MADRONA TREE – July 11, 2018

Before we get started I’d like to welcome the new people who have signed up to receive my blog in their email. I can’t be positive but I believe they are here because someone told them about my blog and thought they might enjoy it. That’s how my readership grows , by word of mouth, so please do your part and share my blog, “the more the merrier”!

This morning I passed a rather strange house on the edge of town. I believe the house is empty but they sure don’t want anyone messing with it. And here I always thought Coupeville was such a friendly little town. I think I’ll pass this house up next Halloween.

Crazy House

On a happier note, the road from Coupeville west runs along Penn Cove and is lined with beautiful Madrona trees. It’s a beautiful drive and if you ever visit Coupeville I recommend taking Madrona Way out of town instead of the highway. It’s almost as fast and much more beautiful.

Here’s one the the trees that line the road, the really are pretty.

Madrona Tree

That’s all I’ve got for you today but I hope you enjoyed it. You can now continue with your day. Thanks for walking with me.

DEER, DEER EVERYWHERE – July 10, 2018

Before I get started I’d like to make a comment on the “White Deer” I posted in yesterday’s blog. Michael, one of my faithful readers from Northeastern Alabama, sent me a great link about “White Deer“. It will tell you everything you never new about “leucism”.

The deer population in Coupeville is getting a little out of hand. We had a large number of new babies this year and they are already starting to grow up. Every morning on my walks around town I see between fifteen and twenty deer. Here are a few examples.

Two lots up from my house they have cleared the land to build a new home. There’s a backhoe there working the land. There’s also three deer inspecting it.

Clearing Lot

They appear to be doing a thorough job of it.

Inspecting Backhoe

The deer love front yards because there’s always good stuff to eat. Here’s one standing in the salad bowl planter at a house up the street.

Deer in Planter

Even the trail thru Krueger Woods was being guarded by a pair. Of course they ran deep into the woods as I approached.

Deer Krueger Trail

There were too many more to take pictures of. Needless to say we have an “infestation”!

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful morning. Come back often and bring your friends.

TAXI CAT – July 9, 2018

It was a nice morning for a walk. There was some overcast and a nice breeze to keep me cool. There wasn’t a whole lot going on around town but I found a few things to share with you.

First of all I spotted a yacht tied to the dock that I hadn’t seen before. It’s the “Curlew” and it looks like a converted fishing boat. I didn’t walk down on the dock so I don’t know where it’s from. I did a search but Google couldn’t find it.

The white boat in front is my neighbors boat. It’s crabbing season and he’s been going out a bunch.

Curlew

Going out toward Ebey Prairie I spotted one of our rare “White Deer”. I’ve seen several this year but this one wasn’t interested in running away but instead posed for this picture.

White Deer

If you’re ever looking for a Taxi in Coupeville or around Whidbey Island you could always call “Taxi Cat”! I didn’t check his credentials but I’m sure he’s licensed 🙂

Taxi Cat

So there ya go! I hope you had a nice walk and we’ll do this again real soon.

NEW IS OLD – July 5, 2018

From today’s walk I’d like to share a couple of buildings I’ve shown you before. First up the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. Here’s a photo of it in 1991 from a newspaper cutting at the Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville.

Robertson Building Before

After about three years they are finally making some good progress. The dormers on the roof is done, there’s new doors on the side and I see some walls going up on the inside. There will be shops and living quarters inside.

Robertson Store 1883

To find out more about the history of the Robertson Store and other Front Street stores,  go to the Front Street web site.

This next one I’m really excited about. The Joseph B. Libby house on Main Street was built in 1870. For a long time it was on the “Most Endangered Historic Properties List“. This was it a couple of years ago.

Libby House 1870-3

The house was to be torn down to make way for a new house. Fortunately that effort was blocked and last November it was sold to a new owner.

It had really deteriorated over time with holes in the roof and dying from neglect.

I spoke with the new owner who was there working on it and it’s going to be fully restored and they will live there, the house is saved.

He is having to replace many of the floor joists as they are rotted. The interior will be kept the same as it was in 1870. Here it is this morning.

Libby House

What a lovely old home. A wonderful renewal addition to the town.

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of history, there certainly is a lot of it in this historic seaside town.

As always, thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again soon.

U.S.A. INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, 2018

It’s that time of year when the United States of America celebrate their independence. It’s a great time to look back at history to see what it really means. It’s also a good time to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. So often, with all the emotion out there and a press that seems to enjoy pitting American citizens against each other, we forget about what this great country is all about and it’s foundation.

On my walk this morning I couldn’t help but notice all the good citizens of Coupeville displaying their colors in support for our country. Here’s a taste of what I saw.

Captain Joseph Clapp House, 1886.

Capt Joseph Clapp House

These are the condo’s down by the Coupeville Wharf.

Three Flags

My friend Rudy’s beautiful old house.

Rudy's House

I love the big porch on this house. I’d love to sit and swing a while there.

Big Porch

The Zylstra House, 1889.

Zylstra House 1889

The Lovejoy – Parker House, 1886.

Lovejoy-Parker House 1886

The Blue Goose Inn. John & Jane Kineth House, 1887.

Blue Goose

And finally, our front porch!

Porch Flags

I hope you have a great Forth of July. Have fun but be safe!

I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for walking with me!

GOLD IN THE PLANTER – June 28, 2018

Surprise!!! I’m posting a blog for a change. I know I’ve been a flake lately but let it be known I have no good excuse.

This morning I finally got off my butt, clocked 3.7 miles around Coupeville and the surrounding area. It felt pretty good. Unfortunately I didn’t find much new to photograph, I need to get my creative juices flowing again.

I did see a kind of cute display of a tin dog and two wire-frame kids.

Tin Dog and Wire Frame Kids

Out on the Ebey Prairie I took another picture of this farm that I’ve recorded many times. Usually because of the beautiful Olympic mountains behind it but this time I just like the sky.

Barn Tower Shed

Back home the Merigold’s on our front porch caught my eye. They are really pretty this year.

Front Porch Planter

And that’s all I’ve got for you. Though it’s not much, I hope you enjoy them. I’ll try to do better in the future. Thanks for walking with me, you really do inspire me to walk and blog even if I am a little lazy.

Marine Layer – May 15, 2018

After a couple of fabulous days the marine layer rolled in this morning. That made for some difficult but interesting photography as evidenced by the Coupeville Wharf as seen from Captain Thomas Coupe Park.

Foggy Wharf

If you look closely you can see the schooner Suva tied up to the right end of the dock. Walking out on the wharf I got a better look and I do believe she’s ready for this coming weekends “Whidbey SailFest”. You can read all about it here.

Suva at Dock

And my old friend “Frank”, the great blue heron, is back at his post keeping an eye on Coupeville and Penn Cove. He’s looking a little rough but still a magnificent bird.

Frank

With that I’ll fade back into the fog and let you get on with your day. I hope it’s a good one and we can do this again real soon.