Sunday, April 15, 2012

MIA in Maine

I have been neglecting your mailboxes. 

I guess by now you know I've been majorly MIA from my regular blog visits and dropping you a line or two.  I am curious as to what you all have been up to and what I have missed as far as Spring coming along in your neck of the woods (or fall for some of you!)

The Professor and I have been up here in Maine.  He doing professorial type work and me preparing the house for the summer like finding BEDS so we don't have to sleep on the FLOOR!  Okay when you are 6, not okay when you are almost 60! 

I had lots of meetings with various handymen and contractors to begin getting estimates on work we would like done ... eventually.  And then there were the visits to second hand and consignment shops ... which are quite plentiful in Maine.  I love spending time browsing through their shops.


Of course, a girl has to find a little time to get out and do some nature walks.  I wish I had done more.  Spring here is maybe three weeks behind where we were in Philadelphia.  The forsythia was just beginning to bloom as were daffodils and tulips.

One of my favorite walks is a dirt road across the harbor from us.  It goes on for miles along the coast.  This is a favorite stopping point for many where you can walk down to the rocks and even take a swim should you be so inclined.  But this girl is not so inclined.  That water is cold! 


And of course, there is the wonderful wildlife right out my front door.  The view above looks out toward Penobscot Bay.  If you look around the center of the photo, you will see a pole with a nest on it.

Do you see it?



Here is a closer shot of it ... the best I can do from my window.  It is an Osprey nest and the male has returned and waiting for the female to arrive once again.  So goes the story as told to us by our neighbors.  This pair comes back every year.


And these ducks have stopped in for a while as well, resting up to continue their journey north.

 Yesterday afternoon, I finally got around to putting out a bird feeder off of our deck.  It only took a few hours later and this fellow was on the deck checking out how he was going to reach it.  I think I'll hold off leaving it out for now until I get around to "squirrel" proofing it!  No matter where you are, some things remain the same!

Well, this has been my world the last week or so ... we'll be heading back home tomorrow and settling into a bit more of our regular routine.

I hope to drop by and see what you all have been up to and what wonderful photos and writing you have been sharing!

Later, my friends!
 

48 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like you have been making GREAT use of your time! much more productive than sitting around reading blogs! :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Drop dead gorgeous views.... Not shopping for a bed today, but I did order a summer weight bed cover. Does that count?

eileeninmd said...

You are the busy girl, I love your photos. Maine is beautiful and you have a lovely view. How cool to have an Osprey nest so close. Great photos and post. Wishing you a great week ahead.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

What a gorgeous view you have. I think I would even sleep on the porch for a view like that!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Love the mailboxes, must drive the mailman nuts. Cool you have osprey! Now you need a really expensive telephoto to go with that view :-)

Cozy Little House said...

Sounds like an absolutely perfect and scenic place to be. Wish I was there with ya.
Brenda

Jill said...

Beautiful, beautiful views and photos!

Ginny said...

So you aren't staying in Maine for the summer? Do you stay in Florida for the winter? Your second photo is what I have always thought of Maine as looking like. I love the shot of the yellow leaves in front of the church, and the colors of the water are so beautiful!!

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely place!! I love your photos! It does indeed sound as though you've been making great use of your time! I've always wanted to visit Maine -- one of the few states I haven't made it to over the years! Your photos are the next best thing! Have a safe trip home!!

Sylvia

Brian Miller said...

looks like you are having a beautiful visit...that first pic after the mail boxes...wow i love that...enjoy your time...

Country Girl said...

There you are. Such fun to see images from Maine. And hey, the water will still be freezing, even in August. Ha!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

The second photo is outstanding, I love it! What a perfect view you have, and for it to include a nest of Osprey...Wow!

GailO said...

Maine must be beautiful this time of year! We have ospreys here in RI too and it is a sure sign of spring when they return...always the same pair to the same nest:)

Michael said...

welcome back...beautiful photos

My Journey With Candida said...

Maine is so beautiful... I am surprised you even think of getting on the computer when you are there.

Great photos as usual.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...Gorgeous shots ...it sure has been some beautiful days here of late !!
Your first one has Maine written all over it ; }} lovely!
Great you have a good view of the nursery ( Osprey Nest) ; }
Grace

gina said...

