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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pouring rain almost put an end to the idea of work.

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We’d had this much rain overnight.

And then it stopped by midmorning.

I scheduled an easy day, which included a visit to THE Oysterville garden.  That self -guided tour will be our next post.

At home before work

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Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ and Skooter (Allan’s photo)

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Erythronium (dog tooth violet)

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Allan digging a Tetrapanax sprout, too close to the maple

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival’

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival, acquired from Dancing Oaks last year

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Our post office garden looks unexciting so far.  I planted some bachelor button seeds.

The Depot Restaurant

I planted the wee sprout of tetrapanax in the garden on the south side of the dining deck…my second attempt to get one started there. Light weeding and deadheading ensued.

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north side of deck

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Tulip ‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

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the barrel by the east window

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Tulip ‘Virichic’

Long Beach

A stop at city hall to pick up our cheque led to some deadheading and weeding.

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the ramp garden

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north side: pulmonaria still blooming

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north side

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signs of finger blight

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city hall west side

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m collecting plants for the upcoming Planting Time, so far just perennials.  I consider it too early for annuals, and yet, as always, I am concerned that folks who plant (too) early will get all the good stuff before I’m ready for annuals (round about Mother’s Day).

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Darrel waters the many tempting plants in the annuals house.

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Me and Roxanne with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and some Erysumum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Buddy behind the desk

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YOU, yes you (those who live here), should snap these callistemon.  It’s rare to see them for sale on the Peninsula!

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heucheras

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and more heucheras

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Buddy woke up.

We left the Basket Case and took ourselves to Oysterville to tour its premier garden, one of the top two gardens on the Peninsula (the other being Steve and John’s bayside garden).  If there are better gardens here, I have not seen them. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Driving south from Oysterville, we saw Todd gardening at a Nahcotta bed and breakfast.

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in front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

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Todd Wiegardt at work

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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent a pleasant two hours at Klipsan Beach Cottages. In a preview of Planting Time, Allan planted four Nicotiana langsdorfii, one Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’.

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Sarah

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driveway garden

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Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ has been going strong in this spot for years.

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looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

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Allan planting

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He found a furtive dandelion.

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tulips (Flaming Spring Green and a parrot in bud)

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the burgeoning garden

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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blue inside

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Tulip ‘Artist’ hiding under rhubarb

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Tulip ‘Artist’

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tree peony in bud

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fringed pink tulip

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Thalictrum ‘Elin’ will get about 7 feet tall.

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“pink” narcissi

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more narcissi

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Fritillaria meleagris, in the lawn bed that I note needs mulching.

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double hellebore

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white narcissi

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Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

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Mary, her friend Katie, Bella, and Katie’s dog Libby, back from the beach (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photos: a hard to reach blackberry sprout across the pond

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He got it.

Ilwaco

We drove around by the port on the way home, just to see how lively the 4-20 event was at the Freedom Market pot shop. (Their outdoor barbecue looked well attended.)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books (PV=Plant Vessel instead of FV for Fishing Vessel).  Allan’s photo

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Tulip ‘Akebono’

While Allan mowed at the J’s (across the street), I planted some poppy and bachelor button seeds in the back garden.  The weeded spots in the east and west bed have seeds, and the unweeded spots will let me know where I can put new plants (after more weeding).

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a seeded spot

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At the J’s (Allan’s photo)

Next, our tour of the Oysterville garden.

And we really do have to get back to the beach approach weeding!

 

 

 

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Monday, 3 April 2017

We dropped some work papers off at the port and noted the intense blueness of the grape hyacinth and anemones. Photos did not capture it well. 

I resisted the temptation to weed at the Ilwaco post office.  We headed straight up north.

The Planter Box 

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single and double cherry flowers in front of The Planter Box garden store

I refreshed my supply of sweet pea seeds with 2 more packs to make sure I had enough for the boatyard.  As every year, I optimistically bought some mixed greens and sugar snap pea seeds.  Why do I always think I’ll have a good kitchen garden?  It has not worked out that way since many many years ago in Seattle. In my garden there, I used to make salads from the garden.

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garden dreams at the seed rack

I had more confidence in the artichoke that I bought, and another cardoon for the front garden.  It would be nice if the artichoke proved to be deer resistant.  I’m going to try it in the unfenced area by Devery’s driveway.

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artichokes

I was pleased to find Lamprocapnos ‘Valentine’ (bleeding heart).  I’d been wanting this one.

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And I bought one of the species rather invasive ones for the bogsy woods.

