Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bait and Switch Blade (Or The Beginning of Our Summer)

About the time the lupines start to fade here, it's about time to complete a few of our summer chores.

Like purchase some bait for our lobster traps. Mackeral, ewwww.

And then spend the better part of the afternoon stuffing bait bags that we put into zip lock bags to store in an old freezer. Henri always seems surprised that I don't mind doing this with him. Frankly, so am I.

The next mildly unpleasant chore is to take a trip out to our mooring to clean off all the built up kelp and barnacles.

Where to begin.

It took Henri about 45 minutes to cut through all the lovely aquatic debris while I sat back and enjoyed the scenery.

Back home on a rainy day, Henri decides to spend his Father's Day gift certificate on something more eye-catching than the rotted-out split rail fence that we just gave the old heave-ho to.
I just love the look of a white picket! Only 2 sections for now, but we can add on later.

And now hold on to your horses for this one. Yep, that's Henri sporting a new shirt, getting ready to walk down the Downeast version of a runway.

Another tie dyed one, you ask? Nope, this one is batik. Here's the close up detail, just in case GQ is reading.

We have a new friend that often greets us on our walks.

We noticed a new sailboat out in the harbor the other day too.

The fog had rolled in, but the boat's colors stood out nicely.

Of course I had to use my zoom to find out where they hailed from. (Sorry for the fuzzy image.)

Here's a sailboat just leaving our harbor. Off in the distance you can see the sea smoke around the islands.

I also thought I'd show you the finished version of some of my homemade raspberry liquor that I've been enjoying since May 1 of this year.

And, just in case you're interested, here's the link to the post that tells all about how I made it.
I hope you all are enjoying your summer too!


Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

I see, you guys work hard for your dinners!! The fog is gorgeous..., great shots! And now I have to go see how you made that liquor, it's sounds soooo good.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh what a lovely summer!!! The photos are glorious - and I love Henri's new shirt.

We are still, still, still waiting for summer. Rain again tomorrow - and then sunshine they say for a week - and we may even get up to 74 - now that would be summer. But with all the rain it is gloriously green - which I really enjoy. When the sun comes over the mountains the air is the prettiest bright green - now to have some sunshine.

Low Tide High Style said...

Lili, that looks like a lot of work! And I love Henri's new shirt...GQ will definitely be calling!

Your fence is charming, I'm a sucker for white picket! And I loved the photos of the boats on the water, there is nothing quite like being on the water on a foggy, misty day! Great photos!

Kat :)

Teri said...

Great shirt Henri!!! I love batik prints. Fantastic shot of the raspberry liquor - love the light in it.

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

You pictures are just beautiful. Thank you for giving me my Maine fix for today. I'll probably visit again this afternoon for another. to that recipe!

Enjoy a most special day, Carol

Julie said...

Loved your post. so interesting. I enjoy hearing about all your activity on the water. And all the lovely colors in your blog. Life is good. :-) So thankful to be able to live in this country and all the freedoms and opportunities and pleasures it offers up to us in all parts of this land...America. Have a wonderful Fourth and thanks for sharing a piece of your intriguing life with us. I like it! **ps > GREAT shirt.
and I love your new little friend. He reminds me so much of my Gideon.

Anonymous said...

Homemade raspberry liquor... well, how about that!

Looks like some hard work going on there, but the views certainly make it worth it.


Suspended Soul said...

At last. I was beginning to get fearless nesting withdrawal. Henri's shirt is fierce. Love the photos, great as usual.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I love your photos, I would absolutely LOVE to live by the sea. :-)

Have a very safe and Happy Fourth of July!

hometown girl said...

Lili I love the photo of the sailboat it's lovely!
I too love the white picket! Enjoy your 4th!

Neil and Susan Brown said...

What a beautiful place you have nested! Of course I love the sailboat pictures, but especially Henri's new shirt.I think you have found a perfect place to live. The lobster traps are abundant here as well. We spend our time looking out for them as we sail. Have a great fourth Lili!! Susan :)

Elenka said...

You live in a perfect place. And I know you enjoy it immensely. If only the dang winters weren't so long.... sigh

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

...what great photos...and i love that shirt!!! the raspberry liquer sounds it anything like raspberry cordial?

Privet and Holly said...

Lili! I wonder how I missed this wonderful post??? Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and amazing. I felt like I was right there in Maine, walking and talking with you. Wouldn't that be fun! I bought a bottle of local blackberry wine while I was in Savannah and it was really really delicious, so I'll be anxious to try your raspberry recipe : ) Hope you are staying cool up in Maine! It hasn't been as hot here in Minnesota as it has on the East coast. Cheers! xx Suzanne

vicki said...

LOVE this - love it all. Love seeing what you do to get ready for the fishing, love the view, love the new fence - and Henri in that rain slicker - and LOVE his new shirt. Would double LOVE to be enjoying some of that wonderful wine with you! Beautiful color!

and there is more - the scenes from the harbor are to die for! I want to come for a visit!