Jenny Joseph: In Memoriam

Our close friend, the poet Jenny Joseph, passed away yesterday at her home in Wales, UK. Thank you, Jenny, for the grace of your being and friendship. Your fiery spirit, your words and their beauty live on. Without you, we indeed feel upside down today. 

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Thank you for another year!

This first journal entry of 2018 is a grateful tribute to all of West End Inn's loyal repeat guests, whose visits and word-of-mouth referrals are the heartbeat of our business. 

Every month in 2017, we were overjoyed to welcome back both guests who had lodged here in previous years, as well as new ones who returned more than once throughout the year. Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement to new ownership, and your generous feedback which helps us continue to offer superior service every season of the year.

The beautiful painting below was painted by repeat guest, artist Judy Antrhop, after her visit here in the fall. Thank you Judy for representing the Inn so lovingly and for the gift of the original work. 

Happy 2018 everyone, we look forward to making your 2018 Portland visits happily memorable!

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Supplicant

A layer of frosty snow added extra crunch to our end-of-season raking. In reply, we left this note: "Dear Maine Winter, please play with us only sweetly this year! Love, The West End Inn xx" 

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Langour

In spring as fiddleheads, then in splendid summer abundance, these ferns across from my kitchen windows have provided me with daily joy. Now their bronzed languor adds to the bittersweet pleasure of the turning year. Their beauty now surpasses all previous seasons. 

In spring as fiddleheads, then in splendid summer abundance, these ferns across from my kitchen windows have provided me with daily joy. Now their bronzed languor adds to the bittersweet pleasure of the turning year. Their beauty now surpasses all previous seasons. 

Gazing

An artist friend just delivered this fabulous new volume of photos for the Inn's library. One thousand hurrahs for art, poetry, readers and gazers!

An artist friend just delivered this fabulous new volume of photos for the Inn's library. One thousand hurrahs for art, poetry, readers and gazers!

Holy Fallout

When a friend stops by spontaneously, grabs Hafiz from the library shelf, opens the book at random and discovers the perfect poem to read aloud and encourage: that, my dears, is Holy Fallout! 

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When life gives you lemons...

Be grateful for those guests who turn them into delicious jam, and make you a present of it! This luscious blueberry-citron jam was gifted to me tonight by a talented and generous guest. I've already devoured half the jar (local sourdough bread & local blue cheese are perfect accompaniments). Merci, monsieur, merci!