I’M STILL HERE – June 29, 2017

Well hello boys and girls! I know it’s hard to believe but I’m still here. I’ve been busy with my two main projects, building a teardrop camping trailer from scratch and restoring my 1960, Series I, Sunbeam Alpine, sports car. Neither one of them is done but I needed a break and what better way to take a break then walking. So get your shoes on and let’s go.

We’ll only walk about two and a half miles this morning, down through town, up through the Coupeville Town Park and back home.

The first thing to show you is the new roof on the Captain Joseph Clapp house. If you remember the old roof had a couple of holes that were letting rain in. Well, thanks to the “Ebey’s Forever Historic Preservation Grant Program” the new roof was installed and the old Clapp house should be preserved for another 131 years.

Before:

cptn-joseph-clapp-house-1886

After:

Cptn Joseph Clapp House New Roof

Going through town I saw that they were finally making some great progress restoring the old “Mad Crab” restaurant building that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. It’s no longer going to be the “Mad Crab” but instead there will be shops and other businesses.

Mad Crab

Walking up the trial to the Town Park a Great Blue Heron scared the crap out of me as it took flight with great fanfare, squawking and yelling all the way. It landed in another tree where I had this great peek-a-boo view of it.

Frank in Tree

On the way back home I spotted this beautiful trawler anchored out on Penn Cove with more of Whidbey Island in the far shore. Oh what a beautiful morning!

Trawler

Thank you so much for walking with me today. I’ll really try to do more walking in the future. I know how much you enjoy our walks and It’s really good for me.

See you soon and keep walking!

GOOD NEWS – May 9, 2016

Well that was a long dry spell, sorry about that! I’ve been well and very busy working on my teardrop trailer. Progress is slow but hopefully I’ll have some pictures of it one of these days.

One of the things I just hate to see is our historic buildings deteriorating. The Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886, has been heading downhill for a few years now. During my walk this morning I was happily surprised to see an “Ebey’s Forever Grant” sign in the front yard. The sign reads: “Preserving the Reserve’s Heritage Buildings Through Community Investment”.

Clapp House 3

That means that some funds have been made available to help repair some of the problems that the house is having, like the big hole in the roof. Another wonderful old Victorian saved, woot!

Clapp House 2

Speaking of improving the community, the 1866 Robertson’s Store building redo is coming along nicely. They have the framework for the new deck done and it looks really solid. I can’t wait to see what it will all look like when complete.

1866-Robertson's-Store

I spotted my old friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on it’s favorite post in front of the Coupeville Wharf. This gives you a good idea of what our weather will be like for the week ahead, nice!

Frank-and-Wharf

I shoot most of my photos in “landscape” mode but every once in a while it requires “portrait” mode. My neighbor John gave me cause for just such a photo. He’s a retired art teacher and is always putting up creative things around his place. This birdhouse is the newest addition. They should be well protected from any land predators at that elevation.

Birdhouse

And with that we’ll start a new week. I hope you all haven’t left me and enjoyed our walk today. I’ll try to do better in the future, I promise!