SUNRISE WEST- February 10, 2017

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.

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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.

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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 😦

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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.

Welcome Back – August 11, 2015

I know, I know, it’s been way too long. People around Coupeville keep reminding me that I’ve been missed.

I can come up with a million excuses but none are very valid. I’ll try to do better going forward.

On my little walk this morning I managed to find some interesting things. First up was the Captain Thomas A. Coupe’s home built in 1854. Captain Coupe is the namesake of “Coupeville”.

His home as been in pretty bad shape for a long time but thanks to the “Ebey Forever Foundation” it is getting a much needed restoration. These photos aren’t great but it gives you an idea of the project.

Looking from the beach. At some point in time the house was turned around and moved back away from cliff.

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This is a side view. It’s hard to get a good photo with all the growth around the house.

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I’ve shown you photos of the Toby’s Tavern building restoration. It’s now complete and looks wonderful. Here is a 1920’s photo and on today’s walk.

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The tide was out and the boats were in. This time of year we get a lot of visitors by water who anchor out, tie to mooring buoys, or tie to the dock.

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And finally my shot of the day. I liked the morning sun on the wharf pilings and all the green seaweed and black mussels contrasted against it.

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It’s great to be back and having you all walking with me again. Enjoy your day and we’ll do this again soon.

WELCOME DAVID – June 15, 2015

How about this, I got the garden wrapped up and went walking for a change. And change there was!! First of all, Toby’s Tavern remodel is coming along quite nicely. I love the new awning and the beautiful siding and windows.

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Walking out on the Coupeville Wharf I spotted several things that I felt need documenting. My old buddy “Frank” the Great Blue Heron was on his favorite perch.

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Closer to the building I saw my neighbor parked at the front door. He had a ladder on his roof because he was removing some things from the store at the end of the wharf called “Local Grown”.

I love his old Volkswagen and looked great against the red paint of the building.

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Around the corner I caught these fisherman “gigging” for Sun Perch. They use them for bait to catch ling cod. Their dog seemed quite interested in this whole process.

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For all their efforts, here is their bounty.

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And finally, a big welcome to David, the new owner of Local Grown. He purchased the business from William who has successfully run it for the past eight years.

David and his wife used to live in Coupeville but moved to Oregon a number of years ago. They have been looking for an opportunity to move back and this was it. So welcome back and wishing you good success in your new endeavor.

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Thanks for walking with me and I hope you join me again soon.

EAGLE AND SAILBOAT – May 29, 2015

Sorry for the hiatus but I’ve been working really hard getting our house ready for painting. Who knew that taking things like shutters and other things off the house could take so much time. Also I wanted to pressure wash all the decks and cement areas before they paint so I’ve been working all day, every day, this week.

But this morning I did manage to get out for a little walk before I hit it again. On the way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this beautiful eagle sitting on a post by our boat launch at the end of our street.

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I tried to get a little closer but unfortunately scared it away.

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Walking out on the wharf this sailboat caught my eye with the rather dramatic sky behind it. As you can see there’s wasn’t much of sunrise today.

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And now an update on Toby’s Tavern restoration.

They have the upper parts of the building done with new boards and paint. Next I believe they will  be adding the eve, bringing it back to the way it looked in 1900.

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I like the corbels they added along the top.

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Stay tuned, there’s more to come. But now it’s time to get on with your weekend. Thanks for walking with me today!

CAPTAIN JOSEPH CLAPP HOUSE – May 22, 2015

Since everyone seemed to enjoy my little history lesson on Toby’s Tavern’s past I thought I’d give you a little more Coupeville history.

Back at the turn of the century, the 20th century of course, Coupeville was a very popular place for sea captains to live. In the middle to late 1800’s there were approximately eleven sea captains residing here in our wee town. One of the nicknames for Coupeville was “City of Sea Captains”.

Many of them were responsible for the building of some wonderful Victorian homes around town.

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In 1886 Captn. Clapp and his wife Mary (Molly) purchased this home that was built in the same year. They resided there for fifty years.

From the first printing of “Sea Captains of Whidbey Island” in 1946 it said that “Captain J. W. Clapp is our oldest living pioneer sea captain.” Professor Edmond S. Meany wrote: “Fortunately we have a number of old pioneers still living among us. How much more wholesome it is that we extend to them the flowers of our appreciation while the handclasp of friendship is still possible.” Nicely said!

