What a day and place to be alive! Enjoying the Cliff Walk at Fort Williams Park with friends.
Wow! I'm beyond thrilled to be included in Down East Magazine's September cover article, The New Innkeepers! A huge THANK YOU to all our 2017 guests, for making this new journey such an exciting one. ✨🙏🏽 ✨ http://downeast.com/innkeepers/
Gently-spiced butter brandy apple torte.
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!
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!
Love the way these blazing sword lilies (aka gladioli) complement our curvaceous vintage lamps!
Fog on Casco Bay completely obscures the view of Portland from Falmouth. The tide is out and the air blows softly, salty.
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!
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!
Because the rocks, sea, sky and trees continuously change color and shape with the winds and tides. Because Atlantic-salty air smells good.
The graceful curves and deep colors of the Prom were on beautiful display this early morning, before the hot sun burned the fog away. Quiet, still, calm.
Baking every day is one of the great joys of innkeeping. Today it was banana-toasted pecan cake. Yummy for breakfast and for afternoon tea.
First-picked organic strawberries at the Portland Farmer's Market today! I couldn't resist grabbing a quart or two. Breakfast tomorrow will taste like summer indeed!
Destination: Scarborough Beach, sunset.
Goals: Face the East, feel the surf, smell beach roses.
Bonus: Solstice surfers skimming the shimmering waves.
The quiet charms of the neighborhood are especially lovely in the early morning. The wide West End streets seem even wider, the air feels soft and is filled with birdsong. On my stroll to the Prom today, these subtle pink beauties and their starry friends made the moment even more special.
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