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A few years ago along with my daughter Deb, her dog Chappy and two dog friends, we went walking in the Tisbury/W Tisbury woods of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission.

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While the 4-legged walkers sniffed their way through the woods I let my eyes feast on the beauty. Looking down I saw this beautiful green mossy growth…

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…and this old stump that somewhat resembles an airplane part (to my eyes anyway).

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Raising my eyes a bit there was …

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And finally, looking skyward and spotting something nestled among the trees !!  Do you see it – is it a bird, is it a plane !!

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I’m looking forward to my next walks on the Vineyard… there’s no better place to stretch your legs and your paws.

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Recently I visited

Grounds For Sculpture

in Hamilton, NJ.  This place is A-MAZ-ING, I’ve never seen anything like it.  GFS is a sculpture park and museum  founded by John Seward Johnson in 1992.  I heard about GFS a few years ago but had no idea how really unique and quieting to the mind and spirit GFS is.

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The sculptures were fantastic …

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even thought provoking like the one below… which one is the real one?

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But it was the tableaux, often hidden away in secluded settings that I enjoyed the most.

In some cases I felt like I was intruding.

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In others it was more like walking through a different century.

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And in others still… mind games of sorts.

‘Forest of The Subconscious’

I’m pretty sure MY subconscious doesn’t look like that, but who knows.

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‘Chamber Of Internal Dialogue’

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I loved my visit to Garden Of Sculpture, I felt very content here, I hope someday to go back and see more of it.  It’s not possible to see it all in one trip,  each winding path, or secluded glade leads you off in another direction.

You’ll find more of my pictures of Grounds For Sculpture at:

THROUGH JERSEY EYES (click here)

  This is Katy (Katama) our Boykin Spaniel, she was our first dog to go to Martha’s Vineyard… actually our first dog to ever go on a vacation with us.  Here she is on the Islander looking happy and eager to get on with her adventures.

   She enjoyed her first dip in the ocean…  running and barking and trying to catch an elusive wave or two.

  At Katama/South Beach, the place she was named for  she was a little unsure of the waves so she mostly romped along side of them.
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A quiet morning at Edgartown lighthouse was nice after all the beach going, shopping and meeting people.  Unfortunately it was Katy’s one and only trip to MV… a year later she was hit by a car and died at only 20 months old.  She was a sweetheart and we miss her and still love her.

And then along came…

  Chappy (Chappaquiddick) our second Boykin Spaniel and our first boy dog.  His first vacation at age 10 months was of course to MV,  he loves the beach too.

 And Sengekontacket pond which is a little calmer then the ocean.

  Relaxing at Vineyard Haven harbor is fun too… watching the ferries arriving and leaving and sometimes meeting an Island dog to chat with. This by the way is his mom’s favorite picture of him.

   Chappy had to visit the place he was named after too so here he is with his mom on Chappaquiddick.  Chappy has made seven trips so far to Martha’s Vineyard and looks forward to many more.

Bradys NESW and the Island Inn are two great places to stay with or without your pet.   Chappy says two of his favorite places to shop are - Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs… the treats there are wonderful (especially the cheese ones and the peanut butter ones)  and the people always remember him and sometimes get down on the floor to play with him.   He also recommends the Black Dog for their dog biscuits… he says they’re droolicious.

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  Newport, RI

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Nice places to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.   I could however settle in nicely to any of the following.

The Vineyard

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Read about the school house below by CLICKING HERE

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You can’t actually see the gingerbread cottage below but I really love this picture.

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These are pictures inside the original Fresnel lenses that lit the Gay Head Lighthouse  from 1856 until the 1950′s when it was automated.  You can see these lenses, which are made up of over 1000 prisms at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown.

“One red, three white light our slumber through the night…  Three white, one red bring us back home to Gay Head”  Kate Taylor

Down a dirt road in the woods of West Tisbury near Indian Hill, is Christiantown.

Christiantown was established in 1659 by Wampanoag sachem Takemmy as a home for Native American converts to Christianity.

A plaque on the above boulder commemorates “the services of Governor Thomas Mayhew and his descended missionaries who here labored among the native Indians.”

By 1600 there were two or three congregations of Native Americans on the Island.

The Christiantown Meeting House, or chapel was built in 1829.  There is a tiny altar and six pews inside… nearby is an old graveyard. This is a wonderful place for hiking or a walk in the woods.

The Wampanoag tribe now owns the memorial, the chapel and the burial ground containing graves of early converts.

Christiantown is off the beaten track but worth the effort to find.

