Dragon Fly’s in a Pickle

 

Saturday
July 2, 2016

Lunch sandwiches

Lunch sandwiches

We started the morning with great weather and a big breakfast a shredded potato-pancake thing Patty made along with fried eggs and toast.  After breakfast, we did a little house cleaning, toilet composting, and other chores around the house.  We were expecting to have a good number of visitors today since it’s a holiday weekend with good weather but we expected the same yesterday and it didn’t pan out.

Ethan doesn’t run his ferry service on Saturday and we hadn’t gotten any visitors in private boats either by mid-day so we decided to grab a quick lunch of london broil sandwiches.  Just as Patty had the sandwiches together, a couple with a teenage boy arrived by sailboat.  The mom and son were from Scottsdale, AZ and had never seen the lighthouse or been sailing before their current WP_20160702_15_59_35_Proadventure but the man (her boyfriend we think) was local to Maine and had visited Seguin before.  The three of them visited the museum, gift shop, and took a tour of the tower.  Up on the catwalk, the woman asked me to take a picture of the three of them and I ended up laughing because she wanted me to capture her in just the right pose with just the right background and just the right angle.  Either I got it right after several tries or she just gave up on me getting it right at some point.  With that said, she did seem genuinely fascinated with the light and tower and asked lots of questions.  We didn’t have any other visitors so there was absolutely no hurry in her questions or stopping to take photos.

After their lighthouse tour, they headed down the hill to walk the Cobblestone Beach Trail and we went inside for our sandwiches and cucumber salad that Patty also made.  Following lunch, we read and relaxed inside the house, hoping for additional visitors.  At some point I fell asleep with my feet up and my book on my chest – Patty says she didn’t but I’m not so sure!

Black gull in the grass behind off the lawn the house

Black gull in the grass behind off the lawn the house

Later in the afternoon, a couple who are members of F.O.S.I.L.S. arrived for their usual once-a-season visit to Seguin.  They visited the tower and walked around the island to stretch their legs before heading back to their sailboat.  They had sailed up from the south and planned to overnight in Love Cove off the Sheepscot River tonight.  On the way to Seguin, they had to motor due to the wind direction but were hoping to be able to sail from Seguin to the Sheepscot.

The wind was gusting by late afternoon and it felt a little chillier than early in the day but it was still nice and sunny.  I went down the hill to get water from Paco’s and noticed a nice cabin cruiser moored in the cove.  I didn’t see a dinghy on the boat and didn’t think anyone was on the island besides me and Patty so I just

Fighting gulls

Fighting gulls

thought they stopped here but weren’t coming ashore.  While I was in the Donkey Engine House filling our gallon jugs to carry up, a German Shepard passed by the window but I didn’t see a person.  As soon as I finished filling my containers, I went outside to see who was there only to see a dinghy half way from the beach to the cabin cruiser.  Weird…  I guess people come ashore all the time and we don’t see them but to be right there and miss them was different.  Oh well, I headed back up with about four gallons of water for tonight and tomorrow.

Brunswick stew and bread for dinner

Brunswick stew and bread for dinner

Patty’s ear is still bothering her a little and we might go to an urgent care type place on Wednesday if it’s not better by then.  I don’t think it hurts so much as it causes some dizziness and nausea sporadically.  Kind of like vertigo or something…  Anyway, since she wasn’t feeling great, I “cooked” some canned Brunswick Stew (a Virginia delicacy – not related to Brunswick, Maine) with some bread and cheese for dinner.  And, by the way, I can cook lots of things much more complicated that canned stew even though in the blog, every meal description starts with “Patty made….”!  But for tonight, stew was quick, easy, and light which is what we both wanted.

Sunset behind the fog signal bell

Sunset behind the fog signal bell

After dinner, I went out back to get some sun setting pictures and came upon a black seagull on the ground, just off the back lawn, being attacked by gray gulls.  The black gull was much larger than the others but there was just one of him and lots of them.  He seemed like he was injured but I startled him and he tried to fly away.  That only further agitated the other gulls who dove in to attack him.  Circle of Life and all that but it was kind of hard to watch.  The black gull did seem to eventually elude the others or maybe he just crashed into the rocks beyond my vision?  I do know that I didn’t see him again while I was out there.

The evening ended with a nice sunset and I got one nice picture of the fog signal bell with the setting sun behind it.   We only had five visitors today but that was three greater than yesterday.  I am sure we’ll have lots and lots of visitors tomorrow.

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Favorite Moment(s) – radio call overheard on VHF 16 (Coast Guard distress channel): “this is the sailing vessel Dragon Fly, we’re in a pickle.”  Watching black and gray gulls rumbling by the tower.

Sunrise – 4:50am
Sunset – 8:18pm

Wild Orchids & Roses

Friday
July 1, 2016

Wild roses on the Lighthouse Trail

Wild roses on the Lighthouse Trail

Early in the morning, the weather was warm with calm winds, a slight haze, and a bit of fog over to our north and west.  We ate a breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola at the kitchen table and watched a thicker fog roll in out the window by the table.  We count today as the first day of the Independence Day holiday weekend and therefore

Spinach salad with scallops for lunch

Spinach salad with scallops for lunch

hung the lighthouse burgee flag beneath the American flag on the pole out front.  We’re not sure why but the burgee is to fly on a holiday – we supposed it’s a tradition here on Seguin?  Or maybe everywhere?  In any event, it’s flying….  Or actually just hanging since there’s not much wind (yet).

Out on the North Trail with the gulls

Out on the North Trail with the gulls

We did a few small things around the house after breakfast, the most exciting of which was installing a strip of wood in the kitchen cabinet where we store cutting boards and baking/cooking sheets.  A dozen or more things stand up in the cabinet and they’re forever sliding down in a pile whenever we take something out or put something back – the strip Patty screwed down will keep them in place.  Exciting, right?  It is for us!

We headed down the hill to clean the outhouse (known by its’ brand name Clivus), a fun little chore.  The fan that vents odors is not working right now because we’re having an issue with the main power line from the top of the island down to the

Bird whisperer

Bird whisperer

Clivus so it’s got a bit of a funk in warm weather but early in the

The Clivus

The Clivus

morning, it’s not bad.  Otherwise, it is really clean and we’ve gotten several compliments for F.O.S.I.L.S. regarding how nice and clean it is.  I’d have to agree having seen and used many that are pretty bad – I guess the composting toilet outhouse bar isn’t set very high.  We’d love to have the funds (hint hint) to get a solar fan for the Clivus to replace the one in there now.  Anyway, back to cleaning the Clivus; it’s not as bad as it might sound.  The outhouse building is about 8’ or more off

On the North Trail

On the North Trail

the ground and has a solid waste compartment beneath it that needs to be raked then we add wood shavings and wet them down.  Afterwards, we hose down the whole inside of the bathroom area and we’re done.  That’s it, about 15 minutes max.

