Collecting Memories

IMG_1778 (1)It’s that time of year when boating is all but over. Pipe Dreams is put away for the season leaving only the kayak for a last outing. No matter how many times I paddle Rockport Harbor it’s always different. This time I want to take it all in as what I see will be stored in my head as memories for winter.

IMG_1865The tide is low which fully exposes the seaweed attached to the rocks. Its texture reminds me of a witch’s hair, appropriate, I guess, as it’s that time of year.

IMG_1870Until I spotted some movement, I completely missed the ducks marching across the rocks. What a perfect blend!

IMG_1726Sailboats line the mouth of the harbor waiting their turn to be hauled out and stored until next season. All of these boats are familiar as they’ve passed by my windows many times during the summer.

DSC01516The schooner Heron is heading out to Penobscot Bay with a full load of passengers. She, too, will soon be gone as she goes south for the winter.

lobster boats/Rockport HarborAll the lobster boats are in for the day.

IMG_1759The last one has just unloaded its haul and the truck is ready to pull away with its bounty. Boy, I’ll miss that easy access to lobster!

IMG_1914Now on the other side of the harbor it makes me smile to see people enjoying a beautiful afternoon. With cold weather coming, folks take advantage of every opportunity to be outside beneath a warm sun.

DSC00018 (1)Passing this boat reminds me of fun summer dinners and afternoon of mahjong.  Talk about a great place to have people gather!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m not the only one out taking advantage of sunshine and blue sky. There are other kayakers,

IMG_1919a paddle boarder braving the cooling water

IMG_1794and someone capturing her own images of this beautiful place.

IMG_1773As I turn and head home, I pass a loon which is a most unusual sight on the harbor as loons tend to be more common around fresh water. I wonder if this evening we will hear its mournful calls or if it will have found its way back to more familiar environs.

IMG_1812I see home drawing near, and I think one more time how lucky I am to spend time in this wonderful place. I am happy to have you share it with me.

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Down on the Farm

dairy farmNow, I’m not a farm girl, but in the last three weeks I’ve been on a dairy farm,

French goat farma goat farm

Tennessee farmand my daughter’s farm.  It still surprises me that she and her family gave up city life to move to Tennessee country, but the hard work they’ve done in 10 months to get the place spiffed up seems to be agreeing with them.

FranklinLast time here, the landscape was wintry and a new fence was being installed.

FranklinNow the property is alive with spring color and the fence is newly painted in the area’s color of choice.

FranklinBig Anatolian shepherds roam the property keeping  predators away.  After hearing what they can do to a thick shelled armadillo or a coyote, you know it’s best not to be where you don’t belong.

FranklinDucks

Franklinand chickens also are home on the farm, and they have had their problems.  A couple of the ducks have been handled a little too roughly by the dogs or carried away by uninvited guests, and some chickens are being lost to an invasive virus.  Nobody said life on a farm was easy!

FranklinThe daughter is happy to be a farm girl spending time at the barn with the animals,

Franklinand the son-in-law loves the outdoor work that requires him to be on his tractor.

FranklinYou can tell life has changed.  City attire has given way to work clothes

FranklinFranklinFranklinand instead of stylish footwear, boots of some kind are outside every door.

Yep, it’s a life change and a farm is not a sometime thing.  There’s something to do every day, and not all of the work is easy, but for this family the reward is looking out over open spaces and knowing they’ve made a good decision.

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