MY HOUSE IN A SEASIDE VILLAGE
My blog has centered around antique houses of Gloucester, Massachusetts and some beyond recalling stories of other old towns in Essex County.
In the many months during which I have neglected my blog I did submit some stories to a local blog site called "Enduring Gloucester".
Here is one of my submissions from a year ago as I reminisce about coming to my house in the 1940s as a little girl for my summer vacation not knowing that I would ever own it or live here year 'round.
This house is now one hundred and fifty four years old. I never thought of it as being antique because it didn't have a big timber frame and it didn't have fireplaces for heating and cooking so in my opinion it wasn't much of an antique. Now I think perhaps I should rethink my definition of antique house. It is an old house!
My introduction to this house was happenstance. My mother was concerned about my summer cold that would not go away. I was a preschooler when she took me to a doctor whose diagnosis and remedy was this; "She has hay fever. Send her to the seashore."
So that is how I was suddenly shipped off to spend time with my mother's friend in the seaside village of Lanesville, part of the City of Gloucester. And that was the pattern every year from then on.
Now the house is mine and coming here to cure hay fever, the best thing that ever happened to me. No one ever mentioned that the ragweed to which I was allergic likewise grows here in abundance! That little detail was never mentioned and never reared its head to spoil my summers in Lanesville.
Here are my recollections of those long ago summers at the sea shore posted here on June 26, 2017 after having first been posted on ENDURING GLOUCESTER, June 29, 2016 just about a year ago.