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! 

Sweet Sunday

Full house this weekend. Guests from Cali, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado. Today's fruit course: freshly baked strawberry-blueberry crisp topped with a dollop of Madagascar vanilla creme fraiche and an organic spearmint leaf. Oh, sweet Sunday!

TGIF

The end of the work week is the beginning of ours. Tonight's fun = peanut butter, dark chocolate chunks and a full house of guests!