Days off are exhausting

August 2, 2017 – Another Wednesday off island

This morning I woke up to a very foggy sunrise.  It made for some fun pictures of a ball of fire trying its hardest to burn through the fog.  Turns out on the island it never burned off but while we were running around trying to get the weekly errands done it was a hot blue sky up above.

Ethan was right on time this morning to the cove and Brian and I were floating around in the dinghy waiting for him, and we saw the boat when it was about 200 yards away.  It was a radar driven ride back to Fort Popham because we couldn’t see much while motoring in, the only thing I saw were a few porpoises off Pond Island.

One boat in the cove this morning while we are awaiting the arrival of the Wednesday Warriors

The dinghy dock at Fort Popham, can’t see much past the dock

A fishing boat moored about 100 feet from shore, just a little dense fog to start the morning

Once we got all our gear into the van, we thought we had a good game plan for the day and I had even figured in some play time, but all good plans usually have one or two catches like ours did today.  I needed to go to the eye doctor, my old eyes just aren’t seeing like they used too.  Brian never does well waiting around for me.  The plan was to drop him off in Portland with his bike and I would go onto the Maine Mall for my eye exam and to purchase new glasses.  This was great until I was done and he sent me a text saying he was at Bug Light in South Portland and I should pick him up there, there goes the 45 minutes I had given us as a time cushion.  Now we are going to be late for the 3:30 meeting time with Ethan.  We still needed to go grocery shopping and get our drinking water.

I have spent most of my adulthood believing if you are not a few minutes early, you are late!  I don’t want to be the cause of inconveniencing others during their valuable time.  This is where I stress out and Brian believes that things happen for a reason.  Arghh!  We send a text to Ethan regarding our 30-minute delay and speed shop through Shaw’s, then head to fill our water containers.  While Brian is filling the containers, I repack our groceries into the 3 backpacks. And the van is ready to unload at Fort Popham.  But again, I am rushing around while Brian takes the bikes off the roof and puts them in the back of the van, my job is to unload the van and get the stuff towards the dock and then move the van the 1/4 mile to the parking area.

The fog is still dense the whole trip back and the Wednesday Warriors are ready at the beach for the weekly 5-minute switch off.  All our things are loaded into the dinghy and we head onto the beach.  After 30 minutes of the two of us bringing everything up to the cottage, I realize the backpack with all the non-perishable food is nowhere to be found, turns out I left it in the van.  Ethan is kind enough to agree to get our keys tomorrow, retrieve our backpack and bring it to us on Friday.  This is vital because we will be out of coffee by Saturday, and you do not want to see me without my morning coffee!

The positive of the foggy afternoon was we returned to an empty island and we both could just sit and relax for the rest of the evening because our days off island are exhausting.  Tomorrow will be back to the busy life on the island.

Guests today – 8

Guests total – 1077

USCG – 6

Another new month

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Another new month

As I sit and write today’s blog, I realize I took only 4 pictures all day and the last one was around 7am.  I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing.  Normally, I try to photo document our day to make it easier to write the day’s entry but either today I was too busy (which we were) or nothing very exciting happened.

I was up as usual before sunrise to take care of the old dogs, Phinneus is almost 16 years old and he is just not a dog that is moving into geriatrics gracefully, he is fighting it every day.  He has begun to pace almost all night long which in turn keeps me up all night long.  So, we can thank Phinneus for the beautiful sunrise pictures I am posting today.

Sunrise from our front porch at 5:28am

There are guests expected on the 11:30 ferry to spend the night in the guest quarters and I needed to bake a batch of cookies for their welcome to Seguin celebration.  I have been baking this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for almost 35 years now and I am never truly satisfied with the outcome.  The cookies always taste great but usually it is the appearance that frustrates me, well today after 35 years, I have finally tweeked the recipe to perfection (or until the next time).  A baker is always adjusting a recipe and I think I did it!  I even give the recipe out regularly and posted it with an earlier blog this summer.  The true test will be if I can recreate success on Monday morning when I need to bake another batch for Monday evening overnight’s guests.

