Hello my friends, thanks for hanging in there all the way to the end. I don’t imagine there are too many of you, but if you’re here, you are just a few minutes from the finish line.
Just looking to share a few highlights as we hung around in Maine for a few days before we began our journey back to Virginia.
We stayed at Diane and Dave’s in Southport Sunday night and Monday night. Sunday afternoon was spent looking at the wedding pictures from their son’s wedding in April. Diane and I decided to work on getting my mom a small book of some key photos of the day. Diane prepared a wonderful dinner for all of us (Lemon Shrimp Risotto) and it was a great way to relax and just take in the change of pace. Later that evening, we also taught them the 10-dice game.
Monday’s weather was cloudy and rainy. We were originally supposed to head to Monhegan with our new friends Leeli and Jim, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Oh well, may next time we make a journey to Maine we’ll be able to head out there. Today I spent some time on the blog and just relaxing. We did bring back with us some crab and made some more Crabmeat on English muffins with the Kraft Old English cheese. We all dove in and cleaned the plate in minutes!
They showed us some of the improvements they just completed on the property this year. Some new stairs from the house to the dock as well as new granite blocks along the water’s edge. Looks wonderful and will surely last a long, long time. We closed out the evening with more 10-dice as we were all having fun, laughing and enjoying the unplanned time.
Tuesday morning, we got up and ate some breakfast before we headed out. We headed back to Bath as I had an appointment with Shawn at Old Bones Tattoo and Steve was headed to the Subaru dealership for an oil change before we make our long trip home. I made out better than Steve though as when they went to rotate the tires, a couple of the tires were down to the layer just above the belt! We have our tires/oil change done at the dealership religiously at 6K miles and sometimes before if we were headed on a long trip. We were not happy with having to purchase 4 new tires with only 27k on the ones that came on the car!!! There will be a few phone calls when we get home.
Moving on to my tattoo. I have a couple of pictures here to share and then a picture after all the redness from the “shading” healed. I’m very happy with it as the house / tower actually have a touch of whimsy, a little Dr. Suess-u-lar, which I love! It’s a little busy with all the freckles 🙂
Also interestingly enough, our good friends Ray and Theresa made a last-minute trip to Oregon to be part of the surprise of their daughter Cara getting engaged! They had a blast and were very grateful to be part of that special day. In addition, they stayed in an Airbnb and there on the wall was a navigational chart. Guess of where? You guessed it, Damariscotta, Sheepscot and Kennebec Rivers!!! The exact same chart we had in our dining room on Seguin! That’s crazy!
We had made a reservation for Tuesday night for ourselves in Phippsburg at an Airbnb. Our hosts were Emma and Andrew of Paper Tides. They have a business here and live in the Dromore Grange building on Rte. 209. Next to their house is a cute little space they have to rent. It was perfect, they were perfect!
We drove to their place to bring in our stuff and our plans were to meet Cal & Katrina for pizza at Bruno’s Wood Fire Pizza. We met them around 6:00 and spent a couple of hours learning more about their stories and what brought them to this point in time. Fun, genuine and sincere people. Katrina painted a rock with a picture of Seguin on it and a lovely inscription on the back. This has been one of the highlights of the summer getting to know these two amazing people. Please recommend their boat charter company to all your friends! www.fiveislandsboattours.com Back to the Grange and tomorrow we begin the journey home.
Wednesday, the 7th we left Maine heading to South Hadley, MA (near Springfield, MA) to meet up with Steve’s high school friends Tom and Jane. Every time we come to MA or head up this way, we try to stop in and see them. Above is the journey for today and to the right is crossing into New Hampshire.
I worked on the computer trying to continue writing the blog. It was a little difficult due to the reflections and the brightness of the day. It was a challenge for sure but I am determined to finish it sooner vs later.
Before we actually landed at their house, we stopped in at Nicks Nest. Steve worked here when he was in High School. It’s a little corner hot dog restaurant. It’s still there and when you walk in, it’s definitely a step back in time. Here is Steve ordering his hot dog followed by a picture of him and the new owner (he’s been the owner now for about 8 years). It was fun listening to him share why he purchased the place and his efforts to maintain some of the original charm and equipment! When you left, there was a chain / door pull the person behind the counter would use to open the door because the customer usually had handfuls of hotdogs!!!
On to Tom & Janes. We hung with Tom for a few hours before Jane came home from work just chatting about our adventure. Jane joined us on the screened porch continuing the catch-up conversation about them, their lives and updates on their two daughters. We headed out for a bite to eat – one more opportunity to not eat well and we went all in, but boy was it yummy. No pictures as I don’t want to be reminded of what I ate!!!!
Thursday, we left MA, next stop, West Chester, PA at Steve’s cousin Cathy and her husband, Mike. Again, we were supposed to stop here on the way up, but Steve’s Covid a few days before we left prevented that stop. Well, here we are in the country side about 30 mins west of Philly. Beautiful area. We again went out a for a nice dinner so no one would have to be a chef tonight! But I did take a picture at the restaurant.
Got up the next morning and had some breakfast. We always sleep well when visiting Cathy & Mike! Before we left, Cathy had a present for Steve. It was a canvas print of the last painting Marie did earlier this year. Marie is Cathy’s mom and she was an integral part of Steve’s childhood. She also had a gift for our kitchen. I wooden spoon that has a heart with “MM” (her initials) burned into the wood. Marie always said when she died, she wanted to come back as a wooden spoon in chefs kitchen. Many people who knew her well received a wooden spoon. As you may recall, Marie was the person who painted a version of Seguin for us which we shared at the fund raiser. Again, we were supposed to visit her on the way up to Seguin, and we couldn’t so we just figured we’d see her on the way home. Unfortunately, she passed away August 1st, may she rest in peace.
The last travel day, we’re heading to Glen Allen, VA today! No picture of today’s route as we kept changing it due to traffic, etc. We took all sorts of back roads as we’ll drive way around just to avoid 95 and the DC area so it took a little longer than expected. Here are a couple of pictures though as we drove through rural PA and parts of Amish country. We arrived home about 5:00.
We unloaded the car, brought everything in and began the process of unpacking, going through mail and putting everything away. Probably took us about 2 days before we didn’t have a pile of something that needed to be addressed. Once you return from living in a smaller space, at least for me, I was feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff we have in the house! We have already downsized once, but it has become apparent to me that downsizing needs to be an ongoing process!
Well, that’s it for the journey home. I could keep writing, but it’s time to close this chapter. Again, thanks to all of you who read the blog, it helped me to make sure I captured everything about Seguin so I could share with you and create a lifelong memory as I plan to turn the blog into a book! And to all of you with whom our journeys crossed over the summer, may our friendships stand the test of time. You all were a highlight of our adventure. The memory of this summer will be with us for a lifetime.
I found two quotes and they both spoke to me, so I share both!!!
May your Anchor be tight, your Cork be loose, your Rum be spiced and your Compass be true.
May the dreams you hold dearest, be those which come true. And the kindness you spread, keep returning to you.
