Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Christmas Prelude festivities in the Kennebunkport area of Maine

We went to the Christmas Prelude festivities in the Kennebunkport area of Maine…we stayed in Wells as we usually do. We have been several times and each year we do some of the same things but then try something new and maybe skip something. A few times we have gone to the Fish chowder dinner at the Fire Station on Friday but not this time.

On our way up north on Friday we stopped to eat at Wild Willy’s Burgers outside of York, I had heard good things about them and we had always wanted to stop but it is usually really jamming. We hit their spot on the early end of supper so we timed it good, it was well worth it…the burger and fries were great and just the right amount of food as we did not want to feel overstuffed for we had planned on some evening activity.

We ended up being just a little late for the lighting of the lobster pot tree in Cape Porpoise but we stopped by to see it just the same. There is a picture here of Atlantic Hall and the Church on the Cape in the background, both of which we visited on Saturday for the craft show at the hall and bazaar at the church. We visited a few of the other local bazaar’s on Sat., one of our favorites is the Congregational Church in Arundel, we like their “cookie walk” and I love the fact that they have a very old pipe organ in there. I bought a recipe book from them that they printed from their church members, I tend to collect recipe books…I have many.

We went to the crazy hat parade in the Kennebunkport village on Sat afternoon. This year there seemed to be more people than we have ever seen attend, which is kind of good and bad. Last year, the weather was lousy…this year the weather could not have been any better for a December weekend.

After the parade, we ended up driving out to the Maine Diner for supper since things were just too crowded in the village (we did have a light snack earlier of corn chowder at the local school craft show). Saturday evening we attended the Christmas story/caroling event held at the Monastery, the tradition is to stroll down from the village area. Again, we have never seen so many people attend. Last year we did not go to the caroling event because the weather was not good and it is all outdoors.

The pictures here taken in the daytime were from Cape Porpoise, I walked down the road a bit to a bridge area while I was waiting for Mike to finish browsing.

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How to Clean A Wood Stove

There have been SOOO MANY chimney fires in our area lately. A combination of the power outage from the windstorm and cold temperatures I’d imagine. One day I counted 18 fire dept pages for different chimney fires in Spokane. Crazy. People buy houses in town that have fireplaces and never think of using them until a time like this when the power is out and it’s getting really cold. Of course it hasn’t been cleaned out in years and the previous owner probably left the chimney nice and dirty. Those things have to be cleaned out (better yet visually inspected)! Even if you don’t use it on a regular bases.

I know I’m preaching to the choir on here to almost everyone but if you have city dwelling friends it never hurts to drop a gentle reminder. I know of at least two houses here that have burned beyond salvage in our area because of chimney fires that spread to a roof or attic in the past week. Lesson – don’t count on using that fireplace in an emergency unless you clean it out and inspect it every once in a while.

It also helps to know how to deal with a chimney fire. To know how to shut your fireplace or wood stove down, immediately. Our fire district used to give out these neat little packets that you could toss in your stove or fireplace that would immediately put out the fire. It also sends up a nice plume of some concoction that robs a chimney of the oxygen a chimney fire needs. They don’t hand those out anymore, because of budget concerns but maybe your local fire department does. I know even our local DNR office used to give those out (but again I don’t think they do anymore). If not I believe you can still buy them, they never go bad and could be pretty handy.

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