Ringing in the New Year ~ Flying Solo
After the rush of the holidays, I always enjoy the peace and quiet of January. On a whim, I decided to begin that time of introspection a little early, and to spend New Year’s Eve on my own this year. I have been contemplating doing this for a while but this year presented itself to be the perfect time. Since doing two portrait sessions this past summer on Kennebunkport Beach (Gooch’s Beach), I had been eyeing a little Inn on the water called….yup, The Seaside Inn! I knew they were open year ’round, and I had been wanting to check them out. I called the day before New Year’s Eve, and they still had a room available and a deal at the off-season rate of $88.00 which included a delicious breakfast! The gentleman who took my reservation sounded a bit hesitant that there would only be one of me but I assured him it was fine, and that I was looking forward to it. I gathered my camera, books, lots of warm clothes, writing materials and Susannah Conway’s workbook to write about “intentions” for 2013, and headed on my way.
I spent about an hour and a half before sunset photographing all around Kennebunkport Village. I hadn’t been there in the winter since I used to live on Moody Beach way back in the 70′s. We used to go there for dinner once in a while as it was one of the few villages that had open restaurants in the wintertime back then.. Boy, how things have changed. It was a very cold evening but I got lots of shots I was happy with, and then popped into Allison’s Restaurant for a beer and some take-out food to eat at the Inn. Again, I experienced a few folks who seemed to feel they should chat with me as I was alone, but honestly, I was perfectly happy to sit at a little table, sip my beer, warm up a little bit and peruse the images I had shot that evening. And then I headed out to find my Inn for the night.
It was such a sweet place….kind of old-fashioned. They still use the turquoise keys chains with the numbers on them! And my bedside lamp was adorned with a shell. Everything was meticulously clean and quaint. And I had all the comforts of a more modern hotel including free internet. The gentleman who checked me in, the same man I had spoken with on the phone the day before, told me he had been expecting me earlier. How sweet to think that someone was expecting me…
I ate my delicious vegetarian Panini from Allison’s, chatted on the phone to a dear friend and then tucked myself in to look at my photos, do some writing about the past year and the new year to come, and just revel in the quietness of being surrounded by the ocean. I had not had any expectations for the evening…maybe I would write, maybe I wouldn’t. Maybe I would go to sleep at 7pm or maybe I wouldn’t sleep at all, maybe I would talk to lots of friends or maybe I would enjoy the solitude and speak to no one. However the evening turned out, it would be just wonderful, just the way it was. The last evening of 2012.
I finally fell asleep before midnight and awoke before sunrise. I layered on all my cozy, warm clothes that I had brought, grabbed my camera and made my way out into the darkness before dawn. It was so cold I was afraid my camera might not cooperate but she did. I walked along the snowy path to the beach in front of the Inn and looked around. In the light before dawn, I could see that there were a few other people who were there to see the sun rise on 2013. I photographed for the next hour or so and wow, what a sunrise it was! It was spectacular in ways I have never seen…huge dark cloud cover in parts of the sky while other parts were beautiful blue. It was a sight to behold. I filled the card in my camera and decided it was time to head back to the Inn for breakfast. I found delicious hot coffee waiting for me along with homemade cinnamon muffins, fresh fruit and ….lots more hot, delicious coffee. I sat in their adorable little honey-wood paneled dining room, looking out the window at a gorgeous snowy Maine scene, and knew I had made the right decision to start the New Year in this way. Will I do the same thing next New Year’s Eve? Maybe…or maybe not… only time will tell.
Happy New Year to you all!
Lots of love,