Sunday, August 28th – No pictures of the Cove this morning as we are in Topsham, ME. Here are a few pictures from the Black Lantern B&B where we stayed. Our breakfast was awesome, a delicious homemade meal as good as if you made it yourself! Judy and Tom were very accommodating with a few special requests we had!
After breakfast we went for a walk around historic Topsham and then across the bridge over the Androscoggin River towards Brunswick. We came to this very large building called the Cabot. Looks like it was turned in an Antique Mall full of vendors and their wares. We opted to not go in as our car was FULL to the brim with stuff! Also, during our walk, we noticed this interesting bug on a plant we walked by. Even back on the mainland, it’s amazing what you can see if you just look! Walking back over the river we noticed the Salty Dog Brewery, a little too early for a beer!
Once back at the B&B, we packed up our gear, loaded up the leftover pizza and headed down to Portland. We did a little grocery shopping at a Hannaford down there. Oh my, it was huge! We were a little overwhelmed to say the least. I noticed this same phenomenon when we were on our first caretaking gig in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As you can imagine, not everything we have here is available in the islands and if you see a box of Triscuits then buy them as next week there may not be any. This was also the case here, although not quite to the same extent. We did most of our shopping at Shaw’s. If they didn’t have a brand we were looking for or a product, you make do. But when you return to your normal shopping store when you return home – I am astounded by the options provided to shoppers to the point where I get overwhelmed in the store as there are so many options! I digress!
We drove around a little and found a place for lunch, the “Miss Portland Diner.” Lots of great reviews and it was packed. Looks like they have added on another dining area as well as an outside eating space. We didn’t have to wait long and really enjoyed our lunch! Next we drove to the hotel where we are staying so we could bring our refrigerated food inside (we did have a small cooler with us), along with our stuff. We are staying in the Marriott Residence on Commercial St near the waterfront, stores and lots of eating choices for later.
Finally, it was time to head to the airport, about 10 minutes away to pick-up Gary and Therese. The airport was much smaller than I expected. I was thinking it would be like Richmond, which is not huge but it has two terminals. Needless to say, picking them up was a breeze and they were waiting outside in the pick-up area as we pulled up! Back to the hotel to bring in their gear and decide about food. We had a few snacks in the room (which by the way, plug for Residence is that many of them have a good size refrigerator in the room) and some beverages. We let them get settled and started looking for our dinner place.
A few years ago, we had come to Portland to see some folks we met in St. Thomas. After we spent a couple of nights at their home on Chebeague Island, we returned to the mainland and went to Boone’s Fish House. I thought we would try this for tonight’s dinner! We walked to the restaurant, only to find that almost 80% of the menu was lobsters and the prices were out of sight. The four of us were planning lobsters while on the island so we decided to get a few apps and share. Plus, we understand what the lobsterman are getting paid for their catch compared to what everyone is charging in the restaurants. It’s highway robbery.
After our apps, we headed to Ria Ria an Irish pub. We sat upstairs in the back restaurant area which was bright and didn’t look like an Irish pub compared to where we walked in. However, it was perfect as we could hear each other (the downstairs pub was loud). Again, we each chose some appetizers. Here are some pictures of us just having a fun/silly time.
After here we headed back to the hotel, we sat in our room and shared the presentation we made last night. I know they have seen a little bit of the blog but this was definitely a view into what the island is like. Then it was time to head to bed as we needed to be back at the floating dock in Popham by 10:00.
Monday, August 29th – We headed down to breakfast about 8:00. They have a nice spread of options for breakfast. Everything from eggs, sausage, to bagels, muffins, oatmeal, granola, cereals, yogurts and all sorts of toppings! All yummy and again I didn’t have to cook! Two days in a row! Besides meeting Ethan in Popham at 10:00, Steve’s cousin Mary Rose and husband Frank and my sister Diane and Angus (the dog) are headed our way from Five Islands with Cal & Katrina to spend the day with us. Frank just retired and they are on a 7-week retirement tour in their truck/camper. They live in Ohio and are covering all of New England and down to Pennsylvania before making their way home.
We have prepped all sorts of food, etc. to have a great celebration of just being together. We’ll just see if we have visitors – but it will all work out (it always does). Made it to the dock on time and ready to roll!
We made a big salad with all sorts of toppings, cooked a bunch of chicken on the grill for wraps and some cheese, cold cuts, condiments – making you hungry? This is the dining room with our buffet!
Everyone made a plate and then headed out to the picnic table. So far, no visitors. Time to eat before some show up! Mary Rose and Frank brought nuts and chocolate covered blueberries and raisins for dessert along with some of my homemade oatmeal cookies! We had such a great time chatting, eating and laughing. The conversation covered so many fun topics and everyone had a good time. A few visitors came up but we were able to give them tours after we ate.
Here’s a normal and silly picture of all of us.
Sitting at the picnic table and Steve giving a tour to Frank and Mary Rose
While we ate at the picnic table, I shared my favorite toast. “The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, the reasons to be happy are all around us.” You can copy that for your next family dinner – I came across in a magazine years ago and it’s the best!!! Well, I guess all this fun has to end. The clock has a way of ticking by. Here is the Cal & Katrina crowd heading out. You can see we have three boats behind them. I see tours in our future!
By 3:00, the rest of the boats were all headed out, time for a splash in the ocean, at least for Gary & Therese! Ooooowee the water is still chilly. I’ll walk into my calves but that’s it for me!
We decided to walk out on the Cove trail, so we could wave goodbye to everyone. While we were there, we saw a seal. I texted Katrina, but she said it looked like it had a pretty good cut on one of its fins. We walked a little closer and in my best “mom” voice I was encouraging the seal to make its way to water. It was moving but having a tough time with one hurt flipper. Luckily though, he finally made it and swam away – yay! After we finished, we headed back to the welcome area and saw this spider web. You can see so many things if you slow down and take your time to look around.
Because we were home free from a tour perspective, we headed off to share with Gary & Therese (from here on in, G&T) our bounty of blackberries bushes on the North Trail. They have become quite plump and have lasted much longer than the blueberries did. This was the branch that had been hanging over the trail since the beginning of the season. We purposefully left it there to see the berries grow. Unfortunately, someone broke the branch so it wouldn’t hang down into the trail, but it seems it lasted long enough for the berries to ripen!
We sat on the front porch for a while just talking and sharing. Gary was hoping to get some drone video of the island but winds were in excess of 20 mph. At that speed, the drone won’t even take off! As sunset time was approaching, we opted to head up into the tower to take a few more pictures of the sunset combined with the reflection of it in the lens. Here’s a picture of the sun reflecting back and then a picture of G&T.
The best picture of all is the next one. Gary has been working on taking his time lapse photos and then overlays all the photos into one picture. He set up his tripod and the timer for 2 hours tonight to take a picture of the tower, with the very tippity-top of it centered on the North Star. Since we rotate about that axis, the stars should make a circle. After taking the pictures, sorting through all of it, he decided 1 hour of time lapse was the best perspective and here is that photo. One of us must have walked into the kitchen during his time lapse as the light shows it was on! All it needed to do was be on for one snap and then it becomes part of the final image. Very cool!
