Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

October 2, 2013

My Little Town, Part 1

Happened to come across the cranberry harvest on the large bog along Rte. 6A in East Sandwich.  It seemed early this year.  There were so many people parked on both sides of the road that I had to go down the road that runs behind the bog.  The bog is flooded and the berries rise to the top where they are corralled, sucked up a hose and into the back of a truck.



This is the pumphouse and I loved the weathervane, although it's kinda fancy for a pumphouse!


The view from Chipman Hill.  Damn those wires to hell!  lol

A little lower down the hill; still a great view but not as good as from higher up.


Pretty house on Liberty Street.

First Church of Christ, also known as the Christopher Wren because that's the style church it is.  Elvis Presley used a picture of it on his 1967 album 'How Great Thou Art'.  

Downtown

Grist Mill

Artesian well.  My dad did, and maintained, the plumbing on this 'back in the day'.  People come from all over to fill water jugs with this ice cold and delicious water.




Very pretty house on Grove Street.

The old Newcombe's Tavern, also on Grove Street.  British loyalists hung out here, plotting how to crush the patriots who were down the road meeting at Fessenden's Tavern, which is now known as the Dan'l Webster Inn.


16 comments:

  1. Okay, I want to live here. SO beautiful. Your photos are gorgeous too. I definitely would love to see the cranberry harvest in person. Why do they put the cranberries in the water or is it that they flood the field and they rise?

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    1. The cranberries grow on vines along the ground in bogs. There are channels of water that run through the bogs for irrigation. Bogs are always near fresh water ponds. At harvest, there is a machine that they usually drive over the bogs that rake the berries up to loosen them. Then the bogs are flooded and the berries rise to the top where they are harvested as seen above. After harvest, the water is drained back down to just the channels. Then in winter, they are flooded again and left to ice over, which protects the plants. We then skate on them! :D

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  2. My daughter talks about wanting to go see cranberries. It's because of the commercial she sees on TV all the time. She'd be so jealous of you! Another great set of pictures, JoJo.

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  3. Every year I want to go to the Cranberry Fest in WI - maybe next year! Love these photos! I absolutely LOVE that weathervane! Never seen one painted like that!

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  4. What a beautiful place to live! Awesome pictures. ♥

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  5. These photos are amazing. What a beautiful area. Love the weather vane feature and the intriguing red doors. When I was in Boston and the outlying area last year we drove around and many homes had red doors. Elvis and the church! I remember that album.

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  6. I so want to visit there someday! It's so beautiful. Great photos...as always. :)

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  7. Part 1! That means there are more! What a gorgeous place you grew up in!
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  8. Oh JoJo what a beautiful place you live in :) And loving the explanation about the cranberries!
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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  9. Wow! You live on a film set,it's so lovely. I never knew that was how they grew cranberries.

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  10. I envy you, living in an area so rich with history and dotted by so many old and beautiful homes and buildings. In the photos the weather looks perfect and perhaps by now the autumn foliage has begun to spread its firey colors across the landscape.
    Though these seasons are especially attractive, I doubt that my tropical blood could endure the harsh icy, chill of a New England winter. . . I'd be like Sam McGee in the poem : "The Cremation of Sam McGee". :D

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    1. Oops typo - fiery, not firey.

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  11. That is a STUNNING town you live in. I want to go swimming on that beach! I want to go shopping at the Crow Farm! Oh! And I want to steal that weather vane!

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  12. Wonderful place to live JoJo, thank you for sharing with us. I have cranberries nearly every day - I love them!

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  13. So much space. Why can't we make enough room on the planet for all the wildlife?

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