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39 degrees and sunny

December 8, 2011
The GTS parked

The shadows are quite long at 3:00 pm (Orin ONeill photos)

Still no snow. Just a long string of sunshine icons, which offer an opportunity to share some things I see almost every day.

Sunset happens shortly after 4:00 pm these days. The shadows in the lead photo were not unusually long. I can’t wait until the Winter Solstice, which is only two weeks away—the days will start getting longer.

The pea patch

And shortly after that, things will be growing. This appears to be some kind of p-patch communal garden kinda thing. Bellingham doesn’t seem to make as big a deal out of such things as Seattle does, but then Bellingham isn’t trying to fill every square inch in its city limits with 4-story condo/street-level retail buildings.

A straw house

In fact, someone on Donovan Avenue is building a straw house. However, this one looks far more substantial than the one the first little pig built, which as we all know was blown down by the Big Bad Wolf. It’s been under construction since last summer, and the straw is very densely baled. People in Ireland used to live in houses made of dried peat, which may well have been the inspiration for this one.

Yellow house

Bellingham has lots of little houses like the yellow one above. I’ve exchanged occasional Secret Motorcycle Waves with the rider of the scooter in the driveway.


Then there are those who would rather live on a boat. A group of live-aboards (there are several more outside this shot) anchors in Bellingham Bay, just offshore from Boulevard Park. They’re much easier to see when the trees are bare. Nobody seems to have left for warmer climes, at least not yet.

The Horizon Fairbanks

I finally found out this ship, which has been anchored at the Port of Bellingham at least since I moved here, is called the Horizon Fairbanks. I also found out it is mothballed, being held as a kind of spare vessel. Most container ships these days are approximately ⅓ the size of Vancouver Island; you can see this one is nowhere near that big. In the foreground are two of Seattle-based Foss Maritime’s tug boats.

I got back to the foothill villa before the sun set. Good thing—once it gets dark, the temperature drops like a rock. The GTS will be covered in ice in no time. Favicon


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