Tuesday, August 30th – Another gorgeous day here on Seguin. Here’s Gary and Steve taking a morning selfie to capture the view, then a walk down to the Cove to see whose there – just one boat, for now!
As we were walking back up the main trail, we noticed a couple of “new” lobster buoys hanging off the tram. Judging by the writing we believe it was from the Georgetown lobsterman celebration that took place in the Cove on Saturday while we were onshore. Headed up for some light breakfast nosh.
A little after noon, we decided we’d walk the Cobblestone Beach trail, but first it’s a good idea to take a peek at the Cove to see if we have any boats. As we were walking around the Cove, I took some more pictures. Remember, the clock is ticking down and we leave in 5 days. I want to capture everything! Here’s my artsy photos of the Cove.
Then we found Steve talking to a visitor, who had found the Adirondack chair by the Donkey House. He was just sitting there enjoying his lunch (some sardines ….). He was taking a break from being on the boat. He didn’t want a tour so we headed on the trail to Cobblestone Beach. When we got there, we took a little time pointing out a few items to G&T. Like the vein of quartz that is on the face of the cliff looking back towards the Tower and how there is a valley in the land where the tide has come in and left all sorts of driftwood including some pretty large pieces.
As we turned to walk closer to the waters edge, we noticed a seal. He looked either hurt or sleepy. He was a little way up on the beach so it didn’t look like the tide brought him up that far. As we got a little closer, we couldn’t see any type of injury so we figured he was just sunning himself and we continued on our journey east along the coastline. I love saying ‘oh we walked the coastline’ around the island! It just creates a very unique mental image for me.
I am intrigued by the “puddles” we come across when we take this hike. The water is so clear and the growth of the algae is different. It must get ‘fresh’ seawater with the tide. The only way you can tell its water is because the adjacent rock is darker because it’s wet. We had timed our hike to align with a rising tide as it makes it a little more interesting as the waves come crashing in.
We came back to the Cove trail and what did we do? This is where you say “Check the Cove for boats.” If that’s what you said, you’d be right! Nope, no boat traffic, so we’re clear for a little while. It’s around 3:30 pm. If any boats come in from here on out, they will likely be coming to stay the night. We walked back up the main trail back to the house. Not too long after we walked back up, we decided to walk back down and get the lobsters and some crabs out of the ‘lobster car.’ See how we get our exercise! Up and down the main trail several times a day – “our existence is our exercise” (I love that mantra).
We suggested G&T go out in the dinghy to get them. Of course, they needed to capture some of that on film for their adventure videos. Have I mentioned they have a YouTube channel? It’s called “Modern Recreation.” Gary does a great job of editing and adding some humor to their videos. Therese provides the context of the video to share with the audience. Anyway, as you can see in the picture (it’s a little dark as the sun has already gone down enough to shade the Cove), Therese is taking pics while Gary is getting the lobster. He yelled in and said, “this is harder than it looks.” We were laughing and making bets on whether “T” or the camera was going in the drink! Lucky for them, neither of them did! Eventually they got the lobsters out of the car and into the bucket. The crabs were a little more evasive to get out of the car. Plus, when you put them in the bucket, they try to climb out! Their little eyes are very focused on you and they raise their pincher claws up!!!!
Back to the house (aka up the main trail, again). I needed to finish my sign painting. The best place to lay this all out as opposed to painting down in the Whistle House was the museum. I set up an area in the Coast Guard room. It’s tough because I was painting three different colors and some on both sides. Paint one side, let it dry, paint the other side, let it dry, next color – kind of like washing your hair lather, rinse, repeat!
While I was letting the signs dry a bit, Gary popped in to check out the museum and the gift shop. It’s a great little spot. It’s the perfect size – not too big and not to small – just like Goldilocks said! We looked at a couple of cozy hoodies and the Long Sleeve T’s but ultimately, he liked the unique ‘Vintage’ sweatshirts we had this summer. The color was perfect and he loved the design. Made his Venmo payment and was on his way. The Venmo process has been very lucrative this summer as it is allowing folks to make donations or payments in seconds and no one has to carry cash.
We sat on the front porch a bit as it’s interesting to watch the shadow of the house grow as the sun is setting. The picture on the left is about 6:00 and the on the right is about 7:00. We can tell the wind is still pretty stiff from the flag and how far the rope is away from the pole. Another night where at sunset it’s too windy for the drone. Still have tomorrow night though…..
Time to starting cooking dinner. We are cooking the crabs, then the lobsters. One of the things that has been great here in the house is it’s very well stocked with pots/ pans, utensils, etc. Anytime we’ve needed something specific like a platter to serve our lunch buffet the other day or a pot to cook the lobsters, etc., they have one! Check out T’s excellent job in getting the lobster claw meat out in one piece! Way to go – she’s a pro and this is only her second time having lobster, she is from South Dakota – not a lot of local lobster there! After we cleaned up our shells and the dishes, we put some oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven for dessert! Whenever we have guests, it’s an excuse for dessert. No diets this summer! It was a lot easier to just put all the cookie dough I had left on the cookie sheet and make one big cookie! Boy was it good – oh and don’t forget the whip cream. We do have to start consuming all the stuff we have in the fridge!
After dinner we taught them the 10-dice game that Mary and Bryan had given us. Everyone we have shown this to has enjoyed it because it’s simple with only a few rules. Lot’s of walking, hiking and fun in the sun today but time to call it a night!
Wednesday, August 31st – Well don’t stop reading this blog as today turned out to be a BIG day. Not going to spoil the surprise, you’ll just have to keep reading! I’m sure we were up around 7 ish. The sun shines into the bathroom window, so we usually close the bathroom door to keep it darker. The window in our bedroom faces South and we have a room darkening curtain. We let the ‘kids’ sleep as it was a very busy week for them prior to leaving for here and we’ve kept them going with this and that. Got to show them everything the island has to offer. Looks like the weather is gorgeous again today and the wind is down. Yay – Gary should be able to get his sunset video this evening. I checked my sign and everything was dry and I was happy with the result. Back to handyman Steve to pull out the ladder and hang it back up. The white really pops! You might be wondering why I didn’t paint the Museum sign white and it’s because it was in pretty good shape paint wise so I left it alone.
We walked down to Cove. Three out of four of us were determined to go in for a swim, cause how often do you get to go in the Atlantic Ocean off Seguin Island? Not too many, so no time like the present! They all walked in then dove into the water. Burr, even though the sun is out, the water is still like 62 degrees! That’s pretty chilly! We sat for a while on the rocks and enjoyed the sunshine, the view and being present, taking it all in. In an effort to be present, I hadn’t taken any photos of them all in the water! I remembered as we were walking up the steps from the beach to take one of the three of them.
