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Soaking up the Sun

April 13th, 2015

Yesterday was simply BEAUTIFUL! It was sunny and warm, with temperatures going up to almost 60 degrees. Today is supposed to be even warmer. We wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy some of Maine’s beautiful scenery. We headed out to Mt Battie on the coast. We bought a map and planned out hikes for the coming warm months.
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It was stunning. We sat in the sun on a big rock for a long time, soaking up the sun and enjoying the scenery. The perfect way to enjoy the first warm day of the season.

Do you have any scenic places to visit nearby?

Bird Hop and Swap

May 12th, 2014

Mr Chiots and I have been trying to take a Sunday or two each month to go out and explore the lovely state we reside in.  It’s nice when these jaunts can be used for errands we needed to go on.  Yesterday we headed East with three of our muscovy ducks in boxes in the back.  We stopped about 45 minutes into our trip to deliver them to lady who bought them.  Two were staying with her and one was heading up north to another farm.  We also picked up a chocolate muscovy from her to add new color and fresh genes to our flock along with a box of Freedom Ranger chicks to deliver to the farm we were visiting.
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We continued east and made sure to stop at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias because several people told us the pie was fantastic. Wild blueberry pie was enjoyed by both of us, Mr Chiots enjoyed his with a la mode of course, mine was plain.
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Since we were headed up to Lubec, we decided to stop at the Quoddy Head State park to see the lighthouse and visit the easternmost point in the United States.
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Then we stopped at Muddy Hoof Farm to pick up heritage turkey hatching eggs and drop off her chicks. Our neighbor will be hatching them out for us in exchange for a dressed turkey at Thanksgiving. These are the most expensive eggs I have ever purchased! There are three heritage breeds in the mix, it should be interesting to see how many hatch and what we end up with.
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On our way back home we drove through the part of Acadia National park that is on the mainland. It’s a short loop, only 6 miles long, but just as beautiful as the big park. Whenever I visit places like this I don’t take a ton of photos because I always feel like they never can do it justice.
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We arrived home just before sunset with time to incorporate our well traveled duck and more miles under our belts. It’s certainly nice to live in such a picturesque place.

Any traveling miles logged by you this past weekend?

Favorite Places

May 10th, 2014

I’ve visited a lot of greenhouses in my day, small mom and pop places that specialize in rare plants propagated right on the farm and giant super store type places with so many plants you could never see every single one.  Back in Ohio I have my favorite spots to visit each year, I have yet to visit a lot of greenhouses in Maine, but I’m working on it.  I did visit Snug Harbor last year and I went again earlier this week.
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This place is wonderful, it’s small and yet there are so many wonderful things nestled into the space. There are dovecots, chicken coops, peacocks, greenhouses, espaliered trees, hedges, ponies and so many wonderful succulents.
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There’s also this lovely birdbath there that I keep eyeing whenever I get to visit. I have no idea where I could put it in my not yet organized garden so I haven’t purchased it yet. Though I must admit, I was tempted to get it earlier this week.
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This place is just my kind of place, it’s exactly the kind of garden I want, not too formal, not too messy – perfectly imperfect. This place is an inspiration to me, I get so many ideas whenever I visit.

Do you have a place you like to visit to get inspiration for your garden?

Maple Goodness

March 24th, 2014

Yesterday, my neighbor BJ and her twins and I all loaded up in her car and headed out for Maine Maple Sundays. We visited three sugar houses, the first one was our favorite. It was Simmons & Daughters Sugar House, awesome, usually it’s so-and-so and sons – but he had four daughters.
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We weren’t as impressed with the other two places we visited, one was maple syrup on an industrial scale and the other one was just not as quaint and friendly as this one. Of course I didn’t buy any maple syrup as I’m making my own right now. After finishing up this current batch of sap I should have about a gallon and a half. I probably won’t get the 5 gallons I was hoping for, but I may get lucky and get 3 gallons. That will provide me with all the sweetener I need this year.

What’s your favorite natural sweetener?

Friday Favorite: Great Companies

December 20th, 2013

I love doing business with great companies, the kind you know you can expect service from in the future should a product be defective or wear out before it should.  L.L. Bean is one of those companies.  I purchased these lovely knee high shearling lined boots about a year ago.  I wore them for a few months and then they were retired for the summer.
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When I went to put them on yesterday the zipper broke – ACK.  I contacted L.L. Bean and they’re going to send me a new pair – YAY.
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This is why I purchased these boots instead of other options out there. My parents have been buying from this L.L. Bean since I was a little kid and they’ve always stood behind their products.

Do you have any great companies that you love doing business with?

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