Thursday, June 26, 2014

A drive around The Quiet Side

Good morning from beautiful Maine ~

At the request of family members, I’ve been told to keep the pictures coming. As usual, my sisters are showered, dressed and ready to go while I sit here with my {damn} ankle up, working on photos and writing a post.

Yesterday we took a drive around to the ‘Quiet Side’ of Mount Desert Island and stopped at Seawall first.


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For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings


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My fun sister, Charlotte.



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Judy fun too.



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It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. ~Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, 1941



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We saw idyllic scenes such as this . . .



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. . . and this.



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And then we came back around into Somesville.



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And everyone agreed, yet again, how beautiful this place is.



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We walked over the bridge (no more than 5 persons at a time!) to the tiny museum on the other side.

We then drove into Bar Harbor and I sat on a bench with my ankle up while my sisters shopped. I am still having fun, despite my injury, and am so thankful to be spending time with my family here. I bought another ‘scary bird’ for George. They don’t sell them at the gift shop on top of Cadillac Mountain anymore, which is where we bought the other two. Another company has taken over the shop up there, which used to be run by the park service. Long-time readers of this blog should remember the story about scary bird, but here’s a link just in case.

Scary bird


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I thought I’d better get a shot of the toy while it was new and clean.



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Because it’s not anymore.

We tried out all the other Audubon birds at the shop, and it was scary bird (the Peregrine Falcon) that George was the most excited about. He loves this toy.


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After a rousing game of fetch, we perused movies to watch for the evening. Our favorite is the Jesse Stone chronicles because we all love Tom Selleck. I mean, who doesn’t, right?

Please don’t tell me you don’t love Tom.

I will never forgive you.

We watched a movie he is in with Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Capshaw, and Blythe Danner and it’s one of my favorites: The Love Letter.


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I really have to run.

Hope everything is spelled correctly . . .


Thanks for stopping by ~

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MrsB said...

Your picture of the roses took me for a trip in the WAYBACK machine. We used to visit friends in Maine - his parents had a house on the shore in Owls Head.
A hedge row of rosa rugosa was planted on the cliff edge next to the rock stairs down to the sea. The scent was overpowering in a wonderful way. Sometimes I catch a whiff in the air and it takes me right back to that wonderful place.
Thank you for sharing.

donna baker said...

I have heard Maine is beautiful. Will have to visit in summer.

Anonymous said...

We have watched the Jesse Stone series of movies too. Love Tom in all that he does in movies. AND Magnum P.I. How cool was that show! What a great get away vacay you are having with your sisters... wonderful memories for each of you... xox

The JR said...

Beautiful pictures. Hope the hoof gets well soon!

shirley said...

Ah, we stayed on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island last year and drove by Somesville on our way to and from downtown and the park.
It is a beautiful, peaceful place - glad to see it again through your eyes.

jinxxxygirl said...

OMGosh who doesn't love Tom??!! Crushed on him since his Magnum days. In fact i think my hubby looks a little bit like him...key word little... but he does have that big bushy mushtache. lol So glad you are enjoying yourself. Loving the photos! Hugs! deb

Lisa Gordon said...

You surely have some gorgeous views there, Kate, and George looks like he's having a wonderful time!

sharon said...

Fun times, beautiful places! Sorry about your ankle. Keep the pictures coming, they are gorgeous.

Karen said...

ooooh, beautiful, beautiful.

And I LOVE TOM!!!.. haven't seen that movie!!.. thanks for the tip!

Linda Kay said...

From a true Tom Selleck fan to another! I never get tired of watching those old Jesse Stone movies.

Lee Owenby said...

I'm really enjoying your Maine vacation. Keep it up. Love the photos. At first glance I thought the toy bird was real - then I put on my glasses. Looks like George is having a good time also.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Beautiful pictures, glad you all are having a good time.

Tracey Grumbach said...

I don't like Tom. *gasp* I'm sorry...hope we can still be friends ;)

Thanks for sharing this vacation with us! Soooooo beautiful and I so badly want to go again.


P.S. Get that ankle better soon, won't you?

Nellie said...

Gorgeous pictures, Kate. I'm so glad you are having a good time, in spite of the sprained ankle. Hugs!

Gail said...

I just watched a Tom movie on Hallmark channel where he is a farmer. Was pretty good if a little mushy. I try not to miss Blue Bloods. The Sacketts remain one of my all time favorites because I can't miss I do admire Sam Elliot too.

Seems like you're in a little bit of heaven there.

beth said...

just now catching up on your trip and what did i miss….what happened to your ankle/foot/leg??


so sorry…as we have been so busy on a project that is testing my every last nerve :(

GailO said...

You are getting some tremendous weather! Gorgeous photos! Hope your ankle is feeling better soon.

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful Everything Post! I lost track at the beginning of everything I wanted to exclaim about! Ha! So glad you have soul liking/loving sisters. And Blythe Danner draws me in like a magnet to a movie...such a great actress Cheers to summer and I hope you heal up well.

Jane xx

Mersad said...

Gorgeous scenes! What a great landscape!

Mersad Donko Photography

Gayle said...

Love, love your photos. Maine is so gawjus!

thotlady said...

Love the photos of Maine. I can't wait to visit that wonderful state. It is on my bucket list.

Cait O'Connor said...

Sorry to hear about your injury but I can see you are still having a lovely time. It looks like a nice part of the world you are in and such bright, happy pics. Thanks for film recommendations too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

So glad to hear you are having such a super time in spite of that wretched ankle.

Daryl said...

someday i will get to maine again .. its been a long time since my last visit ... and i dont love Tom Selleck because i dont love the NRA and he does so ...

Sabrina Steyling said...

Such beautiful photos! Love, love, love. And George? That pic of him enjoying his toy is just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy the rest of your time in Maine! :)

Smalltowngiggles said...

Love the story on how the toy got its name. Funny.

Annette Whipple said...

I knew I recognized the quote...and was thrilled to see it was from one of my favorite author's Maud Hart Lovelace. Betsy-Tacy, and Tib is a children's book. Delightful.

Emily of Deep Valley is my favorite by MHL.

You make me want to go to Maine.

Carolynn Anctil said...

What a lovely place and I see some of my countrymen (Canadian Geese) are vacationing there, as well. I adore the flowers at the end of this post. So pretty in that strawberry vase. I have searched and searched for The Love Letter ever since you first posted it (a year ago...?) to no avail. :o(

A Glowing Ember

Unknown said...

Wow! What A Nice Place.