When we got back, everyone changed into some comfy clothes. Kids must have been tired as they crashed on the couch. Being on Seguin can sometimes be exhausting! Rough life though, right?
Well weather still looks favorable for Gary to take some drone shots at sunset. We put on some shirts etc. and headed down to the Cove. He brought the camera and tripod with him. He wanted to take some video of asking Steve some questions about the gig, the island etc. Well, and all together now – might as well see if there are any boats in the Cove!
No one’s here. We just enjoyed the sunshine…. Oops then we saw a couple of boats. We thought they might turn into the Cove, but they kept on their course and sailed on by. Within a couple more minutes, we noticed a pretty large catamaran headed our way. And it just kept getting bigger, and bigger and bigger!
We watched them pull in and pick up their mooring. I’m sure we waved to them – an appropriate welcome to the island. We decided we should start heading up as Gary was anxious to start getting is gear ready for the sunset flights. Also, we figured it would be a bit before they had settled in and got the boat ready for the evening. Still don’t know if they plan to come up for a tour or not. We’ll just have to be surprised!
As we came up the trail, another pretty perspective of the tower with the early stages of sunset as it wasn’t even 6 o’clock yet. Gary began to get out his equipment and was walking round trying to find the best place for the tripod and Therese put on her dress for the video. We were just walking around in the kitchen doing some kitchen prep for dinner. Last night with them on the island – but it has been a great visit having them here. Everyone enjoyed the time and exploring the island together. Steve and I came out to see how it was going. T-minus 15 mins and counting to sunset. Just then, the Daren and Amanda from S/V Outer Passage (the large catamaran) came up the trail in walked toward the West where we all were. What a beautiful and unique vessel.
We didn’t really get to chat much with them, how and why they are here etc. as Gary asked us, politely, to move over towards the side of the tower so we wouldn’t be in the picture. Then he asked me if I could start the tour inside the museum – I said sure, that would work out fine as I can point to lots of pictures in there. Then Steve headed inside too, to be out of the picture. Director Gary had a vision of the view he wanted and we weren’t in it. We didn’t give it a second thought as he only had this one shot to get sunset.
I’m inside giving Daren and Amanda the tour, and Steve came in about 15 mins later and said we could come out now as Gary had taken the shots he wanted.
Well, la-de-da and guess what. Maybe because of what I’m typing, your getting suspicious. I didn’t give a second thought. But this was all part of his master plan to propose to Therese!
Once I turned the corner by the tower, I could see the excitement on everyone’s faces. Even Daren and Amanda were super excited! It was amazing – everyone was surprised! In the picture below, if you look close, you can see Gary on the catwalk down on one knee (follow the grounding cable up to the catwalk). It was great Daren and Amanda were there as they took a picture of the four of us and then we had to take a picture of them!
Well, we were all a buzz and of course in hindsight, we should have thought something was up. Gary had been planning this since before we arrived on Seguin. They had been discussing getting engaged, but no specific timing. As Gary would say, “Well how ‘bout that?”
We love Therese and are very excited to have her join our family! Then of course we shared that we’d have to finish the tour tomorrow and had to go in and call all the peeps to let everyone know the good news. She was able to FaceTime her parents and we called Steve’s mom. Then Therese needed to reach out to all her girlfriends and let them know the exciting news. We opted to not tell my Mom because we had planned for them to visit and see her tomorrow when they get to Woburn on their way to Boston, their destination for Thursday night. Their friends from San Diego are picking them up at my Mom’s house as the four of them have a wedding in Connecticut on Sunday! If you haven’t experienced the power of the universe. This was a prime example. Gary had some tentative plans for the whole thing and it all played out perfectly. The engagement, going to my Mom’s, spending the night there and then meeting their friends. You just have to believe it will work out and it does!!!!
Even as I type all of this as we are on our way to see them in South Dakota (9/23 – I know but I’m almost done), I still can’t believe it all happened and it was so much fun to be part of that very special moment. How lucky are we to have kids that want to be around us when an event like this occurs, we are blessed for sure. Here is our sunset as we all went into the house to make our calls! Oh and tonight’s Rabbit, Rabbit!!!
Thursday, September 1st – Today we head in for our shore day and we bring Gary and Therese to the bus to start the rest of their trip. We were able to request our travel day today so we could bring them in and also start to bring in a few things so we won’t have as much to bring in on Sunday (sniff, sniff, our last day). Oh my, it’s only a few days away. I’m so excited and sad at the same time. Gary looks exhausted in this picture, but I’m sure the pressure, all his planning and ultimately the completion of his plan left him drained. Once they get on the bus, they will be able to sleep some more.
Here’s my Cove picture. Steve rowing Gary and a bunch of stuff out to Ethan’s boat. S/V Outer Passage is still there, but we’ll not be there to thank them or finish my tour! Oh well, that’s how it goes.
Here they are as we leave the island. The plan is to stop at Winnegance for breakfast as their bus doesn’t leave Bath until 10:10. They will take the bus to Portland Transportation Center and from there get a train that goes to Boston, but stops in Woburn. That turned out to be pretty convenient! Guess we didn’t take a pic at breakfast! But it was all good. Therese and I split a breakfast that was a veggie bowl with 2 eggs and 2 pieces of toast. It was a perfect amount.
We got to the bus stop in Bath which is located at a particular store front on State Rd. Here’s the very funny part though, oh my gosh I’m laugh every time I share it. We’re at the stop and we have their luggage out and all together to make sure no one forgets anything, just standing there chatting. 10:10, 10:15, 10:20, 10:25, coming up on 10:30 and no bus. So I jumped on my phone as I knew the train didn’t come as far north at Bath, but wondered where it started. Turns out it started in Brunswick which is only 7 miles away. If they missed the 11:00 train in Portland, they would have to wait 2 hours for the next one! The train station was only 12 mins away and we had just about 30 mins before the 11 o’clock train. We all agreed to throw the stuff back in the car and make a beeline to the train station in Brunswick. Threw the suitcases in the back, we all got in with our stuff and back packs. Steve backed out of the parking spot and when it was clear, pulled out onto the road.
As we did, the two suitcases, 8 cans of diet coke and the 48 pkg box of Cheezits he got at the fundraiser all fell out of the back of the Subaru onto the road. We forgot to close the hatch!!! The soda cans were rolling everywhere and squirting soda, the luggage fell out but luckily didn’t open! Fortunately, no one was right behind us and the cars coming in both directions, politely stopped and waited for us crazy people to run and pick up all the stuff. We never laughed so hard and neither of us though to grab a quick photo! Oh my, it was so funny!!!!!
We all got back in the car and laughed the whole way to the train station. Just another great story!!!
There was plenty of time for them to get an appropriate ticket and I told them they would be able to get their $$ money back on their bus tickets. What a morning! We waved our goodbyes, threw kisses and once the train pulled away, we walked back to the car to go about the rest of our shore day! Holy cow – surely another day for the memory books!
