My wife and I leave for Pemaquid Harbor, Maine early tomorrow morning. I believe that I first visited our cottage here when I was in the womb. My family has been going ever since. The cottage first belonged to my dad’s mother’s grandparents and was built around 1904. My grandparents live across the street in a cottage called “Bayview” and my great grandmother used to live next door until she passed. Some of my fondest memories of youth were here.
We leave bright and early tomorrow (6am) and drive straight through to Buxton, Maine where my parents live. We will head to the cottage early the next morning, stopping in Freeport for a visit to L.L. Bean’s, of course.
There are a few things that must happen every time we go up to the downeast.
1. A visit to Shaw’s Lobster Wharf
2. A visit to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
3. A visit to Reny’s
There is much more, but these are the necessities.
More to come when we get there.
My lovely wife is moderating a workshop tomorrow at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens on this very topic, as well as another workshop titled: “House Makeover: Exterior Painting of Your Old House.”
My question is this, we all know that it is more sustainable to keep an existing structure instead of building new. This does not come without sacrifice, however. Time, money, and energy are required to maintain an older home. If you were to attend this workshop, what questions would you have?
My name is Ben and I am a science teacher. This means several things. For starters, I am a self admitted dork and love it. You might even say that I revel in it. There are few things in this world that give me as much joy as knowing and understanding the obscure and complicated. Secondly, I work 8 months of the year. This leaves a large amount of time to devote to aspirations and interests outside of my professional pursuits. My wife and I own an older home in Lakewood, Ohio that demands a certain amount of my free-time. (I hope to write about that extensively here.) I home-brew beer and love to cook. I am committed to sustainable agriculture, eating whole, healthy, and natural foods, and leadings as carbon neutral a life style as possible. I love trying new things, be it culinary, athletic, or artistic. Being in Ohio, a recently red state, I want to share my experiences with our local culture and flare that transcends this red reputation. That said, let’s begin.
My hope with this blog is the following:
1. Put a digital record of the interesting and current things in my life on “paper.”
2. Seek and find like minded people to share ideas and musings with.
3. Learn as much as possible, about as much as possible for the greatest resource there is, other people.