Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pedaling in Fryeburg

We had talked about riding the Mountain Division Trail when the lupines were in bloom but we didn't quite make it.  The lupines were past but there were lots of milkweed blooming, just waiting for the monarch caterpillars to feast on them.

It was a nice, sunny day but not too hot!
It only takes about half an hour to ride to the visitor's center, where we like to use the bathroom.

We usually just turn around and ride back to the car but we sat at the picnic table and had a snack.  We were, however, not alone.  This fellow was on the tree next to the table.
We did determine that it was dead, it never moved, even with ants crawling over it.

We shared our snack with some of the ants in order to move them to the other end of the table and if I could figure out how, I would insert the video...
We stopped at the river
and took a "selfie".
When we rode this trail last August, there was a building here, now there's just remains.
Lastly was a visit with the goats.
The owners of the property were out in the yard and said it was okay to take pictures.  I love the one sleeping in the barrel.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Shortcake and Daiquiris

It's strawberry time and the picking is marvelous!  I brought along my stool, as well as the box I bought for $1 a couple of years ago.  I'll be darned if I'm paying an extra dollar every year to buy a box!  

Anyway, I set my alarm for 30 minutes so I know when to stop picking, otherwise I have no idea how long I'm there.  Then, after 30 minutes I look at my box and think "that's not very many" so I pick for another 15-20 minutes, then I look at my box and think "wow, that's way too many strawberries".  I'm going to write myself a note for next year "STOP picking after 30 minutes and WALK AWAY!"

I picked nearly 10 pounds of berries and spent $22 ($2.25/#).  That will make a lot of daiquiris and  shortcake!
A perfect specimen
10 pounds worth
I always joke with Bill that everywhere I go, I'm underdressed.  I rest my case!
My once-a-year daiquiri was good but had a lot of foam, I think it's the new blender.  And I need to remember to add sugar along the rim, before I fill the glass!  
The shortcakes were delicious.

I gave some of the berries to Lori, as well as Wendy & Dan.  I will be putting most of the rest in the freezer.

I stopped to check out the blueberry bushes on my way out.  They are loaded!
At least I know where to go if ours don't produce well.  

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Arrived at the gardens in Boothbay just in time for lunch.  We ordered from the outside window and enjoyed our meal in the veggie garden.  It was nice and warm and the food was okay...nothing special but pricey!
From there, we walked and walked and walked.
 Giant alliums...

 I love this rabbit...
 and this rock labyrinth...

We brought home a nice map of the gardens but I can't find it so my descriptions might not be the best.  Oh well...

This was an area of dogwood trees, all in bloom.

Lady slippers... I've only ever seen pink ones. 

We walked down the hill, passing these ferns
and this sculpture
on our way to this reflecting pool and meditation area.
I think this might be my favorite area of the gardens.  The Sheepscot River is in the background.

Everyone should go to the gardens looking like a butterfly!
We passed the Fairy House Village, where you can build a nice fairy house.  

This sculpture is titled "Mother Earth".
We reached the azalea and rhododendron garden just as it started to RAIN!
and then it POURED and we were as far away from the visitor's center as you can get.  Needless to say, we were soaked by the time we walked up the hill, and everyone knows I HATE BEING WET!!!  Put a bit of a damper on my day but by the time we got inside and went to the bathroom, it stopped, so we visited the places we missed before heading home.

The Children's Garden...
These wolves are made of metal and used to be along the entrance road but it is being upgraded so they have been moved into the gardens.
This reminds me of fireworks...
Proof that it rained...
Soaked and still smiling.  He is such a good sport.  Me...not so much ;o(

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Friday, June 23, 2017

What's for Lunch?

We headed into Portland for the Greek Festival and ran into a good friend, James Vander Schaaf, Anna's husband.  We enjoyed spanakopita, Greek salad, good conversation and memories of Anna.  
We brought home some baklava and Greek wedding cookies for later.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Friendly Surprise

Our friends, Archer and Karen Ann, are returning to Maine for the summer from Florida.  They were supposed to leave Sarasota a couple of weeks after us but unfortunately, they both suffered some medical issues which prevented their leaving until this past Tuesday.  They should arrive at their condo in Kennebunk on Saturday.  They have a short amount of time before heading west for a river cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.  I thought it might be nice to spruce up their front garden so they had a little summer color when they arrived and didn't have to try to get some plantings done in their short window of time.

I picked up some impatiens and got them planted today.  Hope they like orange.
It was a fairly small area and 24 plants filled it nicely.  Now for a little rain!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Back Cove Walk

After Bill's Dr appointment, we chose to walk the 3.5 miles around the Back Cove in Portland.  It was HOT, 90ish but with a good breeze, it was tolerable and we did remember to bring water.
Lots of these iris blooming; they are so pretty!
It took us over an hour to make the loop and we really only stopped to use the port-a-potty (ugh) and take a couple of pictures.  There is a kind of Ninja Warrior course on one side of the loop, looks like fun but I bet it isn't.
These were just a couple of the half dozen or so obstacles and this was the short wall.

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