Consider the unexpected adventure of staying put and revealing an counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.
Pico Iyer, author of The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, posits that there’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.
Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy.
Growing trends like observing an “Internet Sabbath”–turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning–highlight how increasingly desperate many of us are to unplug and bring stillness into our lives.
This lyrical and inspiring bit-of-a-book expands on a new idea, offering a way forward for all those feeling affected by the frenetic pace of our modern world.
“…if you want to come back feeling new — alive and full of fresh hope and in love with the world — I think the place to visit is Nowhere.” Pico Iyer
Jim and I invite you to stay at the Inn and go nowhere.
20 years ago, Lighthouse Signs of Westbrook took their first commission: the Captain Stannard sign. Made of thick cedar, the background was sandblasted back so that the letters, image, and frame stood forward. Classy. It looked a lot like this:
After many wind and ice storms, it broke.
Because of its scars, we painted it with colors true to the period of the building.
Alas, Hurricane Irene smashed it beyond our laymen’s abilities. It was time for a professional redo. We brought it back to its creator.
It was a labor of love. Of course, it would have been easier to craft a new sign. But, the history and the tradition would be lost. Tucker spent nine months! I had no idea how many painstaking steps were involved. After stripping it bare and masterfully repairing the pieces, Tucker gave it more depth, simplified the ship in silhouette form, applied gold leaf to the image and lettering, chose that gorgeous blue for the edge, and rehung it properly on the refurbished pole.
Tradition and beauty. It bespeaks our inspiration.
Sometimes I love this Inn so much!
Last week, we were all business. Eight business women came from many states to open a new Coldwater Creek outlet store at Tanger Mall. They had their staff meeting here. They worked so hard and were so gracious. And, guess what… It was the most successful store opening ever!
This week we hosted Jim Nyamu from Kenya who is walking from Massachusetts to D.C. as part of an international campaign to save the elephants called “Ivory Belongs to Elephants.” You can follow his walk from Boston to Washington D.C. at www.elephantneighborscenter.org .
And, this weekend, we are having a birthday game of croquet, tea and sandwiches on the South Lawn and Porch for a lovely lady author and her family.
Ah… Variety is the spice of life
Arriving from the train station, these scrapbookers know how to pack! Those small cases include all their personal and craft supplies for three days. New York City women rock!
We wooed them with every table in our Dining Room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and we were the ones graced. Want to see the menu? Menu_for_Crafters_Wkend Jim rocks, too!
We’re flying our new flag today. It’s an Annin flag: perfect for our Captain’s Inn. “Really? And, why is that?” you ask. Well, the company began with Alexander Annin “sewing flags and supplying them to merchant ships from his sail-making shop on the New York City waterfront as far back as 1820” – the same period that Elbert Stannand left for life at sea at the age of 14 for his lifelong adventure on merchant ships. We loved learning that.
Annin flags were also the flags for Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and his casket; the flags flown for the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923; the flags carried to the North Pole in 1909, the South Pole in 1930, and Mount Everest in 1963; the flag planted on Iwo Jima in 1945; and the flag erected on the moon by Buzz Aldrin. www.annin.com/annin.com/about.asp
We want to welcome you into our lives and tell you a little about what we’re doing with this blog. Whether you are Bed & Breakfast fanatics, leaf peepers, casual observers, former guests, or just stopping by from the internet, we want to welcome you to The Captain Stannard House.
On this blog, we are going to tell you a little about what goes on behind our doors, share some of the stories that we’ve heard, recipes we’ve tried, and try to give you a feeling for the house and Westbrook – both past and present.
We first saw the Captain Stannard House in January 2004. We had just come from a Caribbean cruise, followed by a week in Florida touring Inns and B&B’s. We fell in love, simple as that. And let me tell you, if you can love a place in the middle of winter, after a week of sun and shore, you know it’s the Real Deal.
Over the years, we’ve made some improvements, both major and minor, always aiming to maintain the character of this building and respect its many incarnations. We only shut the inn for two weeks in the winter and that is when we take our annual whale watching long beach excursion. We have been doing it for years and it one of the most amazing trips that is why we keep doing it year after year.
We weren’t the first owners and we won’t be the last; we’re caretakers just here to do what we can during our stewardship of this Westbrook landmark.