WIDOW’S WATCH – November 24, 2017

A belated “Happy Thanksgiving Day”, I hope yours was as wonderful at ours; family, food, friendship!

We’ve had some really nasty walking weather lately so that’s why it’s been so quiet on the Coupeville Impressions Blog. But that all changed today with a nice three mile walk. Forty-five degrees F, light breeze and most importantly, no rain!

I thought this photo was kind of interesting with the muted outside light and the yellow/orange glow from the interior lights through the window of the 1894 John Gould house.

This Italianate style house is one of my favorites. I call this one “Widow’s Watch” because of the telescope or binoculars on the tripod in the window. It made me think of a time when this house was built and a sailors wife would look out to sea waiting for his return. Many times though, the sailor did not return hence the term “Widow’s Watch”.

Gould House 1894

Not far from there I spotted an eagle in my favorite walnut tree planted by Maria Coupe in the late 1800’s. He’s a little hard to spot in this silhouette but look up and to the left a bit.

Eagle in Walnut Tree

A little while back I posted a blog about the Jerome Ely house that was moved from Oak Harbor to Coupeville. I swung by there this morning and the footing has been poured and the foundation forms are in place.

Jerome Ely House foundation

I also made a video of the move, at least through the first two turns. It started to get dark and sprinkle. If you’d like to see the video click “HERE“.

Thanks for hanging around to walk with me and now on to a nice weekend, make it a good one!

TIME FOR A CHANGE – November 10, 2017

After about 2,000 miles I’ve decided to retire my old walking shoes and get some new ones.

Walking Shoes

I gave them a 3.1 mile tryout this morning and by golly, I do believe they will work 🙂

So get your walking shoes on and join me for a little walk around Coupeville. First stop, a little nostalgia. How many of you remember these signs point out pay phones? The pay phone this one indicated is gone and has been replaced with a “Little Free Library”.

Phone Sign

 I know I’ve shown you a hundred photos of Mt. Baker but I just can’t help myself. Looking across Penn Cove I noticed this little “puff cloud” resting low in front of the mountain. I think it’s kind of cool.

Mt Baker

And one last photo I’ve taken a number of times before. It’s the walnut tree that Thomas Coupe’s wife planted in the late 1800’s. I love the sky in the striking silhouette!

Coupe Walnut Tree

Thanks for helping me break in my new shoes. I hope to put many more miles on them showing you my sweet little seaside village.

POWERFUL SUNRISE – November 7, 2017

I walked out the door this morning into a powerful sunrise. I was afraid it would fizzle by the time I got down to Penn Cove but it lasted a very long time.

So without any delay here ya go!

First up a Great Blue Heron flying over a red Penn Cove. While this is a nice photo it’s too grainy to blown up and print.

Heron Red Sea

Along the way I caught Mt. Baker in the blazing sunrise.

Mt Baker Sunrise

And finally a look over Whidbey Island from the Coupeville boat launch.

Orange Colored Sky

I believe it was well worth the effort to get bundled up and walk a few miles on this chilly morning. Thanks for joining me, your company helps keep me warm!

LOOKING UP – November 6, 2017

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This chilly morning walk found me looking up at the buildings along Historic Front Street in Coupeville. Then next time your in Coupeville your should look up, you’ll see some interesting thing and some historic things.

Let’s start with a mermaid. Hanging in the second story window of Aqua Gifts you’ll see a mermaid.

Aqua Gifts Mermaid

Across the street is the old Glenwood Hotel built in 1889. It now house McPherson and McPherson Law Offices. Up in the third story window is a lady in waiting for her sailor man to come home.

Lady In Waiting

On the side of the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store, which now houses Whidbey Isle Yarns and Far From Normal, is what appears to be a small French balcony.

Fremch Balcony

A not often talked about practice in Coupeville and many other historic waterfront towns was the privy’s built at the back of buildings where people would go to the bathroom which immediately went into the water and flushed out to sea by the tides.

There is still one building that is rumored to have and old privy like that but is never used.  That would be the 1916 Benson Confectionery which today is the Kingfisher Book Store. I believe this outcropping on the back of the build is where it is. Part of it is a deck but part of it is enclosed.

Benson Privy

At the west end of Front Street is Gillespie’s Livery built as Terry’s Dryer in 1897. The old “Gillespie’s Livery- Drayage  On Short Notice” sign still hangs from the peek of the building. There are a number of different business that now reside there.

Gillespie's Livery

I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Anytime you’re in a new town it always pays to look up, there are always little treasures to be seen.

Thanks for walking with me and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.

MOVING DAY – November 3, 2017

Yesterday was a lot of fun watching this house get moved from Oak Harbor to Coupeville. That sounds like an easy enough task but it was a very long hard day for a lot of hard working men and women.

If you are reading this on Facebook, please click on the link below to open this in my blog and see all seventeen photos.

The Jerome Ely house was built in 1879, he was the first mayor of Oak Harbor. It was owned by the Whidbey Presbyterian Church since 2008. The rumor is that the new owners payed one dollar for the house but spent around $130,000 to move it.

They took it through the streets of Oak Harbor down to the water where it was loaded on a barge and ferried across Penn Cove to Coupeville. From there it was unloaded and moved to it’s new home on Lauren Street. Here is the route.

Route Map

The series of photos below show it arriving at the Thomas A.Coupe Park  in Coupeville and being unloaded. I was cloudy and raining when they unloaded it. That’s why the last photo is so dark. I believe you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

It took a long time to get it out of the parking lot because of the tight turn and some landscape boulders that were in the way.