Well, it sounds like you are having a lovely time in Maine. That first shot of the harbor with the dramatic clouds is just stunning!

Betty Manousos said...

sounds like you you are having a lot of fun in mia.

oh, these are terrific shots, reena.

have a wonderful beginning to your week.

big hugs!

urban muser said...

gorgeous photos! i can see why you haven't been blogging much--you should be outdoors when it is as beautiful as that :)

Sandra said...

stunning sky photo, wow on that one, and can we park in the middle BETWEEN the no parking signs? HA HA

Daryl Edelstein said...

what gorgeous shots .. makes me wish I was there ... glad you are on the way back, you've been missed! xo

Madi and Mom said...

Lovely pictures Reena...I feel like I'm up there with you. Good luck on your chores at hand.

Mom and I have been plugging right along, sneezing due to pollen and OMC we celebrated our 1000th post on Saturday. I tell you one thing the old girl has a lot to say.
Hugs Madi and MOm

Jennifer Richardson said...

spectacular watery beauty
...thank you for sharing!
and be gentle with yourself;
you're a joy to visit
anytime
and with no heavy expectation
at all.
just be:)
-Jennifer

bill lisleman said...

The second picture (Maine harbor one) is my favorite of these. Did you apply any filters/processing to the pic?
It has that painting look to it.
great pics.

Joe said...

I think the squirrel is stalking you!!

Pat said...

What beautiful photos! Everywhere you go there are squirrel friends.

Ann said...

Spending your days like that beats blogging any time :) Gorgeous shots

Dianne said...

What a wonderful corner of the world to be MIA in.

Linda R said...

Such gorgeous shots my friend. I don't blame you for one minute, I would be MIA also if I were there.

Hugs, Linda

Claudia said...

I envy you your second home in Maine. It sounds heavenly and the summer should be wonderful.

xo
Claudia

Gillian Olson said...

What a beautiful setting. Sounds as if you enjoyed your break too!

edgar said...

Is it the beautiful Maine in spring?
You capture the essence with your photos.

Catherine said...

I can see why you have been MIA! So many pretty things you have been seeing and photographing. Love that stormy sky over the water ~ perfection!
xo Catherine

rainfield61 said...

You are so lucky to see so pretty neighburhood...

islandwonder said...

The photos are beautiful and the walking path/dirt road is delightful.Looks nice and shady too.

Cheryl said...

It looks about the same here as it does where you are ~ maybe a week ahead of your Maine home.

I love all your shots from your window and walk. Thrilled to hear that you have a pair of osprey nesting so close by. How cool is that?

Hilary said...

Who could blame you for disappearing in that beautiful setting?

CherryPie said...

It looks and sounds as if you have been having a fun but busy time :-)

S. Etole said...

What a beautiful spot to await spring. Squirrels just never give up, do they?!

lisa said...

What a beautiful time to be in Maine, Reena!!
It looks like it is just beautiful there right now.
I could not agree more about squirrel-proofing.
It just does not happen!!
They are simply too clever.

beth said...

why not be lost and MIA in maine....everyone would if they could and you do it beautifully !!!

ladyfi said...

I can understand why you are MIA in Maine - the scenery is just stunning!

bobbybegood1 said...

Hello Reena. Wonderful post. Yes, I did see the nest on the pole. Here in Lower NY (NYC and surrounding subs) we have been experiencing a host of fires. Some say due to the lack of rain. My guess - intentional arson in some cases. But weather has been very, very dry. Although I do love the rain, I especially look forward to it because of the fires.

Ross said...

Your photos are fantastic! You wouldn't be the only one neglecting the mailboxes. We've been in Disneyland the last 10 days so the computer has been set aside and now it's time to get back into the swing of things. Looks like you've got your hands full! Hope you're doing well.

Margaret said...

Beautiful... lucky you! I will look forward to more photos (and funny commentary).

Ed Pilolla said...

i found myself scrolling through these gems more slowly as i moved along, to make the experience last.

Kathy said...

Loved this post. There's just something for everyone here. I particularly like the blueness of the water and the many boats and buoys in the harbor.

ELK said...

such a magical place ..beautiful views...happy to stop by for a visit!!