….the 4th of July!

The title of this post reflects an old Maine joke.  Maine has two seasons–what are they?  Winter and…  A related saw went something like this–What do you do in the summer? Answer–If it’s a nice day, we have a picnic.

Well, there was always a bit of hyperbole in those jokes, but they’re not even close to accurate any more–though we did still have to get the kitchen woodstove going a few evenings in chilly, wet June this year, and August is yet to come, so one never knows.

But back to the season represented by the 4th of July–early summer in our neighborhood–

There’s the Tour du Lac 10 mile road race in nearby Bucksport, run by John (2nd in his age group), Phoebe (1st in her age group) and Sally, and

strawberry picking, jam making and strawberry shortcake (made by Margaret!).

There’s swimming at various ponds, lakes and seashores.

And there’s the Walter Hunt 3K road race in Bangor,  just before the parade on the 4th (this is an old archived picture–it was drizzly this year and I didn’t want to get the camera wet!). This year,  John, Phoebe and Margaret each WON their age group, and Phoebe, Sally and Margaret won the female team medal.  Not only that, but Phoebe was the third female finisher overall and was mentioned in an article in the Bangor Daily News about the race!

We sometimes go to fireworks (though not this year), but always have our friends the LL’s over for a cookout, though we never seem to think to take pictures! And even though we didn’t have salmon (very traditional here in Maine on the 4th), we did have PEAS!!  And let me tell you, if you want to be able to hold your head up in veggie gardening circles in this state, peas for the 4th are a must!


  1. Polly says:

    delightful! wish i could stay all summer…

  2. Phoebe says:

    Ii wish the strawberries had a longer season!!

  3. Polly says:

    Can’t believe the 4th of July was so long ago already…time moves so quickly

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