The She Shed

She Shed
She Shed
The Palmer House Inn’s She Shed.

This spring I was introduced to the new concept of the “She Shed” by Patti Keating a horticulturist from Cape Cod Community College. Patti came to help me with our Falmouth Village Spring Garden Tour. After talking with her, I decided that the Palmer House Inn should have its own version of the She Shed. Traditionally the garden shed has been a man’s retreat. This is the place where the lawnmowers and hedge clippers were stored and maintained. However, recently women have been coming up with their own version.

She Shed Search
She Shed Search

I did a little research to rev my creative juices. The first example that I found was, a Shabby Chic retreat with Limoges china, a crystal chandelier, over stuffed furniture and billows of tissue paper garland. The second was a tiny plant sanctuary. It was a small greenhouse filled with plants both inside and out. To complete the quaint atmosphere it was surrounded with a white picket fence to keep Peter Cotton Tale away from the tender, delicious  herbs. Number three, was a backyard potter’s paradise. It had a potter’s wheel, kiln, shelving for her glazes and cooling racks.  Another woman transformed her shed into an inviting craft nook with all of her supplies and even an overhead fan to keep her cool on warm afternoons. Still another gal designed a 1950’s style mini diner, complete with a red and white leatherette booth and a black and white checkerboard floor. It had a working juke box, popcorn maker, vintage radio, retro refrigerator and chrome stools in front of the tiny lunch counter. Another “she shed” was a writer’s sanctuary. This one had to be my favorite because it was surrounded with colorful flowers and comfortable garden furniture that was positioned in shady spots. Inside was a pretty desk and charming lamp. In the corner was an inviting chair with an afghan. What a delightful place to sit, read and reflect. Another shed was a woman’s yoga studio. It had a small dish style waterfall, wind chimes in the doorway, soft calming color tones on the walls and a single Chinese print. An English “she shed” that intrigued me had a thatched roof and a brick walkway.  The creator made it into a place where she could meet, have tea and chat with friends. One of the sheds was created at the beach and is a delight to behold, with double glass doors that look out onto the beach and water beyond. It had a comfortable bed and Adirondack chairs on the outside deck.  Many of the others were simply quiet retreats away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

During my research, I also discovered that sheds are becoming the newest trend in home based businesses. Because of the development of more compact computers, there is no longer the need for bulky file cabinets and phone systems,  so much more can fit into a compact space.

She Shed in snow
Our She Shed in the snow.

The Palmer House shed is a pretty little salt box style cedar shingled house at the back of my herb garden. I have a pretty flower box under its window and the door is painted red to match the other exterior doors on the Palmer House Inn’s property. However, it still houses the tools and chemicals that are necessary to maintain our 3/4 of an acre in Falmouth Village. Some of my most pleasant memories are of the times I have spent tending our gardens and working in and around my she shed.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures sampling Cape Cod cuisine, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Cape Cod’s Hydrangea Festival 2016

Hydrangea in front of the Palmer House Inn.

From July 8th through 17th the upper Cape Cod towns will be celebrating hydrangeas.

All colors and shapes. A full schedule can be found here.

Cape Cod Hydrangea
Hydrangea

Here is a sampling of the planned activities and events on the upper Cape:

On July 9th at 1:00 pm, author Joan Harrison will be talking about her  book , “Heavenly Hydrangeas”, at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.  She will be talking about the tricks and giving tips about growing hydrangeas. Joan will take her guests on a one hour walk through the gardens. The event will include a book signing. For more information Call: 508-833-3300 ext. 130

Cape Cod Hydrangeas on the Porch for Breakfast
The porch before breakfast

On July 9th, 14th and 16th the hydrangea test garden at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich will be open at 10:00 am. The goal of the garden is to create the most complete hydrangea collection in the United States. For more information call:  508-833-3300 ext. 130

