Temps are in the mid 40's and there's a bit of an ocean breeze a blowin'. But, the sun is out and there's isn't a cloud in the sky! Buckle (and bundle) up! We are headed out to “The Cottage “ to take a look around and a nice long walk. We packed a Lobster Roll to share, some favorite tunes and hot coffee for a quick rest on the porch before we head home.
My Yankee has great tales of how his family used to drive down the sandy beach road ( loaded to the gills for the entire summer) in an old Volvo with over- inflated intertube tires in hopes of making the trip without getting stuck in the deep, soft sand. They almost always got stuck once and had to shovel out. Nowadays, the road is graded a few times a year making for a much easier passage. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for less than conscientious non-residents to find their way to our " neighborhood" as well. As residents of a private community we have to contend with people coming into our “backyard " un-invited who think it's great fun to park in the fragile dunes and tender marsh grass, party all night, hoot and holler, vandalize property, leave behind trash, and start fires. Currently, we, along with other concerned residents are working with local police to put a stop to this destructive and UN-wanted activity.
Let's face it. Nowhere is pure utopia, but this is close and we aim to do everything in our power to preserve it for future generations.
The grasses are still brown and it'll be a couple of months before we see any buds on the sea roses or greening of the marsh grass but the “Winter BEACH "has its own beauty.
Clotheslines hang in the bitter breeze waiting for the first brightly colored bathing suits and beach towels to be hung to dry by the sun. Planters are still filled with the remains of last years blooms gone-by.
And window boxes sit empty waiting for a fresh planting scheme.
We plant our pots on Memorial Day weekend every year, rain or shine!
Our neighbors planted a row of grapes a few years ago. By the looks of them they have wintered over well and we can look forward to fresh grapes this summer!
Perhaps it's this natural " food from the sea" that makes the difference? They've harvested a heap of Seaweed for the large veggie garden they plant every year.
We've got a pile of branches, twigs and tree trunks ready for the chipper so we can begin practicing " the covering " method of gardening (we talked about in my previous post) at the cottage this year. We'll have to be sure to keep some out for a bonfire or two though!
As we poked around inside and out I was reminded of our revolving TO -DO list. We still need: new windows in the kitchen, a new floor in the kitchen, re-shingling, a new well pump and maybe even a solar hot water heater for hot water on demand. But enough of that! We'll get to it! Some of it anyway!
Today is for walking, listening, and letting the ocean do her magic on our weather beaten souls. We are headed down to the waters edge through the goat trail and into the dunes! Ya ready?
This old garden gate tugs at my farmgirl heart everytime I walk by it.
Garages aren't the norm in these parts. Sheds and smaller out-buildings fit the bill for storing necessities and supplies for cottage living.
Many residents still use outhouses (or keepers). This one is about as "beach rustique"as they come!
Whoa.... time to stop for some photo- ops!
We slow down, stop and look for interesting objects, shapes, shadows, textures and light-play.
These Canadian Geese are having a late afternoon feast on minnows in the tide pools. Come to think of it, I'm getting hungry too! Time to head back to the cottage for that Lobster Roll and hot coffee. Then, it's " back to reality "!
You didn't think we left Max home did you? Our teenagers aren't always " on board " for a trip to the beach. They've got social lives after all!
But, our best friend is always up for stroll on the beach! He's all smiles everytime we go! We hope you were too!