Hello once again. I don't know about you but have been feeling a bit out of sorts lately. I have never been one to watch the news, or the weather but it seems that perhaps I should as a prerequisite to getting dressed each morning. Hmm, do we need the umbrella or the shovel? Who ever coined the phrase, "If you don't like the weather in Maine just wait ten minutes," really hit the nail on the head. Probably even would be sitting pretty if they'd been paid a nickel each time someone said it. One day its silent, the world muffled by the density of the snow falling all around us only to have the sky open up to dump buckets of rain on us to eat away our snow. I had finally accepted the white blanket outside my door and now its gone. What a bizarre weather pattern!
On Monday the Newry kids all got their hopes up that there would be no school. Cedar Brook Flats, in Grafton, was flooded over, stranding the school bus on one side of the Notch unable to reach Newry. Some thirty minutes later a second bus was sent to pick up the kids who were determined, or desperate enough to wait out in the weather for a ride. The bus driver had to detour over East B Hill to Andover just to get to school with the children that he was able to pick up. I really admire our bus driver, kudos to him, or anyone for that matter, who is brave enough, skilled enough and patient enough to drive that route, down through the Grafton Notch, in the middle of winter with a bus load of kids!
We had the opportunity to take a ride to check out the flood waters. Who among you enjoys seeing nature unleash its wild fury? Come on now, be honest. It's pretty cool isn't it? The Androscoggin had blown its seams and was flooded out into every nearby field. At Newry Corner, behind the Trading Post, the river had surrounded the small outer cabins. They looked so minuscule standing in all that water. Bear River, much higher up had jumped the bridge across from the Newry Church. There were logs and debris scattered all over the bridge. When we came home, however, the water level had already begun to recede. In places the water had dropped some 8 to 10 feet. Awesome!
Has anyone noticed the decorated Christmas trees along the road as you ride up through our valley? Someone was nice enough to surprise their neighbor with the Spirit of Christmas by adorning a couple of their outside trees with garland and ornaments; I didn't notice if there were any lights or not.
Our family all love to ride after dark just to soak up the glow of Christmas lights this time of year. There is something quite magical about tiny lights twinkling in the cool night air, it just makes us smile.
The Living Nativity will be presented this year on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. This is a treat for the whole family as there will be live animals and caroling, angels and shepherds and the Holy Family too. Please plan to attend. If you've been there before then you know not to miss it, and if by chance you've never been then this is your year. Pack up the kiddos, or even just yourself, dress warmly and plan to make the journey to the Bethel Common for a new Christmas tradition. If all goes well, I plan to bring a couple of my Goatie Girls; they enjoy the show too. Hope to see you there!