Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Driving on Nauset Beach

The house (center) looks closer to the ocean than it really is due to the telephoto lens. This was taken from the barrier beach where we drove out in our 4WD SUV. Getting the permit to drive on the beach was a major goal for the fall.

Canoe to Nauset Beach

Not far from the house is a good put-in spot at high tide for kayaks and canoes. The barrier beach is just a 15-minute paddle, and the nearby shoreline makes for interesting paddling as well.

Conservation Walk at Ice House Pond

The Orleans Pond Coalition has acquired most of the property around Ice House Pond, the pond you see on the left as you approach Champlain Rd.  The new trails around it are best accessed from Tonset Road. Below is Reuben's Pond within the same property.  Map

Back yard

The yard got a little ratty looking last summer due to the many locust suckers that popped up everywhere, so we treated them, put down seed in September, and watered as much as possible before leaving. By mid October the grass was looking pretty good. Mowing was completed just after this photo. The alyssum was looking great, and I'll plant that again next spring. Montauk daisies in the back island were just finishing up their bloom. Herbs planted along the retaining wall did well also.