Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ok, This Time Strawberries And Lime

I didn't have time to go with what I had intended when I put that last post together. I got so caught up in putting all the clamming stuff up that I totally forgot to take down the promise in the title of strawberries and Lime. I had a full day. And since I like to leave behind the traces of my forgetfulness, I thought I'd just leave the Strawberries and Lime part in the title of the post.

After clamming, I drove to the south end of the bridge to get more salt water for my 55 gallon cold water aquarium. The aquarium is really cool. I have set the chiller to 54 degrees. Now, that's cool. But the aquarium is another post.

After hitting the beach for the razor clams, and driving to the south end of the bridge for the water, I then drove out to the Valley and picked strawberries. While there, Lime and I had a wild time exchanging camera phone pictures of what we were doing on our respective coasts. She will tell you that she lives on the "right" coast. That means, by that definition, that I either live at the left coast or perhaps, at the wrong coast. I didn't push her for clarification.

So, in the course of our conversating (got that from some movie), I ask Lime if her phone can receive photos. She "thinks" it can. Right. So then she says that it can. Yes, it can. It can receive pictures, but she has no idea how to take pictures and even less of an idea about how to send them. She suggests that I teach her. Well, it didn't take Little Girl Limers half a second to reveal her eavesdropping when she shouted that SHE would teach her mother all about it. A kid? Picture phone savvy? What's HUD spelled backwards? It wasn't long before I had received on my phone the very first phone pic Lime has ever sent. Ladies and Geltlemen, I give you......SPARTACUS!

This is where you want to go to pick the sweetest, most flavorful strawberries this side of heaven:

We talked for about a half hour. In that time, I had filled (single-handedly) about half this box with berries. I was bluetooth enabled, but had to hold the phone out of my pocket to keep the reception in good order.

This is a scale. It measures in in pounds, not kilograms (Blue and Sheila!). The price per POUND is depicted on the right. Not bad...EH?

On the phone to Limers, I described the YOOOOGE field of mint that I saw on the out to the strawberry fields (but not forever). She reminded me that when she was out here on the "left" coast, she saw mint and parsley fields. I haven't seen the latter yet. But this field was over 100 acres and it smelled divine.

Here is a closeup:

The bridge behind me spans the Yaquina (yuh-KWIN-uh) River and Bay. The rocks are visible because of the minus tide. They are not visible even on a regular low tide. Lots of critters for the aquarium out here. This was taken right after the razor clamming venture.

This sea star is doing great in the tank, eating the little mussels I picked for meals in the new home. If you look closely, you will see that it is regenerating a leg.

Aquarium teasers:

Happy in the new digs...

The fish is found in tide pools. It is called, aptly, a tide pool fish. The interesting thing about these fish is that they will feed up and down the beach, along the rocks, throughout the high tide, but will always find their way back to the very same tidepool they started out from. How do we know this? They done studies, that's how we know. (SORRY, LOGO!!! Did that make your ears eyes bleed? HA!) The clam is a cockle. There is a California mussel in there, too. Found in Oregon, though. And my favorite of all, a monkeyface prickleback eel, poised just off the top of the fish. You can see the eel's head if you enlarge the picture. Be sure to go to the link and click on the picture to see how big these fellas can get.


At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:46:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

ok....just to clarify a few points!!!

yes i said i was on the 'right coast' by that i meant as opposed to 'left.' i would nto ever suggest the west coast is the 'wrong' coast because i think it is very beautiful out there and some people i am quite fond of and who i think are mighty fine humans live there.

point #2....i KNEW how to take pictures before i ever spoke to you. that picture of me as spartacus has been on my phone for over a month ( even took it all by myself into the shoe mirror!). i just had absoultely no clue whatsoever i could receive or send pictures. yes, it was a grand and glorious example of my lack of technological skills.

i still don't thik i can email pictures from my phone though....

what would i do without gawpo and my daughter? all the lovely people who vist your blog would be deprived of me in a pair of sleezy leopard print stilletos!

