This is a sign that hangs on my office wall, given to me by a good friend who has a wonderful sense of humor and, as a native Cape Codder, has heard this question from far too many people in her life.As a wash-ashore and former “summer person,” I have to admit that I used to say things to my year-round friends like this. I can remember their impatient response to questions like, “Is there any traffic in Hyannis in the winter time?” One witty friend replied, “Well, it’s hard to see for the tumbleweeds blowing down Main Street—but yeah, we do get cars now and then.”
Of course, now that we live here 365 days a year, I know that there is a lot going on here in every season, not just during the summertime. I have to admit, though, that my favorite times of year are spring and fall, although spring does come late due to the cold ocean water that surrounds us. We really don’t warm up until June, which makes every hesitant sign of spring more precious.
Almost everything we do on the Cape and Islands is shaped by water; I was thinking about that as I was editing our feature on ponds and waterfalls in this issue, recalling a friend’s decision to put a series of fish ponds in his backyard. He had grown up coming to his parent’s house on the ocean and after they died, he and his siblings tried to figure out a way to hold on to their beautiful childhood retreat. But when it couldn’t work, he knew he had to have the sound and sight of water somewhere on his property in an inland Cape neighborhood. Today, his grandchildren play near the fishponds, creating their own Cape Cod memories.
The truth is that even if you don’t own waterfront property, whether you live here year-round or just visit for a few weeks in the summer, you probably can’t get enough time near the ocean, the bay, the kettle pond—or your backyard waterfall. In this issue, almost every story has something to do with water—from an article on landscaping with water features to stories on a splendid, beautifully restored waterfront home in Sagamore, and a cosy cottage on a tranquil pond in Wellfleet.
As spring comes to our fragile spit of land, I know I will have to wait longer than my friends over the bridge to hear the peepers sing, awakened by warming temperatures in a vernal pool on the edge of our property. But I still am so glad that this is my home now . . .and that I get to come up with witty answers to friends from America who say, “You live on the Cape year-round?”
Happy Spring -
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor
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