Sunday, December 20, 2009
We had about 2 feet of snow on the Cape, starting last night around 10 p.m. It's still snowing now. We took the dogs to the beach to check it out around 2 p.m. this afternoon.
You can see that where the paths weren't shoveled at all, you can see the snow drifts were up to my knees - and up to the dog's belly!
The tide seemed exceptionally high, and it had washed sand over a bunch of the snow, turning the exposed sand into a kind of quick sand. The dogs sank in up past their knees, but fortunately didn't get stuck. The water came in over the tops of our boots. Thank goodness for wool socks!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Make sure to visit the Chatham Candy Manor, who claim to serve the "best hot chocolate in the Stroll" - I was there with my Girl Scout troop yesterday for a candy cane making demonstration. Cinnamon flavored. Mmmmm. The 13th batch of the season so far. They may be making more candy canes tonight - definitely will be on Saturday morning.
Have fun - stay warm - and enjoy the holiday season!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Today there is a storm raging outside my window, but yesterday the ocean and beaches were calm. We are not having snow on Cape Cod, as so many of you are having off-Cape, but there are severe wind warnings and cold, pounding rain battering my windows.
It will be interesting to see what this storm does to our coast line. But I'm not headed up there with the camera at the moment!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I had a surprise when I went walking on the beach this morning - lots of big machinery all around me! First, a large crane and an earth mover were on Strandway Beach, taking out that section of rocks. I had the dogs with me so I didn't want to get too close, but you get the idea from this picture.
At the docks, there was an oversized dump truck to haul away the granite from the beach...but there was also the barge that comes to Old Mill Point twice a year to put in and take out our docks.
Not the most relaxing beach walk, but interesting nonetheless.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
December arrives once again on Cape Cod, bringing with it a mixture of fair and foul weather.
The first "storm" was actually at the end of November - on December 1st I took the above photos, showing the calm ocean and the slightest bit of erosion from our beaches. The SeaWay beach actually fared better, and seemed to gain a little sand, wither from the ocean or from the dunes blowing down onto the beach.
Last night another storm battered Cape Cod, and this morning the wind is still blowing. I can hear the ocean pounding from my house, even with all the storm windows shut tight! We'll have to wait and see whether this storm gives or takes from the beach.
Winter has certainly arrived on our shoreline.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Visit www.CapeWomenOnline.com to read all kinds of fun holiday stories and recipes.
I've written an article on why people should be asking Santa for ebooks this year, as well as an environmental story on choosing eco-friendly gifts from local Cape Cod stores.
My fellow author Marissa Doyle has a great article on Victorian Holiday traditions, and my good friend Nicola Burnell tells us why women really want handmade chocolates for Christmas. Yum!
Take a few minutes to check out these articles, and the great recipes for the holidays. You won't be disappointed!
While there may be no more sun and summer fun here on the Cape, we have a ton of Holiday Happenings to chose from, and keep you busy if you should chose to visit the Cape this December.
Check out the online magazine that I edit - CapeWomenOnline - to find a nice listing of all the things going on Cape-wide, as well as all the helpful websites each town has to tell you the details of where and when.
Go to www.capewomenonline.com and click on the Community Action section to find our town-by-town listings. Off the top of my head, I know that the Orleans street fair is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, from 4-8, and the Harwich Holiday Stroll is scheduled in downtown Harwichport for Friday, December 4th. If you go on December 4th, the elementary school chorus will be performing for the tree-lighting (in the park near the Harwichport CVS) and my Girl Scout troop will be selling handmade ornaments and dog toys inside the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Main Street. Stop by and say hello!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday Season!
P.S. more beach photos coming soon...
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Voters will consider ways to save money and the environment during the town's 13-article special town meeting Thursday, 7 pm in the gym at the Community Center.
The main reason for the meeting is to adjust the town and school budgets as required and expected after state budget cuts. But several energy projects will also be on the warrant.
If voters sign on, the town will pursue building 2 wind turbines on town-owned land, placing large solar panels on the elementary school roof and placing a "solar garden" of panels at the transfer station.
By installing the 2 turbines, the town could save $274,000 in the first year of operation, according to a study by the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which would lease the turbine sites from the town. The nonprofit, tax-exempt agency was created to help member towns, including Harwich, develop renewable energy projects to stabilize electric rates.
Most of the savings would be in a $174,109 cut in the town's electric bill, now $922,470 a year, The rest — $50,000 a turbine — would come from rent the cooperative pays to Harwich.
The town still needs to get necessary permits and state approval for the use of the water department land. As the first step, voters are being asked to authorize the lease of turbine sites on 72 acres off Westgate Road and 19 acres off Headwaters Drive.
