Monday, October 13, 2014

Loving In Fall Again

Our own backyard!

Carrie works Saturdays, so Sunday is our day together. Last Sunday was another nice day, so we decided to go out peeping again. Not as many trees in perfect color, but we made due.

 We had a specific goal to get to with a meandering path to it. There are, to my surprise, a number of public labyrinths in Maine. We went to one of the two in Brunswick. Lots of still green trees around it, though some color was still seen.










 This weekend is a three day weekend for me and because Carrie requested the day off, a three day weekend for her! She took the day off so we could go to the Great Maine Yard Sale at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. The morning was heavily overcast and cold, so no pictures of nice foliage we saw on the trip out. We spent several hours at the flea market and hit yard sales before and afterwards. I got some great things, including 10 old comics, several old books, four big little books, a cast iron bank, and some Jay Ward character stuffed toys. Carrie found some stuff too, a Ganesha statue, a funky little toy bus, an Archie McPhee mermaid and more.




Sunday morning we found our driveway serving as a turkey buffet. We're not sure what they were eating, but we have been driving over pine cones and acorns a lot recently. After we went off for our weekly groceries, I cleaned out the gutters and swept the driveway. Not that I want to discourage the turkeys, but there was really too much debris accumulating and dirt was getting created from the sand and deteriorating plant material.

Today is another trip day. We don't know where we're going, but I'll bring my camera!


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Rise of Fall

 This was probably the best day this year to go leaf-peeping. A bit of a cold spell but with little or no rain meant leaves had started turning without getting washed off the trees. Some trees have gotten past their prime color and some haven't started changing, but there are plenty out right now in wonderful autumn covering. Today was warm and sunny and Carrie and I both had the day off, so off we went.













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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ferry Tale Adventures


Saturday was Maine's sixth annual Open Lighthouse Day. We have managed to take advantage of this every year of its existence. Many lighthouses that are not open to the public open their doors this one day of the year. Kemmer was able to join us this time by driving up from Boston on Friday after work. Quite the commute!










Our choice of venue this year was the Grindel Point Lighthouse on Islesboro. That meant a ferryboat ride!

 We left extra early to allow for travel time and because the weather report said a good chance of rain in the afternoon. We also decided to take the car over with us because even though the lighthouse was right at the ferry landing, nothing else was.

  The lighthouse itself is a bit small, with a small way up, but big enough for all three of us to be in with the light at the same time.

 


After the lighthouse we drove off to the island's post office on Main Rd. Since it was the main road, we drove on it to  Pendleton Point to walk around on that southern most part, and then did a turnaround to go drive the north loop. Along the way we stopped off at the Maplegrove Cemetery.


 
 


Not a touristy island, but a pleasant way to spend the morning. And we got to have another ferry ride to get back to the mainland.

 

 We stopped in Lincolnville to have our lunch, wonder why there weren't more and better shops, and then started our slower paced meander home.

 No great yard sale or bookstore finds this time. But Kemmer will get to take this trunk home that we found a few weeks back. Carrie has done all that she can without calling in a professional restorer.

Happy Early Birthday Kemmer!




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