Only one week after our return to Heron House (which still looks pretty much like a construction zone amid a sea of unpacked boxes), Craig and I flew to Maine to spend a week with my son Steve, daughter-in-law Jenn, and granddaughter Grace. We rented a house in East Boothbay Harbor through AirBnB (love AirBnB!) with a view of the water. The house was big enough for all five of us, and we took turns making meals for each other. We went on day trips to various nearby spots, and returned almost every day to nearby tidepools, to gather sea glass and hunt for crabs.
Craig and I agreed: this was one of our best vacations ever! Spending this time with Gracie filled my heart and nourished me in a way I don’t think I can even express.
Here’s the view from our deck one morning when we woke to fog . . .
A couple of mornings later, we woke to this. (That’s Monhegan Island in the distance.)
Grace was thrilled (well, we all were) to watch the ospreys that flew overhead and perched in the trees nearby. We came to know their call very well, and raced for the binoculars as soon as we heard them.
The rain didn’t keep us from visiting the tide pools. Grace was fascinated by all the crabs and gathered as many as she could find in her hands and in her bucket, then let them all go when we left.
We all collected sea glass. I didn’t know until this visit that my son Steve picked up the practice from me, and now we are passing it on to Gracie. Love that.
Grace and I kept a nature journal of some of our favorite moments of the day.
We went out to lunch at the Blue Moon Cafe (gluten free!!) and Gracie took this selfie of us. (Am I a happy grandma or what?)
In the evening, we sorted our sea glass by color, and we each filled a bottle with our treasures. Now we have matching Grandma-and-Gracie bottles of sea glass!
One day we went on a boat to Monhegan Island . . .
I fell in love with the energy and beauty of this special place, and hope to return. No cars, no cell phone or internet, just that magical sense of being apart from the rest of the world. (Oh I do love islands!)
And we found fairy houses in the forest!
There was ao much more . . . my heart is full to overflowing, just to look at these photos and remember our week together. I hope it is so for her as well.
I love my Gracie.