Thursday, July 23, 2009
An Island Garden
The days have been flying by. Even though summer work, for me, is much more relaxed and far less stressful, I've still be very busy. And now, it's almost August, which essentially means summer is over. Well, not quite, but it always feels that way. Last week, though, I took some time to really savor what New England is all about in the summer.
Thursday, my mother, sisters and I spent the day together exploring Appledore Island,
one of several islands that make up the Isles of Shoals 11 miles off the coast of Porstmouth, NH. In the late 1800s, Celia Thaxter, whose family operated a resort hotel on the island, was famous for hosting all the major writers, artists, and musicians of the time. She was also famous for her beautiful flower garden that spanned the breadth of her front porch. This garden has been recreated based on her book An Island Garden and is still a draw.
It was a misty, foggy morning for the 4
5 minute boat ride out to the island, but it warmed up and burned off the fogy as the day wore on. We had two guides who took us all over the island sharing details of Celia's life on the island interspersed with what is being done there now (Cornell University runs a marine biology center there for both grads and undergrads). It was a fascinating and beautiful day. And the fact that the four of us were together only made it all the better.
Seagulls and their fledglings were sometimes overpowering with their noise, but I was also
interested in the two varieties: Great black-backed gull and Herring gull. The mothers were very protective of their quite large babies =)
What we were most interested in, though, was the garden, all 97 varieties of annuals! Simply beautiful!