Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The wood-burning stove was wonderful on some of the colder nights. The central heat works fine, to be sure, but when it was just two of us and no need to heat the lower floor, the stove warmed up the living area wonderfully for the evening with just three logs.
I need to perfect this picture. Note how the view appears as a reflection in the framed photos above the sofa.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today was the first nice day after the nasty weather, and after a full day of working on the house, David and I took the canoe over to the barrier beach - about a 15-minute paddle - and discovered that there had been washovers, but no apparent damage to the dunes.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The nor'easter started around 3 pm yesterday. Heavy winds last night and today. Boston woke up to snow, and PA had several inches, but just rain here. High tide plus heavy northeast winds means we can easily see and hear the surf.
David heard something bumping around in the night, and in the morning we discovered the grill had been walking around on the deck.
Just returning from an errand today, I saw a coyote trotting out from the empty lot next door and crossing the street as if he owned the place.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Dave of the Tree Company took down a honey locust in the back yard gingerly because it was rotten all the way up. The two Norway maples came down as well and really changed the feel of the back yard. Sunlight pours into the house now.
About 10 trees in all came down - three in the back, the rest in the front. The view from the deck has improved almost 100%.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
A gorgeous day today, perhaps the last warm day of the year. Sans camera I walked the beach for an hour, thought it too beautiful to go inside at 5 pm, so took some photos in our cove, giving my dropped pocket camera one last chance to show me it's shooting properly. It isn't, but with some tweaking, this photo is acceptable.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Our first visitors came on the weekend: Sara and family along with high school friend Ellie Smith. The downstairs bedrooms had been stripped of wallpaper and furnished just in time. Weather was perfect. Ellie took the ferry back to Boston from Provincetown on Sunday.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Two more weeks and we can walk in the door! The money is falling into place. Insurance is in the works. An appraiser wants to get in. Furniture is being purchased. Comcast has been scheduled. Paint colors are being selected. Bedding is ordered. Fabrics for window treatments are under consideration. The second floor needs to be measured. The laminate flooring is called Teakwood. A rental truck should be reserved soon.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The house has a great back yard. Fenced with split rail plus wire mesh it's shady and nearly level. Lilac bushes were found!
Another plus is that the lot to the left is conservation land. The story goes that the former neighbors had a tennis court, playing noisily late into the night. When the house came up for sale the owners here bought the property and turned the land over to conservation. The house is gone, driveway gone, tennis court gone; peace reigns.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday mornings we enjoy shopping at the Orleans Farmers Market. I was particularly excited about discovering ground cherries in August, 2007. I found them again in 2008, but in 2009 our Cape vacation occurred in July. I assume they were not yet in season as their cousins, tomatoes, were not ready yet either. By August, the market has everything from lobsters to corn, herbs to baked goods. Shop early!
Interested in finding some of the best in Orleans this year in July, I took the advice of our Wellfleet "landlord" and shopped for fish at the Nauset Fish and Lobster Pool and discovered the Cottage Street Bakery off Rt. 28 across from the Christmas store.
Richard Russo has a new book out, That Old Cape Magic, which is set, yes, on Cape Cod. A good read, I'll add it to the collection on the bookshelves.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
During the last 8 months, I spent hours on GoogleEarth locating houses listed for sale, and especially admiring the way the ocean and bays look from up high. You can see the light areas lining the land masses: the sandy walking trails. The nearest harbor beach is that white strip directly north of "The House." You can also see the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. And what wonderful kayaking possibilities!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Down the curving driveway, go right about 50 feet, then left out into the marsh. Follow the path to the right, you'll go along Roberts Cove, around Mill Pond, then Nauset Heights, and, if you're really ambitious, all the way to the barrier beach. (Quicker by kayak.)
Or head to the left and follow this part of the shoreline path north around the Tonset area and then south along Town Cove all the way to Rt. 28 in downtown Orleans if you're really ambitious. (Quicker by walking the roads, of course.)
Either way, it's a beautiful walk. You'll see shorebirds, boaters, shellfishers, and whatever the tide brought in.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here's what this house has going for it: the view. This photo was taken in early May before all the trees had leafed out. You can see that trees left and right are obscuring much of the view, and the good news is that we'll own the trees. I never thought I'd be in favor of chopping down trees, but at least some have gotta go, and others will be trimmed. One has a limb touching the roof. I look forward to working with an arborist this fall.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here it is: the house we don't quite own yet. It's in a quiet part of Orleans on Cape Cod, overlooking Nauset Inlet, Nauset Beach, and the Atlantic. This blog will chronicle the purchase and preparation of this house as a vacation rental.
The living space is upstairs to take full advantage of the wonderful view. Downstairs there are two bedrooms, and full bath, a sitting area, an entry porch, and a small kitchen. The master bedroom is upstairs over the garage. Also upstairs is a large, open living/dining area, kitchen, and a small room now being used as a study.