Huckleberry Hideaway

Huckleberry Hideaway for Lovers of the Light

One of my most favorite things to experience at Light Heart is time alone on retreat at the Huckleberry in the Spring. I start the day in the hot tub— no jets. It’s about the pleasant contrast of being submerged chin deep in warm water and cool, crisp air on the face. Distant hills beyond Taunton Bay glow with the sun rise, mist rises up in the valleys.

So still, so quiet.

It’s hard to leave, but I do love my cup of morning tea which I sip from my stool, watching the sun’s progress as I journal.

To have nowhere to go, nothing to do, is there anything better? There’s not a single place I’d rather be before Summer’s bugle plays Reveille, than at the Huckleberry Hideaway, reveling in the Light.

Revel in the Light, Shine the Light, Be the Light!

Spring’s blessings to you from Joanna

 

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!
We almost want to say bad things to try to keep a secret but the positive energy must be shared… Perfect mountain cottage that feels like a home. Has everything you need for a perfect get-away. Cozy fireplace with plenty of wood. Towels, full kitchen, soft sheets. Watch amazing sunsets from the balcony. Watch the sunrise on the trees while still in bed. Walking trails just outside the door and Acadia not too far away. Too many amazing features to describe! Joanna is the perfect host– shows you what you need then let’s you have your space. We will be back again. ~  Cinnamon B., September 23, 2016

 

Morning’s Glory at Light Heart Retreat

Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. ~Henry David Thoreau

There are some things you will not find here at Light Heart Retreat, such as dishwashers and broadcast T.V. To tune into NATURE  simply do your dishes and look out the window. There is always something beautiful and exciting to watch on the Light Heart Nature channel. Those are turkeys for you who are new to this mode of dish washing.

After you’ve got the breakfast dishes done, you may want to extend your viewing to include the trails. This is my private way out to Bragdon Quarry. The dew will find you, too, at your cottage. That’s one lone asparagus plant beaming the light of dawn. Oh…just like me 🙂

I love the early morning light as the dawn trickles through the leaves of maple, oak, birch, popular, spruce and balsam, spills over the moss strewn boulders–playing off the shadows. Hmmm…yes, just like me:)

The sun takes a dive into the cool, still quarry water and sends splashes of sunlight back to the source. Me too, but I make a lot of ripples.

Many guests look forward to sitting in the mediation hut safe from bugs. I lean my butt up against a natural granite bench on the ledge and crouch like a Bedouin in her tent. I tell the insects,  I am the chief steward here and this is a no fly zone. The birds are most welcome to come and chat me up. And they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always keep an eye out for eagles. They often leave a gift. Most often I find the curved little heart feathers that have been preened loose from the breast while they’re roosting in the big pines around the quarry. (Please don’t write me and tell me it’s illegal to have an eagle feather…I know, I know, I know.)

This canoe was made possible by The Home Angels, from the profit we made on a local renovation. Seeing the boy out shooting hoops in front of his home, that’s a big payoff too.

It’s a different quarry when you’re viewing it from the seat of a canoe, or if your agile, the sky is a different sky, looking up from the bottom of the canoe. So I’ve heard.

Please enter slowly into this circle, it’s sacred. Pause at the entrance , breathe a few deep breaths with eyes closed and center yourself. Ask the ancestors for permission to enter. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your prayers answered and to receive healing here.

In the morning stand beyond the Holi Stone and send your prayers through the circle to Sun in the East. In the evening, send your intentions and gratitude through the Holi Stone facing West to Sun.

FYI we are our own ancestors– the ones we’ve been waiting for to save us all. The Cosmic Creator has a great sense of fun and humor. Thank God for that! 🙂

Newbies to this site may like a peak at the Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway. From the balcony you can look over into the stone circle and west across Taunton Bay to watch the sunset from the comfort of your cottage  The poor folk staying at  the Blackberry Cottage will have to hike the length of a football field to the big granite bench that rests beyond the Holi stone. The bench is nice and warm from the suns rays and you may get to see a porcupine coming out of the granite rip rap condo’s for the night. They are pretty cute. Steer clear of mothers with babies especially though…give them a wide berth.

Oh dear, I was speaking about the sunset and I wasn’t done with the dawn’s light theme yet. The little white lilies open in the morning sun shining forth their love and gratitude for the wonderful guests at the Blackberry Cottage who bring their coffee and bread out to the settee and oooh and ahhh and do a lot of sighing in the warmth of the sun. They have a front row seat for sunrise over the quarries.  The Blackberry Cottage has its perks, for sure.

Tah-Dah! Here’s the humble, cute-as-a button Blackberry Cottage who doesn’t mind taking a back seat to neighboring cottage with the big deal hot tub. There are many sightings of deer and porcupines, and of course turkeys, through the window over the kitchen sink that overlooks the back lawn. There’s also been a 5 AM moose sighting. You know what they say, The early bird gets the moose.

Well dear friends, the sun is getting high in the sky and my tumbly is rumbly. Thank you for keeping me company on my morning stroll to some of my favorite places at Light Heart Retreat. The pictures don’t come close to the real thing you know, but don’t take my word for it. Come and experience the magic of Light Heart Retreat for yourself.

