The perfect door to hold back those pesky invaders!
A routine trip to Home Depot in Hyannis for birdseed and Simple Green ended with quite the chuckle last night. While strolling through the store, thinking of all the DIY projects I should (or could) be working on, I stumbled upon a rather unbelievable adornment–a door meant for a fortress, a stronghold or at least a castle. It was made of wood, heavy, with reinforced bars over a peep hole, perfect for sussing out marauders or solicitors.
I couldn’t help but wonder how a design of this kind made its way across the bridge. The Hyannis Home Depot, as with many of the chains on Cape Cod, is a smaller version of the ones you find on the mainland. So there are less options then you would find in Plymouth and points beyond.
So how did King Arthur’s front door make it to the land of sand dunes and salty air?
The Cape is filled with interesting architecture from cottages and Capes to A-frames, gambrels and Greek revivals. Wellfleet is probably the best example of the amazing array of home design. Wellfleet has quonset huts, boats and even a yurt. But castles? Haven’t seen one of those yet.
Cape Cod may be the land of lobster dinners and seafood specials, but our neighbors to the north have one on us–behold, Lobster Cam! We’ve got beach cams and bridge cams, but the folks at Nova Scotia Webcams have aimed the lens at a lobster trap in Halifax Harbor.
The cam refreshes every two second making it almost streamless. The lobster trap is a stop for lobsters and a variety of other sea dwellers including fish and starfish. The only drawback–lobster cam goes dark at night!
It may sound a little silly, but lobster cam is at the same time captivating and relaxing. And no need to worry about the curious crustaceans–the folks at NSWC say any one making an appearance on the lobster cam may be destined for fame, but never the lobster pot.
Lobster cam is a joint venture between NSWC and Murphy’s Restaurant. In fact, if you ever find yourself in Nova Scotia, hankering for a lobster dinner, a printout of the lobster cam site showing a lobster in the trap and Murphy’s ad will get you 10% off–that should help with the US-Canadian exchange rate.
Feast your eyes on lobster cam here!
Screenshot from Lobster Cam. Courtesy of Novia Scotia Webcams.