Friday, April 30, 2010

Cape Wind

Hey again
... Yes, I know I made a big post before
informing you all that I would be taking a break
from blogging for a couple of weeks, but after
hearing about the news of the Cape Wind project
passing the other day, I just had to voice my concern.


 This project, in case you're not familiar, is an attempt
to use renewable wind energy by covering 25 square miles of 
Nantucket Sound with 130 turbines (each 440 feet tall)
in order to "better our environment" and put an end to our 
dependence on foreign oil. These intentions, though commendable,
are quickly overshadowed by the detriment it will cause, not only 
to the Cape's delicate ecosystem, but to its economy as well.

Taken from the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound:

Environmental Threats
Federal Concerns
The proposed Cape Wind power plant has the potential of violating one or more federal laws, including:

    * Endangered Species Act: The power plant may adversely affect several protected species listed as federally endangered or threatened.
    * Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA): If the power plant construction or operation results in the killing, harming, or harassment of seals, dolphins, or whales, the project will violate the MMPA.
    * Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): If the power plant harms migratory birds, it would be in violation of the MBTA.
    * Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (FCMA): The area is a designated Essential Fish Habitat.

Nantucket Sound Concerns
Noise and disturbance from the wind farm during construction, operation and maintenance may result in damage to or loss of habitat, changes in species behavior and usage, increased avian mortality and overall changes in the Sound’s ecology, including water quality and species distribution.

Oil Spill Threat

In addition to the 40,000 gallons of unspecified transformer oil on the proposed 10 story electrical service platform (ESP), the Cape Wind project would contain an additional 24,700 gallons of oil in the 130 turbines (190 gallons in each turbine). What beaches and inlets would likely be affected if the tanks on the ESP were to rupture, or if there were a vessel collision with a turbine causing oil to spill into Nantucket Sound? Cape Wind’s own computer simulation of a spill reveals that oil would reach Cape Cod and Island beaches within 5 hours. An analysis commissioned by the Alliance showed significant adverse impacts to the Nantucket Sound ecosystem including harmful impacts to wildlife and shellfish/fish from a spill incident.

Horseshoe Shoal is a component of the Atlantic flyway. As many as 6 six million birds migrate through the area in the spring and fall, usually at heights well above the turbine blades, except in foul weather, when low cloud ceiling cause the birds to fly at altitudes that be the same as the height of the rotors, creating the potential for an episodic catastrophic kill of migrating birds. The Sound also provides important habitat to sea and shorebirds, with as many as 250,000 to 500,000 sea ducks wintering the Sound for approximately six months of the year. Biologically important numbers of endangered roseate terns and piping plovers use the Sound as a breeding and feeding area in the summer months, and are known to migrate through Nantucket Sound in spring and fall. Each August, thousands of roseates congregate on Monomoy Island prior to migration and then leave in great flocks, flying southeast, south, and southwest. How many of these birds pass through the proposed Wind site has not been verified.

Horseshoe Shoal is close to Muskeget and Monomoy islands. These are important haul-out areas for more than 7,000 gray and harbor seals and pupping sites for gray seals. Stranding data indicate that harp, hooded, harbor, and gray seals occur regularly from Falmouth to Monomoy and transit the area in significant numbers.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins, striped dolphins, and common dolphins are known to occur in Nantucket Sound. Pilot whales are frequently sighted in the fall, while harbor porpoises migrate through in the spring and large whales, such as right whales, humpback whales and minke whales are sometimes observed.

Endangered and threatened turtles
such as leatherback, green, Kemps ridley and loggerhead are present during summer.



Economic Threats 
Although wind is a free source of power, turning it into electricity is more expensive than most conventional generation sources because of the high cost of turbines and associated gear. The capital investment required to generate electricity from wind is high and has been increasing rapidly. While Cape Wind initially estimated $700 million to build their project, current estimates are over $1 billion and likely much higher given escalating costs seen with other offshore projects.