A perfect batch of cookies both in taste and appearance

Our guests arrived with help up the hill from other ferry passengers, it is a large hill to carry everything up for just about everyone and it is nice when someone is willing to lend a helping hand.  I got the 4 visitors settled into the guest quarters and continued with the rest of the island guests and their needs.  Brian again stayed on top of the tower and I did the gift shop and the historical information, another successful day of keeping our legs out of muscle fatigue.

A boat tied up for an overnight stay in the cove

The day ended up winding down and everyone on island had a chance to relax and chat some.  The guests wanted to go up the tower for sunset and then after dark, which is Brian’s duty while I am already for a night’s sleep at sunset.  All in all another good day on Seguin and tomorrow is our off day to the mainland.

Guests today – 44

Guests total – 1069

USCG – 6

Another living history lesson

Monday, July 31, 2017 – Another living history lesson

Bright blue skies along the plateau as we walk the Cobblestone Trail

Another picture postcard morning today on island.  Bright blue skies and a light wind welcomed us on our morning walk around the island.  Today we needed to check out the Cobblestone Trail and its condition, this is the forgotten trail lately because we are not walking the loop from Cove to Cobblestone since most of the baby seagulls have moved on to adulthood.  All in all, it looks good and most likely won’t need a trimming until the end of this week.  We also spotted a sailboat in the mooring field that was not there last night, we will be having early visitors and then most likely a constant stream because of the perfect conditions to visit the island.

A 4 week old seagull, still not flight ready but it is getting days away from being on its own

A picture of the South Cove

I wanted to check the North Trail and the berry situation out there, the blackberries are abundant but are taking forever to ripen.  I want to pick enough berries to make a Seguin Island Berry Ice Cream for the gathering of the volunteers next week, let’s hope nature cooperates. Today I picked a fair number of raspberries and wild blueberries and only ate half on my walk back.  Looks like I will need to pick twice the amount needed because of my eating habits. The wild thistle is blooming around the helipad and the monarch butterflies are loving it.  It is still the most beautiful walk on the island.

Wild thistle and the butterflies are a gorgeous site at the beginning of the North Trail

The morning started out with a few visitors from private boats, all in various stages of cruising.  The first couple we met were local Mainers but had plans to start the trip south this fall and hope to make it to the Bahamas. Hopefully, we will see them there on our boat.  I had a chance to spend some time with their dog, Sampson while they went up in the tower. I was even able to share my doggie nail trimmers with the owner for a quick pedicure while on island, a full-service island!

Sampson’s first visit to the island included a pedicure!

We saw Ethan’s ferry coming from Popham Beach while we were up in the tower and we knew the fun was about to start.  Brian and I decided yesterday’s plan of him staying at the top and me giving the history talk, working traffic flow and the gift shop worked best and we were going with it again today.  Slowly, the ferry group made it up the lighthouse path and it was game on! I made the suggestions to everyone regarding not hovering at the tower bottom waiting their turn to climb, they should go have lunch or walk a trail and I will make sure everyone gets to the top and to the beach by 1:30p.

The highlight of our day was when a couple came up to me and said he was stationed here while he was in the USCG, his time on Seguin was from 1984-85 during the time the island was getting ready to be decommissioned.  He was retired MK3 Thomas Chapman and his wife, Sherri, accompanied him.  He had not been back to the island since 1985 and he was so excited to be here.  Once I had a chance to talk with him a little, I knew this was a guy Brian was going to be thrilled to talk to.  He gave us a glimpse of what it was like being on the bachelor island with the USCG during his 18 months out here.  He would travel from Boothbay Harbor for his days off and if the weather didn’t cooperate, oh well, he stayed on island.  His quarters were the western bedroom in what is now the guest quarters.  Tom also mentioned that in the side we are staying, they only used the bedrooms, the other rooms were what he called a mess.

Retired MK3 Thomas Chapman and his wife Sherri visiting his memories on top of the tower

Tom Chapman visiting the island after a 30 year absence

We heard stories about their dog mascot, Scamp and the ghosts.  Also, he explained to Brian how the cisterns worked while he was here, the boilers and the burn in an instant toilet (no composting heads).  The best part was Brian started talking to him about the tram and the diesel engine.  It turns out, Tom rebuild the diesel engine in the engine house for the tram in 1984 and explained to Brian more of the mechanics of it.  Whenever we can learn more of the workings of Seguin from people and not necessarily books is a great day on island.

