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Saturday, 20 June 2015

I would have liked to stay home.  I have spoiled myself with Saturdays off lately, However, we had to work today so that we can be home Monday for the plumber, and we have fallen behind enough so that we cannot have a three day weekend this time.

I was leaving good company behind.

I was leaving good company behind.

As we got ready for work, Jessika from next door, co owner of Starvation Alley Farms (purveyors of the finest organic cranberry juice) came over to pick a big bowl of strawberries.  We had offered them to her as well as Devery, because we simply do not have time to keep up.

Jessika

Jessika

She suggested we come out with a bowl to pick berries for our breakfast, not realizing that both Allan and I are pretty non-functional during the first hour of our mornings.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Before work, I fulfilled my self-imposed obligation of taking some Saturday Market photos for the Discover Ilwaco page.  Pink Poppy Bakery was also a draw.

I continue to be thrilled to see the progress of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

It’s already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

We strongly advise taking Surfing Lessons from Salt Surfing owner Julez Orr, as the ocean is dangerous around here and he knows how to navigate it for safety and fun.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

As I walked past OleBob’s Café, I thought “What in the world is that man doing?” and then realized it was Allan trying to get a photo of the crab steamer flame.

on the north side of OleBob's

on the north side of OleBob’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

As you can guess, I was not pleased that we were facing another windy day of work.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I briefly popped into my favourite bookshop to check up on its owner, Karla, who had recently had minor surgery.  She was fine and had her niece’s new puppy to show off!

south side of Time Enough Books

south side of Time Enough Books

Kelli and Karla with puppy love

Kelli and Karla with Gimli

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got puppy kisses from Gimli.

market reflection

market reflection in OleBob’s south window

As always, lots of cute dogs

As always, lots of cute dogs

a doggie pile up

a doggie pile up

Pink Poppy produce

Pink Poppy produce

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Allan's photo: He noticed this guy's t shirt.

Allan’s photo: He noticed this guy’s t shirt.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt.  We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt. We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

We got ourselves some Swedish traveling cake for work, and some German chocolate brownies for dinner later with Our Kathleen.  We were going to her place in the evening.  We’d wanted to have a campfire here, but would not be able to because of the accursed wind.

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

Long Beach

Now, for work.  Our first project was to get the horsetail weeded off the pond garden by the stoplight.  On this busy Saturday, we parked a block away and walked with the wheelbarrow, buckets and tools south to the pond…

...past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

…past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

The pond, before

The pond, before

I weeded all around the edges.

I weeded all around the edges.

Allan's photo.  It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan’s photo. It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

The heroncam watches this pond and is watched by people who wish they were in Long Beach.  So far, no one has ever gotten to see Allan fall in.

The horse wagon went by.  (Allan's photo)

The horse wagon went by. (Allan’s photo)

I crossed the street to the south to check on the dampness of the nearest planter.  I am hoping they will hold till Wednesday, because of the watering schedule changes due to needing to take Monday off.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

As we were driving north to Long Beach an hour or so earlier, I had gotten a message from MaryBeth asking if Allan might be interested in a small kayak that she wanted to divest herself of.  It is a little too wide for her to easily paddle.  He was very interested, as it would make it possible for him to take another friend along on a boating excursion, so she brought it to us.  As you can see, it is so compact that it actually fit inside our van!

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We finished up the pond and it looks beautiful again.

after

after

after

after

Above is an example of how salal takes over a garden.  I tried planting other stuff because Mike wanted more colour.  The darn salal comes up in everything all along the back side of the pond.  Its roots are like iron.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

If the pond were mine, I would be trying to cover all the fabric with driftwood, rocks, or…something.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

a fish handing out restaurant samples (Allan's photo)

a fish handing out fish ‘n’ chips samples (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We needed some coffee, not fish, to keep going through the next project.

Great Escape Coffee drive-through

Great Escape Epsresso drive-through

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Our next project: Allan weeded the north side at the back of Coulter Park, while I went after bindweed sneaking up through various shrubs.

