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Ten, Ten, Ten!

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:32 Written by  Alexandra Grabbe
 

162016 Image1Milestone time: I’ve written this blog for ten years.

 

Check out my first post about walking to Long Pond, written January 2, 2006.

 

So much has happened since then.  My mother passed away that November.  We expanded the bed-and-breakfast and promoted green living.  We renovated a wing of the old house.  I wrote an ebook about Wellfleet. Guests from all over the world came to stay with us.  More recently, Airbnb seduced travelers with low prices.  A flurry of Wellfleetians opened their doors to transient guests.  Sven and I are now ten years older.  We decided to close the B&B this fall and spend more time with our families.  So, what about Chezsven blog, renamed "Wellfleet Today" by a regular reader?  I have decided to go on hiatus for the first months of January. I’m glad so many people have enjoyed my writing.  I’m sorry there were not more of you with the time or technical knowledge or desire to leave comments.  It was always fun to meet readers and discover, through them, new aspects of the Wellfleet experience.  When I started blogging, no one wrote about our town on a regular basis.  Over the past ten years, there have been a few attempts at blogging by businesses and regular folks and many gorgeous photos of our town posted on Facebook. Last year, at the Annual Town Meeting, Wellfleet voters approved a ban on single-use plastic bags, which was something I urged often on these pages. Now we have the Plastic Shopping Bag Reduction Bylaw. What lies ahead for Wellfleet?  More than 80% of the town is non-resident.  Real estate is expensive.  I learned yesterday that the South Wellfleet General Store will not reopen in the spring.  Rumor has it that someone may start a food co-op, either in that space or another in Eastham, which would be terrific.  For several years we have enjoyed farmers markets at Preservation Hall. Our community center was completed around five years ago and challenged the library as the "pulse" of the town. Harbor Stage Company brought us a number of fabulous productions, which I reported on here.  Our multi-starred librarian retired, but the excellence of our library continued to delight everyone who happened to find it.  Restaurants opened and closed.  PB Boulangerie brought magnificent French cooking to the Outer Cape, what seemed almost like a miracle to me who had lived 25 years in France.  We fought NStar and lost.  We fought Entergy and won. Pilgrim will close in 2019, if not sooner.  And, then there’s Nature.  The timeless beauty of the ocean and the kettle ponds.  The Cape Cod National Seashore remains for us all to enjoy.  Have a great winter!

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