FALL AROUND TOWN – October 25, 2017

This fall the colors are really spectacular and I wanted to share some scenes from around Coupeville. I took pictures of some buildings that aren’t all that historic or beautiful but I thought you might find then interesting.

Coupeville is the County Seat of Island County. They have a rather large complex in town and this is the old “Island County Court House” with some colorful trees in front.

Island County Court House

In a small town of 1,800 people this is all you need for a Town Hall.

Coupeville Town Hall

Just down the street is the Zylstra House built in 1889. I love this old Victorian!

Zylstra House Fall Leaves

Not far from where I live is the Captain Thomas Coupe Park. It’s a very small park with a boat launch. There are some very nice places to just sit and stair out over Penn Cove. Coupeville is named after Captain Coupe. This garden is maintained by the Coupeville Garden Club. I love the contrast of the Dusty Miller against the dark red tree.

Captain Coupe Park

And I found one more witch this morning. It at “The Crow’s Roost”, gift, art and joy store. It is definitely one of the better ones. The sign says: “Collecting Oz” “Bright & shiny, big or small, even the ticking ones, The Wonders of Oz, to our Roost we bring them all.”

Wizard of Oz

Thanks for walking with me today, I should be back tomorrow as the weather prognosticator says it should be a beautiful day.

FOR SALE – July 3, 2017

Welcome to July! It’s the time of year to plug your ears and be safe.

Speaking of safe, here on Whidbey Island we have lots of deer and right now there are many fawns running all over the place. There’s a saying here on the island; ” You will almost hit a deer, you know someone who has hit a deer or you have hit a deer!”

With the in mind it looks like the parents of the fawns are teaching them some good lessons. I spotted this fawn crossing with the light in a crosswalk. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Deer Crossing

The sunrise this morning was very dark and dramatic. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

Sunrise

I know many of you live in my small town through my blogs but if you are thinking about moving here I found some opportunities for you. First up this lovely old Victorian is for sale. It certainly needs some work but could be a real show place. From the pictures in the listing it looks like the interior could be brought back to what it looked like in the late 1800’s.

Victorian House For Sale

Of course if you’re going to live here you’ll need something to do. How about owning and running a garden business. “Sally’s Garden” is for sale. It’s been in business for eighteen years so it’s well established and everything goes with it.

Sally's Garden

Sally's Garden Sale Sign

Or how about starting your own business from scratch. Here’a prime building on historic Front Street. It’s the 1936 Tom Howell’s Barbershop building. It’s a nice space with lots of possibilities.

Tom Howell's Barbershop

And of course the biggest advantage is you’d be able to walk with me around town ­čÖé But until then I guess my blog will have to do.

Be safe and come walk with me again tomorrow.

PEEK-A-BOO – February 8, 2017

Today was much better than yesterday. It was 34 degrees F when I left and 33 when I got home. It was very overcast and threatening more snow. About half way through the four miles we walked it started “dusting”. By the time I got home…

snow

Perfect!

While walking along I played “Peek-A-Boo” with Raccoon. He saw me and ran to the culvert to hide.

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Rather than waking on I decided to wait and see what he does. Sure enough he had to come back to the end and take a peek. A really cut little critter hiding that way.

raccoon-in-culvert-1

Over the years I’ve shown you some of the yard art around town. Being somewhat of an “art community” there is quite a bit. Here’s a Dachshund I’d never see before. I really like the bright colors.

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I also noticed something to get really excited about. Coupeville has a number of beautiful old Victorian’s around town that were mostly built and owned by tall ship captains in the mid to late 1800’s. This is one of my very favorites.

This house was owned by Captain Joseph Clapp, built in 1889. It has been going down hill for quite some time but it is on the list to have some work done┬ámade possible by Ebey’s Forever Grant. Today I saw a huge pile of cedar shakes for a new roof! It’s going to look so great once that’s done and no more leaks either. (Note the big hole to the left of the chimney)

I don’t envy the roofer that gets the job but someone’s got to do it.

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And that concludes our Hump Day Walk! I hope you enjoyed it and we can do it again real soon.