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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Today was the day we helped Jenna move her Queen La De Da shop from the Port of Ilwaco to downtown Ilwaco.  Fortunately, the start time was not till after noon, as I had been up into the small hours finishing yesterday’s novel, The Husband’s Secret.  I have now found out it was a New York Times best seller, a well deserved honour.

Smokey and Mary, when we departed.

Smokey and Mary, when we departed.

At noon, we went to Jenna’s new shop and potted up two trees to enhance her entry, and then dropped the extra potting soil back home again.

Not much had happened in cat land.

Not much had happened in cat land.

Drizzle would have kept me from gardening.  The garden did look grand in the soft light.

from the front gate

from the front gate

tulips in the front garden

tulips in the front garden (the fuzzy things on the soil are last year’s cardoon flowers)

pulsatilla 'Red Clock'

pulsatilla ‘Red Clock’

Tulip 'Leo', one of my favourites with its raggedy edge.

Tulip ‘Leo’, one of my favourites with its raggedy edge.

The young Bartlett pear tree in Allan’s garden has enough blossoms this year to evoke, with its sharp clean scent,  memories of the huge Bartlett tree in my Grandma’s garden.  I hope to live long enough to see it get this big:

pear tree from my back roof, Seattle 1989

pear tree from my back roof, “Gram’s garden”, Seattle 1989

The hellebores, still blooming, and someday to be under a pear tree’s shade, are fading to an interesting array of colours.

fade to black

fade to black

I’m hoping Allan will crawl under the old apple tree trunk behind that hellebore and pull all this shotweed and touch me not:

needs someone agile!

needs someone agile!

On to moving.  We started earlier than the rest of the friends so that Allan could dismantle Jenna’s big desk.  At one o clock, several others arrived.  I had the van almost loaded with handy same size cardboard moving boxes as other helpers went up and down the ramp into the Uhaul.

The owners of Heidi's Inn, Ilwaco, pitching in.

The owners of Heidi’s Inn, Ilwaco, pitching in.

unloading at Jenna's new shop on Spruce Street.

unloading at Jenna’s new shop on Spruce Street.  (The twisty tree is the one she wanted for her entrance.)

She’s losing the water view, but gaining lots more vehicle traffic, as everyone who drives through town from Astoria to Long Beach will pass her art gallery/studio.  It’s right across a small parking lot from the Antique Gallery, Too!   I took the opportunity to get some more photos for The Antique Gallery Facebook page.

Antique Gallery Too!

Antique Gallery Too!

inside Antique Gallery Too!

inside Antique Gallery Too!

While Allan reassembled Jenna’s desk (so large it had had to be dismantled for moving), I visited the Antique Gallery on Lake Street to talk with owner Robert about next Saturday’s cash mob.  If you are in town, you might attend our antiques extravaganza between the two Antique Gallery shops, the thrift store on Lake Street, and Olde Towne Trading Post Cafe, from 11-4 on Saturday, April 12.  I hope a good number of locals descend on the shops and spend at least a few dollars each.  (The Antique Gallery has the littlest  sea green glass floats for only $9.00 each.)

the little fishing floats are a good cash mob purchase...

the little fishing floats are a good cash mob purchase…

I pulled a few weeds from under the street trees while progressing from one shop to the other.

trees

By four thirty, I was home again, quite pooped.  I managed to take a few garden photos before sitting down to blog about Saturday’s events.

our garden boat

our garden boat

parrot tulips in the boat

‘Apricot Parrot’ tulips in the boat

more tulips in the back garden, bowed by rain

more tulips in the back garden, bowed by rain and wind

in the back garden

in the back garden

tulips backed with Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

tulips backed with Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

Backing up the photo a little bit gives the real story of the back garden:  I need to have a thorough weeding session for the thready little horsetail and the shotweed.

soon, I hope!

soon, I hope!

The shotweed is a satisfying weed to pull (as long as its seeds don’t shoot into my eyes).  The horsetail feels hopeless because one can never get all the roots.  If I were retired, I would be able to discourage it with constant removal.  (Ann Lovejoy says the best method is to break it off at the base rather than pull it.  I don’t have time for that in my life as it is now.)

