How apt – as we wave goodbye to one of the most tumultuous years – personally, professionally, politically, socially etc etc, these birds lined up on a telepgraph line in Provincetown swaying in the breeze, ready to fly away, fly a-w-a-y:

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Bye Bye 2016 – good riddance.

P-town to everyone. A tourist haven during the summer, but a wonderfully peaceful village in winter. A great way to spend Boxing Day!

P-town is know for its gay character, funkiness and eclectic sense of humour. Here’s some examples:

Buoys stacked in a fishing cage mark the entrance ot the town parking lot. Fun!

Buoys stacked in a fishing cage mark the entrance ot the town parking lot. Fun!

A super size Adirondack chair outside the Town Hall.

A super size Adirondack chair outside the Town Hall.

Christmas tree - lobster pot and P-town style.

Christmas tree – lobster pot and P-town style.

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Set in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Chatham, Cape Cod, the Chatham Wayside Inn offers stylish accommodation, comfortable dining and outstanding service creating the perfect Cape Cod experience year-round. Chatham’s strolling Main Street, an exclusive mile of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and other seaside activities are just a few step from the Inn.

Chatham has carefully and beautifully preserved the flavour of a small New England town with great style and charm, creating an ideal destination to experience the quaint feeling of old Cape Cod.

For more information, click here.

 

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Craft Beer is everywhere…. and nowhere more than in the USA.

I’ve found a great one.. Blue Moon:

We started brewing at the corner of 22nd & Blake in downtown Denver, Colorado, at the beginning of the ’95 baseball season. We only call out baseball because our brewery is located in a baseball stadium. We were called The SandLot Brewery®, and we focused on brewing craft beer for the fans at games. By the middle of the season, our roster of beers was ready to start pouring. It included Slugger Stout, Rightfield Red, and a fan favorite called Bellyslide Wit.

As the season went on we kept hearing the same thing from fans: “Give me a Bellyslide.” With an overwhelming fan-favorite we knew we had a special beer on our hands, but we needed a name that could live outside of the baseball stadium. So one day, when a bunch of us were tasting beers, our admin called out, “You know, a beer that tastes this good comes around only once in a blue moon.” And with that phrase ringing in our ears, the Blue Moon Brewing Company® was born, and Bellyslide became Blue Moon Belgian White*. Oranges, get ready.

Try it!!

 

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The Birthday Girl (right).

 

With apologies to William Shakespeare for some abject plagiarising:

“Her life is gentle; and the elements
So mixed in her, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, THIS IS ONE HELLUVA LADY!”

Happy Birthday, darling – and many, many more.

 

Our three-ball putting out after a magnificent round of golf.

Our three-ball putting out after a magnificent round of golf.

After World War I, Cape Cod began to generate a great deal of interest as a summer resort. Chatham Bars Inn had been built around 1912 and sported a nine-hole golf course. The interest in golf was also developing at this time in the United States, and a group of men, chiefly from the Boston area, decided that a links location on Cape Cod could provide the kind of challenging course with which they had become familiar in the British Isles. With a quality of foresight bordering on genius, the group purchased the major portion of Nickerson’s Neck for the counterpart of the great links of Scotland and England. Thus was born the Chatham Country Club, the predecessor of today’s great Eastward Ho! Country Club.

Coming up the 18th

Coming up the 18th

Mr. G. Herbert Windler, many times president of the United States Golf Association, headed the group which had selected the ideal site for the first serious attempt to establish an 18-hole championship golf links in New England. It should be noted that a sea-side location, with its concomitant heather, sand, land convolutions, and the ever-present and ever-changing sea breezes (sometimes gales) is necessary to produce real links. Inland courses are usually known as parkland and are generally conceded not to poise nearly the challenge of true sea-side links. Mr. Windler and his cohorts conferred with the best golf course designers of the time, and the final lay-out of the Chatham Course was entrusted to Mr. W. Herbert Fowler who had designed Westward Ho! and Walton Heath, two of England’s most famous courses. The construction of the new course occupied the interval between 1921 and 1924, when it was first opened for play.

A view back from the 17th

A view back from the 17th

The links are in the form of an hourglass, with the Clubhouse located at the waist. The first nine holes stretch away to the east toward the Atlantic, which is visible from almost any point; the second nine lie to the west and, for the most part, are closely tied in with the shores of magnificent Pleasant Bay. Present-day golfers will agree after playing the course in various weather conditions (of which there is no lack) that the designer has provided a real test for the skilled who possess the treasured low handicap as well as the weekend duffer. All of the shots of golf are present; the lies, while at times exasperating, must be acknowledged as demanding great technique, and the effect of the almost ever-present wind can change club selection for the same shot from one day to the next—from an easy eight iron to a difficult three or four. Herbert Fowler, in his final report, upon completion of the construction of the links, says, “I am quite certain that this course will compare favorably with the leading courses in the United Kingdom and will be second to none of them.” Brave words, perhaps, but who among those who have been privileged to see and play the great links of Great Britain and Ireland or those marvels of the Monterey Peninsula, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, and Spyglass Hill will not concede that for a setting of beauty and sheer golfing delight Eastward Ho! stands with the others?

Part of the magnificent club house.

Part of the magnificent club house.

All decked for Christmas - the Chatham Lighthouse.

All decked for Christmas – the Chatham Lighthouse.

We’ve had a sprinkling here and there – certainly, not a white Christmas.

The view from the apartment in Main Street, Chatham

The view from the apartment in Main Street, Chatham

The balcony

The balcony

Chatham town is chock full of twinkling lights.

Chatham town is chock full of twinkling lights.

Clever! Old rakes made into Christmas decorations.

Clever! Old rakes made into Christmas decorations.

Chatham Chamber of Commerce offices

Chatham Chamber of Commerce offices

Another view from the balcony

Another view from the balcony

Over the Northern Atlantic, from the wing indow of a BA 747 - traversing over Northern Canada - it's cold out there!

Over the Northern Atlantic, from the wing window of a BA 747 – traversing over Northern Canada – it’s cold out there!

Driving up into Ménerbes

Driving up into Ménerbes

OTT - but great! La Veranda restaurant welcomes guests and Christmas.

OTT – but great! La Veranda restaurant welcomes guests and Christmas.

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