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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well look at this, I’m back for a second day in a row!
It always amazes me to see things that I’ve walked by a hundred times and never noticed. Sometimes the morning light changes things enough to bring out those hidden gems.
This morning I noticed this beautiful, gnarly, old tree in font of the historic Williams House built in 1896. It now houses the Whidbey Island Conservation District office.
Here’s a closeup of the tree in the golden morning light.
Walking down Main Street I spotted this beautiful Victorian house with the blossoming rhododendron out front. It’s the Coupe-Gillespie House built in 1891. Today it’s the Blue Goose Inn.
And this just in; Marilyn took this photo of brand new fawns in our neighbors yard while I was typing. We believe that they were born in the last two days. The mother sure does seem to be bonding with her baby.
Thanks for joining me on this morning’s walk and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow.
I’m back! Well actually I wasn’t gone just kind of missing for a week or so. Several things got in the way of my morning walks. Things like the weather, getting up early and working on my antique sports car (1960 Sunbeam, Series I, Alpine) and Microsoft Check Disk ate my hard drive, of course that’s a whole story in itself from which I still haven’t completely recovered. But today I did manage to get out for a walk and I invite you to join me.
It was still pretty dark and overcast when I left this morning making photography a little difficult. I took a lot of photos on my way out to Ebey Prairie but unfortunately I had left my camera on manual focus from an earlier shoot and didn’t realize it so all the photos were out of focus, damn!
Once I got that figured out, on my way home, I took some photos of the flowers along Main Street. Either the Lions Club or the Coupeville Garden Club or maybe both put out beautiful flower barrels all along Main Street. Here are just a few of the barrels.
Across the street I liked the three pink flowering trees in front of the Joseph B. Libbey house built in 1870.
On my way home I took another photo of this old International Harvester pickup truck. I really like the rust and chrome in the morning light.
Back home I found our rhododendrons in full bloom. The lighting wasn’t great but the flowers certainly are.
Thanks for coming back and walking with me, I’ll try to do better going forward. Have a wonderful week ahead!
Happy Labor Day everyone, I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday, I sure am.
I walked a little further this morning and it yielded some more nice photos, I hope you enjoy them.
The first thing I spotted was this “Practice Fence”. The person that lives here is a wood turner and while he was learning he turned many bowls. He hung his early efforts on the fence and I really like the way they look.
While I often walk Main Street it never dawned on my as to how pretty the old building are lining the street all in a row. This the the Methodist Church and the two Blue Goose Inn buildings.
The tule fog is starting to come onto the prairie and it always makes for some nice photos. It looks like the hay is all loaded in the barn for the winter ahead.
I finally got our resident “White Deer” to pose for a photo. His horns are really starting to grow.
I love this old Dodge truck that is often parked in front of the museum advertising Local Grown, a wonderful little coffee and pastry shop out on the end of the Coupeville Wharf. Not only do they have coffee and pastry but many items from local growers and artisans. If you’re ever out there say hi to William, the owner.
Have a great holiday and short week ahead!
It was foggy again this morning and I was wondering what would inspire me to make an interesting photoblog. I spotted some leaves lying on the ground and it got me thinking about the “End of Season” as in, things are changing as the year goes on and the seasons change.
This tree was loosing it leaves signaling the end of summer.
Out on the Ebey Prairie is noticed another sign of change.
I guess you could call this the final “End of Season”.
These are the very last of our crabapples.
The “Tin Farmers Family” have quite a ways to go before their “End of Season” but rust is certainly working on them.
This barn is sadly ending it’s season as well.
And now some “non theme” photos that I liked this morning. This is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the fog.
What do you get when you have fog, a post and sunrise? A “Fire-stick”!
I walked down to the beach and took this foggy photo of the wharf.