Yesterday temps were quite balmy in Maine –we reached a wonderful 43 degrees and folks were out in droves ---
The huge piles of snow are everywhere, but are slowly melting. Roads and sidewalks are clear and there are a lot of folks up here EAGER for spring to set in for sure and for certain.
Jackets may be worn by most, but hey – they were unzipped as if to say “It’s almost warm enough to not need this coat!”
Christine met me at the airport and we gathered my bags, crammed them into her car and went downtown for a few sights and some grub.
It took a while to locate a parking spot within the parking garage, but we persevered and hoofed it downtown from there.
She had told me about a place called the Portland Public Market that had great and unique food vendors,
I was game! And on our walk we passed sights and sounds of Portland ---
Streets through the windshield!
Hello, lovely old buildings!
Ahhh, maple butternut squash soup!
The soup vendor was fabulous – oh the soups they had! And it was a perfect day for it. And I have to admit I got a giggle out of the name. I love plays on words ---Kamasouptra. For the love of soup. Hahahahaha! Delicious!
The old armory from 1895 turned hotel.
Old customs building!
What I can’t capture with these photographs is the sound of the seagulls call. I live inland now – but I grew up in California, and I have always loved the sound of the gulls. And they were out in droves!
From here it was a quick drive to my hotel where I crashed for a 2 hour nap. 4am came early yesterday morning and I really needed it!
I spent my evening here!
One of the guild members has loaned me her featherweight for the 4 nights I am here. H blocks are progressing! And that is some Criminal Minds on the tv as I stitched.
My pile is growing!
My room has the perfect counter for trimming!
And I’ve got goodies for snacking!!
These cracked me up ---Gummi Lobstahs. hahahah! And no, they don’t taste like lobsters. More like Swedish fish.
This morning I’m up and raring to go. Pick up time is 8am. I’ll be whisked off to set up for today’s workshop ---Tumelo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II!
I’ll need that coat today. The expected high is only 35.
It matters not! We’ll be inside sewing – and generating all the warmth a room ful of women of a certain age can!
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!