And to boot, another friend of ours from Virginia, Caroline, is driving up this a.m. to come back out with us. She was up in Rhode Island visiting her parents and REALLY wanted to come out and experience the island to see firsthand this amazing adventure we were having. So, we did our errands, grabbed a quick lunch from Two Sisters Deli, which we split since we each had a good size breakfast but at the same time knew dinner wouldn’t be for a while. Then we picked up a yummy kale tofu chickpea salad from the Bath Natural Market for Caroline. We drove to the Marriott Residence in Bath and waited for Caroline. She pulled in around 2. I somehow missed her pulling in so we were both there for a bit before we found each other. I hopped in her car, and drove us to Popham while she ate her lunch!
We both pulled in by the Fort, unloaded the cars and Steve and Carol went to park their cars. We could see Ethan and he was cleaning the boat. We moved all the stuff down to the loading dock and waited for him to finish. He came around and picked us up a little after 3:00. Here we are on the way to the island.
Once back in the Cove, first order of business was to help the volunteers with their stuff into the boat and then we loaded all our stuff and Carolines and made one trip to the shore. Then up the stairs, regroup and up the trail. I know I’ve type that so many times, but each time it’s different. This time we were sharing with another close friend. Her husband, Helmut, was bummed he wasn’t able to join us but he had just had knee surgery a few weeks ago and we decided the in/out of the dinghy and up the trail etc. would likely have been too much. Next time Helmut!
Once we got everything up to the house and put the refrigerator stuff away, Caroline and I headed off on the North Trail. She is only here till Saturday, so time is of the essence to show her everything! We captured some beautiful pictures of the sunset from out here as well as a picture facing due North. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this view at high tide as there is like a pond in between some rocks.
Then it was on to dinner prep. Making our Spaghetti Squash Mediterranean Bowls with Tofu Sausage crumbles (which is actually a recipe I got from Caroline), everyone’s favorite (honest). Then after dinner, guess what we played? We taught Caroline the 10-dice game. We chatted and caught up on some of her adventures this summer. It’s been a long day for everyone so off to bed we went.
Friday, September 2nd– Down to the Cove to check out status of boats and also to capture the weather for the day. Another picturesque day, at least the morning is! I’m down here at the Cove by myself and just like Wednesday, trying to capture a few last pictures. Not that they look much different than another other day, but I know I only have two more mornings. And the day we leave doesn’t really count! The view from the Clivus and today I walked down the Cove trail to the northeast view from the island.
I actually took a panoramic photo of the coastline when you reach the end of the Cove Trail. We’ll see how it looks when I post it. Looks pretty good I’d say!
Then here I have facing due east for a gorgeous view looking at sunrise. On the way back, I took another photo looking up past the Donkey Engine House up the tram.
Well, time to head back up to have breakfast with Caroline and to get ready for the day. We didn’t have any visitors until around noontime today so that was a nice break. It is Friday on Labor Day weekend. Wonder how many visitors we’ll have today. We went up the Tower and gave it a quick sweep to make sure she was looking ship shape for the holiday weekend. As I start at the top, I noticed some more unique rainbows from the prisms.
We had a couple of guys come up just after noon and they were excited to be on the island and really wanted a tour. They asked all sorts of questions and were intrigued with the history I shared. It was lunch time and I figured if we didn’t eat something soon, we’d miss or window of opportunity.
The other day, my sister Diane suggested we take a picture of the two of us, trying to replicate the “American Gothic” from our perspective. It was perfect since Caroline was here, she could take the photos of us. Here’s some funny pictures of that effort and once we started doing it, the three of us couldn’t stop laughing!
By sunset, I was feeling like I needed to take this opportunity to head up the Tower to take a few more pictures up there.
And of course, can’t miss the sunsets!
Saturday, September 3rd – Well, here we are our last full day. I wonder how many visitors we’ll have. I’ve noticed that the last few days that the flag was starting to fray along the edges. I grabbed some red thread and Caroline and I started to stitch away. Here are some photos of us diligently working to finish the task before someone comes up the trail! We look like Betsy Ross and her sister Sarah tending to the flags. We have a new flag, but I thought we can repair this one so it will last the rest of the season.
Business started to pick up. We had a group of 4 from Portland, then a group from Christmas Cove (Julia, Callie, Henry, Bart, Melissa, Bridgett). Julia was especially enjoying the tour. When they left, she asked me several questions about what I did before the lighthouse, etc. We chatted for quite some time. She really loved the tour and told me she thought I did an excellent job in delivering all the historical information. As she turned the corner to head down the trail, she yelled back to tell me that she was a speech consultant! Well, I’ll take that as a compliment.
Before you know it, it was time for us to head down to the Cove as Cal and Katrina were on there way over to pick-up Caroline. She needed to head back to RI as she had plans to have dinner tonight with her brother, Mother and Father. It was a quick visit but she was able to walk all the trails either with us or by herself. We went down to the Cove and previous visitors (Scott and Leah) were here again staying in the Cove and spending time on the beach looking for sea glass. Here they are searching for that special piece and Caroline leaving in the background.
We headed back up the trail and shortly after we came back up, so did a group of 4. Charlie and Karlene Romano from Saco and their friends Lori and Mike from Pittson. They were funny, very relaxed and enjoyed the tour. It’s enjoyable for me to give a tour to folks that enjoy learning about Seguin history. Well the day was drawing to a close and again, the reality of our departure tomorrow was definitely on my mind.
Took a picture out the front porch at the flag with a unique splash of different clouds and a little while later one of the two of us as our last sunset was upon us as well as the Tower.
In addition, Bill and Yolanda were here again to enjoy a sunset. This time I remembered to take a photo of them! I think they were here 3 or 4 times over the summer. Nice folks!
Our last sunset
The last sunset with Mount Washington
The last sunset reflection on the Tower
Here we are. Our last night. I continue to work on reading the book a Short Bright Flash. I came across a quote from Robert Lewis Stevenson whose Father, Thomas Stevenson, designed a holophotal lens, which would bend all of the available light into the central beams. Thomas Stevenson billed the idea as the ultimate perfection in lens design. The French replied that they had been working toward precisely that goal for years. This rebuff from the French was not the biggest disappointment of Thomas Stevenson’s career, a moment that came when his only son told him he wanted to be a writer instead of a lighthouse engineer. “You have rendered my whole life a failure, ” Robert Louis remembered his father yelling at him. Thomas had dragged the boy to the worksites on remote northern skerries in an effort to get him interested in lighthouses, but all that would come of it were vivid settings for the shipwreck scenes of his later novels. The family business lingered in his poetry as well, including an 1887 ode to the Skerryvore lighthouse:
Eternal granite hewn from the living isle
And dwelled with brute iron, rears a tower
That from its wet foundation to its crown
Of glittering glass, stands, in the sweep of winds,
Immovable, immortal, eminent.
(this is an extraction from a Short Bright Flash, by Theresa Levitt, Chapter, “Race to Perfection”)
Our Last Day Sunday, September 4th – A beautiful last day. I walk down to the Cove, not carrying anything but my phone. Again, capturing the early morning sun’s reflection on Seguin.