Tom Chapman standing over the Tram diesel engine

As the ferry group was leaving the beach, the waves were picking up in intensity from the west and was making for a wet and bumpy dinghy ride back to the big boat.  The afternoon stayed this way most likely because of the storm that hit Massachusetts and their islands over the weekend, this was the tail end of the storm activity as it finally headed completely out to sea.

It was a quiet afternoon which gave me a chance to get the guest quarters ready for tomorrow’s visitors and a few other chores got done as well.  The hardest part of having a veggie garden is there is no watering system (ie. Hose) near the garden so the watering can is the laborious part of the garden.  Fill it in the kitchen sink and walk it out to water everything, it takes about 10 trips to get everything watered.  Even with all the rain showers on the mainland, we are not getting any and the sun/wind combo is drying everything out. Brian helped tonight as we watched Phippsburg get rain showers during sunset, makes for great pictures!

Brian helping me out by watering the garden tonight while the rain comes down along Phippsburg

The rain and sunset over Phippsburg, just to the left of the sun, the sheets of rain are falling

Guests today – 51

Guests total – 1025 (we broke the 1000 count!)

USCG – 6

A busy Sunday

Sunday, July 30, 2017

This morning started out cool but beautiful, blue skies and not a cloud in them.  This is going to be a busy day. We spent an hour this morning cutting the plateau, I took the riding lawn mower, of course, and Brian went after me with the weed wacker.  The grass is finally getting to the point where it only needs to be cut about every 7-10 days, trails are about the same.  We tend to cut back the branches more now than worry about the grass height.

By 10am, the people were arriving. Our first couple to climb the trail were friends of one of the Wednesday Warriors and they had the added bonus of a whale show off the east coast of the island.  She didn’t want to go on a hike because of the amount of blow spouts on display. As the morning progressed, the traffic from the small boats heading to our cove was really impressive, and yes, reports were coming up of hovering boats outside the cove until another boat left.

Visitors today had whales to watch, Monhegan Island and Mount Washington to view and near perfect wind and temperatures.  The visitors were all pretty darn happy and reluctant to leave.

Ethan’s ferry arrived around 11:30 with a full boat of 25 people and they all came up the trail at once, this can be really intimidating when we both know all these people want to do is go up the lighthouse tower and we must do it 6 at a time and have this entire group done by 1:15pm mixed in with all of our other visitors. I tried something new today to see how the flow worked, of course I happily greeted everyone and explained how long the tours were and the 6-person limit.  I hoped everyone could enjoy their lunch, visit the museum or take a short hike instead of standing at the base of the tower for an hour waiting to climb up.  Brian was going to stay up in the lens area of the tower and discuss the Fresnel lens and supervise guests on the platform and I was going to give the history talk as people waited around and oversee the gift shop.  It seemed to work well with a few exceptions, people still hovered but at least everyone was chatting and feeling pretty good about their visit.  Brian and I were non-stop until about 3:30 today but neither one of us were suffering from leg muscle fatigue from walking up and down the tower.

Seguin the dog named after the island on her first visit here

A few fun guests today that stood out to us and gave us a few minutes of discussion tonight were:  a lovely young lady with the most beautiful arm art of a lighthouse from her imagination.  She was fascinated by all things lighthouses and was very receptive to all the info about Seguin.  Another was a dog named “Seguin”, she was named after the island but this was her first visit to her homeland!  Also, had a spirited conversation with a father and son pair about the ghost stories surrounding the island and whether it was a fact or fiction.  We also had many return visitors from earlier in the season and a few FOSILS members who introduced themselves.