Following the cancellation of a multibillion-dollar project off the coast of Texas, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) terminated a controversial project to install 40 wind turbines off the coast of Jones Beach because a recent report showing the costs of this project to be significantly higher than traditional forms of energy generation. Learn more. Moreover, in Delaware, another offshore proposal suffered a serious setback when one report determined that the project could increase ratepayers' bills by as much as $55 per month.

While Cape Wind claims their project would save $25 million, electric ratepayers must understand that this is a grossly misleading statement. First, the study Cape Wind references is roughly 5 years old and new market rules eliminate most of the “theoretical savings.” Second, the study did not include the appropriate costs and public subsidies that more than offset any savings. Finally, as Commissioner William Doherty stated before the Cape Cod Commission on October 18, “According to the testimony of the Cape Wind people, [the project] will not lower the electric bills of Cape Cod consumers.”


Other economic threats: the incredible loss in tourism,
employment (most Cape Wind jobs will be given to non-Cape
and out of state residents), the decrease in property value,
and most importantly-- huge losses in the fishing industry.

"If Cape Wind's 25 square mile grid were constructed, commercial fishermen, who rely on the proposed site for more than half their catch, say they would be restricted in their access to fish fertile waters. The Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership, which represents 18 commercial fishing organizations, says that navigation of mobile fishing gear between the 130 towers would be hazardous or impossible and, in short, Cape Wind would displace commercial fishing from Nantucket Sound."

I'd lastly like to share with you all this informative 13 minute
documentary, made by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound:



For more information, please visit SaveOurSound.org

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finals

Hey, all ♥

Being a college student, I'll soon be
approaching the dreaded Spring Semester
Finals week, starting May 10th. In the interim,
I also have two books to read, and literally seven 
papers to write; needless to say, I am extremely 
stressed. So much so, in fact, that I've actually
begun to break out into rashes, along with having other 
ailments (i.e. facial skin pealing off, severe migraines...)

 I'm a wreck.

So, regrettably, I thought it was best to take a little 
break from serious blogging until I'm finished with the 
semester. That doesn't mean I'm going to totally
disappear for three weeks though; I'll still be 
checking your blogs, and perhaps occasionally
making a post of my own here and there. But as 
far as large postings go, I just don't think I have
the energy to give it my all during this hectic time.

But, rest assured, once I am back, I will be back
with a vengeance-- on full vacation mode in 
anticipation for my upcoming trip in June!

So, once again, I apologize for my temporary 
blogging absence, and I hope you'll please stay tuned!

Xoxo,
Erin

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Recent L.L. Bean Purchases

Good evening, everyone (I started this a little late tonight)!

This past weekend was entirely spent recuperating 
from "the big clean-up"; I relaxed my aching muscles,
got plenty of rest, and ordered a few items from the wonderful...


I'm sure you're all well aware of my infatuation with this company,
and I don't think it's wrong to assume that there
are others reading this that can relate to me! 
I mean, everything they sell is absolutely beautiful.

 I'm so determined to drag one of my friends this
summer to one of their outlets in Connecticut...
it's only an hour away, and I simply must go!

It's funny, because prior to discovering L.L. Bean, I was
never a "clothes person." Quite the contrary; I might have
been the only girl that truly despised shopping... not so anymore
(on second thought, L.L. Bean might be the
only exception-- I still basically loathe it :p)

Anyways! I thought I would share with you the items
I've accumulated over this past weekend,
and a few that are on my "Save for Later" list--
Perhaps they'll appeal to you as well!

Marled Cotton Sweater, Button Front

Adirondack Barn Jacket, Flannel-Lined
(bought this on-sale to put away for the fall... love it!)

Maine Isle Flip-Flops, Print
(bought the whale-printed ones a couple
of months ago; had to get the lobster ones too!)