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:59:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LIMERS: Reaction comments to points made.

Point #1: Point made. Point taken. This good to know. We "left" coasters just tend to snap our heads until this is clarified by "right" coast utterers of the distniction. You are in the clear.

Point #2: Riiiigggghhhhtttt..........

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:10:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

You guys are funny.

Where do I get me some of them pink strawberries?

Did your damned gawd request for fair weather make a difference? No clouds over here, mate.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:39:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CHEEN-DRUH!: Wow. You are Cindra again. I love that.

Read the sign. Isn't there a sign? I thought there was a sign. Out on Hwy 20 between Corvallis and Albany, near the Children's Farm Home.

No. The gawd request fell flat. There was a blue sky this morning, but that was simply a cruel tease. The clouds are headed in over the beach even as I type and the chance of precip has gone from 10% up to 30%.

I lvoe you!

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:40:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CHEEN-DRUH!: 2651 today.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Strawberries. Lime. Mint. Fish. All in one meal -- and a tasty meal at that. I'm sure it wasn't the recipe. Had to be the cook! Nicely served, Chef Gawpo.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 1:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Ha!!! I didn't put those together. Thank you. And yes, what a meal. Feast, rather. My pleasure.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 1:26:00 PM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

Oh!!!!! YUM!!!!!! I can taste those strawberries all the way down here! I just made apricot-pineapple jam...I think strawberry jam should be next! :-)
Limer's shoes are "HOT"...I haven't had a pair of heels on in ages.....I use to run in don't think I'd be able to even walk in them....
Perfect weather here...G...I'll be talking to you very soon!

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 3:22:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

VICCI: Were you pointing at your belly button when you said that first part? lol

Talk to you soon, Ms. Viccance!!!!


At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 4:14:00 PM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

The first 4 pictures hate me and won't show themselves. But I can see the rest! Love the starfish!

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 4:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger Doug said...

Howdy, Gawpo.

Monkeyface prickleback eel has to be just about the coolest name for a critter I've ever encountered. Way cooler than "tree frog."

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 4:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger Doug said...

Howdy, Gawpo.

Monkeyface prickleback eel has to be just about the coolest name for a critter I've ever encountered. Way cooler than "tree frog."

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 5:52:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Darn, can't see the first four photos
I've never seen a mint field but I have tons of it in my yard, it grows like a weed.
I'm used to lbs rather than kilos 'cause when I was a young 'un thats how we measured stuff, and I hate change..!
I still order stuff by the lb at the deli counter.
We used to catch and boil and eat cockles too when we were kids. Lots of malt vinegar and pepper. Don't think I could eat them now though..!
Love your aquarium, very the star fish..

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 6:15:00 PM PDT , Blogger Minka said...

put your hands toegther...strawberry and mint! YUMMY...youa re so lucky. I love those fruits and I think the first strawberry to pick in Iceland will be ready August 25th :)

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 6:42:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

I think you need to ask Little Girl Limers how to fix those first pix. ^_^

Neato fishies! :) I miss having a saltwater aquarium (especially since MuNKi did all the work. ^_^ )

My garden looks like that mint field. That's the thing about mint. Plant it and run.

Actually there's an old quote about that that I used on the mint page in the herbal I'm making:

"Plant a little mint, Madame, then step out of the way so you don't get hurt." ^_^ (British gardener)

So you're potty about mint, eh? Fired up about it? But only if it's in mint condition, I'll bet.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 6:45:00 PM PDT , Blogger GuTTer MuNKi said...


I'm a definite fan of the saltwater aquariums. I prefer the warm variety, although I do like the idea of scoopin' stuff up and taking it home.

Uh, am I correct in assuming that you realize that if you don't keep the eel well fed, it *will* go native on your ass?

