Before I get started I would like to thank everyone that commented on Monday’s blog. It’s great to know that so many of you appreciate my efforts.
It’s amazing what a couple of days will do. When I went out for today’s walk I found the trail that was closed Monday, going to the Town Park, open! Not only was it open but it had fresh gravel on it filling the ruts that had formed from the winter rain run-off.
As I’d mentioned, the trail runs along a high band bluff and could be subject to sluffing and slides. The trail runs along the top of this bluff.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken a photo of the Coupeville Wharf but I couldn’t resist this great old green boat parked at the dock.
About half way through my walk I spotted one of our rare “White Deer”. This one was roaming with a small herd.
It was a beautiful day for a walk and I’m really glad you all joined me. I’ll see you again real soon, around town and on the trails.
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!
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.
Along the way I caught Mt. Baker in the blazing sunrise.
And finally a look over Whidbey Island from the Coupeville boat launch.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.