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Thursday, 26 May 2016

I felt a strong desire for a four day weekend.  We could have one (except for watering the Ilwaco planters) if we got enough done in Long Beach today.

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We began by fertilizing the welcome sign garden along with the weekly horsetail attack.

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

side

side

back

back

We gave the planters and street trees a good watering that will hold them till Tuesday, especially if there is a bit of rain as predicted.

the maddeningly coiling hose

the maddeningly coiling hose

and the maddening hose kink

and the maddening hose kink

Allan's photo: The hose he uses kinks even worse.

Allan’s photo: The hose he uses (not shown) kinks even worse.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

I do so love the mature, clipped santolinas in some of the planters.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Allan's photo)

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan did the watering of the street trees, the bucket watering of Fish Alley barrels and the two north blocks.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

He found Heather of NIVA green setting up for the annual Peninsula-wide garage sale weekend.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire "feet" that don't mash the plants.

Garage sale signs were already appearing. We do prefer ones like these with wire “feet” that don’t mash the plants.  (Allan’s photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden oregano (Allan’s photo)

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan's photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

recently re-done Fish Alley barrels (Allan’s photo). They get water hauled by bucket.

When we got to Fifth Street Park and began weeding there, Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder brought us out a coke and an orange soda to help us keep going.  She said I looked tired.  I was more depressed than tired and her kindness cheered me up.

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

purveyor of delectable chowder and delicious crab rolls

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, northwest corner

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo); I'd have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo); I’d have deadheaded that rhodo, which was sort of the point of this photo.  The frying pan is much photographed by visitors.

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan's photo) with gunnera

Fifth Street Park, southeast corner (Allan’s photo) with gunnera and Darmera peltata

Next: weeding Veterans Field

Next: weeding Veterans Field gardens

vet field (Allan's photo)

vet field (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan's photo)

Vet Field northeast corner (Allan’s photo)

We spiffed up Coulter Park although I am daunted at the area where thick salmonberry is coming under the fence and mingling with the thorny roses.  The beach approach garden proves I have no fear of weeding around roses, but this mess thwarts my efforts.

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

salmonberry and bindweed from the other side creating a nightmare

I think the solution is for the crew to backhoe out these poor roses and replace them with some sort of single trunked shrub so we can really get in there to weed.

We worked on the little pop out a block north of city hall, where two unhappy mugo pines struggle among a pernicious weed grass. We had not had time for it lately; now with a little more time in our schedule, we can keep up with it.

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up head on the corner

Last week I took this photo to remind myself to do it.

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today

today

today

as far as we got...

as far as we got…

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.

Next week: will add mulch after trying to get more grass roots out.  They go deep and the soil is hard packed.

We had just time to weed city hall’s garden before dumping our debris.

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

I do so love this edge at this time of year.

City Hall north side

City Hall north side

this spot could be a little better

this spot could be a little better…

The predicted rain arrived at the perfect moment, when we were done.

city hall, east side

city hall, east side

"Peggy's Park", east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

“Peggy’s Park”, east side city hall memorial garden for Peggy Miles.

After our debris dump, we just made it on time for our weekly dinner (second one this week!) with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), this time with Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn.

The Cove Restaurant

attention to detail in the ladies room

attention to detail in the ladies room

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.

Annika and Kiaia provided music and ambience.  (Allan’s photo)

Dave's conchinita

Dave’s conchinita (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's beautifully arranged meal

Melissa’s beautifully arranged meal by Chef Jason Lancaster

my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna

Allan's vegetable stir fry

Allan’s vegetable stir fry

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang

weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang (Dave, Bill, Susie, Melissa, me)

golf course view (Allan's photo)

golf course view (Allan’s photo)

We enjoyed this month’s art show featuring mosaics by our friend Annie.

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My Woman by Annie Fletcher

My Woman by Annie Fletcher

We had achieved work success and so we would now enjoy a four day weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 26: Store day—Puget Power, Tim’s for Rx and QFC.  I had a baloney sandwich and ice cream for dinner.  I planted some seeds in early evening.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

The perfect way to start this day of community events would have been to participate, as we used always to do, in the spring beach clean up with the Grass Roots Garbage Gang.  Unfortunately, I never have warning of when my collapsing right knee would put me in a state of collapse and I would not risk it happening out on the beach, necessitating a vehicular rescue and inconvenience.  Walking on uneven surfaces is tricky for me these days.

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I hope that a new knee will enable me to start doing the clean up events again.

Instead, I spent the morning reading Love All by Elizabeth Jane Howard and waiting for some migraine medicine to take effect.

On the way to our first event of the afternoon, we stopped at the library because to my great happiness, the second book of the Cazalet Chronicle had arrived through interlibrary loan.

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Tulips at the Ilwaco Community Building, which houses the Ilwaco Timberland Library and the senior lunch program.

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Community Building garden

Bayside Singers

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the rose garden at Peninsula Church Center in Seaview.

Todd is a member of the Bayside Singers chorale group, inspiring us to attend their concerts.

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That’s our Todd to the far right.

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Allan’s photo

He had told me that I would particular like one song from their spring programme, and indeed I found the poem set to music to have perfect words:

 Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St Vincent Millay

I will be the gladdest thing

Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds

With quiet eyes,

Watch the wind bow down the grass,

And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show

Up from the town, I will mark which must be mine,

And then start down!

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That was perfection indeed, and I do wish that all flower admirers would touch and not pick (without permission).  It is the Anti Finger Blight Anthem.

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The singers applaud a duet.

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intermission treats and Tulip ‘Greenland’ from Todd’s garden (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip “Greenland’ (Allan’s photo)

I briefly met Carole of the darling pink house in Ocean Park but due to migraine issues did not really have time to chat.

We had to leave the Bayside Singers during their last song in order to get to the next event, for which we had already purchased tickets.

South Pacific County Humane Society Dinner

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in the parking lot

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beachy

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The event took place at the old Chinook School.

We arrived late, but fortunately Our Kathleen was there, knew we were coming and had saved us two seats.

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The dinner, pasta with four different sauces and a good green salad, was provided by the Cove Restaurant, one of our favourites.

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one of two cakes

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center: our friend Wendy in a doggie outfit, and Monica “Cosmic Bombshell” Morley to the right, with another cute doggie to the left.

My photo taking was minimal because I was still experience a muffled migraine (muffled by medication that had ALMOST worked, wonderful migraine meds that I wish I had had during the suffering migraine-y thirties and forties).  So I pretty much just kept to my seat and missed recording the tables of silent auction items that had been donated.

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Monica had this darling frock especially made for the event.

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It was well attended.

As you can see, our shelter is beloved and well supported.

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Catherine and Ed of the Oceanside Animal Clinic were the honored guests because of their years of veterinarian work for the shelter animals.

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Allan’s photo

The beloved Dr. Ed made a moving and informative speech about the origins of the shelter.  He said that in the beginning, a group of women formed to create the no-kill shelter.  Very important people from other important shelters told them that a no kill shelter was a lovely idea, but that sadly the world does not work that way and it would be impossible to achieve.  They refused to sacrifice their principles. They did achieve it, and have saved and re-homed so many animals over the years that Dr. Ed, became choked up just telling the story, as did probably every member of the audience.  He said “They used to go to people’s doors and take away abused animals.  They were scary!”  A huge round of applause followed.

