One of the first signs of spring is when the bog in front of my home breaks free of ice. Winter rarely stops the stream from flowing over the dam between Great and Long Ponds, which helps stem winter blues. Especially when the surrounding lakes are frozen solid.
For the past week or so we’ve heard the Canadian geese honking as they land on the water out front. We’ve enjoyed the return of Blue Jays and visits from a pair of ducks to our bird feeder. They waddle up from the water’s edge. Occasionally they can be seen strolling down our camp road like an old married couple. Of course, the antics of our gray squirrel family always brighten our days. I was surprised and delighted when two canoeists braved the crisp spring air to enjoy a paddle down the stream. As for ourselves, we long to be out on our boat with family soaking up the sun on a warm summer day.
Living in Belgrade Lakes surrounded by tall pines, woodland animals and bog-life is an experience like no other. The village is just a short walk away with a brand-new Main Street, antique lighting, brick sidewalks and a wider road for easier parking. It allows for better access to all the shops and paths leading down to Mills Stream. We were lucky that Hello Good Pie stayed open all season this year so we can indulge in their homemade croissants and delicious sandwiches. We are excited to welcome back a newly renovated Day’s Store. It will only be a matter of time now before we can go by boat to The Village Inn for a casual dinner and some live music along the stream. Let’s hope summer comes quick, and we can all emerge from the comfort and safety of our homes to enjoy life in Maine with our family and friends again.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”Ralph Waldo Emerson