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Planter Box owner Teresa Millner (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, I planted just a few sweet peas.  We weeded, did some belated rose pruning, and fertilized, with Mary’s help.

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me and Mary

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double hellebore and Fritillaria meleagris (Allan’s photo)

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double primrose (Allan’s photo)

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Erythronium (dog tooth violent) (Allan’s photo)

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I found the tiniest of Pacific tree frogs.

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Frog Admiration Society

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Sarah (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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tulips in the fenced garden (Allan’s photo)

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narcissi

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narcissi

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and more narcissi

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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outside the fence: tremendously fragrant daphne

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a deer in the landscape (Allan’s photo)

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by the pond

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sword fern

Long Beach

On the way through town going north, I had noticed two particularly dead-heady clumps of narcissi.  We stopped to deadhead them.

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planter sitter damage (Allan’s photo)

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It’s Spring Break (Allan’s photo)

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by Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop (Allan’s photo)

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parrot tulip bud (Allan’s photo)

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carousel and bike rack (Allan’s photo)

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part of a future vintage Fun Ride (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco boatyard garden

I planted sweet peas along the fence while Allan did some light weeding. We already need to schedule a serious all day weeding session here.  Last year, I planted sweet peas along the fence with no expectations because I had some left over.  They did surprisingly well.

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weedy again; lots of poppy seeds

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Allan’s photo, the north fence

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big impressive Bambi (Allan’s photo)

on our block

We (Allan) needed to get two small lawns, next door and across the street from us, mowed before the rain returns tomorrow.  I figured I could get Norwood’s and J’s gardens weeded and erased from the work list.  But first…I decided that a tatty old helianthemum needed to be removed from our driveway garden.

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It is weedy, grassy, and half dead.

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Allan helped pull it.

But wait…just as I was thinking I’d have time to do an hour’s weeding at home AND the two little jobs, I remembered, at 4:45, that the Living Liberally meeting was tonight at 5:30 (way too early an hour for spring and summer).  The lawns had to be done.  Allan got started, while I went to weed and deadhead at the tiny Norwood garden.

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Look who crossed Devery’s yard to help me.

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Frosty, too, looking for the gate

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Allan mows between us and Norwood’s as fast as ever he can.

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I got most of the front garden weeded at J’s and Allan got the tiny pocket lawn mowed.

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I have to get tough on removing the cute but invasive ranunculus.  Not tonight.

Living Liberally

We made it back to the Adrift Hotel by 6, in time for one hour of an interesting meeting.

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bamboo corner at Adrift Hotel

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campfire courtyard at Adrift

The [pickled fish] restaurant was simply too busy with spring breakers after the meeting.  At least coming straight home gave me time to write a blog post.

Sweet peas are off the work board.  I hope that tomorrow, the weather will permit us to finish J’s, Ilwaco planters, and the Ilwaco Community Building.

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BONUS

Loree of Danger Garden sent me this link about THE Oysterville garden.  It has only one garden photo (featuring the favourite spot, the south terrace) but many photos of the home’s interior.  I hope to get there to see the spring garden soon, while the narcissi and hellebores are still in bloom.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

I had complete faith, when I saw the fairly decent weather, that we could complete three more spring clean ups today.

The Red Barn

Red Barn

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our good friend Rosie (Allan’s photo)

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at The Red Barn Arena

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the farrier and our client, Diane

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Rosie loves eating hoof trimmings

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Farrier’s truck (Allan’s photo)

We care for five containers and a narrow garden bed at the barn.

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Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ had not made it well through winter.

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removal project; now the narcissi will show up.

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sad Erysimum

We unhooked the trailer in order to go next door to Diane’s garden; her driveway was too full to turn around with our full rig.

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Ice on water nearby shows how cold the air still felt.

Diane’s garden

At the barn, we had learned from Diane that the new septic still has not been installed.  That means that re-doing her roadside garden won’t happen till perhaps the end of March.

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Stipa gigantea, driveway entry (Allan’s photos)

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after

The trees have been cut down along the roadside garden and the stumps will be removed.  The county mowing truck mowed down the heathers and rosemary, the only plants we left behind when we dismantled the garden last fall….probably because it no longer looked like a garden (and it is part of the roadside verge).

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hydrangea, before pruning

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after

Diane reminded me that I had spoken of pruning her old blueberries.  We removed 1/3 of the old growth, hoping to encourage better berrying.

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before

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after

Allan had a long walk, twice, back to the debris pile at the barn.