We won a nice big basket of doggie treats during the raffle, which will go to Dave and Mel’s dogs, Anna and Coulee.

Darling Sondra had some food left over and sent some pasta home with Kathleen for her Sunday dinner, some salad and bread sticks home with us for a snack later.

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Just a few good bread sticks were left! Photo by Robbie Richeson, before the dinner

Yesterday, Ray Millner of The Planter Box had given us some Yacon tubers to try.  We had that and some apple added to our salad at ten PM (while watching Love in a Cold Climate, which goes well with the Elizabeth Jane Howard historical fiction I’ve been reading this past week.)

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Yacon tubers, look like they would taste like sweet potatoes. (Allan’s photos)

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Instead, they taste like a delectable and sweet combination of apples, celery, and jicama.

I am hoping to grow the plant; the flowers are like sunflowers so it will even be ornamental.

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1997 (age 73):

April 23:  Planted some flower seeds in APS.  Brought wood in.

April 23:  Rain, cold   I got my #2 tooth filled but they said it isn’t strong and if it breaks again I may need to have a crown put on.

 

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

I woke to wind, and I lay for a bit thinking that the Depot Restaurant might be a sheltered spot to plant bulbs out of the southern gale.  Then I looked out the window and saw sheets of rain.  (The wind had been blowing so hard that it had hidden the sound of raindrops.)  Never mind.  Today would be the day to do the bulb spreadsheets (lists for each job, quantity, name, and price).

Allan took pretty much all the photos today other than some tulip photos of years past.

Mary (Allan's photo)

Mary

Too wet!

Too wet!

Allan's photo: Do you see my friend?

Do you see my friend?

Allan's photo

Our neighbour, Onyx, had found a sheltered spot to watch hummingbirds. Perhaps we need to fit him up with a BirdsBeSafe collar like our cats wear.

Allan's photo: Out of the wind

Out of the wind

Allan's photo: Our neighbour, Onyx, had found a sheltered spot to watch hummingbirds. Perhaps we need to fit him up with a BirdsBeSafe collar like our cats wear.

Allan's photo

Mahonia in Allan's garden

Mahonia in Allan’s garden

my rainy view

my rainy view from my spread sheet table

Tetrapanax buds

Tetrapanax buds

I thought the above were Tetrapanax FLOWERS till Todd told me they are just the buds, and that the flowers open white…if we only had a long enough summer.  I Googled to find a photo of the flower, and found it here, on a blog which includes one of my favourite quotations from my favourite author:

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” – Iris Murdoch

Allan went to get the mail and observed these workers on a roof nearby, who unlike us, had not been able to take the day off.  They’d been working on this roof for a few days and I am sure they had hoped to get it done before this storm.

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Meanwhile, I got a text from Todd that he was actually out on gardening jobs in this weather.  While looking up wind gusts later on, I found this map that shows the difference in wind intensity between Ilwaco and the north end of the Peninsula where Todd lives.

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35 (with a maximum 46 mph gust) here, 17 up there on the ocean side, maybe even less on the bay side.

The storm should continue well into tomorrow.

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I sent this to Garden Tour Nancy, since her husband Phil frequents the jetty for fishing.

I sent this to Garden Tour Nancy, since her husband Phil frequents the jetty for fishing.  She replied that just yesterday he got drenched with a wave while standing on the highest rock.

All afternoon I did bulb spread sheets, till my brain thoroughly ached.  I thought you plant nuts might be interested in some of what I am planting in my own garden, some of each of the following:

Allium albopilosum, Allium schubertii, Camassia cusickii, Camassia leitchlinii alba, Crocus ‘Jeanne D’arc’, Crocus ‘Vanguard’, Lilies ‘Acapulco’,  ‘Beverly Dreams’,  ‘Orange Marmalade’.  I’m sure I also have some of the other tall alliums.  Definitely have 5 Allium ‘Forelock’ that did not make it onto my own spreadsheet.

Forelock

Allium Forelock, summer 2014

Narcissus ‘Felindre’,  ‘Kedron’,  ‘Lieke’,  ‘Martha Stewart’ (ordered because Lorna of Andersen’s is a big Martha fan, and now she has moved to Seattle so won’t see it), ‘Mint Julep’,  ‘New Baby’ (very excited about this new version of ‘Baby Moon!), ‘Pacific Coast’, ‘Pipit’, ‘Pueblo’,  ‘Rapture’, ‘Red Devon’,  ‘Surfside’, ‘Thalia Sun’ (new version of Thalia!!),  ‘Toto’,  ‘Tweety Bird’,  ‘Unsurpassable’, ‘Yazz’,  Narcissus poeticus recurvus (the poeticus are my favourites.)

Tulip ‘Antoinette’, ‘Exotic Emperor’,  ‘Fantasy’,  ‘Fire of Love’,  ‘Formosa’, ‘Green Wave’ (my favourite tulip),  ‘Madonna’, ‘Night Rider’, ‘Orange Princess’,  ‘Rococo’,  ‘Spring Green’, ‘Strong Gold’ (a great do-er for Long Beach planters),  ‘Virichic’, ‘White Parrot’, acuminata,  batalinii ‘Bright Gem’,  batalinii ‘Salmon Gem’, clusiana ‘Lady Jane’, dasystemon, kolpakowskiana, and praestans ‘Fuselier’.

And best of all, parrot tulip 'Green Wave', a very late bloomer

Best of all, parrot tulip ‘Green Wave’, a very late bloomer

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’, my second favourite, great combination of green flames and good and very late bloomer

Tulip 'Akebono'; note the thin red petal outline

Tulip ‘Akebono’; note the thin red petal outline

As I worked on this planter, passersby swooned over Tulip 'Akebono'.

As I worked on this planter last spring, passersby swooned over Tulip ‘Akebono’.  My third favourite tulip, and I completely forgot to order it this year, dang it!

I had picked up Fritillaria lutea and the orange one from Costco over a month ago; the orange ones had rotted in the bag by the time I got around to sorting bulbs.  I should have known, because fritillarias want to be planted immediately, not left to sit for a month waiting for the other bulbs to arrive for sorting.  So I just have the yellow one, lutea.

Some tulips that I adore but have not ordered for a couple of years, after a soggy spring made them look sad:

'Cool Crystal' (pink) and 'Sensual Touch' (orange)

‘Cool Crystal’ (pink) and ‘Sensual Touch’ (orange)

Tulip 'Cool Crystal'

Tulip ‘Cool Crystal’; the fringes don’t do well in very rainy springtimes

in a planter: Tulip 'Sensual Touch'

in a planter: Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’

Tulip 'Cummins'

Tulip ‘Cummins’

Next year I must remember to give the fringed ones another go.  I do adore them and it is worth the risk of them not doing well, because on a good year they make me so happy.

Meanwhile, Allan sorted through the used and re-used bulb bags from the planting we had done recently, to see what could be saved to reuse for next year, and to make sure we had not missed any bulbs.

a box to be sorted

a box to be sorted

after sorting

after sorting

He did such a useful thing this year, crossing off all my scribblings with a big black marker so that next year I don’t have to cross them off as I sort.

