MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #22

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The draft oxen pull is one of Debbie’s and my favorite events.  We spent many hours watching this.  A day or two later, they had the draft horse pull, but we missed that, but we’ve seen the horses in past years.

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Each of those concrete blocks weighs 600 lbs.  So, these two are pulling 3 tons on a sliding sled with no wheels.

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These two are  pulling 4800 lbs.

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Sometimes, the oxen get a mind of their own and are a bit hard to handle.

 

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Another 3 ton load.

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A decorated bicycle adorns the side of South Road.

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Another of my attempts at a fine art photo.

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As the sun goes down on our summer on the Vineyard, we will be leaving very early Tuesday morning to catch the 7:30 AM ferry to the mainland.  With the Lord’s protection, we will get to Macon in about a week, after spending a few days at Bar Harbor, Maine.  God bless you and thanks for following us on our blog.

We are looking forward to our next adventure.

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MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #21

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At the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, a shepherd brought a flock of sheep with which to give a shearing demonstration.

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He kept telling the sheep he was not going to hurt them, but they were not convinced.  They protested quite loudly.

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The kids really enjoyed the demonstration.

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See there!  That didn’t hurt even a little bit, now did it?

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There was a bonsai tree display in the agricultural hall.

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That looks like a fun hobby to get into.  A little slow in seeing results, maybe.  But fun and educational.

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I love the weird, twisted shapes that result.

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I’ve posted pictures of draft oxen before, but they are a lot of fun to watch.  The whip the girl has does not hurt them.  It’s just used to guide them.

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Beautiful animals!!

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However, I don’t think I’d be whipping a 2-3 ton animal with horns.

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This little girl is dwarfed by the size of these beasts!

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #20

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Today, a few more miscellaneous ramblings around the Vineyard.  Tropical storm Gert stirred up a few big waves on Lucy Vincent Beach.

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Normally, the waves on this beach are not nearly this big.

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I love the look of a beach in the mist.

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Taking a stroll along a misty beach.

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Sometimes, Debbie loses her head at the beach.

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An osprey soars above looking for a meal.

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The ferry system that takes cars and pedestrians across to Chappaquiddick.

See ya next time.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #19

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Today, we’ll take a look at some miscellaneous scenes on the Vineyard.  This is a shack that fishermen rent to store fishing gear on the Menemsha Harbor.

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A beautiful sailboat makes its way out of Menemsha Harbor past the jetties to the  open sea,

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A mama turkey and her chicks eat the seeds that have fallen from the bird feeder over head in our side yard.

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Debbie’s yellow day lilies are sometimes attacked by Japanese beetles.  For some reason, they only eat the yellow ones.

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A Menemsha sunset as seen from the family room of Debbie’s cottage.

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Wind on the Vineyard makes for perfect kite flying conditions.

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There is a glass blowing business here.  They have been in business since 1992.  Seems like a perfect winter time job.

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They do beautiful work….

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……and it is quite pricey.  As you may be able to see on the tag behind this piece, it is $9000.00.  A rather expensive paper weight.

Our next post will be a continuation of miscellaneous ramblings.

 

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #18

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Last time, we took a tour of the Mytoi Japanese garden on Chappaquiddick Island.  Today, we’ll go to the Cape Poge Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island.

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First though, we’ll cross the famous Ted Kennedy bridge as seen pictured in the two above photographs.

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We must have frightened a flock of birds.

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Here is the Cape Poge Lighthouse.  This is probably the most remote place on Martha’s Vineyard.  It’s quite an ordeal to get there – at least for our guide who was driving the truck.

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Looking down the spiral staircase.

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This is our tour guide, Jack Kimberly.  He is a great guy and really knows his stuff when it comes to the history of the lighthouse.  We’ve taken this tour three times, and Jack is by far the best guide we’ve had.

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This is our group: me, Debbie, and Mala and Bill McCormick.

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These next 4 pictures are a panoramic view as seen from the top of the lighthouse.

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This house has only solar power.

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On the way back from the lighthouse, we were greeted by a couple of American Oyster Catchers.

I haven’t come up with our next outing yet, but I’ll try to come up with something.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #17

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Chappaquiddick is a small island on the far east end of Martha’s Vineyard.  There are a few houses there and this is the only store.  About all they carry are sodas and packs of crackers.  There is a junk yard beside it.  The only access to Chappy is by a very small ferry that carries only 3 cars at a time.  There’s usually a long line waiting to get on.

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Mytoi Gardens is a Japanese garden that is maintained by a trust fund.  It is very pretty and relaxing.

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There are quite a few dragonflies around the ponds.

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There are some hiking paths around the gardens.

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Mytoi is a nice place to go while you wait for your tour to the Cape Poge Lighthouse.  It is about a 30 minute ride along a sandy beach in a pickup truck equipped with seats in the back.  Only 4-wheel vehicles with tires inflated to only 20-25 pounds of air are allowed on this road.   This one-lane road that takes you to the lighthouse borders a pond that has a little wildlife and some picnickers.

Our next post will take us across the “Ted Kennedy” bridge and on to the lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTHA’S VINEYARD 2017 #16

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A view of the Edgartown, Mass. lighthouse.

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A peek at the Edgartown harbor as seen from the driveway of one of the Mega-$ mansions.

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The Old Whaling Church is where a lot of the whaling captains and their families worshipped.

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Another view of the lighthouse….

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….and yet another….

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….and another.

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This is the Edgartown harbor as seen from atop a viewing platform on top of a fishing pier.

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The lighthouse from the same spot.

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After walking all around Edgartown all day, let’s sit and rest a spell. (to use a southern term in Massachusetts).