Mid-to-late October on Nantucket it typically in the 50's, but this past weekend, we lucked out - with calm, cloudless sunshine - temps in the 70's... an all around prefect weekend. 

We stayed at the Boat Basin Cottages - which are simply fantastic.  Right on the water with spectacular views, plush amenities, and a short stroll away from the heart of the islands dining and shopping.  They also come equipped with a couple bikes that we took out to Sanford Farm to explore almost 30,000 acres of conservation area.  Nice.  As usual we ate a lot, including a great dinner at Brant Point Grill that has some serious views of the harbor and this evening was open to the fresh air of a glorious indian summer evening.

Good times.

Shrubbery - Part 1

After 25+ years, the old shrubs out front  (which predate our 1994 move-in) were getting scraggly and overgrown.   The Yew 'trees' were growing up against the house.  So, like moron, I say to myself - 'I'll just take them out and replace them'.   Ever dig out shrubs like this?  Like those 10-12' monsters?  ha...hahahahahahahaha.

After the fact, I looked, and find that removing a Yew shrub can be ...uhm..  difficult. ... "Removing a Yew is sometimes more difficult than cutting down a tree. The wood is extremely dense and difficult to cut with the sharpest chainsaw and the root system is widespread and very deep."

Check. Got it.  I'll just file that little factoid away for next time.  Aaaanyway...  Pics here before and after. Well sort of, there were also 4 shrubs on the far right.  Now the front looks barren and naked, so off to the nursery we go... I guess... stay tuned for more folly....

The 2 planting beds are 8.5'x18' and 8.5'x32' (25' to end of house)