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2014 All Stars in Portland

2014 All Stars in Portland

Portland put on a show for the past week leading up to the first-ever MLS All Star match against Bayern Munich. Best of all the MLS won 2-1. The only bad moment came after the match when the Bayern coach refused to shake the hand of MLS coach Caleb Porter. I guess Pep thought the MLS players were too rough. I don’t think I have seen a soccer match that wasn’t rough. Sadly, this has made all of today’s headlines instead of the great party that took place in sunny Portland.

Reports are that there were 44 States and 10 countries represented at Providence Park. I was hoping to get photos of all the represented States and countries but everywhere I looked I saw Bayern shirts. I spent the day and evening downtown taking in several venues resulting in 200 photos. Here is a sampling of the day:

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

scavengers clean the park of garbage

scavengers clean the park of garbage

Bayern Munich coach

Bayern Munich coach/bus

matches took place for days

matches took place here during the week

Bayern shirts

seeing too much red

home of the Portland Timbers

home of the Portland Timbers

quit showing off

quit showing off

the big cup

the big cup

Kells Pub bag pipers lead the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

Kells Pub bag pipers led the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

fans watching matches at the square

fans watching matches at the square

Timber Joey

Timber Joey, our mascot

Soccer City

Soccer City

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

the Timbers Army was well represented

the Timbers Army was well represented

carrying the ball

carrying the ball

parade route

parade route

Soccer City colors

Soccer City colors

NO PITY from the Rose City

NO PITY from the Rose City

the city decorates

the city decorates

opening ceremonies

opening ceremonies

singing the National Anthem

singing the National Anthem

And then the game began.

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3rd annual OES walk

With temperatures in the 90’s, eight Old English Sheepdogs, their owners and friends, gathered in downtown Portland for the 3rd annual OES walk. We meet up at Jamison Park in the Pearl District and slowly work our way up to Director’s Park, in the SW Park blocks, for refreshment for humans and dogs alike.

waiting for everyone to show up

waiting for everyone to show up

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we can barely get across the street before the 'don't walk' sign appears

we can barely get across the street before the ‘don’t walk’ sign appears

 

Everyone we pass wants their photos taken with the dogs. Some of their comments are priceless. Sheepdogs seem to put smiles on everyone’s face.

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a passing wedding party had their photos taken with the dogs.

a passing wedding party had their photos taken with the dogs.

Sheepdogs will sit anywhere:

finding a soft place to sit

finding a soft place to sit

Kathy and Daisy

Kathy and Daisy

they'll sit any where

a soft spot

We then head down to SW Waterfront park where the breeze off the river was very welcome.

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Our last stop was for more liquid refreshment near VooDoo Donuts before very tired dogs and owners made their way home. We brought daisy home with us so her parents could have some time to be tourists in Portland before heading back to California.

at the Oyster Bar

at the Oyster Bar

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the last stop

the last stop and room on the bench for a fluff-butt

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Small town alleys

I’ve lacked inspiration lately with my photography so I have started a new project. I’m going to photograph the back alleys of small towns across the Northwest. I’m usually making photos of old store fronts, but on a whim I decided to start walking around the back of these old buildings  discovering their true personalities.  I started with Chehalis, Washington.

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(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM on Ilford HP4 Plus and developed at home)

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keeping it weird

Portland didn’t make this year’s list of the top 10  ‘best cities in the USA’. Maybe so, but I still love living here although on my last few days spent downtown I noticed it is dirtier than in past years and I didn’t get the same good feeling I have had before.

Portlanders are a different lot.

We read

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We ride bikes and we have public transport

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train

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We drink coffee and beer. Lots of it. Portland is the micro brew capital of the world.

coffee

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We have a Saturday Market that is celebrating its 41st year in operation.

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We have donuts

9.VooDoo Donuts

10. VooDoo Donuts

We have street performers

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We have the Portland Timbers MLS soccer team and the Timbers Army

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Bridges span our rivers

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We live near the Pacific ocean and the mountains

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23. Mt Hood_snow in summer

And yes, we are a bit weird and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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(all photos were taken with various film cameras)

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Quilting through the World Cup

I was glued to my TV for almost 5 weeks watching every single match of the World Cup. I thought it was wonderful. Many upsets, losers, winners, injuries and idiots. So many matches were nail-biters that I found I couldn’t just sit and watch. I had to do something else to distract me a little. Also, in the beginning, watching 6 hours of TV every day during the group stage was a bit too much sitting on the sofa. So I quilted, and quilted and quilted.

I finished hand quilting this one for my friend’s 65th birthday. It’s now in the mail. I can show it here because she is never on the computer.

made with Papillon by Moda. Quilted by hand in a shell pattern.

made with Papillon by Moda. Quilted by hand in a shell pattern.

the back

the back

the label

the label

I made two lap quilts for Halloween.

made with Boo Crew by Moda

made with Boo Crew by Moda with black on black background fabric

Boo Crew and polka dots for the background

Boo Crew and polka dots for the background

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detail

I made a Christmas quilt.

'Sentiments' by Moda

‘Sentiments’ by Moda

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border detail

border detail

I cut and pieced three large quilts for myself.

1.  The Art Gallery fabric, (big blocks and sashing) was bought at Cool Cottons on SE Hawthorne in Portland. The Liberty of London,(used for the points), was bought at Bolt Fabrics on NE Alberta, Portland.

this one uses fabric by Art Gallery and Liberty of London

this one uses fabric by Art Gallery and Liberty of London

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2. This star pattern was made with Papillon by Moda.

Papillon-9Papillon-113. This quilt was made with Fig Tree fabric. I don’t usually use these colors for myself,  but I love how it turned out. It reminds me of orange creamsicles.

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I also made a quilt and something else for a friend’s baby, but can’t show them right now because she DOES look at the web. I don’t want her to see it before her baby shower on August 16th. I’ll show it later.

Of course, now I have to put them on the floor and baste them before I hand-quilt them. I need another marathon TV event to finish all these.

(most of the fabric was bought at Holly Hill Quilt shop in West Linn, Oregon. The quilt fabric from Fig Tree was bought at The Sisters quilt store in Chehalis, Washington)

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Centralia, Washington

Last week I drove north along the Interstate 5 to visit the small town of Centralia to wander around antique stores, the train depot and the library. Centralia was once a stagecoach stop  between Kalama, to the south, and Tacoma to the north. In 1850, JG Cochran came from Missouri with his adopted son, a young African freeman. Cochran filed a claim and in 1852 sold it to his son for $6000. The new owner, G. Washington, built a home and the sold lots for $10. The town of Centralia was incorporated in 1886. Sadly, unemployment in Centralia is the highest in the state of Washington.

Amtrak still operates the train depot here as people climb aboard the Starlight for points north and south.

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The town’s Carnegie Library is 101 years old and was built with donations from industrialist Andrew  Carnegie. His donations between 1886 and 1919 built more than 1,679 libraries across the USA. This library is situated in beautiful park grounds dotted with memorials to our veterans from several wars. It’s worth a visit.

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July 20 and 21st mark the annual antique festival in downtown Centralia. From what I saw on my visit I’d have to say that the antiques business contributes a lot to the town so if you get a chance, go wander Main St and help with the town’s economy.

antique stores

(all photos were taken with my 1976 Hasselblad 500CM and Ilford FP4 Plus film)

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summer

I love this time of year for all the fresh fruit.

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