Lucky girl that I am, half of my year is spent in Houston and half in Rockport, Maine. As you might guess, the two environments are very different. Houston is a big city with lots of people and traffic, terrific restaurants, great shopping, professional sports and incredible visual and performing arts.
Rockport, on the other hand, is a small village on Maine’s midcoast. Its history dates back to 1769 when it was first settled, and in 1791 it was incorporated as Camden. In 1891, there was a split because of a dispute involving building a bridge over the harbor. Rockport, so named because of its rocky terrain, then became a separate town. On the other side of this sign it reads Welcome to Camden so you see there is little that separates the two towns.
In 2008, Forbes put Rockport at the top of its list of America’s prettiest towns. I’d say beautiful Rockport Harbor had much to do with influencing this label.
In addition to its many pleasure boats, the harbor is home to more than a dozen lobster boats. Theirs is the sound I wake to many mornings.
From the 1970’s-1986, Rockport Harbor was home to Andre, a seal who provided much entertainment for onlookers and about whom books have been written and movies made. Andre is memorialized in the park at the harbor’s head and continues to draw visitors.
Rockport’s Aldemere Farm is home to the much photographed belted galloways, a breed first brought here from Scotland. It is not unusual to see several cars stopped on the side of the road snapping photos of them. Sometimes there is a person there with easel and paints.
The architecture is quite different from Houston where homes tend to be newer and built of brick or stucco.
Here, many date back to the 1800’s and are mostly shingled or clapboard Maine cottages.
Living in both Houston and Rockport makes for a pretty perfect life. Rockport with its natural beauty and quieter lifestyle does make my heart sing. I have good friends there, but they do not replace the long term friends that are in Houston. Returning to Houston means easy access to shopping, Costco and Trader Joe’s which are missing in Rockport.
Spring and fall I have to transition from one place to another which requires a certain kind of energy that is sometimes difficult to call up. Once that is behind me, it’s wonderful to be in either place.