HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM US TO YOU

Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving from our wee town of Coupeville. We hope you had a great turkey day and took time to be thankful for all that you have.

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Marilyn on the right, Marilyn’s sister Susie on the left and me in the middle. Low key but very nice with turkey and all the fixin’s.

YET MORE FOG!

Once again it was foggy but more so than days before. This morning, while I’ve never been there, it felt more like what I’d expect London Fog would be like. Of course like my brother and friend Tom say, “In fog take fog photos” so here ya go.

First stop Front Street. This is the short two block road that runs through historic downtown Coupeville.

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Out on the wharf I saw some drips on a fishing line that runs just above the pier railing to keep the seagulls off. They have a tendency to “go” anytime, anywhere. I thought it made for a somewhat interesting photo.

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Sadly I’m afraid that the fishing line doesn’t do very good job at keeping the seagulls off the rail. They’ve learned to ignore the fishing line and perch away.

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From the wharf looking back at the buildings along Front Street.

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Penn Cove, the water that shorelines Coupeville, is famous for “Penn Cove Mussels”. As I’ve said in the past the seagulls really like them and usually get their fill at low tide when lots of mussel beds are exposed. For the first time this morning I saw them plucking mussels off the sides of the pier pilings. Hard to believe after almost eight years here this is the first time I noticed it.

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Oh what will tomorrow bring, more fog, hum. What ever I wake up to we’ll explore the morning together.

COLD, FOGGY, FROSTY AND ICING

I really had to be careful this morning as the fog had frozen on the streets and it was very slippery. The fog was heavy in Coupeville but had a nice sunrise out on the Ebey Prairie. All that made for some nice photo to start your week. So get you jacket on and lets go for a walk.

Did I mention it was foggy? Here are two photos of the wharf this morning.

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Out on Ebey Prairie the sun was trying to make an entrance.

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At the Sherman’s Pioneer Farm Produce I spotted this retired tractor. I really like taking photos of old farm equipment and they have a bunch.

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And for something just a little off the wall I spied Penny sporting an interesting T-shirt at the Far From Normal store.

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That should get your week going now take off your jacket and get busy 🙂

A FROSTY MORNING

This morning’s walk was even cooler than yesterday at 27 degrees F. That made for a little more frost so I finally got some “Frost” photos. I hope you enjoy them.

The first thing I noticed were homes with where people had their fireplaces warming up their homes. I love the smell of wood burning, it reminds me of when I was a kid and went to my folks cabin at Stevens pass. There was no electricity so we had a Franklin stove to warm the cabin. Outside you could smell the combination of the crisp fresh air, pine trees and smoke. It was like that this morning, great memories.

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This deer was a fawn  earlier this year and now had a dark winter coat on as well as some fat to keep It warm.

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This car window caught my eye as it represents frost at it’s finest.

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I think this photo just oozes “cold winter morning”. I like all the frost on the ground and the coldness of the pastel sky.

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The Coupeville Wharf was quite frosty this morning. You can see from where the car had driven out the dock and left tire tracks in the frost.

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Out in front of the Lavender Wind Farm store I found this freezing flower. It looks so cold with its head hanging down.

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With that I think I’ll go stand in front of our fireplace and warm up a little. Enjoy the weekend ahead.

COUPEVILLE VICTORIAN’S

Once again it was a chilly walk at 30 degrees F. I know for many of my readers that’s down right “balmy”. In fact, I grew up in Nebraska so I do know what “cold” can really be. After 50 plus years in Washington I guess my blood has thinned. I was going to show you some the frost around town but found that it is hard to make a good photoblog out of “frost”.

Instead I thought I share some of the late 1800’s Victorian homes around Coupeville. There are actually quite a few and there must have been a real building surge around 1880. Here are a few that I’d like to share. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

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Captain Joseph Clapp – 1886

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Ernest and Nellie Lovejoy – Watson House – 1886

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Jacob Jenne – 1889

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Todd Parker – 1886  Now the Lovejoy Bed and Breakfast

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John and Jane Kenith – 1887  Now The Blue Goose Inn

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Coupe – Gillespie 1881

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Will – Jenne – 1890  Now the Compass Rose Bed and Breakfast

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Zylstra – 1889

I hope you enjoy the history I share of my little town from time to time.

THIS IS PARADISE

What a glorious walk in paradise this morning all be it a little chilly, 30 degrees F. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and it was just spectacular. I found lots of things to photograph and had a hard time whittling them down to the few below. I hope you enjoy my little island.

Remember, if you mouse over the pictures they “sweeten” up a bit.

