Saturday, June 27, 2015

Home again

I ended up not taking my laptop up to Maine with me this year. I knew that if I took it, I would be buried in it, editing photos or wasting time online and not spending time with my friends. So I left it home, posted once or twice on Facebook while I was gone, and basically stayed off the grid for the 8 days I was away.

And it was marvelous. We stayed in the coolest place, the weather was perfect (even when it rained), and we ate lobster and all kinds of great food, even finding a new and fantastic restaurant right near our rental.


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The first thing I did was to head up to Cadillac Mountain to be close to my husband. This is the view looking down onto Bar Harbor.


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And this is the view from our rental cottage. I was shocked to find, upon arrival, that the mountains were this close. They looked much further away on the online photos. So this was a great surprise.


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I am fairly certain that this is a broad-winged hawk. The island had several of them and this tree seemed to be their favorite perch as it was the highest.


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Cadillac Mountain in the clouds on a rainy day. We never minded the rain. It was a good excuse to drink sherry by the fire and read a good book.


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My seat by the fireplace.


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A field of daisies taken along Point Road in Hancock.


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George was the happiest I’ve seen him in a long time.


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Our rental cottage. It sits on the rocky ledge at the tip of Ford Island and is the only house on the 3-acre property. It’s owned by a family who runs a lobster pound. The house is accessible by a bridge that runs from the parking area over the water and up and around the length of the island. I’ve got a photo below that shows a section of the walkway with the house on the right, through the trees.

I was going to review the house but this is their last year of renting it out. The owner told my friends that he’s been renting it for 25 years and he’s going to be moving into it. I believe it’s open one more week this summer in late August. It is a fantastic place that I highly recommend. It might be available this fall too, but I’m not sure.

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I ventured out by myself several times, once to visit my friends, Lili & Henri Vansluys who live in nearby Sorrento. I took this photo at the lookout spot along Rte. 1 between Sullivan and Gouldsboro.


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Cool-looking sky at Schoodic Point. Mount Desert Island in the background.


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I had a picnic lunch at Prospect Harbor.


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Prospect Point Lighthouse.

I had hoped to get a few photos so that I could sell them through the gallery and on my etsy site. And I think I may have realized my goal.

It was a vacation worth waiting for. Good to be home, but I wish I was still in Maine ~


Thanks for stopping by today.

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Michelle said...

I'm so glad you had this get-away. Sounds like just what you and George needed!

joeh said...

Maine is one beautiful state!

Cloudia said...

Oh it's so wonderful that you got away! And got to bring George! I'm glad you enjoyed this time. I feel different after experiencing this post...thanks

"The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart." --Rumi


Brynwood Needleworks said...

I always enjoy seeing the world through your eyes, my friend. What a wonderful place to rest and spend time in nature. I'm sure that George reflected all the ease and happiness he felt in his mistress. I can see why the owner of the waterside cottage that housed you wants to live there full time. I think it would be a blissful place to land. Sherry in front of the fireplace on a rainy day must have been perfect.

Thank you for sharing all the photographs, and I agree that you must now have quite the collection to add to your Etsy shop. I can't wait to see what you list up.

Hugs from Florida,

Kerri Farley said...

Welcome Back! So glad you had a nice time .....and your images are stunning (as always)
What a beautiful place!

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you got to spend time with those you love in a place you also love. I bet George sensed your happiness and was remembering his own happy memories. :)

xo Kat

Rocky Mountain Yankee said...

I love the pictures you post of my home state, they really capture they way I feel when I am there. I don't know if that makes any sense at all but it is what it is. Now I really can't wait to get up there! I especially like the photo of Schoodic Point. I took my grandmother there last summer after my grandfather passed away as it was somewhere they always went together when he was alive. I hope she allows me to take her again this summer.

The Furry Gnome said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a break, and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Look forward to reading more.

Daryl said...

i think you got some amazing photos but the best part is hearing how happy you sound xo

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! What a beautiful place . Fantastic photos . I am soo glad you had a nice time there sounds like it is what you needed to . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

Happyone said...

Oh it all looks heavenly. Sounds like a super holiday. Beautiful photos.

Sabrina Steyling said...

Such beautiful photos! Wish I could have been looks so peaceful. I can imagine myself just sitting outside, reading books and writing, taking pictures... <3

The Weaver of Grass said...

Exquisite photographs Kate. I love Maine and have travelled through it several times - it makes me want to comeback.

thotlady said...

All looks beautiful.

DesertHen said...

Sounds like the perfect getaway! Lovely photos! I really like the photo of the purple flowers and the lighthouse...very peaceful!

Unknown said...

So glad your annual visit to Maine was a good one, your photos are lovely. I never thanked you for all the tips you gave us last year about a place near Gouldsboro you had rented some years back which we rented last September. We had a marvelous time and will definitely go back, hopefully, next year. A very belated "thank you", Kate, for the information you provided to us last summer.

Unknown said...

"Unknown" = Clare and Walter from Boston.

Lili said...

A week goes by way too fast Kate, but your captures show that you know how to savor the time here. I sure wish you were still here too. Hope all is back to normal at home for you. Missing you and George. xoxo

sharon said...

Oh I miss Maine! The lighthouses, the ocean, the views. It looks like you had a great time.

Candace Porth said...

I'm glad you had such a good time. That house is gorgeous, no wonder the owner wants to move in.

Angie said...

What a beautiful place for a vacation. :)

beth said...

as always, you make us envy maine and all of it's amazing beauty.

cadillac mountain holds your heart and your memories…what a magical place it is now and forever will be!!

oh george…you fur ball of happiness. i love you.

that cottage….swoon. simply swoon!


ps…computer free…you smart girl you…so very smart!!!