TREE AND TWO HOMES – May 19, 2016

Well look at this, I’m back for a second day in a row!

It always amazes me to see things that I’ve walked by a hundred times and never noticed. Sometimes the morning light changes things enough to bring out those hidden gems.

This morning I noticed this beautiful, gnarly, old tree in font of the historic Williams House built in 1896. It now houses the Whidbey Island Conservation District office.

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Here’s a closeup of the tree in the golden morning light.

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Walking down Main Street I spotted this beautiful Victorian house with the blossoming rhododendron out front. It’s the Coupe-Gillespie House built in 1891. Today it’s the Blue Goose Inn.

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And this just in; Marilyn took this photo of brand new fawns in our neighbors yard while I was typing. We believe that they were born in the last two days. The mother sure does seem to be bonding with her baby.

Fawns

Thanks for joining me on this morning’s walk and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow.

GOOD NEWS – May 9, 2016

Well that was a long dry spell, sorry about that! I’ve been well and very busy working on my teardrop trailer. Progress is slow but hopefully I’ll have some pictures of it one of these days.

One of the things I just hate to see is our historic buildings deteriorating. The Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886, has been heading downhill for a few years now. During my walk this morning I was happily surprised to see an “Ebey’s Forever Grant” sign in the front yard. The sign reads: “Preserving the Reserve’s Heritage Buildings Through Community Investment”.

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That means that some funds have been made available to help repair some of the problems that the house is having, like the big hole in the roof. Another wonderful old Victorian saved, woot!

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Speaking of improving the community, the 1866 Robertson’s Store building redo is coming along nicely. They have the framework for the new deck done and it looks really solid. I can’t wait to see what it will all look like when complete.

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I spotted my old friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on it’s favorite post in front of the Coupeville Wharf. This gives you a good idea of what our weather will be like for the week ahead, nice!

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I shoot most of my photos in “landscape” mode but every once in a while it requires “portrait” mode. My neighbor John gave me cause for just such a photo. He’s a retired art teacher and is always putting up creative things around his place. This birdhouse is the newest addition. They should be well protected from any land predators at that elevation.

Birdhouse

And with that we’ll start a new week. I hope you all haven’t left me and enjoyed our walk today. I’ll try to do better in the future, I promise!

HIGH TIDE – March 11, 2016

Finally, a beautiful morning for a walk around Coupeville.

The first thing I noticed at the end of our street was the high tide. For the last couple of days we’ve had some extremely high tides and this morning was no exception.

This is the boat ramp and dock. The ramp at a normal high tide is level or a little down on the dock. This morning it was up and the boat launch was full of water beyond the actual ramp. It’s hard to see but if you look closely, just beyond the left end of the ramp, you can see where drift wood was washed up on shore during the high winds and high tides we had yesterday.

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The Coupeville Wharf was beautiful in the morning sun but you can see that the water was lapping at the bottom of the building with the extreme tide. You’ll also notice, in the foreground, all the drift in the water. When we have high tides and strong winds a lot of drift wood gets dislodged from the beaches around Penn Cove and can create a real water hazard for boaters.

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And finally it’s “Party Time”, Musselfest 2016!

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This weekend the town will be over run with festival goers. There will be a lot of famous Penn Cove Mussels consumed along with a lot of beer. There is also a lot of family friendly activities to enjoy.

This morning it looked like the town was getting ready with two big tents in place. I believe the closest tent will be for the beer garden and the bigger tent in the distance will be for mussel tasting and various activities.

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Come tomorrow and Sunday the streets will not look at all like this. They will be covered with people.

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After a day of festival going how about a nice dinner and some cool jazz at Ciao Restaurant on Main Street. The most “cool” thing about this is that the jazz group I play drums with will be the entertainment for your listening pleasure. So come join us and say “Hi” to me, I’ll be the one on the drums.

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Thanks for walking with me this week and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you happen to be in the neighborhood enjoy our festival and hopefully I’ll see you at Ciao.

NEW STORE IN TOWN – March 8, 2016

This morning I spotted a new store in town. I believe it’s been open for a few days but just noticed it. I guess I need to pay more attention to my surroundings.

