West Tisbury

West Tisbury: That season

Spring has always been my favorite season. I love the subtle changes of color, of trees and shrubbery slowly greening, of daily walks finding what new things have appeared, of pinkletinks and bird song....

West Tisbury: Tea time is over

Driving home from Joanne Scott’s last tea party of the season, I saw the first daffodils in front of the old police station. I had to drive back into town to see if there...

West Tisbury: That lovely old barn

This is not the way I had planned to begin this week’s column. I meant to write about 22 new lambs just born at Flat Point Farm. The last time Eleanor and I spoke,...

West Tisbury: Exploring everything

I’m writing this column on Saturday morning, and although Thursday is the official first day of spring, today feels like it has already arrived. The temperature is almost 50°. The sun is shining and...

West Tisbury: On the bright side

If you haven’t been up to Alley’s Store lately, you are in for a surprise. It looks totally different. The long checkout counter stretches elegantly between the front doors. Coffee and ice cream have...

West Tisbury: The end of solitude

I have a friend for whom March 1 is the happiest day of the year. He says that spring is coming, the days are longer and brighter, the air is warming up. We have...

West Tisbury: Wind, wind, wind

The past few days have reminded me of my early days on the Island. I moved here in March and felt, for much of the first few months, like I might blow away in...

West Tisbury: Long Hill

It was with a sense of nostalgia that I drove the Edgartown Road this past Saturday afternoon, heading toward Long Hill. It was a drive I took regularly for much of six years. This...

West Tisbury: Snowdrops

Driving down Old County Road one early morning last week, I took note of the color of the sky, a soft lavender blue, the quality of the light, the warmth of the air around...

West Tisbury: Still no snow

Something comes over me every year about this time, the urge to clean and organize our house. The month of January is devoted to reading the books I got for Christmas, putting ornaments and...

West Tisbury: Lovers of words

Russell Baker died this past week. He was, for me, the columnist sine qua non. His Observer columns in the New York Times could be funny or trenchant, as he skewered both popular culture...

West Tisbury: Political season

Cold and gray this morning, hardly any degrees at all. The wind has died down some. Everything feels frosty and unyielding. My recent gift to myself has proven prescient, a warm cashmere shawl that...

West Tisbury: Quiet time

It’s already noticeable that the sky is light later into the afternoon. Finally it’s cold enough to have icy patches on the lawn and icy skies above. I love those late afternoon colors close...

West Tisbury: Taking down the Xmas tree

I’ve always wondered why people take their trees down the moment Christmas Day is over. Recently someone told me that her tree was down and out of the house by 10 am Christmas morning....

West Tisbury: Library lineup

It’s still dark enough for the Christmas tree lights to show against the early morning sky. No one is up yet except me, and two cats looking for their breakfast. The woodstove is going,...

West Tisbury: Holiday magic

It’s early in the morning, barely light out. This is my favorite part of Christmas, sitting downstairs with just the tree lights and silence, waiting for Mike to wake up so we can have...

West Tisbury: dreaming of a white Christmas

It was such a treat to wake up to snow Wednesday morning. When I opened the door for Nanuk and the cats, there was my world lightly coated in white. The rhododendrons’ leaves were...

West Tisbury: Santa at the station

I’m writing this after attending my favorite event of the whole year, the arrival of Santa Claus at the West Tisbury Fire Station. I still feel the anticipation and excitement I felt as a...

West Tisbury: Lighting up the season

I love driving home at night this time of year, seeing all the lights and decorations brightening my way. The tree at the turn into Old County Road always feels like it’s saying “Welcome...

West Tisbury: Thanksgiving recap

It’s the last weekend in November. Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now we rush forward towards “the holidays,” Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, with parties, presents, guests, travel. Year-round businesses and special seasonal gift shops...