Starting to Plan the Garden & Free Ebook - "Farm to Table Through the Year" It's that time of the year, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, that those of us who love to garden turn our attention to Spring and the gardening season to come. As I look at my garden blanketed in in snow it seems hard to believe that in a few weeks I will be … [Read more...]
All you ever wanted know about Maine and More.......
Maine is a beautiful and diverse state offering a variety of experiences from the seacoast to the Northwoods to lovely rolling farm land. This state is renowned for its seacoast and seafood, but this state is so much more. From lighthouses to loons, a visit to Maine can be the perfect vacation. In the summer, camping in the Northwoods is a wonderful family experience with our pristine lakes and streams. Or if hiking or climbing are your passion, majestic Mount Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian trail in the middle of "forever Wild" Baxter State Park. For the sportsman, Maine has the best in fishing and hunting on the East Coast. Here in Maine, we have a rich history with an abundance of historical sites and museums. So come enjoy the variety that is the State of Maine. Fall in Maine showcases our stunning foliage, fun fairs and harvest festivals. And Maine winters off offer downhill skiing, cross country skiing and hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails through the North Maine Woods.
Maine Coast Bound! Last week Bill and I went for a ride to the coast. We headed out to true "Downeast" Maine - Washington County and Machias in particular. After a 2 1/2 hour drive through the country side with its quaint farms, we knew we were getting close when the road started through the Maine Blueberry Barrens. Acres and acres of open blueberry fields, dotted with bee … [Read more...]
They're back.....the hummingbirds! And they are hungry! I stepped out onto the back porch last Wednesday and I got dive bombed by a overzealous hummer! He came right at me and hovered about a foot away checking me out. I was wearing a bright red shirt and he must have thought I was a humungous flower loaded with nectar. Sorry little birdy! I'm not that sweet. We have had a … [Read more...]
Maine's Majestic Mount Katahdin Majestic Mount Katahdin and the mountains of Baxter State Park, the "Forever Wild" gift of Governor Percival Baxter to the State of Maine can be viewed from this scenic turnout on I-95 North a few miles north of the Medway, Maine exit. It's a lovely spot to picnic as the state has set up a number of picnic tables and has a nice paved parking … [Read more...]
Fiddleheads hunting…in search of the elusive but delicious fern!Fiddleheads are one of the joys of spring here in the North Maine Woods. There is a short window of time in the spring when you can find fiddleheads that are prime for eating. If they get to large, they are bitter and definitely not fine dining. If you would like to know more about finding and … [Read more...]
Herb Garden Planning ...I can't Wait! But I guess I will have to because my little raised bed herb garden is deep asleep under a blanket of snow. … [Read more...]
The summer is just a constant flow of beautiful flowers, as one starts to fade, another starts to bloom. The lupine has faded away and now our fields are loaded with wild madder and cow vetch. And in the yard, our plantings of daylilies are in full bloom. Bill and I like a “natural” look to our yard (actually we’ve gotten too old to do any weeding so this seems … [Read more...]
The beauty of Maine's natural Lupine June is a great month for wildflowers in the North Maine Woods, particularly the wild lupine that blossom around mid June. Last Saturday Bill and I had to drive to Houlton, about 40 miles north of us, and the roadside along I-95 was just a mass of wild lupine. The predominant color for the wild lupine is a glorious purple … [Read more...]
Somewhere in the world, those infamous “they” decided that June 15th is National Lobster Day! Don’t ask me why because I haven’t a clue. But I’d be willing to celebrate “Lobster Day” any time. Lobster and turkey are my 2 favorite foods. Every year Bill and I head down to the coast to Machias, Maine to have Lobster Rolls at the Bluebird Ranch. They have the best Lobster Rolls … [Read more...]
There is nothing like having your own fresh eggs from your own backyard flock!Fresh eggs....nothing compares! We have our own chickens and we have them for many reasons. Both Bill and I had small family flocks growing up. Our breed of choice is the Buff Orpington. Right now we have 25 chickens- 23 hens and 2 roosters (Baxter and Charlie) with more on the way. A couple … [Read more...]