This past weekend was our last in Boston for this trip. The big tragedy was that my Kindle went into a coma just when I needed it. I was almost finished with India Black and didn't take another book, figuring that I'd just use my Kindle. I charged it on Thursday, but when I opened it on Saturday, it said the battery was completely dead. I hadn't brought the charger either. So much for packing lightly. (It's been fine since I charged it when we got back and is still holding a charge. No idea what happened.)
One of the first things I did when we got to Boston was go to Bromfield Pen Shop for more fountain pen ink. I just can't resist it! Baystate Concord Grape and Ottoman Azure. So, this photo is for Stefanie:
I was FORCED to go to Commonwealth Books to look for something to read. I looked for Jamaica Inn, which Katrina and I plan to read together in June, but no luck. I had a copy in Philly, but I thought if I could find a copy in Boston, I'd get a little head start. However, I found four more Phoebe Atwood Taylor Asey Mayo mysteries! I found nine over the course of our vacation in Boston, a real treasure. But I learned my lesson about relying solely on my Kindle! I felt very anxious without a book.
On Saturday, we met our friend Jenny, our ex-veterinarian, on Cape Cod. We had lunch at the Old Yarmouth Inn and then she and I walked across the street to Parnassus used book store while Jack napped in the car. I bought a Gladys Taber book I didn't own, My Own Cape Cod, and Jenny bought a copy of Ferdinand the Bull for her grandson.
Then the three of us walked up the street to the Edward Gorey House Museum. I had my camera with me, but, as usual, I forgot to take pictures! The house is a lovely, typical, old Cape house. The downstairs is the only part open to the public, but there's so much to see there that it was enough for us. Gorey was one of the most imaginative and creative people I can think of. I wish I'd known him. He adored cats and reading and smooth, round stones and the ballet and toy mice (maybe for his cats) and too many other things to list. I bought a T-shirt with books, the word 'Read' all over it, and cats lazing on all the books.
The docent at the Gorey House suggested that we might like to drive to Gray's Beach, one of the loveliest on the Cape. Jenny had to get back to take care of her dogs, so Jack and I went to take a look. It was a marsh on an inlet rather than a ripping, crashing wave, ocean beach. But it had a long boardwalk across the marsh. We saw an osprey nest and there was an osprey on it! If you look closely at the photo, I hope you can see it. The sea air was refreshing and reminded us of one of the things we miss about living inland. We felt healthy breathing the salt air instead of the gritty stuff that passes for air in Philly.
And now we're back in Philadelphia. We had a wonderful month in New England and hope to go back next fall. The condo we rent for a month at a time is now like a home away from home.
Turtle, our cat, is still not sure that we won't be packing up and leaving her this weekend. I've assured her that we're here for the next four or five months, but I don't think she believes me. It's hard to read or use my lap top with a large, insecure grey cat on my lap!