Hey everyone, I’m back and so is Frank. Actually neither one of us were really gone, Frank was out there hunting for food like always and I was in full hibernation mode.
I don’t like walking in the rain, strong winds or the cold and that’s all we’ve had for a very long time. I’ve been hold up in my wood shop and remodeling our bathroom. I don’t know how “regular” I’ll be but I’ll work on doing better. I know there are a number of Whidbey Island readers that no longer live here and enjoy revisiting this beautiful place.
This morning the sun was peaking through one remaining cloud.
Along the way I spotted Frank the Great Blue Heron sitting on a rock along Penn Cove hunting for his breakfast.
I was disappointed to find one of my favorite little trails closed this morning. It runs from the center of town up to the Town Park. I’m not sure if it’s temporary or permanent. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had a very wet spring and the trail runs along a high bluff. Perhaps it just a precaution until things dry out. The high bluffs around Whidbey Island have been known to collapse, especially when saturated with water.
Thanks to everyone for being so patient with me and I’ll try to do better as we move toward summer. I really appreciate you all walking with me!
We would like to wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas! We were blessed this year with a White Christmas, the first one in ten or twelve years. That is a rare occasion here on the island indeed.
This what we awoke to early this Christams morning.
This is our back yard a little later in the morning, after we opened the presents that Santa Clause had brought.
Have a wonder Christmas, or what every holiday you celebrate and we’ll do the same.
If I don’t get back to you before New Years, have a great year ahead and we’ll catch up soon.
WOW! What a beautiful morning. These chilly mornings are providing some incredible light for photography, I love it!
On my short 2.5 mile walk I took 75 photos which I finally edited down to three. I really didn’t want to bore you with the rest. So let’s get started.
Walking down Front Street, along Penn Cove, going into town, I spotted this beautiful yacht with incredible sky and water reflections.
When I got to the Coupeville Wharf I did not walk out and around the building as I usually do, it was way too slick with the frost on the wood deck. Instead I took this nice photo.
Walking up the trail to Coupeville Town Park I looked across Penn Cove to capture this sleepy little community, in the haze, on the other side.
I hope you enjoyed the walk and these photos as much as I did. With any luck I may have some more tomorrow as our clear cool weather continues.
This morning it was absolutely beautiful outside. It was a chilly 34 degrees F and the sun was oh so slowly rising. I decided to head for Ebey Prairie because I thought the Olympic Mountains would be spectacular in the morning sun with a bunch of new snow on top.
This us what I expected to see: (This is from January 2016)
This is what greeted me:
It’s a nice photo but where are the mountains?
On the other side of the island Mt. Baker was just the opposite with a large amount of nice fresh snow reflecting the morning sunshine.
Along the way I spotted Mr. and Mrs. Clause. They were a couple of the nicest wall hangings I’ve seen. I don’t know what they were made from but they sure did look real, or maybe surreal!
Speaking of Santa Clause, look who came by our house last night and gave us some candy canes.
Every year the fire department travels the streets of Coupeville with Santa and his reindeer spreading Christmas cheer 🙂
Thanks for walking with me and I look forward to having you join me again real soon.
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In case you weren’t paying attention, last night we had a “Supermoon” which some people called a “Cool Moon”. It was a the only full supermoon of 2017. The moon appeared 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual since it was at perigee.
All I really know is that it was beautiful and bright. Here it is as I left the house for my walk.
A little closer to the Coupeville Wharf I captured this stunning photo of the Supermoon over the wharf and reflecting on Penn Cove.
As I was walking along I spotted a guy doing something in a garage. I just had to stop and talk to him because the garage was just recently restored with the help of Ebey Forever Fund. They help preserve old buildings in Coupeville and the Ebey Reserve.
He was the owner and told me that the garage was built early in Coupeville’s development which means sometime between 1853 and 1865. The wood used to repair the structure was all from the same era. He pointed out a cedar corner board that had some material in the nail holes. The wood came from an old farmhouse from that same era and the material was wallpaper. It’s now good for another 150 years or more.
Thanks for walking with me and I think we’ll do it again real soon. It’s supposed to be nice for most of the week ahead.
I apologize for the lack of blogging but the weather has really been bad lately and not conducive to taking photos. This morning it was nicer but remains dark for a long time, again making photographing of my wee island town difficult. The sun just starts to break over the horizon at 7:40 and it rises very slowly. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Anyway, I did get a couple of photos this morning so get your shoes on and lets got walking!
A friend of mine said that he’s going to decorate his house “Grizwald Lite”. I think I know what he’s talking about. Here are a couple of screen captures from “Christmas Vacation” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Here’s “Christmas Lite” and I really like it!
On my way home I swung by the Coupeville Wharf and it looked like the seagulls were having a convention. I wonder what they were all talking about?
With another break in the weather I’ll be back tomorrow or not! Keep your shoes on 😉
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”.
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.
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.
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!