Candid Reflections

July 16, 2008

Contest Tomorrow!

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How would you like a picture of a lighthouse

or an old barn to set on your shelf?

If lighthouses or barns are your thing, then check back here tomorrow morning, bright and early, for your chance to participate in a simple contest and win a 5×7, 8×10, or 11×14 print of your choice.  Until then, take a peek at my barns  and lighthouses  pages to see if there isn’t one that screams out, “You want me, you need me!” 

See you tomorrow!

P.S.  If you’re not into barns or lighthouses, then just come for the fun (I love visitors!)… and be sure to have your creative juices flowing!

July 3, 2008

A Visit To Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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Had I been a lady in the late 1800’s, and my husband a gent of a lighthouse keeper, I would have been happy as a clam to have been stationed here.

This would be the view from our front porch. 














This is how my house would look as I was gathering shells on the beach. 












I would have loved my kitchen!













This is where I’d hang my bloomers to dry, while I heated up a big pot of clam chowder and cornbread biscuits.

After dinner, we’d retire to the sitting room where one of my children would play some easy listening, others would read or discuss good literature, and I’d probably knit some of those glove socks cause I like warm toes. 












As the sun set we’d tuck the kids in their feather beds for the night.







I’d pop some popcorn the old-fashioned way and climb the spiral staircase to the top to help keep my fella awake and on task.






Unfortunate for the 19th century family who did live here, their stay was quite short.  This lighthouse was decommissioned in 1874, just three years after it was built, because it had been replaced by a nearby lighthouse built on the rocky shore of Yaquina Head.  Over the next century the lighthouse at Yaquina Bay fell into grim disrepair, until local Newport residents banded together in 1970 to beautifully restore the lighthouse and open it to the public.  Thanks you fine Newport residents, I sure enjoyed my visit/daydream!

June 30, 2008

Another Lighthouse

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Here are some pictures of the Cape Dissapointment Lighthouse we visited last week, at the mouth of the Columbia River.  The North Head Lighthouse was built in 1898 to guide mariners from the North who could not see this lighthouse at Cape Disappointment.  Both of these lighthouses warned ships of the shallow waters at the mouth of the Columbia River. 

June 28, 2008

A Recent Excursion & Lighthouse Tour

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To celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary we took off to the Pacific Coast for three days just to ourselves.  We stayed in a condominium in the quaint little town of Gearhart, Oregon (near Seaside) and spent our time exploring lighthouses and old military forts, enjoying walks, shopping antique stores, eating delicious foods in delightful restaurants, and relaxing on the beach.

Here are some shots of North Head, one of the five lighthouses we visited.  Other lighthouse pictures to come in future posts.

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