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Traveling Around Maine

This past weekend we decided to take a long day trip and see some of the sights I remembered as a kid vacationing to Maine. With a cooler packed with sandwiches, water and pretzels, we set off.

First stop was to visit Tenant’s Harbor. A lovely little town where my parents lived for 12 years back in the 1970’s.

Tenant's Harbor Maine

We even found the house they owned and stopped to snap a photo.

My parent's home in Tenant's Harbor

If you continue to drive past Tenant’s Harbor to the end of the peninsula in Port Cylde, there is the historic and rather famous Marshall Point Lighthouse where Tom Hanks concluded his cross- Read More…

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Aldo Leopold and Hunting Geese

We took some time to go goose hunting with a friend who has a Geese decoy's and mountainsbeautiful hunting dog named Aldo. When I asked how he got his name, his owner replied that it was from Aldo Leopold. Leopold, an amazing ecologist and writer and is the author of “A Sand County Almanac”, an environmental classic published in 1949 that I first read in college. It is so well written that it is still widely used today. The book takes the reader through each season, month by month and goes into detail the way the animals and environment changes and adapt.

My favorite section is that of March, even though for me, this natural phenomenon is more noticeable in the fall and winter months. He talks of the geese returning and thus we see a return of Read More…

Photos From Maine – September

Local crab on our beach

Local crab on our beach

Just wanted to share some photos from life in Maine thus far! They are in no particular order or of a certain subject other than places we’ve been, food we’ve eaten, and of course the beach where we have Read More…

Smiles on the Beach

I don’t know if it is the ocean waves crashing up on to the shore, the sand between your toes, or the Finding sea glass on the beachsmells and sounds of being next to the water, or perhaps its got something to do with the sea creatures, shells and seagulls nearby, but there is something about being on the ocean shoreline that makes people smile.

Once people have that beach smile something else happens. They become more human. As in, they say hello as you walk by. Then because you have made that initial contact, most often, a conversation begins as phrases like “how are you, nice day, beautiful weather today” pop out from folks. Some end there and you move along with that contented smile on your face. Interestingly, we find that those opening phrases do more and before you know it, you find out where folks are from, wind up learning about the area and or the specific shells or items they are searching for and now of course you want to find that as well, or you even might learn the best place for a lobster roll or bowl of chowda (chowder for those of us not from around the area).  Read More…

Happy February! Some notes from the farm…

February has arrived and has been rather quiet here on the farm. The chickens are loving all this warm winter weather – the high this past weekend country heartwas 48 at our house! They have made a mud path down to the stream and back and have scratched up the dirt all around the fence. A few of the girls have decided it really is spring and have flown the fence to explore the gardens and pasture past the barn and house. Last year at this time we had to be so careful with them because of all the hawks around but it seems with this weather there is food enough to go around for everyone. The sun was out and – kind of scary – my daffodils are up almost half an inch! I hope they don’t come up much further as I hear a good 1-3 inches are headed our way soon. Until then, we have been able to get some tasks accomplished.

A project in the barn when your fingers don’t freeze off is always welcome! We had wanted to take a few trees down on the property but because the ground frost is not as deep as normal, there is mud everywhere and we didn’t feel like getting the tractor stuck. I finally took down the Christmas wreath and holiday signs. I have kept the snowmen up Read More…

Herbs, Perennials and Antiques

I have been having TOO much fun lately! After all of the Relay’s I’ve still been working hard but have been enjoying my weekends. The gardens are brimfield2coming along, though some plants seem to be doing better than others. Our pepper plants (six in all) have decided to only produced ONE pepper per plant which is odd. The squash plants took a long time to grow but now are filled with blossoms and we can’t wait for squash! The pumpkins are also doing well. I’ve been spending any of my free time in the garden or working on some small craft projects. Lately those two passions have combined, especially after spotting a great way to use antiques with my plants! This past weekend I managed to head down to the Brimfield Antique Show. We always have a blast and make it a “girls day out” with my sister and friends. brimfield1  This year was wonderful as always and while there I spotted a booth that was doing herb and flower arrangements in Read More…

May and June Flowers on the Farm 2015

Well, I’ve been missing in action lately on this blog but I have good reasons. I spend so much time on the garden statue with flowerscomputer for work that my nights and weekends of blogging have become less and less. I have however been keeping busy out in the gardens, busy zentangling, busy getting ready for Relay’s (all four of my communities have their Relay For Life walks during the month of June – so busy!), and of course cooking and baking. The gardens have bloomed so fast this year that the lilac’s are already gone, the iris’ are here and yet some have faded in only a few days, and the peony’s are opening! Summer seems as if it is here already and yet, May just ended a few days ago!

I was told I was crazy to plant my peppers, tomatoes, squash, peas, and spinach in mid May in Vermont, Read More…

Brew Fests and Locals

I’ve been to quite a few brew fests around the area. I always enjoy my time at them but find so many of chillin at the brew festthem tend to be expensive and not as much fun unless you bring a group of friends. The expense usually comes from having to pay a cover fee and then after your two or three “samples included” drinks, you wind up shelling out quite a bit of extra cash to try more beers. So yeah, fun but it can become an expensive trip real quick. Then, to stay somewhat coherent as you try the brews, you want to have something to eat. There you pull out your wallet again to purchase overpriced food.

The opportunity to head out into the cold and try some VERY cold brews was too hard to pass up. Besides, the sun finally came out and the weather warmed up to the 30s!

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Happy New Year 2015!

Started the New Year off right with some family time, good food, and a walk at the local state park later in January 1st walkthe day. It sure was cold, but a beautiful crisp January 1st!

It sure has been an interesting year with new jobs, friends Read More…

Independence and Brisket

What a beautiful fall weekend! It rained and was windy all day on Saturday but that was the perfect day to put the crockpot on withRathbuns homemade chili and to do some work inside the house. We did the normal “weekend work” of laundry, dishes, and taking out the garbage but we treated ourselves out to brunch at the local hub. If you live in our area, Rathbuns Maple Sugar Restaurant is the place to go for great breakfast grub. The family has been tapping trees and making maple sugar for over four decades and their whole family runs the restaurant which only serves breakfast on Saturday’s and Read More…

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