Who has time to blog??

Yikes, summer is very very busy on a little island in Maine. Just as I was thinking of finally getting around to writing something, I noticed that my friend and neighbor, Ted, is of a similar mind. I’ve been squeezing in studio time and all manner of other things, whenever I can. It is hard to convey  just what it feels like to live on an island where so many friends, from so many places, arrive for a finite number of vacation days.

If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, then all work and all play makes Jack a year round resident of the Cranberry Isles. It is exhilarating and exhausting to try to keep up with it all, and yet we do it every year.

Here’s just a fragment of what I’ve been doing in the last 2 weeks:

Giving a bread making lesson to my famous brother. (More about that in a future blog. His fame, not the bread.)

Dinners at the Islesford Dock Restaurant where stupendous sunsets are part of the menu.

Dinner on a rainy evening with a view from a different side of the island.

Meeting up with cousins who arrived on the day of the July Maypole festivities in the Town Field.

Getting to the beach one afternoon, so far.

Buying plants at Surry Gardens, for three different projects, with my friend Susie. We literally could not fit one more plant in her Volvo.

Replanting this garden with hydrangeas and rose bushes from the trip.

(In September, my son Robin and his fiancee Stephanie will be married in the front yard of this house. Plans for the wedding are keeping all of us busy.)

Learning just how helpful these little wire ties are if you want to make your own trellis for an enthusiastic mandevilla plant.

And,  fitting in time to tend my own garden of perennials and vegetables.

Tomorrow is my mother’s 86th birthday. I’m taking her lobster salad for lunch and I just finished making chocolate mousse to take for dessert. Who has time to blog?

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15 responses to “Who has time to blog??

  1. Sounds like a lovely Maine summer. You have all winter to blog. We’ll still be here.

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    • Barb Fernald

      You are so right Roberta! There is plenty of time to blog in the winter. As crazy as it gets here, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m very lucky to live where I do.

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  2. Susan White

    Great pics! I hardly have time to read blogs let alone write them!

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    • Barb Fernald

      Holy Hotness!! I hope you handled this heat okay today. I couldn’t wait to get into the 55 degree water when I got home!
      You sure know the summer island drill.

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  3. No wonder you haven’t been blogging! You’ve been a busy girl. I absolutely love the pics of all the plants in the Volvo — so fun! Glad you’re back in the blog-o-sphere, if only briefly!

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    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Nancy. Fun to hear from you. I’ve been reading about the baseball life. You all sound busy too. SO glad it’s not last year!

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  4. Looks like you are having a wonderful summer! I’ve been blogging daily for over 18 months now, but this past couple of weeks have hit me… I’m thinking of becoming a casual blogger! We’ll see. Family from England arrive a week today so I suspect that might do it! :-D

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    • Barb Fernald

      18 months! You win!
      My lack of blogging is also reflective of my lack of studio time as summer gets busier and busier. Or maybe I should say lack of time to photograph work before I send it out.
      Have fun with your family!

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  5. holly

    guess what i made my mom for her birthday dinner tonight….lobster salad sandwiches!!! but we had carrot cake for dessert!!!! happy birthday to our moms!!!!!

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    • Barb Fernald

      Yes, we were truly sisters in another life. It was so damned hot here today, I forgot to remember it was your mother’s birthday too. (Our mutual birthday calls to mom are such a fun memory from our first PMC conference.) Are you at the Cape?

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  6. holly

    orry. that was a lot of exclamation points. too many, really.

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    • Barb Fernald

      Never too many when it comes to us serving our moms the same food on their birthday which happens to be the same day!!!!

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  7. holly

    good lordy. forgot the s.

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    • Barb Fernald

      I’ll have to show you the book I have called “Missing Consonants.” Some silly British humor.
      Hey, speaking of continents, my brother has an article in Science Magazine, published today, about how the diamond inclusions he has studied for the last 20 years indicate when plate tectonics started. He and a colleague (the second author on the piece) are getting some great press in the science world today. He got a call from the BBC and will be doing a live radio interview next week.
      I’ll be blogging (bragging) about him the next time I blog.
      xoxo
      Still haven’t talked to Henry about VT. Will write to Donna soon. She is there now.

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  8. Ted

    Didn’t mean to shame you back into it, Barb. But glad you’re back in the saddle.

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