Meanwhile, at the former shop of Queen La De Da, Allan helped return the hallway to its original blue paint.  The map of Ilwaco and its historic depiction of Tangly Cottage Gardening is no more!

We're in the lower left corner.

We were  in the lower left corner.

We were flattered to be on the map.

We were flattered to be on the map.

but there we go under dark blue paint...

but there we go under the dark blue paint that had coated the hallway when Jenna moved in…

We’re confident that Jenna’s new digs will have the same magic as the old shop.

 

 

 

 

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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

decorations at Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach

Long Beach looking south from midtown

Long Beach looking south from midtown

and looking north in the sparkling holiday town

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

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

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.

oldetowne

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.

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.

lights

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!

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.

next door to Time Enough Books, telephoto (the way my mind sees it)

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

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

Time Enough Books

After a few minutes, I dared to go back into the marketplace…and it was mobbed!

inside the Christmas market

inside the Christmas market

wreaths with sand dollars

wreaths with sand dollars

Rebecca, who used to operate The Canoe Room café at the port, shows off her purchases.

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

Charlene and Debbie, gardeners and readers of this blog, in holiday outfits

and buying treats from Pink Poppy Bakery

and buying treats from Pink Poppy Bakery

Allan looks over some glass colours; the glass folks are going to cut pieces for us to replace the ugly orange plastic in our very 70s exterior doors.

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 (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 bag!

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.

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 from Oysterville

Harmony Soapworks

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

Our gardening client Ann

and another client, Cheri

and another client, Cheri

Harmony Soapworks

Harmony Soapworks

Our friend Ed Strange of Strange Landscaping was at the Pink Poppy Bakery booth, and I swear he posed for this photo.

Ed!

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

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

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.

coastalwood

Everything they had to offer appealed to me!

wreaths

wreaths

signs

signs

beachy words

beachy words

beachy scrabble racks

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 Knotty and Knautical booth, also a regular at the outdoor market

the market, pretty well mobbed

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 view from right outside the market

The good weather enabled a cute picture of “Queen La De Da” outside her shop.

our Jenna

our Jenna

inside the Queen La De Da's shop

inside the Queen La De Da’s shop…

Who did we find but Debbie and Charlene!

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 ALWAYS has treats for customers in his gallery.

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!

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? ;-)

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

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!

oldetowne

olde towne

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.

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!

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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Saturday, 7 December 2013, part two

We had our traditional Ilwaco holiday celebration, always the first Saturday of December:  The lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas tree at 5 PM sharp.  Don’t be late or you might miss the world’s shortest fireworks display!

arriving at 4:45

arriving at 4:45 at west end of Howerton Street.

Allan made a detour down Waterfront Way and heard the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band performing; then the band walked down to the tree as well.

Ilwaco High School Jazz Band

Ilwaco High School Jazz Band

Scout waits at Time Enough books for the post tree lighting crowd to arrive.

Scout waits at Time Enough books for the post tree lighting crowd to arrive.

OleBob's stayed open late to serve dinner.

OleBob’s stayed open late to serve dinner.

4:50 at the tree

4:50 at the tree

I had been worried hardly anyone would show up.  A wind chill factor of minus 20 had been predicted.  Thankfully, no wind blew after all, but the temperature was a numbing upper 20s F.

tree and moon

tree and moon

just past the tree at the south end of the boatyard

just past the tree at the south end of the boatyard

icy water at the boat lift

icy water at the boat lift

the moon decorating a tree in the Christmas tree field

the moon decorating a tree in the Christmas tree field

still a little snow on the grass

still a little snow on the grass as the crowd grew larger

before

Everyone got a booklet of crab pot tree carols.

Everyone got a booklet of crab pot tree carols.

Our gardening client Diane poised to plug in the tree.  (The lights to the left are on a lamp post.)

Our gardening client Diane poised to plug in the tree. (The lights to the left are on a lamp post.)

Bruce Peterson, Saturday market manager, leads the countdown.

Bruce Peterson, Saturday market manager, leads the countdown.

Karla of Time Enough Books sets off the first firework.

Karla of Time Enough Books sets off the first firework.

poised

poised

the world's tallest Dungeness crab pot Christmas tree

the world’s tallest Dungeness crab pot Christmas tree is lit!

Laurie and Clint Carter join Bruce to lead the caroling.