Captn. Clapp made various voyages around the world. The ships he commanded were: “Charmer”, “Atalanta”, “Jabey Howes” and “General Buster”. This is an artists rendering of one of the ships he sailed, the “Atalanta”.

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Here’s how his home looked “back in the day”.

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This is as it looked this morning during my walk.

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There was an addition to the right side in the 1920’s because it had become to difficult for the Clapp’s to climb the stairs so they added a lower bedroom which today is a library. Ron VanDyk, I believe, is the current owner. He has done a wonder job of restoration and extensive work like repairing the foundation. The reason I say that “I believe he’s the current owner” is because my source of information is from the wonderful book about Coupeville homes called “Ancestral Walls” by Sally Hayton-Keeva, written in 2003.

Sadly the roof is in a terrible state of disrepair and needs to be replaced. Here’s a hole near the top of the roof.

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And there was a big hole over the library that has since been covered with black plastic.

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It takes a lot to keep up with these 150 year old homes and I hope they get a handle on the roof soon.

And one quick update on Toby’s Tavern refacing. Here’ where they had progressed to today.

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So that’s your history lesson for today and it’s probably enough to last you through the Memorial Day weekend. Please be sure to pause and give thanks to all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

FRONT STREET NEWS – May 20, 2015

Big things are happening along Front Street in Coupeville. Toby’s Tavern is getting a new face-lift and Whidbey Isle Yarns are moving into the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store building.

Monday they started work on Toby’s Tavern to restore the front of the building. In 1955 the store front was covered with grooved plywood and painted. The process begins with removing the signs.

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During this mornings walk I saw that they had removed all the signs and old plywood, exposing the original tongue and groove cedar siding.

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While it’s impossible to read in that photo I did a little searching and manipulation in Photoshop and figured our what was written on the original siding.

High up on the building it says “Coupeville Cash And Carry”. On the left side top is says “Willy’s Service” as it was once upon a time a service station. The light blue panel near the bottom left says “Motorite”. Do any of you remember “Motorite”?

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This is what the building looked like before it was covered with plywood.

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John Rodriguey, owner of Toby’s Tavern and the original Whidbey Mercantile building, said: “I have an old photograph from about 1900. “I’m trying to duplicate it as close as we can get it. There have been a lot of changes over the years.”

To read all about this history of this building click “HERE“. To read about the remodel click “HERE“.

A little closer to the wharf I spotted Dena moving all of her wares into the old “Coupeville Cash Store”.

Dena is the owner of Whidbey Isle Yarns and I’m very excited to see her move into Front Street. Her business was previously on Main Street but this should be a much better location and a much better fit for our historic front street than the real estate office the was previously housed in this space.

You may remember the photo I took of the knitted bicycle out in front of her old place of business.

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The thing that is so nice about Dena’s business is everything is hand selected or made by local artisans and as she says “Nothing from China”!

If you love yarns and would like some of the very best, along with some antiques and art pieces, Whidbey Isle Yarns is the place. Also Dena is very knowledgeable and loves to talk “all things yarn!”

This is the front of her new store.

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While nothing is really in place yet it will be by the time she opens this weekend.

This rack of yarns caught my eye and made for a lovely photograph.

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I hope you enjoyed that little tour of Front Street and all the excitement. Now get over the hump and slide down to the weekend.

FIRE IN THE SKY

Welcome to the last week of October, hard to believe that the month is already gone, my my how they do fly.

I’ve been leaving later and later each morning because the sun is not coming up until almost 8:00am. This morning I looked out the window at 7:35 and saw some pink in the clouds to the east. I wondered to myself if it would turn into anything. A few minutes later it started to ignite. I scrambled to get on my walking shoes and coat, grabbed my camera and out the door. By that time it was at its peak so I quickly snapped a shot from my driveway. This should give you an idea of what it looked like.

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I walked as fast as I could to get down to the cove before it all went away. By the time I got there, one and a half blocks away, it was pink. I managed to get two more photos before it was gone. This is Mt. Baker with a little hint of the bright morning sun near the right side of the peek.

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Down on the cove is one of my favorite houses. I call it “Popeye’s House” because it looks like place he might have lived. It was really pretty with the pink water in the foreground.

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I did manage to fine one more scarecrow that’s presented by Toby’s Tavern. The reference to is to them movie “Practical Magic” which was filmed in Coupeville back in 1998.

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I stopped to check our my “still life” again this morning and the flowers were gone but the pumpkin and apples still made for a nice photo.

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Have a great week and with any luck we’ll walk again tomorrow.