A beautifully done lighthouse tattoo

I realized I didn’t write about Sam the Seagull yesterday and his heroics.  We have this seagull that for whatever reason has bonded with us.  He is always around the yard when we are or watching us from the chimney of the guest quarters when we are up in the tower.  He likes to try to take things from Brian when he is out in the evening, including one time trying to take Brian’s fleece.  Well, Saturday night after dinner, I have the dogs out in the yard walking around and Sam is on the chimney chirping at me.  As we headed towards the oil house, Sam was getting agitated and hopped to the edge of the cottage roof. Then I heard the high pitch chirp of an osprey on the oil house.  I grabbed the dogs and brought them in and grabbed the camera to get pictures of the osprey.  As I walked closer to the osprey, Sam was getting upset and now squawking at me.  Suddenly, Sam decided to start attacking the osprey to get him away from me and the osprey did finally fly away.  After all of this, Sam settled down again like all is good!  Now, fast forward to tonight, Brian is sitting on the bench just relaxing and here comes Sam walking over to him just to hang and have some guy time I guess.  I do want to make a point that we do not feed Sam because once we leave he is on his own, so this is all done without the aid of bribery! Too bad we can’t travel on our boat with a seagull, he certainly has shown his loyalty.

Meet Sam the Seagull

Sam doing his best to protect from an osprey with impressive talons

Sam on the attack

Tonight Sam having some guy time with Brian

Both of them contemplating the end of the day

Another quick garden update, we have been eating peapods daily for the past 5 days, and tonight we picked 2 zucchinis to break up the peapod monotony.  We grilled them along with the chicken, yum.

Everyone needs a beautiful rainbow in their day

The rainbow moves as the earth rotates

Guests today – 67

Guests total – 974

USCG – 6

A private air show

July 29, 2017 – Saturday

When we went to bed last night, the NOAA forecast had strong northeast winds predicted for today.  If the wind is from the northeast, the cove is not usually a pleasant place to be for a small boat, however, the east coast storm must have gone farther off shore than predicted because the winds ended up being very light from the north and the wave action was minimal.  We knew the ferry would not be bringing a group today because it doesn’t run on Saturday’s but we had no idea what hardy souls would come out today in the cooler temps.

a local fisherman picking up traps on the west side of the island early morning

With a north wind, the air is very dry and the scenery is at its finest when looking from the tower.  Mount Washington (90 miles away) was in view all day as too was Monhegan Island (22 miles away).  Rarely do we get both spots to point out to visitors! My morning pictures of Mt. Washington are dim compared to the beautiful shots Brian took at sunset, so check out the end of the post for the perfect Mt. Washington photo.

The first group of visitors were a multi-generational family who arrived by power boat from Georgetown.  Turns out one of the ladies in the crowd has been visiting for almost 40 years, her first visit was in-utero, the only year she has missed was when she was pregnant herself.  Even though the entire group has been here many times before, they still had the “oh, wow” moment up on the tower platform when seeing Mt. Washington!

As this group was hiking and hanging out on the benches, an airshow of sorts started off the east side of the island.  The sailing yacht Marie, which visited the island last week, was having a private airshow while sailing around Sheepscot Bay.  We may have had the best seats in the house to watch this show, I have never been to an airshow before but now I know why so many people are drawn to them.

The day continued with a few visitors throughout the afternoon.  We had most of the cottage closed because with the north wind, it was cold on island, staying around 60 degrees for most of the day.  Long pants and heavy fleece weather again! I am beginning to really doubt if it ever gets warm in the summer in mid coast Maine.  In the late afternoon, we had 4 visitors, one of which was a member of the Carpenter Boat Shop in Bristol, ME.  He explained to us how people who need guidance because of some poor choices are sent to the Boat Shop to learn a trade, marine carpentry, and are given some life guidance. The organization also teaches classes on boat building.  He is a fascinating man and one this country could use more of.

A lot of visitors ask us if we are bothered by the fog horn. The truth is it only goes off occasionally since the USCG has switched fog horns in Maine to mariner request.  The horn doesn’t signal any more just because it is foggy saving on the wear and tear of older equipment.  However, there are 2 times we can guarantee the horn going off, on Friday afternoon when the MS Independence leaves Boothbay and heads up the Kennebec and Saturday afternoon when the American Constellation heads into Portland.  It seems that the captains of these ships want the guests to experience a true Maine experience and sets the fog horn off as they pass us.  The cruise ships do pass the island fairly close.

The MS American Constellation passing by the island on the way to Portland

The American Constellation as it passes by the Whistle House

After dinner tonight, I saw a few more guests wandering the plateau and went out to great them.  They had arrived into the cove and were hoping for a trip up the tower.  Brian took this trip and I headed down to the cove to check on things down there.  Turns out we had almost a full mooring field for the night, which will give us an early start tomorrow for visits.