Inside the Clivus

Inside the Clivus

We headed back up the hill and did a little work in the garden and generally puttered around, expecting we might start to have visitors arrive.  We had the radio on and heard an ad for a concert in Boothbay featuring Brevard, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers on September 4.  Again, small world!  We also heard chatter on the VHF

North Trail bog

North Trail bog

radio about Minke whales near the mouth of the Sheepscot River which we can see from Seguin but it’s far enough away that we wouldn’t be able to see whales there from here – even though Patty tried with her binoculars!

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

Ethan didn’t arrive with a group (we thought he might) and we didn’t have any visitors yet so we took a break for lunch.  Patty made a big salad of spinach leaves with onion, carrots, celery, etc. and leftover scallops from dinner last night.  We also had bread and cheese (for me) as usual.

After lunch, we had our first (and turns out only) guests of the day.  It

Gulls circling

Gulls circling

was a couple on a sailboat towing a dinghy that looked very similar to the one that got swamped yesterday.  We saw them coming in to the cove earlier and thought it might be the same couple as yesterday but it wasn’t, just a similar sailboat and dinghy.  The man in the couple had been here many times but the woman had not.  We chatted with them about their travels and then took them up in the tower and they spent a long time looking at the views before they visited the museum.  It’s surprising how many couples arrive where one of them have been here before (often many times) and the other has never been here.

After they headed back down the hill, Patty and I walked the North Trail with clippers to cut back brush overhanging the trail and to check if weed whacking was needed.  We were pleasantly surprised that the trail was in pretty good shape.  We did cut back

London broil with minced garlic

London broil with minced garlic

quite a bit of vegetation but only a few places need weed whacking, even where it does, we can wait a week or so to do it.  Down in the boggy area, there is a large area of wild orchids that are blooming amongst the cattails and grasses.  Beyond the boggy area.  The gulls were out in force and not the least bit happy to see us.  Tons of young gulls with their angry parents trying to chase us off – of course, our reaction was to stop and take pictures and a video of the scene.  Unlike the one crazy gull in the camping area, these flew close to our heads and squawked but never really looking like they were trying to hit us.

Nearing dusk

Nearing dusk

When we got back to the house, we planned to grill a london broil (John and Terri left one that we had in the freezer) outside but the wind had picked up quite a bit and we weren’t able to keep the grill lit.  Instead, Patty heated up our cast iron pan and we broiled it in the oven while also cooking corn on the cob in a pot on the stove.

London broil and corn for dinner

London broil and corn for dinner

After having more than twenty visitors yesterday, we were surprised that for the start of the holiday weekend, we only had two today.  The weather is supposed to be good for the rest of the weekend and Monday so we expect we’ll be seeing lots of folks by the 4th.  We sure hope so.

Visitors – 2

Favorite Moment(s) – Watching gulls on the North Trail, walking through wild orchids in the bog

Sunrise – 4:49am
Sunset – 8:18pm

Swamped Dinghy

Thursday
June 30, 2016

Looking out the kitchen door

Looking out the kitchen door

We started this warm and sunny morning with sourdough toast and coffee for breakfast and then did some chores around the house before Ethan’s group arrives late morning.  Patty did some dusting and cleaning in the museum and gift shop and I hung all of our bedding in the sun on the clothesline.  The air is often damp here and it’s sometimes nice to hang our bedding outside to freshen it up a little.

Patty reading "Buscano a Alaska" on the front porch.

Patty reading “Buscano a Alaska” on the front porch.

We wrapped things up around 11 to wait for our first visitors either from the scheduled ferry or any that might come in their own boats.  While we waited, we both finally pulled out our Spanish study materials that we brought with us to keep practicing.  Patty is a lot more advanced than me and is reading Buscando a Alaska by John Green who wrote the popular teen book “Fault in the Stars” which she read in Spanish previously.  I started trying to read a book geared towards much younger readers.

Outside the gift shop on a clear and beautiful day.

Outside the gift shop on a clear and beautiful day.

Before too long, the first visitors from Ethan’s group came up the hill where we greeted them, directed them to the guestbook, and then took into the tower for a tour.  Besides the initial family of four, we had an additional dozen visitors in the group traveling from Minnesota, California, New York, Iowa, Delaware, Kentucky, and Mumbai, India.  The visitor from Mumbai, Ravindra, was traveling with his son John who lives in Louisville and whose wife is from Maine.  Ravindra now holds our title of visitor from the furthest place, surpassing a visitor from a few days ago that hailed from South Africa.

Visiting family enjoying the sun and views out on the lawn.

Visiting family enjoying the sun and views out on the lawn.

Once everyone had toured the tower, museum, and visited the gift shop, they moved on to hike some of the trails and explore the rest of the island.  Patty worked on weeding the garden which has sprouted a crop of weeks following the little bit of rain we got yesterday and I repaired an old wooden Coast Guard wheelbarrow that’s been leaning against the house since we got here (and probably a lot longer).  It’s so old, the wheel is made of wooden spokes with an iron band to maintain the round shape.  I didn’t repair it to really use it but I thought it was cool looking and kids might like trying to push it around a little.

Visitors Ravindra (Mumbai) and John (Louisville) on sunset bench before touring the town.

Visitors Ravindra (Mumbai) and John (Louisville) on sunset bench before touring the town.

After Ethan’s scheduled departure time around 2, we took a break for lunch and had tuna fish sandwiches.  We still didn’t have any additional visitors when we finished eating so we went down to the Whistle House workshop to finish the sign we started recently – we’re going to put it outside the tower door and it will have a reversible “tour in progress” sign to go along with the “do not enter without a caretaker” sign.  We haven’t had any problems with tours but sometimes people drift in after we’re already up top and we’d like to try to control that a little better and keep the groups to a small number.

Visitiors Ravindra and John with Patty

Visitors Ravindra and John with Patty

While Patty was lettering the new sign and I was painting the stand, an extended family of six from Philadelphia & Pittsburgh arrived and found us down at the Whistle House.  We walked up to the house with them and showed them the museum and up the tower for a tour.  Patty’s from Philly originally and we lived in the Philly area until a little over five years ago so we chatted an especially long time with the Philly contingent of this family.

