LAST SATURDAY MARKET PARTY

Today was the last day for Coupeville’s Saturday Market and what a party it was. Unfortunately the weatherman did not cooperate and it poured. There was a brief moment of sunshine between rain squalls and wouldn’t you know that as soon as the relay races were over the sun came out for the rest of the day.

Here are a few photos of the day.

During the first sun break I caught this little girl being amazed by the size of the giant pumpkins. There were more to come but that’s all I caught.

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Next to the pumpkins I spotted the largest rutabaga I’d ever seen.

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I thought this shot of the Island Life booth summed up the hearty folks of Whidbey Island. I met Sean, who owns Island Life clothing for the first time and we had a nice chat. When you think of “Island Life” you don’t usually think of umbrellas at the same time.

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The main event was the relay races. Teams were fielded to perform five relay tasks. One person or two would complete a task and then carry the “gourd baton” to the next task. Unfortunately it began raining and blowing so hard we only stayed for two teams. Here are some photos of the race.

The “Egg Toss”. When the clock started the catcher suited up in a blue rain slicker and goggles. As soon as an egg is caught or three eggs are tossed the baton moves on.

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The “Radish Hunt” required finding twenty radishes in the hay bail and placing them in a bucket.

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Corn shucking required the contestants to shuck three ears of corn to the satisfaction of the judges before moving the baton forward.

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I didn’t get the “Rutabaga Toss” where rutabaga’s are tossed through the hoops you see in the back ground in the photo above.

Finally they had to place five squash into a wheelbarrow and run to the finish line.

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It’s unfortunate that it rained so hard on all these great contestants but as you can see, despite the weather, there was a pretty good crowd in attendance.

So that wraps up the Coupeville Saturday Market for another year. We sure will miss all the really fresh, locally grown, fabulous vegetables and fruit.

CALL THE COPS!

It looks like people are really taking “The Haunting of Coupeville” to heart. Since I’m aware of that I won’t be calling the cops despite some disturbing observations during this morning’s walk.

This was found in a neighbors yard.

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Then I saw this mummy hanging in the second story window of this old home.

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It would appear that this old tractor has come back to life and taken vengeance on the owner who let it rust away.

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Down on Front Street the Knead and Feed Bakery/Restaurant had this nicely done witches pot that has consumed the witch.

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At the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf was this display of “Magic Wishing Pumpkins”.

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I touched a pumpkin, made a wish and indeed I’m having a most “Special Day” 🙂

Here’s are close-up’s of the signs:

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My friend the heron is back on his perch.  I’ve decided to name this heron, I’ll call him “Frank”!

Why would you call a bird “Frank”?

Bird books have a unique way of verbalizing the sounds that birds make. For instance an Olive Sided Fly Catcher calls “Whip Three Beers”. To replicate the sound that a heron makes lower your voice and in a raspy tone call out “FRANK”! Now sit back and wait for the heron’s to flock around you 😉

So with that tale, here’s my “shot of the day”.

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In the words of Forest Gump, “Have A Great Day”:

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SPIDER WEB AND SCARECROW

The Haunting of Coupeville continues as I discovered on my morning walk today. Some of the “haunting” is natural while others are man made as you’ll see.

It was even foggier and darker this morning than yesterday but once again I made the best of it and had a nice walk.

The spiders seem to be really busy building webs to catch food for their winter stores. This one with the autumn leaves really caught my eye.

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This spider was lying in wait for the next tasty meal.

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Another new scarecrow showed up this morning. It’s presented by the Coupeville Elementary School, Second Grade, nicely done kids.

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I grew up in a small Nebraska town where most homes had nice big front porches. This home, especially with the fall colors, really reminds me of those times.

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The Halloween decorations are going up all around Coupeville and this gentleman, I forgot his name, was helping the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association group put up hay bails, pumpkins and corn stalks. They are all along Front Street, nicely done group.

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As usual, thanks for walking with me, I really enjoy your company!