Despite the storm, we had dinner plans with our three gardening friends who drove all the way down from Oysterville.

The Cove Restaurant

and the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang (with us, Dave and Melissa, and Todd in attendance).

at The Cove

at The Cove

Allan's photo: perusing the menu

Allan’s photo: perusing the menu

pear and goat cheese salad

pear and goat cheese salad

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s noodle bowl

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Melissa's halibut and our table by the fireplace

Melissa’s halibut and our table by the fireplace

after dinner

after dinner

Todd, the golf mascot,

Todd, the golf mascot, Dave, Melissa and me; the wind was blowing sheets of rain against the building and the parking lot looked like a lake.  Dave was ready to lead the way.

Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be equally bad if not worse.  With all the spreadsheets done, I just might get a reading day at last.

 

 

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My Martha Stewart moment:  Red twig dogwood arranged in a bucket of sand on the table.  In the corner, the book recommendation pamphlets that I get from Time Enough Books, in case I run out of winter reading.

DSC01372It is unlikely that I will, because the Susan Conant Dog Lover’s Mysteries often mention books, and I now have a stack of Elinor Lipmans from the library along with two new Stephen McCauleys (and I had to look up and read an e.e. cummings poem because of this passage:

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from Brute Strength by Susan Conant

Jo’s Garden

We returned to Jo’s garden to finish the last of the fall clean up there.

We didn't get the Japanese anemones cut back.

We didn’t get the Japanese anemones cut back yesterday….

We did today.

We did today.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

We cheated and Allan sawed an azalea flush to the ground that I know Jo wanted dug out.  It was so close to the Japanese maple and some rocks.  I think the sawing will work.  If the azalea comes back, as it well might, we will clip it.

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Allan’s photo, before (featuring a horsetail that is about to be yanked)

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after (the stump is buried under the leaves)

The maple shows well now.

The maple shows well now.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

I broke off some dead twigs after taking this photo.

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more weeding done here

2:17 PM

1:17 PM yesterday

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I planted some elephant garlic bulbs, because Jo likes them, and remembered how tedious it can be to plant bulb after bulb after bulb after bulb.

To continue the scintillating befores and afters of fall clean up:

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Unlike Jo’s garden, we are not asked by anyone to do a complete flat-top cut on the Golden Sands courtyard garden.  We did not have time to clip everything I wanted to, and we left some things with seedheads standing for the birds.  We also left the cosmos to stand for at least a couple more weeks for the last of the flowers and because birds love the seeds.

Look how tall this Cosmos 'Sensation' got. Ridiculous!

Look how tall this Cosmos ‘Sensation’ got. Ridiculous! (and he’s 6″8″)

preposterously tall cosmos. I'm 5'5 1/2 "

preposterously tall cosmos. I’m 5’5 1/2 “

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

NW quadrant, before (1:45 PM)

after: 4:36 PM

after: 4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

SE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before

Allan's photo, after

Allan’s photo, after

4:36 PM

4:36 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

NE quadrant, 1:45 PM

Allan's photo: Solidago 'Fireworks'

Allan’s photo: Solidago ‘Fireworks’

(I would have left the ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod standing for bird seeds.  Allan made a different decision.)

Allan's photo, after, with pineapple sage

Allan’s photo, after, with pineapple sage

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

4:36 PM (I was apparently too tired to hold the camera steady)

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway

one of six heaping wheelbarrow loads of debris being transported down the haulway carefully past the staff member with the vacuum. (Allan’s photo)

the dining room windows

the dining room windows

Residents were gathering in the dining room as we took out our last load of debris.

The Cove Restaurant

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No, it’s not our usual Thursday dinner.  We had scheduled our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang to Wednesday as it was going to be the monthly sushi night.  The sushi guest chef had a medical emergency and sushi was canceled.  We did not mind, as all of Chef Jason’s dinners are delicious.  Since the bulbs are due to arrive tomorrow, it was good to have dinner tonight; tomorrow, I will be in Bulb Hell…er, I mean, sorting bulbs.

Last night chef Jason had competed in Iron Chef Goes Coastal down in Seaside, Oregon.  We had been too tired to go…

photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

Chef Jason Lancaster: photo by Jenna Lanette Austin

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.

photo perhaps by Mariah Jewel: We do know that Jenna designed the table arrangement for the Cove.  Carmen and Wendy arranging desserts. Jason at right.

I felt happy for Jason when I learned that he had come in second in the people’s choice award, and felt really sorry Allan and I had not gone, because Jason lost first place by one vote.  With us there, he would have won by a vote.  A couple of folks at the bar tonight said they wished they had gone, and if they had, he would have won by THREE votes.  Either way, being in second means that next year he will be able to take the stage for the big contest for Iron Chef Coastal 2016.

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Our four garden club members all felt tired tonight, and Melissa was especially sad because her six month old rooster, her beloved and sociable Walter, had suddenly died.  She and Dave are such good chicken parents that they are sending Walter’s body to Washington State University to find out why.

Allan's photo, me and Melissa

Allan’s photo, me and Melissa

thoughts of Walter (Allan's photo)

thoughts of Walter (Allan’s photo)

Sadly, we never got up to Melissa and Dave’s place after they got Walter and the girls, so we never got to meet him.

Pasta was good comfort food for the evening.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet pototo fries appetizer.

Wednesday has the delicious fried artichoke and sweet potato fries appetizer.

Cove dinner salad

Cove dinner salad

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

Wednesday is pasta night. Spaghetti and meat balls for me and Dave.

prawns scampi for Melissa

prawns scampi for Melissa

a burger for Allan (Allan's photo)

a burger for Allan (Allan’s photo)

If those darn bulbs arrive tomorrow as UPS promises they will, I will be in the thick of sorting for two or three days.  I’m not looking forward it it one little bit because it’s hard on the old brain.

 

 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

We began our day with some Thundermuck Coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roasters.  Nora’s granddaughter, Alycia, had come to visit her grandma’s house (now her own beach house) and had given the bag of coffee beans to us.  She told me that Nora had gone with her caretaker to the coffee shop that used to be on Lake Street and said the coffee was the best she had ever had.  Said Alycia: “Gramma was almost 90, and a Finn, so she knew good coffee.”  Nora inquired and learned the coffee was the local Thundermuck brew and it became her favourite.

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

a gift from Alycia in memory of Nora

We went next door to say goodbye, and Alycia handed us a gift certificate from the new spaghetti house in Seaview “for being such good neighbours”.  What a sweetheart she is.  As we were talking, her friend’s little dog made a break for it and Alycia hurried down the street in pursuit.

Allan's photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan’s photo; I wondered how far Alycia would have to run in her pink nightgown?

Allan's photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Allan’s photo: Jalapeno is retrieved after a mercifully short chase.

Of course, at that very moment artist Don Nisbett drove up to chat and Alycia said the timing could not have been more perfect.

Before leaving for work, I noted happily that the deer fencing around the front garden is working.

my new Joseph's Coat rose is NOT being munched.

my new Joseph’s Coat rose is NOT being munched.

