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.

NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES

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

A might big ship for the cove

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – A mighty big ship for the cove

 

Seen on my morning walk with Pickles
Pickles overseeing her Kingdom, checking for her loyal subjects offering her bacon

This morning started out with a return to winter (ok, early summer) with a northeast wind blowing at 15 mph and the temps were hovering around 59 degrees.  The good news is the scenery was perfect for viewing because there was no haze or moisture in the air, we saw Monhegan Island for the first time in 2 weeks.

Today was another day of knee recovery for Brian, he is on the mend but no chores were on the list for today except greeting the guests as they arrived.  It is sad the grass on the plateau is going dormant because it is so gorgeous with the green surrounding the tower, but on the other hand, it means less grass cutting for our remaining time here.  We realized we have only about 6 weeks left of our season as caretakers, where did the time go?  I spent some time taking pictures around the island, I am so afraid I will miss this island so much I will need the pictures to keep me from getting homesick for Seguin.

Picture of the cove from the end of the Cove Trail

The first time this summer, we had campers at the campground.  They had camped last year as well, 12 young ladies with the parents on their boat supervising.  Last night was a more manageable number of 4.  It was fun watching the ladies walk along the island last night at sunset and hearing the laughter as they enjoyed their time on the island.

We offer a campsite for members off the Cove Trail

Guests started arriving up at the top of the hill around 10am and didn’t stop all day.  Again, there were repeat visitors from years past, FOSILS members bringing friends, newbies who have sailed by the island many times but never stopped and chose to stop because of our Facebook posts this season, the ferry group arrived with 28 guests and then we had a surprise visit from SY Marie.  We have watched this sailing yacht on past Sundays sail around Sheepscot Bay and mid-afternoon we saw her turn towards Seguin Island.

SY Marie, a 56 meter ketch, look how it drawfs the 40 foot sailboat it is heading towards

Brian and I were hoping she would sail between the northern tip of the island and Ellingwood Rock for the best picture opportunity.  Brian grabbed the camera with the telephoto lens and I took off running down the North Trail hoping to get to the point before Marie came through the cut.  Marie is a 56-meter yacht (182 feet) and she hails from the Cayman Islands but summers in Maine.  She is spectacular to watch under sail.  Anyway, I was just coming around the loop portion of the loop trail when Marie turned towards Seguin’s Cove.  Ok, there is no way she can fit in our cove, where is she going?  Brian and I had our handheld radios to communicate with each other during this escapade and we were both baffled when she started to drop her sails just outside of the Cove.  Boats are not supposed to anchor off or in the cove because of the electric cable that runs the sea floor, my concern was we were going to be in the dark tonight if the captain’s anchoring was off the mark!  After many pictures were taken, we both realized they were coming ashore for a visit, so back to the tower to get ready.  I guess we will need to wait for another chance for the picture between the island and Ellingwood Rock. Normally, the cove is a blind spot for us when we are up on top, but Marie’s mast is so tall it was taller than the plateau about 135 feet above sea level.

Marie getting to drop her sails and then drop her anchor outside of the cove
The mast was taller than the height of the island plateau

During the same time Marie was arriving, we had a few FOSILS members come into the cove with their sailboat, S/V Mer Aimee, another beautiful cruising boat.  Again, the people we have met this summer are so much fun to visit with, we hope to this group visits again this summer because we would love to continue our chat with them when they have more time.

Even Sam the Seagull made an appearance to see what all of the excitement was about
S/V Mer Aimee setting sail after their visit to Seguin
Marie in full sail on her way back to Boothbay, a simply beautiful sight to see
Mer Aimee was heading the same way as Marie, she is keeping great pace with the yacht on the way up the Sheepscot Bay

The day finally started to wind down, Brian made a great one pot chicken creation for dinner because I was to beat to cook, I was willing to settle for a sandwich and my pillow.  I am glad I held out for the pillow because the sunset was spectacular and as we were standing on the rock near the tram to take sunset pictures, a school of fish were off the east side of the island with whales following them.  Dreams and our reality are the same tonight!

