Welcome to a new month. So far March has been cooler and mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles so I guess I’d have to say it’s coming in like a tame lion.
I really didn’t find any good photo ops this morning but I did notice a couple of interesting things I documented.
First stop, the Coupeville Wharf. A few posts ago I had a picture of a guy pressure washing the boat dock. They’ve completed that and have moved on to the pier. You can see in this photo just how far he’s gotten. It’s going to look great when it’s all done.
Because the wind was blowing pretty good I tried to walk in the lea of the island. That worked pretty well. I walked out Madrona Way and noticed something really disturbing. The Madrona trees appear to be dying.
Madrona Way is lined with beautiful, red barked, Madrona trees. The road goes west from Coupeville for three miles to highway 20 along scenic Penn Cove, the mussel farm and Kennedy Lagoon. Sadly it looks like about 70% – 80% of the trees are dying. I don’t know if anything is being done to try and save them. Doing a quick search on the internet it sounds like it could be one of several causes; foliage diseases, branch dieback and trunk canker diseases, and root diseases.
It was good to see you all today as we had a nice four mile walk, whew! I hope to see you again tomorrow.
Welcome to the last day of February. It’s hard to believe that the month is over already.
Unfortunately I will not be walking on this last day because it’s snowing and snowing hard. That’s just not very conducive to a nice “walk and gawk”.
The good news is that I don’t have to be anywhere and it is lovely!
Just a little update on “The Birds” from yesterday’s blog. My friend Carmen wrote that the house on the left actually feeds the seagulls and that’s why they hang out there. I’m just glad she’s not my neighbor!
Have a grand day and then onward to March and some more good walks.
This morning I decided to start the week off with a nice easy three mile walk. As it turns out that was a great decision. It ended up being 3.3 miles and the last three tenths of a mile was in the rain and sleet, it was 35 degrees F!
Along the way I spotted these two “Bird Houses” that seem to have a propensity for attracting seagulls. Of the 3.3 miles I walk these were the only houses with seagulls, I really am curious as to what’s attracting them to that particular location.
Here’s a couple of close-ups of the two roofs.
Out at the high school ball field, along the edge of the Ebey Prairie, I spotted this sign on one of the dugout’s. It sounds like the Coupeville Wolves are really getting serious about winning this year.
And now I’ll hang up and dry off! Thanks for walking with me and onward to a new week!
I didn’t walk yesterday because we had a dusting of snow and slush. It continued, off and on, all morning.
This morning it looked threatening and was 36 degrees F again but I went for it and I’m glad I did. The sky was like this all the way around Coupeville but blue skies and sunshine on our wee town.
Despite the snow and cold there are definite signs of spring such as this budding Pussy Willow Tree.
Another sign of spring is the spring cleaning going on around town evidenced here by the pressure washing of the boat dock at the Coupeville Wharf. You can see where he’s already cleaned the far side and it looks great! I’m sure they are getting it ready for Penn Cove MusselFest – Coupeville’s March tradition. It’s going to happen next weekend, ya’ll come!
Now onward to the weekend which I hope will be fun for everyone. Thanks for walking with me this week and I’ll be back next week!
What better way to start the day than with a nice four mile walk around Coupeville. So get your shoes on and let’s go!
I spotted this boathouse at the bottom of a cliff by Penn Cove. I liked all the nautical stuff they’ve attached to the outside. My camera was zoomed all the way in to get this photo.
I’ve taken a number of photos of this old Walnut tree but I thought with the dramatic sky it would make a nice silhouette and it certainly did. Captain Thomas Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville, and his wife Maria lived in the house you can just barely see at the bottom of this photo. Maria planted this walnut tree in the mid 1850’s.
I don’t do a lot of panorama’s but the dramatic sky this morning was begging for it. This is looking north across Penn Cove.
Thanks for joining me on this beautiful hump day! I hope to walk with you again soon.
After a drippy morning yesterday, that kept me inside, I was able to get out this morning and enjoy a nice 3.5 mile walk. It was overcast but no rain.