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer

front garden path all greened up after a brown dormant mid summer (looking east)

looking west toward Nora's, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

looking west toward Nora’s, over what might become a gravel garden on our side of the driveway

The Depot Restaurant

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

We did some deadheading and weeding at the Depot.

the amazing Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

the amazing Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' still flowering

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ still flowering

Long Beach

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

We pulled the remaining cosmos from the back of the sign.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

The front can keep its cosmos for the now.

While I don’t waste time fuming about it, I am well aware that most of the cosmos in this garden were destroyed by vandals during Rod Run weekend.

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum 'Butterfly').

The echibeckia has been a great do-er (with a front edge of bidens, and some yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’).

The Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we did more fall clean up, pulling some of the BadAster out of the center courtyard garden, limbing up a ceanothus, and pulling cosmos that were leaning way over and would probably go down in this weekend’s predicted wind.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allan cut back Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in the zen garden courtyard.

Allan cut back Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ along the wall of the “zen garden” courtyard.

hardy fuchsia on north wall

hardy fuchsia on north wall

Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' or 'Sharpton's Aurea' reverting to green

Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ or ‘Sharpton’s Aurea’ reverting to green

I will get in there and cut the green foliage out next time.  This fuchsia is sort of how Our Kathleen and I met.  She used to stay at the Anchorage before she bought her beach house, and she asked at the Planter Box which fuchsia it might be, and Teresa called me to ask, and put Our Kathleen on the phone.  Or that is what I remember.  I also remember chatting with Kathleen in the garden here, before I knew her as a friend.  She then came to our garden when it was on the 2012 Music in the Gardens tour and we sat and talked for an hour.  Due to my face blindness, I could not figure out who she was and was too embarrassed to ask.  The next time I saw her at the Anchorage, months later, I finally sorted it out.

The last half hour of today’s time at the Anchorage, Allan and I worked in a light, not unpleasant drizzle. It increased as we drove the twenty-ish blocks back to downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach

my favourite planter, before deadheading

my favourite planter, before deadheading

and after

and after

We drove the rest of the downtown blocks and decided that no cosmos or other flowering plant needed deadheading badly enough to work in the now pouring rain.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

Rain continued while we offloaded debris at the city works yard.

We took the opportunity to go to NIVA green to find a birthday present for Jenna (Queen La De Da).  Owner/artist Heather Ramsay suggested a head to go with Jenna’s many hats.

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

an excellent choice for a woman of many hats, both symbolically and in actuality

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night's full moon

and a card that reflected both the weather and last night’s full moon

I was pleased to be home in the late afternoon with time to write a couple of blog posts before our traditional weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

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pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

pear and goat cheese salad with bonus bread stick

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Todd and Dave (waiting good-humoredly to eat while Allan photographs the food)

Dave's delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Dave’s delicious cajun chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan's photo)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo (Allan’s photo)

Melissa's rack of lamb (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s rack of lamb (Allan’s photo)

Allan's fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan’s fish tacos (really the feature of the night at $3 each)

Allan is the only one who has the discipline to save money by getting the tasty fish tacos instead of one of the delicious specials.

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

Ahi Tuna (mine; you can now get two sizes; this is the small)

looking up some sort of garden information

looking up some sort of garden information (Todd, Dave, Allan, Melissa)

a shared connolo

a shared connolo (me and Allan)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

a shared cheesecake (Dave and Melissa)

Tomorrow: The Halloween extravaganza begins.

 

 

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)

Before work: Allan saw through his window our dear neighbour Jessika picking apples. (She has a standing invitation to come pick!)


First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request

First thing: some kale and violas into the planter at Peninsula Sanitation office, by request


second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden

second thing: some deadheading at the Depot Restaurant garden


third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

third thing: grooming the Long Beach welcome sign garden

Nancy’s garden

Fourth thing: We put a pot of fingerling potatoes on Garden Tour Nancy and Phil’s front porch.

Nancy's kitchen garden

Nancy’s kitchen garden


her dahlias

her dahlias


and her chooks

and her chooks


something of interest

something of interest


cottages across the street

cottages across the street

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Our goal today was to polish off the last big fall project.

before: Allan plans the task

before: Allan plans the task


Allan's photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Allan’s photo: heading in to the base of the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’


after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

after: a considerably enlarged sit spot made by removed a swathe of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’:  Good job, Allan


Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after


Allan's photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Allan’s photo: larger = more inviting, we feel.

Meanwhile, I did fall clean up in the garden.

before

before


after

after


before: tree peony

before: tree peony area


after

after


tall late blooming cosmos

tall late blooming cosmos


Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima


view in the east gate

view in the east gate


Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.

Mary and Denny tidied up this basement entry area.


Sarah being cute.

Sarah being cute.


seasonal decor

seasonal decor

Anchorage Cottages

We had time to do the Anchorage Cottages garden, too, with some more fall clean up.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard


hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia


further editing of shade garden

further editing of shade garden

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Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Ilwaco

With about one hour before sunset, Allan chopped back an old shrub at our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco post office.  What the shrub is, I do not know, but we make it go away about once a year.

before

before


Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

While he addressed the shrub problem, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco street trees and planters, pulling pesky bits of chickweed and tiny grasses.

Griffin Gallery window downtown....

Griffin Gallery window downtown….


Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Halloween is a very big deal in Ilwaco.

Allan joined me by the time I got to the boatyard.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard


We'll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.

We’ll do fall clean up on the boatyard garden one of these days.


I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.

I cut a couple more branches off of the leaning columnar pear street tree.


It has flowers in October. Weird.

It has flowers in October. Weird.

We got done just in time to go home, drop off the trailer, and head off to our weekly dinner, I mean meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

The Cove Restaurant

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden

more signs of Halloween in the Cove Restaurant garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.

Allan and Dave discuss garden clippers before dinner.


Allan had the cod from this part of tonight's special menu.

Allan had the cod from this part of tonight’s special menu.  And I had that salad.


Allan's photo of his fish and noodles

Allan’s photo of his fish and noodles


Dave had this work of art.

Dave had this work of art salad.


Melissa's prawn bowl

Melissa’s prawn bowl


Allan's photo

Dave’s burger (Allan’s photo); I had the Cajun Chicken Alfredo, with enough left to make Friday’s dinner at home.

I don’t think I have laughed so hard and as much as we do with Dave and Melissa over these weekly dinners for quite some time and it makes me very happy.  Melissa says it makes them happy, too.


 

Friday, 23 October 2015

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

We started with a bit more fall clean up on our volunteer garden at the post office.

Long Beach

Today’s main project: to cut down some mean and thorny Dorothy Perkins roses from Fifth Street Park’s north fence upon which the Long Beach city crew will soon be installing the lighted sea serpent holiday decoration.

While Allan took on the fence roses, I went after some roses and some perennials in the northwest corner of the garden.

before

before


after

after


the fence rose project (Allan's photos)

the fence rose project (Allan’s photos); bet the city crew will be happy!