Swamped dinghy creeping up the beach

Swamped dinghy creeping up the beach

Shortly after they left, a couple who had sailed in and moored earlier in the day came up for a tour and to visit the museum.  They guy had been to Seguin before in the 80’s but his companion had not and they both really enjoyed learning all about Seguin.  After spending a long time in the museum and then giving us tips on breweries to visit (Ebenezer’s in Brunswick and Sea Dog in Topsham), they went out to hike the North Trail and we went down the hill to do a few things.

After getting the dinghy secured

After getting the dinghy secured

First thing we did was clean one of the historical markers, this one in the camping area.  The extremely agitated gull is still there so cleaning the sign was a two person operation – me waving a hiking stick around above our heads while Patty cleaned.  This one gull is relentless…  We also patched a leaky hose which we’ll probably need to replace because it just keeps sprouting two new leaks for every one we patch, got water, and a few other things.  We took a quick look down into the cove to check on Hinckley (it’s always nice to make sure the dinghy’s still there) and to see if there were any other boats besides the sailboat of our visitors hiking the North Trail.

New sign outside the tower

New sign outside the tower

There were no other boats but I saw that the dinghy of our current visitors was totally swamped and about 10 yards offshore.  Hmmm….  That’s weird I thought.  I went down to the beach to look closer and saw they had tied their rope to a rock.  About a 10lb rock.  And there was a line in the sand where the rock had been slowly dragged toward the water as the tide came in.  The rock was just visible when the waves receded and it was still moving slowly away from shore.  We knew the visitors weren’t likely to be back soon so we took our shoes off and started pulling the dinghy back towards shore.

Antique Coast Guard wheelbarrow

Antique Coast Guard wheelbarrow

We weren’t sure at first if we could get it because it was almost completely underwater and even as Patty bailed with a bucket, waves crashed over the boat refilling it.  Slowly, very slowly, as Patty bailed, I was able to pull the boat up the beach using the waves to float it just enough to be able to drag it.  Eventually, we pulled it up enough for the rope to reach a big tree trunk that’s on the beach above

Patty preparing scallops

Patty preparing scallops

the high tide line.  With it tied, we could bail faster without having to simultaneously hold the boat to keep it from sliding back into the water.   And, of course, just as we got all the water out and some of the sand (it had a few inches of sand in the bottom in addition to the water), the visitors returned.  They had seen their

Scallops, cauliflower, and bread for dinner

Scallops, cauliflower, and bread for dinner

dinghy from the North Trail and knew they’d have some work to do.  Needless to say, they were pleasantly surprised to see we’d already done the work.  Moral of the story – the tide rises fast and high here; pull your dinghy up high and tie it to something that’s not going to move.

WP_20160630_20_08_50_ProAfter that little unexpected adventure, we went back up the hill, finished the new sign and put it in front of the tower.  Later, Patty made sautéed scallops, roasted cauliflower with a Sriracha marinade, and some fresh bread for dinner.  After dinner, we had one of the best sunsets we’ve seen so far and, considering the awesome ones we’ve had, that’s saying something.

Visitors – 24

Tower glowing in the reflection of sunset

Tower glowing in the reflection of sunset

Favorite Moment(s) – finding our visitors swamped dinghy and being successful in getting it back ashore and secured, and having time to have a long chat with our new ‘visitor from the furthest place’ and his son.

Sunrise – 4:49am
Sunset – 8:19pm

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Closed Today

Wednesday
June 29, 2016

Foggy morning before heading to the mainland.

Foggy morning before heading to the mainland.

As usual for Wednesday, our scheduled off-island day, we got up at 5:30 for our rendezvous with Ethan down at the cove at 7am.  It’s a little earlier than we absolutely need to be ready but it lets us take our time, have coffee, eat a light breakfast, get down to the cove to check the air in Hinckley (and add a little if necessary), move stuff we have staged down to the dinghy from the Donkey Engine House, etc.  Today

Exciting times at the laundromat in Bath!

Exciting times at the laundromat in Bath!

was a little different because we weren’t sure if the weather would be good enough for Ethan to make the trip to get us and later to bring us back – he expected to make the call at 6:30am.

Downtown Bath all decked out for Bath Heritage Days over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Downtown Bath all decked out for Bath Heritage Days over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Exactly at 6:30, when he said he’d let us know, he texted “I’m going to try unless you tell me the wind is howling there.”  I replied that the wind was only around 10-12mp at the top of the island according to our weather station but that visibility was limited to about 50’ up top.  Ethan jokingly (I think) said to give him an extra 15 minutes to find us in the fog.  It was a go.  Because the Wednesday Warriors weren’t coming out, we went around and locked-up all the buildings, put up a sign on the museum door that said “Closed Due to Inclement Weather”, and then headed down to the cove.

How often does one have to shower before the Bath Police get involved?

How often does one have to shower before the Bath Police get involved?

Surprisingly, down at the cove, the visibility was great – we could see north to the mainland, there wasn’t much wind, and the seas were pretty calm.  There was even a sliver of sun showing through the clouds to the northeast.  We didn’t have a big load of stuff to bring with us, just our two backpacks, a bag of trash/recycles, and three empty water jugs.  With Patty in the bow and me rowing, we pushed off to meet Ethan when we saw him coming around Ellingwood Rock towards the cove.  After getting everything transferred to his boat, Ethan had me remove one oar from the dinghy to bring with us (if anyone takes Hinckley, they can only row in circles) and then he tied it up securely to one of the moorings to be waiting on our return trip.

Brunch at Mae's in Bath

Brunch at Mae’s in Bath

The weather held all the way back to Popham and we took a video most of the way that we hope to share soon on Facebook and the blog.  The fog wasn’t too thick and we were able to see where we were headed and more importantly, Ethan knew where we were going.  Passing by Pond Island, we could see Robin (who we met here at Seguin recently) sitting on the edge of her tent and we waved greetings to each other.  I’m reminded again how luxurious our accommodations are by comparison.

Back at the cove after our day on the mainland.

Back at the cove after our day on the mainland.

Once ashore in Popham, we started our normal circuit of errands; laundromat to hardware store, back to laundromat, to Walgreens, back to laundromat, to Plant’s seafood, Swango Farm produce stand, Shaw’s grocery store, and Bath Natural Foods.  With errands complete, we went to Mae’s restaurant in downtown Bath for brunch – I got breakfast (lamb sausage with eggs, has browns, and marble rye toast) and Patty got lunch (haddock sandwich with homemade chips) plus homemade lemonade for each of us, mine had blueberries in it too.  Everything was really good just like the first time we went to Mae’s the day before heading to Seguin the first day.  Patty’s Haddock looked like it might have been poached or baked?  Whatever way they cooked it, it was perfect and we’re going to have to try something similar back on Seguin.