My camera, a Canon SX30 IS, which isn’t a great low light camera but I keep trying. It did pretty good this morning at the beginning of my walk when it was still quite dark. This is the historic Coupeville Wharf.

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A little further along I just couldn’t resist this moon “slingshot”. But in the spirit of “full disclosure” I have to admit I Photoshopped it a little bit. Sometimes it’s just fun to mess with things.

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I love this fence that’s covered with driftwood.

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I spotted this Western Flicker all puffed up, trying to keep warm and basking in the morning sun.

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And at the end of my walk I just had to take this photo of the wharf from the other side with Mt. Baker in the background.

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As usual, thanks for walking with me, I’ll see you tomorrow.

THE FLAGS OF AUTUMN

Once again It was quite dark for my morning walk which limited my photo-0ps. Then I noticed a fall flag, then another, and yet another. Before I knew it I had some snap shots for my blog. Notice I didn’t say photographs, nope, they’re not great but nice colors, enjoy.

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And then there’s Thanksgiving.

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And lastly I saw this and thought these people might be pushing it a bit. I didn’t talk with them but because we live near a Navy base I cut them some slack as they may have a family member who’s being deployed that may not be home for Christmas.

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So with that we start another week. Make it a great one!

DARK AND WET

This morning’s walk started out “dark” with very heavy cloud cover. About three miles into it the skies started to drip. It was one of those Pacific Northwet costal kind of rains where it’s not raining hard but it is soaking just the same and with the wind blowing 5 – 10 MPH it was difficult to take pictures. Because I wear glasses I tend to walk with my head down to keep my glasses dry. That is not very conducive to looking for good shots.

I just noticed something interesting, when I view my blog in a web browser and mouse over the photos they darken up a bit more like they look when I post them. Otherwise they tend to look a little washed out, hum? Give it a try and tell me what happens for you.

With that preamble here is my effort for the day.

Just to show you how dark is was I took this view overlooking part of Coupeville and Penn Cove.

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I cut through Krueger Woods which has a nice trail although it too was quite dark.

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Then I got lucky with the next two shots. It had lightened up enough to get something “photographic” for you. This barn needs some serious work but I believe it’s on the list of Ebey Forever Fund projects.

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I really like  the rustic color of these doors and window.

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That wraps up this week, I look forward to walking with you again next week.

FEEL THE POWER

I missed you yesterday but the wind was blowing 25 MPH and it was threatening rain, I’m a woos.

I did have a nice 6 1/2 mile walk around Ebey Prairie this morning. Here’s the Google Map Pedometer map across the Ebey Prairie to Ebey’s Landing and back.

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I hadn’t walked that loop for a while so got some photos from different spots. You’ll understand the title of this blog when you get to the last photo.

But first it looks like they flew the coupe, a long time ago.

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This picture was taken above Ebey’s Landing looking east over Admiralty Inlet.

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This is the beach down at Ebey’s Landing.

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Walking east, up hill from Ebey Landing, I spotted this moss covered tree. When we were kids Dad would tell us that it’s “moldy bear hair”.

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Here’s another “Ebey’s Forever Fund” project. The fund “was created to preserve, protect, and sustain the Reserve’s heritage buildings…” This is a wonderful old barn that is being saved. They put the new roof on over the summer. They still have a long way to go, what a project.

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And finally, did you every wonder how eagle’s got to be so powerful? Well here ya go!

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Thanks for walking along with me we always have a good time 🙂

THANK A VETERAN

In recognition of Veterans Day I’d like to ask each one of you to think about all of the men and women, who have served in defense of our country, for their service and sacrifice. Some gave a little, some gave a lot and some gave their life. If you run into a vet today or any day for that matter, take a moment to recognize them and thank them for their service.

With that I’d like to do is thank a few vets from my life.

First is my grandfather Albert Bang who was a cook that served in “The Great War”, World War One. I can’t imagine how many tired and hungry solders he must have served during his time in war. He came home to a heroes’ welcome and lived a long life.

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A big thanks to my dad, Conrad Bloomquist ,who was in the Army Air Corps and flew a glider in France during World War Two. He was injured in a plane crash that sent him home to rehab.

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Here’s what he flew.

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Also thanks to my big brother Ron who I believe was an electronics technician in the Navy serving on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during the Vietnam War.

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And a very special thanks to my cousin Allen Peterson who gave it all for his country during the Vietnam War. God rest his soul.

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I even got to do my part starting in 1962. I served in the Air Force at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas, working on the Titan II missile.

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And finally here is Coupeville’s recognition for all the serviceman who gave their lives for their country. This is Sunnyside Cemetery during my walk this morning.

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