So soon?

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

This evening we walked down to the dock with the dogs under bright blue skies with nary a cloud. It was a warm day that turned breezy in the afternoon and smelled like the ocean. It felt like summer. But when we turned the corner at Old Schoolhouse and 127, the parking lot in front of the Love Nest was almost empty for the first time in weeks. I guess that’s it. Summer’s over. Apparently the kids have gone back to school, and the height of vacation season has passed.

I know some of our neighbors are probably rejoicing. It’s been pretty lively around here, with tourists cruising Old Schoolhouse looking for parking, lots of curious daytrippers poking down our little road looking for views I guess, noisy motorcycles and fast cars roaring up and down 127, late night fireworks, and earth-shaking cannon fire at all hours (don’t ask). Still, I felt a little sad to see that near empty parking lot on such a perfectly summery day.

But the end of the season brings its own joys. If we’re lucky, the warm weather will continue for months, before giving way to a mild winter (like it did last year–thanks la niƱa). That way we can enjoy the silence of the off season, but with the warm air and ocean breezes. Boogie can go back to laying in the middle of the road.

I’m still way behind in the blogging department, so once again, I’m just going to pop in some of my favorite shots from recent weeks. We’ve had more wonderful visitors and a few fun adventures.

We had the pleasure of Belinda’s company again. And we took a drive down to Popham Beach for a short hike and a long lunch at North Creek Farm. This place is absolutely wonderful, truly. I don’t know why we don’t go more often. It’s a small house with a hodge podge of stuff for sale, including fresh produce, seeds, herbs and spices, beer, wine, bags, toys, and on and on. They serve a short list of sandwiches, soups, and salads for lunch. You place your order and then head out the back door to grab a table in the garden amongst the vegetable and flower beds. While you wait for your lunch, you are serenaded by a large flock of fancy chickens. We visited on a glorious, warm day and had delicious food and great fun.

Oh, and the butterflies were out in full force.

I like the shot below because I was trying to capture the butterfly bush, and ended up catching a butterfly in the upper right corner.

We also had our dear friends Glenn, Rebecca, and Liam visit in early August. We spent one day at an all-day music festival in Portland, where Liam proved he is the most easy-going lad in the land, not to mention a real rock-a-saurus.

We’ve also been tending our vegetable beds and were gratified to finally harvest tomatoes starting about a week ago.

This is going to be a short tomato season, so we’re enjoying them to their fullest. Oh, and there is more zucchini than we can possible eat.

There was a lovely boat ride to Newagon Harbor with Belinda and Jim, a delicious birthday dinner for Robert at Tao in Brunswick, a visit to the Bowdoin Museum of Art, and much more. Oh, and Robert built a rock wall around our new garden bed. It will all have to wait. For now, I’m all blogged out.

Saturday lunch with the chickens

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

After doing our marketing on Saturday, we decided to take a little drive down the Phippsburg peninsula to look for some lunch. Our first choice, Anna’s Waters Edge, was closed for the season. This is a typical waterside seafood place with picnic tables and a fabulous view. Oh well, we missed them this year. So we moved on to North Creek Farm, just a little way down the road past the Sebasco Harbor Resort. This is a small farm, store, art gallery, and cafe. You place your order inside after perusing the short menu board and then grab a table in the garden out back. The chickens roam about and keep you company while you wait for your sandwiches and soup. Lunch was de-lish! I got some pics of the scenery while we were waiting. Of particular note were the beautiful petunias, nasturtiums, and tomatoes. And get a load of those chipmunk cheeks!

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