Maine Memories: Part One

Right before going on our “ship trip” to Maine on the Heritage Schooner, I came across a poem I had written when I worked as a bed & breakfast cook at the Noble House in Bridgton, Maine off and on in the mid to late nineties. I realized that one reason I liked the idea of going on the schooner was that I fell in love with Maine when I worked there so many years ago. My love affair with Maine has been expanded since our trip last week, which I will share in the next installment.

Since my experience at the B & B was so positive, I am posting a picture of the Noble House Inn taken on the last full day of our trip. Since it is near Portland, we visited the day we flew back and met the new owner, Cindi Hooper, who gave us a tour of the updated inn, with all the amenities anyone would desire. The inn is across the street from lovely Highland Lake. Here is the information to contact the inn and a photo my husband took as we were leaving.

Noble House Inn –, 81 Highland Rd, Bridgton, ME 04009
E-mail: Telephone: 888-237-4880      207-647-3733

Below is the poem I wrote my first time at the Noble House when I was the cook. The names are people on the staff. Jane and husband Dick were the owners; Maria is Dick’s mom and Jon is one of the sons . My youngest daughter Basha, then a teen-ager, worked as one of the housekeepers  Paul and Carol are my brother and sister-in-law who came to visit and help us get back home to PA.



Time stood still my month in Maine
At Noble House with Dick and Jane
Up at six to breakfast make:
fruit, eggs & upside down blueberry cake

Shopping trips to Portland; bagels by the bunch.
Making fresh granola, early morning crunch.
Fruit & veggie earrings to put me in the mood.
Breakfast buffet-style; how they loved the food!

Basha doing laundry; Doris changing sheets;
Maria to the P.O. Jane, all the guests she greets.
Weeding the herbal garden; heart-shaped, lined with stones.
Planting a patch of veggies, all organically grown.

Time stood still my month in Maine
at Noble House I felt totally sane!
Going off to Norway or maybe to Mexico
Poland, Paris & Naples—All in Maine, you know.

Boating on the lake with Dick our sailor-guide.
Watching Jon on water skis. Oh, boy, how he could glide!
Swimming in the water to an island we did tread;
Paradise I call it; to Life I’m surely wed.
A farewell Bar-B-Q, with Paul & Carol there.
Food & fun & laughter; such joy was in the air

Time stood still that month in Maine–
magic moments like gentle rain.
Don’t look back; just savor it all—-
Memories to cherish through winter, spring and fall.

P.S. Cindi, the owner, is sending me a recipe from her own cookbook that she uses at the inn. I will post that after I receive it. I may also have a recipe from when I was the cook, and if I find the booklet, I will post a recipe.




The photo above is the work of Fred LeBlanc ( sails on The Heritage every year.  This is the schooner we will be sailing on the week of June 6th. To learn more about your own sailing trip, contact The Heritage at: or by phone at: (800) 648-4544

I plan to take photos and keep a journal, so I hope to come back with a “good report” of our trip to Maine.

While this is my Home Page for June, July and August, rather than make a list of all the things I want to post, as I usually do, I am leaving my plans open-ended, except to say I will be reviewing several books, one of which is an Italian cookbook by a local woman with a wonderful story about her creation with her son Frank. The name of the book is Italian Moms: Spreading Their Art to Every Table. I will feature a couple of her great recipes.

Since I will be away for one week in June and again the end of July, I may post some of my recipes from previous summer postings during those weeks. For example, asparagus is still readily available, so I may post my asparagus soup. (Photo below)

Finally, I chose Sail Away, Sail Away as my blog title for the summer,  because I am very excited about going on this trip (taking along some natural anti-sea sick remedy) and want to share photos and my thoughts with you when I return. I also chose this title because of the metaphorical meaning, that is, even if you are not going on a cruise or a schooner this summer, you can “sail away” at home by letting go a little and relaxing more, taking time to smell the roses. In other words, take time to “sail away” from daily chores and find activities that re-charge your batteries. Read a book, go for a swim, visit friends while the weather is good. Take time for yourself because you are worth it!

More coming in the next few days before I literally sail away……

P.S. For those of you who are regular subscribers, I would like to know if you would be interested in a personal e-cookbook, that is, I would send you a booklet of 10-12 recipes in one attachment of recipes that I choose for you after you tell me your personal favorite foods. Please email me at: I will work on this project during the summer.  For those who want to subscribe, I offer the same “gift” when you sign up. (Subscribe link in the upper right hand corner of the Home Page.)  Thanx! ellensue

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