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Monday, 16 November 2015

a cozy day at home

a cozy day at home

Smokey and his mother, Mary

Smokey and his mother, Mary

Allan’s errands in the wind:

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A stop at Time Enough Books at the Port to buy a battery powered booklight in case the power went out:

greeted by Harper

greeted by Harper

some cozies for a power outage (but I have a big stack of books from the library)

some cozies for a power outage (but I have a big stack of books from the library)

I see something missing from that collection:  My favourite cozy series, the Seaside Knitters.

stormy day reading lights

stormy day reading lights

gale warning flags at the port

gale warning flags at the port

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

substantial gusts

substantial gusts

Allan then went up to Long Beach to get a haircut at Carol’s Salon.

outside Carol's Salon: a seasonal arrangement created by our friend Terran.

outside Carol’s Salon: a seasonal arrangement created by our friend Terran.

in Long Beach: The city crew putting up holiday decorations in 40-ish mph wind.

in Long Beach: The city crew putting up holiday decorations in 40-ish mph wind.

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Looking south from Dennis Company

Looking south from Dennis Company

Where we recently photographed a backhoe digging up a little building by what is now Scoopers, an array of cottages used to sit.  They were still here when I moved to the Peninsula (and I wish they had been saved.)

old photo hanging in Dennis Company

old photo hanging in Dennis Company

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Local Jim Sayce took this photo of the construction area in front of Scooper’s:

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The forecast had been dire, with 60 mph winds predicted.  While we did not get as strong a storm as I had predicted, areas north got much much worse.

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We had had 6-7 inches of rain since Thursday.  The squalls that passed through were impressive.

Allan’s photos:

Allan's photo

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We did not get out into the storm.  For those who did, the photographic rewards could be immense:

substantial gusts

substantial gusts

just down the road...I finally had had a couple of reading days.  My book concentration has been hampered by obsessive reading of the news lately.  (My favourite sources: BBC News, AlJazeera, and memes on my Facebook news feed.)

I am in complete agreement here.

I am in complete agreement here.

 I did make it through a thoroughly enjoyable book by Stephen McCauley.

True Enough

True Enough

Ironically, I had been reminded of this excellent author by a mention in Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mysteries, and I found in True Enough this description of a malamute (the breed that figures in the mystery series).  “Helen was an arthritic malamute, snow white but beginning to go yellow all over….her blue eyes draped in misery.”  (Helen misses her person, who is in hospital.)  I think that is a description of a Samoyed, maybe crossed with a Husky, not a Malamute (or so I have learned from Conant’s books).

From Susan Conant’s All Shots, which I recently read:

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I asked Ms. Conant herself (on her Facebook page) and she replied: “There are white malamutes, but malamutes do not have blue eyes.”

A few favourite bits from True Enough:

“This was one of the challenges of being in a long term relationship; sustaining necessary delusions about yourself when someone was always there to witness your limitations and exaggerations and malign you with the truth about yourself.”

true enough

and

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There you go; perhaps you’ll be inspired to read some of his witty and slightly acerbic novels.

In the late evening, we finished watching season one of the US remake of The Returned and were so disappointed that it had been canceled, especially since season one ended on a cliffhanger.  How maddening; we’ve ordered the original French version of the show.  I began a book of essays by Elinor Lipman as I intend to begin delving into her novels on the next rainy day (which might be tomorrow).

 

 

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We were most decidedly rained out of work; on both day I took photos of the gratifying amount of water in the bogsy woods.

Friday, 13 November 2015

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We could get fancier chairs but these are honestly the most comfortable (when upright).  We’d had some wind.

I see through the east gate that the crab pots next door have been moved and are elsewhere now in readiness for the crab season.

I see through the east gate that the crab pots next door have been moved and are elsewhere now in readiness for the crab season.

The garden would look wilder if we brought the hoses in.

The garden would look wilder if we brought the hoses in.

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turning to look back (north) up the west side path

turning to look back (north) up the west side path

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south fence

splishy splashy walk

splishy splashy walk

I find this most pleasing.

