay open late.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen in her studio

Karen in her studio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Karen tells us what she is up to.

She was making a piece of this kind...

She was making a piece of this kind…

...by doing this.

…by doing this.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins and apples.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

I can’t show you what we bought this year; our main mission was Christmas cards, and a few presents just may have been purchased, as well.

Tomorrow, and maybe the next day, too: the rest of our long and eventful day including a garden visit and tea at our friend Joe’s studio.  Regular readers have already read yesterday’s post which included our evening at the Sou’wester listening to the Skinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.)

Allan's photo

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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table

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

inside

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

necklace

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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

bonnie

jars

fire

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??

inside

inside

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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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