Lunch at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center

We had a lunch date with Sister Aline today at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center which also has a new French-trained chef for their dining hall. Wayne had the stuffed pork and a piece of blueberry cake and I enjoyed stir-fried veggies, rice, roasted acorn squash and steamed asparagus. Most importantly we got to visit with Sister Aline whom I hadn’t seen since our wedding. Despite the cold temps and blustery winds gusting over 40 mph I had to take a quick walk to the beach!

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Would you like to live in Maine?

Coinciding with a recent news report about record-breaking prices and sales for Maine homes, in particular the county in which I live, a home three houses away from mine just went under contract in about twenty-four hours after being listed online. They didn’t even have time to put up the “for sale” sign. It last sold only a few years ago for about $50k less! Money magazine named South Portland, Maine as the best place to live in Maine. I lived there for seven years but love my town of Scarborough more! Even British people love my locale; the Guardian named Portland one of the best towns in the US! The photo above is of a family-owned dairy farm in the town of Falmouth where I lived for two years.

This “frenzy” reminded me that I’ve been wanting to ask those of you who don’t live in Maine but have either dreamed of or considered moving here: Do you have any questions about what it’s like to move and live in the greater Portland, Maine area? I’d be happy to answer your questions as best as I’m able! Just leave your questions in the comments!

Now Or Never

Snooty ghosts hovered around old houses along the winding road to the Inn that brought passers by to inviting nooks and crannies. Inside the lobby of the Inn, starched people laughed and sipped cold beverages. Outside, a veranda displayed a view of the water with a faraway mountain watermark in the hazy pale sky. The dim library housed well-aged books, and as I entered the room the wood floor creaked like an ornery granny reprimanding me for not being more ladylike in my footsteps. The shelves were filled with titles from a time that only those beyond had experienced. Alone in the room with just the hundreds of us, I felt that I was about to be entrusted with their secrets.  I ran my finger along their spines and stopped at the title, Now Or Never, or, The Adventures of Bobby Bright by Oliver Optic*.

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The Haunting Beauty of an Old New England Cemetery in Autumn

I shot these photos two years ago when Wayne and I took a morning walk in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. We spoke of life, death, and the mystery of what’s to come. The sunlight, crisp air and golden descent of decaying leaves back to earth where they will cover and nourish the ground was stunning. When I looked into the “eyes” of the old moss covered statues they seemed to be possessed with the spirits of people we’ve never met.

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Honeymoon Road Trip to Sunapee, NH and Woodstock, VT

Last weekend was the grande finale for our honeymoon in New England! Our first stop was at a little antique school house in New Hampshire to have a hearty new England breakfast.

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Saturday Road Trip to Sunday River, Newry

Wayne and I left early yesterday morning to head over to Sunday River Ski Resort to take a scenic ski lift ride. It was another great addition to our Autumn in New England Honeymoon Weekends!

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Autumn Drive to Camden & A Hidden German Gem

Saturday was sunny and crisp. We left early for a day trip up coastal Route One to the charming town of Camden, Maine with stops in between; our first was the Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston.

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New England Honeymoon: Apple Picking & Diner Food

We aren’t going on a traditional honeymoon. In lieu of traveling someplace for a week or so we’re enjoying fall in New England which is living our dream. Today we went apple picking at an organic orchard in Hiram, ate at a new-to-us airport diner in Limington and explored antique shops in Cornish.

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