The school committee also is working with the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative on a solar project at no cost to the town. The project would expand the solar panels on the roof of the Harwich Elementary School and cut electricity costs.
A third project — leasing space on the town's capped landfill for solar panels — is also in its first steps. Luke Hinkle of My Generation Energy of Brewster is asking to lease space at the capped landfill off Queen Anne Road for 800 to 900 panels. The finance committee has voted against the project, but the selectmen are interested enough to pursue it, if voters agree. The state also must approve the use, and the town must ensure the landfill cap is protected.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I'm the guest author today at a website called "Writers At Play," talking about being an author and about my book. There's also a new excerpt from the story, showing the main character remembering back to her childhood.
If you leave a comment (on the other blog, not this one) you'll be entered into the drawing to win the cute little scarecrow pictured above. Go check it out at http://www.writersatplay.com/wordpress/
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
ON tap this weekend in Harwich: the end of Fall for Harwich Days includes opening night of Dracula at the Harwich Junior Theatre, Brooks Academy Days and the Cranberry Baking Contest at Brooks Academy, an Autumn Walk at Hawksnest Woods on Saturday at 10 am and a guided tour of Harwich Center on Saturday at 2pm.
Over in Yarmouth, there's the annual Seaside Festival, complete with carnival and craft fair. I'm sure there's other fun stuff going on around the Cape to celebrate Columbus Day weekend... I know CapeCodOnline usually has pretty good listings.
Whatever you decide to do, have a great weekend!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
There's also a free excerpt from the book at the publisher's website, so you can check it out! It's not set on Cape Cod or in Old Mill Point, but in Northern New Jersey, where I grew up.
Thanks for your attention! We now return you to your regularly scheduled beach photos...
Friday, September 18, 2009
Also on tap this weekend from the Fall for Harwich committee is classical guitarist John Dirac at the Brooks Fee Library at 2 pm, and a softball matchup between the fire and police departments at Brooks Park at 5pm.
And the weather is going to cooperate this weekend. Enjoy!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Where the great Elbow of Cape Cod thrusts out into the blue waters of Nantucket Sound at West Harwich, Massachusetts, lies Old Mill Point, a private estate of forty acres, with its own private beach.
A summer on Cape Cod is always appealing. Here, under the influence of the breezes that are tempered by the Gulf Stream, you enjoy a long season. In fact, several of our residents make this their year-round home.
In 1963, Old Mill Point celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding by William Henry Doble. In his memory, the Directors of the Association felt it would be a fitting occasion to publish a history for the information of its members.
Mr. Doble began his early career in Quincy, Massachusetts. At a young age, he opened a butcher shop and market. He was gifted with an inventive mind, and immediately invented and started the development of a pneumatic scale, late founding and operating the Pneumatic Scale Corporation of Quincy which has branches throughout the United States, Canada and England. In later years, he developed and produced all forms of packaging machinery.
About forty years ago (in the early 1920s) Mr. Doble purchased a summer home on Chase Avenue in West Harwich in the area which is now the Western portion of Old Mill Point. Chase Avenue later became a private way known as Riverway and ceased to be a public street.
Through a succession of conveyances over the years, Mr. Doble was able to acquire what is now known and called Old Mill Point. He later registered the title in the Massachusetts Land Court and subdivided the land into lots.
In the early days, Mr. Doble built several fine residences which were rented annually to his friends and business associates. The log cabin, so-called, formerly known as Thompson's Camp, was acquired by Mr. Doble and renovated into a beautiful residence.
Early on, the Point was known as "Doble's Point." Mr. Doble endeavored to get an authentic Cape Cod Windmill to relocate onto the Point, but was unable to do so. Instead, he constructed the Windmill House, so-called. After its erection in about 1935, Mr. Doble coined the name "Old Mill Point" and formed a Corporation to own and hold the title to all of the area. This Corporation continued until Mr. Doble's death, when it was dissolved.
From 1920 up to about 1929, the foreshore of Old Mill Point was heavily wooded with pine growth. Each year, the sea eroded away the foreshore and the pines tumbled into the ocean. The bank receded up to the Thompson's Camp where the house was endangered of falling into the sea.
At his own expense, Mr. Doble sought and was granted a State and Federal license to build the so-called "long jetty." The stones were brought in and worked into place by a sea-going crane. In spite of the adverse opinion of the State Engineers, Mr. Doble's calculations were correct. The shore was saved. The beautiful beach you enjoy today is the result of his foresight, but most of the trees were lost and never replaced.
