The 153rd Agricultural Fair begins Thursday, August 21, always the highlight of the summer. The fairgrounds will be filled with exhibits and people, some familiar and some new this year. Welcome to the four-day event that brings everyone to West Tisbury. Mike and I had a friend over for dinner last night, an otherwise urbane […]
Every year I dig out clumps of phlox from my garden, swearing to eradicate it forever. Somehow it reemerges the next spring as rampant as ever. Ever hopeful, or forgetful, I let it remain, thin it, then watch it descend into the mildewed mess it tends to become. This year it is beautiful. Hardly any mildew. Nothing but sweetly fragrant balls of pink and white flowers. With the scent of the last Casa Blanca lilies, it makes walking to and from the house a delicious experience.
Flowers everywhere. August is the best time of summer gardens, arms full of flowers for bouquets around the house, baskets of produce for dinner. Squash and tomatoes and raspberries and beans to eat right in the garden. I can’t pick them fast enough.
The hazy, hot, humid days of summer are with us now. Occasional rains and thunderstorms, otherwise heavy gray skies. Foliage is heavy, too, dark unrelievedly green. The dogs and Nelson seem to sleep all day, worn out by having to hold themselves up against all this weightiness. They leave circles of golden fur wherever they […]
We have finally had some hot, humid days before returning to the clear, dry, breezy weather that has been a gift this summer. I could be spoiled by it not getting too hot and raining often enough not to have to water every day. It’s beginning to feel like Camelot. We have lost one of […]
The cygnets are swimming on the Mill Pond, still fuzzy gray, but growing bigger every day. Tomatoes are ripening, new potatoes, onions, garlic, peas, and beans all in abundance. I have been picking raspberries to mix in Mermaid Farm yogurt, a perfect summer lunch. Daylilies are at their peak, a different palette of colors every […]
Hurricane Andrew came and went, called a tropical storm as it arrived on the Vineyard, but for most of us it was just a rainstorm. I haven’t heard of anything more than twigs and leaves down. We did get much-needed rain, a couple of inches. It was a good afternoon to read a book or […]
What a string of glorious, perfect days. Thursday’s rain, one whole inch at our house, was such a relief to the waiting earth and to gardeners already tired of dragging hoses around trying to keep plants alive. I know we still need rain, but I am glad for the sunshine, moderate temperatures, and no humidity. […]
West Tisbury was in the news everywhere I looked last week. Thursday’s New York Times Home section had an article about a store in Los Angeles. The paintings in the accompanying photograph looked so familiar; they were by Allen Whiting. Then on Saturday, Tony Horwitz had an op-ed in the Times. Chief Manny Estrella was […]
Saturday was a perfect day for Caroline Mayhew and Daniel Johnson’s wedding by the pond behind her grandparents’ house. Surrounded by family from both sides, Island friends of long standing, and new friends from the lives they have made together, they spoke their vows and placed their own rings on their fingers, a stated symbol […]