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Peace. Solitude. Beauty. A much slower pace. A throw back in time. Outstanding and plainly Monhegan Isle!

Island Inn

From the moment I stepped onto it’s rugged shore some twenty-five years ago, I was smitten from day one. I knew it would feel like an adventure, even though only a few hours north from home; I knew instantly it would be charming; I knew the hiking was going to lead to dramatic sea views, along with moss covered secret fairy villages.  What I didn’t expect was the quiet, peaceful sense of time moving more slowly, the natural beauty of it all and losing time taking it all in, right down to watching the sun go down at the end of each day.



It’s a mite rustic for some, however, my needs are few–being back on this gem of an island, but my goodness, the sense of calm and joy that can bring in a world (especially my crazy world) bustling with people, appointments and an often never-ending list of things to do and places to be… to an amazing halt. Just what the doctor ordered. In my quiet cottage, I found much needed solitude.. and even a room with a view!

I love this picture!

Typically I don’t get to make it up north until the end of my growing season, when things are just beginning to settle down a bit. But this year, I opted to throw caution to the wind for these past few days to take in the beauty, breathe in that marvelous salty air, climb her dramatic cliffs to just pause, and as a bonus.. captured the middle of lupine season as well! It’s easy to see why I fell in love with this stunning island.





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The ‘Nubble’


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Goat Island Light

Goat Island Light

Saying goodbye is such a difficult thing to do…

Our loved ones never truly leave us… they live on in the kindness they showed,  the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives.

I’d say this more than aptly describes my Rob.  Cape Porpoise, and Goat Island was his very favorite place to be.  As an artist, he always said it inspired him to paint.  As an avid kayaker.. a favorite place to paddle. And with his passing, the right place for his scattering ceremony.

You can shed tears that he is gone or you can  smile because he has lived.  You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him or you can be full of the love that you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what Rob would want you to do….

Smile,  Open Your Eyes, Love and Go On. ♥♥♥

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Portland Head -- Cape Elizabeth

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Pemaquid Light

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Goat Island Light--Cape Porpoise

How can it be possible that I  have not uttered the word “lobster” on this blog yet?  Well that is about to change.  It seems every Maineiac and visitor has an opinion on this subject “where to get the best lobster roll”.  Now it is my turn to weigh in on the debate.

I’m guess I am just a traditionalist when it comes to lobster rolls and take a minimalist approach to preparing one– the star always being the lobster.  Only large, chilled chunks of the freshest meat combined with a small amount of mayonnaise will do.  And then there’s the  bun, yes the bun– it must be a top loader, buttered and grilled to a golden brown.  The lobster meat should be piled high and generously with perhaps a few chunk spilling out onto the plate.  Maybe just a squeeze of fresh lemon and utter perfection.

The best Lobster Roll

Fresh off the boats

Now that we have established what is best, we need to know where to find the best, if not making your own.  Did I say Cape Porpoise?

Cape Porpoise

For us it is the Cape Pier Chowder House in Cape Porpoise, the prettiest little working harbor in all of Maine.

Cape Porpoise Chowder House

I must admit I have been a long time fan and derive such comfort from stepping up and placing my order, usually the best fried clams, lobsters, steamers, lobster rolls or chowdah…grabbing a cold beer and waiting outside on the dock overlooking Cape Porpoise Harbor, and just gazing over at the Goat Island Light.  It is simple, familiar and always outstanding and it is the simple pleasures that we  Maineiacss never take for granted. Some things never change and aside from their location, the fabulous service and friendly staff keep me well fed and one happy camper.

Best Fried Clams in Maine

I’m often asked, where my header picture was taken..  Cape Porpoise harbor.

Where did I catch my first fish? Cape Porpoise harbor. As did all my children–cept they caught crabs…bazillions of them!

First Catch--Ye Old Fisherman 1957

Where is my favorite spot to paddle around on my kayak?  Cape Porpoise harbor.

Turbots Creek--Cape Porpoise

Where does the lovely essence of the beach rose permeate the air and powder puff  clouded blue skies look the prettiest from any angle? Cape Porpoise harbor…well actually, after you kayak out there– from atop Goat Island Light looking over Cape Porpoise harbor 😉

Atop Goat Island Light

Cape Porpoise Harbor--opposite end

I’m sure you’ve guessed by now..  Cape Porpoise has a reserved, not to mention– special place in my heart. So if you’re ever in our neck of the woods, and want to see what the most picturesque little working harbor is all about, stop on by.  Oh yeah, be sure to bring your appetite along with your camera.. meet some of the locals…you won’t be sorry. Here’s one of my fave locals.

Love Maine lobsters says Skipper

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