We spent the weekend in Lowell enjoying art-related activities. Sonja and I spent our 4th in the studio putting up shelves and reorganizing our new/old space. We didn't manage to get everything put back together yet, but at least the floor-to-ceiling piles of bins are gone and there was walking space for our Open Studios visitors on Saturday.
Saturday night was the opening reception for Sonja and Linda Dunn's show - Start Anywhere - in the Loading Dock gallery. The show looks spectacular and it was nice to visit with so many new and old friends. There are lots of great photos from the reception on the gallery's web site. Check them out and then come visit in person. The show is up through July 27. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
We came back up to Maine Sunday morning and have been enjoying wonderful weather so far. (There's a severe thunderstorm watch for the next few hours, though.) This morning we rode another section of the Sebago to the Sea Trail. This time it was a nice paved section that follows an old railroad bed. We started from Shaw Park in Gorham and rode almost to Otter Ponds; stopping at the point where we'd have needed to fill out a permit to go on.
Highlights of the ride were seeing a small hawk flying down the trail ahead of me and crossing the bridge across the Presumpscot River. The hawk flew along for a long way, just about 3 feet above the ground, and then flew up into a tree near the trail. I actually managed to see it in the tree when I rode by. It was only about 10 feet from me. It was pretty exciting; I wobbled a bit but didn't fall off, luckily. I checked my bird book when I got home, but couldn't say for sure what it was - maybe a sharp-shinned hawk. Here are a few pictures I took along the way.
After we got back from our ride I laid out a new Free Lace scarf that will be my sewing project for tomorrow.
Ann M. Lee