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Saturday, 3 January 2014

I liked best the days that I could just sit around and read.  I had a rate visitor on the 3rd…

me and Kathleen and some tea

me and Kathleen and some tea

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Rain perfectly played into my desire to just read, read, and read.

south window view

south window view

north window view

north window view

Lake Street indeed

Lake Street indeed

The amount of rain was dramatic and wreaked havoc across the county:

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Monday, 6 January 2015

I decided to check out how the 2 plus inches of rain looked in the garden.

barrow

in the bogsy woods

in the bogsy woods

west side of lawn path

west side of lawn path

fallen branches on Nora's lawn next door

fallen branches on Nora’s lawn next door

Why we don't go back under the trees in a windstorm

Spear-like branches are why we don’t go back under the trees in a windstorm

looking back

looking back

primrose

primrose

the back swale in the bogsy wood

the south swale in the bogsy wood

the middle bogsy wood swale

the middle bogsy wood swale

looking north from the bridge

looking north from the bridge

the meander line seasonal pond outside the south gate

the meander line seasonal pond outside the south gate

This used to be the Columbia riverbank (Baker Bay) before the port was expanded on fill.

under the bendy willows

under the bendy willows

looking north through the south gate

looking north through the south gate

Smokey followed me all around.

Smokey followed me all around.

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I decided to actually leave the property to see how full the old swimming hole might be.

our neighbours' compost pile, outside our east fence

our neighbours’ compost pile, outside our east fence

The pond, which was the nieghbourhood swimming hole many years ago, was extra full indeed.

The pond, which was the nieghbourhood swimming hole many years ago, was extra full indeed.

The kids' fort that had been built there last summer had blown apart and most of the boards are in the pond now.

The kids’ fort that had been built there last summer had blown apart and most of the boards are in the pond now.

Even though we were between rainstorms, I decided it was far too soggy to do any gardening and happily returned to my books.

back in my own domain

back in my own domain

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Much as I wanted to keep on reading, on the 6th I had to do some weeding as the weather is good.  Because I had shifted completely to night owl mode, that means just a few hours in the afternoon.  Unfortunately on this day I took out with the me the camera (Canon powershot pocketcam) unfondly known as Spot.

Allan's garden with a variegated hebe

Allan’s garden with a variegated hebe

The weedy east bed had been bothering me when I looked out from the east living room window.

The weedy east bed had been bothering me when I looked out from the east living room window.

Jasmine nudiflorum in bloom along the fence

Jasmine nudiflorum in bloom along the fence

Allan nailed up a narrow trellis piece for me on which to train some of the jasmine.

Allan nailed up a narrow trellis piece for me on which to train some of the jasmine.

In the north house bed, stems of Rubus lineatus may not leaf out again.  (I want to make the clump smaller anyway.)

In the north house bed, stems of Rubus lineatus may not leaf out again. (I want to make the clump smaller anyway.)

in the middle of the front border, a shrub of mystery still has white berries.

in the middle of the front border, a shrub of mystery still has white berries.

east bed area nicely weeded

east bed area nicely weeded (the main culprit had been creeping sorrel)

evening glow over the back garden as I return indoors

evening glow over the back garden as I return indoors

sunset over Cape Disappointment

through the bogsy woods: sunset over Cape Disappointment

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The good weather persisted so I had to put in another afternoon of weeding, this time in the middle bed of the front garden.

before (and why did I grab "Spot" again?!)

before (and why did I grab “Spot” again?!)

Hellebore foetidus in bloom

Hellebore foetidus in bloom

looking west, before (damned Spot!)

looking west, before (damned Spot!)

and after removing old stems and weeds

and after removing old stems and weeds

The melianthus major looked messy but I did not want to cut it down yet.  The old stems might provide some frost protection.

The melianthus major looked messy but I did not want to cut it down yet. The old stems might provide some frost protection.

So I just trimmed off a lot of the old leaves.

So I just trimmed off a lot of the old leaves.

I was not pleased to find a pile of deer poop; they sometimes jump the low fence in the front garden.

I was not pleased to find a pile of deer poop; they sometimes jump the low fence in the front garden.

One of these winters I would like the project to be to secure the front garden from deer.  Or maybe I should continue to use it as a deer test garden and simply move the three roses to the back yard.

One more accomplishment: I pulled up a patch of curly teucrium.  Debbie can have it for the spring plant sale.

For now, it will be fine sitting in a pile.

For now, it will be fine sitting in a pile.

It's a bit of a pest but I love its curly fringed leaves.

