Summer Cabins, Closed for Winter

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Route 6A, Provincetown, Massachusetts


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Sunday Stills, the next challenge: 100+

“The Hoxie House”

Built circa 1675, the Hoxie House is one of the oldest houses in Massachusetts. The house looks large but there are only 5 rooms. A large kitchen/eating area, living room, a master bedroom and 2 smaller bedrooms. This must have been very cramped for the first family who lived there – they had 13 children.

Some interesting facts:

  • Part of the kitchen has a summer kitchen.
  • There’s a staircase leading to the bedrooms but the master bedroom also has a ladder going into the kitchen.
  • Mattresses were filled with hay and laid on ropes that criss-crossed the bed frame, hence the phrase “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
  • The chest of draws is a common piece of furniture in bedrooms today but in the 1600s it was a necessity. Closets were rare because among all the things taxed by the English, doors were one of those items taxed. So out of necessity the chest of drawers were invented.
  • The parents bed was interesting, there was a toddler bed that pulled out from the end, something like a trundle bed. Once a new child was born the previous child slept on this trundle until they were old enough to sleep with their brothers or sisters, or until the next child came along.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts


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Bridge, sand and sea converge

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Colonial Beach, West Yarmouth, Cape Cod Mass


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Photography 101: Landmark

With Thanksgiving in just a few weeks I chose an appropriate landmark to commemorate those who are credited with starting this tradition, the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims began the tradition of a Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth (fka Plimoth), Mass in 1621. They endured a horribly difficult year, barely eking out an existence and loosing nearly half that began the journey. You may not think they had much to be thankful for, but they were still alive and they had a harvest and they had friends with which they would celebrate.

While you know Thanksgiving took place in or around Plymouth they actually began their new life in their new world in Provincetown which was not much more than a sandbar. Today this quaint town is known as an artist town. This photo of the Pilgrim’s Monument was taken from across the Provincetown Harbor.

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Travel Theme: Broken

Broken Boats

Ana Perry. Red Rose Inn, West Yarmouth

“Hurricane Bob”
Englewood Beach, West Yarmouth, Mass


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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 32

I grew up a few blocks from this unusual tiny cottage. I thought “how cool to live in a windmill”. It’s just the right size for me.

West Yarmouth, Massachusetts



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For the Love of Geography: Fresh water ecosystems

Fresh water ecosystems are not forests but contain various forms of plants, shrubs and trees that thrive in a watery home.  Included in these ecosystems are marshlands, swamps, wetlands.

Tidal Salt Marsh: Grays Beach, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts


Forested Swamp: Cypress Swamp, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi


Fen: Mounds State Park, Indiana


Freshwater Marsh: Everglades National Park, Florida