Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chatham, Part Deux

Back in August I took the kids to Cape Cod for a few days. I asked my Aunt to go with us since Chris wasn't able to go.  She is so good with the kids and they have a blast with her. Plus, she loves the beach so I was hoping it would be a special time for her. The weather forecast originally wasn't looking so great for our time away so we got on the road a little earlier than we had planned. Thankfully the weather patterns shifted and we ended up with three gorgeous days at the beach....days where we didn't want to leave (but had to eventually since the dogs were waiting for us back at the house!).  I wasn't planning on taking my good camera to the beach but I couldn't resist since it was so beautiful at the beach. And we met up with some special friends from town and I wanted to try and capture some photos with them. 

Nauset Beach was beautiful and low tide allowed the kids to play in the waves, ride the waves and skim board for hours. The surf was a little rough at times and the older boys got a taste of its strength.  I was happy when they took it upon themselves to come out together when they became unsure and a little nervous. Chica was amazing in the waves and quickly learned how to time her rides in just right.  I was amazed watching her 40 pound little self battle the waves as she walked out to catch bigger ones.  She got tossed around a few times...but that never stopped her.  It was Luke's first time playing in the big waves too. He loved it!

Our few days in Chatham left many memories that I hope the kids will always remember: time spent with Auntie Moe and her wonderful back and foot massages, endless hours playing at Nauset Beach, spending time with the Hills, Dowdings, Diefs and Garveys, dinner at The Squire (the beginning of Ben's Cape Cod fish-n-chips tradition), Candy Manor, our trip to see the seals on Lighthouse Point....


Monday, September 19, 2011

Cafe Racers

Recently a good friend ask me a favor which turned into a fun, different and learning adventure. He had purchased an older motorcycle and overhauled it as a Cafe Racer. On asking him to help me explain what a Cafe Racer is, he provided me with this explanation:

"A cafe racer, originally pronounced "caff" (as in Kaff) racer, is a type of motorcycle as well as a type of motorcyclist. Both meanings have their roots in the 1960s British counterculture group the Rockers or the Ton Up Club, although they were also common in Italy, Germany, and other European countries.

Rockers were a young and rebellious Rock'n'Roll counterculture that wanted a fast, personalized and distinctive bike to travel between transport cafés along the newly built arterial motorways in and around British towns and cities. The goal of many was to be able to reach 100 miles per hour (called simply "the ton") along such a route where the rider would leave from a cafe, race to a predetermined point and back to the cafe before a single song could play on the jukebox, called record-racing. They are remembered as being especially fond of Rockabilly music and their image is now embedded in today's rockabilly culture.

A classic example of this was to race from the Ace Cafe on The North Circular road in NW London to the Hanger Lane junction as it then was - it is now the more famous Hanger Lane Gyratory System - and back again. The aim was to get back to the Ace Cafe before the record you'd put onto the jukebox had finished. Given that some of the Eddie Cochran tunes that were in vogue at this time were less than 2 minutes long, the racers would have had to traverse the three miles round trip at extremely high speed."

This friend is one of many who are rebuilding motorcycles as Cafe Racers. The same friend has also created a group and page on Facebook and wanted some photos of his bike to include on the site. He was looking for photos in a gritty, urban landscape to fit the Cafe Racer style. We headed to one particular area of our neighboring city which had been recommended and had a very successful photoshoot. Here are some of the photos I took for him from that spot and a couple other spots we identified on our travels:

I really enjoyed this adventure and being put up to challenge to photograph something totally different from my norm!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Independence Day Fun!

We once again struck gold with an invitation to visit some of our most favorite people over July 4th. How neat for my best friend from Kindergarten and I to have remained best friends (many miles in between) and to get together with our families....and to serve as Godparents for each others' children??!! I'm truly blessed.

We packed up and headed to Cape Cod for some Independence Day fun! The annual parade in Chatham is our first stop. The chairs and towels were set down in advance early in the morning before the kids awoke. We packed up the wagon with our day-at-the-beach gear, put on our red, white and blue and began our walk to the parade.

I love the walk through the quaint streets of Chatham, admiring the abundance of hydrangea and other beautiful flowering bushes and soaking in the spirit of the holiday!

I tried to get a shot of the kids before the parade came through. Some were more cooperative than others.

The parade did not disappoint. It is pure Americana......

My handsome godson marched in parade thanks to his role as bat boy for the Chatham Anglers!

After the parade the kids gathered up their goodies and we walked down Main Street to our post-parade destination....Oyster Pond. While the kids are at the ages now where they would rather be playing in the waves at Nauset Beach, they don't seem to mind an occasional trip to Oyster Pond for some critter catching, swims to the dock and games of Marco Polo.

The kids waited patiently all day long for the ice cream truck to come so we could take our annual picture. A wide-angle lens would have made it a little easier to capture everyone. Everyone in this picture with dark skin is NOT my child. :)

And one last shot of three of the nicest kids we know!