Saturday, June 19, 2010

Until next time

It’s time to begin thinking of leaving this place we’ve been all week. I’ll tell you where the cottage is and show you more photos (if you’re not getting too tired of it all yet) when I get home.

It’s time to pack up the laptop and the things around the house because we want to get an early start tomorrow. Working on these photos is dificult because of the tiny laptop screen. The one I have at home is twice this size. I’m not too sure of the colors I’ve been posting all week, so bear with me please.

I say goodbye to all of this, until next year.

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I picked this stem off a large wild blueberry bush growing along the shoreline near our cottage. I’ve had it in a champagne glass filled with water for the past several days. UPDATE: It's mountain laurel. Thanks, readers!

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A painter from Surrey who travelled an hour on this nice fine morning (his words) to paint the coastline at Schoodic Head Peninsula, part of Acadia National Park. He was the happiest gentleman, too.

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The library in Winter Harbor is a former chapel.

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Jonathan lives.

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A lobsterman outside of Winter Harbor checks his traps early Friday morning.

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Skiffs tied to the floating dock at Winter Harbor.

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I think I may miss this the most. I have always wanted to kayak yet never did until this week. I practiced and became adept at circling around rocks, stopping and turning quickly. And going really fast.

I love it. Except getting out. I don’t like that part.

Well, my husband’s started packing. George is outside barking at those pesky squirrels. And it’s time to shut this baby down and get moving.

I look forward to catching up with all of you when I get home. And I have a lot of catching up to do. Plus there’s a lot of comments to read . . . thanks so much for coming by and visiting today.

38 comments:

Jack said...

Nice Shots! Are you sure that is a blueberry bush? It looks more like Mountain Laurel to me.

JackDaddy said...

Have a safe trip home.

Mental P Mama said...

Can we pleeeease stay a few more days?

Karen said...

I love kayaking too... I have a necky and I love it.

beth said...

safe travels...being with you in maine for a few days was so very nice....my sister who lives in maine, very close to where you are/were, is here visiting and she loved looking at your photos and reading about your adventures....

she really wants to know where you rented.....

beth said...

and if you ever have a chance to kayak in the ocean, do it...it's a blast !

Deb said...

do you have to leave? I was so enjoying the photos of Maine...

from my front porch... said...

Love, love Maine. And George.

Yep, that is Mountain Laurel. Beautiful foliage!

http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/kalmialati.html

Teri said...

Have to agree with Jack. I think it's a laurel.

TSannie said...

I just know that first photo is mountain laurel - one of the most photogenic flowers I've ever seen.

Stop by on your way home tomorrow! :)

Caroline said...

whoa...that blueberry bus is amazing! Never seen anything like that. I looks like you had a fabulous trip. Safe travels home :)

Caroline said...

I meant blueberry bush!!! not bus...lol. But if there ever was a blueberry bus, I would want you to take photos of that! ;)~

Barb T. said...

I'm so sorry your vacation is over, Kate! I have enjoyed my, uh, your visit to Maine! lol!!!
Oh, I do think you could've done Sargent Mt.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Beautiful photos! Those are blueberry blossoms? I don't recall our blueberries blossoming like that! I wish they did though, because those are gorgeous.

And your photos make me want to drive over with my camera this instant to the coast.

Kamana said...

what beautiful images! the library looks fantastic.

Low Tide High Style said...

Safe travels, and you'll have to come and use those new found kayaking skills down at my place!

And would you believe that I had Jonathan Livingston Seagull on vinyl?!...oh I'm old!

Kat :)

Amy said...

It looks breathtaking Kate! What a wonderful holiday!! Are those really blueberry blooms in that first photo? I've never seen such a thing and we have wild blueberry bushes growing all around the woods here...really gorgeous!! Oh man, I wouldn't like getting in or out of a kayak either!!! However, I imagine it's fun when you get the hang of it...just too close to the water for my liking...my luck a whale would come and knock me over...ugh!!!! Be sure and enjoy the ride home and drive carefully!!

Julie Harward said...

I love the rock library! It's kind of sad so leave huh...but home is good too..thanks for sharing your trip! :D

A Bluebonnet in Beantown said...

Wow! A Jonathan Livingston Seagull reference! That was my favorite book in high school. Love kayaking. Love being down close to the water. Love the rhythm of paddling. I have a little pumpkinseed kayak that I haven't taken out since I had kids. It seems like million years. It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation.

deborah said...

Thank you for sharing your most wonderful vacation with us! I've enjoyed it so much

Mary Lou said...

kate, Truly, thank you for taking us with you this week. I've enjoyed it so much and seen things through your eyes that I never will through my own.
If you're reading this, I guess it's
Welcome Home.

Jo said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation. And my husband wonders why I have been talking Maine all week?

I have been there several times (just short visits) and it is so pretty, like a picture postcard. SO glad you had a great stay.

Jo www.teensandtriplets.com

Snappy Di said...

I learned to kayak YEARS ago... probably would not do it anymore, but it was fun. Did you learn how to roll over in it? If you can't roll all the way you have to pull your balls (ha) which releases the skirt around you to let you out of the kayak so you don't drown. It's crazy!!

Di

Reddirt Woman said...

Wow... Jonathan does live on, doesn't he! What beautiful place to see. I love the water and the boats the colors from very cool colors. so very peaceful. I want to be there learning to kayak with you. Seriously I've always wanted to scull. They have built a facility in OK City where they've held pre olympic races and they say they give lessons, but it look so peaceful to be setting up on the top of the scull, long smooth strokes and feeling the air in your face and hair. Mmmmmmmmm.

Daryl said...

I bet by now you are almost home ..

ELK said...

safe travels ...thank you for taking me on vacation

Deb said...

have a safe trip home...beautiful photos....

jillsy said...

you took us all along with you on a lovely trip to Maine! we're sad to leave as well!

i took some photos a couple of months ago of the same blossom except it was white and was a mountain laurel.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful fun stuff love it ... love the blooms colors are amazing and love the man painting... :)

Jeannelle said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed the tour to coastal Maine via your beautiful photos and text. Thanks!

Char said...

have a safe trip home!

Donalyn said...

have a safe trip home you three :)

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

I LOVE the blueberry bloom! What vibrant color. I've never seen a blueberry bloom before. Thanks for sharing:) Have a good drive home.

Mary said...

such beautiful images, kate. thanks so much for sharing them -- i almost feel as though i was on vacation, too. :)

altar ego said...

I have loved sharing this week with you. It was great to escape from my own world, but it was also lovely to have so many memories stirred.

I have a friend who lives and paints in the area where you've been (the photo of the painter, plus the reference to Schoodic brought her to mind). You might enjoy checking out her work: http://whopaints.com/

Oliag said...

Beautiful Kate!...My favorite shot is the last...the water seemed to be rippling gently right in my laptop screen...

Vacation is just too short:)

mrs mediocrity said...

I love the jonathan lives part! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful pictures. What a great trip.