Sweet Harvests

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden.

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden.

I love the beach almost as much as the garden—but not quite. There is just something about gardening; it’s creative, which pleases my mind, and I am making the world a more beautiful place, which fills my heart. If you garden like I do—for hours at a time in several different gardens including two perennial borders, a vegetable garden, a shade garden, and more—gardening is such a work-out that you don’t have to go to the gym. And you can share the fruits of your labor with family and friends.

Sweet Harvests

In the cooler months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work editing for you, I am in my kitchen. I love to cook, especially during the winter when making soups provides comfort from salt-sharpened winds that sting. I love cooking all kinds of soup, from chowders to stews—it gives me joy to create something that looks and smells wonderful and is also nourishing.

We remodeled our kitchen last summer and two of my favorite places came together when we expanded a cramped space with limited light to the gardens outside. The first time I walked into the new space—minus a wall and plus an entire bank of windows opening out to my perennial garden—tears came to my eyes. Even though there was sawdust everywhere and nothing had been painted, the room was full of sunlight. I hugged my husband for supporting my wish for more daily light and more space to be creative—and promised to make him tasty, soul-warming soups all winter long. We share the story of our kitchen’s remodeling on page 20.

This is also an issue about the comfort found in well designed bathrooms, such as our feature (page 30) on the remodeling of a stunning guest room bath in Oyster Harbor’s Dune House by Osterville interior decorator, Hope Van der Wolk. In this famous cottage on the Mellon estate, every room is designed to showcase Cape Cod’s natural glories. The bathroom is no exception and this feature provides readers with a look at some truly exceptional design ideas.

When we were shooting the photos at the Mellon estate (including several for an upcoming Cape Cod HOME story on the revitalization of some legendary gardens), I had the chance to see Mrs. Mellon’s gardens and plantings up close. The day we were there, several perfectly pruned peach trees surrounding Dune House were covered in plump fruit. Mrs. Mellon’s grandson, Thomas Lloyd, laughed when I asked if I could take a bag home for my peach-loving husband. “There’s more than we can ever eat,” said Thomas. “Go for it!” That night we feasted on Mrs. Mellon’s delicious fresh peaches for dessert. We dined in our beautiful new kitchen, the windows open to Cape Cod’s August breezes across our sweetly scented garden. If there’s anything better than a day like this, let me know.

I hope your harvest this autumn is just as sweet!


Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor


Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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