Now that we have drunk in the salty sea air and listened to the screaming gulls while taking the dogs on a cold walk along the strand….. I want to show you my new favorite house on Plum Island. If I lived here, I would be sure to have some hot New England spiced cider ready and waiting for us upon our return from our cold walk. But this is sadly not my house, and I can’t even take you inside. I have been in once, not so long ago. The dining room is round and everything is cozy and aged. Lots of antiques crunched into a small space. On the porch, species of plants that should spend all winter dead for some magical reason thrive, and there are several cats that often go in and out. They call this house Whale Bone, and one of Newburyport’s many artists presently calls it home.
This place is very cozy in the winter time. Small, but just big enough. Old, but still standing it’s ground against the ever encroaching tide that comes each year to visit taking away with it more and more of the Plum Island coast line.
This is a truly interesting little spot on Plum Island.
One day the ocean will wash this place away if time doesn’t get it first. Time has been taking more and more of the lovely old Plum Island buildings lately. It was fairly recently that they knocked down my previous favorite building. The Oliver House, a monument to history, but so deteriorated by time there was just no saving it. My heart would break to see Whale Bone follow down that same path. But for now, it stands. And I get to see it every time I go to the beach of Plum Island.
In the yard of Whale Bone, you find this fun little piece of coastal art. I have no idea who made it. It is a bit of a mystery. But I really think it is fun. So wave goodbye to Whale Bone, and I promise next time I am in Newburyport, I will take you to see the Widows Walks on High St. The darkness is beginning to set in and the sun is going down it is just a short drive to Newburyport, come on, lets go home and have some of that hot spiced cider and we will leave the salty air behind us.