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Rianne Ackley
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Beauty
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing. ~Camille Pissarro Our state is gorgeous. Get outside, enjoy summer, and take advantage of everything Maine has to offer. These pictures were taken by my talented other half...

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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
I need to start off by thanking whoever the Warden or Warden wife was who planted the rhubarb at this house. I have no idea who did it or when but I can't help but wonder how many families/residents of the house have put it to use. It's a beautiful little p...

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North Woods Garden Pests
Between the cat crapping in it, the chickens taking dust baths and snack breaks in it, and the soil being less than ideal, I thought for sure my first garden was doomed. I begged my husband to put some kind of fence around it to keep the animals out. After ...

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Up North
Hello, friends!! It's been a while, but we are alive and well in the woods. The boys and I have been spending as much time as possible outside and I haven't had much desire to get on the computer to write. We came back to Clayton Lake yesterday after a busy...

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A couple of days ago, Jackson and his Dad packed up the canoe for his first fishing outing at Clayton Lake. He was pretty successful in catching 4 brook trout all cast and reeled by himself! He doesn't only love to catch the fish, he and his little brother ...

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Fish and Forage: Fiddlehead risotto and pan fried brook trout
After a couple of 80 degree days a week or two ago, we have not seen much of the sun. So far, there are no signs of black flies and wishful thinking has me hoping that maybe they won't show this year! Foolish, I know. We've been taking full advantage of the...

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Thirsty Moose
Yesterday was a gorgeous day up here in the woods, 67 degrees in the shade. Trucks are still not running and it is SO quiet. After lots of playtime with the wild creatures, I sat outside and read while they took their nap. I kept hearing a partridge drummin...

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It's 10 O'Clock...Do you know where your milk is?
We have done pretty well with keeping our groceries stocked so far, keeping whatever we can't fit in the house, outside in a cooler. I would say that milk is our biggest issue. We just don't have enough space to keep it inside in the small propane fridge an...

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Lazy Lady Bread
During the winter months we have seen ample amounts of blue jays, Cananda jays, crows, and ravens. Today, it was refreshing to see a couple of different feathered friends. The red winged black bird and common grackle stopped by for some bird seed. I tried m...

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Improvise: Beautiful things happen when you are lacking
It's raining in the woods. A light mist and gray skies have brought a peaceful calm to the day. I've always been a lover of rain and have missed it this winter! I'm used to messy Downeast Maine winters where rain seems to frequent more than snow. Even thoug...
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