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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Wonderfully Perfect Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and it was practically perfect in every way.  After a super yummy breakfast of Molly's homemade banana bread we headed off to Damariscotta to see some old shell middens.  There isn't as much left now, but a lovely trail with some great views and a neat look into coastal history.
some exposed shells mostly covered in earth now

exploring the apple orchard

a view across the river to more shell heaps

a perfect spot to rest
Next we went to the quaint little town of Damariscotta Mills where there is a fish ladder for alewives who fight the crazy strong flowing currents to head to fresh water every spring and reproduce.   There is a big restoration effort going on right now to help with repairs and rebuilding of the fish ladder that was started in the early 1800s!  It's a little too early for the fish yet, but the kids really love it here and we thought it would be fun to see the early spring water flow.  Boy was it flowing!
high spring water

wet feet from over-flowing walkways

part of the fish ladder
We walked to the top of the ladder and back down again.
little lake at the top of the ladder

boardwalk coming back down
Back at the bottom we were pleased to come upon a fairly large group of geese having a little snack.
clearly these guys are used to human presence

Before heading back home what trip to Damariscotta Mills would be complete without a trip to Alewives Fabric?  I could spend hours in this place and so could Molly.  We bought some simple blue cotton to make  the woodlands shirt for both kiddos.  It's so sweet I can't wait to get started.  The big excitement at the store though was we just now realized that Oliver & S has started making patterns up to size 12!  I find their patterns so sweet but last I had checked they were only going to a size 4T.  Molly picked out the ice cream dress.  We are going to make it with the bliss fabric for moda I've had for too long. 
Finally my perfect day ended with my sweet husband making fondue for dinner!  He makes a mean fondue that is finished off beautifully with a pineapple upside down cake made by  Corey. 
Corey adding nuts to his cake


Corey' pineapple upside down cake
I am one happy mama!


  1. I'm so glad you had such a lovely birthday. Your birthday cake looks yummy-we are big pineapple up-side down cake lovers here.

  2. Happy Belated Angie!! It looks like you had a wonderful time, full of exploration and discovery ;). Maine is such a beautiful state. We are still trying to find a way to visit this summer, but hit a few snags. Alewives fabrics alone might be worth the visit alone, no?

  3. A day outdoors, fabric and pattern shopping and fondue definitely sounds like the best birthday ever! You're making me want to visit Maine and the east coast more than ever!. With best wishes, Jacinta


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