Casco Bay Boat Mocs

Camden Embroidered Tote
(this was probably my most favorite item
I've ever bought from L.L. Bean. I got the
Mini one, and it is the most adorable
thing I've ever owned in my life! ♥)

Edit, 4/27/10:
Oops! I guess I was tired last night because
I totally forgot to add the beautiful dress I
bought from their Signature Line! I'm planning on
wearing this to the Cape Cod Dinner Train in June ♥
L.L. Bean Signature Oxford Cloth Shirt Dress
(isn't it beautiful? and it's so soft!)
[/Edit]

I'd show you some of the other items I've
purchased over the past couple of months,
but I don't want to overload you! So here
are some items on my current "Wish List":

Mariner Jacket
(this is a necessity... definitely on the top of my list!)

Portland Stretch Poplin Shirt, Stripe
(this won't be available in my size until
May 1st... marking that day on my calendar!)

Floral Embroidered Short-Sleeve Tee

Cotton Fisherman's Sweater, Striped

Handsewn Moccasins, Blucher Moc
(would love these for the fall to go with my new jacket!)

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 Nice clothes are wonderful...
especially when they come from New England

Friday, April 23, 2010

B&B Friday (4/23/10)!

*tired yawn* Hey, all
Yesterday, I snapped (no, I didn't strangle anyone :P)
I went on a massive ten hour cleaning spree in my bedroom.

I've lived in a tiny apartment all my life, and over the
past twenty-one years, I've accumulated a lot of stuff!
So much, to the point that I had no room to shelve my books
anymore, and my clothes were literally spilling out of the closet.
And for so long, I just accepted that for what it was--
until yesterday, when I finally reached the end of my rope.

From 10am to 10pm, like a madwoman, I threw everything
I didn't need into garbage bags; clothes, books, an old TV,
a dresser I never use; there was so much garbage, in fact,
that it ultimately resulted in me using about twenty five bags.

Anyways, why am I telling you this?
Well, quite frankly, I am beat tonight.
As it is, I can hardly keep my eyes open,
but! I know today is B&B Friday, and I couldn't
bring myself to leave you guys empty handed.

... So, instead of featuring three B&B's this week,
I will feature one especially beautiful one!
Sound good to you? :) 

*1*
(Yarmouth Port, MA)

"Built by shipwrights in 1825, the Liberty Hill Inn is set back from the historic, Old Kings Highway, on a little knoll with lilacs, roses and centuries old rhododendron. This majestic inn reflects the charm and elegance of a bygone era.
Yarmouth Port, settled in 1639, is the 'heart' of Cape Cod. Our central location provides easy and convenient access to all Cape Cod's attractions. Nine spacious guest rooms await you, tastefully decorated with antiques and reproductions. You are invited to relax and enjoy the ultimate  Cape Cod experience."


Rates: $120-220

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Wow... I think that inn easily
made up for the other missing two!

Goodnight!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sandwich Antiques Center

'Evening, all! ♥

I don't think there's a single person that
follows this blog who doesn't appreciate antiques...
I'll even boldly presume you all love them, in fact!
With that being said, I thought you'd be interest in
viewing some gorgeous antiques belonging to the
in, you guessed it, Sandwich, Massachusetts!

Sandwich is known to probably house the most
antiques shops on the entire Cape, and this particular store
has been voted the best of 'em by Cape Cod Life magazine
for eleven consecutive years! With that sort of reputation,
I thought it deserved to get a bit of recognition on this blog :)

Here are some examples of what they have to offer:

Small 5 Drawer Cabinet, circa 1820
$695.00

Early 19th Century Child's Rocker
$275.00

Oil on Board- Ship in Stormy Seas
SOLD
(even though it's unavailable,
it's so pretty, I still had to include it!)

Exceptional Antique Scrimshaw
SOLD
(same for this, too! :p)

Peter Hunt Two Step Bed Stool
$775.00

Handblown Glass Victorian Hanging Lamp
$220.00

Antique Genre Doorstop with Spinning Wheel and Cat
$495.00

Hanging Saltbox
$395.00

19th Century Decorated Whale's Tooth
SOLD
(had to throw this in as well-- lovely.)

