“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

It’s amazing what eight degrees warmer will do for getting my butt out the door and walking. This morning it was 30 degrees F so I hit the bricks.

I got out a little before sunrise so I headed for Ebey Prairie in hopes of catching a nice sunrise and it did not disappoint. “Here Comes The Sun”!

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I have taken a number of photos of this old garage/shed and every time it looked worse and worse. This morning was pretty much the end of the line. It still makes for a nice photo but not much of a shelter.

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On the way back home St. Mary’s Catholic Church caught my eye. Here’s a little history on this beautiful old church.

In January, 1889, a committee was appointed to solicit money ($1000) to build a church, and in June of 1889 they began building.

The church was officially dedicated as the “First Congregational Church of Coupeville” on January 26, 1890.

In the year 1890, there arrived in Coupeville a bell from the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland. It weighed 800 pounds, was made of “bell metal” – i.e. 80% copper, and 20% tin, and cost $205.00. It was a gift to the church and was inscribed as follows: “O Come, Let Us Worship” Presented to the First Congregational Church, Coupeville by T.W. Calhoun & E.J. Hancock 1890.

In June of 1934 the Congregational Community sold the church and dormitory to the Catholic Church for $1500. The new Catholic Church was named St. Mary’s, and her pastor was Fr. John E. O’Brien.

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I hope you have a great weekend and will come walk with me again next week!

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

I’m sorry folks but no walking around Coupeville today, it’s just too darn cold. It’s currently 22 degrees F and dropping. You can call me a “wimp”, “woos” or anything you like but I prefer to be called “Warm” in my nice little island home.

I did stick my nose out and took the rather frosty looking photo of my neighborhood from my front porch with Penn Cove in the distance.

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Just for fun I though I’d share a couple of photos I took during my hiatus this fall. This young buck was just coming into his antlers. He’s going to be magnificent!

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This sunrise was spectacular and almost looked to be on fire.

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I hope you have a nice day and with any luck, and warming, we’ll go walking tomorrow.

COLD MOUNTAINS – January 4, 2017

It was a really chilly walk this morning at 24 degrees F. But I bundled up and went for it.

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I showed you Mt. Baker at first light yesterday but I walked a little later today and caught it with more light. They sure do have a bunch of snow up there, 156″ so far this season. It also looks like the wind is really howling at the top!

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The Olympic Mountains are also showing a lot of snow with the morning sun on them. Some of Sherman’s Pioneer Farm is in the foreground.

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And my curiosity shot of the day is a water main leak. Can you imagine the workman’s surprise when they tried to dig down to the water pipe and ran into that rock? I wonder if they’ll leave that rock there or move it?

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So that wraps up Hump Day. I hope you have a great day and as always, thanks for walking with me.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – January 2, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR – January 2, 2017

Happy New Year to all my friends. After a rather long hiatus I’m back! I guess I should also wish you a happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

I spent the summer designing and building, from scratch, a 5′ X 10′ teardrop camping trailer. It’s about 95% complete but the cold weather has stifled my activities on it. I’ll finish it up and post pictures in early spring. For right now this is a sneak peak from inside the portable garage.

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In the meantime I thought I’d start the year out right with a little walk around my wee village of Coupeville. It was cold and still fairly dark when I walked so the photos aren’t great but they should give you and idea of how things are looking around town.

First of all the dock to the wharf, as well as a lot of the town, is still lit up with Christmas lights.

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There were two sailboats docked at the wharf with Mt. Baker in the background at first light. This was taken around 8:30am.

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The little town park is still decorated from Christmas and I thought the kids playing in the Christmas lights was nice. Normally they are basking in the summer sun with the boy dumping water on his head from the bucket. The Admiralty Inn is in the background.

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It’s hard to get good photos in poor light without a tripod but I hope you enjoyed our walk just the same. I’ll try to do a lot better this year and spend more time with you. Have a great year ahead!