August 25, 2016
The morning started off cloudy, windy, wet, and gray and we all slept a later than we might have otherwise. I received a text and email from Janet, the ABC News producer who was here to profile me & Patty in July, telling us the piece was posted on their website. We were able to watch it although it kept stopping to buffer because our connection is so slow. I didn’t really enjoy watching myself but I thought Patty was great in it!
Terri made bacon and Patty made French toast for breakfast which we ate closer to lunch time since we’d all gotten up late. After breakfast, Terri & John went blackberry picking and came back with a bag full from their hunt. While they were out picking berries, I was sitting on the front porch reading when a guy walked past from the museum side of the house towards the top tram platform and then back down the hill. I said good morning and he said the same back but kept on walking. I hadn’t seen anyone come up and don’t know where he’d been or for how long but the odd thing was his outfit… Duck boots, camouflage military style cargo pants, camo
jacket, camo hat, camo backpack, camo binoculars, and a fold up stool with a camo cushion. I’m guessing he was bird-watching? When John & Terri got back, I asked if they’d seen “camo guy” but they hadn’t, neither had Patty who was in the house. Did I imagine him?
Later in the afternoon, John made a blackberry pie for dessert with the berries they picked today. He and Terri also made gazpacho soup with some of the Jersey tomatoes they brought to Seguin from their
garden. John brought a kite with a pirate’s skull & crossbones design with him and he and Terri took it out to fly in the afternoon all around the top of the island. As I mentioned at the start of this post, it was windy today, very windy. Because the wind was gusting and swirling at times, I was impressed that they were able to get it flying high several times.
Today was a “big” birthday for Terri and we ordered lobster for dinner to celebrate. We saw Jackson, the lobsterman that drops off the lobster for us, on Wednesday in Popham and he told us he’d put them in the keeper box for us then because Thursday (today) called for bad seas and winds and he wasn’t sure he’d be out. He wasn’t out today (hardly any boats were) but I knew the lobster were waiting for us if we could get to
them. I wasn’t concerned that our dinghy would sink or get swamped or anything but the wind was blowing hard straight out of the cove and with the stubby oars, I was a little concerned we’d get to the keeper box and have a hard time rowing back to the beach. I went down to check the conditions in the cove and when I got back up the hill, I told Terri I wasn’t so sure – her look was pure disappointment….
I remembered seeing a huge spool of rope in the boathouse and had the idea that we could tie one end to the dinghy and then spool it out as we rowed towards the keeper box and that’s just what we did. John rowed, I sat in the bow keeping the rope away from the oars, and Patty and Terri reeled out the rope as needed. It was probably a couple hundred feet or more but it worked perfectly. Patty said she felt like Wil-E-coyote. After getting the lobster out of the box, John rowed and the rest of us reeled until we were back at the beach. Easy peasy.
For dinner, we had the gazpacho soup for an early appetizer and then steamed lobster, corn on the cob, beet greens, and then blackberry birthday pie for desert.
Visitors – 3
Favorite Moment(s) – rowing and reeling out to get lobster from the keeper box, birthday dinner with lobster
Sunrise – 5:45am
Sunset – 7:17pm
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