Category Archives: Maine

Oh How I Missed You

Oh my lovelies I have missed you so much. This summer was a tad busier than I expected, not an excuse I know, but I promise to fill you in on all the fun this summer.

I took a few classes over the summer which puts me on track to graduate in May, very excited! We also fostered three dogs

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Bert

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Pip

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Jordan

and ended up keeping one of them! Meet Jordan, the newest member of our family.

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Jared & Jordan

I thought I would have an amazing garden this summer, unfortunately school and work kept me busy. Nonetheless, we got some nice tomatoes

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Tomatoes

A pumpkin! I don’t really remember planting this, it may be a kabucha that morphed into a giant, hope it tastes OK.

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Pumpkin

My peppers have done well, I didn’t think they would survive the transplantation and they took forever to bear fruit.

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Peppers

And a sunflower!

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Sunflower

I have also enjoyed eating the dandelion and the plantains that have popped up in the vegetable garden. I don’t pull them anymore, I now cut the young tender leaves and eat them as salad greens. I only wish we had some purslane growing, we used to have tons.

I started volunteering at a food pantry, everyone should do this. It gives you a different perspective on the whole feeding the hungry issue. Remember people need food all year long, not just during the holidays. If you think only lazy people and illegals need food assistance then think again. I see people that work hard but don’t make enough, people that have lost jobs and can’t find work, old pensioners and young families. There but for the grace of god… It could be any one of us out there. OK rant over.

We had our annual Maine vacation and the drive up

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Luke & Jordan

Jordan even went in the water at the little beach!

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Jordan at the beach

The boys got to spend time with the grandparents

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Dad H & Luke

In September I started the last year of my DTR program and a new job at a local hospital, the first steps in the process for my RD – yippee!

Of course I have to include a photo of my princess!

Lola

Lola

I hope all of you have had a great summer! Now on to Halloween – woo hoo!

When in Main…

Do like the Mainers or is it Maine-ites? Not really sure, so what do you call them??

We had our yearly trip out to Maine this week and it was just lovely. We drove up on Sunday and got in well after dark, wow has it really been a year since we had made that trek?

Source: Google Maps
Source: Google Maps


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We stay at the home of Jared’s parents, Margaret and Dad H. One of my favorite parts of the trip is getting to spend time with them. The scenery is also fantastic, their pier has such great photo opps.

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We also like to bring veggies from the garden, unfortunately our harvest to date has been sparse so we also brought up what came in our CSA box.



Our Garden
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Sunday
Our trip down on Sunday was fairly uneventful – though we did have a coyote sighting on the Garden State Parkway which was pretty neat. The poor thing was very scraggly and wet, I would have never guessed it was a coyote.

We stopped for dinner at Don Amigos which happens to be in one of our favorite New England cities, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth is sickeningly quaint and proved even more so when we stumbled upon the Strawberry Banke Museum. We absolutely loved it.

It’s a compound of old historic homes that have been preserved, they even have the street and lane names. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera so the photos I took were with my phone.


 
The houses looked like they were in decent condition, one had very nice lattice work on the windows. They also had some really nice gardens too, not sure how historically accurate they were, definitely a wonderful addition.






















Monday
On Monday since it was a rainy day we took it slowly, lunch was a bean salad that I made in a pinch. We got out at about 3pm and headed to the Harrison Meeting House where Dad H is a docent.

It’s always great to see the historical items that have been preserved. A walk through the cemetery provided us with some insight of the longevity of these hardy New Englanders. We surmised that if you made it past your 20s you had a very good chance of living well into your 80s and 90s. I would venture to guess that about 30% of the people buried in the old section lived well past 70.


After our visit to the meeting house we went to the local Farmer’s Market in Damariscotta. The best part was that the farmer’s market was in the parking lot of the Rising Tide Community Market, the local co-op, so I was able to load up on my normal staples of organic greens, berries and some coconut milk. OK I lied, the best part was seeing  a real vintage MINI! 









 

And parking right next to it!

Tuesday

On Tuesday we took a ride out to Boothbay on the next peninsula.

The sites were those typical of Maine.

We checked out the used book store in Boothbay Harbor and Jared made a b-line to his favorite apple turnover bakery on the Eastern Seaboard, Baker’s Way – they also serve Vietnamese food – go figure… Eventually we made our way to hike the short Oven’s Mouth trail that is part of the Boothbay Region Land Trust 


The trail we were on was super easy, nice for a short scenic walk.







The trail itself had views of the salt marshes. This is a photo of the dam that can only be seen during low tide.

The evening was topped off with a lovely Indian dinner that Margaret made – must get those recipes!!


Wednesday

Since it was a rainy day we stayed in and watched Doctor Who episodes on our Roku  box. We brought it from home and set it up quite easily.

Then we watched my favorite Indian hottie – Ranbir Kapoor in Bachna ae Haseeno (Lucky Boy) – yippee! The songs were nice and one I particularly liked was Khuda Jaane, the Bhangra beats were pretty good too. Great movie for a rainy day

After that we watched Pyaar Impossible – Love Impossible. That was your typical beauty and the geek movie. It was very cute and a nice finish to our day.


Thursday

On Thursday we took a ride to Belfast, it’s about 30 – 40 min north of Camden. Belfast is a small town on the water. 
 


It’s main street is lined with little shops, galleries and eateries. 







We stopped off at the Three Tides Brew Pub for a beer sampler and snacks.






After Belfast we stopped off in Camden for a little while.

Back in Pemaquid we were able to wrangle up one more fun Indian movie – Dostana, with my new favorite Indian hottie John Abraham



Friday
On Friday we went for a local hike with Dad H at the Laverna Preserve, it is maintained by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. It was a very nice walk with lovely and interesting sights

 and of course the requisite view of the Maine coast

Afterward we went to the Salt Bay Cafe for a lovely dinner. 

Saturday 

Well, it was time to go, I got a few pictures from the pier at Heron Cove

And finally one of the two of us that we both liked

A trip to Maine is never complete without a trip to the outlets at Freeport or at least the DeLorme map store to see the world’s largest globe!

We got back to Jersey at about 2am, yikes! So a few to-dos for next year’s trip…

  • A trip to Bar Harbor
  • Boothbay Botanical Gardens
  • The Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve
  • A ride into Wiscasset
  • A boat ride into Monhegan