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Honoring Family Traditions and Holidays – Scalloped (aka Au Gratin) Potatoes

Once we built the house our immediate family had a tradition of coming up to Maine for Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. As you’ve no doubt discerned, we love to eat foods from many cultures and our festivities weren’t always accompanied by the “turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas” type offerings. In fact we typically would serve lobster and steak for Thanksgiving in Maine. But no matter how we digressed from the all American offerings, I think my family would have boycotted the meals if I didn’t have scalloped potatoes on the menu. Continue reading

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Racing Armadillos and Other Fun

We have driven and explored the area in and around Sarasota for the past week and remain enthused. I can’t help but be struck by the differences. Whereas Maine is rugged with its spruce and fir forests leading to granite boulders and frigid ocean waters, this is a land of pines and palms and flat swampy areas leading to pristine beaches and warm almost waveless turquoise seas. Continue reading

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The Art of Photography

We were attracted to Deer Isle for many reasons – the splendor of the scenery, the warm welcome we received from everyone we met, and the opportunity to live on an island with the combination of an active fishing village and world class art. Generalizations are always subject to contradiction however I’ve found that artists tend to be open-minded people. There is something about their ability to see the world from a unique perspective that makes them able to see the possibilities in people and conceive of a better, more brilliantly colored world. While I am only an avid admirer, my scientist husband has the soul of an artist. Recently he has had four of his photographs displayed in the Pearson Gallery on Deer Isle and today he has launched his website: http://www.bobwilsonphotos.com/index.html . Continue reading

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A Mystery, Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake, and a B&B

My favorite book genre are whodunits and I love to cook. Can there be anything better than combining the two? Karen MacInerney writes the Grey Whale Inn series set on Cranberry Island. The protagonist trades in Texas (where Ms MacInerney lives) for a Bed and Breakfast Inn on the Maine coast. It’s a fun read and the recipes are delicious. Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake is my favorite and is found in the book that earned her the Agatha Christie Award – “Murder on the Rocks”. I don’t know if they serve blueberry coffee cake but can attest that no inn has a better view than our own Inn on Ferry Landing. Continue reading

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Spring Walks and A Spring Tonic

We’ve finally been experiencing Spring and have taken full advantage of the weather to take walks around the Sunshine area of Deer Isle. I feel a bounce in my step and increased enthusiasm with the delightful weather. Continue reading

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Daily Observations from Paradise

Most of the Northeast is hit with a storm and Deer Isle is no exception. It has been raining all day and Bob tells me that we have several crappy weather days ahead. It has been a perfect day to go through some pieces I’ve written in the past and I found one to post about a day in the Autumn right after a storm. It’s a reminder to me to stop and enjoy the simple things. Continue reading

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The Recession is the Mother of Reinvention

For the next four years after we built our welcoming home in the Sunshine area of Deer Isle, we rented it out to summer vacationers and to a couple for approximately a year. We visited every opportunity we could. It was well worth the long 10 hour drive from New Jersey as we crossed the humpbacked bridge and felt the stress and nervous tension of our everyday lives melt away. Here we breathed deeper, slept better, awakened early with enthusiasm. This became the place we daydreamed about, the one that sustained us. Continue reading

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Finishing the House in 2005 (We got by with help from family and friends)

Between October 2004 and June 2005 Brian Burgess and his team worked quickly to finish our house. The myriad of decisions that had to be made prior to completion of the exterior paled compared to the daily discussions we had during those following 8 months. Bob and I were delighted to find that we would not need the marriage counseling that Brian had jokingly said he would not provide. We not only agreed on everything but we were able to include important improvements suggested by our sons and friends.
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Ground Breaking News in 2004 – We started groundbreaking

After our visit in August 2003 we didn’t actually see much happening for several months. Preparation is a large component building a house in the middle of a forest. Continue reading

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Winter Haddock-Corn Chowder

Is there anything more comforting during the winter than a bowl of delicious soup? One of my favorite New England soups is a simple haddock chowder. Continue reading

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Wining, Dining, and Sleeping in Stonington, Maine

Between 2002 when we were first introduced to Deer Isle and 2005 when our house was finished, we stayed in three of the island’s accommodations and ate at many of the restaurants. Several of my readers have asked for more information on a few of our favorites and I’m happy to oblige by telling you about two of each. Continue reading

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Inspiration for a Dream Home

If 2002 was the year of determining where we would purchase property, 2003 was the year of finalization of that goal and of fantasizing about the house we would build. Marriage like any relationship is a series of compromises. We found to our surprise that we were somewhat at odds when it came to our initial visions. Continue reading

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Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss/Listening to Our Hearts

Up to now the story of our path of deciding to purchase coastal property on Deer Isle in Maine sounds relatively reasonable if impulsive. However at this point I have to cop to being a city slicker who had absolutely no idea what she was getting into and was certainly not prepared on even the most basic of levels. Continue reading

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Cure for Winter Doldrums – The First Journey to Deer Isle

The winter blues had not quite set in but I was feeling impatient and wanted to visit some of the places we had identified as possibilities. We made an impetuous decision to give ourselves a Christmas present – to take a week of a “just us two” vacation time and travel up to Deer Isle in January 2003. Continue reading

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Synchronicity and Serendipity Lead us to Deer Isle

Encouraged by quotes such as “if you can dream it, you can accomplish it” and “what would you do if you didn’t fear failure”, we decided to start exploring a future of living on the coast. Ok we had the vision but where should we concentrate on manifesting it? How does one determine where to relocate or retire to? The answer is as individual as the person or couple. Having determined our “must have” list, we had to fit it into our plans something mundane but necessary – “what was practical”. Continue reading

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Dreaming a New Life

Like any significant and grand change in our lives be it a career choice, marriage, starting a family, or starting a hobby – it started with a dream. Continue reading

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