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Friday, 17 March 2017

After attending the quilt show, and blogging about the quilt show, our Friday ended with my birthday celebration at the Cove Restaurant, which is once again open for weekend dinners.

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At the Cove on St Patrick’s Day

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Patty, Kathleen, Todd, Melissa, J9, me, Boreas Inn Susie and Bill, and Dave

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Todd brought flowers.

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with Patty from the World Kite Museum.

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Allan, Patty, Our Kathleen, and Todd

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Irish Stew and soda bread

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Carmen bringing cake.

Allan provided  cake by buying two at Sid’s Supermarket and secretly decorating them himself in the back of our van!

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garden clippers from Dave!

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Plant Delights plants from Todd

Dan and Leanne from Casa Pacifica happened to be dining nearby, so they got some cake, and then (being excellent singers and former choir directors) they serenaded us with “Happy Birthday.”

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I was pleased to get The View from Great Dixter from Kathleen.

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Allan gave me three books about England, including one by a former spouse of mine.

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written by a Leedsman

From Melissa, a subscription to Fine Gardening magazine will be much enjoyed, and Susie had made a lilac scented non headache-y all natural perfume.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

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I hadn’t had time to pick up birthday wrapping paper.

Empty Bowls

We began Saturday with the annual Empty Bowls event, in which you buy a handmade bowl and then have a bowl of soup, with the event proceeds going to local programs that feed the hungry.

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at the Peninsula Church Center

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picking bowls, many made by local schoolchildren

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flowers

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our four bowls.  The turtle is reversible!

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Soup provided by several chefs

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well attended

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entertainment (Allan’s photo)

We had the pleasure of dining with Our Kathleen (in blue) and with local author Jan Bono (in red).DSC01792.jpg

Postcard Party

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entering the studio

We drove half an hour north to Ocean Park to attend part of a postcard party.  Today’s focus was sending postcards to our area’s Republican representative to try to get her to attend a town hall and hear our concerns.  We’re going to have the town hall whether or not she shows up.

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Michele made a card to send to Rep. Jaime Beutler, who has not done a town hall here for years.

And we have embarked upon a series of thank you postcards to folks who are fighting the good fight.

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Allan sent a card to our Senator Maria Cantwell.

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a card for Al Franken from another local liberal

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postcards and homemade chili

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I did not have time to finish my last of four cards (lower left).

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We left before the party was over because we had to be at another event.  On the way, we managed to squeeze in a stop at the Depot Restaurant, where we had so kindly been offered some leftover St Pat’s Day shepherd’s pie! At home, we met with Indivisible member Gwen (who had also been at the postcard shindig) and all three of us in our van headed an hour north to South Bend for the …

92nd Annual Pacific County Democrats Crab Feed.

In South Bend, we drove around looking for a garden that I wished to view from the street.  We got a bit lost.

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a beautiful house on the hill

We dropped Gwen off at the event venue and kept looking, only to find the garden was walking distance from our destination rather than being up on the hill.  It belongs to a gardener I admire and I had used Google to find it.  Leaving the word “east” out of the address made it much more findable.

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a dreamy garden

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conifer textures

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Allan’s photo

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just snooping the front garden

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very cool

I long to see the whole garden in summer, and I hope it will be on the Pacific County Master Gardeners’ summer tour.

We then walked to the crab feed.

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a historic photo of South Bend

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free buttons

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showing only about half of the local dems in attendance

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Members of the Chinook Tribe sang a blessing song.

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Harmony Soapworks from Oysterville provided table favours.

Someone did not know it was soap and took a bite!

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State and local politicians served the dinner.

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Senator Maria Cantwell (Allan’s photo)

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State Democrat Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, former Congressman Brian Baird, and Congressman Derek Kilmer

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an enormous crab on top of a green and a potato salad.

I had forgotten how daunting a crab is to eat.  We managed with a set of pliers.  Next year, we will know to bring crab crackers and picks.

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Senator Maria Cantwell was one of several rousing speakers.

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Allan’s photo

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enthusiastic response

We are filled with resolve and have every intention of solving all sorts of problems.

In the silent auction, I won an art piece by our friend Joe Chasse, from his Dangerous Toys series.

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I’m thrilled to have this.

Shortly after Joe departed, Gwen and Allan and I left during the live auction in order to get through the most wooded roads home before dark

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dusk along the marshland on the way home

It has been an intense two day social whirl and, with a break in the bad weather, I am  looking forward to getting some quiet gardening work done.

 

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It had been sunny and warm with a 15 to 20 mph wind from the north for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend a friend and I had planned using that wind and an incoming tide to blow down the Willapa Bay from Oysterville to their house about 9 miles south in a kayak and a sailboat. A writing deadline came up for her, we had to cancel.

Today the wind was still blowing, too cold for gardening, branches might fall, things like that but, it was just right to sail. Willapa River runs mostly east to west and a north wind should be ideal.  Last October when I went to South Bend to sail I left the sail at home so I paddled to Raymond instead.