They turned west on 9th Street and soon ran into two problems. They swerved to the left to miss a streetlight and the roof caught a power line. They ended up removing the streetlight and moving a little to the right to get the power line off the house.

After a few hours they finally they made it one block and then turned the corner south on Gould Street. I took a long time to make the turn and had to remove some more lines.

It was starting get too dark for photos so I took two more and called it a day. These two are looking down Gould Street from where it will turn onto 4th Street and looking up Gould Street toward the turn at the top of the hill.

This morning I wet to it’s new resting location and it looks great sitting in the woods. I just wish I could have followed it all the way but I’m sure they went well into the night and probably the early morning as well.

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I’m also going to put a video together about it.

AUTUMN AT ITS BEST – October 30, 2017

I’d like to remind you that if you are reading this on Facebook, please click on the link to see all the photos, I got some good ones today, thanks and enjoy.

It was a beautiful morning around Coupeville and a great day for a long walk. But before I get into that I wanted to share a few photos of our “Torchlight Parade” on Saturday. While there were no torches or floats there was a rather large army of crumb crunchers. As the costumed kids walked down Front Street the local merchants handed out treats. Here’s a shot of the arriving mob lead by the high school cheer squad and fire truck.

Full Parade

Now on to my walk. These red, fall, trees were unbelievable in the morning sunlight.

Red Trees Gray House

The Sherman Prairie Produce farm had this huge display of pumpkins. A nice contrast against the red barn.

Shermans Pumpkins

This big buck scared me as I didn’t see him until I was right next to him. This was right in front of the hospital.

Buck

And now for my “Phantastic Photo of the Day”. I actually took this Saturday afternoon on my way home from the parade. I don’t get many photos late in the day but I’m glad I got the opportunity to capture it. We call that beach house the “Popeye House” because it looks like a place where Popeye would live. Mount Baker is lit by the setting sun.

Mt Baker Sunset Poppey House 2 copy2 copy

I hope you have a fantastic week as we wrap up October. Thanks for spending the time with me.

FALL AROUND TOWN – October 25, 2017

This fall the colors are really spectacular and I wanted to share some scenes from around Coupeville. I took pictures of some buildings that aren’t all that historic or beautiful but I thought you might find then interesting.

Coupeville is the County Seat of Island County. They have a rather large complex in town and this is the old “Island County Court House” with some colorful trees in front.

Island County Court House

In a small town of 1,800 people this is all you need for a Town Hall.

Coupeville Town Hall

Just down the street is the Zylstra House built in 1889. I love this old Victorian!

Zylstra House Fall Leaves

Not far from where I live is the Captain Thomas Coupe Park. It’s a very small park with a boat launch. There are some very nice places to just sit and stair out over Penn Cove. Coupeville is named after Captain Coupe. This garden is maintained by the Coupeville Garden Club. I love the contrast of the Dusty Miller against the dark red tree.

Captain Coupe Park

And I found one more witch this morning. It at “The Crow’s Roost”, gift, art and joy store. It is definitely one of the better ones. The sign says: “Collecting Oz” “Bright & shiny, big or small, even the ticking ones, The Wonders of Oz, to our Roost we bring them all.”

Wizard of Oz

Thanks for walking with me today, I should be back tomorrow as the weather prognosticator says it should be a beautiful day.

MORE TULE FOG – October 24, 2017

I’d like to start today by saying; If you are reading this on Facebook please click on the link associated with the picture, that way you get to see all of them. Thanks and enjoy.

This mornings walk was crystal clear until I got to Ebey Prairie where the tule fog had rolled in. I really like taking photos with tule fog, it really adds a cool effect. I think you’ll agree.

First a pumpkin patch with tule fog in the background. I have to say that those are some tiny pumpkins!

Pumpkin Farm

Looking across Ebey Prairie toward the sunrise and Cascade Mountains.

Ebey Prairie in Fog Cascade Mountains

This photo is also looking east with the Sherman Farm buried in the fog and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

Sherman Farm in Fog Cascade Mountains

I need a little help with the next photo. It’s a beautiful field of ???????  It looks like it might be cabbage but the leaves look fuzzy like Dusty Miller, I’m just not sure but it made for a pretty picture.

Leafy Vegetable Crop

And finally, I found the “Tin Family” dressed in their Halloween costumes. I wonder what kind of threats they like?

Tin Family in Costume

And that completes today’s four and a half mile walk. Thanks for joining me and I’ll try to see you again tomorrow!

CIVIC DUTY – October 23, 2017

I had a nice walk this morning under the clouds but it’s supposed to clear up and be nice the rest of the week. The bad thing about this time of year, especially when it’s cloudy, is it’s really dark!

I like to get my walk in and blog posted early so I can get on to doing other things but now I’m not seeing much light until 7:30 am.

My main mission this morning, besides trying to get some nice photos for you, was to do my civic duty and VOTE! Be sure you do your part to participate in this process, it’s how we can make changes to government.

Ballot Drop Box

This fall colored tree and split rail fence caught my eye. It was still fairly dark out but it was partially illuminated by the street light. I think it made a nice effect.

Fall Trees Split Rail Fence

I posted a photo of our fine leaf maple tree last week and since then it has migrated from yellows to a more reddish hue.

Fine Leaf Maple Front Yard

I hope you are enjoying our fall walks and all the beauty it brings. I plan to be back on the streets tomorrow and I hope you’ll join me.