Well, mostly it'll go native on the little blenny dude.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 7:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

DOUG: They used to call them Blennies, but recently reclassified them. They are not, as it turns out, eels at all. They are fish, in the perciform (perch) family. They are EXCELLENT eating too, I hate to say. Glad to see you here. Welcome!

SHEILA: Malt vinegar and pepper, huh? I will have to try that. I just steam and cut into bite size pieces and dip in lemon and butter and garlic. Yum.

MINKA: They are worth the wait, yes? Slice them in half, then place a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle brown sugar over them. DO IT!!! You will thank Gawpo later. I promise.

CANCACIA: I was wondering what it would take to get the Munki over here. It worked! He's in the live trap!!! Yaaaayyyyy!!!! Fixed the pics for ya, too.

MUTTER GUNKI: Welcome!!!! Love that you are here. Yes, the cold water tank is amazing. Best thing of all is that I get to get new critters any time. Slowly, though. I just got the water to cycle through. Ammonia is in the "safe" and nitrates are controlled, too.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:47:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

For as long as I can remember my friends up there have picked strawberries...even as kids. My friend J's mom canned everything and anything and then J started doing the same. There is nothing like homemade jam made from wonderful strawberries!!
What did you do with yours - I know you ate them - but did you make something with them?
A field of mint - ah that must smell heavenly! What a day for sights and fragrance!
What a unique array in that tank of yours - a bit of the sea at home.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:47:00 PM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

eeek I didn't say Love and hugs!!

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 12:01:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: Yes, from bending to dig to bending to pick---clams and strawberries. What a day. No, I didn't have time set aside to prepare for any putting up of the strawberries. Mint smells great when you walk through it! When I first moved here, you went out to K and J's lane to pick strawberries. They don't do it any more. Darn. The tank is a joy. I stare at it, watch it, for long periods of time, drinking my coffee.



At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 5:55:00 AM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

Ooooh! Yummy pix! :)

That's pretty cool that you can just scoop stuff outta the ocean and add it to your tank. So that's legal?

I just found out that Mollusc's feather collection is technically illegal. Shhhh!

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 6:19:00 AM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

strawberry fields forever. we used to drink the nasty strawberry hill and sing strawberry hill forever. yay! high school. :)

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 9:28:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

dude you updated! cool! and i must throw myself on your mercy and humbly apologize for my cross-coastal fauxpas in causing your head to snap when i referred to myself as being on the right coast...i am glad yo uunderstand what i menat now. i would hate to think that i had caused any offense, well specially since i now know what you do fer a living (aside from digging razor clams).

i think i should send you the pic of me in my birkenstocks so people don't have the idea i go prancing around in leopard print spartacus shoes all the time.

oh, and if my oldest were nto currently in NOLa she could vouch for me as to how long ago i actually TOOK the shoe pics....honest. i knew how to take pics, i just didn't knwo hwo to send em...waaahhhhh...(although i will admit the kids had to show me how to take pics way back when)

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 9:30:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

oh, and i now know where vicci found me before she visited me....waves hi to vicci :D

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 12:04:00 PM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

Oh how I love strawberries! And doesn't Oregon produce the best blueberries too?
I must hear more about your aquarium. I accidently acquired some marine life when in Monterrey (my daughter playing around in the tidal pools). Here it is illegal to capture marine life. But when I discovered the creatures in the bucket under some sand, I knew I couldn't let them die. I bought some Instant Ocean at the pet store, a hydrometer and a small filter. So I now have an illegal tank of marine hermit crabs, snails and 2 clams. I feed them fish food and marine algae (which you can buy dehydrated). Hopefully I can let them go when I go back to Monterrey, but in the meantime they seem happy and well (for many months now).

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 12:32:00 PM PDT , Blogger goldennib said...

Cool beanie weanies on the 'quariums. Neat-o fishies. Thems some wompin strawberries. That price is awesome.

