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Mainers are not wimps
PERU- Christine Jamison was introduced by her husband, John, last week as she presented her new book, Off the Grid and Glad I Did. “People from all over Washington state are excited to come to Maine after reading Christine’s book,” stated John, as he read several rave reviews of the new book.
Christine, a native of Washington state, moved to Maine with her husband John in the late 1980’s, but really had no idea what she was getting herself into.
“I came here knowing Maine had harsh winters,” laughed Christine. “But not exactly how harsh they really are. Mainers are not wimps. You are born tough and I admire that. Maine keeps you on your toes.”
Her book depicts their life living out beyond Shackle Hill, in the former Oliver home, by the power of solar panels and a generator for heat, lights and refrigeration, and some interesting animal and weather encounters along their eight-year journey.
In her book, Christine emphasizes the differences between Mainers and people “from away” that makes someone born and raised here really take a look at what they may take for granted, or on the other hand, not think much of, like how to drive in the snow.
She mentioned the colors of fall and just not being able to do the trees justice in her photographs. “If God does show off, then it’s in the fall. Oh my gosh, all the colors are just amazing, and so vivid. I would stop cleaning the house for long periods of time and just gaze out the front windows. Spectacular, just spectacular.”
The book features many local characters, sights and happenings; such as Willis Mcguire, Lee and Joyce Oliver, Mary Turner and her son Ellery. Christine also brings back the dark days of the 1987 flood and some severe snow storms that made for a challenging plowing of their road, back before the town plowed out that far.
Christine’s book is available in nine different digital formats and hard copy. You can visit http://christinejjamison.com/ to get your copy and to see several more photos than what was printed in the book. There are also copies of the book for sale at the Peru Town Office.
“I really thought it was great living here, “stated Christine. “I’m a better person for living here and I admire all of you for doing it year in and year out.”