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Transitioning

If you’ve followed along for a while, you know that my life is split between Maine and Houston.  I enjoy both places, but transitioning into Houston does have its challenges.

West UThere are some highlights, including coming home to the house I love.  

Houston houseThe first few minutes are spent wandering from room to room reacquainting myself with each one.

tablescape/barEven before bags are unpacked, I go to buy foodstuffs.  Now, that is one of the joys of being in Houston.  Costco and Trader Joe’s are just a few minutes away as well as a grocery store that has everything and then some.  Between the three the pantry is well stocked and bunches of flowers make it seem like home.

Office View HoustonNow for the hard part. Compared to Rockport, Houston is a behemoth!  What that means is traffic, lots of it.  Already I’ve had to do some freeway driving and after traveling mostly two lane roads for the last few months, six lanes of cars moving at fast speeds is a trifle scary.

Houston has been home for many years, and I do have good friends here that I am anxious to see.  I appreciate the amenities this big city offers, but I miss the simple life and the natural beauty in Maine.  Heck, I even miss shopping at TJ Maxx!

Rockport HarborI especially miss opening my eyes every morning and looking out to see how Rockport Harbor is welcoming the day.  Here, when I turn my head all I see is the wooden fence that separates us from the neighbors.  

Oh well, it’s a good life and I am very grateful for all that each place affords.

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Maine

Sunday Wanderings

IMG_1484I don’t have to go far to find this place as it’s an easy walk right down the street.

IMG_1493The sign says it all about when the shop is open this time of year.

IMG_1485Books are displayed in every available space starting at the front door.

IMG_1486Displays often reflect the season not only with decor but with titles.  You can be sure Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe are well represented now!

On the shelves, books, new and gently used, are arranged alphabetically as cleverly designated.

IMG_1487Mixed with the books, there just may be a surprise.

IMG_1491Throughout the space are chairs and tables that invite visitors to sit and stay awhile.  You may be offered a cup of tea while browsing, a nice touch on these chilly fall days.

Barnswallow is one of many bookstores that can be found throughout Maine.  Folks here like to support the locals which means the big chains don’t fare too well.  There’s something to be said for such small town places that serve dual purposes.  They are not only resources for reading material but for interesting programs featuring writers, poets and artists.  For me,  such opportunity is another reason Maine is the way life is supposed to be.

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Shutting Down

fallLeaves are raining down these days,

falllanding on the water where they move gently, drifting to who knows where,

 fallmultiplying on the ground where they crunch and crumble underfoot. 

fallHydrangea trees are becoming naked after being dressed in fall shades of white and pink.

belted galwaysBelties more often are found lying on the ground anticipating, perhaps, the coming of rain or snow.

sunsetThe days are growing shorter and sunsets are hauntingly dramatic.

lobster shackThe neighborhood lobster shack is done for the season.

Linda  057At the house, porch furniture is under wraps,

Linda  058shades are drawn making everything dark and empty feeling.

Bags are packed, ready to go meaning it’s time to return to Houston where life will be oh so different, not in a bad way, just different.  If there is something you’d like to know about this big, full of energy, diverse city, do let me know.  In the meantime, my eyes will be open.

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A Closer Look

RockportRockport is a small town on Maine’s midcoast, and unless one takes the back road to Camden it’s easy to miss the charm of this place that has captured my heart.

Rockport HarborRockport HarborRockport Harbor - sea smoke 508 MASTERRockport Harbor on foggy day  Year after year Rockport is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful small towns in America.  I’ll not disagree. One of the reasons is the harbor which I’ve shown in so many posts.

Indian IslandAt one end is Indian Island with its now disabled lighthouse. It is the sight that after a day of boating welcomes me home.

Rockport HarborAt the other end is a boatyard specializing in building wooden boats and reproductions of historic ships.

lobster guyHere, too, is the dock where I pick up lobsters right off the boat and that is a fishing spot for many.

Andre/Rockport HarborIn the park where I like to look out over the harbor is a granite statue of Andre, the very famous seal that entertained visitors for years and is a unique part of Rockport’s identity.  If there is a child in your family, get the book telling Andre’s story.  It’s guaranteed to become a favorite.

Rockport Boat Club

Rockport Boat ClubRockport Boat ClubRockport Boat ClubThe harbor is also home to the Rockport Boat Club where on Friday evenings the hubby and I gather with friends to share a friendly and spirited time.

Linda  057Rockport may be small, but it has two of the area’s most popular restaurants, both walking distance from our house.  Salt Water Farm is a great place to enjoy fresh baked goodies for breakfast

Rockportand Shepherd’s Pie serves an outrageous Duck PB&J that is my favorite for dinner.

RockportLinda  051CMCA biennialThe Village also has 3 galleries and CMCA where I have spent many hours volunteering over the years.

RockportAt Ralston Gallery are wonderful photographs capturing the spirit of Maine’s islands and coast, and if one is lucky enough to catch Peter in the gallery he has stories to tell!

RockportOn the main street is this lovely little park

Rockportand the Opera House which hosts a lively summer concert schedule as well as programs during the off season.

RockportThe Rockport Library is a sweet place in the middle of the Village, and I rarely pass by without stopping to check out an audio book to listen to on my walks.

RockportYes, this little Village with its beautiful harbor is a special place reminiscent of times past with its slower and simpler pace in a location nature has blessed with beauty.  Every day I am thankful for the moments I’m lucky enough to spend here.

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