June Visitors

We’ve had some June visitors, but not the sort who enjoy home-cooked meals and a comfy bed.
Each June we have turtles who find their way up from the nearby pond to our yard to lay eggs.  One night, Technohubby was just enjoying a glass of wine on the deck when he spotted this large snapping turtle.

And two days later, Theo got to see this small turtle.  This was as close as he wanted to get.  Cute!

And a week later, I spotted this skunk!  It’s the first time we’ve ever seen a skunk on our property.  And it was quite beautiful…from a distance…with a zoom lens.

Rotisserie Chicken in the Crockpot

Rainy day and a whole day at home to sew?  Seemed like the perfect day to pop something in the crockpot.  No recipe.  I just sort of made it up as I went.  I had two whole chickens and two crockpots.  The leftovers are going into pita pockets tomorrow night and salads the next.  For a rotisserie-like chicken in the crockpot…

Take two lemons and slice one in thin slices and the other in wedges.  Take two yellow onions and do the same.  Peel six large cloves of garlic.  Rinse a handful of fresh thyme.

Rinse chickens (4 1/2 to 5 1/2 lbs. each) and place in crockpots.  Into the cavities of the chickens, place the lemon and onion wedges, the garlic, and three or four sprigs of thyme.  Sprinkle the skin of the chickens with a generous amount of paprika, freshly cracked pepper, and smoked sea salt.

Arrange sliced onions and lemons and a few more sprigs of thyme on the top of the chickens.

Set crockpot to cook on low temperature for about 5 1/2 hours or until done.  Delicious!

Visit to the Cape

We just got back from a very wet visit to Cape Cod.  We went down to spend time with a friend before he moves.  And while we had hoped to do some ocean kayaking and some paddleboarding, the weather altered those plans.  We were grateful that we had about an hour in the morning before the rain began, since we hadn’t explored the Cape since moving here.  So we headed out to Chatham (pronounced: chat-um).  First stop was the beach!  It was gorgeous even with the cold winds whipping and the clouds from the incoming tropical depression hiding the sun.

Trying not to look as cold as we really were.

The lighthouse at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Chatham.

Some of the other sites of Chatham…
Now that’s a tree!

Exploring a couple of the shops in the quaint downtown area.

Window boxes spilling over with flowers.
It’s lupine season in New England, and their spiky blooms can be seen everywhere.  They look so beautiful when mixed with white wildflowers, or in this case a background of crushed oyster shells, a traditional Cape landscaping material for walks and driveways.
The beautiful, weathered-shingle architecture of the Cape.

At this point, it began to rain and photography became tricky,and apparently people-less, as everyone just rushed from building to car and back again for the rest of the day.  So no pictures of the guys rock climbing at the climbing gym, or of us all standing under a shelter and eating ice cream, or getting a tour of the Coast Guard base, or having dinner at the British Beer Company.  I did quickly snap the following sights for you though:
The Cape’s airport, which has a grass runway.
Here’s the trade sign of an antique store that Colette and I visited.
The antique store’s garden was beautiful even in the rain.
I hope you've enjoyed your brief, wet tour of Cape Cod.
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