RACCOON AND FAWN – June 22, 2015

I trust you all had a nice Father’s Day Solstice weekend. Our weather was perfect and I’m sure many picnic baskets were emptied.

This morning I walked three and a half miles and as usual found some things from around Coupeville to share.

First I noticed this raccoon and as I was getting my camera turned on and positioned it started running at me! I snapped this photo and then looked out from behind the camera and it was gone. It just disappeared into thin air. But then I noticed the culvert running under a driveway and that’s where it disappeared.

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Just up the road from the raccoon was a family of deer with this tiny fawn posing nicely for me. I just love this time of year when all the babies are out and about.

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One thing we seem to have plenty of are sitting places to enjoy the wonderful views of Penn Cove. This sitting spot is in front of a house just up the road from us. They have a great view and what a fabulous place to sit watch the sun go down.

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Out on Ebey Prairie I couldn’t resist taking another photo of this old Allis and Chalmers tractor that’s been retired to the front yard of Sherman’s Pioneer Farm Produce. It’s being swallowed by a rose bush but you can still envision it plowing the fields out on the prairie, back in “the day”.

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With that we start a new week. I hope it’s good for you as I’m sure it will be great for me :-)

BAMBIES – June 17, 2015

Hey, let’s go for a walk and see what’s happening around Coupeville.

First stop, baby deer! I spotted these beautiful little fawns trying to hide behind the bushes. “I’m hiding, you can’t see me!”

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A little further up the road this “Tin Man” caught my eye. It was hanging on a miniature windmill.

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As I passed by I looked back and was surprised to see that it’s a birdhouse.

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Coming down into Coupeville I just couldn’t help myself and had to take another beautiful photo of the Coupeville Wharf with these wild roses in front.

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Down on the wharf I spent quite a bit of time chasing this Kingfisher. These little guys are very skittish and won’t let you get very close. It finally landed on the railing of one of the historic Front Street buildings and I got it! Not great but there ya go.

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Thanks for walking with me on such a beautiful morning. I look forward to doing it again real soon.

WELCOME DAVID – June 15, 2015

How about this, I got the garden wrapped up and went walking for a change. And change there was!! First of all, Toby’s Tavern remodel is coming along quite nicely. I love the new awning and the beautiful siding and windows.

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Walking out on the Coupeville Wharf I spotted several things that I felt need documenting. My old buddy “Frank” the Great Blue Heron was on his favorite perch.

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Closer to the building I saw my neighbor parked at the front door. He had a ladder on his roof because he was removing some things from the store at the end of the wharf called “Local Grown”.

I love his old Volkswagen and looked great against the red paint of the building.

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Around the corner I caught these fisherman “gigging” for Sun Perch. They use them for bait to catch ling cod. Their dog seemed quite interested in this whole process.

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For all their efforts, here is their bounty.

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And finally, a big welcome to David, the new owner of Local Grown. He purchased the business from William who has successfully run it for the past eight years.

David and his wife used to live in Coupeville but moved to Oregon a number of years ago. They have been looking for an opportunity to move back and this was it. So welcome back and wishing you good success in your new endeavor.

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Thanks for walking with me and I hope you join me again soon.

POND GARDEN – June 12, 2015

Hey fellow walkers and gawkers, here I am. You probably thought I forgot about you but that’s just not true.

I’ve been walking a lot everyday but not around town. Instead I’ve been behind a wheelbarrow moving dirt, fine bark and plants into our back yard.

We used to have a nice big fish pond with many Koi and Goldfish. Unfortunately we got tired of feeding the heron and raccoon’s so we decommissioned our pond, filled it in and turned it into a beautiful flower garden.

We still have a little bit more to do but this photo will give you an idea of what we’ve done. The plants that are still in pots will be planted after the house gets painted and some of them will live in pots until fall.

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Hopefully I’ll get back to walking and taking photos soon but for now I think I’ll just sit here and enjoy the view. I’ll catch up with all of you next week.

