I think most of us spending summers here as children knew that we had something really special going on. We left our homes on the mainland the day school got out, and we went back the day before school went back in. Both my husband and I remember crying on the ferry on the way back home saying ‘Why are we leaving?’ After we married, we wanted to find out how we could make our lives on Block Island year-round. It took a while, but we managed to do it.
I like to visit the city. But the ability to be outside and appreciate the nature around me, the ocean, the fields, the ability to live that way, is important to me. Here on Block Island, I can hear the ocean from my porch – I can even see it from my bedroom. I can wake up, prop up on my pillows and drink a cup of coffee in the morning and be checking ocean conditions without my feet ever having hit the floor.
The sound and feel of the wind are also significant factors in island life, especially during the winter. Sometimes when we do get low-wind days in the winter, you’ll hear people say, ‘Oh, what’s that? What’s that noise I don’t hear?’ It’s always there, so you only really notice it when it stops.
It was the same with the diesel generators. They made a lot of noise, but it was only when the power company shut them down – when the wind farm opened – that you suddenly noticed the noise they’d been making. That day, when they shut down, you could just hear a bird singing. I’m sure it had been singing all along, but suddenly it was the only sound.