Back at the cove after our day on the mainland.

Back at the cove after our day on the mainland.

Following lunch, we stopped in at the Mustard Seed bookstore downtown to browse around then down to Dot’s for our regular Wednesday ice cream treat (ginger for Patty, java crunch for me) and then to the F.O.S.I.L.S. office which is also downtown on Front Street (above the Mustard Seed).  Normally the office is closed on Wednesday’s because Cyndy, who runs it, is a Wednesday Warrior working on the island.  Since they didn’t come out this week, we stopped by to see her for a short visit.

Gift from Scott & Delores

Gift from Scott & Delores, friends from Brevard, NC

On our way back we stopped at Cyndy’s house, as usual, to pick up our full water jugs and to pick up our mail.  Just two things this week but both good – a little gift from our friends Delores and Scott who visited us on Seguin in June, and another care package from our friend Jude back in Brevard.  A couple more treats from a bakery in Brevard and a bar of goats milk soap that smells good enough to eat!  On the way from Cyndy’s to Popham, Patty called Jude to catch up and talk a while we had a strong cell signal.  Long enough anyway for us to stop at Percy’s general store in Popham and for me to enjoy a cold beer while they were still chatting.  It was good!

We dropped our stuff at the dock and then parked at the church in Popham and walked back to the dock where Jackson Percy was hosing off the deck of his boat and getting ready to bring a box of fresh lobster up to the store.  Jackson is the guy we call when we would like lobster and he’s nice enough to leave them in our keeper box in the cove.  We talked thanked him again for hooking us up with lobster on the island and talked until Ethan pulled up to take us back “home”.  It was much foggier now than this morning and Ethan said there were some red cells on the radar that he wanted to beat by getting over and back quickly.  We quickly got our stuff aboard and headed off without delay.

Gift from Jude, a friend in Brevard, NC

Gift from Jude, a friend in Brevard, NC

We shot another video on the way back that we’ll likely share too although the sound quality is not great because of the wind.  We recorded both videos on our little camera which is sort of dying a slow death so the picture quality is not that great either but we also don’t care if it gets wet so it’s the right tool for a day like today.  The camera that our artist friend Kim called the ‘silly little camera’ until we got a great shot of a bald eagle with it… the shot that she missed with her professional type camera!  Besides the fog, we had some decent swells and little chop that, combined with the flat bottom of Ethan’s boat, made our stuff continuously slide from the bow of the boat back towards the middle where we were sitting.  We kept pushing it forward and it kept sliding back…

Foggy afternoon - looks about the same as this morning

Foggy afternoon – looks about the same as this morning

The water was much calmer as we came into the cove and the fog was not too thick so the beach was very clearly visible from the dinghy’s mooring.  Really, that was my about my only concern today – being in the dinghy in the cove and not being able to see the beach.  Still in a hurry for Ethan to get back to Popham ahead of the severe weather showing on the radar, I quickly climbed aboard Hinckley to reattach the missing oar (anti-theft device) while Ethan dropped the water jugs into the bow and then Patty climbed aboard.  In short order, we were rowing to shore and Ethan was off at full throttle towards shore.  We texted later and he made it back without any problem and beat the storm if it ever even arrived.

Patty baking cookies

Patty baking cookies

We brought our stuff up the hill, unlocked, unpacked, and settled in.  We did eventually get a short burst of heavy rain and it looked like it might have rained a little while we were on the mainland but not as much as we needed.  The fog came and went intermittently for the a few hours we never did get any additional rain.  Late afternoon into early evening, the sky mostly cleared over Seguin and to the east with some big clouds still hanging over the west over Popham and Small Point. DSC00133

Patty baked (so much for my baking goals) oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate chips using some of the 1-minute oats Terri & John bought by mistake.  We DSC00135wouldn’t have eaten them otherwise but in cookies, mixed with regular rolled oats, they were perfect for moist and soft cookies.  Our sunset was above the clouds over the mainland so instead of 8:15ish, it happened about a half hour earlier and created some dramatic lighting on the horizon.

Neither of us was particularly hungry after our huge meal at Mae’s so DSC00139we just sliced some fresh rosemary olive bread we bought at Bath Natural Foods this morning and had that along with a dipping oil Patty made and some sliced cheddar and then called it a day.

Visitors – 0

Favorite Moment(s) – riding to Popham and back on Ethan’s boat in the fog, swells, and chop

Sunrise – 4:48am
Sunset – 8:18pm

Dinner of rosemary olive break with dipping oil and cheese

Dinner of rosemary olive break with dipping oil and cheese

Dodging Bombers

Tuesday
June 28, 2016

First thing in the morning, looking up from the cove

First thing in the morning, looking up from the cove

Early morning came rainy and windy but by the time we really got up and moving, the rain had stopped.  We heard some showers overnight and a bit very early but I suspect it wasn’t enough to make up for the dry weather we’ve had the past two or three weeks.  The forecast calls for more rain today and tomorrow and I hope it actually happens to help things get more green back into the palate of the landscape here.  Once we were having our coffee, there were spots of sunshine over the island but it still looked rainy to the western mainland.  The wind was

Patty working the garden.

Patty working the garden.

definitely more calm than it was late yesterday.

We had fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast – a favorite of ours.  Afterwards, Patty cleaned house – dusted, swept, etc. while I caught up the blog.  It’s funny that I’m the blogger dude but whenever I sit down to work on it and she does something else (like clean), I feel like I’m not doing my part but if I try to convince her to sit and relax while I blog, she feels like she’s not doing her part.  Partners!

Gull & Duck young'uns.

Gull & Duck young’uns.

Later on, Patty went over to the museum to get the inventory/paperwork in order for tomorrow when we report sales and re-supply while I did the switcheroo on compost in our guest quarters, trading the “old” compost (which was not quite right), for the “new” compost in advance of or first occupants of the guest quarters next week.  Exciting stuff!

Around mid-day, Cyndy emailed to let us know that the Wednesday Warriors would not be coming tomorrow.  The forecast is not good and it’s pretty much a certainty that they wouldn’t be able to get their punch list for the day done so they called off the workday.   Between what we’ve already stockpiled and the survivalist bunker’s worth of food our friends Terri & John brought out last week, much of which we still have, we’re ok whether we make it to the mainland or not.  Aside from food, we seem to be “stretching” our wardrobe in such a way that in seven days we go through only three or four changes of clothes.  Hmmm…..  Maybe we need to work on that?