On July 9th, 11th, and 15th Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich will be hosting, “Hydrangea Care Walks” from 10-10:45 am. The basics of caring for and maintaining hydrangeas will be discussed by the Museums horticultural staff. Care, growing situations, watering, fertilizing and mulching will be the subjects of discussion. For more information call: 508-833-3300

On July 10th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Highfield Hall in Falmouth will be celebrating the Hydrangea Festival. There will be three talks and garden walks.  Mal Condon, who is the collector, propagator, grower, and nurturer at Hydrangea Farms,  will speak at 11:00 am. At noon, Terry Soars who is Highfield’s landscape director, will tell visitors what is new about hydrangeas as she leads participants on a garden walk. At 12:30 Anna Holmes will give a demonstration of flower arrangements using hydrangeas. Admission for all three talks is $10.00 and it includes a free felt dirt bag. Highfield is just a 10 minute walk from the Palmer House Inn.

On July 10th, 13th and 16th Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, will host a demonstration on hydrangea pruning from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.

Hydrangea in front of the Palmer House Inn.
Hydrangea in front of the Palmer House Inn.

On July 12th and 13th Falmouth Garden Club will hold “Villages in Bloom” from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Four private Falmouth gardens will be open for touring rain or shine. The Palmer House Inn’s gardens will be one of the gardens on this tour. The price is $5.00 per garden. The proceeds will benefit Falmouth Museums on the Green. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling: 508-333-4016.

Also, on July 12th from 2:30 to 5;00 the Falmouth Art Center will present ” What is New in the World of Hydrangeas”. This program will include a slide presentation and a talk about the new dwarf varieties of hydrangea as well as general care. At the conclusion of the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. Admission is $5.00.

On July 15th and 16th Aptucxet Museum in Bourn will have a paint along demonstration from 3;00 to 4:00 pm. ” The Paint Your Own Hydrangea Event”, will include all of your supplies as well as refreshments. The cost is $25.00. For a reservation, call 508-563-7938. The museum is at 24 Aptucxet Road in Bourn.

Cape Cod Wedding Cake with Hydrangea
A recent Cape Cod cake for a Palmer House wedding.

On July 16th Joan Harrison, the founder of Cape Cod Hydrangea Society and author of “Hydrangeas: Cape Cod & the Islands” and “Heavenly Hydrangeas: A Practical Guide for the Home Gardener” , will share her knowledge of manipulating color, hydrangea breeding and growing in containers. The lecture is free at 10:00 am at Soares Garden Nursery, 1021 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod’s gardens, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend 2015

Hallamore Clydesdales are Back for Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Weekend

By Mary Moran
Photography by Bill O’Connell

Every year in Falmouth, the community gathers to celebrate “Holidays by the Sea,” a fun-filled weekend with festive activities for the whole family to enjoy as the holidays approach. This year, the celebration begins on Friday December 4th. and ends on Sunday December 6th. with the 52nd annual Christmas Parade.

Holidays by the Sea Parade in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Holidays by the Sea Parade in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Doll Collection
Doll Collection at Highfield Hall.

Holidays at Highfield Hall“, will be on display from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Top designers and decorators have transformed the elegant rooms, of this beautiful Victorian mansion, into enchanting glimpses of holiday gathering and giving celebrations in other countries. There is a gift shop and a British Tea shoppe. Bill Hendel’s extensive International Creche collection will be on display. In addition the traditional train room returns with large Lionel electric freight and diesel trains. Admission for adults is $5. and children are free.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend Starts Friday, December 4, 2015

Nobska Lighthouse
Nobska Point Light

From 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. carolers meet at Historic Nobska Lighthouse on Nobska Road in Woods Hole to join in with a festive old-fashioned seasonal sing along. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the conclusion.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The third annual Jingle Jog 5k & Elf Run start off the day. The races begin at 9:30 & 9:45 a,m. Participants run in seasonal attire including jingle bells as they run beside the ocean in Falmouth.

