|I told you we take our turnips seriously. From their webpage.|
Mike O'Connor at the Bird Watcher's General Store in Orleans repeated his annual pre-Thanksgiving 'Hat Full of Potatoes Day'. Decked out in his funkiest hat in the parking lot, he could be seen generously filling hats with enough potatoes from the bed of his pickup truck to make mashed potatoes for a lot of Thanksgiving tables. It's no secret that Mike is a vegetarian and his motto this time of year is "Save a turkey, eat potatoes!"
What Wellfleet is to oysters, Eastham is to turnips, but not just your average under-appreciated turnip. Due to unique soil conditions, the Eastham turnip is bigger and sweeter than average. So, it wouldn't be November in Eastham without the annual Turnip Festival and the Turnip Cookoff event. This year's winning recipe, published in the Cape Codder, was for Eastham Turnip Puff Casserole. I might just have to try this one. It sounds a lot better than the turnip ice cream recipe that won a few years ago. That one left me cold...
That brings us to December, which has ample events all month for the energetic holiday enthusiast. Between shifting gears to winter chores and making individual holiday plans, one really must just pick a couple of favorites. One of mine is to visit the Nauset Model Railroad Club open house to see their 6 detailed layouts of 5 different gages. The new display this year will be the Union Freight layout, which depicts the switching railroad that ran through Boston's busy waterfront streets for more than 100 years. And, of course, the 'big kids' who set them up are there to talk trains with anyone who shares their passion. I'm waiting for the grandkids to hit town before I go to this one.
|Christmas Cavalcade at Ocean Edge 2016|
|Fred Boak, of the Chandler Travis 3-O & Jodi Birchall, of the Rip It Ups|
|Ron Daniels participating in a community reading of A Christmas Carol|
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Even though January 1 is just another day in a long progression, we tend to take stock of years as a whole, so certain things come to mind as this marker quickly approaches. It occurred to me the other day that operating a B&B is a bit like travel in reverse. Instead of meeting people in their native surroundings, they come to us and some share what it's like to be themselves in their world. That's a pretty easy way to 'travel'. In the last few off-season months, we've had all kinds of visitors. There were guests from Scotland who were avid golfers and were delighted with the information we provided about Cape Cod golf courses. Another couple from just down the road in Sandwich admitted they were playing hookie from their jobs for a day and asked if we would waive the 2-night minimum. For playing hookie? Are you kidding? Come on down! We were fascinated to find out that one of our guests was a retired Hollywood stuntman, but not surprised that he was married to a very lovely nurse. Another couple told us they were coming because they just needed a break from their kids. We've hosted guests here for everything from birthdays and anniversaries to funerals. We have a couple who live near Boston who are avid birders who know when a rare bird is spotted on Cape Cod before we hear about it, and are quickly on the phone to make their reservations.
|Crosswinds B&B 2016 "Bird Visitor of the Year"|
|Crosswinds, the ketch|
|New England Patriots and snowflakes - one of my favorite combinations!|