Vacation tide has long rolled out. Tourists have evaporated into thin air and been replaced with thin ice. Welcome to the trenches.
Yes, the phrase “Home & Garden” evokes visions of sprawling acres, elaborate man caves, and limited-edition artisanal wallpaper, but it has finally come time to shed light away from the Goliaths and onto the Davids of the Home & Garden game.
It is a singular variety of good fortune to dwell in one place that you love for many years. To watch the mail-order twigs you and your best friend planted grow into mature creatures. For that is what plants are – creatures – when you live with them for ten or twenty years. Or more. If you don’t believe it, you have not cohabited with a wisteria.
There are dog people, and cat people, and horse people, and bird people. And then there are the people who never saw a pet they didn’t love. Or at least try to love.
One evening not long ago I discovered that my phone can take time-lapse movies. Now, I’m sure everyone with the ubiquitous phone that we all apparently can’t live without has known about this feature for a long time. But I don’t take a lot of photographs, so it was new to me. I happened to be out watching the sun go down over the water at the time, so I propped the phone on a nearby stone and set it to record the final moments of a hot summer day and the arrival of night.
Islanders will flood out of their homes on September 13 and largely disappear until October 17.