1 We had a little excitement one evening when my Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan, ran off with his harness and leash and disappeared! Happily, these young neighbors, Cameron and Lucas, who first thought GK was a small bear, warmed up to him, checked his tags and returned him!
2 Every meal during the last month at Skylands was homemade, special and varied. Thomas Joseph treated us to delicious dinner rolls one evening - everyone had more than one!!
3 One breakfast was served with delicious Skylands popovers! Fresh raspberry jam and unsalted butter made the popovers even more delectable.
4 Another favorite breakfast offering were these homemade blueberry muffins! The sugar sprinkled on top is flavored with ground mace.
5 One lunch was comprised of all the makings of turkey club sandwiches. We roasted a large organic turkey breast and picked garden lettuce and tomatoes. We also made a French potato salad, a cucumber salad, and cooked up some locally made bacon.
6 I always import great breads from my favorite New York bakeries. This pain de seigle is made by Balthazar.
7 My open faced BLT, served on one of my Bar Harbor Spode plates.
8 Most meals were eaten in the Kitchen of Skylands - a great big, friendly room where all of the cooking is done. The table is extra high - 37 inches - perfect for food preparation and is covered with a fitted top of zinc coated tin. Everyone sits on stools, which are stored under the table during the day.
9 One day, we took my Hinkley Picnic Boat, which I named Skylands II, to Little Gott Island. We passed wonderful landmarks and fantastic scenery along the way, including this beautiful lighthouse in the Park, near Southwest Harbor.
10 It is fun to take panoramic photos of the vast, expansive and breathtaking scenery with my Samsung Galaxy camera. My picnic boat, made by Hinckley, is the perfect day boat!
11 When the first explorers, from France, approached this island, they named it Mont Desert - meaning bare island because of the high, barren peaks. The profile of this mountainous island is absolutely beautiful.
12 On Placentia Island there is a very unusual white rock sitting atop the pink granite cliffs. How did it get there?
13 Another view of this peculiar rock.
14 I love this view of the big island, the sea, and the bobbing lobster pots.
15 Another very interesting sight is this salmon farming operation, right in the ocean, near Placentia and Black Island. Very professionally designed and very efficient and clean. It is fast becoming a model for other fisheries in the area.
16 Giant cages are constructed in the sea and the fish are grown right in the ocean for harvesting. Of course they are fed, and because the tides are very active, the cages are always clean and fresh water is always surging through.
17 A closer view of the construction. Impressive!
18 Because we were planning to disembark on Little Gott Island, we needed to bring the rubber dingy with us. Dragging it on a long line behind the boat is an easy way to tow it.
19 The sunsets were really spectacular most evenings - this one, on August 24th, was especially colorful - lavender, pink, red, and orange. It brought to mind the old saying, "Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors warning!"
20 I love photography, and tried very hard to capture the natural beauty of Mt. Desert Island, the third largest island off the east coast of America. Do you know the largest and the second largest? Do tell in the comments!
21 Julia Merck Utsch, right, and Noelle Wolf, left, were two of the three chairwomen who ran the giant Friends of Acadia Benefit this year. These hard working ladies created an evening of live and silent auctions, a delicious sit down dinner for 500 guests/patrons, and a superb fireworks display.
22 The evening raised over a million dollars for the great Acadia National Park. These were the great white tents, erected for the Friends of Acadia benefit which was held at the famous Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor.
23 One night, Noelle and Dick Wolf hosted us for a cookout and a wonderful fireworks display.
24 Children and adults from the island enjoyed the spectacle of bangs and booms and fabulous lights!
25 Back at home one evening, we did a wonderful pasta night!
26 All fourteen of us enjoyed three different pastas - this is a delicious calamarata pasta topped with mushroom ragu.
27 This pasta - a bucatini - was topped with a creamy, cheesy fresh cabbage sauce with toasted breadcrumbs.
28 Rigatoni topped with a flavorful puttanesca sauce, capers, olives, fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions - delicious!
29 Ground lamb meatballs, flavored with fresh mint, olive oil, shallots and a bit of garlic. We baked these and they disappeared quickly!
30 Garden bell peppers were blackened, peeled, and dressed with olive oil and vinegar. So good!
31 The cucumber harvest is excellent this year! We ate them at almost every meal.
32 It is also a very good beet year! These roasted, peeled and dressed cold beets were wonderful with a tasty, locally made blue cheese.