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Thursday, 23 March 2017

I might have tried to work if the weather had been good.  I did not want to go out, feeling poorly, in rain and wind.

When the sun appeared in the mid afternoon, Allan departed for Long Beach to do some weeding and deadheading.

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returning a book to the Ilwaco library (Deep Survival, I read it, did not love it)

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Long Beach welcome sign

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He laid out the deadheads to show me how many there were.

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welcome sign

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Long Beach city crew putting up banners.

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deer-pulled tulips in a planter on one of the main deer intersections (where we no longer plant new tulips)

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Narcissi and primrose.  It is hard to get ALL the tatty hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) foliage pulled.

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crocuses chomped by deer.  Pretty sure they had flowered first.  Also on one of the main deer intersections (7th South)

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tulips

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deadheads. so glad Allan went to pick them

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after, with grape hyacinth

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Muscari (grape hyacinth) and lavender

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Tulipa sylvestris, one of my favourites

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snail damage

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Sluggo got applied.

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lilies emerging in Fifth Street Park

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Muscari, one narcissi, scilla (which I did not plant…it goes back to volunteer days).

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by Fifth Street Park

 

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the rain returned

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narcissi and rhododendron

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more white and blue scilla (which would take over if I let it)

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more banners, with Fitz and Parks Manager Mike

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in a street tree garden

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tulips and crocuses 

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By Stormin’ Norman’s. Calocephalus brownii came through the winter.

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under a street tree

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Allan checked on the Veterans Field gardens:

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anemones

Meanwhile, at home:

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I’ve never seen Skooter and Smokey snuggle up before.  It was Smokey’s idea; he tucked himself in under Skooter’s head.

I had read about Jaywick, a semi-derelict English seaside town recently in A Kingdom By The Sea by Paul Theroux and decided to look at a video about it, which turned into watching several.  I could actually afford a bungalow there.

The longest and most official Jaywick video is here.

From that, instead of reading, I segued into the Bill Bryon Notes from a Small Island series on youtube.  I meant to watch only the first one and ended up watching all of them in my comfy chair. Partway through my watching, Allan returned with a tasty crab roll for me from Captain Bob’s Chowder.

In closing, here is a public service announcement from Steve of the Bayside garden:

There are two upcoming special events which Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden hosts — the “Early Show” and “Mother’s Day” events.    Details on one-sheet, attached.    Both have judged flower shows and plant sales.  Info on rules, etc., on both at:  http://rhodies.org/chapter/pdx_activities_detailed.htm#early a page available at www.rhodies.org, the Portland Chapter’s website.

 It could be a worthwhile day trip for Peninsula people.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

At the post office, on our way to work, Allan found a note in our box asking him to talk to the postmaster.  A postal patron had urgently needed to know the identification of a plant “that looks like a coleus”.

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Here it is: a greigii tulip.

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The foliage is as great as the flower to come.

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I realized it was time to apply some sluggo.

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Ilwaco City Hall ready for St Patrick’s Day

Long Beach

We hoped to accomplish two tasks on the project list today.  The first was pruning and weeding the five roses in the back of Coulter Park.  They are exceedingly difficult because of weeds, including salmonberry, coming under the fence.  The neighbouring house has but a tiny strip between house and fence that would be almost impossible for the homeowner to maintain, and in that strip dwell salmonberries, blackberries, and birds-foot trefoil that long to join up with the roses.

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the dreaded rose bed, before

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south side of park with pieris

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Pieris and Ribes (flowering currant)

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There was another ribes in that gap that turned up its toes a few years ago, as ribes are wont to do.

Allan trimmed up in the garden next to the old train depot.

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before

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after trimming sword fern

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rose bed; line cut with half moon edger (Allan’s photo)

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I was inspired to do two lines of half moon edging.

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after

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a pretty patch of primroses

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One dead rhododendron (azalea) has thrown this old threesome off balance.

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one of the two good rhodos (Allan’s photo)

We had two cold and windy squalls of heavy rain pass through; we sat them out in the van to avoid getting drenched and miserable.  (During the second one, we went to the Great Escape espresso drive through for invigorating sustenance.)

To add to our load of debris, we decided to do a bit of pruning on an escallonia at city hall.

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city hall, west side

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before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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city hall hellebore

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telephoto through the arch (Allan’s photo)

We dumped our debris at city works and filled up all our buckets with Soil Energy mulch.  (The crew had got us a pile from Peninsula Landscape Supply.)