Speaking of food left by Terri & John, Patty made a batch of tortilla soup with chicken, chili pepper, onion, celery,

Quick reacting to an incoming dive-bomber

Quick reacting to an incoming dive-bomber

etc. and put it on the stove to think about itself for several hours.  While she did that, I went down the Whistle House and made a new sign post for the Lighthouse so we could better guide visitors as to

Almost ready to bloom...wild rose?

Almost ready to bloom…wild rose?

when a tour was in progress (i.e. Please Wait) with an exit message to please remember to sign or guest book.  Patty joined me to work on the lettering and I painted the rough post and stand a bright white that’s used for much of the signage and other things here.  We have a wonderfully well-equipped and stocked

Poison Ivy?  Still trying to figure it out - mid_Atlantic variety  looks a little different.

Poison Ivy? Still trying to figure it out – mid_Atlantic variety looks a little different.

workshop here with tons of different paints, tool, and just about anything we need to complete a “Plan B” project (seriously though, we have everything we could hope for to have fun and be productive).

We paused for lunch at some point and had London broil sandwiches

(I think we finished it) with lettuce, tomato, roasted peppers, grilled vegetables, and a side of various olives from the antipasto bar at Shaw’s.

Tortilla soup for dinner

Tortilla soup for dinner

Following lunch, we gathered most of what we’ll be taking with us off-island tomorrow like dirty laundry, my backpack (Patty’s was already down there), empty water bottle, etc.  We’re expecting heavy rain, or at least the possibility

Sign post prototype from scrap wood in the Whistle House.

Sign post prototype from scrap wood in the Whistle House.

of it, in the morning and figured the less we have to carry in a potential

downpour the better.  The weather at this point was actually really nice so we stayed down by the cove for a while watching juvenile gulls on their first flights off western side

Crazy teenagers!

Crazy teenagers!

of the cove (where the North Trail is located) and baby ducks swimming in the cove.  It was all really serene and beautiful until Patty walked down to the cove and got dive-bombed (see picture in this post).

As evening fell, we texted Ethan to see if he’d made a decision – go or no go – for tomorrow morning.  He said we were on the edge forecast-wise for getting off-island and he’d let us know at 6:30am tomorrow.  As I wrote above, we’re good either way but I suspect Ethan will be here bright and early….and we’ll be ready.

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Favorite Moment(s) – watching young gulls and ducks along the cove

Sunrise – 4:48am
Sunset – 8:19pm

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Catch Up Day

Monday
June 27, 2016

Pizza and eggs for breakfast!

Pizza and eggs for breakfast!

The morning started off breezy and warm with overcast skies.  After our morning coffee, Patty heated up some leftover pizza and fried eggs to go on top – don’t scoff at it if you’ve never tried it.  In my world, everything is better with an egg on it.

We’ve been busy with visitors all day long for the past several days plus our own guests and hadn’t done any mowing in a few days.  Nothing is too long or ragged looking owing mostly to a lack of rain

Wild Rose bush (we think) covered with buds

Wild Rose bush (we think) covered with buds

but we expected today to be a slow visitor day and therefore a good day to hit the mowers.  Patty started up top with the riding mower while I went down and got the Cove and Cobblestone Beach Trails with the weed whacker and mower.  The gull in the camping area is still ensconced there and not willing to let us near her nest still but I tried.  She came as close to hitting me in the head as any gull so far so I just moved on – eventually, her eggs will have to hatch and we can get in there again.  At least the grass hasn’t grown too tall.  I did manage to run through the camping area, pushing the mower ahead of me, to avoid her dive at my head.  I’d like to point out that she’s huge – like the size of a small turkey.

Sort of chilaquiles type dish for lunch

Sort of chilaquiles type dish for lunch

By the time I was finished with the trails, Patty radioed down to check on how far I’d gotten and she said she had not only finished with the riding mower but had also finished all the push mowing, which I usually do at least part of because of a big hill, and was coming down to help me.  Either she was really cruising this morning or I was moving slow.  By the time she got down the hill, I had finished the hilly part of the mowing down below and she took over on the push mower while I did the weed whacking.  We did find a find a much appreciated $20 donation in the box by the info kiosk – always a nice discovery.  We also saw a wild rose bush (we think) along the Lighthouse Trail that is just starting to bloom.  We have a lot of these same bushes all over the island and expect them to be really beautiful when they’re in full bloom.

Salad with london broil and side of bread with cheese (and even two small pieces of leftover pizza) for dinner

Salad with london broil and side of bread with cheese (and even two small pieces of leftover pizza) for dinner

We headed up together and had a sort of chilaquiles type thing for lunch with totopos, and leftover from our last meal with Terri & John – beans, rice, chicken, etc. Yum!  Throughout the morning, the wind was building and by the time we took a break for lunch, it was blowing pretty hard.  Patty hung a museum and gift shop sign that had been DSC00127hanging in another spot but every time it was windy, the thing took a beating.  In the new spot she found, it is highly visible but should also be better protected from the wind.  I tried adding to our video collection and did one of the lighthouse tower but watching and listening to it afterwards, it was all wind noise in parts so I’ll have to do another later.

DSC00129We hadn’t had any visitors by this point and didn’t expect any with the deteriorating weather so we just kept doing little chores and tasks to keep busy.  Up and down the hill a couple of times for water or to consolidate gas cans, puttering in the kitchen, a little cleaning, etc.  ForDSC00127 sure, nothing too exciting but it was ok to have quiet day to catch up on things.

For dinner, Patty made a big salad with London broil from the other night along with some bread and cheese (she always includes that with a big salad meal, mostly for me).  We got just a hint of a sunset but it was so windy that we wouldn’t have lingered outside to watch it for a few minutes regardless.  I did get a get a few pictures which was a good thing because we didn’t take many other pictures today and what we did take were almost all of our food.  Speaking of which, we always feel kind of strange including pictures and descriptions of food in the blog but we’ve been told people are interested in that so we include it.  Feel free to tell us that’s true or otherwise.

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Favorite Moment(s) – seeing wild rose bush just starting to bloom with buds all over it.

Sunrise – 4:47am
Sunset – 8:19pm

Hasta Luego Amigos

Sunday
June 26, 2016

Quiet early morning in the cove.

Quiet early morning in the cove.

I was up before everyone else and walked down the hill to get more water and check the donation boxes down there for contributions from yesterday’s visitors.  I also checked the outhouse to make sure it was clean and had plenty of paper for today’s visitors.  When I came back up the hill, everyone else was up – Patty was starting to get some food prepped while Terri & John were packing to leave this afternoon.

