i spent some time away from the computer.
and i drove myself to bar harbor
then to machias
then to lubec
there were mermaids
and early mornings
i went to the new england guild of bookworkers
exploring the tip of maine.
i visited machias
and the university of maine at machias'
book arts program
where i spent some time
after arriving an hour late
with bernie vinzani
i lost my car, for a little while.
i checked in at the cobscook community learning center (cclc)
got my room and lost my keys.
until the drive home on sunday.
that night alan furth, cclc director
and walter tisdale, and gray parrot, both legendary book designers,
and let us touch their books!
supper was delicious,
with a chocolate to die for thing for dessert.
the next day i sat for three hours
messing around with
gouache, watercolor, glair, pens, paper
and nancy leavitt guided us
in making beautiful letters and marks and new colors.
lunch and then an afternoon with katie macgreggor
at her papermill
making paper, talking and looking at paper.
then there were libations and snacks
and a chance to buy paper and some of nancy's things, too.
then supper back at cclc.
supper was something called blueberry chicken
a little odd in color
but amazingly delicious.
that night david yarborough, maine's blueberry specialist
spoke about the wild blueberry
and it's importance in maine's ecosystem and economy.
i left at 5:30 a.m.
and the sunrose in my rearview mirror
there were beautiful things to look at
and i took out my camera
after not touching it since bar harbor.
i would like to live right here.
(but i have a beautiful new home waiting for
a bit more plumbing
and some other things.)
and then there was
a fun thing this morning
on the way to work:
i actually took a bunch of photos
and this one watched me
and went back to exploring whatever it was
in the grass.
travelling then home
what could be better?