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My dear friend Mistie, aged 10, who is doing much better than she was last fall, got a good belly rub and hugging.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We made our second spring clean up trip to KBC to cut back the ferns.

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Denny, Mary, and Bella

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darling Bella

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view in fenced garden, east gate

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crocuses and Iris reticulata

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crocuses

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and more crocuses

 

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clean up of the driveway garden, before

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during

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and after talking to Mary about how she wants room to plant some dwarf conifers here.

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east end of pond island bed, before and after trimming ferns

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the pond, before

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Allan’s brave crossing

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before (Allan’s photo)

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after

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after (Allan’s photo)

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The pond island has many ferns, most of them awkward to reach.

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before

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after

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by cottage eight, before and after (Allan’s photos)

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near cottage one (Allan’s photos).  Those ferns probably got missed in last year’s pruning.

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Allan rescued St. Francis.

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the dog memorial garden for Misty, Debbie, and Raven

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the first narcissi in the A Frame garden

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Allan noticed them, too.

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Pieris

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rhododendrons

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primroses

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hamamelis (witch hazel) and the cottages on the ridge

I never did get to KBC over the winter to read more cottage journals.  I got too entrenched in my reading chair at home.  Maybe next winter.

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by the clam cleaning shed

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the last fern of the day

The temperature had dropped drastically.  We were glad to be done.

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The crocuses had closed up.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

a dreamy garden

In the van, just before leaving, I checked my messages and saw that Our Kathleen had sent me a real estate link.  Although we are not house hunting, she knows we like to see interesting properties.

Here is the link.

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”

I swiped these three photos, because I suppose at some time the real estate listing will go away.

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amazing pavilion

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a party from the past

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a paradise!

I had to see, so we drove about fifty blocks north, only to find another aspect of the property’s perfection:

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It has two big gated driveways and you cannot see in, at all—complete privacy.

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The other gate

Allan stood on a bucket and said no one was there. He took some photos over the gate…because I was desperate to see inside and I was too sore from work to stand on a bucket.

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It is glorious.

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Even though there is no house in there, the description included a sleeping area, kitchen, and bathroom.  Oh, if I were even five years younger…I feel too old to uproot my Ilwaco garden.

While fantasizing about living in the 40 foot storage container, I had to firmly remind myself of the advantages of living near a bookstore, post office, library, hospital, and Salt Pub.  And yet…this one will haunt me for awhile.  It had 4000 more square feet than our property does.  I did some online snooping and found the owners are just a bit more than a decade older than us.  That increased my feeling of being too old to move.

Maybe you can buy it and invite us over.

Salt Pub

Tonight, Our Kathleen was in town for our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting.  Sadly, Dave and Melissa were unable to attend.

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the view

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Our Kathleen (Allan’s photo)

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pub burger

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tacos

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smoked tuna melt

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vanilla creme brulee

We stayed till after closing time, as I figured we would, and that is why I skipped a blogging day.  I was so tired that I forgot to erase three more jobs from the workboard until the following morning.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

I took a walk toward the back of the garden to clip some branches for a friend.

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Now that I have a neighbour next door, I should plan ahead to make this a nicer looking  area instead of a debris pile.

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center bed: much to do


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west bed area where I cleared out some fuchsias shows room for new plants

My goal was to clip a few winter blooming honeysuckle branches to take with me today.

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Lonicera fragrantissima

We drove all the way up to Surfside to a former job, Marilyn’s garden.

Arriving ten minutes early, we took a brief drive through Surfside.

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Surfside Canal

Then we had a hard time finding a turn around road and were slightly late.  We became verklempt driving by the old location of Steve’s Great Day Café.

Chris and Wally’s Garden

Arriving at Marilyn’s former garden, we met with the new owners and with Dave and Melissa, who are going to do the spring clean up.

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the garden today

We’re all ever so pleased that the new owners have a great interest in the garden.

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Allan’s photo


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surveying the bunny tail grass


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neighbour cat, Alice

Marilyn’s daughter had given Chris and Wally some photos of the house before the garden was ever installed.

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and right after we had first created the garden, about 11 years ago.


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Dave admires the tiny chocolate scented blooms of the Azara microphylla


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The new folks might do a fence as a privacy backdrop, an idea that I love.

When Dave and Mel get the grasses clipped back, the garden will be almost flat again.  Here you can see a slideshow of how it transforms through the year.

