Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coastal Maine in BW (aka Snail Whispering)

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One beautiful August day in Maine.

A bike ride to a quiet rocky cove.

A snail whispering lesson.


Fog coming in.

Cousins = Friends.



Ja isä-Vaarille oikein rakkautta täynnä olevat synttäritoivotukset täältä!! Olisit tietty voinut viettää synttäreitäsi vaikka.... täällä! Eikä siellä missä olet:) Onnea ja siunausta!!! Olet rakas!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(More) August Nantucket Photos

We are enjoying our last bit of summer break before school starts, again. I have been very snap happy all month, and slowly have been going through the pictures. Here's (quite) a few from Nantucket I wanted to post here. It's all Nantucket Island.

Little Miss hard at work in the kitchen.

Glorious hydrangeas.

Loving walks to town and harbor.

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And yes, working hard:)

Sunset gazing. (Mama snapping.)

A lot of people on Nantucket in August.


Departures. Arrivals. Goodbyes.

Next up, southern Maine!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nantucket Island Trivia

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Nantucket Island is tiny island, only 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, 26 miles at sea, off of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. You can arrive there by sea or by air.

The name Nantucket is derived from an Indian word meaning “Faraway Land” or “Land Far out to Sea.”

The entire island is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark, with more than 800 remaining houses that were built before the Civil War. Nantucket also has more properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places - qualifying as totally preserved buildings - than anywhere in Massachusetts including Boston, Plymouth and Salem.

Nantucket was home port to two ships involved in the Boston Tea Party--the Beaver and the Dartmouth--owned by the Rotch family whose offices were located in the brick building at the foot of Main Street, now the Pacific Club.

Herman Melville based Moby Dick on the ramming of the Nantucket ship Essex by an angry whale in 1820. He received his information from Owen Chase, a mate on the Essex who kept the ship’s log.

The “roof walks” or “widows’ walks” atop many island homes were used both to spot incoming ships or to pour sand down a burning chimney.

The first wireless radio station in North America was built in Siasconset in 1901 and operated by the New York Herald. It relayed the first successful rescue signals from the sinking liner Republic in 1909.

Petticoat Row, once located on Centre Street, was named for the many women who owned and operated the shops that lined the downtown thoroughfare. Women traditionally ran the town of Nantucket, as their husbands traveled the seas for years at a time.

Nantucket is usually 10% cooler than the mainland in the summer and 10% warmer in the winter because of its proximity to the Gulf Stream. The island also gets much less snow than mainland, usually 8 – 18 inches per year.

It really is a very special place. Here are places to stay at, and things to do.
You can read more here. This link will bring you to a brief history of the island.

Nantucket Grays

Information and trivia on Nantucket from the website of Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce was written with permission.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nantucket Beach Day/Rantapäivä saarella

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In the midst of our Nantucket work week, we got a beach day yesterday! The only day for us to sneak away, and it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day (thank you, God!). We loaded the kids into Grandpa's Grand Willys, and off we went!

Yesterday we chose to go to a calmer beach on the northern shore (usually the big kids talk us into one of the south shore beaches, as the surf is heavier there, like Tom Nevers). It was perfect.

The Captain is a pro behind the wheel, whether he is driving the Mothership or off-roading on the beach:)

Truly heavenly. So needed.

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Missy and Mr D loved laying on the blanket, reading (I got half way done with my book, as well.). Little Miss is the luckiest little sister having Mr A and Mr T digging in the sand with her.

And the Captain? He brought his mobile office with him, and I have a feeling his customers had no idea where he was working from:)

We left the beach feeling rejuvenated and happy. Thankful.


Meillä on työviikko meneillään Nantucketin saarella, mutta eilen livahdimme rannalle. Siis niin ihanaa, ja tuli tarpeeseen. Luimme kirjoja, leikimme hiekassa ja meressä, ja Kapteeni sai tehtyä töitäkin autosta käsin. Saimme palata rannalta onnellisina ja rentoutuneina!