A FOGGY DAY IN COUPEVILLE TOWN

As often happens, I walked out the door and said, “It’s too dark and foggy to get any good photos today.” Well perhaps I was wrong. If not “great” photos you may find them interesting or you may even like them. So lets go for a walk.

First stop, this fall colored vine growing over this arched gate. I really like the colors in this one.

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Just to prove it was a flat light, foggy morning, I submit the following. This sailboat almost looked lonely with only it’s reflection to keep it company.

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The Coupeville Wharf with seagulls

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Front Street, downtown Coupeville

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Out on the wharf I spotted my walking buddy, “Al Thewalker”. We don’t walk together but we cross paths and share stories or lies as the case my be. The foggy backside of Front Street is in the background.

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The “Haunting of Coupeville” continues. This cemetery has some wonderful headstones. It’s located just behind the rec hall.

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There were more scarecrows that popped up this morning. Here are the latest ones.

Kapaw’s Iskreme and Far From Normal.

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The Basset Hound Club of Whidbey Island

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Thanks for walking with me and have a great Hump Day 🙂

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

This mornings photos are brought to you from yesterday’s walk with my sister Diane. We have a full day on our plate and I won’t be walking, at least not around Coupeville so, as I mentioned yesterday, I have more to share.

Out on Ebey Prairie the squash and pumpkins are ready to be harvested. My brother Ron, of Walking Fort Bragg fame, asked a good question, “How do pumpkin’s know to turn orange just in time for Halloween?” Coincidence, I think not.

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Of course some still have a long way to go before they become Halloween material. But I really liked this flower.

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I really like the way Sherman’s Pioneer Produce advertises the fact that they have pumpkins for sale. They paint these hay-rounds every year and place them in a field leading to their farm.

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And finally one more scarecrow we found on Front Street at the Penn Cove Gallery. Who knew scarecrows could be artistic?

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With that I wish you a great day ahead and I’ll be back walking and gawking tomorrow. Please join me if you can and invite your friends along as well.

MY SISTER IS HERE

I’m posting a little late today because I’ve been spending time with my sister Diane who’s visiting from Spokane. She went on my walk this morning and we had a nice time. Here are some of the things we saw but of course there was much more that I’ll share at a later date.

This is Diane.

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While here she’s staying at Cottage on the Cove. It’s a wonderful historic building right on Front Street and sits out over the water. The views are spectacular and here’s what Diane got to wake up to this morning.

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We stopped by last evening for a visit before dinner at Toby’s Tavern. Looking east from the cottage’s deck I spotted this nice photo of what we call the “Popeye House” with a sailboat and kayak’s in the foreground.

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Needless to say you need reservations to say at the cottage so book early.

Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a lot of The Haunting of Coupeville. As I mentioned last week the scarecrows are coming to town and we spotted quite a number of new ones this morning, here they are.

Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool, The Coupeville Garden Club and Whidbey Isle Yarn.

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Front Street Grill, Coupeville Jr. Cheer (left) with Troop 44217 (right), and Cub Scout Troop 4058.

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That should keep you busy for a while. Thanks for walking with me and sharing it with my sister. Have a great week ahead!

CHANGING TIMES

It’s that time of year when things really start to change. It gets colder, it gets cloudier, it gets wetter and it gets prettier. The leaves are finally starting to change and this was the best example I could find this morning during my walk.

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Another sign of change is the hay is in the barn and ready to feed the animals through the winter.

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The pumpkins are orange and everyone is getting ready for the Haunting of Coupeville. This picture was taken at Sherman’s Pioneer Produce Farm. Not only do they have pumpkins, they have lots to entertain visitors. Corn maze, hay maze, hay rides and trebuchet pumpkin chunkin’.

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It looks like their old trebuchet will soon be replaced by a newer and bigger one.

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Another thing that’s changed is kids are back in school. Everyone seems to really slow down when school first starts up but how soon they forget. This is just a public service reminder to slow down in school zones!

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Finally, while not a change, I did manage to catch this interesting photo of a Heron in flight. I played with the photo a bit and kind of like the results. Your taste may vary.

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Have a wonderful day and thanks for walking with me.