Pollo asado on the grill for brunch

Pollo asado on the grill for brunch

Patty and I had a big batch of pollo asado made and frozen in marinade, ready to be grilled, with plans to cook it during Terri & John’s visit.  We had so much other food that we hadn’t had it yet but figured it would be just as good for brunch as any other time.  So, as they were packing and Patty warmed tortillas, diced onions and tomatoes, made guacamole, heated black beans, etc. and I started grilling the chicken.

Visitors in the museum

Visitors in the museum

Just as the chicken finished cooking and Patty had the sides ready, our first visitors came up the hill.  They were two couples traveling together, one couple from Chicago and the other local along

Visitors in the museum

Visitors in the museum

with their dog Chloe (we set out the dog water bowl).  We chatted with them for a long time in the museum and outside on the lawn.  The woman of the Chicago couple signed the guestbook and saw John’s entry with Sea Girt, NJ as his hometown….turns out she’s from the same area of NJ as Patty, John, and Terri and worked in Seaside during the summer years ago, probably around the same time that Patty and Terri worked there.

Visitors on the rock vista overlooking the upper tram platform

Visitors on the rock vista overlooking the upper tram platform

While I was up in the tower with the first visitors, three more, including a F.O.S.I.L.S member and his son and daughter-in-law arrived.  The son and

Visitors relaxing around the picnic table.

Visitors relaxing around the picnic table.

his wife recently moved from Tallahassee to Maine and absolutely loved Seguin.  They had tons of questions up in the towner and also down in the museum.  They really enjoyed themselves and I expect we’ll see them again this summer.  On their heels was another group of eight from Utah, South and North Dakota visiting a Maine friend.  In another example of small worldishness, this friend was the wedding planner for a couple from our first group.

Terri and John with the finished composter painted like a lobster buoy, complete with Seguin's GPS position.

Terri and John with the finished composter painted like a lobster buoy, complete with Seguin’s GPS position.

The first three groups slowly left in small groups until it was just us and our friends left and we quickly set out our brunch at the dining room table.  The timing was perfect and we enjoyed a fairly leisurely last meal together before Ethan arrived on his regularly scheduled ferry service.  Just as we finished up and cleanup was done, the first of Ethan’s group arrived at the top of the Lighthouse Trail.

We were busy for the next couple of hours with his group of twenty-four and

Ethan's big boat with several other in the cove.

Ethan’s big boat with several other in the cove.

another group of 9, giving tours, manning the gift shop, and generally doing our keeper/caretaker duties. John and Terry spent the time carrying their stuff down the hill – they didn’t have nearly as much to go back since much of what they brought was food & drink and they generously left behind everything we had not finished.  We’re well stocked for the foreseeable future.  They did add to their load with lots of Seguin gift shop purchases, they wouldn’t want their bags to be too light!  The visitors were all so nice, some even going so far as to offer Terri & John help in getting their stuff down the hill (they politely declined).  The last thing they did before it was time to go was put the finished touches on our lobster-buoy composter by painting on the GPS coordinates of Seguin Island.

A family arrive from an nearby island on this skiff and tied right at the beach.

A family arrive from an nearby island on this skiff and tied right at the beach.

By the time Ethan’s group was ready to depart around 1:30, we had no other visitors so we were able to go down the hill with everyone.  I rowed one load of Terri & John’s stuff out to Ethan’s boat in our dinghy while Brook, Ethan’s first-mate, start taking small groups of people from the beach to the boat.  In the end, there was room for Terri & John to squeeze onto the last dinghy group and with hugs and promises to see each other either here in August or on our way south in September/October, they were off.

While Ethan’s group and our friends were doing the dinghy shuffle, we had a couple and their son arrive by their own skiff and a couple who sailed in rowed their dinghy ashore.  The family in the dinghy was from a local island where they are caretakers and were just visiting for a short time.  The husband of the sailboat couple surprised his wife with a stop at Seguin and wanted to take her to the top of the light.  As Terri & John headed out to Ethan’s boat, Patty walked up the hill with our guests and I got Hinckley tied up and waved goodbye just as Ethan turned his boat to head back to Popham.  I headed up to the top afterwards to help Patty with tours and the gift shop.

Visitors arriving from their sailboat by kayak after exploring Seguin from the water.

Visitors arriving from their sailboat by kayak after exploring Seguin from the water.

Besides the five visitors that arrived while we were on the beach, we had a number of others come during the remainder of the afternoon.  Two more guys arrived by sailboat and came up to see the tower after they moored up and first spent some time kayaking around Seguin.  They were joined by their dog Winnie which gave Patty a laugh because she had a dog named “Winnie the Poodle” as a child.  A single kayaker arrived from Popham and hiked up the hill barefoot, wearing just board shorts and life vest.  He toured the tower, museum, and even hiked the North Trail – all sans shoes.

Ethan's group and our friends preparing to leave Seguin

Ethan’s group and our friends preparing to leave Seguin

We took a quick break after the kayaking visitor left for a quick lunch of leftover spaghetti and meatballs from dinner a couple of nights ago.  It was good carb load and just in time….

Finally, a three generation family arrived by sailboat as part of their loop trip around the area.  They keep their boat near Boothbay and were heading to Pond Island next, then up the Kennebec, and back

Brook getting ready to take folks out to Ethan's boat

Brook getting ready to take folks out to Ethan’s boat

over towards Boothbay somehow via smaller rivers or creeks or something.  The older member of the group (I think the grandfather) is from Augusta and was telling us about a lot of hiking trails around Katahdin Mountain that we might enjoy.  We’ve hiked to the southern end of the Appalachian Trail from Amacalola

Sunset reflection on the old fog signal bell

Sunset reflection on the old fog signal bell

Falls to Springer Mountain in Georgia along with a few short sections of the AT and would love to get to Katahdin for the northern end of the trail.  Maybe even the whole AT one day?

 

After the last group left, it was getting late for any additional guests, maybe after six and we figured we were probably done for the day.  After a little cleanup in the museum, gift shop, and tower, Patty madea pizza with a pizza dough our friends left along with red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.  In fact, all of the ingredients were left by Terri & John!

WP_20160626_20_05_50_ProIt was another busy day, which is something we’re enjoying so far, and we missed our friends but we were also tired and it felt good to just sort of collapse and read after dinner.  One of the last things we did today was make a crank call to Terri – for some reason, John brought these toy air horn things with him and left one for us.  It sounds somewhere between a real air horn and a clown horn –it’s really loud and every time anyone honked it, John laughed, like a conditioned reaction.  Anyway, we called Terri (we found out they were out to dinner with friends in Portland which made it funnier to me) and just honked the horn a bunch of times.  I’m sure John could hear it and was laughing in the background.

