Monday, December 31, 2012

Hamptons Nightlife

This painting on view at the new Parrish Museum shows the view from RT 27 as one passed the Caldor shopping center heading west toward the city. Caldor is now a Kmart and there is a King Kullen about where this screen stood.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

First Snow at Pumpkin Town, Water Mill

Yesterday the tri-state area had another storm. For the eastend it did not change over to snow till late in the evening. This morning we woke to a frosty inch of snow in the area.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Party Time

We are very fortunate to have an independent green grocer here that provides exceptional fresh herbs and vegetables year round. Giant basil, fresh dill, radishes, fresh tarragon, rich chives, cilantro and parsleys.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pool House

This winter I built a cover over my pool from clear plastic panels designed for greenhouses. So far it has been too cold to test how the panels might hold the heat if the pool is heated up. Regardless they  have done a good job of keeping leaves out of the pool.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stormy Night

Last night we had a typical winter storm. With the beaches so torn up from Sandy it was not sure how things would go. This appears to be low tide. This retaining wall would usually be buried under a large sand dune that was swept away by the hurricane.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Traditions

It is nice to have the tree up for the holidays. Like many Christmas trees in America this tree live in the attic most of the year.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Lunar Moment

Driving along RT 27 I noticed a dramatic spot next to the moon. I was curious about this and asked my good friend Anne who is smarter about the night sky than I. She suggested that I was seeing Jupiter. I shot this photo through the open roof, bracing the camera on the car helped to keep it extra steady.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Retro Decore

These lime and aqua colored ornaments might be from the 60's. Very stylish for a big box store.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Old worn post and a wood groin indicate a time in the past when this beach was as eroded as it is today. I have not seen this structure exposed in the 25 years I have been coming to this beach.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sun Down

The sunset tonight was so complete there was even color looking east away from the sunset.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

First Steps

The dune for this home is now very reduced. I expect that the dune will get rebuilt before the summer. I see here that they are building a new stair to access the ocean beach. Often the last section of steps is hinged and can be pulled up when not in use. This protects the steps from water and also limits people wandering up onto one's walkway.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Seven Bridges

Just east of North Sea Harbor on the waters of Davis Creek stand a rare collection of grand rambling shingle style homes, each set on an extensive property. These homes have private foot bridges over the creek and marsh giving the homes access to the sandy bay beach.
Looking down the creek you can see a few of these bridges with Holmes Hill off in the distance.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tossed About

I think when a jumbled up mess like this is left in a back or side yard it can be especially annoying in a nagging kind of way. It not the priority of "the driveway is blocked and I can't get out. It is more like giant trash dropped in a corner that is hard to reach. I will get to it soon, I hope.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rail Service

The Long Island Rail Road runs trains from NYC to Montauk and back. All trains stop at the Southampton Station.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holding On

This tangle of roots held on through out Sandy's rage. The sturdy roots helped to hold the dune in place. After a dune is replace most home owners plant tough beach plants to help keep the dunes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cottage Industries

First we had Tate's Bake Shop just around the corner, shipping cookies and baked goods all over the country. Now we also have Southampton Public House shipping out their micro brew as well. Good on you both for making such excellent products.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Prize Winning Garden

A pool set in a stunning rose garden, Just what I would expect from the talented president of the Southampton Rose Society. After a week of rain I pulled out this photo I took over the summer.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ivy Up

The healthy growth of ivy on this house gives the residence the established appearance of an older home.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pond Front

The pond front homes did not seem to suffer from the storm. This is Old Town Pond and beach parking viewed from the dune line.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


This home sports a fine collection of chimney pots poking up over the roof ridge.

Friday, December 7, 2012


The top of this cut is capped with a nice lawn. The layers are lots of sand, about six inches of earth-clay mix and then over a foot of nice topsoil. This layer of soil is typical to most f the village area, most of the village land was farm land until the homes spread out from the core of the village

Thursday, December 6, 2012


This view of Old Town Beach shows how Sandy swept away the line of dunes. This new sand has been placed to help protect homes from possible winter storms that often erode our beaches.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fouth of July Blooms Again

Rose fireworks in December. Many of my roses are have a sparse late bloom this December making ramdom spots of color in the garden.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Down for the Count ?

The old Coast Guard house on Meadow Lane was a victim to Sandy's flooding. It appears that the storm water undermined the footings and now the roof sits on the ground. A popular focal point in the area local residents hope to have the folly rebuilt with private money.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Light Show

Santa came to Southampton's Main Street tonight on a fire truck. Helpers wore yellow jumpers, black rubber boots and red fuzzy caps.