The area where Mr. and Mrs. Jason Stearns home is located and the area to the North extending up to the Robbie residence was a very low area in the early days. After the long jetty was built, the beach was restored and much sand accumulated. The sand was then picked up by machinery and brought on to the upland in the area, leveled off and a cover crop planted. Later, the houses were built.
Around 1944, Mr. Doble decided to sell off all of the houses on the Point, except the old homestead now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Greene, which is the oldest house on the Point. Gradually, buyers were approved and conveyances made.
In 1954, after several consultations between Mr. Kendall Doble (son of William H.) and Mr. Smith, the Corporation idea was suggested. Through the wisdom and foresight of the property owners at the time, the Corporation was organized and Mr. Walter J. Sugden became its first President.
All the property owners are given easements to the beaches and the area along the Herring River, but it is only the right to go upon them and use them and enjoy them. The Corporation is composed solely of property owners of Old Mill Point. No other person may be a member of the Corporation. If they cease to own property at the Point, their membership in the Corporation likewise terminates.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
In 1963, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Point, a booklet was put together and a history written. I've transcribed this history, and will post it to this blog, as soon as I can figure out how Blogger wants me to copy and paste!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Enjoy the last gasp of summer - the weather on Cape should be perfect, Sunny and 70s, all weekend. Saturday is the pick of the weekend for a change.
So take a break from the new fall madness and spend a few more days on the Cape. The ocean awaits.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The weather finally cleared and last evening was beautiful for a walk on the beach. Today is bright and blue-sky-sunny.
But it's September first, and the neighborhood is quiet. Most residents have returned to their off-Cape homes for the first days of school, whether elementary, high school, or college. Not only Old Mill Point, but the town in general is already quiet. The only place there seemed to be a crowd yesterday was Job Lot, where the back-to-school shoppers were still in full swing.
If you're still on-Cape, enjoy the sun today.
If you've already headed to another home... well...
Labor Day weekend is supposed to be gorgeous. Sunny and in the mid-70s. Maybe we'll see you then!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
However, the boat docks were discussed at a meeting of the Board of Directors this morning. There are currently many boats on the boat racks WITHOUT stickers to identify them as belonging to OMP residents. The racks have gotten so crowded this summer, people are wondering just whom all those boats belong to. And if they should be there. Where's the sticker?
The idea of posting a sign came up - - but there is already a sign there. The sign that's in the above picture. It clearly states the rules for the dock area. And the penalties for not following the rules.
At this point in the year, everyone's busy thinking about closing up their homes for the season, and storing the boats in the garage, the shed, wherever... So for this summer, it's kind of a moot point to talk about rules and stickers.
But NEXT year... rules will be enforced, starting at the beginning of the season. If you are a resident who uses the boat racks, I'm sure you'll be eager to comply. Why not? Rules are there to help us as residents get more enjoyment out of our docks and beaches.
And... It's easy enough to put a sticker on, and avoid the alternative.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Got an email message that a few residents will be headed down to the boat racks this afternoon to secure any remaining boats before this weekend's storm.
If you want to use your boat or secure it yourself, you should plan to do so this morning. The storm's path is still projected to hit Cape Cod pretty square on. So all that stuff you did last weekend to get ready for the non-storm event? Better do it all again.
Ah, storm season on Cape Cod.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The end-of-season cocktail party will be this weekend. Hopefully you've all marked your calendars and called or emailed with rsvps!
Then one more week until Labor Day weekend, the official end of the season on Cape Cod. Many summer residents have already packed up and returned home for the start of the school year - so many schools start early these days, it seems. Here on the Cape, we don't go back until after Labor Day, so you won't see any school buses competing with the tourists on Route 28 in the morning!
Enjoy the last few days of August... and see you at the cocktail party Saturday!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
If you don't own a boat (like me) the next best thing was to fully submerge in the water for a while. A long while. As long as possible.
And now, the fog has rolled right through the neighborhood, blanketing the streets and yards with low flying misty clouds. But it's still a little hot out there...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This morning is lovely, but the wind seems to indicate the weather is changing. The storms that battered my friends down in NJ yesterday may be headed up the coast later today. Thunder in thr forecast for later today and tomorrow.
Enjoy the sun while you can...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The rains may return tomorrow, so enjoy the heat and sunshine while it lasts!
REMINDER: The end-of-season cocktail party is right around the corner! Next weekend!
If you haven't yet called in your RSVP, please try to do that this week! (I know, I still need to call too)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I know I complained about the cold earlier in the summer, but now the heat is on. Summer is here in full force this week. Is your air conditioning working? Mine's working overtime...