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

The south garden bed is easy to maintain, as the other side of the fence is mowed lawn.  The north side is a nightmare, as the neighbouring property line is made of salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed, all of which run fiercely into the park’s garden bed and intermingle with the roots of the roses.  This disheartening situation had discouraged me from scheduling this weeding job till now.

south bed

south bed

The trees at the southwest corner of the park have an habit of being ugly inside:

trees

I spend a bit of time cutting dead wood out of them; they’ve been pruned to allow access at the back entry to the park so the dead interiors show.

I could spend hours at this....but did not.

I could spend hours at this….but did not.

made it just a little better

made it just a little better

Allan’s project:

before

before

after

after

I don’t think many citizens know that there is such a peaceful park area behind the Long Beach depot building in Coulter Park.

looking east

looking east

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

We were hoping to strim the long grass from the center parking lot berm.  When we found that there were too many cars parked close to it (as we sort of expected on a Saturday), we cancelled that mission and just weeded the pocket garden by Culbertson Field. (Allan remembered it!) 

it’s three blocks east of the Long Beach arch.

 
Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after

after

all tidied up

all tidied up

Minnie Culbertson

Minnie Culbertson

In the little garden, I found a prize: a little tin box (photographed later at home):

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I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

Dumping our load of debris at City Works ended the Long Beach part of our day.

one of the City Works killdeer family

one of the City Works killdeer family

Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

Back in our town, we tackled the north stretch of the boatyard garden, weeding out the horsetail.  It is determined to take over; we are determined to prevail against it.

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard Ceanothus

boatyard Ceanothus

I also diagnosed, easily, a problem with the city planter at the corner of the boatyard.  Instead of being dry, it is not draining, and the Erysimum is rotting.

soupy!   This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

soupy! This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

At last, work was done, we dumped our debris, went home, and changed clothes, picked a bouquet and dropped off the trailer and headed out for the evening.

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

evening out

On the way to Kathleen’s cottage, we picked up delicious tacos at the truck by North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.

tacos

Chef Jason Lancaster from the Cove Restaurant only works there in person on Sundays.  However, we learned Thursday evening that his Korean and Hawaiian tacos are featured there every day now.  We are thrilled.

tacomenu

taco2

I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

We arrived at Kathleen’s with Waikiki tacos for her and spicy Korean and Bahn Mi tacos for me and Allan.

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

at Kathleen's cottage

at Kathleen’s cottage

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

Kathleen had been to the Garlic Festival today and had met Debbie, who recognized her from the blog.  Kathleen invited Debbie to join us for Ilwaco Halloween at our house.  I hope she does!

a simple bouquet

a simple bouquet

Now for two days off, except for watering the Ilwaco planters…I do hope I muster up enough energy to get some gardening projects done at home.  And I hope our slightly leaky pipe does not blow, as my garden needs a thorough watering so I simply must have water.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

After we were done enoying the beach clean up volunteer lunch at the Peninsula Senior Center, it was easy to walk right next door and do a little planting at Golden Sands.

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

left: Senior Center; top left: health clinic; bottom right, Golden Sands

You can see that not only is there our courtyard garden but also a volunteer-maintained paved strolling trail garden to the north of the facility.

We had just a few plants dug up from my garden and Jo’s to plant in the courtyard: some sanguisorbas and Eryngiums from me and the spare roses that Allan dug out of Jo’s garden last week (replacing them with Floral Carpet rose).

Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

outside Golden Sands, north side, some volunteer spreading of bark

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

Allan wheelbarrowing down the hallway to reach the courtyard garden door.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.

While still mostly green, the garden looks like it is just about to pop with colour.  SE quadrant

NE quadrant outside my mum's old window.

NE quadrant outside my mum’s old window.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

NW quadrant: still frustratingly slow.

something to admire: My mum's velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

something to admire: My mum’s velvet red rose, transplanted from her old garden.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

Allan planted two buckets of old narcissi bulbs.

and was pleased to see the Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' has put out a sprout.  (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

and was pleased to see the Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ has put out a sprout. (Last year someone stepped on this little baby; now it has a protective teepee of bamboo.)

We weren’t there for long before leaving for the great event of the afternoon: meeting my new nephew, Jackson Strange.

Puppy Time at Ed’s

Yesterday our friend Ed Strange had picked up his new family member, an eight week old Springer Spaniel named Jackson.  Settle back for a plethora of puppy pics:

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

me meeting Jackson for the first time.

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

all windblown from the beach clean up earlier in the day!

