I Idyll in Maine while Wenches work

The wanderer returns.

My thanks to the Wenches for doing all the heavy lifting of getting the blog going while I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world, gazing at the ocean and stunning sunsets, watching ospreys catch fish and mama seals bring lunch to their offspring.  On Sunday night, while the Wenches were hard at work, preparing for the blog’s grand opening, my husband and I sat in companionable silence watching the beautiful fire he’d made.

No, this is not my usual life style, and yes, I was rusticating.  In Downeast Maine(please somebody, explain what “Downeast” means, because when I look on the map, it’s up, as in north) on one of those tiny inlets within an inlet (or whatever those of maritime knowledge call them).  I know that it’s part of a body of land called the Blue Hill Peninsula and it’s not far from Bangor.  Beyond that, mainly what I know is bliss.  The place belongs to a fascinating family whose patriarch Stan Waterman is a famous underwater photographer.  I am currently reading his memoirs, SEA SALT, and I’m all agog.  That is, when I’m not laughing.  He is a wonderful writer.  Even someone like yours truly–whose knowledge of matters nautical is very close to nonexistent, and has only the dimmest idea of what is going on during Jack Aubrey’s maneuvers at sea–must take joy in an author who not only loves what he does but writes about it so captivatingly, who clearly loves books and the wonders of the English language and all the authors who’ve made music of it.

And so, amazingly enough, this turned out to be about writing after all.

Yours truly,

Loretta

18 thoughts on “I Idyll in Maine while Wenches work”

  1. Loretta, a little Googling found this explanation of “Downeast” at Down East magazine’s website: Down east “has its origins in the days of sail when ships, leaving Boston, sailed downwind to ports along the Maine coast and beyond. They sailed down wind to the east; hence the term down east.
    It’s too reasonable not to be true. 🙂
    Andrew

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  2. Loretta, a little Googling found this explanation of “Downeast” at Down East magazine’s website: Down east “has its origins in the days of sail when ships, leaving Boston, sailed downwind to ports along the Maine coast and beyond. They sailed down wind to the east; hence the term down east.
    It’s too reasonable not to be true. 🙂
    Andrew

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  3. Loretta, a little Googling found this explanation of “Downeast” at Down East magazine’s website: Down east “has its origins in the days of sail when ships, leaving Boston, sailed downwind to ports along the Maine coast and beyond. They sailed down wind to the east; hence the term down east.
    It’s too reasonable not to be true. 🙂
    Andrew

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  4. I’m enjoying the Wenches’ blog–a big shout-out to all my wenchie friends. Congratulations on your joint enterprise.
    Loretta, glad you had a nice break in Maine. Magic, isn’t it? Truly a state of mind!

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  5. I’m enjoying the Wenches’ blog–a big shout-out to all my wenchie friends. Congratulations on your joint enterprise.
    Loretta, glad you had a nice break in Maine. Magic, isn’t it? Truly a state of mind!

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  6. I’m enjoying the Wenches’ blog–a big shout-out to all my wenchie friends. Congratulations on your joint enterprise.
    Loretta, glad you had a nice break in Maine. Magic, isn’t it? Truly a state of mind!

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  7. Loretta, you are one of my FAVORITE authors! I’m so glad to find youhere. I’ll have to bookmark this site and come back to see what else you write. Glad you had a nice vacation with your husband, too.

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  8. Loretta, you are one of my FAVORITE authors! I’m so glad to find youhere. I’ll have to bookmark this site and come back to see what else you write. Glad you had a nice vacation with your husband, too.

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  9. Loretta, you are one of my FAVORITE authors! I’m so glad to find youhere. I’ll have to bookmark this site and come back to see what else you write. Glad you had a nice vacation with your husband, too.

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  10. Andrew, you have enlightened me. Downwind–the direction in which the wind is blowing. That does actually sound reasonable. I should know these things, being a New Englander.
    Loretta

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  11. Andrew, you have enlightened me. Downwind–the direction in which the wind is blowing. That does actually sound reasonable. I should know these things, being a New Englander.
    Loretta

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  12. Andrew, you have enlightened me. Downwind–the direction in which the wind is blowing. That does actually sound reasonable. I should know these things, being a New Englander.
    Loretta

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  13. Margaret, thanks for stopping by the Wenches. Yes, that part of Maine–and many other parts–truly are magical. But your place(s) in New England aren’t half bad either.
    Loretta

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  14. Margaret, thanks for stopping by the Wenches. Yes, that part of Maine–and many other parts–truly are magical. But your place(s) in New England aren’t half bad either.
    Loretta

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  15. Margaret, thanks for stopping by the Wenches. Yes, that part of Maine–and many other parts–truly are magical. But your place(s) in New England aren’t half bad either.
    Loretta

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