These box banjos, or guitars, fascinate me. If I knew how to play, I'd definitely get one, in spite of the $325 price tag. They are just SO unique!!
The Hilltop Bakery was here in the upper parking lot. You have GOT to taste these cupcakes and cookies. She had the best brownies EVER said this lady, and I loved the peanut butter cookie dipped in thick, rich chocolate. At least I only had one ... this nice lady had TWO!!!
The flowers are just as spectacular every single week. I don't know where they come from, but there's not a bad one in the bunch! They are also exceptionally good at making HUGE $20 bouquets.
There weren't as many people in the morning, I'm sure due to the rain. Those of us who were there, kept sneaking under everyone's easy-ups to keep dry. This jewelry is gorgeous ... all made with old pieces of necklaces and brooches cut up and put back together in imaginative ways.
By the time I got ready to leave, this street was packed with people since the rain had let up. The baby goat was here again, wearing her finest jacket (it's cold you know). There were a few new vendors with drinking vinegars and homemade gin too. Yes they give out samples!!!
At the end of the street was this gentleman playing the steel drum. Being familiar with them from Benson Arizona, I looked inside to see how it was made. "There's nothing in there" he said as he tapped out beautiful classical music. Classical?? Yup ..... not a single Caribbean note.
I was looking for the seams where it was pounded out allowing for the different tones ... how come there are none? It was seamless and a little rusty. He said it was a very old one ... they don't make them like this any more ... and you just have to know where each note is ... kind of like the back of a turtle shell. He bowed as I dropped a couple dollars in his bucket.
I snagged a bag of caramel corn right off the cooker ... this stuff is the BEST!!! I tried to be good, after all, I already ate a cookie, but the smell gets me every time.
The dahlias were spectacular, as always. These huge plants were for sale ... $18.00 each ... and every one had at least six blooms. Don't you just LOVE the color??
I almost forgot I went to get vegetables to counteract all those donuts. I found these heirloom tomatoes, a bag of lettuce and several pieces of fresh sweet corn.
When I finally left the market, I was wet and a little chilly, but I still needed bird food. I hit up Fred Harvey's (okay, Fred Meyer ... it's 5 am after all) for fuel and groceries .... you know, things like Lean Cuisine, Haagen Dazs and a big piece of salmon to barbecue if the sun ever comes out again!!
There was only wild bird food available, so I headed off to Petco. Lucky for Jonathan, they actually had the same brand of seed I buy at home. Birds can be very picky and won't eat ANYTHING new. Like little kids, they would rather starve!!
The rain continued all day, but it didn't matter. All the noisy kids and inconsiderate parents left yesterday morning. There's peace and quiet again on the Oregon Coast.