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 1:22:00 PM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Loved catching up with you!Although I'll pass on the clams - you were funny teasing the clam counter!

The salt water aquariums are fabulous! I like the variety of bolder colours. If I continue on my scuba diving path I would love to see them in the "wild" .

ciao! :)

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 3:56:00 PM PDT , Blogger bazza27 said...

When you come in as comment number 28 it's kind of hard to say anything original, but.... I do like the way you post photos of yourself, looking sometimes a little gawky, or geeky, or maybe just a little gawpoey. I think I could learn from that.

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 6:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Nana-g said...

Karma - I was just going to be mean and say, gawpo is not posing for 'goofy pics' he is goofy - but then I am a dork and just sent an empty comment - Karma
Love the berries - when are blue berries up Gawpo? We do have the best ones and I know you know when! I am leaving work in a sec and headed to the right coast for me :) loading brandy-dog into the car and we are headed for BBQ palooza.
Limers - love the shoes!

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 7:40:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos ... that field of mint in particular is so vibrant that it almost carries the scent with it!

"Spartacus" cracked me up, too. ;)

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 9:16:00 PM PDT , Blogger Jay said...

That's pretty nifty.

Where I pick berries, they charge you by the basket, so you can imagine how we try to overfill them and then carry them ever so gently back to the car without losing any.

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 12:27:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: Yes, nice to have an unending supply. It is legal to retain 10 in aggregate of any species that are not listed as game species: turbin snails, urchins, etc. You may retain 72 mussles per person per day. Apart from the 15 day per person razor clam limit, you may retain 20 in aggregate of other species such as cockles and small necks. Apart from both of those limits, you may retain 36 Eastern softshell clams per person per day. Now you are in the know about the "no."

And yeah, I've heard about that feather thing. Poor Mullusc. She must fear the Feds each and every day, looking over her shoulder, checking the rearviews when you're on the way to the store to buy legal things, looking up in the sky every time an airplane flies over. YOU STICK TO YOUR GUNS, MOLLUSC!!! DON'T GIVE IN THE THE WHITE MAN'S STUPID RULES ABOUT BEAUTIFUL FEATHERS!!! But no one will know about it as long as you don't ever mention it on a.....uh.....HEY, UNWELCOME READERS! WE WERE JOKING! FUNNY, HUH? DID YOU GET THAT JOKE ABOUT FEATHERS? HA HA HA HA HA!

MINDANCE: Yes, and Annie Greensprings and Boone's Farm Apple Wine. We used to guzzle that stuff up in the motherlode, skipping school.

LIMERS: Offense? Never, my Dear. And I do believe you. You have witnesses, even. Good enough for me. But are you trying out that new way of mixing wrods aournd taht Blue was tlaknig aoubt?

LIMERS: And hey, Vic! Gawpo waving along with Lime.....

Oh, CLAIRE: Yes. In fact, the same people who bring us strawberries have YOOOOGE, gorgious blueberries across the road from the strawberries.

Ok, so let me get this right: You don't live anywhere near any beach, let alone the Monterrey beach, right? I will have to go to your profile again for geography status. Regardless, you got home and found critters in the bucket that are used to living in cold saltwater and you took pity on them and they are still ALIVE? I am so impressed. Most saltwater aquarists do what you did with the stuff you have to buy. I am fortunate enough to be able to go down to the sea and replace 20% of the tank with fresh sea water every two weeks or so. But I had to buy a $350 chiller, a $165 protein skimmer, a $30 powerhead, and an expensive ($200?) in-line cannister filter. I will post about the whole operation and dig out the receipts. Oh! But the 55 gallon tank was a steal at only forty bucks. Ha!

NIBBY: Yeah, Baby, be-HAYVE.

KATIE: There are some brilliant colors in our own ocean, but the water is much warmer in the Caribbean. I have not dived here. Dove? Diven? Diveded? I haven't gone on a dive here. There.