Almost a full mooring field for the overnight

The perfect outline of Mt. Washington at sunset.

Guests today – 29

Guests total – 907

USCG – 6

A boat named Thor’s Hammer now Scout

Friday, July 28, 2017

Today started out with a perfectly timed low tide and a chance to go sea glass hunting.  The winds and seas have been unsettled through the week which has been bringing more pieces of sea glass on to the beach.  A perfect way to spend a little quiet time before the people start arriving on island. I also took a walk out to the cove to check for any seals but none today.  I did get about 1 cup of raspberries freshly picked for breakfast along the way.  Nothing like get a fruit serving fresh from the vine.

Raspberries are ripening all over the island

Pick them and eat them, it is all organic

The visitors started out from private boats arriving before the crowds, it was fun visiting with them and hearing about their adventures and sharing some of ours.  The boating community is so much fun to be part of.  Ethan brought another full boat out to the island at 11:30 and the rush began.  We try to give a fact filled tour of the lighthouse because we want visitors to be as excited about the history of Seguin as we are but we also have a limited time to get everyone up to the one thing each visitor wants to do.  I think today, Brian and I choreographed the tours without a hitch.  Everyone had a chance to hike, sit, eat and observe the beauty of Seguin.  As 1:30pm rolled around, everyone headed down the hill with smiles and thanks.

A sunny day on island with high cloud cover

A couple relaxing on the sunset bench after their lighthouse tour

Today, the sun was perfect for the display of rainbows within the tower.  This is one thing about Seguin I will never forget.  When the sun is the highest in the sky, the sun rays coming thru the prisms to create the crispest color spectrums.  I love making sure the little kids are lined up in the rainbow to have their picture taken, some simple things will never get old.

Rainbow within the tower

Even the lens was part of the rainbow tour

As the afternoon progressed, we finally sat down for lunch and were kind of thinking we may be done for the day until a nice young man, Rob and his dog, Godiva, came up the hill.  He sailed over from Boothbay Harbor with 3 friends and it was their first trip to Seguin.  This will become a long story but a fun one in the end, so stick with me!

I gave the four of them the tour up to the top of the tower and Rob and I started talking about sailing and how Brian and I are cruising on our old sailboat.  He asked what type of boat we have, and my reply was a 1965 Pearson Invicta and his reply was he used to sail on an Invicta.  Now this is where I normally mentally roll my eyes, there were only 21 made and we have hull #21.  This is not a commonly known boat but the name Pearson is.  Most people will then go on to tell me about a newer Pearson they have sailed on.  As we kept talking, he asked what our boats name is, reply was Scout but we had changed the name about 15 years ago when Brian first got the boat.  The original name was Thor’s Hammer (a slightly aggressive name) and this is when he got excited.  Thor’s Hammer was a Sea Scout boat in Long Island sound, sailing out of Stratford and Milford, CT.  We are from Bridgeport, CT originally.  Rob was a member of Sea Scouts in Stratford and sailed for many years on our boat as a teenager and was part of the crew when her engine blew.  He told us of stories of making hundreds of Monkey Fists to sell as a fundraiser for the new engine she needed and now is the engine we use as our engine.  So now I apologized to him for doubting he used to sail on an Invicta in his youth.  This is what we love so much about this summer position, if you take the time to talk to people, face to face, you find out there are many connections to be made that you can’t make through the iPhone!

Our sailboat, Scout, formerly named Thor’s Hammer

Rob and his dog, Godiva. Late afternoon visitors who have a direct connection to our boat Scout.

When all was done for the day, the mooring field was empty.  We were watching the Southport Air Show from afar on the front porch and getting to see a beautiful sunset to boot! 

Just a fun sight going by the island, a tug pulling a tug

Another perfect sunset

Phinneus and Pickles were done in for the day. They are always busy eating the snacks leftover under the picnic table from visitors

Guests today – 34

Guests total – 878

USCG – 6

No Bake Peanut Butter Squares

Thursday, July 28, 2017 – No Bake Peanut Butter Squares

It was a slow day on the island today, no visitors except for the 2 young couples who spent the night in the guest quarters.  This morning they walked a few more trails but the wind was predicted to increase through the day and they decided to make their return trip by boat to Boothbay earlier than expected.