It’s a bit of a pest but I love its curly fringed leaves.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

With good weather continuing to interfere with my afternoon reading, I cleaned up weeds (sorrel and shotweed) in the west end bed of the front garden.

Yesterday, the curly teucrium had come out of that corner.

Yesterday, the curly teucrium had come out of that corner.

Next time, I would start to tackle the cutting back of the back garden.

back garden, west bed and garden boat

back garden, west bed and garden boat

middle and east side beds

middle and east side beds

Smokey promised to help me.

Smokey promised to help me.

I had time before dark to just get a start on the west bed.

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Allan had been across the river shopping in Warrenton, Oregon, and he returned with a welcome treat: takeout from Astoria’s Himani Indian Cuisine.

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their friend cauliflower dish and my favourite cucumber yogurt condiment, raita

their friend cauliflower dish and my favourite cucumber yogurt condiment, raita

Friday, 9 January 2015

I hacked away further on the west side of the back garden.

Admiring Cornus 'Midwinter Fire'

Admiring Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’

the earliest crocus

the earliest crocus

progress on the west bed

progress on the west bed

and a good cleaning of the middle bed

and a good cleaning of the middle bed

until sunset glowed on the south wall of the house

until sunset glowed on the south wall of the house

Tuesday and Wednesday, 13 and 14 January 2015

After the blissful relief of some rainy reading days, I had to return to weeding and chopping in the back garden.

south window view

south window view on Wednesday

late Thursday, after considerable gardening

late Thursday, after considerable gardening

The best weather for me was pure rainy reading weather.  More about that later.

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Saturday, 14 December, 2013

After rising at the shocking early hour of 10:20 AM, I had time to go to the Saturday Christmas Market before a coffee date.  First, I stopped at Time Enough Books to deliver the last gardening bill of the season.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

Why does this sticker that they have for sale remind me of the times when Allan and I have tried to hire help for our business?

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Next door at the Christmas market, I resolved to buy a glowing glass brick, but with not quite enough sleep, I forgot to acquire it!

glass brick with lights inside

glass brick with lights inside

Allan joined me and we even had time to buy our Christmas Tree from the Ilwaco High School Band tree sale…

more on this later!

more on this later!

And then we met our dear friend Patt at Olde Towne Café; she was in town briefly to get set up for a dog sitting job later this month (for our client and friend Lisa and our dog friend Maddy!)  Her car was already there.  Over a year ago when I first saw her marriage equality bumper stickers, I just knew we would be friends.

clearly someone sympatico

clearly someone sympatico

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

Patt who, sadly for us, has moved away and is now working at a Gemology business!

After Patt departed to meet Lisa, Allan and I took a break from staycation to do some necessary work caused by last week’s freezing weather.  (But first, we popped back to the market so I could buy that glass brick!)

Christmas market entrance...soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

Christmas market entrance…soon to be a fabric arts shop called Purly Shell.

We stopped at the Depot Restaurant garden for just one thing:

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

The last geranium in the Depot windowbox had finally frozen and could be cut back!

A bit more Christmas shopping preceded the rest of work, at the Coastal Corner Market in Long Beach where I admired their driftwood sedum planting.

Coastal Corner Market

Coastal Corner Market

driftwood planter

driftwood planter

Just across the street from the market I photographed a cabin whose name speaks to me at this time of year:

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Then on to the Anchorage Cottages:

The melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

The Melianthus major at The Anchorage Cottages was DOWN.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

Even the Virburnum flowers looked a little toasted.

And two tasks that I had in mind in Long Beach:

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

One chrysanthemum left in a Long Beach planter now needed chopping.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

And the Melianthus at Fifth Street Park was bringing down the tone.

Allan asked if it was normal for Narcissi to be up.  I said yes, thinking he just meant green spears poking through the soil.  Then I saw that despite the freezing weather, two Narcissi were up and blooming already.

Now that's strange.

Now that’s strange.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Half a block north of the park sits the Hungry Harbor Grille.  I popped in to see if their Christmas Village had been set up and indeed it had.  I love it and we will go back to dinner there before Christmas to admire it more closely.

at Hungry Harbor Grille

at Hungry Harbor Grille

boat

boat

boat

boat

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

There will be many more photos of this after our dinner!

That was the last of work for awhile.  Back home at Staycation Central we found on our porch a gift from Lisa, Buzz, and Maddy the dog, a box of goodies from Bailey’s Café up in Nahcotta, such a yummy place that we rarely find time to visit.

a delectable present

a delectable present

I hope now that….other than potential jury duty for me in January…we are firmly back into staycation mode.

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