Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love is in the air! We now have five weddings booked for the coming season, two in June (Mike & Lindsay, and Megan & Zack) and three in September (Erin & John, Ashley & Chris, and Lacey & Derek!) What have we gotten ourselves in to?!? Really, they are five lovely young couples who seem just the type to really appreciate the special Harborfields vibe.
What a winter it has been, eh? We have had plenty of snow and cold temperatures, in Boothbay Harbor and Keene both. Of course, it is winter, and you can never have too much snow in winter!!
Our son Bennett, a sophomore at Keene High School, just participated in the New Hampshire Division 1 High School Alpine Ski Championships at Mount Sunapee. He finished 7th (of 91) in the Giant Slalom, earning a berth to the “Meet of Champions” at Cannon Mountain in March. He skied well in the Slalom, too (5th place after the first run), but had a fall near the end of his second run which cost him some time -- he still finished 20th (out of 91) none-the-less!
Wendy continues to work as a ski instructor at Granite Gorge Ski Area just outside of Keene. She has also been spending a little bit of time in her pottery studio as well -- we might even have some special Harborfields mugs available this summer....
Tim has returned to Keene State College after his sabbatical last fall, teaching a full schedule of courses in Environmental Studies, including a general education class on “The Science of Sailing!”
We make trips back to Harborfields whenever we can to push ahead on our many projects there -- and to pick up the mail! Last fall, with much help from Ron and Mary Lessard, the upstairs bathroom in the 1780 Farmhouse received a complete make-over. Later, our excavation contractor also filled in the old cesspool, replacing it with a new septic system connected to the big leach field that was built last spring. This included the construction of a new access bulkhead to the Farmhouse cellar, as well as completely re-grading the south lawn, again! We will be doing all we can this spring to encourage the grass to grow there once again, what with all the weddings booked for the year!
We also have 6 family reunions -- where members of the same family have booked three or more cottages for the same week -- spread out over the summer! Indeed advance reservations have been exceptional so far this year, well ahead of the pace of previous years. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, but were hoping to come to Harborfields this summer, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Availability in the July and August peak of the season is currently very limited, although we do still have a few openings. (The availability calendars on our website are always up to date -- they are what WE refer to!)
Back to our project list, besides the 1780 Farmhouse, we’ve done some significant work to the Rock Cottage as well, where the fix to a rotten window sill ultimately ended up with re-building the east wall of the cottage! This in turn provided opportunity and impetus to address some electrical wiring issues! There is good job security for a handy man at Harborfields. Simple repairs that might take an hour in many other settings end up eating up the whole day, and what you think might be a one- or two-day project are only finished weeks later. Things quickly snow-ball into a much bigger affair than originally imagined. Other projects are now underway or soon to be started in the Lodge, Hillside, Terrace, Shore, Wharf, Pine, and Deck Cottages... (we don’t want to leave anyone out!).
There is always plenty to do -- job security, indeed! But lest you read too much frustration into what we’ve written above, rest assured that we love Harborfields, and are committed to making improvements that will make the place more sustainable for the future, from a maintenance standpoint as well as from business and environmental perspectives. Our first guests of 2014 are currently scheduled to arrive May 18, and we WILL be ready (that’s the power of positive thinking, right there).
In other news, our partner company, West Harbor Recreation, Inc. (WHRI), will be expanding their boat rental fleet, both power and sail, for 2014! Check out their new website, at http://www.WestHarborRecreation.com/ to see all they will have to offer. Sue and Preston Henderson donated a Sunfish sailboat to Harborfields -- it’s use will be free for Harborfields guests, but since it will be insured through WHRI you will need to schedule its use and complete the necessary paperwork, so be sure to ask one of us about that.
Things are just cooking right along, with another great season at Harborfields on deck. We look forward to seeing so many previous guests return, and we hope we will see you, too.
Tim and Wendy
Harborfields Waterfront Vacation Cottages
on the shores of West Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Tim and Wendy Thorpe Allen, proprietors
The Harborfields Herald newsletter is published annually in the fall, with maybe a few other short updates in the winter, spring, and summer.
PO Box 524
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575