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Saturday, 24 January 2015

(January outings, part two)

beach clean up

Today was beach clean up day…

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This meant that after turning into staycation night owls, we had to get up EARLY (for us).  It was not easy, but we managed to get to the Seaview beach approach only 20 minutes late.  Our plan had been to access the beach on a roadway further south…till I realized we had forgotten garbage bags, so we had to go to an official check in point.

Allan's photo: I was met by a cute black labrador.

Allan’s photo: I was met by a cute black labrador.

Allan's photo: signing in

Allan’s photo: signing in

At the check in truck, a photo on display showed why we pick up all the teeny tiny bits of plastic.  Birds eat them.

It is sad.

It is sad to see a bird with a belly full of plastic.

The night high tide had slid up the beach approach almost all the way to where the truck was parked, so there was trash to pick all down the approach road.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: We found several of these.

Allan’s photo: We found several of these.

Allan's photo: The pile of rope was too big for us.

Allan’s photo: The pile of rope was too big for us.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan picking trash

Allan picking trash

When we are late, and thus walking behind other cleaners, we pretty much end up picking up mostly little plastic bits.  We know it is good for the birds to remove them, yet I always feel it is such an endless task as there is so much more out there in the ocean.

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Allan’s photo….so many plastic bits that birds ingest.

Because we are used to bending over and picking stuff, we moved fast and got ahead to where we found some larger items.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a pile left for pick up

a pile left for pick up

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That kelp would make great garden fertilizer.

When a cleaner fills a bag, s/he leaves it at the high tide line, and cleanup volunteer vehicles come by to pick the bags up.  This is the ONLY time I do not mind seeing driving on our beach (which is, most unfortunately, a state highway…which I find appalling).

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Usually, seeing tire tracks just spoils a good beach photo.  Today, they are there for a good purpose.  (The only other time I might concede to not minding the beach highway being open is on clamming tides when I suppose it does make the clams much more accessible to hundreds of clammers.  And I think it would be ok to have ONE section of beach, preferably not scenic Seaview, maybe in front of Long Beach, open so that people with disability permits could drive out to see the sea and the sunset.)  This is a terribly controversial point of view to have as beach drivers are adamant about not giving it up and often gets furious at the very idea that maybe the beach would be a more beautiful place without vehicles.  Today, however, I really appreciated seeing the drivers removing the piles of debris.

Volunteers in a cute old truck.

Volunteers in a cute old truck.

Maddeningly (for us), this driver told us he had found glass fishing floats and the orange plastic floats a couple of miles south,  just where I’d been thinking of going till I realized we did not have garbage bags with us!  Next time!

just part of the cool haul

just part of the cool haul

After two hours of picking, we walked back.  By the approach road, we saw two volunteers attacking that huge pile of rope.

rope

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(Allan's photo) A volunteer loads up the dumpster.

(Allan’s photo) A volunteer loads up the dumpster.

Just up the Seaview beach approach road sits the Sou’wester Lodge (between J and L streets) and then The Depot Restaurant (corner of 38th and L), two of our favourite places.  I’d noticed on the drive in that the Depot window box annuals had finally died back.  Allan remembered that I wanted to stop after the beach clean up to clean THEM up.

I have been waiting for these to die!

I have been waiting for these to die!

Tidying those windowboxes had been the very last thing on the work list for 2014.

Tidying those windowboxes had been the very last thing on the work list for 2014.

We then drove about 15 miles or so north to the Moose Lodge in Ocean Park where some regular patrons were already drinking at the bar. The beach clean up volunteers were treated to a soup feed in the dining room.

the Moose Lodge

the Moose Lodge on U Street, Ocean Park

I want a sticker like this for the Grass Roots Garbage Gang website.

I want a sticker like this for the Grass Roots Garbage Gang website.

Three kinds of soup were served.