Thank goodness for living by the ocean, and having some modicum of relief from the oppressive heat. The beach is looking good, and the water is pretty warm for Cape Cod. Refreshing.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Although the signs have been removed, the sentiment remains that children need to be reminded to stay off the sand dunes. They are protected by state and federal laws, and as caretakers of our private beach we need to take care to protect them as well.
It's a gorgeous day on the shore today, and there are several families taking advantage of the sunshine and warm ocean waters. It was nice to sit in the sun and chat with neighbors as my teenager did most of the digging and lifting of posts ;-)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thanks to everyone who attended the annual meeting to participate and express their opinions. We've taken action on some of the comments right away, and the beach committee has removed some of the SeaWay signage. The whole sign thing is being rethought for next year - maybe having one big sign made with all the rules instead of little signs with one rule each....
There has been an increase of traffic in the neighborhood, but that started in the spring. I really do feel a lot of it has to do with the large number of homes for sale as well as the couple that are currently rental properties. And the inordinate amount of cars at the one house still being worked on. In the spring, there were still several properties being worked on regularly. At least it seems we're down to one.
The meeting process seems to work, and we did reach a quorum, but it would be better if more families participated, especially those with different voices or dissenting opinions.
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Last week turned out to be beautiful, and Sunday was the crowning jewel. Let's hope for more good weather soon!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Let's hope he's wrong, and Cape Cod can continue this winning streak of sunshine.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
It's been sunny and in the 70s all week. Perfect September weather. No humidity. Haven't had to put on the a/c yet.
Don't forget the annual meeting Friday night at the Community Center. If you can't make it, please mail your proxy asap - and thanks to all who have already sent them in.
See you Friday night!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The beach was great yesterday, the ocean finally warm enough even for me. Twilight on the beach last night was quiet and peaceful, with a breeze keeping the bugs away.
Cape Cod at its best.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
The Doyle Minutemen organized and led the parade, blaring patriotic songs from a boombox atop the lead Jeep. Printed flyers were passed out around the neighborhood announcing the 6pm start time, fair warning for anyone who wanted to drive in or out of Old Mill POint before the roads were blocked off with parade marchers.
Most kids were on bikes, scooters, skateboards, or rollerskates. Most adults had plastic "to-go" cups. Most spectators had glasses of wine in hand. This is a neighborhood parade with something for everyone!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Our beach is also suffering erosion, although slightly more slowly.
The place where the erosion is most apparent on our beach is the corner behind the jetty. Last year the dunes came right up behind the jetty, bulging forward and spilling out onto the beach. Sand full up to where those fence posts are visible now.
You can see how the ocean has "scoured out" the corner. The damage is also visible along all of Sea Way beach, in that the dunes look bitten into. At low tide, the beach seems pretty nice. We walked along at high tide last night at twilight, though, and there's not much above water.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Although the weather may not be cooperating, it really is summertime! The beaches are looking great, despite the battering of the winter ocean. The tides have still been really high with all the storms passing through, but let's all hope for some nicer weather!
Some reminders: Dogs are allowed on the beaches (since they are private) but only before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. New signs will be going up soon to remind people of this Association rule.
The trash barrels have been replaced at the beach entrances. Please use them if you have trash from your beach visit or walk. And please feel free to stand them back upright if you notice that the wind or waves have tipped them over. The bungee cords on top should keep contents in and ocean (and critters) out.
New signs have been installed on the dunes (see post following this one) Please be aware of people - especially children - trying to climb on dunes as this will speed the erosion. Feel free (and empowered as an Association member) to tell people to stay off the dunes. If we all speak up, everyone will get the message.
The season opening cocktail party is tonight! If you haven't RSVP'd, it's not too late to give Carol a call! See you there!
Friday, June 12, 2009
One more week of school left before the neighborhood starts to wake up for summer!
Let's just hope the rain takes a break and give the sun a chance to shine this summer!
Monday, June 8, 2009
That's right, the seaweed is back in bloom, and washing up on the beach once again. You can see in this picture of "the Corner" how the ocean is dark and thick with weeds, starting to wash up onto the sand. (I took this photo yesterday. There's even more weed on the beach this morning.)
Like everything else on Cape Cod, the seaweed grows faster in the warmer weather. So more of it washes ashore during the warmer months. Starting in June.
Which is why we pay to have the seaweed raked each week during the busy season, to clear the beaches for those weekend beach-towel-on-the-sand excursions. Which is one of the reasons we charge annual dues, in order to pay for the raking.
Thanks again to everyone who already paid their dues (on time) for this coming season - without everyone's help, the neighborhood couldn't run as smoothly as it does.
Hope to see you on the beach soon!