Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

What better way to spend a cold January day than with a virtual visit to a sumptuous summer garden in full bloom? There are some advantages to writing a blog post 5 months late! We spent our first touristy afternoon driving the Acadia Loop Road to visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and the nearby … Read more

Bar Harbor & Saltair Inn

We stayed in Bar Harbor for a week, so had lots of time to explore the town and its surrounds. Let’s start with a bit of geography and history. Bar Harbor is in northern Maine, very close to the border with Canada. You can catch a ferry to Nova Scotia from here. Bar Harbor is … Read more

Boston to Bar Harbor

Happy New Year!  I’m posting a much-delayed blog after spending 4 months in the hell of an election campaign aimed at getting our library sustainable funded.  We won – yay! Now back to your previously scheduled program. In early August, 2022, we ventured to a tourist destination in peak season – something we usually try … Read more

Portland, Oregon

Returning from the windy coast, we spent several days hanging out in Portland during a heat wave. Max, Simon and their moms live in a tidy little house in southeast Portland. The neighborhood features gorgeous flowers that brightened up our morning dog walks. Ah, to gardening in a climate with rain! We made the ritual … Read more

Oregon Coast

I spent a lovely week with best buddies in Portland, Oregon in late June. Meet my hosts, Simon and Max. For our first three days, Simon and Spencey, one of Simon’s moms, ventured out to a little hamlet called Pacific City on the Oregon coast. We stayed in a cute, old fashioned little bungalow perched … Read more