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the sea serpent last year, from the other side of the fence

There are two large ornamental grasses against the fence.  You can just catch a glimpse of the bigger one in my before photo.  I dithered about cutting them down, and finally decided not to.  The city crew might chop them, or we might if they seem to block the serpent once it is up.  Right now, their flowers look lovely in the autumnal light, and as Allan said, once we cut them, we can’t put them back.  They might give the effect of the serpent floating along in a marshland.  We shall see.

Then, while Allan raked and picked up all the debris and took it to city works to dump, I walked around to deadhead and groom the planters.

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan's photo)

the debris from the park ready to go to City Works (Allan’s photo)


California poppies still blooming

California poppies still blooming


This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

This blue statice from The Planter Box has been a real do-er in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.


lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

lots of cerinthe seedlings in the front corner of that same planter

The Kabob House restaurant behind the photo above was our goal for after work today, but for now I had to walk on by.

I popped into NIVA green to take a few photo for the Facebook page, and found myself buying the skeleton bird and cage.  It will be an excellent addition to our Halloween decor.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

I did not carry it with me around the planters; Allan picked it up for me an hour later.

 
Shop owner Heather "went a little cat crazy" at a recent gift show.

Shop owner Heather “went a little cat crazy” at a recent gift show.

By the time I caught up with Allan, he had dumped the debris from Fifth Street Park and was weeding in Veterans Field.

Vet Field corner bed (Allan's photo)

Vet Field corner bed (Allan’s photo)

With work, including weeding in Veterans Field, done, we ended our pretty easy Long Beach day with a scrumptious late lunch at the Kabob House, which recently got a well deserved rave review in the local paper.

Kabob House

Kabob House


vegetable and beef combo

vegetable and beef combo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's chicken kabob meal

Allan’s chicken kabob meal

 

The meals come with a side of the cucumber sauce that I adore, and owner/chef Behnoosh came out to offer us more before the meal was done.  I could eat a gallon of that sauce out of a huge soup tureen. I was surprised when she told me that several people had come in to eat there after seeing it recommended on this blog.  That does amaze and please me.

On the way home, we saw that all the Ilwaco planters had wide red ribbons tied around them.  It is some kind of cancer awareness month (as if we were not already aware and scared with friends getting cancer left and right, it seems!).   I wish to compliment whoever did the banner tying for their excellent job of going under the plants and not hurting them.

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good job!

good job!

We were home early and I spent the evening catching up on the weekly blogging till quite late, followed by an 11 PM dinner with The Amazing Race.


Real time update:  If all goes according to plan, as this post publishes on the morning of October 30, we will be putting the finishing touches that day on our Corridor of Spooky plants in preparation for the amazing Ilwaco Halloween.  Several friends including Dave, Melissa, and Our Kathleen, Shelly and Steve, perhaps Todd, perhaps MaryBeth, will join us to hand out candy to the usual 300 or so trick or treaters and to walk around admiring other houses’ decorations.  We hope to have some good photos when that blog post rolls around.  If you are in Ilwaco that evening, come on over.

 

 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

On our way to work, we watered the Ilwaco Post Office planter, and I noticed to my dismay that the deer have discovered it.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

Deer have nibbled the nasturtiums; this bodes ill for our post office garden.

The Planter Box

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

We stopped at The Planter Box on our way north to pick up a few plants for a container at the Anchorage.

Allan's photo: They have pumpkins!

Allan’s photo: They have pumpkins!

After our second tour of the Oysterville garden, we put in a half day of weeding and grooming several gardens.

Marilyn’s Garden

looking southwest from the driveway

looking southwest from the driveway

looking northwest from the back porch steps

looking northwest from the back porch steps

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

Removing this clump of volunteer montbretia must go on the list of fall projects!

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

look how the big floppy zebra grass has a tidy clump coming up in the middle.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella in the A Frame garden

Bella in the A Frame garden

inside the A Frame

inside the A Frame (one of the vacation rentals)

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Mary of KBC

Mary of KBC

Managers Denny and Mary do everything from lawn care to cleaning to welcoming guests and doing the paperwork.  They own one of the cottages and their own home on the resort property.

Sarah

Sarah

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Bella

Bella

oh, and the garden!

oh, and the garden!

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

The big birds (spruce grouse?) were there; Allan just managed to get this rear view.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

my mom's coppery rose

my mom’s coppery rose

sweet peas and my mom's old window; wish she could see them

sweet peas and my mom’s old window; wish she could see them

more sweet peas

more sweet peas

Anchorage Cottages

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

Allan weeded under the grape arbour.

autumnal grape leaves (Allan's photo)

autumnal grape leaves (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.

Mitzu felt unusually camera shy.  Dogs and cats have moods, too, you know.

on Beth's lap

on Beth’s lap

plants from The Planter Box

new plants from The Planter Box went into this pot

the office courtyard

the office courtyard

watering Ilwaco

Watering season is still not over, so Allan took the water trailer on the Ilwaco rounds.

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

at the boatyard to fill the tank for watering

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

He found the volunteer fire department having a drill while he filled the trailer at the boatyard.

boatyard and fire fighters

boatyard and fire fighters

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

By the time he checked on the Time Enough Books boat, darkness was falling.

Meanwhile, I was at home doing the monthly billing and anticipating writing this blog post and reliving of walking through the Oysterville garden today.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

We finished our great big two day work week with a three small jobs and then Long Beach.

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

The very first sign of Halloween on Lake Street, by the Post Office

Halloween is a very big deal on Spruce and Lake Streets in Ilwaco, and we are beginning to collect our materials for our Corridor of Spooky Plants.

The Red Barn

Allan's photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

Allan’s photo: our small and narrow Red Barn garden

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I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan's photo)

I decided it was time for the fennel to go away. (Allan’s photo)

Poor bronze fennel, once so prized, and recommended by influential gardeners in slide shows at garden seminars, and now on the noxious weed list.

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

Bronze Fennel looking glorious in a garden

bronze fennel....now called by some a noxious weed

bronze fennel….now called by some a noxious weed

And it is gone! (Allan's photo)

And it is gone! (Allan’s photo).  The tall stems will go in our Corridor of Spooky Plants for Halloween.

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded

The yellow violas died in this container, and reseeded themselves.

Diane’s garden

My good friend Misty came out to meet us even before we got next door to Diane and Larry’s garden.

My Misty

My Misty

I love her.

I love her.

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Such a good girl.

blueberry autumn colour

blueberry autumn colour

The roadside garden

The roadside garden

The pink heather that was Diane’s inspiration for having us make this roadside bed is already going over, which is why I did not want to make it the only plant here.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

It only looks perfectly pink for a couple of weeks.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

I enjoy when we drive by this garden, and I hope others do, as well.

The Depot Restaurant

If we deadheaded every old cosmos flower, we’d be here for an hour!

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flower garden on north side of dining deck

Long Beach

Allan deadheading what's left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

Allan deadheading what’s left of the welcome sign flowers (after it got trampled during Rod Run)

We'd have lots more deadheading to do if the cosmos had not been destroyed.

We’d have lots more deadheading to do if most of the cosmos had not been destroyed!

Cosmos 'Happy Ring'

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’

We took two jugs of water for the newly planted Sid Snyder beach approach planters, as the water is turned off there.

new plants, nurtured

new plants, nurtured

The plaque goes back to volunteer days.

