Jane B (knally) wrote,
Jane B

Bringing the sunshine

Since it's absolutely perishing at the moment, I was thinking back to when I was warm in the summer. And the warmest time was in Boston, so thought I'd post a few pictures to bring a bit of sunshine - like Morecambe and Wise! When I came back in June I posted some pictures of the WAFA Show we went to, but we also visited around Boston. We stayed with some friends who took us on some trips, a great treat since we couldn't have managed that ourselves. Theoretically I could have hired a car, but driving in Boston just looks insane, so it wasn't going to happen. Having a local driver meant we could get out of the city, and then look back at the Boston skyline:

Boston skyline

Rockport coast We went up to Rockport which is a village/town on the end of a peninsular to the north of Boston, full of quaint buildings by the sea. And also full of visitors when we went on a Sunday, so it seemed very Cornish. In fact it was a little like St Ives in atmosphere; not really designed for cars, and with shops selling gifts and plenty of ice cream. But the architecture was very different, with wooden clapperboard houses, instead of granite - although there is granite around as you can see, and the area used to be known for its granite quarries.
Another way it's like St Ives is that it's very picturesque and popular with artists. I guess it's the same situation of the light being reflected back from the sea. That red building in the background is painted so often by artists that it's known as Motif Number 1. There were several galleries selling pictures and other crafts, and we brought a very apt picture for our hosts, which managed to incorporate one of their names. Motif 1 at Rockport
Marblehead On another day we went to Marblehead, again north of Boston but not so far away. This was more up-market than Rockport, more like Fowey. The interesting thing in the town is that they label all the old buildings with the original owner and their livelihood - a lot of fishermen and sea captains, so you get an idea of its earlier life. We had a lovely meal on the harbourfront, in a restaurant which had the best hand wash we'd ever seen. It was like sea salt, but somehow moisturised the hands. Once one person tried it, we all went in to have a go!
There's a strange iron lighthouse at one end of the harbour, of a type I've never seen before. It almost looks like they put up the scaffolding and then never had time to add the stone. Facing it is an old fortification called Fort Sewell, which has a proud notice stating that its guns managed to protect the USS Constitution from some British Frigates.. There are mostly pleasure craft in the harbour now, but some fishing still goes on to supply local restaurants. I found Marblehead more interesting than Rockport because of the history, but they were both lovely places to visit - and to recall in the midst of winter. Lighthouse at Marblehead

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