I’m so glad it snowed two nights ago and was sunny yesterday because it was the perfect setting for a visit to Farmington. Ever since I was a kid, I loved seeing the bright snow the day after. The sun definitely needs to be out because if it’s not, it’s just another day. If it’s sunny outside, everything practically glows. If you add slush to the mix and huge piles of plowed snow all over the place, you pretty much have yourself a winter wonderland. I do love the winter, you know. I said it on a number of occasions yesterday. It was 17 degrees outside and I said that I could live like this forever. Everything was so pretty. And with all that sun, it hardly felt cold at all.
We had to run into town for a few different things. We have a music store right in town that I wanted to visit. I never paid much attention to that music store. I really had no reason to consider it until I picked my guitar back up. Nowadays, guitar is all I can think about so the music store is beginning to matter to me. We had to run into Reny’s as well and we also wanted to make a quick pit stop at the bookstore. The bookstore sells only used books and it’s worth it to swing by every so often to see what they have in stock. We haven’t been there in quite some time.
A winter’s visit to Farmington wouldn’t be complete without stopping by our lake to see who’s sitting in their ice houses. Yesterday, on the way to town, there was only one ice house. On the way back, there were quite a few. There were also a lot more snowmobile tracks on the snow then as well. Here are a few photos of the lake.
I’m not sure what the fisherpeople do in these huts all day, but they do pull out some gigantic fish. I have a buddy who showed me some photos of a few salmon he caught in northern Maine. They were huge!
I snapped a picture of one of the huts that was resting near the shore.
I decided to take a few photos of some houses on the lake too. Some of these houses, especially the ones on the back side, are huge. They sell for prices in the millions. Needless to say, the owners of these pieces of property pay most of the taxes in the town for us. Thank you very much for that. Thanking certain people doesn’t happen nearly enough today.
And finally, since our grand old flag was flying high in the sunshine, I decided to grab a photo of that too.
Maine Maple Sunday is fast approaching, so this sign was of interest to me. I’m always looking for new sugar houses to visit and if this one is on the list, we’ll be sure to stop by. It’s located about half way between our house and Farmington.
Okay, after we parked in town, we went straight to a place called Everyday Music. It’s located right on Broadway in Farmington. This is the store that I’ve been driving by since we got here and never gave it much notice.
This music store is actually really cool. The owner sells used vinyl and cds and all sorts of instruments. The primary purpose of our visit was to get the lay of the land. I wanted to ask if they did instrument repairs and I wanted to also see what brands of guitars they sold. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get their hands on the brand I’m interested in, but they do repairs, which is very good to know.
Here’s a photo of the outside of the store.
I’m thinking that the largest customer base for this store is the students from the university. I bet there’s always a steady stream of foot traffic from them. It was a nice place.
Moving on. We also had to pick up a few grocery items from Reny’s, which was located directly across the street. Check out those snow piles. This is what I was talking about when I said I love it after it snows. The landscape changes so much.
It’s a good old fashioned main street with hardware stores and thrift shops. It’s a lot of fun to walk around on.
Here are some used skis for sale from one of the thrift stores.
A few Halloweens ago, there was a “walk around town” art show with all different types of paintings and exhibits. I totally forgot to bring the camera for that one. Luckily, there’s still a remanence of the art leftover on some of the walls. What you see below was painted on a wall in an alleyway right next to Reny’s.
I snapped this photo as we were walking out of Reny’s. It was definitely a sunglass kind of day. Luckily, we both purchased new sunglasses while we were there. I have a feeling you’ll see a picture of me wearing them by the time this post is through.
Just a reminder for all of you who have bad memories out there. Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday. Be sure you take care of your sweetheart on this very special day.
Our next stop was the bookstore. As I mentioned above, it’s always a good idea to stop by to see what they they have in stock. This bookstore is called Twice Sold Tales and it’s located right on Main Street.
On the way there, we walked by Tuck’s Ale House. This is a new bar in town. It’s only a few years old and is already very popular.
And we saw the big beautiful Franklin County courthouse.
We passed by a few more small shops before making it to the bookstore.
It’s strange how blue the photos get once the sun disappears behind the buildings.
This bookstore is fairly large. It’s not crazy large or anything, but it’s got a good number of books.
I usually head straight for the cooking section and the fiction section. I did happen to locate a nice cookbook about muffins and quick breads that I bought. Here I am holding one that I almost purchased. I was so close, but decided that I simply wouldn’t use it enough. It’s about pasta. It looked so good.
While all the dishes looked stunning, I guess it didn’t help that every single title was written in Italian. I had no idea what anything was.
The books range from $3 to about $12, depending on their size and demand. They’re usually around $4 each in the fiction section and between $6 and $9 in the cooking section.
Are you ready for this? This is the photo of the day. It’s me sitting in one of the chairs in the bookstore while wearing my new sunglasses. You have to admit that I look totally cool. I mean please. And check out those new shoes.
Enough of that nonsense. Our visit was coming to an end. We left the bookstore and passed by Java Joe’s, a local coffeehouse. It’s incredible how many towns have a Java Joe’s. I seem to remember one back while I was in college.
As we were leaving, I thought it would be a nice idea to hop off the beaten path and walk up church street and then through the alleyway I showed you earlier. On the way, we saw some more leftover art from that show some years back.
In case you’re interested, this is what it looks like around here after they plow the roads. It’s always an adventure.
And finally, I took a picture of a cute little cemetery right in the middle of town. I have no idea how old this is, but it sure is pretty.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed my short walking town of Farmington, Maine. I do like taking the camera out with me while we’re on these short adventures and I hope you get a kick out of looking at random and sometimes interesting shots of our local area. Have a great day!