John Lennon was Right...
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
I fully intended to fulfill #4 on my Personal 9 Month Bucket List, which is “Enjoy a Maine lobster dinner. In Maine.” The DH and I headed north on Saturday, but somehow we got off the beaten path and ended up in Gloucester, MA where we stumbled across Hammond Castle.
No joke. It’s a castle complete with gargoyles, flying buttresses and a crenalated top. But instead of being in medieval Europe it was built right on the coast near Cape Anne by John Hammond, the man who held more patents for inventions than anyone besides Thomas Edison.
Hammond said people should “live in the past, work in the present and think for the future.” He and his wife made their home in this stone monstrosity, entertained the Asters and even had the musician Cole Porter as a dinner guest in this large drafty hall. Along with the concert grand piano, there’s a pipe organ that would be fitting in a cathedral.
An extensive array of medieval art and artifacts grace the castle. From swords and implements of torture to iconic paintings and tapestries, the castle houses a museum-worthy collection.
If you go through the tall doors at the end of the Great Hall, you’ll enter what John Hammond called “the patio.” This indoor/outdoor room was modeled after a medieval town built on the ruins of a Roman bath.
Mr. Hammond designed a complex system that could douse the room in man-made rain from time to time. Between the verdigris statuary and little dragons peeping from behind ferns, my system was on sensory overload in no time.
I really intended to cross off one of the items on my list this weekend, but I can’t. However, the value of setting goals isn’t always in reaching them. It’s in the adventures you have along the way. The DH and I had a wonderful day and got to marvel over something together.
Oh! And I did get my lobster on Saturday. Just not in Maine.
Have you ever set a goal and had more fun in the journey than the destination?