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a pile of riches

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first load 

On the Bolstad approach, we filled up the lower spots in the planters.

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before

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after

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looking east

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not a good day for a picnic

And we added some mulch to city hall west side garden.

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city hall after pruning, lily bulb planting, weeding, mulching

The last five buckets went into Fifth Street Park.  Yesterday, drenched from rain, we had left behind a messy patch of sorrel:

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yesterday

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today

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mulched

A lily bulb had worked its way to the top of the soil.  This is just one third of how big it was, after I divided it:

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Allan’s photo

We followed our first load of mulching with a break for delicious crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

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Captain Bob’s crab rolls

Back we went to city works to get another load of mulch.  Jackpot! I saw two good pallets on the pile.

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Thank you, Allan.

Now I need just two more for my triple compost bin.

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A red wing blackbird serenaded us.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Full load of mulch buckets (Allan’s photo)

This load went to the big welcome sign garden.  It had gotten low after pulling out last year’s annuals and absorbs a large amount of soil.

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before

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We found loads of shotweed to pull.

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mulching carefully around bulbs

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after

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back side

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after

I am sorry to report that deer are eating the tulips along the east end of the front side.  I hope they don’t eat them all.  One of these years, we may have to give up on tulips here.

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well chomped

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So glad deer do not eat narcissi, my favourite flower

On the way home, we stopped briefly at the Depot Restaurant to pour some water on the two sheltered window boxes, and there we discovered a sad situation.

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a flattie!

The spare is weirdly located under the front seats.  Everything there had to be moved and the t-bar thingie assembled to loosen a bolt in the floor that holds the spare tire in place.

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complicated!

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underneath

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the culprit

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Fortunately, Allan had all the tools (even two jacks for extra safety).

Despite having to look at the instruction book, Allan got the tire changed in 40 minutes and we were back on our way home.  But tomorrow will be devoted to getting a the good (fairly new, now punctured) tire repaired.

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one more big  task on the workboard

When the boatyard spring clean up is done (I hope by Sunday evening), the board will be gloriously blank for a moment and will then fill up with the beach approach clean up and more.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Two nights of poor sleep from assorted aches and pains did not dissuade me from willingness to work in a light drizzle.  I couldn’t stand not having the Fifth Street Park roses pruned. My usual goal is to have roses all pruned between Presidents Day and March 1.  This year, the weather has not been conducive.

Fifth Street Park

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tree garden nearby with primroses

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I pruned by the restroom entrance, with fish bicycle rack…before

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working from the Wiegel Cottage side. The restroom building also looks cottagey.

This fence has a double line of fence boards, making for a dead zone of rose canes inside.  Un-gettatable.

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The drizzle stopped soon into the job and we had pleasant weather until increasingly hard rain in the last half hour.

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after….the rose is ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, Allan removed a messy patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis).  They will come back, no doubt.

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before

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after

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before and after

He then pruned the Super Dorothy roses on the south fence.

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before

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after

That white fence was erected by the hotel next door.  I predict it is going to get weedy between tall white fence and low concrete wall and that neither the hotel staff nor us will be able to get at said weeds.

I had turned my attention to weeding in the northwest quadrant of the park, where wildly invasive alliums are a problem.  For last year’s first clean up, in early 2016, Melissa and Dave had helped us.  She had gone after those alliums with much more determination to get every bulb.  I had been curious if her effort would pay off.  No, there were just as many as always.

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northwest quadrant, before

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damnable thread like alliums have fairly inconsequential flowers in summer.

Full disclosure: I may have planted a few clumps many years ago.  Sorry now, if so.

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a nice clump of ‘Ice Follies’ or some such

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after (but not done)

My former spouse had come by on his bike while I was weeding.  We’d had a good time commiserating about politics.

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I had gotten my hopes up about having time to also tidy the roses in Coulter Park…till the rain came.

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We were fairly well drenched.

While dumping debris at city works (where Allan did all the hard work), I was thrilled to see that the city now has a pile of mulch for us.  Perhaps if we have good weather tomorrow, we will do some mulching in Long Beach.

 

Ilwaco

On the way home, we scouted for pallets at a spot that sometimes has free ones.  We scored two.  Allan did all the heavy lifting.  The scavenging spot also had an unusual offering: a pile of driftwood, maybe cleaned off the shore bank at the marina.