Brian taking the perfect sunset shot for our memory book
And here is the perfect sunset shot with Mt Washington outlined in the background

Guests today – 66

Guests total – 796

USCG – 6

Saturday, July 22nd

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The original bell to the island manufactured in 1848

This morning I started out walking the North Trail to make sure it didn’t need any trail maintenance before we started having guests arrive.  It has been over a week since I walked this trail because of the attacking seagull.  The good news was the trail looked in good shape and can probably wait until next week before anything needs to be done.  This is still the most breathtaking trail on the island, it offers so many diverse environments.  It also provided raspberries for my breakfast as well.  The blackberries are still about 2-3 weeks before they will be ready to pick but there are a lot of them.

Picked enough raspberries for my breakfast
scenes from the north trail
scenes from the north trail

Today’s visitors were great!  Some were repeat visitors, some were FOSILS members and then there were still the newbies! The newbies ask a bunch of fun questions and are in awe of the views and the whole summer lighthouse caretaker gig.  We talked more today about how we became the 2017 Caretakers and how it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The two memorable visits today included a member who gifted us a bottle of wine as a welcome present, so very nice, thanks Bill.  Then we had a couple walk up the path and I was fairly certain they arrived by sailboat because I saw the boat sail into the cove.  I welcomed them like I do everyone and they immediately said to me “you look familiar, what is your boat’s name?”.  This is a common greeting among cruisers when you pull into a port.  My response of course, was Scout.  They remembered us from St. Mary’s, GA at Thanksgiving.  Their boat is Tatiana and they had anchored directly behind us for the week-long cruisers Thanksgiving celebration the town of St. Mary’s puts on for all the boat people, about 150-200 people every year.  It was great to see Kristen and James again and to have a chance to touch base on each other’s travels since November.  Hopefully, we will have another holiday dinner with them this year in warmer climates.

S/V Tatiana, we last saw the boat and crew in St. Mary’s GA in November

The best part of all our guests is having a chance to personally connect with them.  Making sure the 4 little boys were sitting just right in the tower with a rainbow on them for a group picture, or with the 3-generational family who visited from Morse Mountain because they visit every year and they see our light every night.  Everyone has a story, you need to take the time to find out what it is!

This is one of my favorite work boats, love the color and the steadying sail has a poodle on it!

A quick update on the veggie garden – the cool temps and the fog have made the garden go crazy.  Tonight, we had a harvest of pea pods with dinner, there are tomatoes, cukes, zucchini and summer squash all on the plants.  The old spinach plants were pulled out and new seeds planted and the green beans are about 7-10 days from harvesting.  I love trying to be self-sustaining like the keepers in the early 1800’s were, but I do not want any dried fish or marine birds on my plate.

The garden is starting to give back
The peapod harvest for tonight

Brian’s knee is improving but he still is mostly stuck to limited use.  He did a few tours up the tower today for me but he is keeping himself off the trails for another day or two, I may need to bring up water again as a solo act tomorrow but after that all should be good.

Guests today – 38

Guests total – 730

USCG – 6 (ok, I am giving up hope of a return visit)

Saturday, July 21, 2017

Today was another day where I wish both Brian and I were young and in great shape!  We are both feeling a little broken and old but we are expecting a busy day of visitors today, so we will just work through it.  Brian’s knee is still swollen and painful, he will get a day of rest to help his knee heal.  I started out the morning by working on the South Trail, it had been 10 days since we did any work on this trail.  A quick hour of weed whacking brought it back to great shape.  Afterward that was completed, I moved on to cleaning up the top of the island and using the push mower where the riding mower cannot get.  I was hoping to finish with all noisy equipment before 10 because we were expecting guests to stay in the guest quarters tonight and I don’t want to disturb their visit with a lawn mower all day.

We were also running low on drinking water in our cottage so I needed to get a 5-gallon container up the hill on my own.  Thank goodness one of the past keepers left a utility cart for me to use, loaded the 40 lb container in the cart and pulled it up the catwalk along the tramway.  We should be good now on water until Monday or Tuesday when Brian should be back in service!

I got the call mid-morning our overnight guests had cancelled so again the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are for us to munch on all day!

The rush of visitors started, I took the tours and Brian had greeting and gift shop duty, we really do make a great team.  All in all, it was a great day, we even had a few return visitors on private boats from earlier this summer, kind of like old friends now.

A couple relaxing after their tour of the lighthouse

Low tide was at 3:35 today and I took some ‘me’ time and went to the beach to sea glass hunt.  This may be the most soothing past time I have had.  It is amazing how quickly 45 minutes can pass.

Guests today – 34

Guests total – 692

USCG – 6

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