White Christmas

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

On Christmas morning we awoke to “sea smoke.” It’s what happens when the air is much colder than the water below. Stunning. Then the snow started mid morning, just for Katy’s birthday. It was another beautiful, gentle snow, only about two to three inches in total. Enough to make everything beautifully white. Mark and Katy were visiting and Mark made great use of his new fancy camera. All the photos below were taken by either Mark or Katy.

The day after Christmas was gorgeous, sunny and bright. We took a drive off the island to Brunswick for lunch. Sewell Pond on Arrowsic was frozen and several ice fishermen were out there catching fish called black crappy. We ventured out onto the ice for some quick pictures and then made a run for the shore.

On Tuesday, Mark, Katy, and I took a drive up the coast to Rockland. We stopped along the way in Damariscotta to see the Whaleback Shell Midden. Had a nice lunch at the Thomaston Cafe. Stopped at the Owls Head Light. Saw the trap tree in Rockland. And ended the day at the Olson House in Cushing. A wonderful outing.

Autumn in Maine

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Giant carved pumpkin at festival in Damariscotta

To celebrate the season, we took a drive up the coast to Rockland last Saturday. Our destination was a sushi restaurant, Suzuki, that we’d heard very good things about. We decided to stop in Damariscotta for the pumpkin festival. While we were there, we bellied up to the bar at King Eider’s Pub for some pub pretzels with brie and blue cheese dipping sauce (light fare!) and a dozen Pemaquid oysters, and some local beers of course. We got such a late start that the festival was wrapping up by the time we got there. But we did get to see all the cool giant pumpkins along the Main Street.

Pumpkin as cat head

And then it was on to Rockland, another 45 minutes or so up Route 1. Rockland is a pretty big town with a nice working waterfront and a very good museum. Of course, everything but the restaurants and bars was shut by the time we arrived. So we took a short walk along the harbor before heading into In Good Company for wine and snacks before dinner. This is a very nice little wine bar with very nice food and a good wine list.

Rockland harbor

Outside the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland

But the whole point of our journey was the sushi at Suzuki. It did not disappoint. The highlight was the lobster sashimi and the Spanish mackeral sashimi. Everything was super fresh and beautifully presented. We’ll be heading back again soon I hope.

Lobster sashimi at Suzuki in Rockland

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