I find this most pleasing.

outside the south fence

outside the south fence (looking due south)

looking north from the south gate

looking north from the south gate

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looking east

looking west

looking west

I like the look of the extra river rock that we put into the (sometimes dry) creekbed.

I like the look of the extra river rock that we put into the (sometimes dry) creek bed.

hardy fuchsias still blooming

hardy fuchsias still blooming

Fuchsia magellanica and some late roses (Radway Sunrise)

Fuchsia magellanica and some late roses (Radway Sunrise)

one of our water features

one of our water features

and another

and another

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I meant to read after my walk round the property, but having the place all to myself inspired me to putter at tidying the garage (since I could make all the decisions about where to put things).  I noticed Allan had had the clever idea of inserting a couple of bulb sorting milk crates into the shelves, and I expanded on the idea and got all our garden supplies sorted by type.

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The blue tin can to the left has all the COOL tags.

A few days back I had sorted out a big bucket of plant tags, throwing out all the duplicates and winnowing the last couple of years of tags down to two containers.  Today, I refined them into having one blue can containing all the most special tags from Cistus and Xera and Joy Creek.  Like these:

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The bottom tag tells me that I HAD bought a Heptacodium before Debbie Teashon brought me one this fall, but clearly it had died in its youth, as I have none in the garden other than the one she brought.

These were all from when Pam Fleming had the glorious and much missed Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

These were all from when Pam Fleming had the glorious and much missed Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.  Oh, except for the Hymenanthera, which I got at 7 Dees Seaside (and had lost that tag for four years!)

I spent several years not knowing what the cool shrub in my front garden was.

I spent several years not knowing what the cool shrub in my front garden was.

Hymenanthera with white and grey berries.

Hymenanthera with white and grey berries, last month

ID for the lovely sedum I can see from my blogging window.

ID for the lovely sedum I can see from my blogging window.

and this Snowberry that is next to Allan's garden.

and this Snowberry that is next to Allan’s garden.

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In the last hour of daylight, the rain stopped. I had gotten my onw bulbs sorted into three boxes (front garden, back garden, and garden boat) and thought I might plant some…till I realized that Allan had taken all the bulb food away with him in the van!

three boxes of bulbs to plant here.

three boxes of bulbs to plant here.

So I had no choice but to finally finishing my book; thanks to a mention in the Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mystery series, I had learned that a particular favourite author has two books I had not read:

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Just some bits I liked:

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And this amused me because I spend a great deal of time peering into my iPhone:

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and then this, as I am entering the third act:

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When I came emerged from the end of the book, I had a text from a friend telling me about the latest horrors in the real world, and when Allan arrived home he said he had been listening to the NPR newscast during all his driving time.  It cast much somberness over the evening as I contemplated the many such tragedies that take place around this world.

Allan’s day

a trip to Astoria and Warrenton for an oil change and shopping...

a trip to Astoria and Warrenton for an oil change and shopping…here on the Washington side along the Columbia River

waves splashing up over the breakwater

waves splashing up over the breakwater by a Lewis and Clark interpretive sign

an adorable Tillamook cheese van is a cheerful note to end on

an adorable Tillamook cheese van is a more cheerful note to end on

Saturday, 14 November 2014

  As for the day time, I took another walk in the late afternoon back to the bogsy wood to see how deep the water was (deeper than Friday), tried to read a book, could not concentrate, read a lot of news reports.

takes a lot of rain to have standing water here

takes a lot of rain to have standing water here

splashier than yesterday

splashier than yesterday

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Allan wonders when he will be able to mow.

Allan wonders when he will be able to mow and how far will the mower spray water if he did it now.

I'm glad I got these areas pretty much weeded.

I’m glad I got these areas pretty much weeded.

Today I wore boots so I could walk through here; the water came up to the tops of calf-height rain boots.

Today I wore boots so I could walk through here; the water came up to the tops of calf-height rain boots.

The big event of the evening will be another post on our other blog, which I will re-blog over to here by tomorrow morning.

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