Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Day Off - Part Two

We stopped in Searsport, Maine so that Tom could visit the Penobscot Maritime Museum and they just happened to have an exhibit of some of the Gee's Bend Quilts.  Tom went happily off to look at old boats and I wandered around looking at the quilts.  Gee's Bend is a teeny little burg located between Selma and Montgomery Alabama.  A very poor area with limited access to the city and the things available to the majority of us.  During the Civil Rights era of the 60's and 70's Gee's Bend was virtually cut off from access to the rest of the state because blacks were not allowed to use the ferry.  These quilts are not well done.  They don't hang true, seams don't match and fabric choices are pretty wild in some cases.  What they are is an incredible testament to these people who truly used anything they could find to create quilts that were functional.  Like our grandmothers and theirs before them who didn't have a quilt store in every town to buy fabric from.   

At the end of the day we stopped at Union River Lobster Pound for dinner.  We both had scallops and they were delicious.  I took this picture for family back home so they could see the outside lobster pots that are used here for cooking.

Finally, we finished the evening at home with a good movie called Conspiracy.  It is the story of a woman that was hung for her part in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  I also finished the binding on this lap quilt that is being sent off to Tom's niece as a wedding gift.  I did a matching pillow as well.

Another project complete and in the mail!

Searsport - Bucksport, Exploring The Coast

We had a picture perfect day yesterday for our day off.  The sky was clear and blue and the clouds were amazing.  We tooled along stopping for breakfast and at several antique dealers along the way.  We need nothing but still enjoy looking.
We stopped on Verona Island and had a nice chat with the lady that runs Searsport Rug Hooking company.  Last winter I attended a seminar in Punta Gorda, Florida that she sponsored and I plan on attending this year as well.  We chatted about the teachers and the classes being offered and I am quite excited about them.

I know my hooker friends back in Florida will love that I stopped at her shop.  I did not buy anything here as I have several projects that I want to do before I buy any more.

Driving around the island we saw so many well tended vegetable gardens and so I caught one of them on camera.  Everything is growing beautifully here and canning season is in full swing.

This is the bridge at Fort Knox that takes you across from Verona Island down towards Searsport. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

August In A Campground Means Busy!

We are having a great summer in Maine.  August is always the craziest month because everyone is getting in their vacations before school starts again.  Our hours are long even though we are not working full time.  We have been filling our days with some side trips, as well as sewing and knitting projects for me.  Tom has been having some things done on the rig and that has turned into a bit of a money pit.  While traveling out here we blew a tire on the rig which tore up the siding so that is on order.  Then the front jacks stopped working on the rig so we had to have those replaced.  We noticed a wet spot on the carpet and realized that the water heater had sprung a leak so that needed replacing.  Yeeks!  We are working this summer just to maintain our rig.
We do think this area is beautiful and are very happy to be here.  We love our manager and the people we are working with.  We do miss our families and our high speed internet and dependable phone service.  I miss my sewing room and my crafty friends and Tom misses his woodworking shop. It will be good to get back home and have those things again.  More than anything I miss the grands!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Visit With My Sister

My sister Genevieve came to Maine to visit us and we had a wonderful time with her.   She had  lobster several times and enjoyed it every time.
When the tide was out we walked across the sand bar from Bar Harbor to Bar Island.  People construct cairns all along the shore of the island and there are hundreds.

We celebrated our oldest sons birthday by cooking lobsters.
 One day we drove around the coastline and visited some little tourist stops.  This stop was at Nervous Nellie's.  They sell home made jams and jellies but the owner has also created some yard art using "old stuff and junk".   I talked Gen into posing for some photos. 

We had a wonderful visit with her and are only sorry that it was over so quickly.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mussel Picking

We went mussel picking at low tide one night this week.  Four of us picked over a hundred mussels in about ten minutes.  We rinse them off well with sea water and then take them home to soak  and fine clean them.  We add a handful of cornmeal to the bucket of fresh water and agitate it.  We do this for twenty-four hours before we plan to cook them.  The mussels ingest the cornmeal and release the sand and muck in their systems.
See all the clumps of mussels lying on the beach.  Easy pickings!

The next night we cooked them outside with garlic, butter and a little white wine.  Delicious!  Our friend had bought a bottle of a white sauce and we made some that way as well  I had baked a loaf of bread to sop up the sauces and this is definitely a cook again meal.
Tom has been working on a flower bed that would keep people from cutting across one of the campsites and he finished it this week.  He added some little pine trees and I put in some flower seeds.  It's late in the season so cross your fingers on the seeds.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wild Flowers And Wild Life

We have some pretty little flower beds in the camp ground.
This little guy was hanging onto our screen room one night.  He was about three inches across.
I'm not sure what kind of bush this was on but the flowers were so pretty against the foliage.  The wild roses are in bloom all over the island and are in all different colors.  Whites and pinks and deeper reds.  They are stunning right now.  Everywhere you look flowers grow wild and free here and in great abundance.

It is an amazing place to live and work.  I still have not spotted a moose and I am told we need to go farther north for that.  We will be on the look out.  When we are out driving I hold my camera at ready.  Tom laughs because he knows as soon as I put it away we will see a moose.

Schoodic Point

One of our favorite sections of Acadia National Park is at Schoodic Point.  After Hurricane Arthur ran through here we drove up to enjoy the waves crashing in.  The photos are deceptive as the waves were probably ten to fifteen feet high. 
Ordinarily this little waterfall doesn't look like much but after all of the rain we had it was gushing. 
 We pulled over to get a picture of the waterfall and right in front of us was  this tree full of burls. 
We are so lucky to be able to do things like this and we know it.