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!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


In anticipation of summer's arrival, it was about time we got our skiff into the water.

Henri's spur of the moment decision turned into a "come as you are" boat launch. "Hurry, hurry let's go while the tide is right!" So I just jumped into my rubber boots with no time to change my clothes.

If you've been reading me for a while, you've come to expect what Henri will be wearing. For those that have not, that would be his favorite turquoise tie-dyed shirt peeking out from under his life vest.

A candidate for the fashion DO's and DON'TS. You decide the category.

Also in anticipation of summer, I've been knitting and wool felting a few things for my shop.

A scarf that I combined with a ragged, non-wool fiber. In this pre-felted "before" shot, note the individual stitches are visible.

After one cycle of machine felting.

I think I like it this way.

But then again, that's coming from someone you've just seen commit a major fashion faux pas.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Greens From The Garden

Our first harvest of the season, some spinach and swiss chard.

Such an easy and healthy lunch wouldn't you say?

Oops, where did that come from?

Right in the middle of trying to be healthy.

(There's always room for a brownie.)

More green.

Simon had his own little salad too, just no brownie.
He is such a good role model.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bon Voyage To Our Friends

Our friends Jeanne & John are about to embark on an exciting new adventure.

They are moving to Florida, and tonight was the only time we could all get together to celebrate their departure. They sold their house 2 weeks ago and the closing is this Tuesday!

So we decided to all meet up at a local restaurant to celebrate for one last time together before they head South.

We sure are going to miss them.

We first met them through our friends Danny and Diane.

So, after we ate we planned to head back to our place for dessert. Dessert that I decorated at the last minute with some flowers from my yard.

And some garnish from our flower boxes.

I warned everyone not to eat the flowers though.

The cake is lemon.

And I even had enough to make some cupcakes too.

A plastic palm tree container served as a vase to hold some more flowers from the yard.

John already seems to have that "just think, no more snow" look.

We will miss them, but we are tickled pink that everything has fallen right into place for them to begin their new adventure in Florida. Congratulations you two!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Late-Blooming Lilacs

This year my lilacs are about 3 weeks early. They are late bloomers but our season is about 3 weeks ahead of time this year.

I used to think something was wrong with them because they were such late bloomers compared to all the other ones in our neighborhood.

Until I realized they weren't exactly like all the others. I love the luxury of having them in several of our rooms tucked into glass wall pockets.

This is the view from my second story window of them about a week ago. The darker parts had not yet opened.

They sure know how to attract attention.

Some for my kitchen.

Some for our entrance way.

And plenty more to tuck in here and there.

What an intoxicating scent to have around. Wish I knew how to bottle it!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Socked In

During our walk, in between today's raindrops, I took a few photos to show you.

While out enjoying the roses.

I'm also enjoying my new camera's built-in wide angle lens.

As well as it's fine macro feature.

And the zoom feature too.

What a contrast between the grey of the day and the cheery pink of the roses.

Henri borrowed my camera for a moment.

In order to illustrate my fine choice of attire today.