Turning back the clock…

…on Spring. The more north and east we drove, the less Spring there was. I really felt like I was resetting the clock on Spring! South Deerfield and surrounds had beautiful forsythia, hyacinth, and tulips, some trees with baby green leaves, and green grass everywhere.

By the time we got to Portsmouth it was as if we went back almost a month. Leafless trees, mostly green grass, the occasional forsythia… Portland was sunny and warm, green grass, tulips up but not blooming yet, and flower buds on the maple trees.

Approaching the bridge from Portsmouth, NH to Maine!

Tumbleweed at the Maine Visitor and Welcome Center.

It was a great reunion with Cindy. We arrived just after noon, and Max was perfectly polite – no jumping (like he did the last time he saw her), even sitting in front of her for a treat and a pat.

The three of us walked the few blocks to Rosemont Market where Cindy and I got sandwiches for our lunch; after lunch we walked to her local branch of the Portland Public Library, about 12 or so blocks away.

Max, waiting outside the library for CIndy…

Maya – who has indeed grown four inches since we saw her last – was impressed that Max didn’t jump on her when she got home from school! It seems like the two of them have both grown and matured in these last four months.

Maya and Max after our walk to the lemonade stand…

While it’s a little strange to be “back,” it also feels good to be with my little family. I’m looking forward to seeing Jonathan when he gets back from work tonight, sharing a home cooked meal and a bottle of Prosecco that has traveled the entire 15,000-plus miles with me, and telling some stories.

I found a self-service dog wash here in town, so maybe we’ll get the curly boy a bath tomorrow before he sees the vet. Meanwhile, it’s nice to be parked…


About Maureen Farr

I am a graphic and web designer – and the publisher of the print version of Arts Guide, a free guide highlighting the arts, dining, events, and more on the coast of Maine. In addition, I am a visual artist working in mixed media and encaustic, as well as creating found object jewelry. I am currently at work revising a short novel that I wrote as a participant in the 32nd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest.
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11 Responses to Turning back the clock…

  1. 🙂 Welcome home Momo! love ya, Cin

  2. graceann says:

    I can’t believe our trip is over! It’s been great fun to travel with you and Max. I’m sure the transition back will have it’s moments of melancholy/missing the road- be easy on yourself and take it very slowly. Read a lot, stare at the ocean, drink ginger martinis and let beautiful Maine seep back into your being.

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Graceann, thanks for the reminder. Love the idea of sipping ginger martinis and letting Maine seep back into my being

  3. Hendrik Gideonse says:

    SO when do you expect to be in Deer Isle, Tumbleweed? It’s been wonderful journey with you, but we do want to get our clutches on you . . .


  4. Lynne Magee says:

    Oh, that bridge! I cry whenever I see it. Makes no difference which end. Your trip was wonderful! Thank you.

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