August 09

An Undiscovered Garden of Eden in Maine

It was almost dark by the time we arrived at our destination—an old farm house just east of Franklin Maine.  Nestled among the trees in the lengthening shadows, it managed to look both mysterious and inviting at the same time; as if we were about to enter a secret and magic place.The first thing my wife Maja and I noticed when we got out of the car was the total lack of sounds.   It was if we had become enveloped in a cocoon of peace and tranquility—the kind of cocoon that only Mother Nature can fashion when unfettered by the constant noise of people and their machines.
Farm House Near Dwelly Point, Franklin, Maine

By far the most attractive feature of the house is the panoramic view from the back yard.  It begins with a lawn consisting solely of wildflowers, long grass, and bushes that roll gently downhill to a fieldstone fence.  After the fence, the land drops precipitously through a tangle of rocks, trees and brush down to the edge of Taunton Bay. 
The view of Taunton Bay from our backyard
The bay is part of a watershed and estuary system that eventually finds its way to the ocean.  At low tide, the water recedes, revealing a landscape of dark, shallow water dotted by numerous large and small rocks. At high tide, most of the rocks are submerged and the water becomes bright and sparkling—especially in full sun.  In between the two extremes; seals, seagulls, and other wild birds  can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks.


A seal basking in the afternoon sun
Meanwhile, closer to the house, it is not unusual to see a deer or two grazing in the wildflowers around sunset; and once we spotted a fox scurrying along the top of the stone fence. All these things and more can be seen from our sun porch and also from a breakfast nook that juts out from the back of the house.

A Fox Takes a flying leap in our backyard

The house was built in 1808 and is holding up very well considering its age.  The absentee landlords—a lovely couple who both have full time jobs in New Jersey—have done their best to keep up with repairs and maintenance, and signs of their efforts can be seen all around the property.  This year, for example, a new crop of grape vines, flowers, and other plants were put up on trellises in front of the house.  Also, there are two blueberry bushes in the front whose berries are available to us, the deer, and the birds, on a first come, first serve basis. 

We will be staying in the “Dyer House” for two months—plenty of time to see what else “DownEast” has to offer. We have many options for sightseeing given that Bar Harbor, the Acadia National Park, and the scenic Schoodic Peninsula are all about an hour’s drive away. Details of what we find will be posted in the next few issues this blog.  Be sure to watch for them.  If you have any questions about this blog, please contact me at