October 21, 2014
Needles have stripes, look flat rather than round.
Wet woods near vernal pool. Those look like bryophytes growing under the twig?
September 26, 2014
Brier Island Lodge is a family-run place. It is a little expensive, and it lacks a few of the usual motel-chain extras. There is no phone in the room and no wi-fi (there is wifi in the lounge). But there are a few extras that make up for everything else. The view from the dining room is great and includes most of the bay and the small island with lighthouse plus beautiful sunsets, if you eat at the proper time for that event. You can walk from your room straight across the island on a shrubby trail that ends on a rocky cove. Instead of noisy lawnmowers there is a small free-range flock of sheep and a goat. Staff is friendly and helpful. Here are some photos of things I liked.
The small farm is located right next to the Lodge office and the Restaurant.
The sheep, and the goat, are not penned, although there is a fenced field area next to the motel units.
Here are the sheep seen through the window of our room in the morning after our arrival.
Here are the sheep seen from the lounge, which has two walls of windows. I used the wi-fi in the lounge. It was a large sunny place with tables and games and books, and the registration area.
Lodge dining room included a small sitting area with a bright orange painted brick fireplace.
Teapots and Coffee pots in the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are served here, there is a great view of the harbor and lighthouse (not to mention the sheep).
You can dine in the restaurant even if you are not staying in the motel rooms.
The outdoor public phone. No phones in the rooms.
I tried to get the spiders and webs on the phone and booth in a photo but was not very successful. I thought it was “quaint” but when I got home I saw as many cobwebs in my house.
We would stay here again; it was fun and convenient, and we liked the staff.
September 4, 2014
Oriental Hotel, Venice
This (above) is Bohemian Glass, in the Prague hotel room.