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Two days with spark friends, one of the BEST two days of the year,

Friday, August 22, 2014

DH and I drove to Stockton Springs Maine.
I always love the little restaurant there and it is right on rote 3 heading us up to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.
Coincidence when I first saw the little place it is in Stockton Springs Maine and both DH and I were born in Stockton-On-Tees England.

TERRI and STEVE were waiting for us and another surprise was MERRILEE. I was not expecting her so I was delighted. She is a Zumba instructor and so is TERRI but I have never even heard a song and never have seen the dances so I was at a loss when they asked me to join the group in the afternoon.

TERRI and I are into Light Houses and there at Stockton Springs is a light they had not visited. I and DH had visited it in our Light house courses from Senior College.

After eating a good meal we drove over and walked the grounds.



This light house is a private home. We can walk the grounds but not look inside since they purchased it before people wanted them to be public places. Many are and we love them.
This one is a SQUARE light house and it guards the mouth of the Penobscot river.


The bell is outside and the wooden Bell house is like a pyramid, I cannot find that picture but the bell is huge. The structure is wood and to ring the bell in foul weather someone inside has to pull a rope to make the heavy clapper sound.
Sometimes there were times when the Keeper and his wife needs some help. Their big dog was trained to pull the bell cord back and forth till a human took it over again.

THE BELL is a distance away from the house.

It is a beautiful Bell it appears to be well taken care of. It is protected with the canopy.

The House from the back has a lovely garden and someone makes wooden ornaments .

I liked this wooden CHURCH.

Even their MAIL BOX.

Another very important building is the OIL HOUSE.

Barrels of oil had to be hand carried, usually on their shoulders. Often the wife had to bring up the oil from the delivery boat and they had to climb up the steep rocky path. if the keeper has to attend the light is dangerous times.

There was a FORT POWNALL built here, alas only the foundation is evidence it was here.

After we had explored the site we went to Belfast to the YM CA to do the Zumba class.
I was invited to join in but as soon as the unaccustomed music I was in a bit of a panic. I wanted to get out of the room there was a small class and they were all friendly. I was still stumbling over my feet. I began to get the beat of the music so I did a "Lesley Sansonne "instead. I just walked in place and when we left the building I had over 10,000 steps.
Now My shoulders are hurting so I will do the rest tomorrow.
I am getting worried how it ill look in the blog. I am also afraid of losing it after all of this work. Pat in Maine.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GINIEMIE 8/24/2014 6:20AM

    I understand breaking up the pictures I did it with my trip to Europe, but not that I'm mentioning it I'm wondering if I ever did the part on Austria. You did a great job and it sounds like you had a good time and learned something new.
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    Loved the pictures! It looked like you guys had a wonderful time.

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LITTLEWIND53 8/23/2014 8:25PM

    Great pictures. Glad you enjoyed the day and your visit with Spark Friends.

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PICKIE98 8/23/2014 5:06PM

    Very nice pics.. Your pics came through splendidly!

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LINDA! 8/23/2014 11:05AM

    Great photos.

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CHALLENGER15 8/23/2014 10:33AM

    Loved reading about the wonderful photos/day.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 9:53AM

    Beautiful pictures! Well, despite the music, you got lots of activity in! Good job!


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VEENAS1 8/23/2014 9:37AM

    Beautiful pictures. The pictures want me even more to visit Maine. Thank you for sharing.

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IOEINC 8/23/2014 9:32AM

    You did great with both the pictures and the blog!!! Both are great. Thanks for sharing. I read some of the history to my hubby who also likes lighthouses. He said ti was very informative and interesting and to thank you for sharing it. You are quite the photographer!! The pictures are so great!!

And it sounds like you had a terrific time!! So glad that you got to go!!

Have a lovely Saturday!!

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NEEDSHELP52 8/23/2014 8:50AM

    Pat, you did great with the pictures and the blog. Thank you. Good going on all the steps. HUGS, Terry

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GOANNA2 8/23/2014 8:39AM

    Great blog and great pictures Pat. You did a great job.
Well done you! Glad you enjoyed the day with your Spark
friends. Zumba is fun though, isn't it? Enjoy the rest of
your weekend. emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/23/2014 8:37AM

    What a great time you all had. So glad you all had this time together.

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Hugs, Sunny

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EFFIEANNIE 8/23/2014 7:35AM

    Great! Lovely pictures. I'm so glad you were able to post the pictures and glad you had such a good time.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/23/2014 7:26AM

    What a wonderful time!! Those pictures are beautiful!! Thanks for taking the time to share them!

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123ELAINE456 8/23/2014 4:45AM

  These are Beautiful Pictures, Looks like All of You Had a Wonderful Enjoyable Time. God Blessings Always. Have a Fantastic Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!To Everyone. Take Care.

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 1:19AM

  awesome thanks for sharing

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ARTJAC 8/23/2014 12:55AM

    emoticon pictures Pat emoticon emoticon Jacque

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KNEEMAKER 8/22/2014 11:56PM

  great pics. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/22/2014 11:53PM

    Very nice time you had.

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HARROWJET 8/22/2014 11:27PM

    It is great to see your pictures. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 8/22/2014 11:11PM

    I have a friend whose father was a lighthouse keeper back about 50 years ago. She lived in several with their family as a child! I love lighthouses too! Glad you had the best time and was able to get in so many steps! Whoohoo!!

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MILLISMA 8/22/2014 11:01PM

    The pictures are great Pat!!! Thanks for sharing. I love the lighthouse. Always wanted to live in one. lol

hugs...Mary Anne

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TERRI289 8/22/2014 11:00PM

    It was the best of times!!! So glad you hung out in class and "leslied" up a storm!!

it took us 12 hours to get home(ran into traffic on 495 and it got stop and go for a bit!)

Hope to put my pictures on tomorrow! Good night! emoticon

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