Pepperell Mills Tour

A tour through Maine’s textile history at the Pepperell Mills in Biddeford.

My happy childhood unfolded in Saco. My parents grew up in Biddeford so we still had close ties to that area too.  Most people from the two neighboring towns tend to have connections in both places. While there is a rivalry, it is more of the sibling variety and the two towns remain entwined in many ways including a shared history with the now empty textile mills that line the Saco River.

The Biddeford Mills Museum offers seasonal tours of the Pepperell Mill complete with colorful stories that take you back in time to glimpse the past. The first room on the tour was a light filled expanse now empty other than a few random items discarded off to the side. It was hard to image the room as it must have been when oil lamps provided light and looms lined every bit of the open floor space leaving little area to maneuver. Continue reading

An Afternoon at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay

I do not have a green thumb. It’s not even slightly tinged. It doesn’t stop me from trying to grow things. Every spring, I over commit to my garden and fill my stash of ceramic pots with whatever catches my eye at the garden store with little understanding of what I actually need to do to keep the various plants alive. Given this approach, it’s probably no surprise that my results are spotty.

I enjoy the chance to see truly well designed and maintained gardens even if I know I’ll never achieve that type of success with my own personal landscaping. When I read that the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was hosting Maine Days over Memorial Day weekend, with free admission for Maine residents, I knew I wanted to head up and take a peak at what was growing. Admission is normally $16 for adults although free for members.  Continue reading

#atozchallenge | K is for Kitchen Tours

I’m an HGTV addict. My favorite show is Fixer Upper with Chip and Diana Gaines. Love that show and love them. They are just so sweet together. And, of course they take run down, sad little places and turn them into gorgeous showpieces. Having lived through my own major renovation, I know first hand that it’s much more fun to see it all happen in an hour with the big reveal at the end. I have renovation envy.

I’ve also been known to catch a few episodes of Property Brothers or their competition show Brother Vs. Brother. The thing that stands out for me in Brother Vs. Brother is that everyone always wants to tackle the kitchen. It’s where you can be creative and really get that wow factor. Kitchens have a big impact on the overall appeal of a house. People love kitchens. Continue reading