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Got some good decorative pieces.

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We did not try for the wood in two big bins.

A block from home:

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Ocean Thunder and Ocean Lightning parked on Lake Street

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home with a good haul.  Have enough pallets now for the first bin. Need four more to make three bins.

I had planted a few lilies in Fifth Street Park and planted more at home.  The weather had gotten fine again.

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lily time

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planted with a bit of bulb food

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It has been windy.

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bogsy wood (Allan’s photo)

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work board tonight with just three pressing things

It won’t take long to re-fill the board when those last three spring clean up tasks are done.

 

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

As usual lately, workable weather gave me the big idea that I could cross four things off of the work list.

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Iris reticulata at the Ilwaco post office (Allan’s photo)

After a brief post office weeding, we headed to Long Beach and began with the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

Sid Snyder Drive

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looking west on Sid Snyder

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santolina and narcissi

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clipping santolina (Allan’s photo)

 

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I find it regrettable that this resort replaced drought tolerant lavenders and ornamental grasses with lawn.

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planter, before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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more narcissi.  I should have paused to break off those echinops stubs.

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west end of Sid Snyder, south end of boardwalk, last planter

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a short scenic break, from the boardwalk, because life is short.

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interpretive signs on the boardwalk

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whale sculptures

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Discovery Trail (Allan’s photo)

Allan noticed two socks abandoned by a tourist excited to see the ocean.

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World Kite Museum

Also on Sid Snyder is the Kite Museum. While we began a little touch up clipping on the small entry garden, museum store manager Patty emerged and I was able to ask what the plans were for a newly cleared entry area.

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Kite Museum entry; our little garden is out of frame to the right.

The answer is that the museum will have a new bike rack and picnic table spot and some big flower pots.  Patty and I agreed that the row of tatty old hebes to the right should be pulled out, as the ones on the left side had been removed.  I like that idea even more if someone other than us does the digging.  Then our little garden will show better.

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before, with shabby hebes to the left that will be gone

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after

Allan did all the work while Patty and I discussed big ideas.  She knew we were coming soon because she watches the work board on this blog.

Bolstad beach approach

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west end of Bolstad

I had brought some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts from home to fill in these planters; last year we had a startling amount of theft of good plants along this approach.

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an interesting display showing local volcanos (Washington and Oregon)

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I myself have found pumice stone on this beach, probably from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St Helens.

In the second planter to the east, I found the first finger blight of the year.

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two recently stolen armeria (sea thrift) plants

Our thief is at it again.  I wish I could catch her.  I could tell her that sea thrift does not transplant well.  I put Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in its place.  She may like that, too.

Allan had gone to the beach approach garden to clip ornamental grasses.  He brought the van back to me so that we could sit out a heavy rain squall.

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looking east

Fortunately, it was but a squall and we were able to get back to work without misery.

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lots of standing water in the dunes

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beach approach garden, looking east

Today we were only clipping.  The big weeding of the beach approach garden still awaits us.  I do not think it will be as tough a job as usual; the weeds are not a thick carpet this year.

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not too bad!

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some poppy seedlings; I scattered lots of seedpods last fall.

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looking west, rugosa roses

One of the things we will be doing along with the weeding is pulling out as many rugosa roses from right along the edge as we can.  So if any of you locals want some, let me know and I’ll tell you when that is about to happen.

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What have we here? Deer or thieving human? I think someone was trying to steal bulbs that are planted deep.

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Not very weedy.  I wish there were more poppy seedlings.  Maybe later.

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Looking east.  A volunteer wax myrtle is fighting it out with an escallonia.

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definitely deer eaten tulips

Parks Manager Mike drove by and agreed to get us a pile of Soil Energy mulch.  I am thrilled we do not have to drive up peninsula to get it ourselves.  We will bucket it from a pile in the works yard.

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rugosa rose stems sticking out too far into the sidewalk area

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a temporary fix by clipping

While I weeded and clipped in the planters, Allan had clipped tall grasses all along this garden.  It’s a tedious task.

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before and after

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before and after

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It’s especially unpleasant to pull old crocosmia leaves from inside prickly roses.

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This leads to thorns in the fingers.

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planter work

Parking Lot “Berms”

We tidied up several Stipa gigantea and a few perennials on the north and south parking lot gardens, east of downtown.

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Allan’s photos: Stipa gigantea before

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and after

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the north berm

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last Stipa, south berm, before trimming

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end of south berm

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While pulling crocosmia, I found an old bird next.

