The Staycation routine of Olde Towne, reading, restaurants and a bit of gardening got interrupted by another holiday event somewhat of my own making.
Thursday, 19 December and Friday, 20 December 2013
Let me throw in three photos taken in downtown Long Beach on Thursday evening that did not make it into the Holiday Village post.
decorations at Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach
Long Beach looking south from midtown
and looking north in the sparkling holiday town
Friday, I made the usual restful round of the post office and Olde Towne Café.
cute decoration at the Ilwaco Post Office
At Olde Towne, Chester showed me a beautiful birdwatching calendar by Doug Swanson that is for sale at Rusty’s Coin Shop (First Place Mall in Long Beach). (The red bird is a Summer Tanager.)
three of twelve impressive bird photos
Plenty of other folk were enjoying the good ambience of Olde Towne, as well, including a gathering including (left) Doug “In Doug We Trust” Knutzen of Box K Auto Repair and (right) Wendy from beachdog.com (expert local website design business) and her family.
Errands followed after Olde Towne. At Long Beach City Hall, while picking up the last cheque of the year, it was pointed out to me that the cyclamen were blooming in Peggy’s memorial garden (Peggy’s Park). For more about Peggy, see her garden on the 2013 Music in the Gardens tour.
Peggy planted these.
We acquired more lights on our errands run at the Dennis Company store in Long Beach where, in small town fashion, we encountered Tom and Judy as well as Donna M. Our colour choice for lights was driven by the fact that the store was out of long strings of multi coloured lights, and white would be too glaring. Purple will work for Halloween also (a big night here in Ilwaco). Allan could not wrap the posts because of the wire mesh trellising right behind them; I think the way he attached the lights looks just fine.
Allan attached the new lighting in the pouring rain, at dusk!
Friday, 21 December 2013
I woke early (for staycation) to pleasant weather, with a feeling of mixed excitement about the cash mob event of the day mixed with frustration that I had indoor plans for the entire day during unexpected good gardening weather.
looking south…I want to clean up that center bed!
From my window, to the southwest, I could see the entrance to the Saturday Christmas Market.
The flag marks the market space, next door to Time Enough Books, telephoto (like my mind sees it)
The Peninsula Cash Mob, created by me and Michelle Z of The Breakers resort, encourages people to go to a certain shop at a pre-arranged time and spend between five and twenty dollars to boost the business. Usually there is a café associated with the event. For December, it had been Michelle’s brilliant idea to mob the Saturday Christmas Market where a few vendors from the much larger Ilwaco Saturday Market set up a festive Saturday sale during the month of December.
me, in purple, entering the market with another local
I became anxious immediately because the market, at 11 AM, did not look mobbed at all, so I went next door to Time Enough Books. I always worry that a cash mob will turn out to be a flop with hardly anyone showing up.
Time Enough Books
After a few minutes, I dared to go back into the marketplace…and it was mobbed!
inside the Christmas market
wreaths with sand dollars
- Rebecca, who used to operate The Canoe Room café at the port, shows off her purchases.
Charlene and Debbie, gardeners and readers of this blog, in holiday outfits
and buying treats from Pink Poppy Bakery
Allan looks over some glass colours; the Suzie Q’s Magical Glass folks are going to cut pieces for us to replace the ugly orange plastic in our very 70s exterior doors.
Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) supporting the market. I saw her at every booth.
Jenna fell in love with a purple bag. If I used bags of this type, I would have been some tough competition for it.
a really gorgeous purple bag!
Our friend J9 is a big fan of the same style of bag and she and a friend each bought one at the market last weekend. This vendor is at the summer market every Saturday.
I bought one of these adorable pillows two weeks ago as a present.
(It’s for someone who doesn’t read this blog, so I can safely post it here!)
Harmony Soapworks sells their soap online as well as at local shops, and they have regular shipments of soap going to Japan!
Our gardening client Ann
and another client, Cheri
Our friend Ed Strange of Strange Landscaping was at the Pink Poppy Bakery booth, and I swear he posed for this photo.
Madeline and Ed!
Pink Poppy Bakery is run by the daughter of Pink Poppy Farm, my favourite garden on both local garden tours this past summer. Because she had run out of her amazing lemon sugar cookies, I ordered a box to be picked up on Christmas eve at her new storefront by the Long Beach arch.
Pink Poppy Madeline and Kathy (sister of Time Enough Books’ Karla) pose for the definitive cash mob shot
The camera loves Madeline and her Amelie-style flair
I was smitten with a new vendor. They’d been at the last outdoor Saturday Market in September and plan to be there twice a month next year.
Everything they had to offer appealed to me!
beachy scrabble racks
At the other end of the room, Knotty and Knautical was down to just three glass bricks, having sold one to Debbie or Charlene (I think).
the Knotty and Knautical booth, also a regular at the outdoor market
the market, pretty well mobbed
I stepped out to stroll down Waterfront Way to Jenna’s shop and had a moment when I very much wanted to be home cleaning the dead foliage off of my river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’. I find it hard to staycation without gardening; rainy days are a blessing to me.
the view from right outside the market
The good weather enabled a cute picture of “Queen La De Da” outside her shop.
inside the Queen La De Da’s shop…
Who did we find but Debbie and Charlene!
Jenna asked if I had told her spouse, Don, about the purple purse, so I popped back down to Don’s art gallery and informed him. He had me watch the shop while he went on a Christmas gift mission. (I’m 100% sure they are too busy to read this blog, so don’t tell!)
Don almost ALWAYS has treats for customers in his gallery.
At two, Allan and I went to OleBob’s Café and met Michelle Z for lunch. And who did we find there?
The very festive Charlene and Debbie! Those gals know how to do a cash mob!
They had their Christmas present exchange, which included the wonderful new book of collected gardening columns by the late and much missed Dulcy Mahar. Michelle, meanwhile, gifted me with a gorgeous green and purple scarf, the knitting of which benefits the South Pacific County Humane Society. (Bonnie Carey of “bjs pet projects” makes the scarf, and donates her profits to the no-kill shelter.) So I thought it was appropriate to have Mary model it later on in the day.
How did Michelle know these are “my” colours? 😉
And here I am with hardly any presents even wrapped!
We visited at OleBob’s for well over an hour…
OleBob’s holiday decor, and boats
…and were only a few minutes late to coffee klatch at Olde Towne! Patt had come back to town and of course we had to gather with the group of her special Olde Towne friends. Rain began to fall and I could finally stop thinking about gardening!
At Olde Towne, Jenna, MR and Donna, Tom and Judy, and Patt
Allan ran errands instead of joining us, his main mission being to donate some extra things to the Reach Out Thrift Store in Long Beach. Our friend Cat (very much an Olde Towne regular) was working there and asked Allan to say hi for her to the gang since she couldn’t be there with us.
Cat with a little thrift store tree she was about to decorate.
I have to close with a little Olde Towne item that I found so charming (but was able to resist buying).
the idyllic childhood Christmas I didn’t quite have!
Now it haunts me. If it is still there on Tuesday, it might come home with me!
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