A REFLECTIVE MORNING – June 1, 2015

Happy June! It’s hard to believe that this year is almost half over already, wow, where do they go?

This morning I found a beautiful sky and lots of reflections. I took so many photos it was hard to pair them down to these few. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

First stop, “Sunrise Over Penn Cove”.

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Here’s another looking across Penn Cove taken from the Coupeville Wharf.

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I generally prefer to take landscape photos, as in horizontal photos, but now and then the shot just needs to stand tall, like this sailboat.

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These two old buildings along Front Street required a portrait shot as well. The building on the left is Aqua Gifts and on the right Knead & Feed.

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And yet another reflection of the Coupeville historic district. I just can’t seem to get enough of these.

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That starts what could be a rainy week ahead and like everyone we could use some rain. Have a great week and month and thanks for walking with me.

EAGLE AND SAILBOAT – May 29, 2015

Sorry for the hiatus but I’ve been working really hard getting our house ready for painting. Who knew that taking things like shutters and other things off the house could take so much time. Also I wanted to pressure wash all the decks and cement areas before they paint so I’ve been working all day, every day, this week.

But this morning I did manage to get out for a little walk before I hit it again. On the way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this beautiful eagle sitting on a post by our boat launch at the end of our street.

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I tried to get a little closer but unfortunately scared it away.

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Walking out on the wharf this sailboat caught my eye with the rather dramatic sky behind it. As you can see there’s wasn’t much of sunrise today.

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And now an update on Toby’s Tavern restoration.

They have the upper parts of the building done with new boards and paint. Next I believe they will  be adding the eve, bringing it back to the way it looked in 1900.

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I like the corbels they added along the top.

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Stay tuned, there’s more to come. But now it’s time to get on with your weekend. Thanks for walking with me today!

CAPTAIN JOSEPH CLAPP HOUSE – May 22, 2015

Since everyone seemed to enjoy my little history lesson on Toby’s Tavern’s past I thought I’d give you a little more Coupeville history.

Back at the turn of the century, the 20th century of course, Coupeville was a very popular place for sea captains to live. In the middle to late 1800’s there were approximately eleven sea captains residing here in our wee town. One of the nicknames for Coupeville was “City of Sea Captains”.

Many of them were responsible for the building of some wonderful Victorian homes around town.

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In 1886 Captn. Clapp and his wife Mary (Molly) purchased this home that was built in the same year. They resided there for fifty years.

From the first printing of “Sea Captains of Whidbey Island” in 1946 it said that “Captain J. W. Clapp is our oldest living pioneer sea captain.” Professor Edmond S. Meany wrote: “Fortunately we have a number of old pioneers still living among us. How much more wholesome it is that we extend to them the flowers of our appreciation while the handclasp of friendship is still possible.” Nicely said!

Captn. Clapp made various voyages around the world. The ships he commanded were: “Charmer”, “Atalanta”, “Jabey Howes” and “General Buster”. This is an artists rendering of one of the ships he sailed, the “Atalanta”.

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Here’s how his home looked “back in the day”.

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This is as it looked this morning during my walk.

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There was an addition to the right side in the 1920’s because it had become to difficult for the Clapp’s to climb the stairs so they added a lower bedroom which today is a library. Ron VanDyk, I believe, is the current owner. He has done a wonder job of restoration and extensive work like repairing the foundation. The reason I say that “I believe he’s the current owner” is because my source of information is from the wonderful book about Coupeville homes called “Ancestral Walls” by Sally Hayton-Keeva, written in 2003.

Sadly the roof is in a terrible state of disrepair and needs to be replaced. Here’s a hole near the top of the roof.

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And there was a big hole over the library that has since been covered with black plastic.

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It takes a lot to keep up with these 150 year old homes and I hope they get a handle on the roof soon.

And one quick update on Toby’s Tavern refacing. Here’ where they had progressed to today.

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So that’s your history lesson for today and it’s probably enough to last you through the Memorial Day weekend. Please be sure to pause and give thanks to all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.