Postcard Party

Here’s where our new glue sticks came into play, along with some old seed catalogs.  Local artist Michelle Naquaiya had organized one of several postcard making parties.  The idea is to send a bazillion postcards from all over the nation to D. Trump on March 15th.  Of course, my large contingent of local resisters are not sending them to express pleasure or admiration.  I suggested that arty postcards sent to any politician might be passed around more and thus get read more.  (We hear that it takes longer for a letter in an envelope to even get opened because of anthrax scares.)  I also wanted to make some thank you post cards for two of our good Washington State politicians, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

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Allan’s photo


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Naquaiya studio

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card stock for postcards

You can use old cereal and other food boxes for card stock.  I used to enjoy making postcards back before email!  It took me back to the days of looking at the collages in my grandma’s scrapbooks.

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Postcard Party at play

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tea, snacks, and art.  (Allan brought chocolate chip cookies.)


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ingredients

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I was thrilled to meet again a woman whose garden I had photographed for the edible garden tour two years ago.  Little did I know that we shared a passion for leftist politics as well as quirky garden art.  She has the same name and similar mannerisms as someone I knew long ago so I remembered her…after a little while.  It took longer than it should have because of my face blindness.

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Allan’s photo

Some of our results in two hours:

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My thank yous to Patty and Maria

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I was using material from seed catalogs.  I don’t imagine Mother Nature as a young blonde gal, but she’s all  had (and I am sure is a lovely person). I realized later that using seed catalogs inspired environmentalism as my main topic. 

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Allan’s messages had a theme:

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Our overseas readers might not know how important this is to working class self employed people.  Before the ACA (“Obamacare”), we were literally paying 1/3 of our annual income on mediocre health insurance.

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I need to work on my handwriting.

Here are some of the other creations.

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Enter a caption

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Preznit!

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and the classic one

It was, of course, satisfying and comforting to sit in a group of like minded and oh so funny folk.  A few of the post cards are just too outspoken, although hilarious, to share here.  (I think they might get well passed around a government office!)  Living here at the edge of the coast, there are no government offices to usefully picket within a two hour drive, and perhaps just once a year a bigshot politician might show up for a town hall meeting.  Phone calls and postcards and community are what we have on offer. I doubt it would make any difference to Preznit DT if the entire White House filled up with postcards.  However, it gave us much enjoyment to have an art project to do while we talked politics.  As Michelle wrote the next day, we made about 50 postcards, “All with personal messages, clever and creative remarks and original art..  We were 10 people who had a good time. It feels good to write down what you feel in this resistance. It’s a small something we can do to have impact.”

After two hours, the party wound up and Allan and I departed to do a little over an hour of clean up at…

Klipsan Beach Cottages.

I think for the next while, a KBC day and art studio day are going to be coordinated events.

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Bella was tail thumpingly happy to see us.


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the fenced gardem


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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to be clipped back


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Allan’s before and after


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Allan’s photo, new sedum growth

 

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hydrangeas and ferns to clip


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Iris reticulata


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pruning Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


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The tree peony must not be cut back!


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Denny supervises


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Bella!


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after

The debris pile consists of clean up after yesterday’s wind storm, and today’s clippings.

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Allan’s photo

After our industrious day, and after having forgotten to bring the lunch box of emergency snacks, we were suddenly ravenous.  We treated ourselves to dinner at

Salt Pub

The view:

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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There goes our canine friend Ernie! (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s lobster bisque


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delicious pho

We hope for a good enough weather day tomorrow to finish cleaning up Fifth Street Park in Long Beach.  Today, I couldn’t cross a thing off the work board.  We must return soon to KBC to finish trimming sword ferns all around the landscape.  We’re planning to do so on a postcard party day. Perhaps you might like to join us.

 

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Friday, 11 November 2016

I began the day with waking to the kicked in the gut feeling.  Reading the news of more hate crimes exacerbated my despair. Was comforted at that very moment by a message from a friend on the east coast; he said the tears were still coming for him, as well.

Also, Leonard Cohen died this week.

birds on a wire (Allan's photo)

birds on a wire (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I honestly do not think I could even go to a job right now where our client did not share our feelings of dismay.  Fortunately, we had a job to go to where the clients are simpatico.

We began the work day with a trip to Peninsula Landscape Supply to get a yard of soil energy.  Our intention was to finish the day by spreading it at the port, thus crossing two things off of our work list.

Soil Energy (Allan's photo)

Soil Energy (Allan’s photo)

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fishies

fishies

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We focused on the fall clean up and clipping back of plants that looked tatty now or would look tatty soon.  (First, I had a long talk with Mary.  Denny joked that I had better not charge for it because it had nothing to do with gardening.)

