Tim came home with a crab ring a few days ago, which is basically kind of like a fruit basket that hangs up--there is a mesh bottom that is a big ring, some mesh sides that slope in to connect to a smaller ring at the top.
Folded up it looks like this:
We went to a place called Whalen Island which has a short bridge that you cross to get to the island--we have seen people crabbing and fishing there before. We went at the turning of the tide, as suggested by the Internet, and we took chairs and books and dogs and Fritos and settled in for two hours outside.
For Dungeness, the crabs have to be mail and about six inches across. There is a limit of 14. You can also catch any size red rock crabs. To the left is one of our catches (yes it went back in) and to the right you can see our set up. Basically, this was not 'The Deadliest Catch' and after two hours we packed it in, although it was certainly fun to anticipate that some day we might have some crabs.
Yesterday was not that day. All that we caught were too small, and fell out of the net as we pulled it up. Oh well.
After about an hour, a fisherman drove by and gave up his salmon carcasses and said they were good bait---we kind of got our hopes up that those might attract more crab but all they attracted were seagulls.
But it was a fun day.
Fox and Phlox
This is a design by Hook, Line and Tinker that I found at a Corvallis needlework store, and it is so sweet. It will be part of my fall display.
I did change the three hanging hoops yesterday from some summery ones to these, which are a bit more late summer:
The Fox and Phlox will go up here eventually. I had to buy some more hoops!
We have seen this doe with her two fawns often, and were happy to see her (and them) again today. This group often hangs out with another mom and child, which is always charming to see.