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So, if you have a few hundred dollars to spare,
or you just feel like browsing, this is one interesting 
place to check out (I know I'll be stopping by)!

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Photos of My Dream Home

While doing a little web browsing this evening,
I found my house... again.
This time, I found even more photographs--
ones I've never seen before!
I was so excited, I just had to share them with you:

(click for a better view)

The little cape nestled on its quiet street

Another view of the parlor

The guesthouse/studio (I didn't even know existed!)
Do you see the view??!

I don't know what this is...
I'd probably paint over it, though :P

The back of the house with its beautiful studio

The unbelievably gorgeous backyard

Lovely side view

The private dock (enough said.)
... the private dock!!! *swoon*

I love the expansive windows in the guesthouse ♥

The beautiful, beautiful garden...

And one last final, breath-taking view of the yard.

I can feel my heart literally ache 
as I look at these pictures...
... literally ache.

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Those of you who are new followers, and haven't seen
the original "My Dream Home" post, click on its icon below

Friday, April 16, 2010

B&B Friday (4/16/10)!

Happy Friday, everyone!
Tomorrow I'll be off to Pennsylvania
to visit my mom's Mennonite friends in Lancaster.
So as to collect some ethnographic research for my Anthropology class,
I'll also be interviewing them and taking photographs...
should be interesting!

Here are this week's B&B's:

1.
(Westport Island/Wiscasset, ME)

"The Squire Tarbox Inn is a lodging listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quiet country inn surrounded by fields, stone walls and woods. A peaceful salt-water marsh with rowboat and dock beckons beyond the pasture while several barns house goats and chickens. The Inn is located away from tourist crowds but situated conveniently for coastal adventures.
The Squire Tarbox Inn combines the best of 18th- and 19th-century character. The original house was constructed in 1763, and the original boards and timbers remain today. The newer addition goes back to 1820 and houses the parlor and the larger more formal bedrooms, all with working fireplaces.
"

Rates: $115-199

2.
(Ledyard, CT)

"Stonecroft, a Mystic bed and breakfast, offers central access to the southeastern Connecticut Seashore and all the activities and attractions of the Mystic Seaport area. Nestled in the countryside in Ledyard, our New England B&B boasts genuine hospitality, superior service and comfort, all in a beautiful rolling hills setting.
Our charming romantic Bed and Breakfast is the perfect choice for Mystic CT getaways and New England vacations near Mystic Seaport, Foxwoods Casino, and Mohegan Sun Casino. Originally a sea captain’s home, this unique, intimate Mystic hotel property offers two Connecticut country inns in one – a sunny 1807 Georgian Colonial with wide plank floors and wood-burning fireplaces; and a newly renovated post and beam barn, called The Grange, featuring luxurious accommodations with whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces."

Rates: $189-275

3.
(Townshend, VT)

"Welcome to The Old Brick Tavern Bed & Breakfast. Our home was built in 1792 and has just undergone an extensive renovation. Our common areas are welcoming and designed for our guests enjoyment and relaxation. Our guest rooms and luxurious baths will ensure your pleasant stay with us. 
According to 'A Stitch in Time: Townshend, Vermont 1753-2003', the building is one of the oldest in Townshend village. Other sources tell us it has served as a tavern, dance hall, antique shop and the residence of a silent movie actress. And more recently, the town of Townshend and the barn on our property were featured in the 1988 Chevy Chase film Funny Farm. Come join us in the beautiful Green Mountains of southern Vermont."

Rates: $150

(my personal favorite!)

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Enjoy your weekend...
... see you when I get back!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sea-Captains' Houses and Rose-Covered Cottages

Good evening, everyone ♥

Awhile back- one of my first entries, actually-
I mentioned a book that I stumbled 
 upon at a friend's house called,
It's a book that celebrates the true beauty of a Nantucket Home
through the use of past and present-day photos, historical
documents, architectural floor plans,
and interesting local accounts.

