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Saturday, 10 September 2016

It felt like a long walk to the two vintage cottages at the north end of the tour.

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This will orient you as we walk past a couple of resorts.

On the west side of Pacific, even the garages have an ocean view.

On the west side of Pacific, even the garages have an ocean view.

a tall escallonia hedge

a tall escallonia hedge

Hydrangeas do well this close to the ocean.

Hydrangeas do well this close to the ocean.

at the end of a block

at the end of a block

Even if new, this house looks convincingly vintage.

Even if new, this house looks convincingly vintage.

another beachy view home

another beachy view home

sweet peas and autumn clematis

sweet peas and autumn clematis

Below: This 1982 home was actually the next stop on the tour, but we walked on.  Time was short, with only an hour left, and I wanted to make sure to see the vintage cottages.  We would return here if we had time.

a modern ocean view home

a modern ocean view home

the beach access by the tour home

the beach access by the 1982 house

Fortunately for such a long walk, the weather had become cool and misty.

Allan saw a funny sign on the way:

maybe someday!

maybe someday!

on the east side of the street, a view deck

on the east side of the street, a view deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were closer to Haystack Rock now. (Allan's photo)

We were closer to Haystack Rock now. (Allan’s photo)

We walked past the Ocean Lodge.

Ocean Lodge

Ocean Lodge

cute guest cottages

cute guest cottages across the street from the Ocean Lodge

another guest cottage built to look vintage

another guest cottage built to look vintage

Next came The Stephanie Inn, reputed to have an excellent restaurant.  Carol and I almost stayed there once.  Then we looked at the amenities online and realized that, while it would be a big extravagance for us, we’d be offered a “Complimentary beer and wine gathering in the oceanfront library” and “Complimentary late evening nightcap in the oceanfront library”.  We couldn’t imagine passing up such amenities and yet did not feel comfortable at the thought of mingling with other guests who would be, well, no doubt so much richer.  So we chose instead to stay at a more humble abode, the Sea Sprite (also on the map above).

The Stephanie Inn

The Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

Stephanie Inn

I thought then that we might have to walk back up to the highway to get to our destination.  I was thrilled to find a grassy path through to the next block.

Allan is way down at the corner; I am waiting at the grassy path to the next block.

Allan is way down at the corner; I am waiting at the grassy path.

Finally, we arrived  and were delighted to find the two vintage cottages across the street from each other.

#4: The Sea Star

The Sea Star

The Sea Star

from the programme:  According to county records, this home was built in 1948, but may have been built sooner.  Upon the current homeowners’ purchase ten years ago, the cottage was completely renovated to look like a true beach cottage.  The home was remodeled by Mike Capper of Capper Construction, along with the fellow resident and storyteller, Peter Lindsey. Be cautious of the low vaulted ceiling upstairs.

ocean at the end of the block

ocean at the end of the block

front porch

front porch

by the front door

by the front door

old photos

old photos

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stone fireplace

back deck has outdoor stairs to upper deck and top floor

back deck has outdoor stairs to upper deck and top floor

little shed in back yard

little shed in back yard

peekaboo view dining

peekaboo view dining

view of next door cottage called "Snug"

view of next door cottage called “Snug”

my telephoto sees beachfront gardens

my telephoto sees beachfront gardens

The upstairs had a small door the red chair is only a couple of feet tall, into a large storage area perhaps, and kids who lived there used to call it the “monster room” (where the monsters lived).

upper deck

upper deck

looking north

looking north

looking down to the Snug Cottage

looking down to the Snug Cottage

stairs to lower deck

stairs to lower deck

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main floor view window

main floor view window (Allan’s photo)

#3: The Anchor

Right across the street, to the south, was The Anchor Cottage.

from the programme:  This property was part of the original Warren homestead.  Frank and Irta Woodfield purchased the land in 1919, and in 1928,  “Anchor” was built by Dermot and Pearl Lagassee to rent as a summer cottage.  Dr. Tom and Sally Olsen purchased the home in 1970.  Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon Coast during the early 1900s, and his wife, Irta, was a talented poet.  Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display in the home. “Beside Our Sandy Shore”, the short film featuring the life of the Woodfields, will be screening in the carport.  

You can read more about the Woodfields here. You can see some of Frank Woodfield’s photos here. Irta Woodfield wrote a book (of poems?), which I intend to track down.

Beside Our Sandy Shore

Beside Our Sandy Shore

Anchor

Anchor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now that's what I call a cottage!

Now that’s what I call a cottage!

front garden (Allan's photo)

front garden (Allan’s photo)

front garden view

front garden view

around the back

around the back

view north to the Sea Star Cottage

view north to the Sea Star Cottage

northwest corner porch

northwest corner porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the carport

in the carport

When I sat down to watch the narrated home movies in the carport, I became verklempt that all those people are gone.  The narration, by a man with an elderly voice, reminiscing about his childhood, must have been by Frank Woodfield.

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a ghost from the past by Haystack Rock

a ghost from the past by Haystack Rock

family and flowers

family and flowers

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Oh, how very much this movie moved me.  I did not care that we were running out of touring time; I had to see it all.  You can watch a movie with the history of the Anchor family here.

This little door led in from the car port.

This little door led in from the car port.

And a window at the back of the carport looked in to a wallpapered room.

And a window at the back of the carport looked in to a wallpapered room.

the front door

the front door

front porch windowbox

front porch window box

This poodle had been touring along with us all day. (Allan's photo)

This poodle had been touring along with us all day. (Allan’s photo)

porch view (Allan's photo)

porch view (Allan’s photo)

on the mantel

on the mantel

anchor window

anchor window

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

old fashioned windows

old fashioned windows

the wallpapered bedroom

the wallpapered bedroom

looking out the narrow side door to the carport to more ghostly images

looking out the narrow side door to the carport to more ghostly images

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In the kitchen, below, behind the woman who is listening to the owner’s stories, is a corner window over the sink with a view of the ocean a block to the west.

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When I commented what a great view for washing dishes, he told me that the neighbours to the west had had their house lifted and moved north slightly, thus opening up the ocean view that did not used to be there.

looking north to the Sea Star as more tour guests arrive.

looking north to the Sea Star as more tour guests arrive.

It was 4:38 by now and the tour ended at 5:00, and it was at least a ten minute walk back to the modern house we had not yet seen.  I had a feeling we wouldn’t make it, but we would try.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

ilwacocannonbeach

Back we drove, early (for us) to be sure to get to Debbie Teashon’s talk on time.  She was speaking at an 11 AM tea as the closing event for the 2015 Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour.

On the way, we saw a large number of bicyclists along the side of Highway 101.  It did not look like much fun to me with cars whizzing by.

Sometimes singly, sometimes in groups along the narrow shoulder....

Sometimes singly, sometimes in groups along the narrow shoulder….

Cannon Beach: Tolovana Park

When we arrived at Tolovana Park, we realized that it was the morning's destination for all those bicyclists.

When we arrived at Tolovana Park, we realized that it was the morning’s destination for all those bicyclists.

bicyclist and mascot

bicyclist and mascot

This was one of the two unconnected groups.

This was one of the two unconnected groups.

They took each other's photos with Haystack Rock (not shown) in the background.

They took each other’s photos with Haystack Rock (not shown) in the background.

Justifiably proud of themselves.

Justifiably proud of themselves.

Right next to them, a woman read quietly.

Right next to them, a woman read quietly.  (far right)

On the beach, a man was making fast time with a sand wheelchair.

On the beach, a man was making fast time with a sand wheelchair.

chair made for going over sand

chair made for going over sand

the other bicycle group (Allan's photo)

the other bicycle group (Allan’s photo)

The America by Bicycle group is averaging 67 miles a day. They started in Astoria and are heading to souther California.

The America by Bicycle group is averaging 67 miles a day. They started in Astoria and are heading to souther California.

“Ride the West is a western state adventure along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Southern California. This 23-day fully-supported touring-pace ride averages 67 miles per day and crosses through 2 states (California is really long!). The 1398 mile route begins in Astoria OR and wends its way south to Costa Mesa, CA.”