Allan worked on the swale and roadside gardens and took all the befores and afters and Bella photos:

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He then joined me in the fenced garden clean up.

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At Denny’s request, Allan removed, with great difficulty, the roots of an old and unattractive fern that were well edged into the railroad tie edge of the garden.

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after, leaving a nice sword fern

after, leaving a nice sword fern

Bella had a good roll in the gravel.

Bella had a good roll in the gravel.

Denny was not thrilled at the results.

Denny was not thrilled at the results.

Bella greets the visiting nurse for Mary's mother.

Bella greets the visiting nurse for Mary’s mother.

After the fenced garden was weeded and clipped, the soil looked tired and battered despite having been mulched well this summer.  Mary said they would have to get some more bagged mulch, After some internal debate about how I would not be able to cross two things off the work list today, I offered up our load of  Soil Energy, which meant we would be working tomorrow instead of a day off.

one yard

one yard of Soil Energy

applied with buckets

applied with buckets

After the mulching, at dusk, the garden looked very fine:

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agapanthus seed heads

agapanthus seed heads

hardy fuchsias still blooming

hardy fuchsias still blooming

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Mary got out her winter signs.

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Long Beach

We saved two buckets of mulch and got to Long Beach before dark.

parking near Vet Field in a light rain

parking near Vet Field in a light rain

Even though the last bulbs were planted in almost darkness, we managed to get the final Long Beach bulbs installed into the four planters that have been dug in (for electrical repair purposes) and could now be finished for the year.  I was able to erase both KBC and Long Beach bulbs from the work board.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 11: I emptied the 6 wooden pots and planted bulbs and pansies on top.  At 4:30 I went into shop and tried pairing off bulbs to plant together but it was too complicated to match up colors, depth of planting and when bloom.  I cleaned the dahlias so they are ready for peat moss and then to bed for the winter.  I washed several of the terracotta pots.  I’ll put pansies in them.

Someday I should count how many pansies I bought.  I planted the 4 Philodendrons in the 2 tall pots.

1997 (age 73):

Nov 11: Store day—just Payless and QFC.  Then I went out to close the water faucets.  First I had to wash scads of pots and trays piled up in sink.  By then the ground around the sink was very wet and mucky.  I got wet and dirty closing the faucet by the greenhouse.  But I took a hot shower and was ok.  There didn’t seem to be any damage from the frost that I could see.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 11:  In all day again doing apples after going to the store for more lids.  I canned the sauce I cooked yesterday.  Picked 2 buckets of apples.  I peeled some more to be dehydrated.  Picked up more apples—there seems to be no end to them.

 

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

While staying with a friend at KBC, I read all the room journals for cabin 7 on Saturday evening (into the wee hours).  On Sunday afternoon, I read through the ones from cabin 4. While the journals are not as angsty and personal as the ones from The Sylvia Beach Hotel, they still speak to my heart and give me a strong feeling of connection.  You will find that though the place is called Klipsan Beach Cottages, most of the guests refer to them as cabins, as do I most of the time.

From the previous owners of the cottage.

From the previous owners of the cottage.

Each cottage has a different owner and all are rented out to vacationers. Cottage 4 is now owned by managers Mary and Denny and their family.

Many folks have been visiting KBC for a long time:

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The Lost Journal:  I ran across references to a certain journal which predated all the ones I could find.  I was reading the journals in cabin 7, and I even went back to cabin 4 and combed through the whole place looking for the 1992 journal.  Drat and blast, it was not to be found.  Perhaps the previous owners took it home, or a guest took it.  The descriptions of it are tantalizing:

maddening!!

maddening!!

another reference to the lost journal, just the sort of entry I long to read

another reference to the lost journal, just the sort of entry I long to read

Journal writers start young:

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Sometimes some personal revelations creep in, although much less often than at Sylvia Beach.

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The pine grove is mentioned again.  The cabin 7 journals had been full of laments at it being cut down.  It grew back.

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As always, I am sympathetic to guests who share my aversion to beach driving.

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Just the dreamy perfection of KBC:

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Other readers were excited about this entry.  Kevin who?:

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I like when the gardens are praised.  (We are the KBC gardeners.)

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The window boxes are gone now; they were high maintenance.

The window boxes are gone now; they were high maintenance.

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An entry about what the grounds were like before we came along (and also about the very olden days when one had to bring one’s own bedding and clean the cabins before leaving!):

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a beautiful page, with a witty story:

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Funny:

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Praise for managers Denny and Mary:

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Praise for The Depot Restaurant:

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A story that took my breath away:

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(I hope that person decided not to blame Islam for the acts of extremists.)