Then walking back up the trail, one last view of Cobblestone from the Vista on the South Trail.
Had to take one last snap of the log book where we keep track of our numbers each day. Looks like as of yesterday we’re over 1300 visitors! That’s amazing! I feel like it’s been a pretty productive season.
Around 11, things started to pick up a little bit. We had this group of 6. The woman on the left was Maria. She had been here before over the summer and I actually ran into her on the day I me Leeli for lunch at Mae’s! And as luck would have it, Leeli and Jim are on the way over with a few of their friends since this will likely be the last time I see her for a while. We were trying to plan a boat trip with them to Monhegan tomorrow, but the weather does not look good, too windy and potential for rain.
Next group up was a group of four from Portland. As I started their tour, I was having a tough time, and I started to tear up. They asked why, and I explained today is the day with leave this amazing gem of an island. The reality of leaving was setting in.
Leeli and Jim showed up with their friends, “the Partners”, and the brought their lunch! Louise, Ridge, Marc, Turi, Jim and Leeli. After their tour, we sat with them for a little while at the picnic table. She brought us a ginger cookie to share that she gets at the weekend farmers market. She remembered how much we liked the first one she shared with us months ago. It’s so good!
I was enjoying this last day and maybe, just maybe this would be my last tour. What a great way to end my “tour of duty.” I said my goodbyes or really I said my “see you later.” Well, this picture was taken about 1:00.
Things changed all of a sudden, we had group after group coming up. We still needed to wrap up a few things and pack the cooler bag, etc. It actually got a little crazy. Finally, we had to share with the visitors that it was our last day and we had to stop the tours to finish packing. I felt bad but no one seemed to mind except me.
Here’s my last picture of the season of the House / Tower. Those are the last bags on the steps that I need to carry down to the Cove. Steve is already down there as I’m sure it will take a few trips out in the dinghy. It was probably just as well that I was busy because I think if I had stopped, I would have really started to cry.
Next thing I knew, we were on the boat heading back to shore one last time. But today, we rode in luxury! Joining us were Cyndy, Tom and his wife Katherine, Rick and the friendly Captain Jeff and his wife, Catherine.
We got back on “contiguous land” as a friend of mine likes to say. Everyone helped us unload from the boat and Rick helped us load the car. Then we left Popham for the last time heading to Boothbay Harbor to stay with Diane and Dave for a couple of nights.
We stopped at the Boothbay Brewery for a beverage to “cheers” our efforts this summer and toast to all the wonderful people we have met! If you’re reading this, THANK YOU for making the summer of 22 a special one for both of us.
I plan to write a short blog for our next couple of days (as I am getting a Seguin tattoo) and our journey home. That’s my way of delaying just a couple of more days, that it’s over.
Sunday, Aug 21st -Another beautiful day! Air is clean with a touch of crispness until the sun has been up for a bit to warm up. My morning routine has shifted to an early jaunt down the main trail to the Cove. This is from 7:12. Little bit of fog off in the distance, but weather is calm and only one boat.
Coming back up the trail, check out the sky in this photo of the house / tower! That should be in the Crayola box as sky blue!!! Time to start pulling some nosh together for breakfast. Here’s the kitchen table with this morning’s ingredients.
This morning we are having our left-over tuna on some yummy toasted homemade rosemary bread with pesto or guacamole and all the extras! I love this breakfast.
Here is Colin enjoying the sunshine and someone else preparing the morning meal! No one really in the Cove just yet so we have some time to relax. Shortly after breakfast I wanted to head down to the Cove again to check the Clivus as well as take a picture of me performing my maintenance! We need it for the SummerFest (the annual fundraiser for Seguin) presentation we’re making this Saturday. Colin and I headed down to the Cove to see if we have any new boats. Yep – there are a few!
Once we finished there, back up top to get ready for some tours. First group up a threesome from Cozy Harbor, Kelly + M? + Margaret and their dog Coral. Coral was very well behaved during the tour I might add! During their tour I took a pic of some more rainbows from the prisms. Always an interesting perspective.
Next up the trail was Cal & Katrina with a couple of friends and Katrina’s fiancée Evan! Yay! Everyone enjoyed the tour, the weather and was having an awesome time.
Next, we had two different groups, but it was not too large so I gave them a tour together. First on the left is Eugene and Sharon on S/V Spring and they are from Sydney Australia! On the right side is Henry, wife Clay, daughter Ginger and boyfriend Evan all from Small Point. They were definitely a fun group and we all spent a chunk of time talking after the tour too!
By mid- afternoon, the sky above was still “sky blue” but looking straight out you could see fog. It was pretty unique looking! And just as it rolled in, it rolled on out.
No more tours so Colin and I decided to head off and hike the South Trail. I’ve been wanting to climb down some of the rocks to get closer to the water, Colin was game for that so off we went. This first picture is a small pine tree that has a lot of pine cones! Most of the pine trees are on the NE wall of the Cove where the rocks become shaded in mid-afternoon. But here we are on the south trail where most everything growing is pretty low to the ground. As we came to the end of the trail, we started making our way down to the ocean. Again, as with the geology of the Cobblestone Beach area, the rocks here are wild, so many different shapes, sizes, textures, etc. Here is a picture where a hole has been worn away but there is still a small bridge of the main rock crossing over!
As we got closer to the waterline, the barnacle population increased dramatically. It was like a line across the rocks. Here is a close up of a small pond of ocean water. It is so clear and the colors of the life in the pond are very bright!
Next as we were walking along the barnacle line, I noticed lots of small mussels. Colin and I began looking for some that might be large enough for Steve to actually use as bait! I had a blue rubber glove in my pocket so we used that as our “container” to carry them back. They were in areas that were deeper than the barnacles and mostly where it was shady. Then I just took a scenery shot of Colin. I’m looking in a southerly direction on the western side of the island.
The picture on the right is of some cool rock formations. Sometimes you’ll see these areas where it looks like the rock was flowing or moving at some point during its life. They just look so unique; I hope you can see some of it in these pictures. This next picture is a wide-angle view of another amazing rock which looked like it was about ready to fall on us and part of it was resting on another rock yet a portion was suspended over our heads. I left this picture large so you get a sense of what I’m sharing.
Then we looked more towards the North and decided how far we wanted to follow the coast. We picked an area and said lets go there and see what we see, then we’ll start to head back to where we descended from the trail and go back to the house. During this part of the hike, we saw a seagull nest and noticed one egg off to the right that was unhatched (see the green arrow). I’m guessing that one didn’t make it. At this point I took a picture of Colin facing Northeast, it just seemed appropriate for me to take a picture of him!
From here we walked a little further north and noticed the change in the steepness of the island. Here we figured was a good place to stop. However, we noticed an area where the tide was raging in, it would fill up an inlet and then the water would race out as the wave receded. I did take some videos, but the pictures didn’t do it justice as you need to hear the sound of the rushing water. Maybe close your eyes and mentally picture the wave going back out to mix with the ocean!!!! Then we thought we should take a picture of the two of us. So, we put the phone against the water bottle, hit the timer button and Colin ran over to where I was standing. That’s the picture on the right!
