Since 1959, Brimfield Massachussets has been the Antique and Collectibles Capital of the United States. Today there are 21 independent shows and thousands of dealers. They say “Brimfield is a veritable adventure in history.”

More visuals from the Brimfield antique dealers’ wares.

The Garden section

 

Cherubs and fountains!

 

Even ties!

 

When is junk and antique? At Brimfield

 

 

Brimfield Massachusetts is the site of the largest outdoor antique show in New England, with over 5000 dealers from all over the country. The shows, a week each, happen three times a year, May, July, and September. The shows are all located within a one mile stretch on both sides of Route 20. There are 21 Fields each approximately 3 to 5 acres.  It is by far the Classic Antique Event of the Year.

We went! The weather was over 38 degrees celsius and 100% humidity so walking was slow and we moved from shade to shade. But what a sight – both sides of Route 20 are packed with stalls and dealers. Dotted in between, fast food…characters…Middle America in its rawest state.

Vintage train sets

 

Multi coloured wooden chairs in the nautical area

 

More nautical

 

Time for vinyl

 

Remember marbles?

 

 

Distinctive Black Dog merchandise in the Chatham store

 

One of our big favourites when we visit New England, is the Black Dog shops.

The first Black Dog General Store opened on Water Street in Vineyard Haven in 1992. Today, there are multiple locations of Black Dog Stores from Portland, Maine down to Annapolis, Maryland . On Martha’s Vineyard, stores are located in Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. On the Mainland, you’ll find stores in Falmouth, Provincetown, Chatham, Mashpee, Newburyport, MA, as well as Newport, RI, Portland, ME, Mystic, CT , National Harbour, MD, Boston, MA. and don’t forget about the other island location, Nantucket!

What do these Black Dog townships have in common? The ocean, for one. A nautical heritage and a safe harbor are imperative. The Black Dog Tall Ships do visit these towns.

More importantly, these are towns that have much in common with The Black Dog, an appreciation for tradition, a love of the sea and all things authentically New England. Falmouth and Chatham offer Main Streets that are quintessentially New England. The Newport store is located on Bannister’s Wharf, once the center of commerce for colonial Newport. Provincetown retains much of its New England seaport character.

To view the Black Dog merchandise, click here.

 

 

When British colonists travelled to the “New World,” they brought a housing style so practical that it endured through the ages. The modern day Cape Cod houses you see in nearly every part of North America are modelled after the rugged architecture of Colonial New England.

The style is a simple one. You will rarely see a porch or decorative embellishments on a Cape Cod home. These houses were designed for easy construction and efficient heating. Low ceilings and a central chimney kept rooms comfortable during cold winters in the northern colonies. The steep roof helps slough off the heavy snow.

Features of Traditional, Colonial-era Cape Cod Houses

  • Steeply pitched roof with side gables
  • Narrow roof overhang
  • 1 or 1½ stories
  • Constructed of wood and sided in wide clapboard or shingles
  • Exterior siding originally left unpainted
  • Large central chimney linked to a fireplace in each room
  • Rectangular shape
  • Front door placed at the center or, in some cases, at the side
  • Center-hall floor plan
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Hardwood floors

 

Typical New England architecture

 

Door wreath

 

Typical American pageantry and two Adirondak chairs in the front garden

 

Local store signage

 

……..and all they sell is rubber ducks!

Our home for five weeks – Main Street Chatham, Cape Cod

 

Chatham is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA. Chatham was first settled in 1664 by the English. Originally called Monomoit after the indigenous population.

The town was incorporated on 11 June 1712, at which point it was renamed after Chatham, Kent, England. Its territory expanded with the annexation of Strong Island and its vicinity on 7 February 1797.

Located at the “elbow” of Cape Cod, the community became a shipping, fishing and whaling center. Chatham’s early prosperity would leave it with a considerable number of 18th century buildings, whose charm helped it develop into a popular summer resort.

Chatham is home to the Chatham Lighthouse, which was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 to protect the ships circling the Cape. Originally consisting of two lights, the pair were moved back and rebuilt in 1877.  Today, the keeper’s house is home to a Coast Guard station which tends the light.

Although urban sprawl has invaded the Cape, the town of Chatham still boasts a quaint and walkable Main Street, home to numerous family-owned and -operated shops, restaurants, and businesses.

 

Chatham Lighthouse

Farewell Cape Town – we got out just before a major storm.

 

Our plane arrives at the bridge. Boston here we come (via LHR).

All we try and leave is Footprints in the sand – see you next year, Cape Town!

Beautiful weather – here are the Twelve Apostles from Bakoven

 

A great year for Arum lilies

 

………and for Madame. A sushi memory. This was at Beluga

 

Heritage Steak and Kidney pie – made famous by Nick Boud at the Roundhouse in the 70s. you’ll travel miles for this.

The blurb…

For the love of food, Hemelhuijs opened it’s doors in October 2010. With it’s ever changing interior space and whimsical displays of fresh flowers and object trofée, the restaurant is a small oasis in the heart of Cape Town. It offers an ideal escapism from the hustle and bustle. Sit and watch the city go by while indulging in freshly made jewel coloured juices, paradisal cocktails or our custom blended coffee and order from our all day menu. The Hemelhuijs team carefully source ingredients and interweave the flavours of childhood memories and that of the exotic. The menu changes seasonally and also features touches brought from world travels. Service is simple, attentive but relaxed.

We dream, we cook, we travel, we eat well and invite you to join us….

Our last foray en route to the airport : Hemelhuijs. Everyone is talking about it – slap bang in the middle of the Fan Walk, open only during the day, what is the fuss all about?

Peeping under the pastry lid – steak, kidneys and a most delicious gravy

 

Madame’s frikkadels wrapped in cabbage leaves

 

Will’s hamburger/cheeseburger

 

Seriously quirky crockery

The fuss is about – everything! Superb creativity from owner Jacques Erasmus …… even better service from experienced waiters…..sublime food!

We suggest booking, click here.

 

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