It’s been a busy and beautiful summer in Maine! That said, I know that our story here left off in June, and I am very sorry for that, but there is good reasoning behind it. First off, Maine summers are glorious-but our season is shorter than others. We have to capitalize on being outside whether it’s for work or play, and that’s just what we did! Secondly, the internet connection at our house has been extremely poor and inconsistent. It’s been working better lately so we hope it’s resolved for good!
This summer we were graced with my family visiting. My father came in July and my sister and her family came in August. We spent nearly all the time we had outside enjoying all things Maine! Believe it or not, I had my first lobster this summer with my dad! I know… three years in Maine without having a whole lobster seems like a crime, BUT I was a little daunted by eating a whole one. Dad taught me well and I cleared out my first lobster at the Bay Haven Lobster Pound. If you are looking for decently priced seafood and a place that “all the locals go”, do yourself a favor and check this place out. The food was delicious and the service friendly-I recommend this now to all visiting friends and relatives!
After our lobster adventure we checked out Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. For only $15/car you can park with beach access and have bathroom amenities at hand. I really enjoyed the beach because it was non-commercialized, not too crowded, and very clean! If you are looking for a nice, easy-access beach do yourself a favor and take a trip to Pine Point. I plan to return this fall for a beach picnic with my husband and the dogs.
Another one of our adventure’s was taking the canoe out to one of the local ponds to fish. Dad taught to fish, and some of the best memories I have are of him and I fishing when I was little, catching sunnies and catfish. The love for fishing hasn’t disappeared, and I am so grateful that 20 years later he and I can still enjoy a day of fishing. If you have ever heard the song “Just Fishing” by Trace Adkins, it captures exactly my thoughts on fishing with my dad! One of the perks of living in Maine is that within a 5 mile radius of my house, there are many different lakes and ponds to fish at.
My sister and her family came up in August and it was a splendid time spent enjoying the great outdoors! Her children ranged age from 2 to 12, and like most kids they really like using technology on the daily (computers, tablets, cell phones and game consoles). I’m sure many of you who have kids or nieces/nephews have heard of Fortnite and the worldwide obsession. Well, there is bad internet, no XBOX, and poor cell service the farm so the kids had to detox from their screens! I can’t tell you how rewarding and heart warming it was to see them enjoy doing chores, exploring the creeks, hiking the mountains, picking fresh berries, horseback riding, ATV-riding, ice-cream eating, and s’more’s eating!
It wasn’t all play and no work. Extended daylight meant extended work! And with all the fresh produce, we have spent a lot of time harvesting and foraging. Last year I taught myself to can, and this year I went full force. So far I have canned many types of jams (wild blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb), peach preserves, tomato soup, pasta sauce, pickles, and brandied pears. The season is not over and I’ll be busy the next few weeks canning apple sauce and apple butter from the trees in our mini orchard.
I tried to enjoy as much time as possible outside and that included a lot of hiking and kayaking. Currently I’m working with Mollie to teach her to be calm in the kayak-she did a great job so far and I hope that she’ll be able to go with me quite a bit in the future as long as she doesn’t tip me!
I have so much more to share in the next few months, so make sure to stay tuned to the happenings up at Saint’s Hill!