Laurie and Clint Carter join Bruce to lead the caroling.

Oh Crab Pot Tree! is always a rousing song.

Oh Crab Pot Tree! is always a rousing song.

caroling

dungeness

Caroling

Caroling

trio

The jazz band joins in.

The jazz band joins in.

a good turn out despite cold and icy roads up in Long Beach!

a good turn out despite cold and icy roads up in Long Beach!

Our Luanne from Olde Towne Café at center

Our Luanne from Olde Towne Café at center

Crab pot tree, with your buoys and lights...

Crab pot tree, with your buoys and lights…

We walked with Luanne and Chester past Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company to Waterfront Way.

walk

Jessie's with its iconic holiday star.

Jessie’s with its iconic holiday star.

A lighted boat parade is part of the festivities.  Last year, the parade was canceled due to hazardous high winds that blew all the week before; a few folks braved the weather and decorated anyway.  This year, temperatures in the 20s even during the day may have kept some folk from decorating, and we have the problem of the Government Sequester:  The Coast Guard is not allowed to participate this year…   Their boats were always a bright and fine addition.  I think it is a shame that this year’s young Coasties don’t get the chance to participate.  Here’s the Coast Guard boat from years past:

flashback: 2011

flashback: 2011

2011

2011

Despite the weather and lack of Coast Guard presence, our little port had some lovely lighted boats (and a very small nautical parade).

boat reflected in...ICE!

boat reflected in…ICE!

boats

boats

boats

Allan went way out on the docks to get these photos.

Allan went way out on the docks to get these photos.

on the docks

on the docks

Meanwhile the jazz band played holiday songs.

Ilwaco High School Jazz Band

Ilwaco High School Jazz Band

My fingers were so cold that they hurt; I had fingerless gloves on in order to operate my camera.  When I went into the Saturday Christmas Market, which had stayed open late,  the camera rebelled at the change in temperature.

in the market! with fogged camera

in the market! with fogged camera

thawing

thawing

fog around the edges of Tied Pool Creations

fog around the edges of Tied Pool Creations

I realized I could warm my camera and my fingers at a booth selling stone candleholders and then we felt much better.

all clear

all clear

wreaths

Outside, the hardy Jazz Band played on.

band

I went into the warmth of Time Enough Books.

Karla, bookseller

Karla, bookseller

Many folks had had the same warm idea.

Many folks had had the same warm idea.

karlanelson

Scout (named after To Kill a Mockingbird)

Scout (named after To Kill a Mockingbird)

Parents and children lined up to see Santa and Mrs Claus.

Santa

Santa

claus

santa2

Karla, Scout, and Santa

Karla, Scout, and Santa

and the jazz band

and the jazz band

With fingers still a bit chilled, I knew I could get a hot chocolate down at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

Don's Crab Pot Tree painting

one of Don’s Crab Pot Tree paintings

As always, he had treats.

As always, he had treats.

Don and Jenna's son, Joe

Don and Jenna’s son, Joe

Blog reader Dee D (with her back turned) and her husband (in yellow) enjoy some hot chocolate.

Blog reader Dee D (with her back turned) and her husband (in yellow) enjoy some hot chocolate.

Jenna was down at her own shop, Queen La De Da’s, doing a Christmas mermaid photoshoot.  She appeared briefly to bring the Cosmic Bombshells to pose with Don.

The Bombshells were helping out with Jenna's party.

The Bombshells were helping out with Jenna’s party.

I thought it high time to go down to Jenna’s and participate in the nice warm potluck party.

The Port Office

The Port Office, just west of Don’s gallery

in the port office window

in the port office window

Chester with Jenna and the mermaids.

Chester with Jenna and the mermaids.

Allan just in from the cold.  Photo by Jenna Austin.

Allan just in from the cold. Photo by Jenna Austin.

in the mermaid grotto

in the mermaid grotto

Donna partakes of the potluck

 the potluck

Jenna photographing mermaids

Jenna photographing mermaids

mermaid, Don, and Hot Chocolate Hottie.

mermaid, Don, and Hot Chocolate Hottie.

Jenna's photo of the bombshells, me, and Luanne

Jenna’s photo of the bombshells, me, and Luanne

Next year’s crab pot tree lighting will be on Saturday, December 6th.

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