Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Maine Season: No Doubt I'm Thankful!

It's one day before Thanksgiving, and as is often the case, Maine is having a season identity crisis--that is it's fall but looks like winter; it's Thanksgiving but feels like Christmas! It's November, and tomorrow the temperatures are suppose to be in the teens, more like January than mid-fall! Unlike our seasons in Maine that often run into each other and seem to be confused about what they are suppose to look like, this season I don't have any confusion of what I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful for my freedom, my country, my home, my family, and my friends near and far, all the many happy memories with each friend or family member, and especially with my son and husband.

I'm also so thankful for Jesus and his life and death and the salvation he
had granted me and to all who trust in Him for it. This season, whatever kind of season you are in, I hope you can be thankful for all this and more, friends.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your life in whatever way that is. I hope each of you has a special and blessed and stress-free Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fall Rambles: Damariscotta River Association

In Maine many land trusts and river preservation groups have been saving beautiful former farmlands, woodlands, and waterfronts for decades. Locally the Damariscottia River Association maintains more than 30 preserves that it either owns or maintains by partnership with another organization or the state.

Here is a mid fall view from the parking lot of the Great Salt Bay Farm Preserve the DRA owns. The view looks over part of 115 acres. Far in the distance is the salt bay that runs into the Damariscotta River.  Mid-photo there is a low-lying duck pond conducive for waterfowl.

Dogs are allowed, on a leash, which keeps those waterfowl safe and free to swim, nest, and raise younglings. The Great Salt Bay Farm makes for delightful short or long walks as there are a variety of paths and trails over hill and dale and through marsh and woods. You can see everything from where a deer may have rested to field birds and egrets or horseshoe crabs. If you go far enough you can see Native American type structures built by school children who the DRA sponsors for Native studies field trips. My son was fortunate to participate in this program a couple of times. 

My typical dog-ramble views!

For more information on all the trails the DRA maintains and more on programs the DRA offers for families and children see the website:


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Fall Rambles

The air is cool and damp this morning. The sky is overcast. On my morning walk with Merlin I thought I could smell caramels. It must have been the wet wood and browning leaves.

Walking is a refreshing experience in Maine because the landscape is always changing. With each season there is always something new to see and smell.

The fall colors are nearly gone on the trees; most are yellowish-brown now.

My first fall ramble photo is from Pumpkinfest, held locally in Damariscotta. It is growing in popularity and attendance numbers. This year it was reported that there was probably a record attendance. I stayed away until the following week when we could ramble freely at Merlin's (dog) pulling pace. Here is my favorite boy with my favorite pumpkin this year--a simple penguin pumpkin.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

On My Shelf: All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with JaneAll Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part travelogue, literary critique, and memoir, this was a very different book that I loved. Very appealing were the descriptions of traveling in the Latin American countries the author did. As I read this book I realized that I have done no reading of books by Latino authors and only a few, very few, maybe 1 or 2, set any place in Latin America! I have had the luck, however, albeit for a very short time, to spend a month in Santiago, Chile, so I felt a little kinship with her time there. It was also very fun to hear literary critiques of Jane Austen from readers in that part of the world. Smith's plan in taking her year-long sabbatical that led to writing this book was to lead book club discussions about Jane Austen books! This is a quick, fun nonfiction read that will appeal to lovers of travel writing and literature, especially Jane Austen. She weaves the story of her own real life romance throughout these pages as well. It's a real treat.

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