A favourite long entry, taken up after the writer describes how his family has changed and grown since they visited last:

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A similar brown chair sits in cabin 7:

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The sort of personal story that keeps me seeking out room journals:

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Room journals mean so much to me.  I simply must get back to KBC during staycation for a few afternoons of reading the journals in cabins 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8.  I have intended to do so for several winters and have put it off.  Now I am inspired to follow through.

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Tomorrow: Allan goes boating.

 

 

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It’s a good thing I have a number of posts written ahead.  After our election, grief would interfere with writing about how I feel on the day this is published, and yesterday.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

After we attended the 6×6 art auction, Carol and I repaired to Klipsan Beach Cottages.  She had won, at a Seattle auction benefiting a children’s hospital , two nights in one of the two bedroom cottages and had invited me to stay for one of them.

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my cozy room

I immediately got stuck into a pile of room journals.

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I found these straight away.

As any longtime reader of this blog knows, room journals at the Sylvia Beach Hotel are a great passion of mine, and while I knew that KBC’s would be more touristy and less angsty, I was still looking forward to them and my anticipation was well rewarded.

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Until I got to the last sentence, I was sure the following post was written by a mom.  So nice to have a dad like this:

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Many of the visitors return:

“Last time I was year was 1o years ago and I had just turned 10 myself. The path to the beach seems much shorter since then, although dad swears it is longer every time we walk down it.”

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I, too, remember when there were no houses in the view on adjoining properties.  At least the cottages own all the dune land directly between the ridge upon which they sitand the beach.

An entry reminiscent of Sylvia Beach journal style:

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There are many compliments for managers Mary and Denny throughout the journals.

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Mary and Denny’s cats and dogs also get compliments, and I am thrilled to report that in the years after I began to garden there (first with Robert, then Allan), so do the gardens.

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From 2015:

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The KBC resort has been here since at least the 1950s and still retain an old fashioned ambience.

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Another one who loves the guest books:

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In another entry:  “This has been a quiet time apart for us.  Why do people write in journals?  From the book A Book of One’s Own: To say I was, I was, I am.”

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Journal continuity:

“I came here every year growing up….We found entries in guest books written by me at age 12.  If you’re reading this in 20 years—Hi future self!  Isn’t beach life the best?”

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At 11:45, I had finished the first stack of books, and then I found on the same bookshelf (in the main bedroom), 5 more!   I would be up late.

the next batch

the next batch

There was much mention of a pine grove that had been cut down.  It must have been the beach pines between the cottages and the ocean.  It had grown back by the time I first worked there (in about 1999, I think) but is now topped to preserve the view.

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Another grove lament:

We pulled up to “our” cabin with happy anticipation.  Imagine our surprise looking through the area between 6 & 7!.  Whoever clear cut the pine grove?  How sad.  I remember the children exploring the trails certain they were the first.  I remember watching their games of hide and seek.  I remember little heads popping from the tops of those trees.  They looked like happy ground hogs.  I remember going through the thicket to the dunes and beyond.  I remember late night walks to the beach.  Coming back in darkness there was an instant of apprehension entering the grove, then relief from the flood of cottage light.  Shades of Sleepy Hollow.  We still had a great time.  Some things never change.

 

By 1997, some semblance of the pine grove was back, as evidenced by this entry. (The person’s toddler had thrown food into the trees.)

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Below, from 1991: a Seaview garden tour?  That was way before the annual peninsula garden tour began.  What was this about?  I wish I knew more.

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I always appreciate finding entries that agree with my dislike to the beach being a legal highway for motor vehicles:

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Even with wi-fi and cable telly, the cabins still feel like a place apart from the world.

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1998 and a mention of Fifth Street Park being built in Long Beach!  Captain Nemo’s was where Captain Bob’s Chowder is now.

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Tomorrow: Carol and I get a little bit touristy, and more journals are found.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 5 (Sunday): Day off

1997 (age 73):

Nov 5: 11:00-5:00  I finished planting all of my seedlings.  Tomorrow I probably can get the Park order planted.  Then there are a lot of bulbs to be planted into pots and containers.  Also a lot of pruning and cleaning of the yard and garden.  And wood to be cut etc etc.  I’ve got plenty to keep me busy all winter.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 5:  12:00-3:00  More apples.  It was sunny so I planted more plants from the various containers.  I got rained in once so I worked in the shop cutting back the dahlias.  Then I went out and planted more until it really got rained in so I quit for the day.

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