We reversed direction and headed back the way we came and then back up to the trail. What a great hike. I love those as you’ll never know what you see or find!
Back at the house we decided it was time to have some crab claws / legs out on the picnic table. It was about 5:30 and Steve hadn’t had any visitors. Here we are eating our crabs and check out the view behind them, you can’t see a thing! By 6:00 the shore was hidden by the fog.
As I turned more towards the west, these clouds were our view! The weather out here is just amazing!
Closer to sunset, Steve took his artistic shot of the day. From outside, facing towards the westerly dining room window, showing the reflection of the sunset behind him. How about that!
Well time to go in start working on dinner. On the menu tonight was lamb burgers with sautéed bak choy, carrots and onions topped with sesame seeds and pickled cucumbers. Then Steve came out of the kitchen with a bowl. I couldn’t quite figure out what he would be bringing out before the meal. He said “Oh I cooked the mussels you brought back as an appetizer!” Oh no – he misunderstood. We brought them back to be used as bait – he thought they were to eat. We all laughed! We ate them, they were just like mussels! The picture is of my plate as mine was minus the bun!
Monday, Aug 22nd – ☹ I’m sad. As today Colin heads back to Richmond. We got up early to have some nosh as Cal & Katrina were picking him up about 8:30 to start his journey home. Here’s my pic of the Cove. Yikes – is it foggy!!!!! I had talked to Diane earlier this morning and she asked if we had taken any pictures yet of the three of us! Gosh darn, I did forget to do that! We lined up the camera on the railing and were able to take this photo. Just like we don’t often have pics of the two of us, we often forget to capture the three of us!
Here are the pictures down in the Cove, very calm, but very foggy today. Steve taking him out….
A hug for Dad and a wave to me!
Then off they go into the fog- going, going and gone!
Well, we had a great time with him and great weather. He got a real sense of what our summers been like!
My comfort is that by the time we return home to VA, Colin will have moved back in with us. So, we get to look forward to having him around for a few months, which we both enjoy. He and his roommate opted to end their lease as they are heading in different directions. His next clinical is very close to our house and the one after that will be in CA near Steve’s mom. Ok back up to the top.
Around noontime, we had some visitors, Krista, Aali, Dan and the dogs Olive and Bonnie. The girls decided to take the tour while Dan sat with the dogs. The rest of the afternoon was pretty quiet and we couldn’t really see if there were any potential boats due to the fog.
Around 4 o’clock, our next group came up. It was Jeff from Sailing Ships Maine (https://sailingshipsmaine.org/ ) again with another group! It was not a great day for sailing! It was foggy and windy and the temperature was on the chilly side but they came up for a tour so a tour they’ll get! At the beginning, you can read the crowd to see who is interested and who isn’t. I take that on as a challenge to see if I can pull the group into what I’m sharing. And I did that for this group! By the time we were out on the catwalk, they were asking questions about the Tower, Steve and I, our adventure etc. It was a great group and I really enjoyed giving them an top notch tour.
After that group, I went down to the Cove and met up with Steve and the roofers who were packing it all in. Taking all their stuff out to AJ’s boat. It was rainy, cold and raw. Fortunately, a small power boat offered to help and bring some of their gear out to AJ’s boat instead of piling it all into the dinghy! They made three trips and said they needed to head on their way back to the mainland as the weather was continuing to deteriorate. Took them about an hour.
We went back up top, got warm and made dinner. No other pictures though!
Tuesday, Aug 23rd – Slept in a little. Still pretty cloudy looking to the east and temperature just a little chilly as sun wasn’t out. However, by 9:00 the clouds were clearing out and the temperature was warming up. I went down to the Cove to see how the schooner crew made out. The wind last night was in the “bad” direction if you were staying in the Cove, which they did. It was pretty wavy. I noticed a few sailors on the boat on the deck looking like they were eating breakfast. I waved! One young woman saw me and yelled in “Good Morning, Carol.” That made my day – anyone who remembers my name means they were at least listening!!!!
Here is a picture of the Cove. The wind last night brought in a lot of seaweed!!! Yikes!
So each day, I try to take pictures along the way, the groups of people, interesting notes about visitors, some of their names, weather, meals, etc. For today. That is all the pictures I had!!! I didn’t have any notes and only had “8/23?” on my visitor list! Oh well, guess that’s it for today. 😊 Although, we are headed to shore tomorrow, so I’m guessing we did some menu planning and I know that we were working diligently on our PowerPoint presentation for the fundraiser “SummerFest 9” on Saturday.
Wednesday, Aug 24th – Yep, today is our shore day. Not many of these days left. It’s a very Maine-like morning here in the Cove! We have lots to bring in as last week, we were not able to go to the Transfer Station since they are closed on Thursdays.
The focus for today is to get most of the food for the next week which includes a four-day visit from our oldest son Gary and his girlfriend Therese. They are flying into Portland Sunday from Colorado Springs. We’ll be going back in on Saturday too for the fund-raiser, so we’ll pick up a few refrigerated items then, but we’ll get the bulk of what we need today.
This was the first time we have gone ashore where you literally couldn’t see 20 feet. The water was calm and there wasn’t any wind but wow it was foggy. We pulled into Popham and it was still very foggy. Most of the time it would be foggy at the island, but clear on the mainland but not today.
We did the usual – laundry, food shopping, deciding where to eat lunch – oh that’s right we’re supposed to meet Leeli for lunch today. She offered to have lunch at her place in Georgetown. We met her at the Natural Market in downtown Bath, picked up some yummy food – I picked out a kale, chickpea, tofu salad with ginger dressing that was over noodles, a Maine ginger beer soda and a bag of sweet potato chips! We followed her to her place. A beautiful home on the water near Five Islands Marina. Jim was waiting for the three of us and we had a delightful lunch on their porch. We hugged in case we don’t see each other for a while hopefully they will be able to make it to SummerFest and said our “goodbye’s for now.”
Here we are back at the floating dock for our 3:00 pick-up. We could see Ethan out in the cove area cleaning off the boat. He is kind enough to do that before we bring all our bags onto the boat. Wow what a difference in the weather compared to this morning!
Well things are pretty quiet here on the island and the Cove, but here comes that pesky fog again….We made a couple of trips up the trail with our stuff, then put everything away and started thinking about dinner. We continued to work on our presentation. Each time one of us sits at the computer, we think of another picture we want to include. Then the challenge is finding the picture!!!! I can’t even think of how many pictures we have taken since we’ve been here. I’m sure it’s in the hundreds.
Our last picture today – a sunset – what a surprise! But this one didn’t let us down as it is different than all the previous ones. The sky, the clouds, the fog. Since we can’t see land when it’s like this, it reinforces the fact that we’re on an island. But we’re ok with that! That’s a wrap for today!
