Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nature's Bounty

Harvest from my garden this weekend.

Along with a small harvest from the sea and my backyard blackberry bushes.

Thanks to nature's bounty, my grocery store cart will be a little lighter this week.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Schoodic During A Storm

On Sunday, the Schoodic Region of Acadia National Park was closed due to the after effects of Hurricane Bill. So I thought I would post the pictures that I took during a storm there in October 2006. The title picture for this blog was also taken then.

Hurricane Danny is the next storm headed this way and chances are Schoodic will be closed for this one too. After the recent tragedy in Acadia, I have to admit I have seen Schoodic as wild as I ever want to see it in person again.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

When Life Imitates Art

Even though I had my gloves on this morning when I pulled up this trap, I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the creature you see on the left.

Don't let this pose fool you...he tried to bite me.

I have since learned it is a sculpin. I also learned lobsters love sculpin. Notice there were no lobsters in this trap.

I was told you should slam the fish against a hard surface and throw him back into the trap for bait or just stab him with a knife. I released him.

Until today, we had
never seen anything like it.

Or have we?

Monday, August 17, 2009

How Did Your Chair End Up On My Blog?

In our town each summer, we have a day set aside where you can get rid of any unwanted bulky trash just by placing it in plain sight, right at your curb on pickup day. But then as if on cue, up to a week ahead of time, random piles of debris start showing up all over the neighborhood, along with a steady stream of slow moving pick up trucks openly canvassing each other's dooryards in hopes of finding a treasure or two. This year, Bulky Trash Day is set for August 22. But the good stuff will never even leave the neighborhood.

Today is only August 17 and your chair has not only been found, repaired and power washed . . .

but has also been dried, and is now ready for a quick wash of color.

The first few brush strokes soon reveal that this treasure was made right here in Maine!

Suddenly, your chair has taken on a whole new look in a soothing shade of aqua.

And don't you think it looks quite lovely with a wreath of shells and objects, collected right from our shore?

Tonight it sits in my driveway drying, along side an end table you may have seen near my curb the day before.

Until I realized it too could be salvaged, right along with your chair.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Garden Update

Tiny cuke
emerging broccoli

billowing brussel sprout

the sweetest of peas

a bird will soon befriend

perfectly formed bell peppers almost ready to pluck

A basket of impatiens that I started from seed, already has me dreaming of next year's possibilities.

I'm having so much fun watching my little garden patch grow up!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Navigational Tricks

Port - On the left-hand side as one faces forward, indicated by a red navigational light.

Starboard [pronounced starbird] - On the right-hand side as one faces forward, indicated by a green navigational light.
Left = Port Right = Starbird

Okay . . . GOT it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Scenic Routes and Milestones

Tonight in Bar Harbor, we took a walk along the historic 100 year old Shore Path.

It was such a lovely, warm summer evening for a stroll along the ocean.

And seeing the town all lit up

on this particular night in August

just added to the magical feeling

of being able to

once again

celebrate another year together

We were married 26 years ago today.
Growing old together is pretty darn amazing.