Sunday, September 25, 2016

Haiku for You

Fall is in the air
Sweet and crisp as an apple
Put a sweater on

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today is Brought to You by the Letter A

Today started out very foggy with a temperature of 61* and it was HUMID!!!

We left the cottage around 10:25 with our bikes to ride the "bike ride of the week" in the Acadia Weekly newspaper, The Little Harbor Brook Loop, aka Amphitheater Loop.  It leaves from the gatehouse on Rt. 198 in Northeast Harbor and is reported to take one hour.

Because I have apparently lost my ability to read a map, we took a wrong turn at the very first intersection, #18.  Instead of going right, we went left, which led us up a very long and very steep hill, where we came across #13...we were supposed to be at #19!  OMG.  We had to make a big loop, connecting with #12, then back to #19, then around the correct loop.  The only good thing about our mistake was the extra bridges we came across.

The Hadlock Brook Bridge, built in 1926...
and Hadlock Brook...

The obligatory "selfie"...
View from the Hemlock Bridge, built in 1924.
It's been so dry, I'm surprised there is any water in these streams.

The Waterfall Bridge...
I mentioned it was foggy.
Probably a nice view on a clear day.

The Amphitheater Bridge, built in 1931, was on the section of the ride that we did correctly.  This bridge is incredible, curved in a manor that reminds one of an amphitheater and the stonework is amazing.
We crossed the Little Harbor Brook Bridge and the Little Harbor Brook.
We managed to turn a one hour ride into two.

The parking area for this ride is next to one of the two gatehouses that were built in the park.  
From there we went to the Northeast Harbor marina and ate our lunch.  We were pleasantly surprised that the fog had lifted and the sun came out.
We could actually see Cadillac Mountain in the background. 

From here, we drove a short distance to the Asticou Gardens, which we haven't been to in several years.  It's a beautiful, calming, relaxing area incorporating water, plantings, lawns, sand garden and many quiet areas to sit and enjoy the solitude.
Even a couple of resident ducks taking a nap.
The last time we were here was earlier in the year and the azaleas and rhododendrons were blooming.  Not sure what the identity of this particular rhododendron is, but it could be the Yakushima variety, which has a suede-like brown coating on the underside of the leaves.
Whatever it is, it's very pretty and soft.

There were still some nice plants in bloom.
Campanula...aka Bellflower
no idea ;o(
Toad Lily
These were calling our names, so we sat...

We smelled a very sweet fragrance from here but could never identify where it was coming from.

There was just a hint of color in the woods, as well as around the pond.
Even one of the gates was appealing.

We spent about an hour in the gardens, which were quite busy, as was most everything in and around the park.  To complete our day, we had popovers and tea at the Asticou Inn, almost across the street from the gardens.

Normally, there would be a great view of Northeast Harbor, but the fog settled back in, obscuring everything, except the pool.
It started to clear slightly by the time we left.  If you look closely, you can just start to make out some of the boats in the harbor.
We drove back into Bar Harbor on our way home to pick up a couple of items at Hannaford. OMG!!!  I could NOT deal with that crowd every day, all season.  I would go insane.

Sat on our deck for awhile when we got back to the cottage, then had dinner.  Wendy and Dan came by and we made plans for tomorrow.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Our Own Blueberry Patch

Although we haven't ever talked about having blueberry bushes, when the farm down the road decided to go out of business and sell their mature bushes for $20 each, we decided to give it a try. 

We picked what we think is the sunniest spot in the yard and Bill got all the grass dug out on Saturday, 9/3.  
We bought ten bags of top soil and a bag of peat moss to work into the soil.  We had planned to borrow the neighbor's rototiller but when Bill went to ask to use it, he came home empty was already loaned out.  Crap!  He started tilling it by hand but decided that was just too much work, so we went to Home Depot and bought a tiller attachment for his Ryobi grass trimmer.  Genius!
We finished it up on Sunday before heading out on a bike ride with Wendy and Dan.  I placed some old landscape bricks where I thought the bushes would go.  

Someone is enjoying the nice warm dirt.
Bill borrowed Dan's trailer yesterday and headed over about 4:30, to find himself the 29th car in line! They had posted on their Facebook page that they would be digging plants up after 5:00 but everyone had the same idea...get there sooner, not later.  He didn't get home until about 6:20 and I hadn't gone along because I wasn't feeling well. 

Thankfully, we only wanted three bushes...they are a LOT bigger than I anticipated!
The plan was to drag the bush down onto the board.  Although we were advised that each bush weighs between 200-250 pounds, Bill says that sucker weighed about 700!  On to Plan B.  Bill had to use the tow hook on my car and an old climbing rope to drag it off.
Well, its not pretty but atleast it's off the trailer.
One down, two to go.  At least that was the biggest one.
Two down, better hurry, it's getting dark.  
Finally done at 7:15.  The last one was the smallest and the easiest to get off the trailer.  I say it was easy; I watched while Bill pulled the darn thing off with his bare hands.

After adding all that nice top soil and getting it mixed in, we decided we would have to move it all off because the plants would sit way too high otherwise.  So that's what I did this morning while Bill was in the clinic.
It's hard to see but the soil in the center is several inches higher than the grass.
Always good to have a supervisor on the job.
When Bill got home we spent the next two hours moving them into their new homes, which sounds a lot easier than it was.  Bill had to use a come-along, as well as the car to get the two bigger ones into the hole; we were able to drag the smaller one by hand.  Then they required some repositioning and fill to get them to stand up straight.  

Mission accomplished a little after 4:00.
There is still a little more work to do along the edges but we watered them in really well and once the dirt is settled, we'll finish up.  

That was a ton of work, I hope we can both move in the morning...those suckers better grow blueberries!!!

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