The first thing I noticed was the face in the tree, the same one I showed you last Friday. I found a better angle and I think it’s easier to see it in this photo.
I made a point of going by the Clapp house to see how progress on the roofing was coming along. One side is done and the other side is moving right along. I’d expect they will be done soon, maybe tomorrow.
And finally a “Sign of Hope” that spring isn’t too far away. These tiny flowers must know something that’s not apparent to me especially when the weather prognosticator is predicting snow this coming Friday!
That’s a wrap for this Tuesday. Thanks for walking with me and we may do it again tomorrow if it doesn’t rain.
This morning I walked out to Ebey Prairie and back for a total of 4.2 miles. Along the way a few things caught my eye.
First off I saw this setting in the front yard of a home and thought to myself, “This is what you do when your front porch is too small for the furniture you have 😉
Out on the prairie is could see a field of what I think is winter cabbage. It’s got a ways to go but the heads are forming nicely.
When I saw this tree my first though was that it looked like a frizzy head of hair. I was thinking about Photoshopping a face onto it and then all of a sudden it popped out at me. Do you see the face? It was hard to get a good angle on it but it’s there.
For all you working people it’s TGIF and for use retired people it’s another wonderful day. Thanks for walking with me and enjoy your weekend ahead.
I mentioned a few posts back that the Captain Joseph Clapp house was going to get a new roof. Well it’s finally happening and it’s going to be beautiful as well as protect this beautiful old Victorian home for many more years.
The Captain Joseph Clapp house was built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes. Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains who settled here.
To give you a better sense of where this beautiful home is I took this photo from about five blocks away. Imagine how great the view must be from inside the house. It sits right along Penn Cove.
If you’d like to have a nice little home that sits along Penn Cove I found one for you. It’s on a high bluff right on the water. It’s located on the corner of the Coupeville Town Park. Built in 1867 I believe it was originally two houses put together as one.
It’s 1,534 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces and is currently the Cliff House B&B. This lovely place can be yours for only $749,000! I’d jump right on it but it doesn’t have a garage or woodshop and I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. But if you do it’s a lovely place.
And that’s a wrap for Thursday. Thanks for walking with me and if the weather holds we’ll do it again tomorrow.
It was a little on the chilly side again this morning but I just bundled up and went for it. I turned around part way up the street that goes past my house and liked what I saw. I decided I’d share my neighborhood with you this morning.
The closest house on the left, with the portable garage, is our home. Inside the portable garage is the teardrop camper trailer I’m building although not a lot is going on these days because there’s just no way to heat it. The good news is warmer weather is on the way in the not too distant future.
It’s obviously trash and recycle pickup day and you can see Penn Cove in the background.
I must have several hundred photos of the Coupeville Wharf but I never get tired of it and I hope you don’t either. This morning I liked the lighting, reflection and Mt. Baker in the background. It also looks cold which is so true.
I hope that gets your week started and you’ll come back and walk with me again real soon. Enjoy your week ahead!
I keep hoping for some really nice, warm, dry, wind free kind of days but for now it’s still winter in Washington State. Yesterday I did walk but all by myself. It was threatening rain so I walked the north/south streets that are quite steep. I walked fast to put on some miles so not much looking around or photos. At about two miles it started to sprinkle so I beat feet for home and just as I got in the door it started to really rain.
So that brings us to today. It’s was fairly clear with big puffy clouds. Unfortunately the wind was howling!!! I saw a 38 MPH gust when I got home. Needless to say that’s not great for walking. I even got blown back a couple of times. But despite that I managed to take a few photos.
While sunrises to the east are quite spectacular if you look west they can be just as spectacular with the rising sun shining on the clouds. This is the Coupeville Wharf as seen from the end of the street I live on.
A little further down the road the sky was still looking good and I love split rail, cedar, fences. It makes for a good contrast.
I spotted a beer truck stocking up Toby’s Tavern. I stopped and asked the driver if he could stop by my house and deliver some brew but I guess not 😦
It’s Friday and that means the weekend is upon us. I hope you have a great one and thanks for walking with me this week.