BAZZER27 IN POSITION 28: Dude! You just missed your name number. What were you thinking! HA! Yes, goof abounds in my family. I'm a natch, Bazza. Stand by for some great flying pictures of the flight down the Oregon/California coast yesterday.

NANA-g: Ha! See, Bazza? I told you. It is an issue of essence. Haven't heard a woid about the blueberries. I will have to ask Jack. They always know. And are Lime's shoes not the best? I love them!!! And you, of course. MWUAH! Better keep an eye on Brandy the bra-eating dog, G.

WYO: You crack ME up! And knuckle-knocks on the mint scentage.

JAY: Ha! That is so funny that you should mention it, because I saw strawberry after strawberry lying in the dirt on my out to the patch. Even though you were charged by the pound and not the basket, I think the tendency is to pick as much as the box will hold. That is so funny. Hi, JAY!!!!

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 5:51:00 AM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Diggin the Lime photo at the top, not bad for a first attempt. And those shoes!!! Wow!
The legless starfish is after me heart.
Strawberries go well with, everything, and I still order in lb's from the deli too, just like mummy!
Half a pound of this, half a pound of that. I was raised metric, but I have an Imperial Soul, Gawpo.
Just like you! Oh King of The Coast!!!

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 2:54:00 PM PDT , Blogger Nana-g said...

Gawpo, I am missing you, hurry back! Big/little girl and hubby are in Newport and we all miss you! We are staying on the clam diggin' beach - what are those little digger things that go in a circle under the sand? Brandy-dawg is now the worst dawg! I left her in the van with windows 1/2 open - I hear traffic all stopped on the bay front drag - and here she comes like she is leading some frickin' parade, all happy smiley dog face on and wagging her whole body - cars honking...geeze! I think I prefer the bra/panty eating dawg if that is even possible - see ya soon!

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 11:20:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: You melt me! You are en fuego, Blue. Arms outstretched, fingers drooping downward, eyes mostly white with irises buried under lids...."take me to your leader...or wherever you want..."

You are a pound girl. Love that.

I will keep an eye on that starfish leg as it regenerates itself back outward. The little critter is groovin' on all the baby mussels I dropped into the tank. "Hey, it's the all-you-can-eat buffet...YAY!!!" Happy as a....starfish.

NANA-g: I am still down here in Turlock, dealing with Mr. Gawpo, Sr's dialup. We so need to hook up soon.


Brand could have been taken into custody for Dog At Large!!! BAD doggie. Ha! You should have left some bras in the van with her, G. See you when I get back, perhaps? Hope so!

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 4:06:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I'm Gawpo

Love tastes like strawberries.

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 5:57:00 AM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

How am I supposed to procrastinate properly if you don't put up any new posts??

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 12:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE MARCUS LISINEUS JOE: That's the taste, all right. I will savor that next time either happens.

CANDACIA: And I wish Mr. Gawpo, Sr had something better than dial-up. Many pictures from the flight to be posted at a blog near you. By the way, I love to be prodded. As you know, the Devil WEARS prodded.

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 4:24:00 PM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

So did you get any a-munds?

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 4:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

What an awesome experience. I have always wanted to go "clamming". Thanks for this.

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 7:55:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

So you're just gonna clam up, eh?

Do you prod to be loved?

At Monday, June 25, 2007 at 9:55:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

DIESEL: No, not a single one. Can you believe that? But I scarfed plenty AY-pricots, peaches and nectarines. And I flew right over your house this afternoon, too. But at 8,500 ft. Too high to accurately pitch pits.

ENEMY OF THE REPUBLIC: You are welcome to join in any time you are in the area. Serious. Bring children with recent bone breaks. They are good luck.

CANDACIA: Ha!!! and another HA!!! for that second one. Beautiful. We have this battery of questions that we have to ask each newly booked person and one of them is, "Have you experienced the recent death of a loved one?" You can imagine how I ask that question....


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