Messing about in boats is done for 2010

Dinghies tethered at the public dock, Hampton Harbor, October 29th.

Leaving the harbor, under the bridge, then out the inlet to the ocean.

Looking back to Seabrook Beach, just south of Hampton inlet.

Hampton Beach, north of Hampton inlet.

Cranes and construction where the Seashell Complex used to be.

The promontory of Great Boar’s Head, Hampton.

Route 1A bridge over Hampton inlet.

Getting closer, with Seabrook Station in view.

Back at the floating concrete dock, an assortment of boats, including ours.

Little red boat.

How to crank up the boat without getting your feet wet.

Haul out. On the ride home, we took turns holding our hands in front of the heating vents in the truck.

Last boat ride of the season

Hampton Harbor, this morning.

In mentally preparing for the season’s last boat ride, on a breezy 50-degree day at the end of October, one should expect to: Not Be Warm For the Whole Entire Time.

Ah, the wind in our fur.

First a fast ride up the Hampton River, to burn off the old gas before adding new gas as part of the winter storage plan. I could not hear my husband explain why this was necessary, over the roar of the engine.

Low tide foliage tour.

As a public service to autumn beauty seekers, I too would paint an old house white.

Marsh creek.

The water temperature was 54 in the river. Channel markers (but not this mooring) have been removed. When we turned around in the pool at the railroad bridge, our boat bottom hit a couple of rocks. I imagined taking on water, followed by a quick swim to the muddy marsh bank. But no damage had been done.

A migration of cormorants.

We also spotted the first loon of the season. They winter in salt water because it (usually) doesn’t freeze.

Blue boat.

A few lobster boats continue working through winter. Being out on the water makes it feel about 10 degrees colder than it really is. I wonder if lobstermen have some special stay-warm tricks.

A great black-backed gull had commandeered a small boat.

The wildlife is reclaiming its post-summer territory.

Avast! Ye olde Bait n Tackle.

The dog ran in the open front door to see the guys loitering around inside. “Your dog bought a couple of rods,” one guy told John. Har har.

I have some more pics from “outside” (in the ocean rather than harbor) and I’ll post ’em tomorrow.

Scaring up some fun

Hampton Union: Winners announced in North Hampton scarecrow contest

NORTH HAMPTON — The votes have been tallied and the awards are in. The town’s top scarecrows are a thrilling bunch.

Michael Jackson by the Nigro family on Grandview Terrace moonwalked off with a trophy in the family category, as did a colorful pair of partying pumpkinheads on the Kilgore front lawn on Atlantic Avenue.

Zoot suits are in fashion this fall. The pin-striped pumpkinhead at Fabisak Realty on Route 1 is winner of the People’s Choice Award. Sagamore Golf swung for second place and third was awarded to a sweet scarecrow at Wild Orchid Bakery.

A dynamic firefighting scarecrow in front of the fire station tied for first place with the golf cart-driving pumpkin-head at Sagamore Golf in the category of “Scarecrow That Best Represents Its Business.” Fabisak Realty took second in this category. Third went to a pair of Shear Vision pumpkinheads dramatizing a sharp encounter with scissors at the salon.

The town’s Recreation Director Diane Wheeler coordinated the month-long Scarecrows By the Seacoast event, with support from the North Hampton Business Association. The plan was to scare up a little community spirit and have some fun. The results exceeded her expectations, as scarecrows multiplied in front of businesses and homes far beyond her original estimates.

“It had a snowball effect. The spirit of community really came out,” she said. “People are talking about it. All of the winners are very, very cool.”

“We had a lot of fun with it,” said Cal Wiser, a realtor at Fabisak Realty, who was on hand when Wheeler stopped by with the People’s Choice trophy.

He credited co-owner Donna Fabisak with designing and dressing the scarecrow after attending a scarecrow workshop at Home Depot on Sept. 25.

“We saved the framework,” he said. “It was fun to see what other businesses did and get ideas for next year.”

Honorable mention went to Seacoast Harley-Davidson for representing its business with a scary pumpkinhead on a flaming bike.

Nature’s Outpost was deemed Most Creative for a twiggy bird-friendly character.

What started with Route 1 businesses spread into neighborhoods as well, as residents took up the theme and pumpkinheads appeared throughout North Hampton.

The Kilgore family scarecrows on Atlantic Avenue started with a beach theme, according to Wally Kilgore.

“Kathy mentioned her over-sized margarita glass and that gave me the idea for the wine bottle. We went to Goodwill and found the shirts, leis, and one of the hats and I went to Home Depot and dug through the scrap wood for the bodies, then whole thing just came together,” Kilgore said.

“It ended up being a lot of fun and it ended up taking most of a Sunday afternoon to do it,” he said.

More marsh mellow

Mm, marsh.

Philbrick Pond and marsh, at the North Hampton/ Rye border, as seen from Route 1A/ Ocean Boulevard yesterday.

Phragmites, the Common Reed.

Marsh Pond

Marsh Pond, Rye

Reflecting on a peaceful place. I stopped the car on Marsh Pond Road between Brackett Road and the ocean, not far from Wallis Sands State Park, opened the window and took a picture. Nothing spectacular, just consistently pleasing in all seasons, autumn most of all.

Color my world and fall

My husband says this is a red birch, or maybe an alder.

Every October, I re-notice this pretty little tree because it bends over the path from our back field to Grandfather Pine and colors our world. Even among all the other gloriously gold and boldly bright trees, it’s a standout.

October is when I really notice and think about trees the most, just as their foliage flames out and falls.

My Autumn 2010 slideshow on Flickr.

Spook

Ye pumpkin lantern. One of a string of them hanging in the kitchen window.

Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon’s silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
– Joel Benton

Creepy cute. A decorative spider light.

Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
– Nicholas Gordon

Recommended, the best kids’ book about Halloween, for all ages: The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury