February 29, 2016


The Maine House was a place of good times!
Spring in Maine could not have been more beautiful...
however, it did not reveal itself until May.
Those were some long winter months...
from October until May!
But the beauty that unfolded was just breathtaking!

The lawns in Maine were mostly Kentucky Blue Grass.
Our gardens were professionally landscaped
so that there would be something blooming 
all through the spring and summer.

These were our back gardens and our woodlands.
I just adored this little area,
with huge stones all throughout.

I began practicing my photography skills while living
in Maine and was thrilled when I was able to 
capture this picture of "Chip"
sunning himself in the front garden.

The side gardens were so lush...
wild roses grew everywhere!

We put our own touches on our Maine House....
I remember when I found those little star wreaths
at The Christmas Tree Store....
our touch of "Texans live here!"
You can see where the deer chewed the little evergreens during winter.....

We did however, learn that a sloping yard was soooo much trouble to mow....
quite a workout! 
But, it made for stunning curb appeal!

These were the spring blooms on our Pear Tree.

Some of my gorgeous additions to the garden...
I was so proud of my pink peonies I planted in honor of Mother.

Oh, I remember this....
how the darling looked after a day of sprucing up the yard.

Some of the very best times
were when all the grands came to visit....
I love that they were able to experience Maine life.
Look at little Maepole....

The grands having fun at Papa and Maine Grandma's....
just little southern boys.....
I treasure this! 

Jay grilled fresh salmon we purchased off the wharf
in Old Port!
These were fabulous evenings.....

Of course, we did quite a few Lobster boils.....

Miss Mae watching for activity in the woodlands.....

Our sweet memories of life in Maine!


  1. What a lovely outdoor area around your home in Maine, and such fun with the grandkids I see. Maine lobsters, how fresh, I had those on vacation in Maine.

    1. Hi Terra! How are you enjoying the beginning of Spring? Thank you so much for stopping by Estelle's today and leaving such sweet comments! Did you enjoy your Maine Lobster? Have a great one today!

  2. And a lovely picture of you two!!!!

    1. You are so kind...thank you Tessa! Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!

  3. What a heartwarming post, dear Betsy. Your Maine home was lovely. The gardens are stunning. One thing I adore about New England is their plants don't cook like mine do in our very hot summers. The gardens are always so fresh and lovely. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories! ♥

    1. Martha Ellen..you are so very sweet! Thank you! Your visits always make my day a little brighter! Hope you are ready for spring and sunshine on your shoulders...hugs!

  4. Hi Betsy! What a lovely home you had in Maine and your yard and gardens were beautiful. We love Maine and have been a few times. Now that we're here in upstate NY, we're closer! :) Hope all is well with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Hi Shelia! I was so happy to read you were on the mend...enough to shop for those beautiful new rugs! Thank you for your comments....yes..Maine is an absolutely gorgeous state and we were so fortunate to live there! Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. The beauty of the springs in the northeast! I love it!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and spring gardens from Maine!

    1. Hi Deanna....I so appreciate your visit today! Have a great week!

  6. Estelle, what a great house. Love all the landscaping. Your pictures showed how much fun y'all had in that house. Spring can't come soon enough for me. I remember I used to plant geraniums in Texas around St. Paddy's day. I don't do anything here until mid April. Have a great week.

    1. I know what you mean Katie....the first time we went to the nursery in Maine...she said, "you know not to plant anything before May...!!!" However, you are going to have a lovely late spring and beautiful summer....there is always something to be thankful for! Can't wait to see your gorgeous patio!!! Hugs!

  7. Love your pictures. Hubby and I would love to live in Maine, but I do not think I could survive the winter months. It is a beautiful place though.

    1. Hi Betty! You would have to be in love with long cold months to live in Maine. I will say Mainers are lovely and such nice people. It is a beautiful way of living! Thank you for stopping by today!

  8. How beautiful your yard in Maine. My sister moved to Corinna Maine. She loves it there and doesn't miss Virginia a bit. There is something magical about the state of Maine for sure.

    1. You said it beautifully Betsy! It is a magical postcard! Have a great week and thank you for stopping by today!

  9. Oh fun to see! Now I have one of those Christmas Store wreaths and never knew that they had a Texas origin. Learn something new every day!

    1. It was the lone star that reminded us of Texas Vee. I so miss The Christmas Tree store..it was therapy for me! Have a great week and I so hope you are feeling better! Hugs!


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