A Rustic Cottage in Maine

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My sister and brother-in-law love Maine. I think Willie would like to retire there. They both have fulltime jobs, a large old house, and a big dog named Finn. Diane and Willie live near me in southeastern Pennsylvania. But two times a year – Thanksgiving and August – they are Mainers.

They purchased a very rustic cottage in Weld that sits on a large tract of land – about 52 acres. There is a meadow, a little forest, and a pond near the cottage. But when Ralph and I visit, we don’t stay there. Here’s why: There is no running water. Diane and Willie carry it in. The cottage has solar panels and is eco-friendly. So there is an eco-friendly toilet – that’s right – no flush.  They are talking about putting in a well and septic system, but all of that can be quite expensive.

So we  spend our time close by at Kawanhee Inn overlooking Webb Lake.  It is quite beautiful and so peaceful.  You can actually hear the loons’ haunting calls as they come in for a clumsy landing on the waters around dusk.  From there, we have taken day trips to Camden and took a sunset cruise on a sailing ship. It was lovely. We even took a day trip to  Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.  My brother-in-law drove his big Dodge Ram up and up and up the narrow winding road to the top. The temperature dropped about 15 degrees by the time we got to the top. It was spectacular!

We hope to go back this summer, and we will definitely make our first stop in Portland to see Chandra and Paula. Here are some photos for your enjoyment: