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Saturday, 10 September 2016

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A benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center

We arrived early at Tolovana Wayside Park at the south end of Cannon Beach and had to wait half an hour to pick up our tour maps.  This was not a problem.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Haystack Rock in view at Tolovana Wayside

Haystack Rock in view to the south at Tolovana Wayside

looking south (Allan's photo)

looking south (Allan’s photo)

some puffin lore

some puffin lore

I wish Washington State powers that be were as smart about beach fireworks.

I wish Washington State powers that be were as smart about beach fireworks.

almost 12:45: The maps are about to be released

almost 12:45: The maps are about to be released

I had heard rumours that the cottage with a tower whose interior I most longed to see (other than June Kroft’s cottage, which I knew was not open this year) was on the tour.  I had hoped for it every year that the tour took place in the Tolovana neighbourhood.

In 2010, I had been so frustrated when I learned that the one year I missed the tour, the tower cottage HAD been one of the featured cottages.  (In 2009, my mother was ill and I completely forgot about the tour till after it had taken place.)

From Cottage Tour 2011: This is the tower I was looking for.

From Cottage Tour 2011: This is the tower I was looking for, photographed over its neighbour.

The house with the tower had been set back behind a tangled woods so that I had not even been able to approach.

The house with the tower had been set back behind a tangled woods so that I had not even been able to approach.

Because I recalled (or thought I did) that my dream cottage was south of the wayside park and close to the beach, we headed that way first.  There were two possibilities on the map that could be it.  We also thought if we started with cottage 6, our touring might be less crowded.  Most map holders had strolled north to the cottages numbers 1-5.

The south end of the tour was within this area.

The south end of the tour was within this area.

on our way (Allan's photo)

on our way (Allan’s photo)

tour goers ahead of us

tour goers ahead of us

Everywhere we walked in Tolovana, we saw bunnies.

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Right next door to that rabbit trio grew a garden that could have planted by Mr. MacGregor.

I wonder if the bunnies are the bane of this gardener.

I wonder if the bunnies are the bane of this gardener.

approaching cottage six, we overheard "You can't even move in there."

approaching cottage six, we overheard “You can’t even move in there.”

When we came to cottage 6, it was full of tour goers, and the entry landscape was so unfamiliar that I said, “That’s not the one I’m desperate to see; let’s come back to it”.  We walked on to try to avoid the thickest crowd.

a handsome pampas grass, given all the room it needs, around the corner from cottage 6

a handsome pampas grass, given all the room it needs, around the corner from cottage 6

The tour rules are posted at each cottage.  The kind museum director has given us press passes for the past two years so that we can take photos.  You will find that many cottage owners tell tour guests that they are welcome to take photos anyway.  At at least two of today’s cottages, the host was announcing to all arriving guests that photography was welcome.  (I see that I broke a rule by not wearing booties over my socks!  Ooops!  I thought clean socks were good enough.)  It astonishes me that anyone would even consider using the restroom or opening drawers in a tour home.

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Cottage Seven: Whim Sea

from the programme:  This quaint beach style bungalow was built in 1940.  Thelma and Harry Brandes purchased the property in 1970 and were the owners for over 30 years until it was sold in 2005 to the current homeowners.  The 600 square foot cottage was no longer habitable and was remodeled by the previous owners’ nephew, David Vonada of Tolovana Architects.  Vonada’s vision was to make the home feel like a traditional beach cottage.

Whim Sea Cottage

Whim Sea Cottage, and the putting on of protective booties, a tour ritual

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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east side of cottage

east side of cottage

looking west, two blocks to the beach

looking west, two blocks to the beach

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view from the living room

view from the living room

river rock fireplace

river rock fireplace

brilliantly beachy art

brilliantly beachy art

modernized for lots of natural light

modernized for lots of natural light

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the bathroom window

in the bathroom window

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

quilt reflected in the tiny back garden

quilt reflected in the tiny back garden

a bunny in the garden (Allan's photo)

a bunny in the garden (Allan’s photo)

As we depart, more people bootie-fying

As we depart, more people bootie-fying

Our plan had worked; we were now running a bit ahead of the biggest south end crowd.

We walked on, with me hoping that one of the next two cottages would be the one with the square tower.

Interlude

As we rounded the corner, I recognized one of my favourite cottages from all past tours.

This little cottage is one of my top ten favourites from 9 years of touring.

This little cottage is one of my top ten favourites from 9 years of touring.

north side

north side

east side

east side

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You can see the captivating interior in the middle of this post from 2010.  Look for Windshell Cottages, after the photos of the tower that I was seeking today.

Allan walks to the west end of the block to take a photo.

Allan walks to the west end of the block to take a photo.

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We knew the next tour cottage couldn’t be the tower one because it was set on the east side of the street.  My quest would continue later.

 

 

 

 

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