1 We decided to bring some of our large ferns inside to 'brighten up' the interior.
2 Kevin created mini moss 'landscapes' using all types of moss found in our own woodland. Daily spritzing and filtered light will keep such a landscape alive for a long time.
3 We had a good number of paniculata hydrangeas (PeeGee) in bloom and we used them in arrangements in the living room.
4 This monumental arrangement used a lot of very long stemmed hydrangeas.
5 Kevin practices excellent flower arranging techniques - notice the drop cloths on the floor to keep everything easy for cleanup.
6 I had purchased four macho ferns at Angel Plants in Long Island last week and decided to carry them to Maine and use them in planters inside. As you can see, they are really 'macho' in size - it took four to create this very big arrangement.
7 One of our five-year-old Boston ferns from the back porch fit exactly in the big faux bois bowl in the living room.
8 Here's another view of the large Boston fern.
9 To decorate the table for lunch on the western terrace, one of my guests made a small landscape of woodland leaves and buds.
10 Pierre made an excellent salade nicoise from all the vegetables from the garden - in addition, he included Italian tuna and olives.
11 And for dessert - cookie ice cream sandwiches with homemade black raspberry and red currant ice creams.
12 One of our hikes took us to the top of Mt. Champlain, up the difficult precipice trail - Total Elevation: 2642'Trail Length: 5.3 miles. Here Tomas Maier - Creative Director Bottega Veneta - is smiling in pain.
13 Another guest climber - Kate Berry - Senior Assoc. Weddings Style Editor
14 Another guest clowning - Tori Mellott - Creative Deputy of Merchandising at MSLO
15 Kate, Tori, Vicki Lowery - Executive Editor MSL, and me half way to the top and hanging onto a 'rung.'
16 The top of precipice - we look happy - we were wiped out but thrilled to have succeeded to the top - that's Andrew Preston - COO of Tomas Maier - on the left.
17 Tomas and Andrew with the sea and the Porcupine Islands in the background
18 The four women, a bit sweaty
19 The view was certainly worth the climb.
20 Later in the day, we attended a picnic on privately owned Bartlett's Island on the other side of Mt. Desert - low tide and a beautiful beach.
21 The view from one side of Bartlett's looks directly at Blue Hill - and guess what? The hill is blue!
22 Some of the rocks on the island are hard gray granite called Ellsworth schist.
23 These rocks look like prehistoric oyster shells.
24 Another piece of Ellsworth schist.
25 Tori, me, and Kate standing in the rather cold water.
26 A collection of wobblies - made from round rocks indigenous to this part of Maine
27 These pink granite rocks have been tumbled in the tides for eons into round perfection.
28 Where did this random rock come from? Its called a glacial erratic.
29 Flying back home, the sky was filled with amazing giant clouds.
30 How stunning!
31 Such interesting shapes