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.

A FOGGY DAY IN COUPEVILLE TOWN

As often happens, I walked out the door and said, “It’s too dark and foggy to get any good photos today.” Well perhaps I was wrong. If not “great” photos you may find them interesting or you may even like them. So lets go for a walk.

First stop, this fall colored vine growing over this arched gate. I really like the colors in this one.

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Just to prove it was a flat light, foggy morning, I submit the following. This sailboat almost looked lonely with only it’s reflection to keep it company.

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The Coupeville Wharf with seagulls

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Front Street, downtown Coupeville

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Out on the wharf I spotted my walking buddy, “Al Thewalker”. We don’t walk together but we cross paths and share stories or lies as the case my be. The foggy backside of Front Street is in the background.

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The “Haunting of Coupeville” continues. This cemetery has some wonderful headstones. It’s located just behind the rec hall.

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There were more scarecrows that popped up this morning. Here are the latest ones.

Kapaw’s Iskreme and Far From Normal.

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The Basset Hound Club of Whidbey Island

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Thanks for walking with me and have a great Hump Day 🙂

PULLIN’ ANCHOR

Wow, what a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was misty fog and this morning nothing but sunshine. It will probably be another scorcher but it sure was a nice cool 53 degrees F for our walk.

The first thing I spotted was this standoff between a deer and a cat. As it turned out the cat ran away but they stood and stared at each other for the longest time.

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Out on Ebey Prairie this barn with the tule fog caught my eye.

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It looks like Colleen is at it again, getting ready to add yet another tricycle to her yard art collection. I wonder what color it will be.

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Out on the wharf I caught the sun just as it was coming over the horizon.

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I also spotted this early bird “Pullin’ Anchor” and heading for distant shores. I also caught the head of a small harbor seal in the background.

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In town, at one of my favorite stores, Far From Normal, I spotted this new board game. We may just have to check it out.

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On my final leg to home I couldn’t resist one last sunrise photo of this sailboat.

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And finally some progress, yippee. Front Street has been half blocked off for almost two years due to the hillside sinking and sliding into the cove. They were concerned about it affecting the road. I guess they decided that it was no  longer a threat, at least not now and filled in the path and removed the barricades. All that was left this morning were some road cones and I suspect that once they get the path tamped down they will go away as well.

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Time to turn on the fans and cool the house down. Thanks for walking with me and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow.