While it’s not in any way obvious, there’s a story in this photo. We are looking into a rusty hole in an old float that was attached to an anti-submarine chain. There are two of these old floats almost hidden in the tall grass on a nearby farm. This is a reminder that once one of Port Townsend’s main functions was to serve as a fortification protecting the entrance to Puget Sound.
The annual Jefferson County Master Gardener sponsored Secret Garden Tour rolled around again this Saturday. This garden was particularly interesting, as we knew the people who started it. I think we first saw this garden even before our garden was on the tour in 1998. Maybe not. Dates get hazy after a while. A different owner has made the garden a different experience. It’s fascinating how the same place can look so different.
The “sculpture” appears to be the sheet of steel that was left after a number of parts had been cut out of it. It works well here.
Community gardening is quite popular in the Port Townsend area. Last I heard, there are 25 currently planted. I even ended up talking about our respective gardens with my dental technician, last visit.
North of the Hood Canal Bridge (just visible in the distance) sits Shine Tidelands State Park. Directly north of that is Bywater Bay State Park. There is no land between them, so I don’t know why they are separate parks. Who understands bureaucracy?
Since the construction has been going on in Downtown Port Townsend for months, it’s difficult to ignore. But I’ll try not to show any more construction photos.
The sidewalks on Water Street and Taylor Street have been replaced, so nobody falls through to the tunnels beneath. The city has also taken the opportunity to have some of the utilities re-routed underground. These two workmen were pulling 400 feet of wire through a conduit. First one guy would pull until he was breathing hard then the other would take over.
During a photo walk through the Boat Haven with my friend Don, I noticed a cart that had weathered junk laying on it. I was first drawn to the waste of letting perfectly good tools and chain just rust away. Then I saw that there was a photo there.
I’ve noticed these gold colored snails while walking on Larry Scott Trail. I have not seen them in other places and certainly not in our garden. We get plenty of snails (and slugs), but they’re the normal brown ones. I don’t know if the gold ones are a different species or a very local variation of the standard garden pests.