After lunch, we stroll along Front Street past a cacophonus jumble of souvenir shops, t-shirt stands, art galleries, and surf-wear proprietors. My eye catches a few random storefronts: Rip Curl Surf Center, Whalers General Store, Billabong, Wyland Galleries. I walk in auto-pilot mode through the thick crowd of sweaty tourists. They seem to be buzzing as if energized by the commercial setting. I’m relieved when we arrive at the Baldwin Home Museum. We buy a pair of tickets and duck into the quiet interior of the home.
- Island Writing
- The gulls own the island. They stand guard over every inch of ground Appledore has to offer—every rock, every patch of grass, even every rooftop tile.
- Imperial War Museum Duxford
- Today we went to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, an aircraft museum that hosts a collection of more than two hundred aircraft as well as an impressive assortment of tanks, boats and other military vehicles.
- Settling In
- I am in my new home and trying to settle in as quickly as possible after what turned out to be a tremenduosly stressful move involving a cranky buyer, creepy lawyer, and slippery real estate agent.