Tuesday, September 29, 2009

almost october

A quiet Monday on the beach in Dennis.

I spent an hour or so wandering around the Antiques Center of Cape Cod -- lots of great outdoor sculpture, salvaged bits from old buildings, signs, and interesting odds and ends.
See more images here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

coastsweep 2009

It was a perfect day to participate in Coastsweep 2009 -- I joined other Barnstable Land Trust members to help clean up several beaches in Cotuit. We picked up an amazing array of trash, from wrappers and bottles to rope and signs, and lots of bullets and balloon strings and plastic bags. My most horrifying find was a bag of fermenting bait worms -- even after a shower, I can still smell them. Yum!

To see more photos of the gorgeous day and other recent photos, here's a slideshow.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


In the children's room at the library we have a monarch caterpillar transforming into a butterfly right before our eyes. I think the grownups are even more fascinated than the kids!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

the lure of fall berries

These little berries were shades of blue, purple and green against red and orange foliage -- striking!

These are my favorite -- like little bunches of candy, or Easter eggs

If I were a bird, I'd eat these, wouldn't you?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

chauncey loomis article

Author and cousin Chauncey Chester Loomis died back in March 2009, and here is a nice article on him from the September issue of Arctic, a publication of the Arctic Institute of North America. I never met Chauncey, but got a nice note from him when I compiled SDL's memoirs and letters.

Chauncey, along with his brothers John and Stanley (also an author), were the children of Chauncey Loomis. Chauncey and his sister Sally Loomis Wilson (mother of Peggy and Alison), were the children of John Loomis and Abby Dana. John's brother Chester and Abby's sister Sara were our great-grandparents -- two brothers married two sisters. Complicated, no?

I've had a copy of his book on my bookshelf for too many years to count. I think it's time to read it in his honor.

Friday, September 04, 2009

second cousins

Had a short but wonderful visit with the Holloways and Leonards at their vacation rental in Westport. A gorgeous evening, great food, and nonstop talk. But wait -- there's so much more to catch up on -- we have to visit again soon!

See more photos of the evening here: