Saturday, October 09, 2010

Maine-ly For Fun, Part 2 - The Golf Tourney

We had an enjoyable, though very short, time with
Groovy and her husband, and after a lovely breakfast, we headed for Leeds, Maine --

As you can see, Leeds is a very old town. I'd love to know the history, because there is not much left but the golf course, at least that I could discern. The course is located on what used to be a large farm.

The farmhouse is occupied, probably by someone who works at the course.

The barn has been turned into the clubhouse - it was incredibly cold in there, because it's not insulated. But it's a fun place nevertheless.

Kevin had asked me what I would do while they were golfing. I told him not to worry - I'm good whenever I have a book in my hand. It was so very cold that morning, and windy, that I went out to the car, covered up with a blanket we happened to have in the car, and read (when I wasn't dozing).

It wasn't my idea of a good time, but the golfers were really excited as they headed out.

The sun came out around noon and it warmed up nicely. I finally got out of the car and began exploring. First stop, of course, was the ladies' room downstairs in the clubhouse. I thought the decorations were fun --

I love this very rustic lawn chair beside the herb garden ---

I couldn't resist taking a picture of these enormous mushrooms - for some reason, they reminded me of Pea's fairy garden.

The course was beautiful - once the sun came out, the players enjoyed themselves ever so much more.

I headed down the country path to explore a bit more - I shot this what I call "typical" old country church in Maine - I love them and wish I'd had time to stop and catch them all.

Guess what I found down the road a ways? Another old cemetery --

This family plot was impressive --

The really special thing about this golf tournament was the fact that Kevin arranged and organized the event as part of his new position as intern. It has been an all-consuming job since he returned to Maine in early August. He did a super job.

At 3:00 we were treated to a very nice meal prepared by a couple of the students and staff members. We had Chicken Marsala, beef tips, broccoli, biscuits, potatoes, and strawberry shortcake.

Here Kevin is with his friend, mentor, and "boss", Aaron.

Kev and his dad enjoyed playing together so much. It had been 11 years since Kev had played. He remembered the last time very clearly and mentioned several times how wonderful it felt to feel good when he was playing - not to be hampered by drugs in his system. What a blessing!

The icing on the cake was when Kevin got to present his dad with a prize for hitting a ball on a certain hole closest to a certain spot. I don't remember details - suffice it so say that DC won a very nice putter and was honored to shake his son's hand as he accepted it.

Stay tuned for Part 3 - on to Midlife Mom's place --


Ann Nichols said...

A really lovely day! I had to laugh when you said how cold it was - I used to spend summers in Maine - and it was often freezing in the mornings! Such a beautiful place...the old church and barn brings back such wonderful memories of driving the State's country lanes!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

tremendously enjoyable today Dawn!!! I!! In AZ that was just about all there courses galore, and others being built all the time. My BIL and sister are avid golfers, they've even traveled to Scotland to play the 'world's first' golf course and some such nonsense. I've played a few rounds, but it's not my cup of tea so to speak. I spend the time in the 19th hole most times any more....the clubhouse, and do as you do, read and walk around.

The meal sounds delicious. The countryside is beautiful, and the cemetery is awesome [Bud and I visited a 'haunted' cemetery that's here near Corpus just to get into a different kind of 'spirit' that you have shown.]

Can't wait for the next segment of your travels!!!

[oh and ps...ya, these husband/wife conversations that go nowhere are indeed 'nuts'.]

Diane said...

I'm so glad you are sharing this fabulous vacation with us!

All I can really say--to describe my reaction as I read each paragraph--

JOY!!!!! JOY!!!!! JOY!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, I don't do much blog reading anymore, but just wanted to check in and see how things were going with you. I could hardly believe how much the twins have grown (Oct. 1 post) and they are just adorable. It sounds like you are having (or had) a lovely trip. What do you hear from Diane c. Jennings? I miss her Saturday posts and she is not replying. Blessings...v from Idaho

Glenda said...

Don't you love exploring new places?! Love your pics - especially the little white CotN. I'm sure the two of you and Kevin made some wonderful memories; so glad he's doing well

Midlife Mom said...

I have two sisters that live quite close to Leeds so I go by that old farm house every time I go to visit them. Not insulated?! In Maine?! Yikes!

You always find interesting things to look at in your exploring. I forgot to ask you if the guys hiked the Rocky Pond Rd. or was it too rainy? It's been nice ever since but tomorrow is supposed to be really rainy and windy.

I went to the lake yesterday on my way to Ellsworth for an appointment. It was cold but so pretty on the lake with so many of the leaves changing. I couldn't believe my flower garden hasn't been hit by the frost yet! I guess the trees overhanging it are protecting them.

I would like to have stayed all day and just read or relaxed but couldn't. Maybe this weekend!!

Needled Mom said...

Great pictures, Dawn! I can imagine what a thrill it was for both of the guys to play golf together despite the really chilly weather.

Gigi said...

So glad Kev got to enjoy a round of golf with his Dad...I know that memory will be very special to him, as I'm sure that putter will be to Dwight! A good time all around it seems... :) God is good!

Nicoolmama said...

What a fun time of exploring!

Those fake hiding kids always creep me out...they look soooo real!

I adore old churches...beautiful.

Glad you enjoyed yourself!! So happy for Kevin!!

groovyoldlady said...

I think the 'shrooms look like little golf tees! :-D

Linda said...

Looks a little chilly in beautiful Maine Dawn! Wonderful pictures. I love those little churches. We attended one very like the one in your picture when we lived Upstate NY.
It's so good to see Kev doing so well. Answered prayer. I'm so glad you got to take this trip.

nannykim said...

I would have read in the car too!! It is amazing how much warmer it is when the sun is out. Love the old church!

Nice to see your son enjoying himself.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Dawn. Oh my, your trip just gets better and better. I have really enjoyed reading about your trip to Maine and seeing all of the pictures. I neve was into Golf, but I do enjoy playing Putt-Putt Golf tho. There is a place in Jonesboro, which isn't very far from where we live, and we have taken the girls there in the past to play and they both love it and it's such a fun Family thing to do. I also enjoy looking at old and antique things. The golf quilt was very nice as well. It's been quite chilly here of the mornings and warms up during the day, so I can relate to the weather you had while there in Maine. Take care my friend and hope you have a great week.

Love and hugs,

Karen H.

PEA said...

Oooooh I wish those mushroom were in my faerie garden!! lol I'm glad that it warmed up enough that day so that you could get out and take all of these wonderful pictures. Love how they converted a barn into the club house, it looks beautiful. I love these type of churches, the simpler the better:-) Look at the smile on Kevin's face as he's giving his dad his award...he's radiant. I'm keeping him in my prayers that he continues to do so well. xoxo

Sharon Lynne said...

Thank goodness for cameras. They are a best friend when one is walking alone. It was fun to share the walk with you!

You must be so proud of Kevin. Taking a project from start to finish and creating an enjoyable time for everyone.