Patty's homemade pizza for dinner

Patty’s homemade pizza for dinner

Visitors – 53 (same number as yesterday)

Favorite Moment(s) – walking down to the cove with Ethan’s group of 24 and our friends and then hanging out and talking with everyone as Brook ferried them out to the big boat.

Sunrise – 4:47am
Sunset –8:19pm

One Busy Day on the Rock

Saturday
June 25, 2016

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Seguin Sunrise

Seguin sunrise

Seguin sunrise

Saturday broke with sunny skies and calm winds – we’re getting spoiled by the weather since Wednesday’s brief rain.  Patty whipped up a heapin’ helpin’ of scrambled eggs and bacon for the two of us and our friends Terri and John who are visiting from New Jersey.  Terri is a childhood friend of Patty’s and John is her significant other and together, they are loving their time on Seguin and chipping in wherever they can.

Visitors from our neighbors on Pond Island

Visitors from our neighbors on Pond Island

Just after breakfast, three young ladies arrived from Pond Island which is situated

Breakfast

Bacon & Eggs for Breakfast

between Seguin and Popham.  Pond is a much smaller, mostly rocky (maybe all rocky?) island with an automated lighthouse that is smaller than the one on Seguin.  There is an ongoing study of tern migration (artic terns and one another type that I can’t remember) that these three are involved with in their work for the Audubon Society.  One of the visitors (Robin) is on Pond for the whole summer while one of the others is there for a couple of weeks and the third oversees six additional locations besides Pond.  It was really interesting talking to them and their living conditions make ours seems positively luxurious.  Like us, they have to bring DSC_0610drinking water from the mainland but they also have to collect rainwater for bathing and washing dishes (it hasn’t rained much lately, hence….) and have limited electricity.  They also live and work in tents DSC_0619that are along the rocks shores, exposed to wind, rain, and sun.  They were really excited to visit Seguin and go up in the tower after seeing it just across the water from their home 24/7.

Just after they left, we had two more visitors from Montreal that keep a sailboat in Maine and sailed in for a visit.  We seemed to have a lot in common with them and spent a long time chatting must-see places in the area following our summer on Seguin.  Although their primary language was obviously French, unlike our visitors yesterday, we were able to have an in-

Mitchell with some of our visitors

Mitchell with some of our visitors

depth conversation on lots of different topics.  After their tour, they planned to hike the island a little while waiting for better winds to sail.

For most of the remainder of the day, we were busy with a steady stream of visitors.  Ethan brought 24 on his boat followed by an extended family of 9 from DE & CT that have been coming to Seguin

Family visiting for their 12th consecutive year.

Family visiting for their 12th consecutive year.

for twelve consecutive years.   We had a couple from a town in Virginia near where I grew up in Williamsburg and we even had a mutual acquaintance.  We met two families, totaling ten, traveling together and besides just wanting to visit Seguin, I think the two parent couple were doing friendly reconnaissance on the place – they have reservations to stay with us in

Mitchell & Patty with friends John & Terri

Mitchell & Patty with friends John & Terri

the Guest Quarters in early July.  They’ll be our first F.O.S.I.L.S. guests and we’re looking forward to having them here.  Things quieted down for a bit and then we had three guys come up that were sailing the area and thinking about mooring overnight in the cove although I think they ended up moving on.

Mitchell on the tower catwalk with visiting family

Mitchell on the tower catwalk with visiting family

Terri and John mingled and chatted with a lot of the other visitors and, small world, found several that were from the same area as them (and Patty), had similar experience growing up, or common remembrances of places and events.  They also took a hike to the end of the North Trail where I

Two families traveling together hanging out on the rocks next to the house

Two families traveling together hanging out on the rocks next to the house

think John spent a lot of time being the target for seagull dive bomb attacks while Terri tried to capture just the right screaming bird photo.  They made it out of there unscathed but we could tell when they were heading back our way by the flock of gulls circling over the trail.

Aggressive gull on the North Trail on the hint for a New Jersey John.

Aggressive gull on the North Trail on the hint for a New Jersey John.

Our friend Jude from back home in Brevard sent us a care package that we picked up Wednesday at Cyndy’s and finally made full use of.  She included two scones from our local bakery (ok, they were gone on Wednesday), a new ball cap for me from a locally owned Brevard outdoor goods store,

Seagull Nest

Seagull Nest

a vest Patty coveted, and two sections of Tibetan flags.  Patty coveted the vest from the outdoor store but didn’t buy it before we left to her regret – it will easily hold a camera, her VHF radio, notepad, and whatever else she needs to carry.  I really needed another cap (Jude must have ESP!)

Schooner sailing off the eastern side of the island

Schooner sailing off the eastern side of the island

because the one I brought is falling apart, and we both wanted the flags to spruce up the clothesline area and generally bring us good vibes.  Thank you Jude!  You are so thoughtful and kind.

Last Wednesday, the Wednesday Warriors brought out a composter that someone donated to F.O.S.I.L.S. for the island and we set it up next to the kitchen door.  It was black with a pressure treated frame

Gimme an "H"

Gimme an “H”

and, while we’re thrilled to have it and it will be great for the garden next year, it looked very utilitarian.  Patty came up with the brilliant idea to paint it to look like a giant lobster buoy so she and John set about finding a good paint combination and painting it.

Patty & Mitchell on the tower catwalk

Patty & Mitchell on the tower catwalk

Meanwhile, I was doing something, not quite sure what, and walked into the living room and smashed my pinky toe into a rocking chair.  It hurts, it’s purple, and maybe it’s broken.  It wasn’t beer o’clock or anything like that, just clumsiness I’m embarrassed to say.  No good story to go along with it but anyone that wants to suggest a colorful one to me, please do and I’ll use it.

While I was crying about my toe and John and Patty painted, Terri got some veggies

Lobster salad lunch

Lobster salad lunch

marinating and later, cooked them with John along with London broil, on the grill.  It was yet another delicious meal (I need more adjectives that don’t sound too silly).  We stuffed ourselves and still have a ton of food leftover for more meals which is perfectly fine with us.

Composter, pre-paint job

Composter, pre-paint job

We had a fantastic sunset show after dinner and then ended the night listening to Terri strum the guitar, enjoying a few cocktails, and good conversation and friendship.  They’ll be leaving tomorrow and we’re going to miss them.  We’re hoping they might come for another visit in late August but, if not, we’ll have the chance to stop to see them for a visit in NJ on our way back home to North Carolina.

BTW – there are more pictures at the end of this post, more than usual, because it’s the last day of our monthly WiFi hot-spot contract and we have extra bandwidth to use before midnight!

