Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Swim Team

This is a photo of our not so official Swim Team. These  kids started swimming at the Log Cabin pool as toddlers and look at them now! Gabrielle ( my niece) first in the photo is entering 8th grade, Danny next is going into 5th, Joshua into 2nd, Terrence into 1st and Camille ( my other niece) into 6th grade. These kids have been friends since birth and it is great to see them together for the last day of Summer before School starts tomorrow.

The Inn was bursting at the seems during August. The weather was beautiful and still is. The flowers as usual are outstanding and my favorite Dahlia's are just coming out. Sue grew all the Dahlia's for my Wedding almost 11 years ago. She had about 100 plants, no pressure there. We are full every weekend in September  and can squeeze a few people in during the week. I think it is going to be a great Fall Season in Maine. The September DownEast Magazine is hitting the news stands next week and on the cover as one of the most Scenic rides in Maine is a photo coming over the Orrs Island Bridge. Also featured as the Restaurant of the Month is the Dolphin Marina in South Harpswell. So hats off to our Home Town.

Speaking of Harpswell. I know I am most likely the only person that finds this next item exciting but believe me if you lived here year round you would be as excited as I am. We do not have trash pickup service here so all our trash and recycling is separated and taken to the Transfer Station on the Mountain Rd. This task at the Inn has been mine. There used to be about 20 different slots as we recycle everything. Now we have 1 slot for trash and 1 slot for everything else. I just go and throw it all into one big dumpster and seconds later I am done. They expect to increase the Recycling over 25% in the first year.

Health and Happiness


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Busy, beautiful August

We have had the longest stretch of good weather this month. We had a very rainy June, and fog in July. August has been almost perfect! If you have been following our blog, you know we started off with Adam and Tamara's wedding. And ever since, we have been 100% full! Actually, we are "over-full" this weekend. We have a family  (Parkers)  that has been coming for 14 years, and now the family has grown to a rather large number! But, they are lovely and we so enjoy having them back every year.
I cannot believe it is almost time for school to start. We lose one of our crew, Maryanne, to college next week. She has been a great asset and we will miss her a lot! The little kids start school  next week as well. Time for our fall schedule to start. Wow!! How time zooms.
Danny took sailing lessons at the Abbot Fletcher Sailing school last week. He really enjoyed it. Maybe I will look at getting a little sail boat! He is 10. When I was 10 I learned to sail at T-Ledge camp on Orr's Island.....very close to where Danny just took his lessons!
Well, I must go make coffee....the dining room is filling up. Breakfast today is fresh fig muffins, banana waffles, sausage and cantaloupe. YUM!
Hope you are all well, Sue

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What a Day!!

Here it is the  Wednesday after the Wedding and I am still tired. Honestly it was the most perfect day. The start was a little worrisome with the grey sky's and the rain. We were prepared with the tent and the sides but this tent would not fit the 140 + people attending. That is a lot of extra umbrellas. By Noon time the sun was shining and the the air was crisp with no humidity.

The ceremony was at Adams house on Orrs Island with an Easterly water view. Adam and Tara made a beautiful archway made out of birch with baby's breath and ferns hanging. The kids started off the ceremony with a parade of clanging Wedding Bells. At this point I am sure you are saying "Where are the photos?" Truth be told none of us had time to take a picture. Sue's eyes were so teary I don't think she could have seen through the lens. Everything was outstanding, the exchange of vows between Adam, Tamara and Francis was heartwarming.

I quickly left the ceremony to set up my signature cocktail drink- Blueberry Vodka with Lemonade and frozen blueberries which was quite tasty and a hit! The food was plentiful and the lobster rolls and scallops wrapped in bacon were flying off the tables. The grounds were beautiful as many people spent countless hours on the gardens ( as you know Sue was only to happy to plant shop). The cake was gorgeous and Sue's niece Dawn even made cupcakes for the kids. Speaking of kids boy was there a lot of kids running around this place. Good thing we locked the pool.

The night ended with gas Chinese Lanterns floating into the air, which were way cool! It was a lot of
work but I think all in all it went off without a hitch. I am holding Sue to the fact that we are not having another Wedding here. Unless of course it is Danny or Josh.

All the Best, Alicia