September 28, 2010

Visiting Martha's Vineyard

But he's got high hopes
He's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie in the sky hopes

Oops there goes another la la la la

This song popped into my head yesterday morning and I could remember the melody but the lyrics were just floating around with lots of missing words. Especially when I got to the Oops there goes another part. All day long, I'd start singing it, then come to that last part and could not remember what the thing is that goes. I decided I'd give myself 24 hours, then look it up. I never would have gotten it right. Here are the lyrics ...

High Hopes (sung by Frank Sinatra)

Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground
There's a lot to be learned, so look around!
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant?
Anyone knows an ant can't
Move a rubber tree plant!

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes;
He's got high apple pie in the sky hopes.
So any time you're getting low, instead of letting go,
Just remember that ant!
Oops! There goes another rubber tree plant!
Oops! There goes another rubber tree.....
Oops! There goes another rubber tree plant!

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall,
There's a lot to be learned; that wall could fall!
Once there was a silly old ram,
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam.
No one could make that ram scram!
He kept butting that dam!

'Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes:
He had high apple pie in the sky hopes.
So any time you're feeling bad, instead of feeling sad,
Just remember that ram!
Oops! There goes a billion kilowatt dam!
Oops! There goes a billion kilowatt....
Oops! There goes a billion kilowatt dam!



Now that I've gotten that out of my system, back to our New England trip. Our first full day on Cape Cod, we took the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard ...


It was a little overcast and the skies occasionally looked stormy, but the weather was good and the cool temperatures (60s and 70s compared to 100s in Phoenix) were so pleasant ...


On the island, we took a quick tour of an alpaca farm. They are bred specifically for the fiber they produce to create woven and knitted items like sweaters and scarves and gloves. The fiber is spun into yarn and is incredibly soft.


I guess sitting around growing your hair is excruciatingly boring -- caught this one yawning big time ...


Check out the weird mop of hair on this one laying with the babies ...


Here's the skein of yarn I purchased in their shop to make myself a pair of fingerless gloves ...


In Oak Bluffs, we enjoyed a street fair, had lunch at Island Bar & Grill, then slurped down some large homemade ice cream cones ...


One of the fun, fairytale features of Oak Bluffs is the gingerbread houses. I could see myself renting one of these, sitting on the porch, knitting, reading and drinking coffee 'til the alpacas come home ...


These beautiful hydrangeas were along the fence in one of the yards ...


It was a beautiful day riding the ferry back and forth and wandering the island. I have High Hopes that we'll do this again someday. And will pass along one little tidbit of caution picked up at the alpaca farm ...


12 comments:

Kathleen said...

Great photos. Makes me want to visit! And that song? I haven't heard that in years. It brought a smile to my face today.

lisaschaos said...

Oh wow! So much to see! Such beauty! And those alpacas! Oh how I love them! That precious baby! Wonderful!

Tightwad Mom said...

I love the row of cottages at Oak Bluff. What a perfect place to visit. The alpaca's are hilarious. They kind of remind me of my 17 yr. old son and his friends when they are hanging out (especially the one with the cute hairdo!).

Snowcatcher said...

Boy, that last photo really left me chuckling!! What a wonderful visit, filled with photogenic tranquility! Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

Beautiful pictures!

He's Got... High Hopes... He's Got... High Hopes...

Now it will be stuck in my head all night... lol

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I use to love that song. Looks like it was a great time. I have never been but have always wanted to go. The pictures are great.

Baby Sister said...

Love me some Frank. Good song choice. That looks like fun!! And, I love the shirt. We used to own llamas, so I know how that goes!! Sooooo fun...

Quiltin' Jenny said...

What gorgeous photos! Now I want to go there.

cathyjoy said...

what a great vacation! I have never been to the east coast, cept for florida and I don't think that counts, and therefore I am totally jealous!

love the pictures!

someday...sigh.

Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said...

I know this sounds weird, but I want to snuggle up with one of those alpacas soo bad! I literally squeeled when I saw their pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see those gloves!

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

These are terrific shots! You're definitely causing me to want a vacation! We've been to the alpaca festival here and my mom knits with their yarn often. It's so wonderful. Looking forward to seeing your fingerless gloves. :D

Joan Price said...

Thanks for the share! All these pictures are really giving me the winter blues! Every year my family and I get a Martha's Vineyard Vacation Rental for a month in the summer and I have to say that trip honestly makes my summer. I mean the food, beach, scenery, what else could you want?!