1 After landing in Bar Harbor, we were all hungry for lunch so we stopped at Down East Lobster Company.
2 Maine lobster has been harvested along the Maine coast for generations. Harvesters follow strict guidelines, protecting the Maine lobster resource and their livelihood.
3 The seafood in the market is very, very fresh.
4 Here we are patiently waiting - Kate, Hannah, Brian, Kevin, me, and Ian.
5 The view out back is quite pretty.
6 A lobster roll consists of succulent lobster meat tossed with a little mayo and stuffed into a buttered and toasted bun - served with peppery slaw and chips - Yum!!!
7 The tray liners are filled with lobster facts and instructions for how to eat them.
8 After a satisfying lunch, we continued our course to Skylands.
9 I wanted to stop at Folly Farm in Town Hill, which is now called Three Chicks. Here I am with Pierre admiring the gorgeous produce.
10 Everything grows so well in these greenhouse raised beds.
11 I told Ryan to do a quick study because I would like to have beds, such as these, in the cold house in Bedford.
12 These tomato plants were impressive with their string supports.
13 Beautiful beets and carrots
14 A very neat potting bench
15 I was contemplating buying Folly Farm when the land was for sale last year.
16 Driving along, we passed by the famous Asticou Azalea Garden and I wanted Ryan to have a good look. Perhaps you remember my blog about it?
17 The tide was low.
18 And suddenly, the fog rolled in along the wonderful stone beach in Seal Harbor.
19 When we settled into Skylands, Pierre busied himself in the kitchen and began his dinner preparations. This is the spinach we picked at my farm in Bedford.
20 And asparagus from the asparagus patch
21 And also baby carrots
22 Cheryl assisted in the kitchen.
23 Washed tender spinach
24 A mixture of fresh herbs also from Bedford
25 Pierre brought fresh fava beans, shelling peas, and spicy arugula, which he made into a pesto.
26 Carlos arrived around 6PM with the dogs and the trailer full of plants.
27 Mike, the gardener at Skylands began unloading.
28 Ian pitched in to help.
29 I conducted a walking tour of the property. Here I am at the front door of the playhouse.
30 Inside is a pool table, a poker table, and this terrific shuffle board.
31 Kate took a turn.
32 The fireplace mantel is decorated with taxidermy.
33 Lobster for lunch and lobster for dinner, too!
34 Pierre's condiments
35 The table was set in the kitchen. I love the striped lobster bibs.
36 I was the bar tender for cocktails.
37 Pouring the Imperia vodka into my giant martini shaker
38 A twist of lemon
39 Shake, shake, shake!
40 Pouring the drinks into the chilled glasses
41 This martini shaker can make 12 drinks at once!
42 Toasting to the splendors of Skylands
43 Meanwhile, Pierre sautéed the vegetables.
44 And got the giant lobster pot boiling
45 Pierre tossed linguini with some of the arugula pesto.
46 And topped it with the sautéed vegetables for the first course.
47 A fun group shot - Hannah, Ryan, Ian, me, Pierre, Kevin, and Kate
48 The lobsters were cooked.
49 And they were placed in a hotel pan.
50 A great tip - Using shears, snip the tips off the claws to drain out any water.
51 One lobster - all drained and ready to eat
52 We also ate glazed baby carrots and sautéed spinach.
53 Ryan and Ian - everyone thought they looked related.
54 For dessert, Pierre baked delicious Maine blueberry cobbler, homemade vanilla ice cream and Maine blueberry sorbet.