Wandering through the North Shore

Edith's sun spot

After weeks of cold rainy weather we finally have a hot spell. The pets have all responded by suddenly going from “curled” to “sprawling” as they sleep.

Read leaves tomorrow for six weeks in Peru and Mexico where he’ll do some research and intensive language study. Sadly, I’m not tagging along on this one, so I took the day off work and we threw together a quick trip out of the city. This was one of those open-ended adventures where we picked a general destination but no itinerary. We drove all along the little towns in the North Shore – Magnolia, Essex, Rockport, Gloucester – and stopped whenever something looked interesting.

Houses by the sea in Essex, MA

We walked along the harbor in Essex…

Sam at the beach

…napped on the beach…
North Shore, MA

…walked Sam through neighborhoods of adorable houses and picked where we’d most like to live…

Frabjous Fibers merino roving

…randomly found an awesome yarn store where I bought some roving…

Woodman's of Essex

…and on the advice of a coworker, stopped at Woodman’s of Essex (“Best Place to Eat in MA” from Bon Appetit) for some fried clams. Woodman’s did not disappoint. We split a fried seafood sampler, chowder, and an ear of corn – all washed down with a cold beer. It was an indulgent and tasty closer to our early Memorial Day trip.

Woodman's in Essex, MA
Woodman's in Essex, MA

Yeah, we ate that whole plate. No wonder my stomach is making weird noises as I type.



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  2. bethany · June 12, 2011

    will you send me that flowery bed spread when you are sick of it?! always wished i lived closer!

  3. Julie · May 28, 2011

    Looks like it was an awesome time!! great photos.

  4. sally · May 28, 2011

    What a great day! Glad you were able to enjoy it together.

  5. bonniehull · May 28, 2011

    Crack up…we ate at Woodman’s in 1995 and I’ve JUST gotten over it…loved the Essex harbor cottages…very Cutler City…still no spring or summer here…love to both…B

    • foxflat · May 28, 2011

      hahahaha i believe it Bonnie! uhhh we’re definitely going to take a late night walk. It’s so good though. No warm weather there yet? you guys have had a rough spring. Can’t wait to see you in August!

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