Prior to picking it up, I wasn't very familiar with
Nantucket, or its architecture, for that matter...
So you can imagine all the squeals emanating from
my mouth as I anxiously flipped through the pages!


I have not purchased a copy yet - as I would like to - but I
did borrow it from the library to take a few snapshots
of some of the photographs to share with all of you.
Along with the photos, I've also included brief historical
descriptions, and addresses of most of the houses pictured
(in case you ever wish to visit them)...

... enjoy!

"Main Street Mansion, Built (or remodeled) ca. 1830s.
Still paved with cobblestones and lined with 
mansions built with whale oil money, Main Street retains 
much of its original character today. This house has both classical 
and Gothic Revival elements; an example of the latter is 
visible in the pointed arch window in the pediment."

"'Dexioma,' The Captain George Wilber House, 'Sconset
Built in the first half of the eighteenth century, 
this rose-covered cottage is a lovely example of a 
fishing shack that was later turned into a vacation home."

"The Elihu Coleman House, Built in 1722,
Hawthorne Lane, ca. 1900
Withstanding the sea winds for more than two hundred years 
and still surrounded by precious open space, this outstanding 
example of a lean-to style house allows the imagination 
to conjure visions of old Nantucket."

"Christopher Starbuck House, Built ca. 1690-1757,
105 Main Street.
Built facing south before orientation to the street was 
necessary, this house sits firmly on the ground counterpoint 
to the road. The gable dormers on the lean-to 
roof are a twentieth-century addition."

"Eastman Johnson, Susan Ray's Kitchen-- Nantucket, 1875
Oil on board.
A nineteenth- century painter of the American scene 
who summered on Nantucket, Johnson depicted Susan Ray (1821-1904) 
emerging from the tiny milk room in the lean-to addition of her 
home at 9 Mill Street. The simplicity of the room was a 
symbol of humility, an important ethic of the 
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)."

"Interior, Richard Swain House, Built ca. 1755,
3 Weymouth Lane.
In place of mantel there is a molded plaster 
over the parlor fireplace, finished at the ceiling edge 
with a curved and beaded beam."

"Thomas Starbuck House, Built ca. 1726-90,
11 Milk Street.
The plan of Stabuck's comfortable but modest four-bay 
house was developed and advanced by members of 
Nantucket's Society of Friends (or Quakers). 
Thomas Starbuck was descendant from Mary Starbuck, 
who was instrumental in establishing and advancing 
Quakerism on the island. When Thomas and his wife, 
Dinah, had their home on Milk Street, the Friends were a 
significant force on the island, both politically and socially. 
Their religious ethic directed them to a life of 
humble simplicity and practical living."

"George Coffin House, Built in 1820,
33 Milk Street.
Successful shipwright George Coffin (1787-1867) built this house himself. 
Recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey, 
his descendants stated that being a shipwright, Coffin gave 
particular attention to the interior finish of his home. 
The rear kitchen all was constructed at the same time 
as the main section of the house, indicating Coffin's financial success."

"Historic Kitchen, 45 Indian Street.
Currently filled with antique utensils, this former utilitarian 
room was an efficient work space when used as a kitchen. 
The homeowners now use it as a dining room but have 
occasionally cooked dinner and baked bread in the hearth."

 
 
"Front Bedrooms, 45 India Street and 11 Mill Street.
Remarkably similar, these two early-nineteenth century rooms 
have raised-panel wall sheathing that is typical of the period. 
The woodworking creates a simple but attractive finish for 
the room. The mantel at 45 India Street is a twentieth-century addition."

"Robert Folger House, Built 1794, 
27 India Street.
Wooden quoins decorating the edges of this residence 
echo a masonry feature found in Georgian-style houses on the mainland."

Absolutely gorgeous.

Looking through this book now has made me even
giddier than the first time, for in June, I will be walking
these very streets, and admiring these very houses
... in person!
 I don't think it's completely sunk into me yet that I will be
visiting this absolutely magnificent place; I'm sure I'll
have to pinch myself when I step off of that ferry....

I can't wait!

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