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Home & Garden

Step into the some of the most beautiful and charming homes and gardens on the island through beautiful photography and descriptive writing. Make yourself at home!

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The Gray Catbird

It comes from the depths of every tangle, an emphatic call, a cry, almost a meow.

  But the sound, whether sharp as in “Cat!” or drawled as in “CAAaaatt,” is from no stray feline. Skulking in the bushes,...

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Planting Low-Maintenance Containers

There’s no getting around the fact that one has to have some time and be prepared to work in order to create beauty in and around the home. While I can’t help you find the time portion of that equation,I...

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POLPIS SCHOOLHOUSE

Back in the 1890s, the area of the island known as Polpis was dominated by dairy farms. The farmers’ children, ages 6 to 14, attended a one-room schoolhouse, erected in an open field in the area.

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The Bewitching Common Yellowthroat

It’s a lovely morning in early June, the month “when, if ever, come perfect days,” and a song floats out of a nearby bush: “witchety-witchety-witchety.” There’s a pause, perhaps, and the phrase is repeated...

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Sing a Song of Spring

Sing a song of spring. On the Gray Lady, spring can be gray indeed. But if you listen to the birds, it could come out as“Oh-ka-Lay”or“Konk-a-ree”or“tee-err,” or sometimes just “Check-check-check.”

While...

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Victorian Gem

When George Korn and his late partner, artist Richard Kemble, bought the Victorian house at 14 Pleasant St., it was in good condition. As avid cooks, the only major renovation project they deemed important...

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Sassy Succulents

Some of the most majestic plants I’ve ever had the privilege to see up close are the kings of the desert, Saguaro cacti. Part of a broad family of plants designed to hold water in order to survive long...

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No Thanks, Deer

Depending on what you think about white-tailed deer and their place on the island, they are either a force to be reckoned with, or their presence is to be embraced.

Regardless of your position in this...

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Pretty Porches: A Private Pleasure

The joy of a summer cottage is partly to be found in fresh sea breezes, bowers of roses tumbling from arches, and sunshine in a clear blue sky. Once we’ve put our toes in the sand, we can be reluctant to...

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Hosting a Barn Owl

Everyone knows about Nantucket’s housing shortage. It’s a hard place to find a home in which to raise a family. But that isn’t the only residential crunch the island has experienced. Always on the night...

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