The plaque goes back to volunteer days from years ago.

My darling little hens and chickens have already been stolen from the planter above.  That is IT, I will nevermore plant hens and chickens sedums in any of the Ilwaco planters.  They got stolen here, and on the Bolstad approach, and in Fish Alley.  As Allan says, someone probably has a nice collection of hens and chicks on their windowsill.  I picture the same person prowling and thinking “Ooh, has she planted any more?  YES, a new kind for my collection!”  Feh.  It is frustrating because they would be so perfect in all the beach approach planters that are hard to water.

Because watering season is not over after all, we watered all the main street planters and street trees.

lavender at Fifth Street

lavender at Fifth Street

the carousel dismantled, sure sign of end of summer

the carousel being dismantled, sure sign of end of tourist season

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

My friend Tam at the Herb "n Legend Smoke Shop

My friend Tam at the Herb “n Legend Smoke Shop

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

reseeded lavenders and a determined little fern

more painted sage

more painted sage

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens at 7th Street

Salvia patens

Salvia patens

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Gunnera by the pond in Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

We also had time to pull Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at four locations, or rather, Allan did, while I worked the Veterans Field garden deadheading….

tree by Anchor Realty, before

tree by Anchor Realty, before

and after

and after

tree by Cottage Bakery before (Allan's photo)

tree by Cottage Bakery, before

and after

and after

planter by Wind World Kites, before

planter by Wind World Kites, before

This is the only planter where we have let a large amount of ‘Lucifer’ stay.  The owner of Wind World Kites likes it very much.  Most shopkeepers prefer to not have something so tall in front of their shop.

Wind World Kites, after

Wind World Kites, after

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

We had time before dinner to pull more Crocosmia at City Hall, in an area along the west wall planted by former city administrator Gene Miles.  I found some weeding to do because when I pull crocosmia I feel like the top of my head is going to fly off.  (Yes, that’s weird, but true.)

City Hall, north side

City Hall, north side

before

west side, before (Allan’s photo)

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and after (Allan’s photo)

The Cove Restaurant

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Todd joined Melissa, Dave, Allan and I making up a good meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

Chef Jason Lancaster

Chef Jason Lancaster

Todd shared fascinating stories about all the local places where he had taken visiting friends.

Two friends from Plant Delights nursery, where Todd used to be the curator of the display garden, had been to visit for a week.  They had eaten clams and mushrooms which the three of them harvested, and visited old growth trees by Teal Slough:

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

And the north Oregon coast:

Todd's photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

Todd’s photo: Ecola State Park north of Cannon Beach

We caught up with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Gardening) on news about the work week.

As was Melissa.

I also found Melissa’s stories fascinating.

delicious apple blue cheese salad and apple cider

delicious apple blue cheese salad and Arnold Palmer to drink.  (Allan’s photo)

apple blue cheese salad

apple blue cheese salad

And it was good. (Allan's photo)

And it was good. (Allan’s photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan's photo)

Cove Stir Fry (Allan’s photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan's photo)

Dave, Todd, and I had the Cajun chicken alfredo. (Allan’s photo)

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa had the bronzed scallops.

Melissa and me (Allan's photo)

Melissa and me (Allan’s photo)

Allan and I are now set for another self indulgent five days off!  We’re hoping for good evening weather on Saturday so that we can have a campfire dinner with Melissa, Dave, and Our Kathleen, and of course I am hoping to not leave my property for the entire five days.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mike’s Garden

At Mike’s garden, just a few blocks east, I was greeted by barking from Sally, who was happy to get a belly scratching through the back deck lattice.  We did a quick session of weeding and clipping in the garden, front and back.

my good friend Sally

my good friend Sally

Allan addressed the east property line, so overgrown from a vacant lot next door.

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

Mike's front garden, looking north

Mike’s front garden, looking north

front garden with Geranium 'Rozanne'

front garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

On the way out of town, we parked so I could poke a finger into an Ilwaco planter, sure I would find it damp but wanting the certainty.  NOOOOOOOO!   It was SO dry that I realized those planters would need watering in order to be damp enough to take advantage of upcoming rain. Rain water does not soak in well to a dry, densely planted container.

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden did not require watering as we have had enough rain for plants in the ground, so all we did was deadhead the prolific cosmos and pull a few weeds.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

At some point, we will just let the cosmos go to seed, but not yet. Probably not till mid October.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

Allan found this license plate in the garden, and one of the logs had been knocked off-kilter, we think hard enough to knock the plate off! But thankfully not hard enough to push the log into the garden.

view looking south from the front of the building.

view looking south from the front of the building.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

Plantings by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse are still going strong at the front (north side) of the restaurant.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.

the entry to the dining deck, with hops; Allan checked it for sneaky bindweed.  (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Allan’s photo. Makes me want a lattice walkway like this. Allan???

Long Beach

We deadheaded the welcome sign, me with a feeling of malaise because after the vandalism? of a couple of weeks ago, many of the flowers are gone.

I guess it's still good if you don't know what it COULD be looking like.

I guess it’s still good if you don’t know what it COULD be looking like.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

WAS cosmos all along the back. At least the lights illuminate the sign better now.

The only way to have the lights really work well to illuminate the sign is to have the plants all be about two inches tall.  Then the cement wall would show.  It is a dilemma.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon...or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

looks pretty good from the sidewalk as those plants did not get stood upon…or whatever it was that happened during Rod Run.

In Veterans Field, we found a new flagpole had been installed in the corner garden.  I cannot remember what was planted in that spot…which is probably just as well.  It took me a few minutes to realize what had changed!

new flagpole

new flagpole

Then I looked up.  The new flag is for the merchant marines.  That will please our friend J9, whose dad served in that capacity in WW II.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

weeding, Allan's photo

weeding in the wind, Allan’s photo

We walked the downtown main street and groomed all the planters, and decided not to water because a good rain is due overnight and they are still slightly damp.  Unlike the Ilwaco planters, these are large enough to hold some moisture.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

This planter by The Hungry Harbor (before) was the shabbiest looking.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can't resist letting them overtake the planter.

Here it is, after. All the California poppies are volunteers and I can’t resist letting them overtake the planter.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is still holding on to its colour.

As I passed NIVA green, I went in to get a sympathy card for our neighbour whose beloved spouse and best buddy had died.  I found one that spoke to me of their garden, where below an understory of a good collection of Japanese maples, annuals and small perennials grow in a tidy display.

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

vintage botanical specimens card by luccapaperworks.com

While writing it out that evening, I found one more quotation that I added (other than my favourite one about memory, by Angelo Patri…)    Well, here they both are.

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and…”Mixed with missing him for the rest of my life was a feeling of amazement and delight that I had lived with him, embraced him, and listened to him sing.”  (MFK Fisher)

I was thinking a great deal on this topic, and I share these quotations for anyone who has experienced that sort of loss.

I went on with the rest of the north end planters.

chrysanthemums about to blossom....good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

chrysanthemums about to blossom….good ones that last year bloomed for several weeks.