The new store is “Posh”, “Upscale Resale”! Looking through the window it appears they have some very nice used clothing, jewelry and accessories. They are located on Front Street in the Mariners Court Shops. You’ll have to check it out the next time you’re in town.

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I spotted this sign in the window that I really liked and just had to take a picture of it. It probably says a lot about the level and quality of stuff they sell.

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The cedar, split rail fence, along Front Street is done and looks great! It’s nice that they got it done in time for Coupeville Musselfest which is this weekend. If you’ve never been to Musselfest then you don’t know all the fun you’re missing. It runs Saturday and Sunday so come on over and join in the festivities! By the way the band I play with “DBJazz” will be playing at the Ciao Restaurant on Main Street, Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:00.

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And finally my photo of the day. My favorite walnut tree that was planted by Captain Thomas Coupe’s wife back in the late 1800’s and was looking especially pretty, contrasted against the morning sunrise.

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There’s more rain on the way so walking may be sketchy the rest of the week but if I manage to get out I’ll be sure and take all of you along with me.

SPLIT RAIL FENCE – March 4, 2016

Timing is everything and this morning I was off a little bit. I saw the sky starting to “pinken” up so got my shoes on and beat feet for the door. By the time I got to the end of my driveway it was happening. A beautiful sunrise but I could only get a glimpse through my neighbors trees.

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I started to fade almost instantly and only lasted for about fifteen minutes. But the neat thing about it were the pastel colors all over the sky. This is looking at the Coupeville Wharf to the west.

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Kelly and her fellow city workers have been doing a yeoman’s job on getting the new fence installed along Front Street. Here’s what they accomplished in just one day. I suspect that they’ll be done by the end of today. I really like the rustic look of the split rail cedar.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and get out to enjoy the world beyond!

A SLIPPERY SLOPE – March 2, 2016

Happy March! I’m still trying to figure out what happened to February, my how time flies!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the bank along Front Street is starting to erode and fall away. Well it’s gotten worse with all the winter high tides and high winds. Here’s a good example of the problem.

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As you can see it’s falling off in big chunks.

Here’s a picture of the same area from the water side. I doesn’t look anywhere near as dramatic but gives you an idea of what’s at stake.

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The Town of Coupeville has added a lot more barriers along the road keeping people off the trail that is near the edge of the bank. In this picture you can see the barriers and at the far end a city worker is marking out the road where then new trail will be. They are going to build a fence next to the road and paint stripes on the road to indicate the path.

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The rest of my walk was uneventful although the sky in this photo looked a little ominous. I think I’ll call this one “Alone on the Sea”.

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As I was leaving the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this U. S. Coast Guard cutter patrolling our little cove. At least I hope that’s all they were doing.

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What I love about our walks is that there is always something different to see. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you again soon.

HAPPY LEAP DAY – February 29, 2016

Not many of my blogs start with “Happy Leap Day” but I just had to say it.

After three weeks of resting on my laurels, trying to get my sore back to settle down, I decided it was time to go out and give it a try. Turns out I had a nice little walk with very little pain, I do believe I’m on the mend. It was good to see some old walking friends and reconnect.

Thanks to everyone for you concerns and kind words, I do believe they all helped.

This morning I was not to be detoured by the threat of rain. It was very dark and cloudy when I left the house so just in case I put on my rain coat and I’m glad I did. That seemed to scare away any possibility of rain and it ended up being a dark dry walk.

The sunrise started to look like it might turn into something grand but sort of fizzled. This was as good as it got.

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Out on the wharf I noticed these signs on the Harbor Master office. Who knew we had a problem with people climbing on the roof. Or maybe it was for the seagulls as I didn’t see any sitting up there this morning😉

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And finally, at the scene of the crime where I fell, they are making progress on the remodel of the 1866 Robertson’s Store building. The forms are laid for the seawall and deck foundation. It’s starting to get exciting now.

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So onward to March and eventually Spring! Have a great week ahead and thanks for the support and walking with me.