Springtime 2016 | Notes Archive »

A spontaneous trip with a good friend to Cape Cod to support another friend at her reading/book-signing proved a welcome change from the months of winter life here in Walpole. It provided a refreshingly different perspective — the glimpses of the elusive ocean, weatherbeaten grey shingles on the unique American vernacular architecture, blooming bulbs and shrubs due to the warmer climate, some delightful meals, and the whole aura of the cape — so different from life here in the north.

Ocean View
Ocean view

We meandered down sandy roads and walked to glorious views of the sea. We even spotted a red fox dashing across lawns in Sandwich town at dusk! The passion for collecting overlaps into the lust for houses in charming settings as one ponders what life would be like here or there. But then, there is always the joyful lure of home as Eno and the dogs wait with open arms.

Jail in Barnstable
Old Jail in Barnstable
  Espaliered Apple Tree
Espaliered Fugi apple

It seems that even in the brief few moments away, spring has come to Walpole. The robins are here with their dear chirps, sprouting plants emerge after the winter’s dormancy and the espaliered Fugi apple in the front garden is showing its tender leaves. I am impatient with anything wintry and heavy in the house, throw the doors open and get that air circulating inside, and go to the shed to bring the outdoor stuff into the sun. The winter was uneventful in snowfall, but dark and grey. When the warm air returns, nothing can keep us indoors.

Needlework Footstool
Top of needlework footstool

Renewal is balm to the spirit. Antiques lovers are always renewing, moving things around to provide inspiration and new outlooks. A change of location can give one a whole new view of a treasured doll’s face, or a painted box, sampler, little decorated crock, a tiny chair or a painting. Creating one’s environment is such a private endeavor. When we are old, it can be the most rewarding and joyful experience. Recently I have looked at the work of Gloria Vanderbuilt who is 93, and she makes her surroundings her bigger canvases. She is a wonderful painter and all that talent can be focused on an idea for the corner of a room. She is a great “junk snupper”, prowling flea markets for bits and pieces using them to bring whimsey to a room. At 93, that is living!!

May springtime bring all kinds of renewal to you.

Grape Hyacinth