Maine Day 17: Friendship Farmhouse
We spent our first day here settling in. When we awoke, the day revealed an absolutely gorgeous farm frosted in a mist that had sunk from the pastel sky. Sunbeams burned off the dew and the day began. Geoff was downstairs in the chilly summer kitchen preparing breakfast for the children, who were all in the sunken living room playing. I could hear the action through the grates, which opened up directly to the floor below. When the farmhouse was built, heat came from the oven in the kitchen below as meals were prepared, and people went to bed while the bedrooms were still warm, probably just after dark. So the house is only one room deep; no hallways, really, just rooms that connect but close off by one or maybe two doors. This is to keep heat in the rooms where it was confined. In other parts of the state, you see homes organized around a central fireplace, but this is a warmer design, presumably for people who didn't spend a lot of time out in the woods chopping firewood, because they're right on the coast, and they weren't woodsmen; they were farmers and lobstermen. This particular home was written up in a history book about Friendship, Maine, which I enjoyed reading our first evening there.
The home was loud and cheerful with the children in it, their little voices and squeals wafting through the floors.
We got dressed and wandered outside to see what we could find. Much to our delight, the owners had left the children many surprises: new bubbles, chalk, hula hoops, puppets, a puppet theater, cars, and yard games. There was also a beautiful old swing hung in the barn door. We discovered a bush near the house had wild raspberries growing on it!
As it was a weekend, it was time to refurbish our supplies again. We began making a grocery list but soon realized we really didn't need much, with the extensive and flourishing vegetable garden. There was also a fresh watermelon the owners left us, plus plenty of staples and wine in the pantry we were encouraged to use, so with pasta, sauce, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and more already there, all we really needed was some fresh bread. That certainly made grocery shopping easier, especially considering how isolated the location was from anything mainstream.
I think we're going to like it here.
This is what I saw.