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South Bend’s small boat dock. (Near the liquor store and / or the public rest room.)

This is how 16 foot sailboat gets small and light enough for one person to stuff onto a mini-van.

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The gardens on the dock were in bloom…

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Beautiful gardens on the dock

…and there were blackberry bushes in bloom upriver.

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Blackberries will be here soon.

There was a house in this logged off spot and a quarry to the left.

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A clearing with a view…

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…and an isolated view of the valley.

There were big houses…

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…and cozy houses.

I liked this one for its location.

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An affordable (maybe) single wide on the shore…

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…and a chair to watch the river.

I saw people running…

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…and I saw people fishing.

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One of Raymond’s many public art pieces.

There were birds.

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ducklings

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I paddled up to this inlet last visit. Now it is a moorage.

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There were boats at the Port of Willapa…

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…and I saw the Weyerhaeuser mill in Raymond.

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More logs arriving

Going beyond Raymond I furled up and went slowly under the 101 bridge. I wouldn’t want to risk damaging  the concrete.

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Keeping right I went up Ellis Slough past Raymond High School where someone was running up and down the bleachers. Thought how I don’t do that any more and continued up to a modest house at the end.

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A boat from Australia or Africa could cruise right up to this back yard.

From the South Bend dock using a car I could have traveled 6 miles in just 11 minutes to get here. Instead it was eleven crooked miles in two and a half hours to reach the end of the slough.

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adding extra distance by zig zagging through pilings

The wind picked up to 15 or 20 mph, gusting to 26 and white caps developed. The lens, the sail, everything got wet on the trip back. I didn’t take out the camera . Fortunately the water was warm.

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Tacking upwind back to South Bend

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Water dripping off the sail above the water spot on the lens

Nearing South Bend, I remembered the camera can take short movies so, for a 78 second video of a tack through the pilings, click here.

My favorite video of this boat is seven minutes long. It shows someone leaving a dock, paddling through a marina and out onto a windy harbor while he narrates. It shows the boat as safe, stable, forgiving as he turns, not too technical and splashy quick.

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Back to the South Bend dock with a +3.0 foot out going tide

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The squiggly route around South Bend and the overall route

I got a reading of 6.9 mph on the way up before the battery went dead so, my imagination can only speculate on the great speed later when the wind was stronger.

Finally a scene seen often by local drivers, the Willapa Bay from the Bruceport historical sign south of South Bend.

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View of Willapa Bay from Bruceport with a +2.1 tide

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

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Stopped at the Astoria cut off on Hwy. 101 to check ropes and to get some historic paddlers lined up for a pose:

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South Bend has a kayak dock as part of the Willapa Bay Water Trail. Same place as the Poker Paddle event I attended September first. I figured that if everything went upside down on me, a helping hand was more easily found on this route than on a remote river:

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A fresh catch of oysters being delivered to ‘Hilton’s’ Coast Seafoods Company  next door:

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The calm bird shots on the Willapa River were interrupted when the foot powered penguin style flippers whapped into a sunken piling. There is supposed to be a gap between the two fins so they can flap back and forth.

The flippers are scientifically faster and easier than a paddling they say. Seems to work but they still recommend carrying a paddle to back up and to poke things. Foot pedaling does keep me from drifting or splashing a paddle when getting out the camera. I unbent the front blade on a piling and paid better attention after that.

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A future source for boats to turn into planters?

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The phone’s tide app. showed the tide was just going out:

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I was headed upstream against the tide on a mission; about 4.5 miles to a McDonald’s for a burger. When I lived in Pullman, Washington in the 70s, a trip to the big cities often included a treat at a McDonald’s.

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The current going through a collapsed boathouse:

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These little circles and flashes in the water are little fingerlings that the birds must love:

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The Port of Willapa Harbor:

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…and a greeting from someone working on their sailboat:

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There is an abandoned turntable railroad bridge just south of Raymond:

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I imagined docking, climbing the stairs and exploring the rotted structure on top.

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This section of steel floor plate is missing leaving just the old wooden floorboards.

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The muddy shore of Raymond:

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No pics on land as I had left the camera behind in the life jacket. Fast food dress code. Washed my shoes and headed back downstream and down tide:

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Past the friendly sailboat owner again:

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Checked out a side stream with a foot bridge:

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Looking back at the Willapa harbor:

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This was my first trip in this skinny boat without the outriggers and it proved very stable. The dock was straight ahead but I took a longer route to check out some more stuff:

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More birds (some shy ducks & geese trotting away weren’t very photogenic):

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A fisherman was reeling in his net at South Bend:

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A different view of entering the town:

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The tide was falling and creating a current against the pilings.

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A plus 1.7’ tide still leaves the dock pretty low:

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A heron had claimed the small boat dock:

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Later, a view of Willapa Bay at a +1′ tide shows why keeping track of the tide in the bay is so important. The fog in the distance is the same coastal fog I’ll see later at home.

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