The Dawn’s Light in me Greets the Dawn’s Light in you! Namaste`~

Joanna Pinney Buell

Looking for More out of Life…

Words cannot describe the feeling you have when you arrive here. My girlfriend and I were searching for the escape from our New York City lifestyles and definitely found it here. We arrived in the pitch of midnight (long day driving) and fell asleep to the sound of frogs and nothing else. Upon awaking we were greeted with the sunrise over the quarry and the beauty of this retreat. It is a magical place. When Joanna gave us the orientation a bald eagle crossed our views. A delightful omen. Joanna is a wonderful person and somebody who you can easily get along with. Very accommodating, and respectful; to you, to her property, to mother nature. Our first day, we had planned to go to Acadia, but were so enamored with the property, that we just hung out there! She has 100 acres to explore, canoe, swim and meditate. It is so wonderful. Although it is on a dirt road, it is not totally removed from civilization. Ellsworth is only 20 minutes away and has your typical American chain stores. The Hannaford is very good (good meat and salad selections). Bar Harbor is about 45 minutes to an hour, but everywhere you drive in that section of the planet is a treat. This place inspired me so much and I hope one day to return. We stayed in the blackberry cottage which is ample for a couple. It is small, yes, but we never felt cramped. We also toured Huckleberry Hideaway which was absolutely breathtaking, full of light, and inspiration. The place is magical. Off the beaten path, very reasonable, and probably better than most places you will find on mount desert island (If you are into nature, roughing it a little, and looking for more out of life). ~ John C., June 2016

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Just Ask

David had a license plate on his truck that said Just Ask.

What is it that you’ve been wanting and have been so wrapped up in the wanting, that you forgot that perhaps, all you have to do is ask?

Before winter had even shed its first snow flake, I was asking for and having faith in a shorter, milder winter. As each storm approached I asked that if it wouldn’t upset the apple cart too much, could the storm please go out to sea. We had two storms that produced enough white crystal medicine to ski or snowshoe on– fair enough. It’s been wonderful to walk the trails of Light Heart Retreat in hiking boots. There was never a time when the trails were not accessible.

I know I am not the only one in New England to have taken the stance that nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I might as well Just Ask. It doesn’t look  like the photo above here yet…However we are well on our way to an early Spring or at the very least, a timely Spring arrival.

Water Fairies and 2 Orbs 3/04/2016

Orbs and water fairies dancing at Light Heart Retreat enjoying an early ice out on the morning of March 3, 2016.

When we ask for something, it is good to remember that just because we haven’t received it yet, it doesn’t mean it’s not already on its way to us.

Many of you have asked me for recipes. I don’t just follow a recipe, it’s always evolving. Some recipes, like soups and salsa, I have in the recipe box inside my head. Others are in the old Apple Works program and I’m unable to access them. ( I hope this doesn’t happen to the aforementioned recipe box.)  Then there are those recipes that no one has been able to reproduce. And yes, I do have a proprietary feeling for these and some others.

So there! You see? There is a Cooking Deva and she is listening. If only she weren’t the Cleaning Deva, Bookkeeping Deva, Laundry Deva, Lawn Mowing Deva, Gardening Deva, Reservation Deva, All Purpose Deva– then perhaps, just maybe or maybe not, you would have received a recipe. So here is a recipe for you for pumpkin bread below. If it’s not the one you asked me for, please let me know and I may put your requested recipe on the docket for another blog post.

I can highly attest to taking a retreat at the Huckleberry Hideaway this time of year. The light is beautiful. It’s warm in the sun. It’s a good time to work on a project that you’d hoped to have completed by now. It’s a great time walk the trails here or at Acadia National Park, see a movie at Reel Pizza, visit Jasper Beach. Spring is coming early this year and you’ll soon be mowing the lawn and a whole lot of other things. You could prime your pump for all the upcoming doing, doing, doing, with a gently paced and well fed stay here at the Huckleberry Hideaway at Light Heart.

If you don’t, I will. And when I hear the Barred owls calling Whooo cooooks for you? to their potential mate, I’ll answer,  I doooo! 

Blessings for an early Spring and Shine your Light!

Joanna

 

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Chunky Pumpky Bread from the Light Heart Retreat Kitchen

You can use any cooked, orange-fleshed, winter squash with this recipe. When using your own squash or pumpkin, decrease water to 1/3 cup.

Beat together in medium-sized bowl:
4 eggs
2/3 cup water (or milk or buttermilk make it more cake-like)
1 cup light olive oil or melted butter
2 cups or a 16 oz. can pumpkin

Sift together and stir in a large bowl as this is the bowl you’ll be finishing in:
3 1/3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
3 cups organic sugar (not too coarse)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg (decrease this if your don’t love nutmeg)
pinch of cloves
Optional: 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts,
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill flaked coconut. These are my favorite additions
for Chunky Pumpky. For a more traditional bread add 2 cups of raisins. I also do a blueberry/coconut version. 2 cups blueberries (thaw first on paper towel if frozen) and 1 cup coconut.

Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and add wet mixture to this. Stir to mix and then stir in the optional ingredients of your choice. Grease and flour 3 large bread tins or 4 smaller ones. The baking time varies according to the size of the pan and optional ingredients. Use a tooth pick to test. The larger size will take an hour plus. The smaller pans start checking at 50 minutes or less. If you’ve got a good sniffer you’ll smell this when it’s done.

Additionally your mouth may begin to water and kids will start bugging you about it’s readiness.

Clackers & zuke bread

Grandsons Kyle and Colby enjoying some Zuke bread after a dowsing lesson.

If you’re bread isn’t done, but is already brown on top, place a piece of tin foil loosely over the top and continue baking until a tooth pick comes out clean. This bread freezes wonderfully.

I like this bread best, not when it’s hot, but when each flavor has had a chance to stake it’s claim after a couple of days. That would be loaf #2 or #3 as loaf one will be long gone. ENJOY!