And basil and beautiful and breakfast.
Falling into deep chocolate darkness isn't difficult to do.
Heard on the beach tonight: Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1
We are so proud of our food & service colleagues mentioned in this article for putting Portland on the award map again. Come visit and discover why the buzz!
It poured rain over the Portland Farmers Market today. We think the gray skies made the colors and shapes of organic ripe tomatoes, squash, kale and parsley even more alluring. Thanks especially to local farmers Kelsey and Dominic http://twofarmersfarm.com/home/about/ who always spend extra time talking with me about their crops. We've got big love for our farmers!
My friend Natalie gave me a Gift From the Sea when I was 14 years old. At the time I didn't understand much of it nor did I see any value in quiet contemplation. This shell, exposed at low tide, with its worlds of sands and whorls, brought to mind Lindbergh's meditations. Will I rest long enough to read them?
To pass the time than making people happy with delicious food.
A Maine summer take on the children's 'I spy' series. Wonders abound, can you find them?
A deep breath was needed after a long, busy weekend. In the evening, we walked along the Eastern Prom, watching Queen Anne's Lace and her wildflower friends dancing in the Casco Bay breeze. Becalming streams of setting sunlight and tart, salty air offered just the right mood.
One of the pleasures of living in Maine is the abundant availability of produce from local farms. This morning, our savory breakfast option included sweet, crunchy organic Sugar Snap Peas and organic spinach from Two Farmers Farm in nearby Scarborough - as well as nasturtium and mint leaves from our very own (if tiny!) garden at the Inn. Color, beauty, flavor!
The full-on artistry of mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis was on magnificent display tonight at the Portland Museum of Art. With the support of pianist Timothy Steele, Opera Maine and the PMA's Phillippa Pitts, Raehann offered a brilliantly provocative and varied program combining the visual art of Paul Wonner, Louis Stettner, Elizabeth Jabar and Eliot Porter with music by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Copland as well as Langston Hughes/Scott Gendel, Margaret Bonds, Paul Moravec and Richard Danielpour. Brava!
Local strawberry season lasts no longer than a wink and fresh mint is bursting in our garden. Given such specific conditions, it was only reasonable to do this.
Today's Maine beach walk included a sighting of sand stingrays, complete with rushing tide, glittering sunshine and solitude. A perfect moment.
Only and a long three weeks ago: Convocation House, then St Hilda's College on the banks of the River Cherwell, celebrating the literary life of my dear, late friend Jenny Joseph. "The sun has burst the sky / because I love you / And the river its banks." [The Inland Sea, 1989]
Just the thought of you, turns my whole world.
We love baking scrumptious treats. This morning, it's crispy-tart-sweet-cakey apple torte. Thank you to all our visitors for enabling us to indulge our passion for good food!
Wandering along Coast Road in Mersea, we spied a pile of magnificently large, colorful oysters in a crate on back of a lorry. Turning round, we saw two oystermen cleaning a new lot. We then proceeded to eat a cartload of shucked sweet, soft loveliness. Thank you, England! It's a joy to be back.