Road Started. Adventure Begins.

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Maine | No Comments

 

Paris to Maine - Road begins Erica BermanIt is cold and rainy here in Maine. The road was to start, finally, yesterday. The call came early from our excavator T.P. that one of the machines was broken and pieces were needed, from Portland. Luckily, all is well today and the work has begun, finally! The machine is huge, the dirt pile high,the hole for electricity deep and the destruction impressive. It will all grow back I am assured.


Paris to Maine Road digging - Erica Berman

I will try to remain calm. One day, we will have a house. I think.

Planting, Our Road, Farmer’s Market and My First Roasted Chicken

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Maine | One Comment



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Today, early morning, we planted, finally, our tomato, pepper and hot pepper seedlings. In the house. We don’t have a greenhouse but are working on a makeshift one. We hope to get them in there as soon as we build it. Umm, soon, really. For now, they reside in the guest bedroom. We will love and water them and make sure they get lots of sun, when available.

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The news of the afternoon was that the road will start Tuesday. The day after Memorial Day. Confirmation has come from our excavator T.P. that, despite the team’s continued flu outbreak, work will begin. Our electrician D.O. confirmed that he is ready to start shortly thereafter adding in the wiring needed for the house and fiber optics along our 1500 feet of road. We are in the thick of contracts and easements with the telephone and electric companies. We were told, today, that we need to have a land line installed in order to have the fiber optic line. State regulations?! We are investigating and hope to avoid this as our land line went the way of the fax. Far away, as in gone.
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Today was  also the second week at the Damariscotta, my local, farmer’s market. I happily bought tomato, cucumber, broccoli and brussel sprout seedlings from Morning Dew Farm along with fresh kale, arugula and spinach for dinner.
And I was thrilled to find the first asparagus of the season at Goranson’s farm stand along with lovely potatoes and salad and much more.
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I feel blessed to have this wonderful market so close to home. Each week I am impressed by the  bounty of maine. From honey, maple syrup, meat, bread, eggs and fish to milk, yogurt, cheese, salt, fruit, flowers and veggies we are fortunate indeed.
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I love moving through the seasons at the market from asparagus and ramps, to peas and strawberries and then on to tomatoes, corn, apples and brussel sprouts . . .  it’s all delicious. And tonight I roasted my first chicken, (local and organic) ever. With local potatoes and help on timing and temperature from my Mom.
Go Maine.

Daffodils, No Road, Hanging Turkeys, Maine Musings and Maybe a House

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Maine | No Comments

Daffodils in MaineWhat little hopes we had of our road work starting early this week were dashed when the phone rang Monday afternoon and our excavator T.P. informed me that half of his crew called in sick with the flu. Oh no!

He did promise me we would start Thursday or Friday if everyone was better. Our plumber D.O., says he is available. This is encouraging.

Luckily, my spirits were lifted by the amazing array of daffodils on my friend Knight’s property in Bremen, Maine. He invited us to a risotto, salad and sausage dinner and allowed me to pick as many daffodils as I could. I greedily picked a bucket full. They are now decorating all corners of my house as my cats happily attempt to eat and destroy them.  They are gorgeous. Each one different, delicate and delicious.

Our builder M.L., when prompted, mentioned he is pretty sure they can fit us into their schedule. That is, of course, after the road, electricity and cable project is completed. Encouraging? Not sure!

Dahlias at the gas station

Driving in Appleton, Maine yesterday, we came across turkeys hanging in the wind and dahlias for sale at the local gas station (along with bud light, organic mulch, gummy bears, homemade trail mix and cookies and the list goes on).

Aie. Maine. I do love you, and all of your idiosyncrasies, and I am trying to be patient with you.

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An Organic Garden, and Maybe a Road, in Maine

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Maine | No Comments

 

Erica Berman Paris to MaineOur garden May 17, 2014. Maine. Organic.

May 19. It’s cool. Not the normal  warmth of Maine in May. Everything is late this year. The winter was cold. Nevertheless, yesterday, we took the plunge and started planting our garden. We planted tuscan lacinto kale, scarlet keeper and yaya carrots, jade bush green beans, haricot verts, provider beans, mesclun greens, organic salad mix, watercress, 3 kinds of tomatillos, iona petit pois, oasis turnips, and green meat radishes. All organic. And this is just the beginning.

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Tuscan Lacinto Kale Seeds

The strawberries, given to us from the garden of our dear friend Paul,  are in flower, rhubarb and garlic are growing, and the lilacs replanted from our friend Caeil’s house are coming up nicely. We will now plant some tomato, eggplant, melon, watermelon and squash seedlings to start inside and hope it is not too late. We plan to plant much as soon as it is a bit warmer. I have my Morning Dew Farm basil, thyme, mint, and parsley waiting in pots and my sunflower bed ready to go. And, our road just might begin in a few days. If so, the house building adventure begins!

Tools of the Maine Organic Garden

Pickup Trucks and Maine

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Maine | No Comments

Truck Maine F250

Living in Maine one quickly learns that a pick up truck is necessary and even essential. As my neighbor said to me today, “my husband doesn’t understand how anyone can survive without a pickup truck.” In Maine, at least, this appears to be true. There are trips to the dump, to the hardware store, building materials, garden supplies, flea market treasures to cart home, and 1500 feet of road to plow each time it snows. We quickly learned how hard it is to find a reliable, not too rusty, good looking, not overpriced truck in Maine. We have been diligently scouring Craig’s List and Uncle Henry’s and noting numbers as we drive by the many pickup trucks for sale on the side of the road, for OVER a YEAR!  We learned we wanted a regular cab, an 8 food bed, 4 wheel drive, and a 250 to have enough power to plow. We learned that certain years are good for pickups trucks and certain best to avoid. We learned it is best to buy a truck that has never plowed before. We knew that we did not want a red truck (flashy). After all of this searching, I am pleased to say, we are now the proud owners of a Ford F250 1997. It is red, but with a white stripe! Can’t have it all, but we are two very happy away(ers) in Maine.

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A happy French man in a Ford  F 250