I had had a dream today of getting the rambling roses pruned in Fifth Street Park. Since the temperature was dropping, a wind kicking up, and not enough time left, we did one more small project that had never even made it to the work board.

Minnie Culbertson Park

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before

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after, with a vigorous trimming of the lithodora

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The first clean up column is almost done!

While we might be able to polish off the Port of Ilwaco spring clean up in one day or two, the weather forecast is dire so I cannot count on it happening tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Jay and Jodie’s

We had unexpectedly workable weather and began across the street at the J’s cottage.  I’d been itching to cut back the sword ferns.  We’d begun this job last year in mid summer and so had not been able to clip them thoroughly.

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before, looking west

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lots of little shotweeds coming up (lower right)

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gathering clipped fern fronds

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after

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before, looking east

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after

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really need to get some mulch for shrubs that were planted too high

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crocuses

In the back garden, Allan found pots needing drainage.

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After popping home for a drill, he fixed the problem.

Partway through the job, I took a 20 minute break to walk down to the nearby fire station with a local firefighter who is planning to beautify the landscape there.

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me and John

I said that with proper notice, I’d volunteer to help weed and also to help select plants. It was a volunteer project I’d been planning to do myself…someday…so am glad someone else has taken it in hand.

Long Beach

In the early afternoon, we tackled the Heron Pond, at the corner of Bolstad and Pacific.  You can look at it any time on the Heroncam.

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Oh, how I loathe the salal in this garden, obviously not planted by us.  Last year I pulled and pulled and clipped it along the front here.  Of course, the dastardly stuff is back.

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salal all up in the armeria (sea thrift) along the edge of the pond.

This is a case where the human does not win.  I didn’t even try to fight the damn stuff this year, just clipped some of it back.  That and aegepodium (variegated bishops weed) are my two most loathed plants.  Just don’t fall for them!

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after

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before

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after (silver santolina trimmed)

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fish hiding place (Allan’s photo)

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Another pale fish that has eluded the heron.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photos, before

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after.  Allan climbed out to the waterfall to trim the ferns.

We then weeded and sheared grasses in three little pop outs on Ocean Beach Boulevard.  We found to our surprise that the cold wind that we’d felt at the pond garden was much less annoying here at the first two pop outs. We had almost quit for the day after the pond; I was glad we had persisted.

Allan’s photos:

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before.  Second pop out is on the other side of the crosswalk.

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after

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after

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from the back

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after

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Barbara from the Planter Box drove by and stopped to catch up.

The second little pop out was not especially photogenic before OR after.  For the last two years, someone has adopted it and planted annuals toward the front, so we simply weeded it and will wait to see what happens.

Half a block north, a citizen has been experimenting in his front yard with escallonia topiary.

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a chair

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a critter in progress

Someone has already cut back the dwarf pampas grass in the BIG pop out so we drove right by it to the third and fourth little ones, a block north of city hall.

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third little pop out, before

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after

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fourth, before (such a sad mugo pine, that had to be trimmed last year for traffic sightlines)

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after

The wind had gotten deathly cold and so every little weed did not get pulled today.

I think that mugo pine has to totally go away…sometime.  These tiny garden beds get no supplemental water and are probably browsed by deer so I’ll have to ponder on it.

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A citizen stopped for veg gardening advice.  I referred her to The Planter Box.

Brrr.

After dumping our debris, we were so glad to get home.  Before enjoying the warmth of the house, we had a little chat with our new neighbour, Devery, who was looking spiffing as always in, today in a checked jacket with a matching hat.  I’m so looking forward to sitting in the garden with her this summer when warm weather returns.  At present, it’s hard to picture summer because I have done almost no spring clean up on my own garden.

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I was able to erase three spring clean up jobs from the work board.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Long Beach

I had big plans to get four things crossed off the work list.  We started with the tree that has pesky rugosa roses and with the planter nearest to it.

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planter yesterday

After cutting out the poky thing by the bench, I felt inspired to remove as much hesperantha and tired old ornamental grass as possible.

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Allan helping with the biggest grass

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during

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after

Meanwhile, Allan went after the annoying patch of volunteer rugosa roses, roots and all.  (Because they are pesky and the roots run like fury, we will have to watch for returning sprouts.)

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before

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a thuggish rose

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after

Next, we wanted to polish off the first spring clean up of Fifth Street Park.

