Fresh Catch

Fishermen can't compete against hunting women.
Bargain hunters love end-of-season sales, which are in full-stride.

A few places to find catch:
Vineyard Vines (EDG & OB)
GettiGear (EDG)
Nochi (VH)
b*tru (OB)
Columbus Day weekend is a wrap for many, including the Derby.
Better get the hunt on, soon.

Above:  Tasty little flats from Anthropologie.


Beetlebung Reads - Caleb's Crossing

Are you starting to miss those days when you could browse the coffee shop to see what hot reads were propped between two hands?  The Kindle/Nook craze has deprived us of our cover-peeping.  I decided to grab a *rainy day* latte from Beetlebung, and found a paperbook-lover indulging in Geraldine Brooks' latest - Caleb's Crossing.  It is set on Martha's Vineyard during the 1600's and narrated by Bethia Mayfield - a girl who yearns for an education that is closed to her, for being female.  She introduces us to the first Wampanoag Native American (Caleb) to graduate from Harvard.   Having found Brooks previous works of historical fiction to be beautifully written (Year of Wonders and March); I am decidedly compelled to lose myself in this one.

Photos: Anthropologie 2009


Delightfully Crisp & Savory

It's starting to feel like a warm sweater walk on the beach, pumpkin gnocchi kind of season.

Interior Design:  Adam Straus/Los Angeles via Lonny
(Photography: Patrick Cline/Art Direction: Michelle Adams)
Pumpkin Gnocchi Photograph/Recipe:  William Brinson for House of Brinson
Approach to Tashmoo Beach House:  LP iPhone


The Far End of Summer

We arrive at the far end of summer.

Did we find the time to walk with our loves young and old?  Paths that wander to rolling surf.  Small feet anxious to step.  Fun awaiting.  

Did we feast on fresh catch from Larsens?  Sun dropping over Menemsha.  Boy strumming his guitar on the rock.  Fire and Rain.  (yes, it's James).  

Did we have a moment to lay on the cushion near the open window?  In the nightfall, just listen.  Watch sheers drift in the humid breeze.

Did we peddle a bike down the vibrating dirt road?  The one that makes feet fall off pedals and leads to warm zucchini bread at Morning Glory Farm.  Must get there before two.  *remember next time*  Ride back with a basket of strawberries and ears of corn.  *happy*

Did we wander the halls of the Ag Fair to marvel at the young boy's wood wagon, guernsey calves and vinegar fries?  A girl whooping, "I'mmmmm okay.  I'mmmmm okay."  Salt & Pepper ride.

Did we see the man helping the elderly couple change a tire?  We need to turn left.  Oh, thank you kind person in the white Jeep with the Yankees baseball hat.

Where did the time go?  It was here just a short while ago.  

Did we leave something behind?  They say it's an excuse to return.

I think I left my heart.

Must return, again.

We will.

photo:  Jessie



Interior Design:  Lauren Gold & Sasha Adler / Nate Berkus Design
Photography:  Patrick Cline


Breathtaking Sport

Golfer:  Adam Scott
Course:  Vineyard Golf Club - Edgartown

On Market - Waterfront Home of Mike Wallace

The Martha's Vineyard summer home of American journalist, Mike Wallace (most noted for his tenure as a news correspondent with CBS' 60 Minutes) has been listed at $7.8 million with Viewpoints.


Get Your Bettye's On

The Expats and I will be joining up for a bit of tea and scones at tommorrow's morning festivities.  Don't know if the Bettye's will make it out of the closet and onto my feet for such an early call...

Royal Kennedy?

Kate Middleton (in yellow lifejacket with Ted K. and the Clintons in background) a distant Kennedy relative via great-great grandfather to J.F.K. confirms Vanity Fair.

Photo by Stephen Rose/Liaison


Achievement in Children

Parenting is much more art than science, and sometimes when you least expect it, you are left in your chair with a lump in your throat, watery eyes and a flash moment that takes your breath away.

You set out, hoping to raise a good human being who aspires to follow their own path within a set of expected constraints (some parental, others school-imposed).  Some children are tremendous athletes - they swing sticks and rackets and have the foot savvy of a seasoned professional from the time they are three.  Some have tender hearts that cultivate caringness.  Still others are academically or musically inclined finding their own rhythm to text, notes and numbers.  Each and every human being has a unique set of gifts they bring to the world, even when challenges come in other areas.   You encourage them in daily life, dust them off when they fail and give them grand tuck-ins with love and a story at bedtime.

Yesterday, I was introduced to something I wasn't aware of about my children.  During our parent/teacher conference, the teachers shared that the class had been working on story development for MCAS testing, and wanted to indulge us with a bit of prose from their stories.   My son's was titled, "Everything a Third Grader Should Do" and my daughter's was simply, "Easter".  As the teacher read each word of opening exposition, imaginative description and charming dialogue from their work - I envisioned my children seated at their school desks, pencils tapping and eyes turned towards thought of the next sentence they were creating.  I didn't know quite what to say when she was finished reading, except to clear my throat and smile so that I wouldn't cry.   Those beautiful, little minds...I love them so much.

photo via thesteward


Ode to Spring

Landscapers are pruning and planting, DQ is serving-up vanilla twists, and the Flying Horses are about to ride in search of the coveted brass ring.  Let the 2011 season begin...

Lilac/landscape plantings via Landscope.
Carousel Ad - MV Herald, August 11th, 1886 via OldTimeIslands.
Price to ride carousel in 1886, 5 cents - and today just $2...still a reasonable sum.
Photo:  Pyden