The Cool House: Huntington Bay
Showing posts with label Huntington Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Huntington Bay. Show all posts

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Can I get a clean sweep?

Allow me a wee rant. I know I don't deserve such self indulgence because really, when was the last time I published a post? A month ago, two months? But I am verily pissed off, pushed to the edge and if I don't express the rage here I may let go in less appropriate quarters, and like blowing on a dandelion clock, you never know where the stuff ends up. No one wants to see that go down In Real Life.

Soooo, what, I hear you wonder, has got me so annoyed?

Not the wild flowers, certainly but the state of the roads. My road in particular. It is June, the second week in June to be precise, and our roads, that we pay a whole bunch of freaking money in property taxes to maintain, have yet to be swept.

And here's the excuse I heard at the Village Trustees meeting in May when I queried why the sweeper hadn't swept the sand and detritus from the winter: 

"I know it's late this year but we need to be sure the last snowstorm has passed and we've had two lots of heavy rains before we can sweep." 

Seriously, this was May 13th. The last snowstorm was early March and we've had weeks and weeks of rain since then. Also, no one had a definite date for road cleaning. According to the Village budget we have more money on hand than last year yet the budget for this fiscal year sets aside $2000 less for road seeping. Why?  I'm quoting from memory here because the minutes haven't appeared online (SIGH) but the response was

 "It was cheaper than we thought last year (a mild winter when it wasn't necessary to sweep the roads as much because little sand had been spread) and I didn't think we would need that amount of money this year."

So why aren't the roads being cleaned? The Incorporated Village could spend funds right now sweeping the sand, grit and other crap that I'm still treading through the house. More importantly it's a public safety issue. Cars and cyclists are skidding on the mess, a large portion of which has formed an island at the bottom of a steep hill. Every time it rains heavily that muck in the photo turns into sticky mud. When it's dry, it's like riding on marbles. 

It's almost a month since the last Village meeting. Memorial Day has come and gone; we are officially into the summer season and still our roads are a disgusting, dangerous mess. The Town of Huntington, which maintains the southern end of the road had the sweepers out in April. It's ironic that our Village, incorporated to preserve its unique character, has worse roads than the town.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

After Irene

Hurricane Irene blew through bringing floods

and high winds.

The beach disappeared under a high tide

that washed the kayaks into the playground.

The storm had other consequences, not least the debris and getting dressed in the dark.

But we ended the day as we usually do, watching the sunset over the bay.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Diamond Eyes

Racing to get to the beach before the sunset last night I snapped the birds on the dock before I noticed the flash was on. What should have been a photo for the discard pile turned out to be a not only a good representation of the variety of gulls on Long Island Sound but an atmospheric, almost arsty shot of blinged-out beady-eyed birds in the dying light. Click to embiggen for the full effect.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Big Pink Sun

Setting sun over Lloyd Harbor with Huntington Lighthouse in the foreground

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Night at the Beach

Wednesday evening: race round the bay. From Lloyd Harbor

to the Long Island Sound

to Eaton's Neck

and back to Huntington harbor

Friday, July 08, 2011

On the bay

Finally, the rain stopped

The sun came out-and so did the bunny

the sun set

and set again

and again.
Sunsets on the bay. It never gets old.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Village Walk

Just a morning stroll-turn right at the purple magnolia

spot the bluejay in the conifer

snap the honking goose on the pond

straight on to the beach

and spy this guy in the yard back home

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New House on the Bay

Today was the first time in exactly two months I've walked the beach and I was amazed that despite the appalling weather lots of progress has been made on the huge (and hugely contentious) new house.

From the beach side it looks rather like a hotel, from this angle more like two houses in one one. What's intriguing me is that little hut. It reminds me of a security booth, perhaps guests will be checking on - or maybe it's just somewhere to store the garden tools or patio furniture?

What I couldn't see is anywhere they could use the old weathervane and turret from the original cottage... I'll keep an eye on it for you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Refreshing, invigorating, sparkling - almost as good as a glass of champagne but a lot saltier!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Blown Away

Yesterday's beach walk was abandoned due to strong winds whipping the sand into our eyes... but at least I remembered the camera to capture that one gull riding the waves!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tide's In

We were denied our morning beach walk twice this week for no reason other than poor planning on my part meant we arrived at high tide both days. But what a difference twenty four hours can make. Yesterday the wind was whipping up the waves and the gulls were buffeted up and down the water's edge.
Today it was so calm I could see two swans bobbing on the water as I approached the end of the road. Twenty gulls and terns of various species and sizes were perched along the shoreline and a couple of ducks waddled out for a dip; the dogs and I stood and watched as a grey heron flew over the sound from Lloyd's Harbor, circled and landed on a strip of sand amongst the other seabirds.
Of course today was also the day I forgot to take along my camera...

Monday, October 25, 2010

The perfect place for a rock garden...

would be here or here but

who would have the audacious landscape design chops to build it right at the bottom of the beach access steps?

It adds a sense of danger to our daily walks - especially in inclement weather. But the kicker? That would be

this. I have nothing further to add.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Big Blue Bay

Fall on Long Island's North Shore: The water is crystal clear and the sky as blue as the fencing that's been bobbing around the Bay for the past few weeks...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weather Wednesday

Listing to Port

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Sunshine and dark clouds. Sand and trees. Beach chalet and new construction. Huntington Bay 2010.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Name Your Price

I like to keep my eye on what's for sale in the Incorporated Village - call me nosey, I can take it.

I get an email alert every time a house comes on the market.

Sometimes I get a bonus.

The same house 40% off. Pick one!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Will this table suit?

The big disadvantage of kitchen renovation is having to eat out all the time - unless you have this view and glorious mid-summer weather. The Wednesday sunset sailing race across the bay provides the perfect backdrop for strawberry, blue cheese and pecan spinach salad and a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Finding my happy place

When things get to much; when the last piece of the puzzle won't fit and you find out you have to demolish half the jigsaw - or your high cabinets - to make it fit; when your new carpenter says: you might want to leave for a while, it's good to have an escape, a hideaway on a desert isle to run to... or maybe just the nearest beach.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Super clouds

Like a big white puffy Hulk, or a cotton candy Michelin Man, the clouds were hard to ignore... protective or menacing - it's your call.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Backed Up Beauty

Remember those storms that hit the north-east in March? They came a couple of weeks apart and each dumped 6-8" rain right on Long Island. Roads flooded, basements flooded, cesspool overflowed; people are still pumping water from the houses and parts of particularly swamped roads are still under water.
Here on the beach the erosion was substantial: steps washed away; bulkheads compromised and fields underwater. Yesterday we walked along the beach (carefully negotiating the damaged wooden stile) and waved to owners of beach front properties who were hard at work digging out their drainage pipes, trying to give the sodden lawns some relief. Some of the flooded areas, though, are beyond the scope of one man (or woman) and a shovel. Willow Pond backed up, flooding the yards of many residents; there's little sign that it will drain anytime soon.
The fence in the photo marks the boundary between two properties; it's the first time I've seen it under water for more than a day or two. Some residents blame construction in the area, others the loss of a large portion of the reeds that covered much of the pond. I'm sure the sand and beach stones that were forced up inside the drainage pipes have formed an effective stopper that needs to be uncorked. Whatever the underlying cause and however great the inconvenience it's quite beautiful to walk the strip of sand between the extended pond and Long Island Sound.