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Fall Pictures from Paradise

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Fall Pictures from Paradise

Fall Pictures from Paradise

Looking down the shoreliine from Seanook. Our maple tree from our office window. Endeavor in front of Seanook. Candy and David took us out for a sail on Enddeavor. We went straight out the bay towards Squirrel Island. Soon after we saw this cloud formation, we were showered with hail. We came about and went back, sailing before the wind all the way in. On our return we were nestled into the cockpit enjoying Candy’s hot buttered rum when we looked up to see this. Enkianthus by our woodshed, a plant for all seasons. Our rowboat moored in the cove, evening. A morning of high winds and fog. We awoke to Endeavor on the rocks by Mike Main’s. This photo taken while waiting for a downed tree and power line to be cleaned up. These Rosanne geraniums bloomed all season; now acquiring some winter protection. Remnants of Fall color from the parking area at Paradise Cottage. Just ONE of Ron’s spectacular sunsets....

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Gardens in Fall

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Gardens in Fall

Gardens in Fall

Many plants thrive when cooler temperatures arrive.  Interesting and beautiful things were happening in the gardens all the way until frost and after, as the monkshood and montauk daisies seemed to be unaffected by freezing temperatures.  Much of the Fall has been Streambed garden with phlox, clethra and cleome Our last Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon bloom The path to Paradise Cottage with sedum, cleome, impatiens,and anenome in bloom Morning glory on the trellis. Just a few blossoms opened for us; this is the truest blue flower in our garden Anenome shapes Anenome and bumble bee In this photo are clethra, cleome, persicaria, impatiens, lamium,fern and rhubarb The lobelia was new this Fall; still in search of blue blooms. Monkshood, montauk daisies, cimicifuga on November 1 in the Studio garden. By now the firewood is covered to keep it dry. The fall gardens along the path to Paradise Cottage were sumptuous! Anenome, phlox, clethra, sedum, impatiens marvelous for us too; it has been long and mild – with no bugs into the...

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Vignettes in our summer garden

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Vignettes in our summer garden

Vignettes in our summer garden

A garden would not be “normal” without a lot of redoing. Much digging up and replanting went on in the Studio garden all summer, yet there were plenty of highlights — and more to be done! In search of the elusive blue flower, but this Blue Satin Rose of Sharon is more purple than blue. Nicely fragrant lilies added another dimension to the impact of the echinacea This is no ordinary orange daylily, combined here with Southern Charm mullen Early harbingers of Fall: crocosmia Lucifer and goldenrod Pale yellow, such a delicate color! Daylilies and sweet fern. Our oasis of calm in early...

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Highlights of our June Garden

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Highlights of our June Garden

Highlights of our June Garden

Leaves and blossoms are much anticipated and celebrated here as spring takes a long metamorphosis.  Our garden delivered.  The display began in the Studio garden in May.  In June rhododendron at Paradise Cottage were spectacular.  The Hawthorn tree covered itself bountifully.  Armeria, or sea thrift, decorated the path to the Studio from Paradise Cottage along with sandwort and a few johnny-jump-ups.  The walk to the cove was embellished by Iris, daisies and lupine in addition to centaurea. Bountiful blooms on the Hawthorne tree with rhododendron behind Armeria, sandwort, & purple johny-jump-ups Lupine took over the daisy garden Tulips and marsh marigolds in the Studio...

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Spring arrived suddenly

Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Spring arrived suddenly

In a matter of a week we switched from nighttimes in the single digits and windy days in the 20’s to early morning lows in the 30’s and daytimes above 50 degrees!  Our neighbor has already taken down his sap buckets on the maple trees, a sure sign of Spring. We are busy finishing up winter projects, doing outside painting, cleaning up in the gardens, and dreaming of the flowers to come. There is one boat on the bay now, and the wonderful sunsets persist.    

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Winter in Paradise

Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Winter in Paradise

Winter did not arrive here in earnest until mid December.  Then we had two major snowstorms in one week.  It took us a day to dig out from each. The descent of the Polar Vortex, though not as deep or lengthy as in other places did result in a good coating of ice on Linekin Bay.  This was followed by a heavy, wet snow with no wind as it fell.  The result was magical. At the end of the storm we had a brief period of rain.     The sun shone through as the clouds began to dissipate. Winter sunsets here are always...

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Contrasts

Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Contrasts

A 45 degree grey day of steady 35mph winds out of the southwest with whitecaps and the few remaining boats bouncing on the bay, was followed by a perfect 63 degree sunny day with only light winds.   We take each as it comes and enjoy each in its own spirit.  So for the first we marvelled from the inside, snug by the fire; for the second we revelled outside in its balmy attitude.  The moon also lined up correctly so we were able to take in the float and ramp, just the two of us, with minimal effort, and then proceeded repairing the dock and shoring up under the lower deck.  What a great day!  It was followed by an equally gorgeous sunset portending rain for tomorrow’s...

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Our “New-to-us” motor boat took us for a Fall Foliage tour up the Sheepscot

Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on Our “New-to-us” motor boat took us for a Fall Foliage tour up the Sheepscot

Our “New-to-us” motor boat took us for a Fall Foliage tour up the Sheepscot

All morning the fog had been offering hope that it might lift, but as we departed the security of the dock, it socked in closer, and in a blink Perch Island appeared 200 yards ahead of us.   Then with renewed attention to wind direction we headed out of Linekin Bay.  As we rounded Spruce Point and crossed the mouth of Boothbay Harbor, the white shroud lifted.  We steered into Townsend’s Gut where the last of the mist vaporized into fingers of sunlight piercing between the trees above steep shoreline. We proceeded under the swing bridge  and up the bright blue waters toward the Sheepscot.  What a wonderland of water ledges and trees!  It was an unusually low tide, but we navigated a very narrow spot with seaweed showing all around to get out into the river.  Then back to Robinson’s Wharf for an early supper; we were all famished! The view from our table at Robinson’s was not lacking! After a satisfying round of steamed mussels & clams, lobster stew, shrimp alfredo, and sweet potato fries we veered homeward.  The full moon greeted us as we exited the Gut.  What a perfect afternoon boat ride!   Speeding back to the...

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The majesty and calm of sunset envelopes your evening at Seanook

Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on The majesty and calm of sunset envelopes your evening at Seanook

The majesty and calm of sunset envelopes your evening at Seanook

You can sit by the fire and read in the afterglow.  Or better yet, relax in the sunroom as colors evolve down the whole length of Linekin Bay.  This is one of our favorite things to do, especially in winter when it can take more than an hour for the bright hues to completely fade.  Before we know it we are sitting there in the dark as lights twinkle from Cabbage Island and from across the bay, and perhaps Venus and the moon from above, and blend with the flickering glow from our fireplace into perfect calm.

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The Drama of Fog

Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Paradise Studio | Comments Off on The Drama of Fog

The Drama of Fog

Fog.  We woke up to a white world, socked in; we could see nothing.  Occasionally a yellow hint to the light gave evidence that the sun was trying to burn through.   When it finally had the upper hand, the drama of the fog’s last try was breathtaking.  The time difference between this first photo and the last is 4 minutes; its all done in a flash.

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