Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Piece of Maine ."WOW" !!

Bob grabbed the camera just in time tonight to capture this incredible Sunset in 'our piece of Maine'. ...
All I can say is 'WOW'...(and "THANK YOU GrampE Bob! "xoxo)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Maine Vacation Memoirs

One of our 'Acadia Pines Chalets' happy campers sent these vacation photos for me to share. Great pictures of Acadia National Park and the Bar Harbor area ! Thank you, Michael for sharing your talent and your memories of your Maine Vacation on Mount Desert Island. We look forward to your return visit next season. (We're thinking of you tonight, as the fire is raging on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City).

Somesville Maine

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Babysitting Bar Harbor Bambi Twins

Herbie's Twins...Having a late afternoon snack. (They love Fred's apples! )
(Scroll down for older blogs to see Herbie's photos. He's a handsome fella')

(GrampE Bob and I are babysitting the 'wee ones' in Acadia this week!..)
link:Acadia National Park programs for managing wildlife

We Will Have These Moments to Remember

I was working late at the office yesterday....and would have missed this magical our home on Long Pond...
but, thanks to my BFF ...He grabbed his camera and clicked this shot of this spectacular November Sunset!.(to share with me when I got home)....What an amazing kaleidoscope of color!.
As our granddaughter Anna likes to say "GramE...Could it get any better than this"?
"We will have these moments to remember"...Thanks, Bob...You're the best!... (my BFF!)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Tweets @ GramEpat's

Lots of Halloween fun in Somesville village...We've been 'goin' strong' since noon time!...

Somesville Village Library afternoon events for the young goblins (Free books, games, crafts)...and sweet treats at my office get them 'sugared up in good shape' before the Hay Rides in Hall Quarry this evening...Lots of photo ops...and fun and games..

I'm waiting for the next group to show up..wind blown and 'wound up'...from all the activities!...Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor is also on their 'frightful agenda' :) ...the wee ones tell me that it's 'Kinda scary' :) over there!

These Maine ghosts and goblins (and parents) are going to be 'some tired' tonight!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bar Harbor Views from Bar Island.."OH WOW"...

I just opened up an attachment from one of our 'paying house guests'....and all I could think of was 'OH...WOW!'
I love it when our Acadia Pines
guests share their Maine vacation memories and their talent! Thanks, Michael, for sending this incredible photo of Bar Harbor, taken from Bar Island.
(Looking for 'Your Piece of Maine'? Let me know how I can help.)
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lunch Date with my DEER friend, Herbie

Almost every day I see my Deer friend, Herbie Hoover...looking for apples at Fred's farmhouse (near Somes Pond, on Mt.Desert Island).

Couldn't resist this photo op!

PS:Luv this view of my neighbor's yard, across the street from my office!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Some Kinda Wonderful

I was walking in the village today (near Acadia National Park)...thinking 'this is 'Some Kinda Wonderful' !
So I grabbed my camera and joined the other leaf peepers. Hikin', Clickin' and Humin' the tune "Some Kind of Wonderful"...

An October afternoon in Somesville..Could it get any better than this?

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Snowing in Acadia National Park

Hard to believe it!....Huge snowflakes coming down this evening on our deck at Long Pond. (October 18!) Good thing the leaf peepers took lots of great photos last week!

Wonder what our paying house guests at the Acadia Pines Chalet in Somesville think of this!...Bet they are 'Wicked Excited" and never thought about bringing their skis and snow shoes along with their hikin' boots! :)
(Just's not THAT much...but is a big surprise!)....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Somesville, "My Piece of Maine"

Thank you , Michael...for sharing your recent photo of the Somesville Bridge...
The little bridge connects the old Selectmen's building with the village museum...across the street from our quaint library.
Tour buses are still arriving daily...with leaf peepers clicking cameras!...
"There are so many things around us, if we just take the time to see"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Maine's Coastline, Fall Foliage in Acadia

Our beautiful coastline,...
Fall Foliage Season in Acadia National Park

One of the MAINE reasons we choose to live here!

There's no place like home.
(Thank you, Michael for letting me post your spectacular photo!)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

September Sunsets

September in Acadia....It's such a beautiful and peaceful time of year in the National Park. (September Sunsets are spectacular!...Thank you artist, Gail Ribas for sharing your talent)

I just discovered some statistics about the FREE bus service on Mt.Desert Island...
Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by Park entrance fees.

These vehicles offer Mount Desert Island visitors and residents free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants.

What a nice bonus for locals traveling to and from work...and for tourists visiting the Bar Harbor area.
Here's a link to help 'plan your visit'....

Let me know if you need a place to stay. We enjoy sharing our Island and pampering our paying house guests at our Acadia Pines Chalets. ...Realtor GramEpat

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bar Harbor Sunsets from Cadillac Mountain

Wow!.... Spectacular sunset views from Cadillac Mountain this evening!

So glad we had our polar fleece jackets!...The wind was whipping as the sun was setting....and "When the Moon comes over the mountain"...

Realtor GramEpat

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Life's Lessons from a Bar Harbor Seagull

After observing GrampE Bob's recent photos of a friendly Seagull on the Ocean Drive Road in Acadia National Park, I was reminded of a few quotes from Richard Bach's book about Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

“Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live – to learn, to discover, to be free!"

"How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!"
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful August day!...It's a great day for flying! Realtor GramEpat
(Thank you, GrampE Bob for observing and capturing the beauty of this bird.)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August has arrived in Acadia

August has arrived , along with
summer weather on Mt.Desert Island! ...Finally!!
July was Moist and Mystical......
August is Magestic and Magnificent!...
Thank you, artist Diana Cobb Ansley for
letting me share your wonderful paintings of Majestic Somes Harbor
(Oil on Canvas: Somes Harbor, Mount Desert Island)

and Mystical Long Pond. (Oil on Linen : Early Morning Fog, Long Pond )

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Another M & M Morning in Maine

"Majestic and Magnificent !
“O Solitude! If I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap of murky buildings.” John Keats
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
Could it get any better than this?
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Friday, July 17, 2009

M & M Morning in Maine

Another Magical, Mystical Morning in Maine!