Allan started with the hydrangea in the southeast corner.

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before

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I wanted the right hand one a little more upright.  Easy to fix later.

It was a busy day because of a three day weekend.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

My first project was the patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) by the restroom.

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before

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after

By pulling a lot of the hesperantha, and getting its annoying self out of the other plants (like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which Allan clipped after the above photo), we will still have plenty for next fall while having a tidier garden bed now.

I did the same to the nearby street tree garden:

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before

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In a nearby planter, I found…

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a tiny painted rock

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and emerging tulip foliage.

The northwest quadrant of the park also got a hesperantha going-over.

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before

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after

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Here’s what it looks like on a good summer day. (This was in 2014.)

Allan had joined me before I finished.  We’d got caught in a torrent of rain but had an escape at hand.

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inside Captain Bob’s  Chowder

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looking out: clean up abandoned for half an hour

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delicious fish tacos (before applying a yummy creamy tequila sauce)

As the rain intensity decreased, my Dark Sky app was accurate about it stopping in 15 minutes.  The prediction of drizzle for the following hour was, happily, inaccurate.

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By the end of the rain squall, I knew we would only get two out of four planned projects done today.  The temperature had dropped and a chilly wind kicked up.  We went to the two northernmost blocks and finished the planters and street trees.

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crocuses and iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’

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Iris reticulata

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crocuses

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more crocuses

In the last planter of the day, we cut back the escallonia. Why a volunteer, back in the day, planted Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ in two of the planters is beyond me.  It would like to be at least 15 feet tall.  By chopping it hard now, I won’t have to be clipping it all summer long.

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halfway done

and I did NOT see that piece of trash till I looked at this photo!  (Later: Allan says he saw it and disposed of it.)

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done… The green santolina on each end also got clipped.

Before we dumped our full load of debris, I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop).  Almost a month ago I had taken some photos for its Facebook page.  Every time I chose photos to post, I could not bear to post one of a copper clad “stump” because I wanted it for myself.  It was a bit pricey and yet it had haunted me. Would it still be there a month later?

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in mid January

Yes! Twice,  people had put holds on it and then not come back to pick it up.

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It is mine now!  (It’s hollow copper clad aluminium, I’m told, so probably not for outdoors.)

Just after we dumped our debris, as Allan was locking the gate of the city works yard, the rain returned.  Perfect timing.

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At home, I got to erase two items but not the pond and popouts.  Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not with wind and rain predicted.

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First, here a are a few preliminary photos by Allan.

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

4 December: Skooter watched Allan make dinner

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later that night, atop the refrigerator

later that night, atop the refrigerator

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

On a surprisingly nice day in the early afternoon, I suddenly decided that we should do some pre-frost clean up.  Frost and ice were predicted for Thursday.  With Allan planning to take a trip to Seattle on Friday, we would not be able to do a round of the Long Beach planters after the storm.

We checked all of the Ilwaco planters and removed the last batch of almost dead nasturtium from one.

At The Ilwaco Timberland Library, I had an exciting book to pick up.

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red twig dogwood at the library entrance garden

and heather in bloom

and heather in bloom

The new head librarian had found a bag of bulbs (narcissi and alliums) in a back room at the Ocean Park library.  Because they were over a year old, most of them were dried to almost powder.  I had sorted out a few narcissi that still felt slightly plump.  Allan planted them, and we will be interested to see if any of them grow.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Out of a large bag, maybe ten old bulbs were faintly viable.

Next: We clipped back the annuals in the Depot Restaurant window boxes.  I would hate to think of them all frozen and blackened over the weekend.  The window boxes do not get rain water so those plants looked pitiful and dry without our weekly visits.

window box clean up

window box clean up

The Depot garden, ready for winter

The Depot garden, ready for winter

With cold hands, we did some clipping in the Long Beach planters of assorted plants that I knew would be unattractive after the cold snap.  Perhaps the cold snap would not happen.  If it did, I did not want to think of sad looking planters over the weekend.

Fifth Street Park, before

Fifth Street Park, before

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

I clipped back some sad perennials in Fifth Street Park.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before (with some flowers still on Geranium ‘Rozanne’!)

after

after

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

The temperature dropped rapidly while we worked.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped.

