Photograph by Nicola Burnell

Celebrating Spring on
Cape Cod

by Nicola Burnell

Why does Spring comes so late to the Cape? Isn't this the land of first light? When I'm sprinkling cayenne pepper on my crocuses, to stop bunnies from feasting on their delicate purple petals, my mother is raving about carpets of bluebells and snow drops in England.

Bluebells? I wish I could find them here! I'm lucky to get the odd grape hyacinth scattered across my sandy soil.

I forget how much I miss the English springtime until Robert Browning starts whispering in my ear "Oh, to be in England, now that April's there…"

I didn't appreciate the longing the poet must have felt to write Home Thoughts from Abroad, but I get it now. My daffodils never grow in majestic oceans of yellow, the way they lap at the edges of the English country lanes. Although the forsythia does look pretty grand lining the driveways of some of the Cape's less travelled roads.


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Taking the Mystery out of Organic Food Labeling

by Katie O'Sullivan

It's Spring, and everyone's talking about "eating healthier" and "going organic." What does that really mean?

For me it means eating more vegetables, getting more exercise, being more aware of the foods I choose to buy at the store.

The labels can be confusing. "Natural" – "Organically Grown" – "Certified Organic" – what does it mean?

According to the organic farmers I know, "Natural" has absolutely no meaning other than to confuse consumers.


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Help Cape Women Online Celebrate 50 years of the
Cape Cod National Seashore

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy created the Cape Cod National Seashore. On August 7, 1961, he signed the bill authorizing its establishment, saying it was significant to "preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and enjoyment of people all over the United States."

As part of the U.S. National Park System, the National Seashore is one of over 390 sites across the country that protect our nation's natural and cultural heritage for future generations. Our National Seashore consists of forty miles of sandy beaches, marshes, ponds, and upland forests which support diverse species of plants and animals, as well as lighthouses, visitor centers and cranberry bogs.

Photograph by Katie O’Sullivan
Photograph by Katie O'Sullivan

In the Summer Issue of CapeWomenOnline, we'd like to feature stories and photographs from you, our readers, reflecting your thoughts and experiences with the Cape Cod National Seashore as it celebrates its 50th birthday.


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