"The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. "
Carl Sandburg

Thank you artist Gail Ribas, for capturing the beauty of 'Bass Harbor Fog' in Acadia National Park
"Magical & Mystical"? "Miserable & Moist"? ....uummhh.....
Sometimes hard to 'always look on the bright side of life' !...

(Thanks, Cindy for the Spamalot experience....Great fun!!)

"If you can't change the things you see, then change the way you see things"
(Maybe it's time for a "peptalk"??)
(Thanks, John Jenkins, for the words of wisdom!)
Realtor GramEpat

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bar Harbor Maine, "My Home Sweet Home"

I'm Proud to be an American. (Love the song by Lee Greenwood:"God Bless the USA")

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free, Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

I was doing a google search and discovered that the unofficial national anthem of the United States was composed by an immigrant who left his home in Siberia for the USA when he was only five years old. The original version of "God Bless America" was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) during the summer of 1918 (Thank you, Irving Berlin for these inspiring words and for sharing your incredible talent).

And..Thank you, Artist Gail Ribas, for sharing your incredible talent! I LOVE your paintings and value your friendship!

Happy 4th of July....Hope our paths cross during the day at the Bar Harbor Festivities! (My Home Sweet Home)
"God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her Thru the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans, white with foam God bless America,
My home sweet home. "

Realtor GramEpat

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Spirits and the Scent of Healing Herbs

Summers in Maine...

Low-anchored cloud, Newfoundland air, (Maine air?) Fountain head and source of rivers, Dew-cloth, dream drapery, And napkin spread by fays; Drifting meadow of the air, Where bloom the dasied banks and violets, And in whose fenny labyrinth The bittern booms and heron wades; Spirit of the lake and seas and rivers, Bear only purfumes and the scent Of healing herbs to just men's fields! Henry David Thoreau

Thank you, Gail Ribas, for sharing your Painting.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Baby Loons and Lupine

I heard that we had a successful hatching of a baby Loon in my cove on Long Pond.
(successful hatchings are rare on Mt.Desert Island.)

When I'm out on the boat, I'll try to get a picture of the wee one cruising in the cove on it's mother's back.

Loons and Lupine!...Love this time of year in Acadia National Park!

How can a plant that is considered invasive be so beautiful ?...I hope my neighbor's plants (see photo) INVADE my office lot next door!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A walk in the Park with GrampE Bob

Happy Father's Day ! "Pete" and "RePete"

GrampE's are just antique little boys!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Birds of a Feather 'Tweet' Together"

I was posting a Tweet on Twitter and thought of the corny phrase...Do 'birds of a feather 'tweet' together?'... guess the hashtag #twitterqueens got my wheels turning.

Did a little research...and know how it goes when you are Googling......One thing lead to another and I discovered a 'twictionary'..What a hoot!...Good for a few chuckles on a rainy 'ol day ....

I need to learn some 'twits' and 'twetiquette'...Time to 'fly bye' and start studying. "So much to learn, so little time"!....

PS: For you 'tourist tweeters' who want FREE internet access, the Somesville Library just received a generous gift of 5 computers. (Thank you , Trustee Paige Collins for obtaining the latops for us. "We get by with a little help from our friends" )

Realtor GramEpat
President, Somesville Library Association

(Photo: Downtown Somesville on a Rainy Day)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Life is full of Surprises! Some better than others!

Look what my neighbor found in her Garden!....
Here is her story:

"Went to the Ann's Point Road in Bass Harbor as usual on Thursday morning and stopped the car at my Harborside cottage and got out. I looked at the lupine plants growing in my garden there, plucked a few dandylions, and WOAH! What was that in my garden?? A dead fawn?? Only, as I approached---he winked an eye!! So, I knew immediately that he was not dead. I named him Bambi and he just lay there in my garden. I got on my cell phone and called Scott Grierson (Grierson Nature Foundation) and asked him what to do. He told me not to touch him, to ignore him and his mother was out forraging for food but Bambi slowed her down. 'Don't be concerned, she will be back and will nurse him'!! So, I left him there--only he moved over himself behind more bushes in the garden. He must have been 'SOME frightened ' but never moved as long as I was looking at him. Scott was right, he was gone the next morning. And so were more of my hosta plants!! "
Thanks, Jeanne, for sharing the incredible photo and your wonderful story!
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

"We Get By with a Little Help from our Friends"

In this photo is my neighbor, Caspar Weinberger, Jr., presenting a donation to the Somesville Library. Accepting the gift is Tom Lange, Somesville Librarian.

The Weinberger Foundation recently gave a generous donation to our Library’s Children’s Room Renovation project. The Somesville Library Association elected to honor Jane Dalton Weinberger, by dedicating the Children’s room in her name. Jane Weinberger has devoted a great deal of her life to furthering children’s literature both through her publishing company, Windswept House Publishers, and by volunteering her time to read to children around the world and especially in her home village of Somesville. For over 20 years she published children’s books, many of which can be found in the children’s room at the village Library.

A celebration is planned to honor Jane Weinberger and the other members of the community whose donation of supplies, time and energy made the renovated Children’s room a reality. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony to be held at the Library on June 27th from 4-5PM.

"We get by with a little help from our friends"...
Thanks to all of our volunteers and contributors.

Realtor GramEpat President, Somesville Library Association.