Monday, March 07, 2011

Weekend at Seaside, Oregon

We spent the weekend at Seaside, Oregon. We were attending a political conference called The Dorchester Conference. The conference is held every year in March. The Coast Range was snowy, so we drove over by way of the Columbia River to Astoria and then down the coast to Seaside.  From my daughter's office it is about the same distance as over the mountains. I picked her up at 2pm and we were there by 4, ready to prepare dinner for 20 people.
Turnaround with the famous statue of Lewis and Clark

 We stayed with our friends at their time share apartment. It has a beautiful view of the sea, the beach, the boardwalk, and the turnaround. There are a number of shops selling wonderful art, jewelry, clothing, and antiques mixed in with the usual beach trinket stores selling plastic beach themed junk made in China. My favorite shop is Tiptons on Broadway. He has the most amazing shop. His linens, candles, decorative items, and chocolates are arranged in a most artist way. It is a pleasure just to visit. I bought another hanging votive. (See the picture below)

Saturday morning I got up, made a pot of tea, put a pan of biscuits in the oven to bake. Taking my tea to the living room to watch the early morning sea, I watched as a dear man took a stick, and carefully drew this message in the sand, declaring his continuing love for his wife of 55 years. I could see his wife standing by, watching, with a little child I took to be their granddaughter. Such a sweet thing to wake up to. 
Harrold ♡'s Lois

Living Room
The apartment is on the 8th floor and is called the Penthouse. The view is really spectacular.
View to the North
View South at sunset. Thanks Greg - you are a wonderful host.

View to the south from the living room balcony
The Kitchen even had a view of the sea. Our friend's wife couldn't make it, so I took on the duties of chief cook and bottle washer. It was a joy and a bit of a challenge to cook without my tools and equipment. But I am always up for a challenge. It was fun, however, I'll admit I'm not as young as I used to be, I don't have the stamina anymore. I used to be able to do this and then attend all the parties and dances. Stay up til 2 or 3 in the morning, get up and do it all again the next day! No more. I stayed in and let the young people go out after dinner. I was glad to get all the dishes in the dishwasher and go to bed. I am really tired today. It was good to get home last night and sleep in my own bed and I'm sure I will be rested and ready to take on the rest of the week of meetings, household chores, and such.
nearly ready to feed the guests

Some Oregon Wine, considered some of the finest in the world.
Now for two more wonderful views of the seaside:

This is the first one of these lovely lights I bought at Tiptons. It is amber and hangs in my living room window.
This is my newest one. It will hang in my bedroom, which is decorated with lavender and violets.

I'm linking up to Show off your Cottage Monday, even if it wasn't my cottage, but our friend's apartment.

1 comment:

Fete et Fleur said...

I love hanging candle holders too! These are lovely. If you're ever interested in more, you can try Etsy. I know there are some artists there that sell them.

The one I posted about is vintage. I think it came from an old weight scale. I have another like it.

Thanks for your visit.


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