Stingray

Today's Maine beach walk included a sighting of sand stingrays, complete with rushing tide, glittering sunshine and solitude. A perfect moment. 

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Journeys

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] 

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An Apple a Day

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!

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Question

 A wonderful, all-too-brief holiday in England before the Inn's busiest season begins. When I lived in London, one of my favorite spots for weekend picnics and quiet reading was Goldsmith Park on Gresham Street. I wonder: is it meow or roar?

A wonderful, all-too-brief holiday in England before the Inn's busiest season begins. When I lived in London, one of my favorite spots for weekend picnics and quiet reading was Goldsmith Park on Gresham Street. I wonder: is it meow or roar?

Oyster Story: Mersea

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. 

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Pop the Question!

This weekend, we helped Mark plan and stage his proposal to Jordan - including champagne & roses in their room upon arrival, and a GoPro video of the actual moment he asked and she said YES. Congratulations to them! And gratitude for inviting us to be part of their marvelous moment. 

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Greeting Spring on Contention Cove

 A quick visit Downeast revealed this beautiful view of Contention Cove in Surry. The hills of Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island are visible in the distance. A roaring fire in the wood stove, laughter and good meals with friends. Ahhhh....

A quick visit Downeast revealed this beautiful view of Contention Cove in Surry. The hills of Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island are visible in the distance. A roaring fire in the wood stove, laughter and good meals with friends. Ahhhh....

Crunch crunch

(Another) blizzard! To keep our guests warm, this morning we served toasty breakfast sandwiches prepared with only locally grown, produced and sourced bread, bacon, cheese and free-range eggs. Oh, Maine - we love thy farmers every season of the year.

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Reciprocity

Because someone has to do it. #2 in line for Bissell Brothers 'Reciprocal' ale this morning. Nor'easter be darned, tonight we're tipping local brew! 

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