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Maple Syrup Sunday

March 27, 2011

The sun is out today, but you could say “It’s a nice day for January!) The temps should be 46, but its 27 and very windy. However, I’m going with my daughter to Maple Syrup Sunday – a big Maine event on the frarms that make maple syrup. They give you hot syrup on the snow and have other fun things to do. I’ll share with you on the next blog. Marian


March is Not SPRING Spring

March 23, 2011

We had the WORST winter – tons of snow-very rare for Mt Desert Island. We had about 30 incheson the ground and icey paths everywhere. Then in two rain sotrms and a couple of high wind storms it all just disappeared – came up to 60 one day and we thoguth it was Spring.No such luck – it snowed yesterday – just a couple of inches, but it’s NOT spring.  However, I wrote a poem a few years ago that I’ll post now.

Invisible Spring




Spring slipped past the weary watchers –


Wrapped within that gray March fog;


Formless, silent, ghostly


Hiding in dreary damp skies,

Rotting snows, sticky muds.

Baring ugly scars of winter: brown grass, broken branches;


Spring slipped in that day and planted well its pregnant seed

Of  hope. .


Marian Burns   1988

So I do have HOPE>  Marian

April 6, 2010

April 5, 2010

Nother couple of weeks of mostly  beautiful weather.  The heavy rains were welcomed by Mira Monte Inn gardens and lawns. The little blue scillas in the kitchen garden are a  welcome sight – they carpet the ground and have spread into the “violet” lawn.  They seem to like being cozy with grass. I remember that where I lived in Yarmouth some years back, the hillside lawn acros the street was completely blue. Evidently, they don’t mind being mowed later on.  It’s the same with the violets that bloom here  in late May.  I’ve tried moving them out of the lawn and into the gardens on either side – but they are in charge of where they’ll grow – thank you. It’s the lawn!  See the picture of one honeymoon couple having breakfast among the violets (on the breakfast page).  I  keep the mowing away until they have finished their show – and then they get mowed like the grass all summer.   In mid-summer,  I have edible mushrooms (blewits)  growning under the oak tree in front. and I get to eat a couple of side dishes . This area has gone to moss and ferns. I welcome the moss because it stays green all the summer and doesn’t need to be mowed!.  Purists are horrified when I tell them I have a moss lawn in many areas. But since I mix and match my dishes in the dining room (I beat Martha Stewart to this one), I might as well have mix and match plants in the lawn!.  The crocues and fosythia are also blooming. We’re planting peas as soon as the manure truck arrives.  My Four Seasons solar porch is providing parsley, thyme, rosemary, celery and mint . All winter I’ve had these treats. I turned on an oil based heater on a few nights when the temperature went down to 8 degrees and the wind blew hard, but otherwise, this a gift of the winter sun!.   

My daughter, Lynda, and I are still exploring the Breakfneck trails and nearby mountains, Brewer and Youngs.   She and her husband found a way up Brewer (by way of old cairns) on Easter morning. She came back  and said “I’ve climbed the mountain and seen the light!”  The sun rose over Cadillace while they were there – a great treat.  Galyn’s is  open as is Jordan’s breakfast place on Cottage Street.  We ate a Galyn’s last week – the crab cakes are delicious!.  Marian

Early spring walk- carriage road to old Breakneck Road

March 24, 2010

= March 20 2010

This Blog is written to share what life in Bar Harbor is all about. Perhaps it will help you decide on activities and events for your vacation. I’ll try for a weekly update.

Yesterday was a very rare day – possibly a record-breaking day for temperature. I think all of New England shared this gift of summer weather for a day. I went with Lynda to walk the carriage road from Eagle Lake – back to the junction of the Witch Hole Pond Loop. It is a serene walk mostly level – following the shoreline of one of the Breakneck Ponds. The road edges were carpeted with the evergreen leaves of the Mayflower and more wintergreen than I have seen elsewhere. The plants looked very healthy – and I know the lovely fragrant blossoms of the Mayflower will be out in April! The mountains behind the pond, probably Young and Brewer, helped us to feel like we were truly in the wilderness. We found evidence of trails leading away from the road and in most cases we discovered thick patches of wild blueberry plants. Think August!
We decided to cut across the end of the pond to find an old abandoned road that we knew of. That bushwacking turned into an adventure. The beavers have been active there and we had to cross two beaver dams to reach the very washed out road bed. If you haven’t walked on a beaver dam, you’ve missed a great opportunity to trust a small four footed mammal who can build a structure of sticks, leaves, mud and branches that looks very unnerving-(when the option is slipping down, through or sideways into ice-cold running water), but turns out to be an unsteady but exhilarating experience in balance. I found a stout walking stick to help and used Lynda’s offer of an outstretched hand more than once.
Once we came on the remains of the old roadbed, we continued to a large ledge area where we rested and let the dogs explore all the forest smells – balsam fir, rock lichens, sweet fern, wintergreen and other plants. The warm sun brought out the aromas – which can’t be duplicated in a town. Continuing on, we came back to the Eagle Lake Road, Rte 233 and walked along the edge for about 200 yards to get back to our car.
I am so lucky to live here in Bar Harbor and to be able to experience this land just a five minute drive from the Inn.
Shops and Hotels are beginning to open. Galyn’s Restaurant is now open and Leary’s Irish Pub has had an open house in its new home across from the Village Green – on Mount Desert Street. We’ve had a steady stream of visitors in the Suite building (which is open all winter at ½ price – with no food or maid service). During this mild spring, I think I’ll be able to plant my peas before April 1st. The old time residents always did this so they could have green peas and salmon for the Fourth of July. In the past 10 years, I’ve managed to plant by April 1st only once before.   Marian