At 10:30 a.m. Seafaring Santa sails into Falmouth Harbor. He docks at the head of the harbor on Scranton Avenue.

From 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. it is back to Nobska Light House where one can tour the light house tower and visit with Santa at 12:30 p.m.

From 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Falmouth Historical. Society’s will present, “Christmas traditions” in the Federalist era Dr. Francis Wicks House at 55 Palmer Avenue will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public. Admission is $5. for adults and children are free. Family activities are planned from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend Evening at Palmer House Inn
Palmer House Inn decorated for the holidays.
Falmouth Jewelry Shop Holiday Decor
Falmouth Jewelry Shop Holiday Decor

From 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. the Holiday Stroll begins on Main Street and the Queens’s Buyway shops on North Main Street, next door to the Palmer House Inn. There will be wondering carolers to put you in the Holiday Spirit. All of the stores will be open and many are prepared with complimentary gift wrapping. For those of you who work up an appetite while shopping, our fine restaurants will be open and ready to seat you with good cheer.

At 7:00 p.m. the lighting of the Village Green will take place. Immediately following the lighting The Falmouth Brass Choir will lead caroling before a special visit from Santa.

Holidays by the Sea Weekend at the Palmer House
Holidays at the Palmer House

Sunday, December 6th.

From 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Falmouth Historical Society’s stately Dr. Francis Wicks House will be open to the public. Each room will feature a different tradition such as, “A Christmas Carol”, the history of Santa, and gift giving, Christmas trees and chocolate. A doll house display from the museum’s collection will be on view in the Hallett Barn Visitor Center. The museums gift shop will also be open.

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

The 52nd annual Falmouth Christmas Parade begins at 12:00 noon. The parade makes its way down Main Street to the Village Green. This event is known as Southeastern Massachusetts’s largest holiday parade. It will feature theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals. costumed characters and of course Santa.

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

In addition, once again, with the generous help from the Falmouth Village Association and Main Street’s Eastern Bank, the Falmouth Christmas Parade will be hosting some magnificent guests, The Hallamore Clydesdales. Along with their signature orange wagon, these fine specimens are returning to proudly trot along and ring in the holidays with us. If you didn’t get a chance to see these beautiful horses in prior years, now is your chance. They are owned by the Hallamore Corporation (est. 1898). The Hallamore Clydesdales are an 8-horse “hitch” residing in Lakeville, Massachusetts. These rare beauties are hand-picked from the world’s leading breeders in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. What makes these horses so special is their grand yet graceful presence. On average, a Hallamore Clydesdale weighs in at about 2,200 pounds and is approximately 18 ½ hands tall. The general Clyde population ranges from 1,600 to 2,200 pounds and from 16 to 19 hands in height, proving that the Hallamore’s are clearly at the top of their class. The unforgettable orange wagon that the Clydesdales proudly haul through the streets is almost as impressive as the horses themselves. The wagon was built in 1899 by the Studebaker Company that was based in Chicago, Illinois, making it over 115 years old. Don’t let its age fool you; this wagon is sturdy enough to carry up to 5 tons! What really makes this wagon unique is the fact that there are only 3 others like it, left in the world and we are lucky to see it close up, being hauled by the beautiful, giant.

Hallamore Clydesdales

Hallamore Clydesdales
Hallamore Clydesdales

The Clydesdale breed originated in Scotland as a heavy draft horse for hauling. The horses were needed not only for hauling heavy harvested crops but also to carrying coal from the Scottish mines. The new breed’s positive and successful reputation spread quickly throughout Scotland and Northern England. The breed’s cartoon-like coloring, which is commonly a light-brown body and white lower extremities, make the horse appear to be wearing white boots which makes the Clydesdale a bold and memorable breed. It’s massive size and undeniable strength is what has made the Clydesdale enduring.

Come join us at the Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, Palmer House Inn for a memorable beginning to your Christmas Season. Our 1901 Queen Ann Victorian is at its most beautiful during the Christmas season.

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of festivities on Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.