With the weather the way it was, both Brian and I puttered around.  I cleaned the guest quarters to get ready for the next overnight guests and Brian hung out in the Whistle House (aka man cave).  The on again off again rain and strong winds kept us inside most of the day.  I am making great progress on Brian’s sweater, just the sleeves to go, and we still have our ongoing Solitaire battle, Brian is in the lead at 2:06 minutes, I need to beat him if even by a second.

With such a slow day, I thought I would share one of my simplest but yummiest go to treats.  I made these for the Wednesday Warriors this week as well as the overnight guests as their welcome treat.  They taste just like homemade peanut butter cups.

No Bake Peanut Butter Squares was the treat left for the Wednesday Warriors this week.


½ cup butter

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)


Line a 13 x 9 pan with foil to make removal easier. 

Melt the butter in the microwave at 10 second increments.  Combine the graham cracker crumbs and confectioner’s sugar in a medium size bowl. Mix in melted butter and peanut butter until the mixture forms a firm ball.  Spread the graham cracker mixture into the foil lined pan, pushing down with hands or spoon to make a firm even layer of mix.  Spread the melted chocolate evenly across the top of the graham cracker mixture. 

Refrigerate the pan for 10 minutes, remove and score the chocolate with a sharp knife into desired size squares, I usually cut 1 inch squares because they are very rich.  Place back into refrigerator for 2-3 hours before making final cut and plate the squares while you snack on some!


Guests today – 4

Guests total – 844

USCG – 6

A fun day off

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – A great day off

This morning started out with us scrambling at the last minute on the beach because the Wednesday Warriors arrived a few minutes early and we didn’t have the dinghy floating yet.  There was a quick haul to get the dinghy in the water and then we slogged through the seaweed stuck in the cove since the northeast wind on Monday and Tuesday.  But not a problem, the transfer of the Warriors went without a hitch and we started heading to a fun day off the island.

We quickly got all our things into the van and planned a morning of breakfast and laundry.  After that we decided to head into Brunswick for a bike ride to the Bowdoin College campus to check out the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, a free offering for the frugal caretakers.  What a beautiful display of artifacts from Admiral Robert Peary’s attempts to reach the North Pole as well as other Arctic indigent tribes and their ways of sewing clothing to protect them from the severe weather. There was even a blanket made from the skin and feathers of Common Eiders, a known bird on Seguin Island.  The campus itself is beautiful and fun to ride around.

Admiral Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan’s image upon entering the museum

A blanket made from Common Eider skins and feathers

Views around Bowdoin College

Views around Bowdoin College

Views around Bowdoin College

Once we biked back to the van, it was time to explore a few back roads. Our goal is to find a route we can bike from Bath to Brunswick and it looks like we may have found a route from the laundromat to the bike trail in Brunswick, maybe we can try it out next week.

We enjoyed a lunch along the Kennebec River in Bath and as Brian sat in the shade, I did some shopping at Reny’s and of course, treated myself to an ice cream at Dot’s.  We left enough time to get our groceries done and off to Ethan’s to fill our drinking water containers.  While we were filling the containers, Ethan’s flock of chickens decided to peck at our feet, it was a little overwhelming when 12+ chickens start swarming us.

Lunch along the Kennebec River waterfront

The attacking flock of chickens

We met Ethan back at Fort Popham at 3:45pm for our trip back to the island.  He had a full tour to the island today and it appears the Wednesday Warriors were busy out there while we were playing.

Awaiting at the dock with all of our stuff to return to the island

There were guests arriving at 4pm for the guest quarters as well to spend the night.  They were arriving in the cove the same time we were, there was a little rush getting our things up the hill and welcoming them to the island all at once.  A very nice pair of young couples who are in love with the beauty of the island.

Guests today – 34

Guests total – 840

USCG – 6

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This morning the wind had calmed down but was still blowing from the northeast and the swell going across the cove was strong enough to keep most boaters off the moorings.  Ethan confirmed he was not bringing a group out so today was shaping up to be a boring day.  The low tide was around 7:30am and I decided to walk down to go see if the winds blew anything fun up the beach.

