White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An Unlikely Winter, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Up until last week, we have experienced an unlikely winter here in New England. Usually, in early February this cozy cottage and lawn would be covered in a foot or two of snow and the pond would be frozen solid. Not so this year. There has been little snow and few days of bitter cold.

These pine needles would be covered in snow and the evergreen branches laden with the heavy white stuff. Not so this year.

Regardless the presence or lack of snow, the sand at low tide is always a good place to walk. No scarf and no ear covering required on this early February day.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Finishing the Attic and Stairs - Neighborhood Home Renovation Project, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The men have begun installing the plywood sheathing on the roof.

Great lines, angles, and patterns - photographically speaking.

The first floor is now the temporary workbench area.

The second floor.

View from the first floor of the temporary stairs .

Same stairs looking down from the second floor.

Monday, February 8, 2016

14,000 Steps: A Walk on a Winter Day, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

These are two of my favorite buildings at North Square in the North End.  Rounded rooms with copper cladding on the exterior. Paul Revere (a patriot during the American Revolution in the 1700's), lived on this square and his former house is a popular stop on the tourist circuit.

I was bundled up to be outside for many hours on this winter walk. The big three were necessary: hat, scarf, gloves to go along with three layers on the torso, and long underwear and flannel lined pants for my legs. (Have I mentioned lately that I am a cold-weather wimp?).

This busker was performing indoors in the dining area of the Quincy Market.

He is quite a talented young man.

This youngster was a little bit more timid on a nearby piano that is available for anyone to sit down and play.

The old pedestrian bridge across Fort Point Channel.

A chain along Fan Pier.

The Hood stand near the Children's Museum.

View across Fort Point Channel.

The late afternoon sun angle just barely illuminated the yellow hull of this rowboat under a bridge across Fort Point Channel.

The gentle late afternoon light was magical.

As afternoon gave way to evening, it was time to walk back to the starting point.

For this visit I parked near Quincy Market and walked through part of the North End, along the Greenway, through South Station, across Fort Point Channel to Fan Pier and then back - with a few other minor diversions along the way. All tallied, about 14,000 steps - good exercise on a winter's day in the city of Boston.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Winter Wonderland, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The sun rises on the morning after. All the branches are still enveloped with a snowy coating.

As the sun rises higher and warms the world, the little snow bombs will fall from the branches - on any unsuspecting heads who pass beneath - invariable right down the back of my neck.

It's cold in winter and I do whine about it from time to time (okay, all the time) but, winter still has a special beauty that takes my breath away in its grandeur.

Although it was very windy during the storm and the snow was wet and heavy, power losses and downed lines were few in this area.

It only takes a few inches to make a nice frosting for the Priscilla Beach Theatre.

In less than 60 days, rehearsals begin for the first children's workshop production this year, "Willy Wonka, Jr."

And on Friday, May 6, the adult performance season will open with a reprise of the musical comedy, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," based on the songs of Neil Sedaka.  Tickets are available at the Priscilla Beach Theatre website or, by phone at 508-224-4888. Here's a link to a previous post about the show last fall.

A seasonal cottage at Bartlett Pond.

Old Sandwich Road with the sun orb peeking through the trees......

....and without.

Old Sandwich Road is the oldest public road in the United States. It evolved from a former trail of the Wampanoag Native Americans. To this day, much of it remains unpaved.

And, lo and behold, I found my red umbrella by the roadside.

Absent a living subject, it is always a welcome element in an image.

This squirrel sat on that branch for quite a while, his gray and white coloring blending in to Mother Nature's palette. Maybe it's his first winter and he isn't quite sure what to think of this white stuff. I do like his sly smile.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Attic Rafters and Interior Stairs - Neighborhood Home Renovation Project, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The ridge beam is in place connecting the new and old roof structures .

Finishing up the rafters. (And yes, I am climbing around up here where I probably shouldn't be.)

Nice geometric patterns.

A master craftsmen cuts the stair stringers for the interior staircase.

When these stairs are complete, it will be much easier to go from floor to floor without having to climb an extension ladder. The men will install temporary treads for the remainder of the construction period.

The builder for this project is Architectural Innovations, from Cotuit on Cape Cod.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Random Sights, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The blue hour in Manomet as daylight fades on a winter's day.

A big sky on Manomet Beach.

Horizontal cloud bands provide a background for the Priscilla Beach Theatre where almost all the snow has melted.

Bare winter trees on the bluff in Manomet.

These two harbor seals were lounging at low tide so I called out to them to look my way for a photo.

They were very obliging and the one on the right even waved to me - you can't beat that for cooperation.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Attic Rafters - Neighborhood Home Renovation Project, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

For this update, work is now proceeding on the attic rafters. The owner of the house felt very strongly about the importance of retaining the character and feel of the 120-year-old original house and speaks very positively about the builder, Architectural Innovations, from Cotuit on Cape Cod.

The old and new sections integrate seamlessly. Once the exterior shingling is finished and weathered to a beautiful New England gray color, I doubt a casual observer will ever know it was an addition.

Second floor interior.

Second floor interior.

The ridge beam and one side of the rafters are complete.

The men are beginning to construct the perpendicular ridge beam that will connect to the old house. And yes, I'm climbing around up here where I probably shouldn't be - but I can't resist.

Late afternoon.

View from the beach. This has been quite an enjoyable project to follow over the past few months but, I'm leaving town in a week so I'll miss the finish work. When I return home in mid-April, I expect it will all be done and spring flowers will be blooming in the yard!

I invite you to follow along with me on my visit to southern Spain starting in mid-February!