Fun rides are put away for the winter; the center pole of the carousel is capped. (Allan’s photo)

When we finished cutting back the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the northernmost planter, we dropped by the Shoeboxes of Joy volunteer HQ at Coulter Park to make a monetary donation.  (We had dropped off some yummy energy bars and some cat food at a donation bin at the bank earlier in the day.  Yes, they do want pet food, not for the senior humans, but for their companion animals.)

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old Long Beach train depot building in Coulter Park

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

Shoeboxes ready to be filled.

sorting has commenced

sorting has commenced

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

Shoebox HQ Christmas tree

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

cotoneaster in Coulter Park

I tried and failed to reach Dave and Melissa to reschedule our weekly dinner for tonight, in case an icy storm prevented it tomorrow.  Therefore, we had time to fulfill one of our holiday traditions: a visit to the Hungry Harbor Grille holiday village in downtown Long Beach.

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Even though I have not been able to muster up any holiday spirit for decorating at home, I was able for half an hour to vicariously enter the life of this village (and we had an early dinner there.  Well, not IN the village, but at a table next to it).

approaching the village

approaching the village

Allan's photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan’s photo: Hungry Harbor burger

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

Taking pictures of the village. In my mind, I am living there.

At that moment, I was photographing the top floor apartment in which I live, in the village.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

I live on the top floor of that apartment building, and the roof garden is mine.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The only reason I can think of that out of all the lovely detached houses with gardens in the village I pick a top floor flat is that it reminds me of the happy year I spent living in the Gables on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard...

on the second floor, with many big windows running all the way down the center courtyard…

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden.

I left here only because I wanted a house with a garden. This modern photo shows that someone did make a garden there sometime later.

I can only imagine that around my imaginary apartment building, I do have a garden in the village.

The harbor now has 15 lighthouses and more boats than it did last year.

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a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from "Las Vegas"

a new sign, acquired this year. Altered from “Las Vegas”

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The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

The village carousel keeps going through the holidays.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

These swans actually swim around the pond.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

There are several bridges that Mr Tootlepedal would enjoy photographing.

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I would make a few tweaks to the village before I moved in.  I would make sure the folks who live there were ethnically and racially diverse and, if there were any churches at all, I’d add a synagogue, a mosque, and a Quaker meeting place.  I’d make sure to install an Indian and an Ethiopian restaurant, and a sushi bar.  And a skateboard park, which is something Long Beach youths sorely crave.

Outside again:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Despite all this seasonal delight, I did not get inspired to decorate at home.  A few years back, I wrote about the dilemma of whether or not to “tree”.  We did buy an artificial tree the next year, and it would be fairly easy to set up.  Yet I think the decision this year’s decision is coming down on the side of not treeing.  I don’t feel like moving my heavy desk to make a space for it and, frankly, I am not in the mood and I would rather have the time to read.  I can always say that I am afraid Skooter would try to climb it; he is, after all, only three years old.  The other cats are a dignified twelve years.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

We did get some snow.

from the front porch

from the front porch

from the east window

from the east window

from the front window

from the front window

I put Skooter out to see if he would like the snow.  He made just a few footprints before hastily retreating.

That's as far as he got. (Allan's photo)

That’s as far as he got. (Allan’s photo)

Skooter snoozing

Skooter snoozing

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan's photo)

Wind kept snow from accumulating in the back garden. (Allan’s photo)

Meanwhile, at THE Oysterville garden, Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) worked until they could no longer see what to cut back.

Melissa's photo

Melissa’s photo

That was all we had, and it did melt, to be followed be evening ice that only affected the riverside towns. So our garden club meeting was cancelled this week…and it turned out that Salt Pub, where we had planned to dine, closed for the evening because of the weather.

Meanwhile, in Portland, friends like Danger Garden were suffering a horrible ice storm.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Allan departed for Seattle, and I did some holiday shopping at the port.

at the marina

at the marina

With nothing but silence and time, I began a 700 page book that would keep me busy for the next  three days.

sequel to last week's Austerity Britain

sequel to last week’s Austerity Britain

My very favourite passage of all, from a Mass Observation investigator:

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 I was especially thrilled that my most beloved diarist, Nella Last, was often quoted in this book. 

As I write this on 13 December, Allan is on his way home from Seattle and volume three of the Tales of a New Jerusalem, Modernity Britain, awaits at the library. At 880 pages, it will keep me busy for a few days.  I have some plans tomorrow so will wait to start it on Thursday so that I can completely immerse myself with few distractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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