Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day 10.107: Natural

We've been treadmill shopping.

This means that lots of adverts for treadmills and other fitness equipment have been showing up everywhere we go online.

This - ever so natural - photo of someone definitely actually using a treadmill is a special example:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day 10.106: By the bandstand

Some time ago I texted Exile #3 to say I was ready to pick her up from a school event and I was parked "by the bandstand".

Apparently it's called "the rotunda" or something and no-one EVER calls ANYTHING a "bandstand".

When we were in Bar Harbor last weekend - I pointed, "Look a bandstand!"

"It's not a 'bandstand' Dad!"

"Yes it is - it says it right on it!"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 10.105: Fort Knox

As Exile #2 mentioned, after a fairly lazy start to Saturday, we took a small detour to visit Fort Knox on our way back from our mini break. It's an extraordinary place - built in the mid 19th century to repel a largely by-then imagined threat from the British, it never saw battle and is - perhaps as a result - very well preserved.

We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours exploring outside:

Exile #4 is investigating one of the "hot shot furnace" designed to heat cannonballs so that they would set fire to ships that they hit (alas, in keeping with the theme of the fort, the cannons that were eventually installed were of a different bore - so these furnaces could not have been used in any case).

And also inside:

The passageways on various levels around the central courtyard were quite amazing spaces. We discovered that it took eight people to fire one of the cannons and that "A" battery is not a misuse of quotes but we were not sure until we discovered the "B" battery.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 10.104: Steamy

On Sunday morning, soon after the sun came up after a couple of cool wet days, I went out for a run. I noticed some trees steaming in the early morning sunshine in a few places, but when I turned the corner to see this fence in full sunlight, I decided it was worth pulling my phone out for a moment:

I'll write about the rest of our northern adventures soon!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Day 10.103: Exile #2's Sunday Column #173

Exile #2 writes...

After our mad 48 hour dash to Bar Harbor and back again, we were glad to spend a quieter day, soaking in the sunshine which had, with impeccable timing, returned just as we did. Despite the wet and chilly weather, it was a good trip, exploring various sites of historic interest where the British behaved in a pretty shady way. No wonder we are still always the baddies in movies! Still, we did enjoy the fact that we managed to infiltrate Fort Knox, built to defend against the British, with little or no resistance.

Back home, the trees are flowering, and other things have emerged too: Spring flowers, rhubarb, the washing line, various Exiles' legs. Oh, and the grill. The neighborhood has filled with the smell of smoke today. Partly from Spring clear ups that are underway, partly from the firing up of grills. Grilling season is short here, and is vigorously embraced when it comes. So, who are we not to join in? Back to school tomorrow for the Exiles but the end of the school year is surprisingly close.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Day 10.102: Mount Desert and Ellsworth recap

Here is a proper recap of our day yesterday.

After a three hour drive and a quick lunch, we had a short chilly walk on the waterfront in Bar Harbor:

before heading to the Abbe Museum where we learned a lot about the Native American tribes of the area. I also spent a while in the kids room with E5N1 where we tackled two of these beautiful (and surprisingly tricky) jigsaw puzzles:

and he insisted I photography him with every animal puppet in the menagerie:

After that, we took advantage of the free Acadia park access to drive up Cadillac. The top of the mountain was in the clouds and we didn't even bother to stop, but once we came down a bit we pulled over to admire the view:

There was time for one more quick stop on the island, so we stopped in at College of the Atlantic's Natural History Museum:

which has fantastic Maine animal dioramas and - more surprisingly - these:

Our day ended in Ellsworth where we were staying. We had dinner at Finn's - after posing in the shop window for a while:

After a large meal - a short walk took us along the river where we saw spring flowers and a dam (pictured) and had a close up view of a bald eagle when I stepped on a twig and disturbed it from the branches just above our heads (sadly not pictured).

Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 10.101: Baa Haa Baa

It's mini vacation time and we're in Bar Harbor!