Saturday, October 22, 2016

Day 9.286: Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Today was the 16th Annual Saco Main Street Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a rainy day, but with snow already showing up in the forecast for parts of the state, it wasn't enough to stop the fun.

In particular, we were there because Exile #3's dance company were leading a mob dance event - here the are getting ready along with a picture of E5N1 with his class pumpkin:

We had a great time watching the bed race too - somehow a very British-style event (especially in the rain):

Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 9.285: A bittersweet discovery

At the marsh last Sunday, we saw a bush that at first glance appeared to have three completely different types of berries growing on it. Closer inspection revealed that it was a vine growing climbing on a bush and the vine was American bittersweet that has these remarkable yellow berries that "hatch" to reveal their bright orange insides.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 9.284: Three go to Scarborough Marsh

There was a short gap early in the afternoon of the crazy rush-around that was Sunday. The girls were finishing up homework before going out to a church meeting and the rest of us were clearing up from lunch when E5N1 suggested that since the weather was so nice, we should go for a walk at Scarborough Marsh. Although he loves being out, he is usually reluctant when going out is suggested, so this was an opportunity not to be passed-up.

So the three of us headed out and it looked something like this:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 9.283: Night out in a good cause

We had a night out this evening. It looked like this:

We were playing for a charity night at b.good in Portland's Old Port who were giving 10% of the evening's takings to Greater Portland Family Promise - a new venture to bring together various faith groups in and around the city to volunteer to tackle family homelessness by housing families on rotation in their facilities. It's a great model that is working successfully in other cities and we hope will be up and running in Portland  this winter. You can support this effort by voting for a grant to buy beds here:

You can vote once each day for the rest of the month.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 9.282: The Bishop of Berwick

I posted this picture on Facebook last night, but it definitely bears a repost here.

That's me with the interesting jumper (sweater) and the acoustic guitar on the left. This was in late 1987 - the rehearsal for a fairly big gig with at least 4 acts that was the last time this band played together.

The cool-looking chap to the right with the electric guitar is - as of today - the Bishop of Berwick. We were close friends at school and college, but as you can probably imagine our lives took somewhat different paths after that. We last got together just before his previous job change when he kindly fitted us in to a trip during a sabbatical.

I'm sorry to have missed his consecration in York Minster today, but send him very warm best wishes as he starts his purple period (although perhaps not in the way that electric guitar might have suggested nearly 30 years ago!).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 9.281: Crazy kids at Saco Heath

Apple-picking and doughnut-eating must have gone to everyone's heads if this photographic evidence from our walk at Saco Heath on the way home is to be believed:

and this (courtesy of Google Photos Assistant):

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 9.280: Exile #2's Sunday Column #147

Exile #2 writes...

You'd think we'd been living in the North East of the US for long enough now that we would have got blasé about fall. Not so. The phrase of the week has been 'look at those trees!', as we have entered peak fall foliage season. Even the most mundane of highway journeys are jaw-droppingly dazzling, and the trees seem to have arranged themselves so that no adjacent trees are quite the same color.

We haven't started raking yet, but we have started dealing with another side effect of fall - acorns! Whether the weather has been just right this year, or whether our tree thinks it's dying because of the summer's drought, I'm not sure, but it is an unusually bumper crop. I spent much of the week sweeping them from the driveway, the sidewalk and the road. On Saturday, however, we decided to try another method that we'd read about in a web article that may have been called, 'Help! I'm drowning in acorns' or something similar. Their solution - a shop vac! Exile #1 and E5N1 slurped up two large loads of them and we now have a brief respite until the next batch comes down.