“THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE” (1)

That’s the slogan of the State of Maine. It’s the sign that greets travelers crossing the invisible line on I-95 just beyond the bridge separating Portsmouth, NH from Kittery, ME, and it always cheers my spirits when it does. Life really doesย seem simpler and more appealing up in Maine.

Our recent expedition up north to Portland provided unexpected middle-of-the-night alarumsย and excursions, but the way up and the way home were peaceful enough. Our first stop was Ogunquit, with its charming setting on the ocean and its not-quite-so-charming multitude of tourists:

But once some way out along the cliffs on the Marginal Walk, we could pretend we had the ocean all to ourselves:

and zooming in close enough the camera brought us alone with the watermen:

It really was a lot more private at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, one of those “little” museums that turn out to be treasures, both in their art and in their ambiance. This is the view from the glass window wall of the musum:

Exuberant gardens bursting with color surround the small white building at the edge of the sea:

And where there’s a garden, there’s a St. Francis to guard over it, in this case, the “Man of Assisi” by John Dirks (looking rather like a praying mantis):

I was more taken with this amiable, although still somewhat formidable, wooden lion by Bernard Langlais:

And to make us thoroughly at home, there was a bear, larger than ours at home in Massachusetts and very long of claw, but in his wooden stillness, much less alarming.

Indeed, the way life should be!

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29 Responses to “THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE” (1)

  1. waves, rocks, moments of stillness – truly the way life should be!

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  2. Gilly Gee says:

    Fabulous, I love the garden, just the way life should be! Not sure about St Francis though, he looks a bit dark to me.

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  3. patti Kuche says:

    The way life should be, even if only for a few days of peace and relaxation! Green grass, blue sea and the wide horizon . . . . What a lovely time!

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  4. pauline says:

    “…read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life” Walt Whitman knew what he was talking about (Leaves of Grass). Glad you are discovering it for yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. cocomino says:

    Very interesting place. The flowers are really beautiful and lovely.

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  6. ristinw says:

    The bear looks skinny, should eat more ๐Ÿ˜„

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      You are right!
      And you are a compassionate person —
      The bear that wanders through our backyard in Massachusetts is MUCH fatter, and I bang on the window to try to chase him away. (It doesn’t usually work.)
      ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy you came by and commented!

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  7. Madhu says:

    What a wonderful place! That statue of St Francis reminds me of the inquisition rather than Assisi ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. This looks like such a lovely, peaceful place. I especially like the bear!

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  9. Very beautiful place to relax! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      The Maine seacoast is quite a different proposition from Crete, I think.
      Our water is gray green, for starters, while yours is Homer’s “wine-dark sea.” But I never saw wine the glorious opal blue-green of the Mediterranean!

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  10. Maine is my FAVORITE place on earth! I LOVE the people, the food, the beauty. I have not been in a couple of years………thank you for giving me a nice visit!

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  11. Rebekah says:

    Glad to read that the rest of your trip was uneventful ๐Ÿ™‚

    I remember spending a foggy day in Ogunquit … my pictures from there were so different from yours. We were all alone, walking the beach..

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  12. These photos (and your recent posts) remind me of long-ago travels in Maine. What fun!

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