4. April 2011 04:26
East Passage Estates is a tranquil little enclave on the north end of the
island. It appealed to us because it offers quiet, privacy and lots of
room. I do admit that when we moved there I was concerned about how much
privacy from passersby our front porch offered. So, we did a little
planting just to give ourselves some screening.
East Passage Estates lot sizes begin at just under 2 acres and most lots
are right about that size. House styles are varied, as are their
inhabitants--singles, young families, empty nesters and retirees. A nice
mix of perspectives and experiences. There are two fresh water ponds with
walking trails, and at this time of year it’s a great spot for red-winged
blackbirds. The neighborhood association operates unobtrusively, except
for the annual neighborhood picnic. The street in front of the ponds is
blocked off, the association grills hot dogs and burgers, and everyone
shows up with a dish to share. There’s even entertainment!
We love our front porch--use it as soon as, and as long as, we can. As it
turns out, it‘s not that quiet; birdsong fills the air from sunrise to
sunset. And privacy--forget it. There’s a constant parade of birds at
our feeders, squirrels in the trees, and apparently, we’re in a
hummingbird flyway! Very special neighbors include white-tailed deer.
We’ve seen fawns born, watched their development, and worried when we
don’t see them for a few days. We have lovely, deer-resistant, Deer Off
sprayed gardens. And passersby . . . Where?