LET IT SNOW – February 28, 2017

Welcome to the last day of February. It’s hard to believe that the month is over already.

Unfortunately I will not be walking on this last day because it’s snowing and snowing hard. That’s just not very conducive to a nice “walk and gawk”.

The good news is that I don’t have to be anywhere and it is lovely!

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Just a little update on “The Birds” from yesterday’s blog. My friend Carmen wrote that the house on the left actually feeds the seagulls and that’s why they hang out there. I’m just glad she’s not my neighbor!

Have a grand day and then onward to March and some more good walks.

Bird Houses – February 27, 2017

This morning I decided to start the week off with a nice easy three mile walk. As it turns out that was a great decision. It ended up being 3.3 miles and the last three tenths of a mile was in the rain and sleet, it was 35 degrees F!

Along the way I spotted these two “Bird Houses” that seem to have a propensity for attracting seagulls. Of the 3.3 miles I walk these were the only houses with seagulls, I really am curious as to what’s attracting them to that particular location.

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Here’s  a couple of close-ups of the two roofs.

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Out at the high school ball field, along the edge of the Ebey Prairie, I spotted this sign on one of the dugout’s. It sounds like the Coupeville Wolves are really getting serious about winning this year.

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And now I’ll hang up and dry off! Thanks for walking with me and onward to a new week!

DRAMATIC SKIES – February 22, 2017

What better way to start the day than with a nice four mile walk around Coupeville. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

I spotted this boathouse at the bottom of a cliff by Penn Cove. I liked all the nautical stuff they’ve attached to the outside. My camera was zoomed all the way in to get this photo.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old Walnut tree but I thought with the dramatic sky it would make a nice silhouette and it certainly did. Captain Thomas Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville, and his wife Maria lived in the house you can just barely see at the bottom of this photo. Maria planted this walnut tree in the mid 1850’s.

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I don’t do a lot of panorama’s but the dramatic sky this morning was begging for it. This is looking north across Penn Cove.

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Thanks for joining me on this beautiful hump day! I hope to walk with you again soon.

NEW ROOF – February 16, 2017

I mentioned a few posts back that the Captain Joseph Clapp house was going to get a new roof. Well it’s finally happening and it’s going to be beautiful as well as protect this beautiful old Victorian home  for many more years.

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The Captain Joseph Clapp house was built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes. Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

To give you a better sense of where this beautiful home is I took this photo from about five blocks away. Imagine how great the view must be from inside the house. It sits right along Penn Cove.

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If you’d like to have a nice little home that sits along Penn Cove I found one for you. It’s on a high bluff right on the water. It’s located on the corner of the Coupeville Town Park. Built in 1867 I believe it was originally two houses put together as one.

It’s 1,534 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces and is currently the Cliff House B&B. This lovely place can be yours for only $749,000! I’d jump right on it but it doesn’t have a garage or woodshop and I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. But if you do it’s a lovely place.

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And that’s a wrap for Thursday. Thanks for walking with me and if the weather holds we’ll do it 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…

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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.

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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 made 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.

Ebey Reserve Walk – January 23, 2017

Today’s walk took us across Ebey Reserve all the way down to Ebey’s Landing, a six mile round trip. It was a beautiful morning with more to see than I can report here. But, as always, I’ll share a few of the better photos.

First stop was to check out a new “Little Free Library” that just went up here in Coupeville. I really like the design of this particular one. I don’t know how many there are around here but there’s a bunch. I think my wee island town likes to read.

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I got to the prairie during the “Golden Hour” and it didn’t disappoint. This is Willowood Farm about half way across the prairie basking in the morning sun. They grow wonderful vegetables that will be available at our Saturday Market this summer.

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I was not the only one out enjoying the morning. There were lots of birds chirping and flying about. I liked these two robins caught silhouetted against the blue sky sitting on white branches.

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And finally the big reward for this mornings efforts. Driftwood is like clouds in that you can see different images in each one and each person sees them differently. This big piece of drift wood is on Ebey Landing beach with the big cliff on the south south side of Ebey Reserve in the background. Tell me what that log looks like to you!

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I hope I didn’t wear you out this morning and you’ll come back for another nice walk tomorrow.

PORCH SUNRISE – February 16, 2015

Welcome to a new week, I hope you make it a good one!

Sadly I pulled a muscle or something this weekend and I’m not able to walk this morning. But if I had walked what a spectacular walk it would have been.

I took this panorama photo of the sunrise from my front porch in Coupeville to give you an idea of what the day has to offer. I hope you enjoy it and with luck I’ll be good enough to walk tomorrow.

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Have a great week 🙂