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Spring Alive

Winter seemed especially challenging this year, with numerous nasty storms battering our shores, reminding us all that Mother Nature can be brutal on Cape Cod and the Islands. As I write this, we are recovering from February’s “Winter-cane” Nemo, which lashed the Cape from stem to stern, leaving thousands without power for days on end underneath more than a foot of heavy snow. At our house in Centerville, we huddled around a wood stove for three days, grateful for some heat, but marveling at what the challenges of daily life on the Cape must have been before electricity and central heating.  Read more…

HOME Inspiration

We remodeled our kitchen a few months ago. Our kitchen project wasn’t a complete overhaul by any means—we wanted to keep a lot of the original cabinetry and the somewhat haphazard architectural details of the kitchen, which was built sometime before 1920. Read more…

The Heart of Our Home

Since this is our final issue of 2012, I thought you might like to meet the people who create Cape Cod HOME year-round. Read more…

Winter Light

It is the first day of October as I write this—a glorious Cape Cod day with a bluebird sky lit by autumnal light with a strong southwest wind tossing the treetops around like ocean-bound clipper ship sails. Summer has finally left us, although there are still days when you can sit in sunny spots and pretend that it is August; believe you can still wear shorts and flip-flops; and if you are hungry, imagine hitting The Barnacle on Craigville Beach for some hot fried clams. Read more…

Over the river and through the woods

This cottage is like something out of a fairy tale.

Ever since I have come to the Cape, I have been fascinated by the cottage, perched on the top of a small hill above the Centerville River marsh. Above scrubby oaks and twisted pines, you can catch glimpses of the cottage’s stucco walls and red tile roof. If you stand on the bridge over the river—where kids still spend hours jumping into the water on summer days—you have a great view of the cottage’s boathouse. The boathouse—a charming replica of the cottage—has a long wooden walkway out across the marsh. Read more…

Harvest Home

As I write this in early August, my vegetable garden is about to burst with tomatoes, squash, and basil. I have so many cucumbers that I plan to make jars of sweet pickles to give to out-of-town guests when they arrive on the Cape for our son’s September wedding. I will also be harvesting some sunflowers for the wedding—one variety that we planted is so tall it towers over my head. It has been an amazing summer for gardening—day after day of warm sunshine, followed by brief cooling showers. It is a perfect recipe for garden plentitude. Read more…

Dine With Us!

One of the best things about being on the Cape and Islands is the huge buffet of dining choices that extend from the canal all the way to the tip of Provincetown. Everyone seems to have their favorite choices, although year after year thousands of Cape Cod Life readers do seem to agree on such winners as Best Fried Clams, Best Pizza, or Best Romantic Restaurant in our annual Readers Poll. Read more…

Summer Healing Summer Healing

I am not kidding when I tell people that I have the best job on Cape Cod. There are many times—especially during the summer months—when I think how lucky I am to get paid to do things like cruise around Nantucket’s waters on a big ship, watching stately yachts compete in the Opera House Cup. That is what I was doing in the photo on the right while watching the races aboard the beautifully restored Nantucket Lightship last summer. Read more…

Catching the Big One

A true fish story that hooked a rookie. . . and helped raise funds for a good cause.

What is it about fishing that seems to inspire famous sayings, many of which have become part of our language? Why does fishing turn rational men (and women!) into obsessed individuals who will sit motionless for hours waiting for that perfect catch?

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