The sun was warm but the wind was chill

Things We Did This Week

April is a rough month for us because we’re rested and feeling cabin fever deep in our bones…we want to be outside taking care of projects but because it’s still pretty cold out AND we have plenty of indoor work still left to do, we start behaving like caged cats.

In my world, self discipline starts with list making…so this is what we accomplished this week:

  1. Fiber College Registration has launched…if you haven’t seen it already, visit the website now and then plan on camping here in September for the best week ever (for those who like to work with their hands that is)
  2. We had a wicked storm…lost electricity…lost trees…so this morning we had a big bonfire on the beach with some of the branches that came down over the gardens.
  3. Norma and Steve got the plant nursery going…countless flats of vegetables, dye plants, flowers and curiosities are all being cared for under Norma’s watchful eye.
  4. Did you notice the blog got a facelift?  What do you think?  By May 1st, we should be launching a new website too.  It’s a full time job to keep up with our social media.  If you haven’t already found us, we’re also posting to Instagram with more regularity I’m (Astrig) @campingwithart and Steve is @campingman
  5. Wayne and Mike got 25 new picnic tables made for the Lobsterbake area.  We’re trying a new model with unattached benches…we think it will make it easier for those with less flexible knees.
  6. It wasn’t a “to do” but we had a fantastic lunch with our friends Dan and Selika at Laan Xang in Belfast.  Dan’s going to plant a special mix of grass seeds this year to provide hay for our little spinner’s flock of goats and sheep…and he and Steve were making plans for growing Thai basil and heirloom tomatoes for the restaurant…can’t wait!

Now I feel a sense of accomplishment 🙂 I think I’ll go up to the studio and weave a bit after a cup of coffee.  In case you were wondering, the title of this post is from a favorite Robert Frost poem, Two Tramps in the Mud…this is the entire poem:

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
– Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926

And the decorations were hung with care…

At the campground, we’re a mile from Searsport and about 5 from Belfast so we’re just as apt to go in one direction or the other.  When we head South to Belfast it never fails that we pinch ourselves as we drive over the Passy Bridge and hear a little voice that says “wow, I can’t believe that I live here.”

If you’ve visited before, chances are you know Belfast when the sun is warm and pansies or geraniums fill the countless window boxes…life on these streets always feels expansive & festive because you’re never far from the water and many people are on holiday.  In the winter, the atmosphere is intimate…a real village.  We know most of the people we see and the excitement is subdued (think Yankee)…the bite in the air makes us rush past the classic architecture and decorated doors so that we can quickly warm up with a freshly made treat or a bit of retail therapy (and an occasional tidbit of gossip because we know most of the shopkeepers too;)). There’s talk of an upcoming party or what music will be playing close by…less prosaically, lately the conversation often begins with “do you guys have electricity” or “how’s the ice down your driveway?”

Walk with us…

Wreath and Bouys
Wreath and Lobster Buoys greet visitors to The Purple Baboon
The Good Table
The Good Table dressed for the Holidays
Belfast, The Ocean House
The Ocean House


Do you remember the rundown version of this building from years past?  It’s been reincarnated as the Ocean House, with renovations completed in October. It’s now the new home of Brambles (previously on the left side of Main St close to the Green store). Soon there will be a new restaurant on the lower level, I can’t wait to try their brick oven pizza!

Elves working at MM Jules Christmas Shop



More pictures if you’re so inclined…:

When in Belfast

When in Belfast

When you’re tired of lobster and you’re in Belfast …park your car in the middle of town and wander down to the Wharf. Buy a growler of Marshall’s Wharf IPA (or sample all of the other micro-brews to find your favorite); carry it up to Laan Xang (the best Laotian restaurant in Maine)…eat something spicy & fresh. Then shop…a few of our favorite haunts: Brambles, Coyote Moon, Fiddlehead Artisans Supplies, Susan Tobey White Gallery & Yo Mamma’s. Come back to the campground, relaxed and happy.

Belfast Harbor

Belfast Harbor

We’re enjoying a stretch of crystal blue skies…this is Belfast Harbor at 8 AM this morning. There’s a great walking/fishing bridge spanning the Passy river that everyone who visits should see…me, I bring a cup of coffee and a peanut butter, sesame bagel and just watch the boats float for a bit of time…maybe we’ll see each other there some time!