Friday, March 7, 2008

New England Islands


There are hundreds islands in New England, from as large as Nantucket to as small as Cormorant Rock off New London, Connecticut. Inhabited islands of year-round homes or summer cottages, and many uninhabited, left to the sea birds.

An old joke goes, “There was a terrible storm last week, and the ferries weren’t running. Those poor folks on the mainland were cut off for days.”

This photo showing US Mail boxes labeled “on island” and “off island” illustrates the line of demarcation in the island dweller’s hearts and minds. There is the island, and then there is everyplace else.

Been to Nantucket? Martha’s Vineyard? Block Island? Name the island of your choice, and let us know.

2 comments:

PB said...

hi! just found your site via the siren. i live in new england too and love it here. my favorite island? nantucket by far. even though i've only been there a few times....ferry costs are too steep to go often. :(

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, PB, thanks for stopping by. The Siren has a great blog.

The Far Away Island is a wonderful place. I can recall a ferry ride years ago where we spent the last part of it in a fog bank. You couldn't see your hand in front of your face. Then quite suddenly, the fog cleared, and the late afternoon sun made Nantucket bronzed and sort of shining as the boat approached. It was a Disney illusion, stunning. I hope you get to go to Nantucket again sometime.