Three kinds of soup were served: clam chowder, split pea, and chili.

thanks to volunteers

thanks to volunteers

beach volunteers dining

beach volunteers dining

food

Kathleen had come down for the weekend and joined us at table.  Allan tells me I was chewing in all the photos so we won’t see that.  Well, the split pea soup was mighty good.  Okay, just one:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We made a stop at Klipsan Beach Cottages to see the garden and to deliver Denny’s very belated birthday present (the traditional six pack of Alaskan Amber ale; his birthday is shortly after Christmas.)

looking in the garden gate

looking in the garden gate

snowdrops

snowdrops

Above, you can see a hole in the decorative deer: storm damage from a fallen branch.

a fine little clump

a fine little clump

crocus

crocus

Although I had no intention of working, I did have to cut some old leaves off of a couple of hellebores.

hellebore

hellebore

hellebore

hellebore

primroses

primroses

primroses and pieris

primroses and pieris

red azalea and stems of 'Tiger Eyes' sumac

red azalea and stems of ‘Tiger Eyes’ sumac

Early narcissisi (maybe 'February Gold' already blooming in the A Frame garden

Early narcissisi (maybe ‘February Gold’ already blooming in the A Frame garden

on our way out, saying goodbye to Mary of KBC (Allan's photo)

on our way out, saying goodbye to Mary of KBC (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands and Long Beach

We made a brief stop at the Golden Sands Assisted Living garden to just quickly bung in some peony starts that I’d gotten from MaryBeth.  (The best ones had already gone into my own garden.)

Golden Sands courtyard in winter

Golden Sands courtyard in winter

It didn’t look too bad although a couple of the quadrant beds could sure use some mulch.  Later!

On the way to Long Beach, we had a lovely tea break at Kathleen’s Midway cottage.  I was feeling so tired after a mere five hours of sleep that I did not even think to take a photo.

In Long Beach, the planters are showing bits of colour.  I’d made note on the way north that three of them had dead Erysimums so we attended to those on our way through town.

crocus in a Long Beach planter

crocus in a Long Beach planter

planter with crocus and heuchera

planter with crocus and heuchera

The last daytime mission was to take some photos for the Niva green Facebook page.  There is always much of interest in Heather Ramsay’s New, Inspired, Vintage, Artful and ecologically green shop.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

items made from license plates

items made from license plates

decorative items

decorative items

a robot dog lamp sort of thing.  K9?

a robot dog lamp sort of thing. K9?

gifts

one of Heather's lamps

one of Heather’s lamps

On the way out of the Long Beach, I just had to check on Fifth Street Park.  Woe betide us, it looked rather a mess.

Sedum Autumn Joy blocking the view of very early narcissi and crocus

Sedum Autumn Joy blocking the view of very early narcissi and crocus…and a carpet of shotweed and the ever annoying little wild allium mixed in with the catmint

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and quite a messy tangle of ornamental grass on the lawn...

and quite a messy tangle of ornamental grass on the lawn…

Sadly, I felt that this would compel us to emerge from staycation before the end of January as I simply could not stand the thought of it looking so bad.  (That night, in fact, I dreamt that the park was a mess before two crucial late summer holiday weekends.)  We’d wait till a weekday, though.

Meanwhile, we drove on home where we had a very few hours to relax before going out again to another musical evening at the Sou’wester.

 

 

 

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and thus work ends for the year…

The mild weather kept work going for a long time.  Lack of frost meant cosmos kept blooming into late November. Finally we had to pull them, still slightly blooming, out of the old boat at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco in order to plant the last batch of narcissi.

Even after the storm clean-up, we found beauties in the garden as we made our last visit of the season to each.

Our last clean up at Laurie’s revealed the brightness of barberry and hebe.

Once we had the summer plants cleaned up out of the boat, Time Enough Books decorated the garden area for the holidays.  Did I mention that when my friend Mary visited, we learned that the Time Enough logo of an hourglass and broken spectacles is from the classic Twilight Zone episode in which a man who loves to read thinks he will finally have time enough after an apocalyptic event…then, while he’s sitting on library stairs surrounded by books, his glasses fall and break! That’s the ultimate horror story.

Time Enough Books decorated for the holidays

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