It started like these things always start. We found a hornet in the bathroom. Soon we were taking apart the closet and sealing all the seams. Next we ended up removing all the wall hardware and sanding and patching and then painting all the walls. Next we replaced the sink and vanity and all the plumbing. Next we removed the old doors and sanded and refinished them. So it goes.
Another visit to St. George, Maine. We spent A LOT of time on the swing. May made quite a game out of it. Video inside.
Rare is the occasion that my wife joins me on the course. But I’ve gotten her out a few times this season at the local, laid back, muni: Riverside Golf Course, Portland Maine. It can be a bit slow out there, but if the crowd is too thick, you can always pick up and hit the great Riverside Grill. Good taps and good views.
May and I are relative early risers (relative to the rest of the family). We’ll often sneak out to 158 Picket Street Cafe for bagels while the others sleep. It’s quite a tradition. We’ve been going to the Picket Street Cafe since well before the kids were born…maybe 15 years now (give or take).
We took in the fine views of the city at Fort Sumner Park on the East End of Portland. The park is the subject of some controversy of late as the condo building bonanza in the hood threatens to eclipse the view. Given Portland’s present building boom, the situation is unfortunately not unusual.
On the way to an early morning golf tournament, I pulled off the road to watch the sun rise over the Shaker Village in Poland, Maine. It’s a national historic landmark. It’s the last remaining Shaker community in the world and, I believe, it’s currently down to two last living members. Maine Shaker Village
We pulled the kids from school for the better part of the week in September to take them up to Amy’s uncle’s farm in Aroostook County Maine so they could learn about the potato harvest. This beast is the harvester. It was bought used several decades ago and subsequently customized to the hilt and meticulously maintained. That rusted disk in the foreground is a transfer plate that failed and put the machine out of commission for a couple days while the new part was shipped. That’s only reason we were allowed to climb around on it during our visit.
We took a long stroll through the Fore River Sanctuary near our house. On the way we hit the Capisic Park Pond which is also lovely, and under major construction as of this writing. On the way we also swung by the back door of Overland Honey. Yum!. On the way back we hit Jewel Falls, Portland’s only water fall. Owing to the dry summer, there wasn’t much water falling.