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

a very relaxed and trusting puppy, falling asleep

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan's feet.

After greeting me, Jackson immediately fell asleep between Allan’s feet.

getting a little more comfy with Allan's boot as a pillow.

getting a little more comfy with Allan’s boot as a pillow.

a man and his pup

a man and his pup

walking into the garden

walking into the garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

Ed has redone the north edge of his property.

In this photo from last year's garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of salal.

In this photo from last year’s garden tour, you can get a hint that the front was a solid bank of sala along a ditchl.  That was quite a transformation, involving the laying of culvert pipe.

the driveway shade garden

the driveway shade garden

Ed''s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Ed”s sweet little single wide, in a new colour

Some garden discussion and admiration....

Some garden discussion and admiration….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

An enormous gunnera is the focal point for the garden.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

It has made lots of little seedlings.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Ed, me, and one other got one of the Garden signs from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

I bet you would like to see some more puppy photos.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

Jackson kept falling asleep.

Jackson kept falling asleep.

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j6

j7

me taking puppy pics

me taking puppy pics

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on Ed's coffee table

on Ed’s coffee table (Allan’s photo)

We sat on the deck visiting for awhile.  Jackson fell asleep again.

j8

j9

j10

j11

j12

A noise scared him and he went under my chair…and fell back asleep.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed's corner deck display

Ed’s corner deck display

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella's garden, in memory

Ed got this little statue from his late friend Jimella’s garden, in memory

Ed was taking three days off from his landscaping business to bond with his pup.  As we left for our next job, they were planning to take a nap together.

Our friend J9 lives down the street and we had a crab pot to drop off for her garden decorating project.

Our J9.

Our J9.

Then…back to work.

Andersen’s RV Park

At Andersen’s, we had a hydrangea to prune, a blueberry to plant, and the usual deadheading and weeding.

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus

Payson Hall planters with red ranunculus and California poppies

and Allium schubertii

and Allium schubertii

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

on the door of Payson Hall clubhouse

and the garbage can

and the garbage can

Owner Lorna had asked me last week if a hydrangea by one of the two cottages (an area we do not take care of) was dead.  No, it was not, I told her, and today Allan pruned it all the way down, down, down to new growth and gave it some fertilizer.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

Allan's photo: deadheading along the picket fence

Allan’s photos: deadheading along the picket fence

and blueberry planting

and blueberry planting

the weekly picket fence garden view.  The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

the weekly picket fence garden view. The sweet peas are almost an inch tall along the fence.

Ilwaco

After a day so long and action packed that it would not even fit into one post, I was eager to get home.  At the stoplight intersection, we had to make one last stop to get some photos of the (now closed, with a building needing restoration) Doupé Hardware Store.  A citizen (we don’t know who) had made the effort to make an attractive window display.  This is very welcome at the main entrance to town.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: This beautiful building was once a thriving store.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At home, we got more news of the revitalization of town when our friend Julez (a local surfing instructor) stopped by on his way to visit the Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm household just next door to us.  He and his spouse have taken on the Harbor Lights Motel and Lounge at the port, which has been closed for several years.  We are so excited that it will be reopening this summer, and we see craft cocktails made with organic cranberry juice sometime in the future.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

Julez, of Skookum Surf and now the Harbor Lights Motel.

his new little dog (Omar?):  Allan's photo

his new little dog (Omar?): Allan’s photo

with his other dog, Taco (Allan's photo)

with his other dog, Taco (Allan’s photo)

It seems Ilwaco is turning around again with a boost of youthful energy.

Tomorrow:  We hope to do the weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building Garden.  This time I’ll go with Allan and see what I’ve gotten us into by saying yes to the job.

We have a tremendously busy week ahead as by next weekend the Ilwaco and Port of Ilwaco gardens need to look perfect for the Saturday children’s parade and opening day of Port of Ilwaco Saturday Market, and Long Beach has to be perfect for the Sunday parade, and Klipsan Beach Cottages has to be perfect for the Saturday Rhodie Tour, and the other resorts should look pretty nice because it’s a big tourist weekend.  This is my last chance to remind you about the Rhodie Tour as this blog is, as usual, running several days behind. Locals, we hope to see you there.

a reminder

a reminder

 

 

 

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