Summer 2018 – where did it go??

s1Sometimes I get to the end of summer and lament the fact that I fell short of reaching the goals that I had set for myself at the end of spring..  I almost caught myself doing it again, but putting together this blog post has made  me realize that we actually packed quite a bit into the last three months.   The picture above was taken at the wharf at Five Islands – it was the opening weekend of  5 Islands lobster company, and it seems like forever ago!

s2On of our jobs last fall was to plant bulbs around the meadow and along the stone walls..  these lasted a long time and brought us a great deal of pleasure…  perhaps this photo pre-dated the actual summer.. but it needed to be here just the same!

s3an early summer project.. the big brother to the shed that I built at the campground two years ago..  we needed a place to stuff some stuff!

s4 perhaps we did not use the kayaks as often as we would have liked, but we did have some great paddles –  early morning and later evening when Robinhood Cove was still…

s5it wouldn’t be summer without strawberry shortcake!

s6sailing on Boston Harbor in the evening with a friend… what a treat that was…

s7sitting on a bench in Harvard Yard, watching prospective students take tours…

s8Tuesday evening  open mic sessions at the Robinhood Meeting House…

s9enjoying a visit with friends from our old neighborhood in PA.. just had to take them to Pemiquid Point…

s10an evening sail out of Boothbay Harbor  on the schooner Eastwind ..  there actually wasn’t an easterly wind that night..  in fact, very little wind from any direction.. but so pleasant just the same…

s11cleaning oysters.. that is what one does when living at an oyster farm!   the work can be a bit tedious , but the view is awesome and there is usually company and stimulating conversation…

s12a visit to MacMahan Island.. just a hop skip and jump from the landing on Georgetown, but it is a bit like going back in time….

s13enjoying views of sailboats, eagles, herons  and seals from the deck..

s14spending time with family.. this is my grand daughter, Wren,  enjoying her very first concert.. Old Crow Medicine Show  at the L L  Bean outdoor concert series…  oh yea.. that is my son Erik too 🙂

s15 a visit with Aunt Sue and Uncle Allen..  and dinner at 5 Islands on a foggy evening…

s16a few stops at Round Top Ice Cream in  Damariscotta …  we found that  we can buy their ice cream by the half gallon at a local ice cream shop..  total pleasure….

s17Watching my step daughter, Aria,  interact with my grandson, Maris, and his new friend, Willa…

s18visits to Reid State Park – just a few miles down the road..  a favorite destination…

s19 sunsets over Robinhood Cove  from the porch…

s20using very local materials to build a raised bed for a garden for next year…

s22adding trim and cedar shingles to  the barn that was raised on the property this summer…

s21it wouldn’t be summer without peach shortcake either!

 

s24it is exciting to be able to begin harvesting tomatoes from the garden, but, at least in Maine, that also signals the end of summer… out of nowhere, Labor Day was upon us.. and just like that the traffic will begin to diminish as the summer visitors return home..

It has been a productive summer…  and the barn work will continue well into the fall..   there is plenty to do to prepare for winter..  more firewood to split and move ..  painting to fit in before the temperature drops too much..   and planning ahead for next summer.. who knows what opportunities will present themselves!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer too – would love to hear about it..     cp23_1983@yahoo.com

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