Allan did the gardening on the south blocks of downtown and took these photos:

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? in a tree garden

Schizostylis, eaten by deer? or picked…in a tree garden

Fifth Street Park (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan's photo)

small planter used as ash tray (Allan’s photo)

It's in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan's photo)

It’s in the back of this picnic area, to keep people from falling into a hole (Allan’s photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan's photo)

a cute duck at the debris dump (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Allan’s photo: She seemed to have no fear.

Ilwaco

We only had 12 buckets and a large jug with us and figured they should be enough to water the 26 Ilwaco planters with a couple of gallons each.  We did not have time to break out the water pump trailer so bucket watering was our choice.

filling the buckets at the boatyard

filling the buckets at the boatyard

our view from the faucet

our view from the faucet

two new boats

two new boats

sweet pea 'Black Knight' almost to the top of the fence

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence

another new boat

another new boat

northeast corner of the boatyard

northeast corner of the boatyard

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

Across the street: I wonder how long this street tree will last.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.

We pruned off three lower limbs today on the left side.  There is a difference; look at the truck.

I feel these trees need the attention of an arborist (an expert one who does NOT top trees) to lighten them up for better resistance to wind.  I lack the expertise, the head for heights, the proper ladder, and the time.  Allan has the head for heights but lacks the expertise, the proper ladder, and the time.  Although I do know enough to stand below and guide him through some judicious cuts…but…we still lack the time in the budget, I think.

We bucket watered the 26 planters, by which I mean Allan bucket watered and I weeded and groomed.  To my horror, I found that the little pocket gardens under the trees felt powder dry, perhaps a little bit damp an inch down.  We did not have enough water for them so can only hope for a SERIOUS rain tonight or Allan will have to return to them with water soon.

I fervently hope this will be the last planter watering for the season….unlikely but possible.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, time came for our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove with Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Gardening.  I can easily say that becoming friends with them and Todd are the best things that have happened to us in 2015.

in Sondra's garden outside the restaurant (Allan's photo)

in Sondra’s garden outside the restaurant (Allan’s photo)

in the foyer (Allan's photo)

in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

Chef Jason treated us to an appetizer that was like a delicious cross between a chalupa and the pork conchinita, featuring sprouts from Pink Poppy Farm.

special app from Jason

special app from Jason

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

the amazing seasonal salad with pears and goat cheese

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words "Cajun Chicken Alfredo" came out of my mouth.

I was about to order a light and healthful ahi tuna plate when the words “Cajun Chicken Alfredo” came out of my mouth.

Melissa's pork conchinita (Allan's photo)

Melissa’s pork conchinita (Allan’s photo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo)

the end of the workweek for us (but not for the Sea Star duo) nor was it the end of the workweek for Chef Jason Lancaster (right, Allan’s photo)

At home, later in the evening, I heard a loud gurgling and went outside to see that all of the downspouts were pouring a downpour of rain into the water barrels.  I felt so glad, as it was likely to be enough to satisfy the street tree gardens in Ilwaco.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

before work, in the back garden

before work, in the back garden

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

The Sarracenia that Debbie Teashon brought me are thriving.

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

deadheading our Ilwaco Post Office garden

Time Enough Books

Continuing with the fall project list on our work board, we decided to remove, at bookstore owner Karla’s request, the medium sized Miscanthus that was all around a street tree in the curbside garden.  (It was planted before we took on these gardens.)

before

before: too big for its britches

Allan swinging the pick

Allan swinging the pick

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.

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Allan’s photo

after

after

The grass neatly separated into chunks, all of which would be too tall for any of the curbside gardens.  I gave two pieces to Salt Hotel for their container gardens (they love ornamental grasses), and saved two clumps each for Dave and Melissa and for Todd.  Two more could go at the boatyard garden, or I could maybe save some for the Ilwaco City Park project, but I have no idea when that is going to happen.  Jenna drove by and I offered her some.  She’d been needing some ornamental grasses to plant on her deck and was happy to take these.

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

Our Jenna (Queen La De Da)

On a brief stop at home, Allan saw this butterfly in our own garden.

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The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

We did our weekly deadheading, with no watering necessary.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' blooming way up high

small yellow flowers of Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ blooming way up high

Sanguisorba 'Dali Marble' is just starting to bloom.

Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ is just starting to bloom.  (with cosmos)

Long Beach

On the way home from work earlier this week, I had noticed with a bit of dismay that the Long Beach welcome sign seemed to missing a fair amount of cosmos along the back.  I figured maybe the city crew had removed some so that the new lights shone better on the the sign.  The new lights are positioned slightly differently and did not work well with the way I had planted for the old lights.  However, when we got up close to the welcome sign today, we realized that both sides were seriously trashed, apparently by people standing in them during Rod Run…to get their photos taken, or….WHAT?

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos.

Last week the back of the sign was all beautiful cosmos standing tall. Now the the plants were crushed and even the lamps were aimed wrong.

Allan's photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says "Thank you."

Allan’s photo: Why would someone be standing in the BACK of the sign (the side that says “Thank you”).

front: all smashed up

front: all smashed up.  Last week the cosmos were standing tall all along here.

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

welcome sign, front on Sept 5th

after cleaning up, today

after cleaning up, today

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

Just look at all the broken off cosmos that we had to pull. They would have bloomed well into October.

After that annoyance, we moved on to another fall project: digging out two of the planters on Sid Snyder Avenue beach approach.  The two planters on the eastern end of the approach road have planters going way back to volunteer days.  Round about this time I got a message from a friend telling me that someone I used to know had died of cancer just a couple of hours before, not unexpectedly but nevertheless tragically for his family.  For his spouse, from whom I am estranged, I felt empathy and deep sadness that lingered through the weekend (as I write this four days later).  Because of the estrangement there was nothing I could do but move on with our day.  It is too important of an event to not mention.

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass

before: this one was mostly a running variegated grass with a pink sea thrift on just one side.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

The other was a mix of grass, a woody old lavender, and variegated ivy and a small phormium.

I hid the little phormium and its tag in one of the bags of ornamental grass from Time Enough and tied a knot on one side of the bag so I could remember to give that one to Todd as a joke.  (He knows I have completely gone off Phormium.)  We drove off to get some soil from my city works pile with which to fill the planters.

Allan's photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

Allan’s photo at the west end turn around of the Sid Snyder beach approach

I remembered that one planter on the Bolstad approach had some daisies that I wanted to remove, because they are always thirsty.  While I was digging them out, a fellow with a horse passed by on the way back from a beach ride.  When I asked if the horse was an Appaloosa, he kindly rode the horse over closer.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The rider told us his horse is a “scent horse”, used for tracking, that his name is Joker and that he is a very good boy.

Back at Sid Snyder after collecting soil in all our buckets, we filled the planters with new Soil Energy mulch.

 

after

after, planter that had had an assortment of old perennials

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, after, planter that had had the running variegated grass

We’ll get some plants for them next week.  We made a quick deadheading stop at Fifth Street Park…

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

NW quadrant of Fifth Street Park

Helenium, Sedum 'Autumn Joy, catmint, cosmos

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, catmint, cosmos, and to the right some self seeded montbretia that is going to be dug out.