A wall of logs mixed in with about 12 inches of seaweed at the cove beach

It will not be fun pulling the dinghy tomorrow morning to the water through all of this muck

Hopefully as the high tides move through, it takes a lot of this seaweed with it

When I made it to the beach I was shocked to see a wall of logs washed up close to the dinghy and all the rocks were completely covered with about a foot of seaweed.  All I could think was how hard it was going to land the dinghy tomorrow afternoon with all our provisions at high tide.

The blue skies are the perfect backdrop for the cottage and tower

After a lazy morning of lounging around, Brian and I decided to walk the Cove and Cobblestone Trails.  The wave action from the east was magnificent, there were breakers everywhere.  I was also able to eat about ½ cup of raspberries along the way, totally organic and freshly washed from all the rain.  When we got back to the top of the hill, lunch was served outside.  The temps were warming up and we had crystal blue skies, if it were not for the swells in the cove this would be a perfect day for guests.

Pickles doing her squint hypnotize thing trying to get Brian to share his lunch

Waves crashing near Cobblestone Beach

The swells were pushing an already high tide even higher up Cobblestone Beach

As we got ready to walk the South Trail, 2 couples walked up the hill for a visit.  They were on a short sailing vacation and had left Boothbay this morning and decided to stop to see the tower.  Both of us were impressed they arrived and decided to come ashore through the conditions down there.  After we took pictures of them with the surf in the background, they headed out and we walked the South Trail.  There are still a few juvenile seagulls out there but they are mostly feathered and ready to fly off on their own.  There was also a seal swimming off the southern point of the island, most likely ‘helping’ the lobster boat near him with his catch!

View from the tip of the South Trail

Brian taking in the view

As the day was winding down and I started dinner prep, Brian gave one more tour of the tower to 4 guys from a sailboat.  Brian was a little shocked when the four arrived walking up the tramway even though the sign says unsafe use path.  Brian asked them about why they came up by the tram and their reply was they did not see the sign, REALLY!

The notable event was Brian has now become the temporary Solitaire champ, his time is now 2:06 taking 8 seconds off my time.  Game on.

Guests today – 8

Guests total – 806

USCG – 6

Feels like late spring again!

Monday, July 24, 2017 – Feels like late spring

Today was cold and raw, the temperatures never made it higher than 59 degrees and we ran the heat in the house for most of the day.  By mid-morning, the winds picked up and the rain started full force.  The wind was from the northeast which make the cove almost impossible to enter and be safe doing it.  The weather center in the living room was kind enough to warn us to Hold onto our Hats!   We figured there would be no one coming out to see the island today. Turns out we were wrong.

Around noon, we took a walk down to the cove just to get out of the house and we were going to bring a container of water back up to the house.  When we looked out to the cove there was a sailboat moored out there, S/V Gemini.  Hopefully, they don’t mind a very rolly experience while here.

S/V Gemini moored in the cove during a summer noreaster

I am grateful Brian is on the mend to help carry the water up the hill, I know I can do it solo but it is so much easier when 2 are involved.  The water made it to the kitchen and we settled in for an afternoon of knitting, reading, solitaire and napping.  Even the dogs were all for the napping thing.

Pickles only lifted her head from a nap because Brian had a snack she might be interested in sharing with him

Around 3:30p there was a knock on the door and the couple from Gemini wanted a tour of the tower.  Ok, no problem.  It is 56 degrees, pouring rain and the winds are averaging around 20 mph, and off I go with my foul weather gear to give a tour of the tower.  Turns out the couple on the sailboat had one day to go out sailing in Maine and today was the day.  They were planning on heading back to Harpswell when they get back to the boat.  It should make for a jaunty sail!

The rest of the day was more of the same lazy stuff we do to keep busy and keep boredom from setting in.  We both agree a day with 35-50 visitors can be exhausting but makes the day go by faster.

I finished the shawl I want to wear to my niece’s wedding in October. Julie from the Wednesday Warriors helped me save a major mistake a few weeks ago and now it is off the needles

Guests today – 2

Guests total – 798

USCG – 6