Debbie Teashon’s garden talk

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The treats were all laid out by the Tolovana Inn conference room.

The treats were all laid out near the Tolovana Inn conference room.

a fancy sort of tea

a fancy sort of tea

much nicer than most bagged tea

much nicer than most bagged tea

berries

Each table had a beautiful bouquet.

Each table had a beautiful bouquet.

I finally got to see in person what Debbie means when she says that doing the “hero pose” before an event gives one strength and confidence.

She says it really works.

She says it really works.

hero pose (Allan's photo)

hero pose (Allan’s photo)

That's our Debbie.

That’s our Debbie.

I have known Debbie online, and soon after that in person, since the year 2000 when I discovered her Rainyside website and began to participate in the forum there.  That forum has been overtaken by her Facebook page and Facebook group where the core group of Rainysiders is still strongly connected.  Jeanne and her mom Mary Kay from Portland were at this talk because of Rainyside.

waiting for the talk (Allan's photo)

waiting for the talk (Allan’s photo)

Rainyside Jeanne on the right

Rainyside Jeanne on the right

Debbie’s topic was extending the garden into fall and winter.  She reminded me of two shrubs that I used to have in my old garden and want to have again.

Every time I'm asked if I want someone to look for a plant for me, I mention this one.

Every time I’m asked if I want someone to look for a plant for me, I mention this one.

I had completely forgotten about this euonymous with amazing pink and orange flowers.

I had completely forgotten about this euonymous with amazing pink and orange flowers.

Sedum 'Autumn Fire' Like Debbie, I find it hard to tell this improved one apart from 'Autumn Joy'. It is said to not flop as much.

Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’; Like Debbie, I find it hard to tell this improved one apart from ‘Autumn Joy’. It is said to not flop as much.  (Allan’s photo of Debbie’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Debbie's new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer (Allan's photo)

Debbie’s new book, Gardening for the Home Brewer (Allan’s photo)

After the lecture, our table chatted till we had to leave the room for the next event.  At our table was a woman from Port Townsend named Marilyn; it turned out that she sometimes reads this blog!

Jeanne, Mary, Debbie, Allan, and I had lunch at Mo’s, a convenient spot because it is just north of the Tolovana Inn.

east side of Mo's

east side of Mo’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After Debbie, Jeanne, and Mary Kay had gone back to their cars, Allan and I saw bunnies on the lawn by Tolovana Park.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I would not like them in my garden, but they sure are cute here.

I would not like them in my garden, but they sure are cute here. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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home again

On the way home, a grocery stop at Costco netted me more bags of bulbs than I want to admit.

Costco bulbs

Costco bulbs

Costco bulb shopping advice:  Sometimes different sorts of bulbs are hidden way at the back where they cannot even be reached.

A bag of iris reticulata was barely visible way in tbe back.

A bag of iris reticulata was barely visible way in tbe back.

It is sometimes possible to scoot a rack away so that one can reach in from behind, or ask a floor clerk for help if the racks are not on wheels.  I was determined and scooched in from the back to check out all the bags, scoring some hidden Fritillaria imperialis.

The Astoria Megler bridge was lined with cars going south, among them many “rods” from this weekend’s Rod Run in Long Beach and Ocean Park.

They are heading back home.

They are heading back home.

This marks the final festival of the tourist season and the beginning of the quieter time on the peninsula.  I am so happy.

Feeling exhausted by the social whirl of the Slow Drag followed by two Cottage Tour Days, we hoped to not have to water the Ilwaco planters even though they had not been watered since Wednesday.  We poked our fingers in several and were thrilled to find them just damp enough to hold till tomorrow.

overjoyed that it does not need water

overjoyed that it does not need water

planter and tree garden by Azure Salon

planter and tree garden by Azure Salon

At home, I thought about fall gardening and made a list of projects on the work board.  The projects can start at any time; the fall clean up will wait till October or November along with bulb planting time.

the autumnal work board

the autumnal work board

 

 

 

 

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