…and headed back to Ilwaco with four extra buckets of soil.  We put it down at Time Enough Books to make the tree happy….

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Next week, we are going to get a yard of mulch for Time Enough and from that, we will take four buckets back to Long Beach and use it to fill in where we will dig out the montbretia.

The project board just got smaller.

The project board just got smaller.  But I do need to add that monbretia removal job.

The Cove Restaurant

Our traditional Thursday dinner with Dave and Melissa tonight included Todd and Our Kathleen (still on vacation at her beach cottage).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Melissa, me and Kathleen

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Kathleen, Allan, and Todd peruse the menu

Todd and Dave talk plants.

Todd and Dave talk plants.

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

pear and goat cheese salad and ahi tuna

and a connolo for dessert

and a connolo for dessert

Allan's photo: That's Sondra, the owner, in the center, and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Allan’s photo from left to right: me, Lynn, our funny and efficient server; Sondra, the owner, in red; and Chef Jason Lancaster to the right.

Earlier in the day, I had tried and failed to get a non-blurry photo of a seagull drinking out of a puddle.  What should I find in the ladies room but a painting of that very scene.

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After being the last to leave the restaurant, our group stood around talking in the parking lot for many more minutes.  Todd was holding the bag of ornamental grass.

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I kept feeling like the scene reminded me of something.

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It wasn’t till later that I realized it reminded me of this:

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Next, four days of gardening and contemplation, and a boating excursion.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Port of Ilwaco

Although our main task was the weekly tidying of the Long Beach planters, we added some grooming of a couple of the Howerton Avenue gardens at the port.  I’d noticed a need for clipping santolina when driving past them yesterday evening.

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

looking west by the Ilwaco Pavilion, before (with weed buckets)

and after

and after

I got carried away and pruned one of the santolinas harder than I had meant to.  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

Nearby, two shrubby gardens needed to have their California wax myrtles sheared back and lowered.

before and after

loiking west, before and after

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

looking east, before and after: just a little off the side

clouds behind the condor

clouds behind the condor

We trimmed some santolinas at Time Enough Books curbside garden as well, and we went into the bookshop so I could ask Karla if she would spring for a yard of mulch for the garden.  Yes, she will.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

In the bookstore: A useful looking tech book.

the children's book corner

the children’s book corner

nautical books

nautical books

Karla and I look over the garden.

Karla and I look over the garden.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

She agrees that mulch would be a big improvement.

Here is an infortmative aside:  If you see me wearing a headband, it is not a fashion statement (which would obviously be unlikely); it means I have a headache.  A cold wet bandanna is a great help on headachey days.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

nearby in the parking lot, Allan liked these two boats.

The Depot Restaurant

All we had to do was deadhead at the Depot.  No watering necessary, as rain showers have continued off and on since Saturday’s storm.

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

East side of building, north of the deck, sheltered from the storm

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

Cut that cosmos back by half; it refuses to bloom and was blocking the sign!

I wish I could solve the mystery of why some, but not all, of cosmos from the same batch will shoot up high and not bloom.

Long Beach

welcome sign, front

welcome sign, front

Some had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Someone had picked themselves a nice bouquet from the most prominent echibeckia.

Veterans Field: windblown garden

Veterans Field: windblown garden with only a few broken plants.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.

Across the street, building owner Doug paints the trim on the Kabob House restaurant.  (Allan’s photo)

We dumped the debris from Veterans Field, including some big broken cosmos, at city works, and got a look at the hanging baskets which had been taken down on Monday after the storm.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

They were indeed battered by the 60 or so mph wind.

sad to see them down so early

sad to see them down so early

Allan's poignant photo

Allan’s poignant photo shows how fully the roots fill up the pots by this time of year.

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

a wind tattered canna in Fifth Street Park

The cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The three cannas are not vigorous; perhaps I should have fertilized them heavily.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

The Miscanthus is leaning over the lawn, which usually does not start till autumn storm season.

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, northwest quadrant

We went over all the planters, trimming up the storm damage and fluffing the plants.  I was disturbed to find that some of the planters seemed a little dry.  How can this be?  It is proof indeed that the rain does not penetrate into a thickly planted container no matter how much it pours.  Since it had rained just yesterday, I had not planned to water, and we did not, in hope that the dampness, despite lack of saturation, will enable the planters to hold up till early next week.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.

Along with storm damage, we found the usual finger blight: pulled up plants.  Laid out on the benches for a final paying of respect.

Lewis and Clark Square, Allan's photo

Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.

Heather Ramsay, artist and shopkeeper extraordinaire, at NIVA green.  (Allan’s photo)  Our favourite shop is just north of the Bolstad stoplight.

by Dennis Company (Allan's photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think)

by Dennis Company (Allan’s photo); There is a trail from The Red Barn to Long Beach town that lines up with this street (we think).

Allan found a Gaura 'So White' blown over in Fish Alley.

Allan found a Gaura ‘So White’ blown over in Fish Alley.

He propped it back up.

He propped it back up.

We had some time to pull some crocosmia out of a planter on Sid Snyder Drive and check up on the kite museum garden.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

World Kite Museum mini-garden had held up well.

With an hour left before our Thursday dinner engagement, we tackled the most frustrating job in all of the Long Beach gardens: the back end of Coulter Park, where salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed coming under the fence from a neighbouring yard.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

Salmonberry runners coming under the fence.

It is a mess, with the salmonberries coming up inside painfully thorny roses.

It is a mess, with the salmonberry canes inside painfully thorny roses.

This bed is impossible.  All we can do is clip the salmonberries out; we can’t get at the roots.  I have pretty much given up on it.  The only solution I can think of is to ask the city crew to rip out the five roses bushes and just plant annuals here, so that the salmonberries (AND blackberries AND bindweed) that are coming over from the other side can be pulled more easily.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

Allan pulled the crocosmia from the so much more manageable front corner of the park.

We made another dump run to city works and then swung a bit south to pluck one dead daisy that I’d seen early by Culbertson Field.  As we passed the pond by the stoplight, we paused so Allan could pluck out one pesky dandelion.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I'd be a goner.

Only Allan can hop out to the waterfall without falling into the pond. I’d be a goner.

The Cove Restaurant

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage.

When we arrived, our friend Parking Lot Cat was looking especially regal by the garage to the south of the parking lot.

Sondra's garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

Sondra’s garden at the entrance to the clubhouse.

As we began our weekly meeting of the core members of the North Beach Garden Gang (Melissa, Dave, me, Allan), Chef Jason sent out a treat:  samples of a Mexican style soup that he has just added to the menu.

It was delicious.

It was delicious.

Melissa got the halibut special.

Melissa got the halibut special.

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Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Allan had fish tacos and the new pear and goat cheese salad. I had a bite and will definitely get it next time.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Dave and I chose the pasta alfredo, spicy and delicious and enough to take some home for lunch the next day.

Now: four days off because of the holiday weekend.  Other than a walk to to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, I hope to not leave my property at all.  Allan has big plans for two boating events, one in Ocean Shores and one in South Bend.  His back is much better so the prospects look good for both of us to get the sort of weekend that we most prefer.

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