Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Leaving the Island

{Farewell, Islesford}






As the last of the lupines dropped their blossoms and the haze of Queen Anne's lace began its slow and lovely tatting across the island meadows, we said goodbye to Islesford. Sheets were washed, folded. Walks were long, savored. We drew out the goodbyeing as long as possible.






The house was cleaned. Summer treasures stowed away in pine cupboards or given back to the sea. Into the cupboard with the jar of sea glass. Over the seawall with the collection of beach stones, mussel shells, periwinkles. Over the seawall with the waning arrangements of wildflowers with animal names: oxeye daisy, foxglove, harebell, hawkweed, toadflax.





One last lobster roll. One last swim in the frigid harbor. One last dark and stormy, trimmed with a jaunty sprig of mint from the garden.






Then onto the boat with the dogs, the tattered L.L. Bean bags stuffed with boots and fleeces, the tan legs, the bellies full of popovers from Jordan Pond.  Away from the island and the island perfume of rosa rugosa, woodsmoke and balsam. Back to the mainland, to prepare for our next chapter. Farewell, Maine. Farewell, little island community we love so well. Until next year.

30 comments:

  1. so beautiful, summer memories are put in this beautiful time capsule called big bang!

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  2. Wow. Looks like a dream vacation! Maine in the summer is wonderful. So jealous. :)

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  3. Just spectacular Lily! Looks like an enchanting summer was had by all. Now where?

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  4. so lucky indeed to have such fabulous travels!

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  5. this post makes me long and desire to be there so so so bad. maine is totally magical. so is your blog.

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  6. wow. that last shot is just stunning! what a sunset... *siiiigh*

    also, i always feel so badly about wanting to eat lobsters...they're kinda ugly-cute, y'know? (...plus, the screaming. *shudder*) ANYhow what i'm trying to say is this trip looks like it was amazing. lucky you!

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  7. Jordan Pond Popovers! YUM! Excellent pics. There ain't nothing can't be cured with a good dose of Maine. XO

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  8. Ah, we are heading up that way in just a few days! Just heavenly. Thanks for the dreamy images.

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  9. Oh it looks like such a magical place!!! XO!

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  10. I just wandered over from Kinfolk mag, and I am definitely a new fan! Corgis are the cutest :)

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  11. these photos are gorgeous. so hard to leave such a lovely place. however-- the one good part about leaving somewhere beloved is having that same place to return to. it's a beautiful feeling.

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  12. what a sweet letter to a place you obviously love. you have captured it so well in your photos too - they are little love letter in themselves.

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  13. I agree with the previous comment, a wonderful beautiful heart felt ode to an important place filled with fond memories.

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  14. so pretty and such great memories! really looks like you had a great summer!! maine is so pretty, hope to return one day!!

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  15. I don't want summer to end. I suffer from separation anxiety every year. I should realy consider taking my cats and shop to somwhere hot all year round.
    This is a wonderful post, it has all the magic of the season. I feel the need to go to the beach now!

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  16. These pictures are beautiful! Makes me want to go to Maine.

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  17. Beautiful images Lily! I especially love the light in the third image down from the top...
    J.

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  18. What fun. I'm especially smitten with your third photograph. I'd love to sit in one of those chairs and read, look out the window, read, etc.

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  19. what a beautiful post. my family used to vacation in northport (near belfast) on the penobscot. how i miss it!

    i found your blog via kinfolk - what a lovely publication. i actually just contacted them about being a guest writer as well.

    cheers!
    cailen
    www.cailenascher.blogspot.com

    ps i'm your newest follower

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  20. Thanks for all the nice comments, welcome new readers, and glad some of you have experienced the magic of Maine.

    Jen- next up, finding an apartment in New York (shoot me) and one last Scamp road trip before we reenter Real Life.

    In Dreams- wait, I hope you know they don't actually scream! If there is any noise, which there rarely is, it's just air escaping from the stomach, which comes up through the mouth parts, hence the David Foster Wallace argument. They don't have vocal cords. Nor very many neurons, so the poor suckers go into the boiling water with little if any pain. Sad, but delicious.

    Denise- you nailed it! Best reading spot in the house.

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  21. ahh a little island off of mount desert island! how cool. i love mount desert island, i've been camping there twice and it's always stuck out as one of the most beautiful places i must return to.

    ahhhh good luck with the new york apartment hunt. mine last month was just awful :-( but then you will be in new york which is fun :-)

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  22. oh my...this place looks so picturesque! really really beautiful.

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  23. Mmmmmm dark and stormies! Cheers.

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  24. Beautiful photos! The one of the forest especially, it looks so incredibly lush.

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  25. Maine is the land of dreamy dreams. Your photos do it justice.

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  26. Oh, such beautiful images, all evoked our good times there!
    You must be filled with energy for the next steps in your life in NYC!
    Hope you find what you are looking for. Cross my fingers! Once I am back in our little town near NY maybe I can convince you to meet!
    xoxo

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  27. I was so excited to see this! I am moving to Maine in a month and I could not be more excited! (yes I am going to Freeze) but Ohhh those summers! Such a beautiful post, thank you for sharing!

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  28. well damn. I feel like I'm the one who left after reading that beautiful farewell.

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