January 28, 2006

Postcards from Maine

Today I went to the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. It was supposed to be 55 today so I thought it would be a good day to explore a little so I headed up Portland way. Due to it being the end of January, there weren't a lot of people at the light so I was able to park and take some good pictures. I was also lucky enough to have an empty tanker heading out of port so that was neat too! The day eventually cleared up in the afternoon but I had other things to do so I just took some quick photos and left. It was quite cold on the water. The lighthouse is located in Fort Williams park which had some interesting old ruins scattered about. I think I will go back again on a nicer day and explore a little more.

I went to Cape Elizabeth to look for somethings to add to my SBEBB Valentines Exhchange package which gets mailed out this week. Unfortunately, the shop, The Stitching Mantis was not worth the trip. It's main focus was yarn with some needlework and cross stitch stuff as an afterthought. I did find a few things but not what I was hoping for. I've picked up other things so the package will not be empty but I was hoping to include some additional stitching related items.

While I was out exploring, I also hunted down another yarn shop on East Congress Street which has little coffee counter in the back. It's called Knit Wits. I think it's a husband and wife team that own it - the husband was there giving an impromptu knitting lesson. Some nice yarns but luckily nothing jumped off the shelves.


Bastet said...

I've been up there many times as a kid. Dad took my sister and me there to run off the excess energy. Did you get to see the ruins of the mansion or what's left of them? Haven't seen them in ages. Dad used to have a picture of me climbing the ruins of a chimney...the old battlements. Though I chose a slightly warmer day and hiking shoes.

Isabelle said...

Patti, those photographs are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them to the rest of the world! :)

Sylvie said...

I love the pictures (especially the first one). Thanks for sharing :)

Barbara said...

Thanks for those pictures - it was a little slice of home!

We have a lot of those kind of stitching shops here, too - either the main focus seems to be yarn or regular sewing, with a few xs items tossed in on the side. Thank heavens for ONSs!

Ashleigh said...

What great pics! I love sharing a bit of your life :)


Mandy said...

I think that your comments on The Stitching Mantis and Knit Wits is mean spirited. I have been to the Stitching Mantis. It is a fantastic shop! The owner places special orders for her customers all the time. The shop is large and half of the shop is dedicated to cross stitch and needlepoint while the other half is yarn. I haven't been to Knit Wits, yet, but I plan on doing so soon.