“When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?”
Thanks goes out to the Beatles for immortalizing the 64-year landmark! Hard to believe, but there it is, staring me in the face. But that’s ok, really, because the alternative is, well, let’s not go there. And life is pretty darn good.
Celebrating this birthday began with a pre-birthday dinner made by my sons and their families.
On my real birthdate, we did something that we have done two out of the past three years – head out to sea! The other two times were the first day of our big adventure to the Bahamas in 2013 and 2015 . This time we were just off to Block island! What a great week and a great place to celebrate a birthday.
It was a beautiful morning to go to Block and to begin testing my new camera (the old one died its third and last death). The camera decision was a difficult one that was ultimately made easier when I faced the fact that I am not going to be happy carrying a large camera around. Give me something that is easy to carry in a pocket or bag and fairly automatic. I opted for the SONY DX90V, with a 30x zoom.
Salt Pond is nearly empty!! Hoorah!! Block is just too crowded during the summer season, so this post-Labor Day week should be very, very nice. And the weather is excellent.
Al gave me a unique book by Susan Branch. Photos and artwork by Susan Branch are sprinkled throughout and the font style has a handwritten look. Definitely a book that needs to be a hardcover and not an ebook. The book was a really good choice for me. First, it is about Branch’s move to the Martha’s Vineyard and her life there. Second, I have always wished to live on each New England island for one full year so that I could experience the seasons and feel like an inhabitant rather than a visitor. It’s just a dream, really a fantasy, but wouldn’t that be cool?
We spent the first three days at Block on the SYC mooring and then anchored off by Breezy Point at the end of the week. Salt Pond was so much more peaceful in mid-September, a different place than July or August.
To the beach! Block does have one of the loveliest beaches in New England.
Using my new camera to study the waves –
Whether you are walking or kayaking around the island, the architecture is quintessential “Block.”
We walked back from our trip to town along Corn Neck Road for a chance of view.
Kayaking is popular everywhere these days, including Block Island.
We have been enjoying our kayaks more than ever this summer. They store very nicely up on the flybridge. We took ourselves on a 2-hour tour around Salt Pond and the inner ponds.
Kayaking gives you a close-up view of many things.
There is so much to look at and experience, even on simple beach walks. Another walk we enjoy here is out past the Coast Guard Station, along the channel and over to the outside western shore.
There’s always something interesting to notice on the beach, to ponder and consider. Logs that roll upon the shore and settle in for the long haul, stone towers perched upon a log display stand, driftwood log that suggests the head of an ancient dinosaur.
The evenings were filled with delightful sights as the full moon approached.
We left Block on Saturday morning, bright and early. That’s the way to visit Block Island, Monday through Friday, 🙂 to miss the crowds. Especially after Labor Day. We had a relaxing five days – that’s the way to celebrate a birthday!