Last Wednesday was unseasonably warm. Since it’s February in New England, it should be extremely cold. But that day it reached 65 Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius). It looked, smelled and felt more like a lovely, late spring day.
Some friends and I decided to take advantage of the break in winter and go to the historic seaside village of Wickford to walk around and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the sunshine on the deck of the Beach Rose Cafe overlooking Wickford Cove.
Wickford was settled around 1641 by Richard Smith on land originally purchased from the Sachem Canonicus by Roger Williams, Rhode Island’s founder. It grew as a port and a shipbuilding center. Captain Lodowick Updike inherited the land from Smith and developed much of the village between 1709-1715.
Many of the homes, churches and businesses bear historic plaques which date back to that time. The buildings are largely intact and on their original foundations and comprise one of the largest collections of 18th century dwellings in the northeast.
It was a fantastic afternoon with old friends, filled with laughter. That evening we sent each other photos of our day together.
Wednesday night it snowed and the next morning we woke to below freezing weather and a storm that closed schools and businesses along the East Coast.
Charley and I returned to the Village on Friday afternoon to snap some “After the Storm” photos.
The concert began with a Joni Mitchell song. Her lyrics seemed to best describe my feelings about this week’s weather.
The meteorologists are predicting another storm for Sunday through Monday. Charley and I will be snuggled up, once again, reading our Christmas books, Roxie and ZuZu in our laps, cozy inside our home in the woods. It’s the best way I know to handle the fickleness of our New England winters.
“I’ll ply the fire with kindling now, I’ll pull the blankets up to my chin
I’ll lock the vagrant winter out and I’ll bolt my wanderings in
I’d like to call back summertime, Have her stay for just another month or so
But she’s got the urge for going, So I guess she’ll have to go….”
Stay warm and to my friends in Australia – stay cool!