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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our Thursday began with a shock when the computer uninterrupted power supply boxes started beeping at 6:30 AM.  The power was out.  Why?  The weather was calm, and as the sun rose I checked my local Facebook newsfeed on my phone till I found out that the power was out to Raymond, Naselle, Chinook, and Ilwaco all the way to Oysterville…pretty much all of southwest coastal Washington.  Then I tried to go back to sleep.  Night owl that I am, I had been up till 2 AM and I could not function well at work on four and a bit hours of sleep.  But it was so cold!   The previous night had been the first truly nippy autumn night (as we had discovered when we were out looking for Stubby the neighbourhood cat by flashlight.)  I was unprepared and had to find more blankets and then huddle in layered extra socks and sweatshirt and sweatpants underneath them.  A long time passed before sleep was regained, and so we got a very late start on the work day.

Our plan had been for an Ilwaco day and a coffee klatsch with friends at Olde Towne Café.  The earliest projection that I had read for the power returning was “early afternoon”.  Knowing we could not count on the seven person coffee date happening, we decided to do the north end jobs and save our Ilwaco work for a rescheduled coffee day.  Also, I needed coffee without spending time setting up a propane grill, and I could not find the car charger for my phone, which had already gone down to 20%.  Beach Batteries shop was open and for a mere $10 and some change, saved the day for my internet communication.

Facebook’s local network had let me know that Great Escape drive through espresso stand in Long Beach was up and running with a generator.  Bless them!!

saved by the Great Escape!

saved from coffeelessness by the Great Escape!

Even though our work does not depend on electricity, we were fortunate to have gotten gas the evening before so that we could make it all the way up to Klipsan Beach Cottages.  There, I channeled my discombobulation with the day’s changed schedule and the uncertainty about power into redoing two garden areas.

during and after

during and after

Allan did the part above.  It does not look like much of a change, but under that soil had been a huge patch of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  It had been dormant when I planted a Rosa Mutabilis and I had forgotten how much there was.  It had then swamped the rose during the summer.  So it had to go.  Allan sifted the corms in a wheelbarrow and managed to save a lot of the soil, enough to make the area level again.  (We will add some good mulch later.)  I thought we were going to have to go get soil to fill in, but his careful work saved us that trip.

I dug up two big lilies that were too close to the front of the garden.  The lily bulbs had gotten enormous.

with Allan's size large glove for comparison

with Allan’s size large glove for comparison

Meanwhile, I removed lots of reseeded chive plants, lady’s mantle, and pink scabiosas from the bed below.

after

after

We were both miserable for awhile during this job because, unlike the morning when being TOO COLD had kept us both awake during the earliest morning part of the power outage, now the weather was TOO HOT, hot enough to make us dizzy and uncomfortable.  The  fenced garden seems to gather heat; the local weather station reported the afternoon temperature had only gotten to sixty degrees, but I find that hard to believe!

In other areas inside the deer fence, I got some cutting back done.  The second reseeded ornamental grass has to come out, but not till I have a good place to put it.

too much grass...swamping a hardy fuchsia

too much grass…swamping a hardy fuchsia in the background

I did remove a smaller one with a Port of Ilwaco destination in mind.

inside the deer fence...looking more autumnal

inside the deer fence…looking more autumnal

I think the driveway garden is the prettiest spot right now.

driveway garden, re-done this year by owners Mary and Denny

driveway garden, re-done this year by owners Mary and Denny

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ in the driveway garden was cut back in early summer because Mary did not want anything really tall in here other than the Tiger Eyes sumac.  So now the Lemon Queen is in full bloom, while the taller patches of it elsewhere in the garden are completely done!  The sumac is on the run but there are plans for every new sprout.

Oh the joy when the power came back on at about 1:30!  (I had been messaging our coffee klatsch friends all morning…Maybe we could have had our get together after all, but I was far away with other plans by now.)

Even though we did not have to get soil for KBC today, I did want to get some for the hole left by big plant removal at the port.  We left with just time to swing by Wiegardt Gallery for a quick check up to make sure it looked good for the weekend.

Wiegardt Gallery...haze of blue from all the Bad Aster that escaped the yank.

Wiegardt Gallery…haze of blue on left side from all the Bad Aster that escaped my pulling.

Schizostylis and badaster at Wiegardt Gallery

Schizostylis and badaster at Wiegardt Gallery

Fortunately for our schedule, the gallery garden just needed a little deadheading and we had plenty of time, despite our late start, to get to Peninsula Landscape Supply during business hours.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We just needed one scoop of soil.  While Allan dealt with that, I hand picked four buckets of attractive river rock to add to the roiled up landscaping at the Powell Gallery.

Allan then loaded the half filled rock buckets.

Allan then loaded the half filled rock buckets.

I really do not make them too heavy.

Mt St Helens river rock...I only picked the prettiest.

Mt St Helens river rock…I only picked the prettiest.

Back at the Port of Ilwaco, we filled in the hole by the Ilwaco Tuna Club where a big grass had been removed, and replaced it with the nice medium sized grass salvaged from a crowded garden bed at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

replanted

replanted

We dumped the river rock on the Powell Gallery garden and then took a few extra buckets of soil down to fluff up an area at the boatyard garden.  From there, I could see my old house and for the first time observed that the new owner has a wood stove!  We never did manage to get that house warm in the winter (and warned him so when we sold it).

our old Tangly Cottage...warm at last?

our old Tangly Cottage…warm at last?

almost sunset over the boatyard

almost sunset over the boatyard

I could tell from the sky that it might be another good sunset, so after dropping off our trailer at home, we went down to the south parking lot at the port by the boat launch.

There, the weather was at last JUST RIGHT, a comfortable, calm, windless and warmish evening.

My sunset photos:

looking toward the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station

looking toward the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station

pre-sunset light, low tide

pre-sunset light,  very low tide

a little boat comes in

a little boat comes in

sunset light

sunset light

a well placed gull

a well placed gull

Allan’s sunset photos:

gull on the move

gull on the move

low tide

low tide

mud flat

mud flat

Ilwaco Landing

Ilwaco Landing

more birds

more birds

flying birds

flying birds

bird, trees, water

trees and water

The sunset was not as spectacular as we had hoped, but we both appreciated the low tide and silvery light out at the entrance to the Ilwaco marina.

When we got home I felt bereft at the lack of Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Hal!  After having dinner with them for three evenings in a row, at three fine restaurants, it now seemed rather dull to just end up at home at dusk.  Nevertheless, I particular enjoyed electric lights, and a nice cup of tea, and getting to watch Big Bang Theory on telly, and the house being warm (from the sun! We still have not had to turn on the heat).  I love electricity.

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