Personal Updates

I’ve had some rough days since my last post, but I’ll start with the more upbeat stuff. The photo above is of Wayne looking rather tiny in contrast with the big colorful trees in our woods.

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An Enchanted English Garden at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

There are people, places and moments that bring out the unguarded, trusting and open-hearted child within. The garden at Pineland Farms is one such place for us. When Wayne and I entered the white gates last week, we walked into what felt like a dream.  Continue reading “An Enchanted English Garden at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester”

Pleasant Hill Preserve, Scarborough, Maine

I just returned from the new nature preserve courtesy of Scarborough Land Trust that’s only a few miles from my house. It’s a little fairyland with a big sky! The air smelled like wildflowers, birds were everywhere and it was ours (me, the birds, groundhogs, chipmunks, butterflies, humming bees and things rustling in the leaves as I walked past) alone for the duration of my walk! I have driven past this field for years but now it’s open to the public to enjoy. Continue reading “Pleasant Hill Preserve, Scarborough, Maine”

Playing in the Rain

We’ve had too much rain! Look at the parking lot above. It’s a pond. I’ve been feeling rather blue these past two days because a close friend has moved out of state. The cold, wet weather hasn’t been helping. I decided to go out and walk despite the perceived gloom, and actually was feeling like I deserved a medal for being so motivated. I learned that not everyone shares my view: Continue reading “Playing in the Rain”

A Walk in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, Maine

This morning on the way to the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Wayne and I took a little detour to walk in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco. It had just stopped raining and everything was lush, the colors were popping, trees were blooming and the air smelled fragrant. It was so tranquil! I hope you will enjoy the silent tour that follows:

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Blossoming on the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland

I used to live within walking distance of the South Portland Greenebelt in the 1990s and spent many days here staying ahead of my anxieties one step at a time. I was young, single, had a dream job that had been created just for me in the Old Port (with parking!) and a cute little house. Yet serenity then was still elusive. Walking here always helped me feel more calm and centered. It had been years since I was here last so I decided to revisit it today despite it being cool and cloudy.
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A Walk Along the Trail at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough

In my last post I mentioned that Scarborough Land Trust recently published a website with new-to-me places to explore right in my extended Scarborough backyard. We decided to check out the trail at Broadturn Farm, a charming organic farm, late Monday afternoon. The light was right and the temperature still warm. While this time of year isn’t full of blooming wildflowers and greenery, it’s also devoid of mosquitoes and black flies! Awesome trade-off! Continue reading “A Walk Along the Trail at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough”

A “Secret” Spring Season Waterfall At Fuller Farm in Scarborough

Scarborough Land Trust recently published a website that outlines new-to-me trails in town that are open to the public. I’m constantly amazed at all of the scenic nooks and wide open spaces that exist in a single town. This morning after church we went to find the hidden waterfall at Fullerton Farm Preserve that only flows in the spring. I had no idea it existed until I read the details of the preserve.
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