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Putting up the flags

Putting up the flags

Favorite Moment(s) – having lots & lots of visitors and painting the “lobster buoy” composter

Sunrise – 4:46am
Sunset – 8:19pm

Partially painted now....

Partially painted now….

 

 

Patty & John at work on the masterpiece

Patty & John at work on the masterpiece

Patty & John at work on the masterpiece

Patty & John at work on the masterpiece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost done (stay tuned for final product)

Almost done (stay tuned for final product)

 

 

 

 

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Our buddy John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Washington (NH) in the distance

Mt. Washington (NH) in the distance

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Dinner feast of london broil, grilled veges, and more...

Dinner feast of london broil, grilled veges, and more…

Sunrise on Seguin

Sunrise on Seguin

 

 

 

 

Marins Français

Friday
June 24, 2016

Waiting for our friends to return from fishing with Ethan

Waiting for our friends to return from fishing with Ethan

Our friends John & Terri went fishing this morning so we were all up early for their 7am pickup by Ethan in the cove.  I rowed them and their rods and gear out to Ethan’s boat and then Patty & I watched from the beach as Ethan took them back towards the Kennebec River

Visitors from France

Visitors from France

to fish for Striped Bass.

Patty and I returned to the house afterwards and found the liquids in our composting toilet (in the keeper’s quarters) overflowing.  Without any more details, it took us quite a while to clean up and it was kind of yucky!  I’ll also note that we both showered right afterwards…before breakfast.

Patty with our French visitors

Patty with our French visitors

We’ve been eating a lot since Terri & John arrived and weren’t too hungry so we each just had an English muffin.  We might have skipped breakfast altogether or waited until later but since we’re never quite sure when visitors might arrive, we try to take the chance to eat when we can and when we don’t have to rush.  As it turned out, we didn’t have any guests until later in the morning so we caught up on some cleaning and other little chores around the house.

Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Terri and John were set to return on Ethan’s boat around 10:30 and texted a little before to say they caught fifteen fish total but none were keepers because they were not big enough.  A little before 10:30, we went down to the cove to untie Hinckley and wait for their return.  When we got down there, a very nice sailboat was moored in the cove and three occupants were rowing ashore in their dinghy.  We helped them land and did our best to welcome them, introduce ourselves, and tell them about the island but since they didn’t speak much English and we don’t speak their native French, there was lots of pantomime involved.

Pizza for lunch at the picnic table

Pizza for lunch at the picnic table

Patty thought it would be best to accompany them up the hill just because we weren’t sure what they were getting from us regarding Seguin so she left with them while I waited for Ethan’s boat.  On their way up the hill, Patty learned that our guests are from France (we guessed Quebec initially) and are sailing the coast of Maine for three

Boy Scouts playing Frisbee outside the gift shop.

Boy Scouts playing Frisbee outside the gift shop.

weeks – a couple they are friends with owns the boat and that couple sailed it from France and was currently visiting family in Minnesota giving these folks the chance to borrow the boat.  Or at least Patty’s pretty sure that’s the story.

When I saw Ethan’s coming towards the cove from beyond Ellingwood Rock, I pushed off from the beach and met them near the Coast Guard mooring just as they came in.  John and Terri climbed into the dinghy and we headed back to the beach.  They told me all about where they went (about half-way to Bath up the Kennebec), their catch, and the biggest 25” striper that was just short of the 28” minimum.  They had a great time, had perfect weather and seas, and especially enjoyed spending the morning with Ethan exploring local fishing spots.  We knew they would.

Our friend Terri sketching the lighthouse

Our friend Terri sketching the lighthouse while John naps in the background.

When we reached the beach, I was rowing in stern first (so any waves will break over the bow and not swamp the dinghy) and Terri was sitting on the stern. Just as she stood up to get, a wave picked us up a few inches and then push us a bit higher up the beach.  Before I could say wait or hold on or anything, she did a half-somersault backwards out of the boat.  After a moment of stunned silence all around, she got up and was no worse for wear other than being soaked on one side.

Patty makin' cookies

Patty makin’ cookies

Whew, that was almost bad!  Luckily it was low tide and we were on the sandy beach and not on the rocks.  I’ve seen this or some variation of it happen a few times although I’ve never been in the dinghy myself at the time.  When I’m rowing, I think I need to be more aware of the swells and pre-warn any passengers to sit tight until we’re between waves.  Live and learn….it’s new to me too!

John and Terri making meatballs

John and Terri making meatballs

When Terri, John, and I reached the house, Patty was finishing her tour with the French guests but was going to walk back to the cove with them because they had purchased some things from the gift shop and wanted to make a donation but had forgotten to bring cash ashore with them.  Between the three of them, they found some Euros but no US cash.  Maybe we would have taken the Euros a few days ago but with the Brexit vote and all….  No, really, we didn’t have any other visitors and Patty didn’t want to turn away a sale or donation so she accompanied them back down the hill and waited ashore with one of the visitors while the others rowed out for some money.

Patty and I received a care package from our friend Jude in Brevard including my new hat, Patty's vest, and some Tibetan flags.

Patty and I received a care package from our friend Jude in Brevard including my new hat, Patty’s vest, and some Tibetan flags.

John and Terri got cleaned up after their fishing trip and then made two pizzas for lunch with crust they brought with them.  One was goat cheese, red sauce, and pepperoni and the other was mozzarella with red sauce.  Both were delicious.  We sat out back at the picnic table eating pizza along with a green salad and fruit salad hearing more about their fishing excursion, where they went, and what they saw.

Up on the lighthouse catwalk

Up on the lighthouse catwalk

Later in the afternoon, Ethan returned with a group of eighteen Boy Scouts from Troop 51 in Boxwood, Massachusetts.  Ethan took them fishing around Seguin and then some of the Troop came up the hill to tour the museum and lighthouse.  For several years, they’ve been doing this same trip where they camp in Popham and then visit Seguin and go fishing.  The boys were all really polite and nice as were

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner

Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner

the chaperones even if the boys were more interested in throwing around a Frisbee than hearing the history of Seguin.  I think the adults were just happy that the boys had a chance to run around and burn off some energy.

DSC_0466After the Troop left, Patty made some chocolate chip cookies (my baking career has stalled at one batch of oatmeal cookies) and later John prepared homemade meatballs with a red sauce and pasta.  We had that for dinner this evening along with Parmesan cheese, salad, bread, and then cookies for desert.  Following dinner, John spent some time outside taking sunset and later moon & star pictures while Terri played some guitar and we all sat around together in the living room.

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Favorite Moment(s) – hearing Terri & John’s fishing stories and meeting our visitors from France

Sunrise – 4:46am
Sunset – 8:19pm