Imagine Black Rock, where it’s nice this time of year

We wish irises lasted longer.

We wish irises lasted longer. This terraced border garden was just starting to see sprouts a month ago.

This is why there are snowbirds. When the weather is at its best in the Northeast, Black Rock in particular, Meridanos are sloshing through puddles and dodging raindrops.

We’ve been paying particular attention to our gardens this year. The back deck smells like lilacs and basil. Hostas and lilies are about to bloom, and we have asked the deer to let us enjoy them for a few weeks before they eat them. We’re even back to semi-caring about the lawn, at least the part of the lawn closest to the house. On the deck, we’re growing herbs and lettuces sold to us by the local garden club. There’s a field out back that’s mainly clover. In the distance, we can hear bathers at Fairfield Beach, and the occasional motor boat speeding out of the marina.

Last night, while Paul was watering the irises, he said that before we sell the house, we should take another look at the numbers and see if we could keep the house a little longer than planned.

I learned a new word when the lettuce plants "bolted."

I learned a new word when the lettuce plants “bolted.”

Of course, we’re both under the spell of our late-spring bliss, contrasted with daily reports of from suddenly soggy Mérida. This is the one time of year where the weather is better up here. By July, the gardens will have peaked (I will have started declaring, as we endure those eventual hazy, dog days of the season, that “summer is over”) and the spell will be broken.

Yes, it will be goodbye to all this one day soon. Maybe that’s why I’m taking more photos. The green field will be traded for a courtyard, smaller but more private and in a place walkable to friends and restaurants. And it will be green all the time.

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  1. Keeping two places, 2000 miles apart, seems counterintuitive but the north is mighty fine in the summer. I like wintering in Guatemala, the place is floating away today, a bluebird day here in Ohio; if you can swing it, keeping a place in the north adds to one’s quality of life.

    • There’s the big question: “If you can swing it.” It might be just as well to rent. Maybe my new pal Laura will give me a deal on a cottage in Niantic!

      • We have a summer house in a quaint historical harbor area of a post-industrial city on lake Erie. We own it free and clear but the upkeep, taxes, utilities, insurance costs are running as much or more than if we were to rent a place for three months in summer in the same local. We have decided to sell the house this fall/winter. We are keeping our country home and will rent when we go to Latin America. Our current plan…
        The swinging it, is just too much of a hassle.

        • Sounds like us here in Black Rock. I’m about to go out and take photos. It will be helpful to take them now if we’re selling the house in the winter. I’ll probably start a blog or Facebook page to promote the property.

  2. You are right – there is nothing like New England this time of year. I am hoping to always have a little piece of it. Just found a fixer upper in Niantic that I would love keep as a Connecticut pied-a-terre:

  3. Hey guys….my partner and I just moved here a few months ago. The rain has been a nice break and the plants are loving it! Looking forward to meeting you!

    • Well, your plants are going to have a good week if the weather forecast is correct. How are you enjoying your new locale?

    • Hi Rick – my partner and I have been visiting Merida for about fifteen years, with an interest in relocating there. Are you on Facebook, or is there some other way I might get in touch to compare notes? I’d like to hear the story of your journey there.

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