Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Maine Lighthouses

My favorite place to relax with my knitting or cross-stitching is at:

Portland Head Light - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
(April -2009)
This lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington and is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) one in the country. Longfellow used to come here and write his poems.

Can you see what appears to be a white board behind the light at the top? Local residents, about 20 years ago, complained that the light was too bright at night for their neighborhood. The lighthouse was there at least 150 years before they developed that area. Now really!!!! I miss seeing the light from the front of the lighthouse.

An aerial view for you. Not shown in the picture is a very large park with picnic tables and a favorite spot for kite flying.

Two Lights - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
(April -2009)
The second light, about 1/8 mile away, is located on private property so I did not take a picture.
Spring Point Lighthouse, So. Portland, Maine
(April - 2009)

It was downright frigid when I visited this lighthouse last Saturday but still worth the trip. The detail on the lighthouse, in spite of the rust, is much more beautiful in person.

My cousin, Willie, loaned me his Nikon digital/SLR while I was visiting. What a treat that was.

Alison recommended Tess Designer Yarns located in Portland, Maine. Ironically, it is almost across the street from the law firm I worked at back in the early '90's.

The yarn is absolutely gorgeous. I did buy a skein of "Baby Bunny" sock yarn. The silk blend that I liked so much was $60/skein so I did not shock my pocketbook.

Kaileigh - Age 10 1/2 months

I was able to get my "baby fix" while visiting family. Kaileigh has been walking on steady feet for about 3 weeks. Kaileigh's great, great grandmother is the aunt who raised me. We are many branches apart on the genealogy tree but much closer in heart. I knitted Kaileigh's mother her wedding shawl a couple of years ago.

Back to my knitting blog tomorrow!!! I hope you have enjoyed my visit with me to my home state.

Happy Knitting!


  1. Oh the lighthouses are wonderful! How historic! Lucky you to have them kinda close by.
    Looks like you had a really good time!

  2. Of course I loved looking and reading all about these Lighthouses.You have given me a good bedtime story .lol
    Elsie <><

  3. Thank you so much Joan!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE LIGHTHOUSES! And these were such great pictures.

    And Kaileigh is quite the cutie ;)

  4. The pictures are gorgeous! I am so in awe of the beauty of lighthouses.

  5. Hi Joansie,
    I love all the lighthouses. I wish we had more of them in NZ. There's something very romantic about a lighthouse. And that wool store looks tempting!
    Kaileigh is very cute... pretty little cardigan on her too. Is that one of yours?
    Rachel L from New Zealand

  6. I love looking at your pictures from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

    Janet, now living in Dublin Ireland but a frequent visitor to my home New England states

  7. The light houses are gorgeous! But then so is your grand daughter! :). $60 a skein, hmmmm, but I bet it is awesome, did you buy it then? If so, post a picture!!! I wish we had feel-o-vision :).

  8. Wonderful post and wonderful photos! You know, we visited the first lighthouse you showed when we were in the area a couple of years ago, but the house was closed! We were pretty bummed...

    Love the photo of precious Kaileigh. :-)

  9. Maine is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing about the lighthouses & your trip.

    Kaileigh is a little cutie!

  10. Oooooohhhhh I remember the Port Elizabeth lighthouses,
    Your story of the light bothering the residents cracks me up. We had a problem with the firehouse sirens bothering people that recently built houses near the firehouse...wtf?! Sirens save lives and it's a way of signally an emergency when the power goes out and the phones die from trees falling during storms or snow..idiots. People never cease to amaze me sometimes. Love the sweater yarn