In the center of Edgartown stands the Old Whaling Church.

Built in 1843 it is considered the Vineyard’s most outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture.

The Gothic columns are one of its most distinctive features…

…as is its 92 foot high tower.  The light in the steeple can be seen many miles out at sea.

Not used as a Methodist Church anymore, the Old Whaling Church is part of the Martha’s Vineyard Trust properties and is used as a performing arts center as well as for weddings and other festive occasions.

One of the most popular concerts is by the Minnesingers chorale group from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.  You can see them perform in December during the ‘Christmas in Edgartown’ weekend.

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According to Dictionary. com among the definitions of  standard are:  normal, accepted, definitive, and official to name a few.  I bring this up because today, March 13th is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time… or in my own definition…fake time :) Hang in here with me as I try to explain.

I’m one of those rare people who like it when it gets dark early.  I like a long evening in the house to be cozy and comfy… not that you can’t do that when it’s light out but it seems somehow more cozy when it’s dark.   I know there are some others out there that agree with me but somehow when we mention this preference we get looks of disbelief.  I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy an evening stroll, I’m not totally a hermit… I have been known to actually be outside after supper and enjoyed it.

But… and here is where I usually lose people with my explanation of ‘real’ time versus ‘fake’ time.   OK…so in my head it goes this way… when you were born determines what YOUR real time is.  I was born in February so my ‘real’ time is Standard Time… my daughter Patty was born in June so her ‘real’ time is Daylight Savings Time.  Deb was born in November, her ‘real’ time, Standard Time.  Wait, not so fast, they changed the time change from the end of Oct to early November and so her ‘real’ time should now be Daylight Savings Time – but it isn’t because she was born before the change so she’ll always be a Standard Time person.  Talk about messing up body clocks.

Totally confused!  Me too but I needed to get this whole silly thing off my brain.  Hope you remembered to change your clocks at 2 a.m. — and why is it 2 a.m. why not midnight !  Anyone know?   I’ve got such a headache now and I’m sure you do too.

As for me, I’m always…

(I know there are very good reasons for the time changes, I’m just indulging my sense of silliness with this timely post).

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There are many, many good restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard but you won’t find a fast food establishment anywhere… not that the biggest of them hasn’t tried though. Back in the late 1970′s McDonald’s tried and failed.

A No Mac committee was formed which included Carly Simon, James Taylor, Mia Farrow authors John Updike and William Styron and other Vineyarders. They fought against the conglomerate and it worked and McDonald’s gave up saying they didn’t need the aggravation.

Don’t expect Starbucks but do experience the Beetlebung Coffee House and Mocha Motts.  Don’t expect Subway but enjoy Espresso Love and Among The Flowers.

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From top to bottom:  Newes From America - Alley’s General StoreKatama General Store - AmongThe Flowers - The Black Dog - Espresso Love.

From Atria in Edgartown to Zephrus in Vineyard Haven the food on Martha’s Vineyard is eclectic and delicious… but not so fast.

LInks: MVOL

 

 

Long ago and far away in the year of nineteen hundred and eighty four a staff of very clever, creative and whimsical people put out a parody issue of the Vineyard Gazette ingeniously titled ~ “Not The Vineyard Gazette”.  I, collector of all things Vineyard actually have a copy of this one-time parody edition.

One of the articles on the front page is about the discovery of a baby Vineyard named Arthur’s Vineyard after the helicopter pilot who accidentally found it. There were  several theories of how the baby Vineyard came to be, one of which was that it was the baby of MV and Nantucket and that a recent rain storm had been the baby shower.  So funny.

Another article on the front page is “Oak Bluffs Changes Name to Oaks Bluffs.”  Apparently the name change was due in part to the fact that too much time was being taken correcting people who were getting Oak Bluffs name wrong and it was decided to just not fight it anymore.  Of course that would never ever ever happen.

Here’s an amusing article about Edgartown hiring fashion police.  Apparently a glitch in getting the fashion police out on the streets is the inability to agree on a color scheme for their uniforms.  Tawny brown and mocha versus cranberry and puce.  I would think they’d have trouble recruiting anyone if they had to wear those combinations of colors.

Take your pick of a Vineyard themed movie.

This was an actual drink on the Vineyard.  It was grape flavored water and it was delicious.  I wonder whatever happened to it… I wonder why I didn’t keep a bottle of it, or the label at least.  Here’s to the memory of Vine… sigh.

Clever real estate ads…or are they un-real estate !
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