Thursday, August 25th – No Cove picture today, but took this one around 9:00. I was in sweeping the tower. You need to start at the top and sweep in circles. The dirt, dead grass and paint chips all fall down to the next level! I swept the top deck, then down the 10 steps to the “28th step” platform, then each of the 28 steps and finally the floor as you come in the doors. It’s amazing how much you get…. Anyway, when I had gone up to the top, I opened the outer door to the catwalk to let some fresh air in, and I noticed the shadow of the tower – oh and there’s Steve! Kind of a fun picture, can’t believe I haven’t noticed the shadow before today!
We had some early visitors, Mark and Cecilia from S/V Seaglass. They said there wasn’t anyone else in the Cove, so they got the deluxe tour. And as luck would have it, he used to work for Corning! We chatted a lot about the lens and it’s maintenance. I had a few history and cleaning related questions and he said he would reach out to their Museum of Glass Restoration department and put me in touch with the right peeps! Yee ha!! (Just the other day I received the contacts email and we have been communicating – super interesting). Unfortunately, I took a picture of them with their camera! So I had to text him and ask him to send to me!
Next up the trail was a family of four. Dave and Morgan with their two children Garrett and Joslyn. During our tour, we took some more rainbow pictures with the prisms as well as a picture with the rainbows going across Garrett and Joslyn and then, the Christmas card family picture in front of the Tower. They enjoyed the tour – even the kids!
Next group up the trail was Kip (you may recognize his name as he has been here before with his family – he makes the Seguin Island swag!) Anyway, here is a picture of his family and his Mom (he sat out the tour) on the catwalk
Next was a group of five. Sundeep, August, Bea, Mike and Tom. Sundeep was here earlier in the season with MITA (Maine Island Trail Association) to help with trail maintenance, general clearing and moving the old shingles into the helicopter bags. This time he wanted to come to the island just to hang out!!
Last group of the day, was extra exciting! Think back to the second blog when we talked about our arrival in Maine and waiting to come out to the island. One of those days we were walking and started a random conversation with a couple of guys working on a porch and we asked them a few questions. Sound familiar? It was Bruno our sailing instructor from St. Thomas (our previous caretaking gig). Anyway, he had told us that he was getting a new-to-him boat in the middle of August and he would then sail up to see us on the island and today they showed up!!!! Yay! In the picture is Diana, David, Bruno and Steve as he was tending his burn pile when they arrived in the Cove! Remember we can only do the burn pile when the tide is just around low tide so that as it comes in, it’s sure to extinguish any embers. It is truly amazing how fast all the cardboard burns!
They headed up the trail with us to see the Tower, the museum, and of course have a tour! Later in the afternoon, he brought us out to their boat for some snacks and beverages and to see the boat! By the time we were done, it was getting to be dusk, so he brought us back to shore. We headed back up the trail to have some dinner and check out the sunset!
As we came around the corner, I was able to get a plane trail and a reflection of the sun setting in the lens! Within about 20 mins I caught some pretty pictures. So sunset pictures today, no dinner food pictures. We’re repeating most of our meals anyway!
Friday, August 26th – This morning’s weather, not the best. Here is the Cove around 10:00 am. Pretty quiet. The weather today is supposed to deteriorate by late this afternoon so I’m guessing we’ll not have any visitors unless they are going by and need to take cover in the Cove.
We do however, have a camper, Jason B., coming over today for one night via 5Five Islands Boat Charters (aka Cal & Katrina)! He’s only staying one night. He’s from Indianapolis and was in VT for 6 weeks with the Conservation Corp doing work on trails, etc. Then he worked his way over to Maine, camping along the way. Not exactly sure how he heard about Seguin, but we’re glad he came. We gave him some information about the trails, gave him a tarp to hang off the picnic table as it is supposed to rain tonight and he had forgot his tent! Oh well, all part of the adventure!
Well as the day wore on, the weather did indeed deteriorate. I had gone down to the whistle house to send some emails and work on the blog. I heard what sounded like rain outside and Steve walked down and suggested I come back up to the house as a crazy storm was coming up the coast and lots of thunder and lightning. I wrapped up what I was doing and walked back up to the house. It was crazy windy, starting to rain and the thunder / lighting was all around us! When I got back into the house, Steve said he had texted Jason to tell him to just grab his sleeping bag and come on up because the storm was going to get worse.
We started to get a little nervous as he hadn’t replied to the text. Just when the storm was overhead, we got a text saying he was on his way up. He was drenched when he arrived at the house. We took him in and offered him a beverage and some snacks. Spent some time chatting with him and hearing about his adventures this summer. Very interesting young man. He slept in the house in his sleeping bag, but at least he was dry!
Saturday, August 27th – Well later today we head to shore for a couple of days! We’ll go in late this afternoon, head to SummerFest in Georgetown and when that is over head to a B&B in Topsham for our overnight! First time in three months! So, we have things to pack and take with us. But first we have a day where the clouds are breaking up after the storm – so we’ll see if we have any visitors, it is Saturday after all.
Around 11:00 we had another group from Different Drum Sailing group come up the trail. Although Liz was not leading the group as she had to head back to school (she is a teacher). Her husband Jeff was still in charge on the boat, but the woman in the blue t-shirt was their lead. Sorry – didn’t catch her name. Anyway, good group had fun regardless of the less than perfect weather. Remember it’s Maine – just wait an hour and the weather will change! Which it did.
We spent morning packing and prepping for our soiree on shore, collecting our last few items and heading down to the Cove to meet Ethan around noon! Instead of taking us right in, he offered to take us around Seguin from the water side. We have never seen all the island from this perspective and hence, have a bunch of pics of the island as well as a few of us (again, we don’t often have pictures of the two of us together).
I’ve written a little description of the pictures underneath the pic as there are a few!
We are coming around the eastern side of the island. Oooo – a picture of the two of us!
This is the only picture we have of Ethan where you can see his face! Southern most point looking North.
I love the reflection in Steve’s sunglasses! After we landed on shore, we stopped at Grab N’ Go to grab (no pun intended) a quick bite (chicken curry sandwich) that was fantastic! We needed a little nourishment before tonight.
Here are some pictures of SummerFest, outside listening to the band, my sister Diane and Dave you’ve heard about them several times, Sara from The Osprey in Georgetown (they were providing the pizza, salads, dessert and beverages). All was super delicious!
The silent auction was held in the main hall of the Georgetown Community Center, the live auction was upstairs, and here’s Jodie (creator of our purchase) with our purchase of the seaglass window made with some glass from Seguin as well as other locations. I can’t wait to find a place of honor to hang it when we arrive home!
The food (pizza) was delicious and there were many left over. We gave our presentation which was divided into several areas: Work, Weather, Observations, Food, People and Closing remarks. We shared many picture that described those categories and shared what we found to be the amazing highlights of our adventure.
During our closing remarks, Steve shared the painting of Seguin his Aunt Marie (Misery) created for us. I shared some of this story in an earlier blog. She was a joy to so many folks but we missed seeing her on our journey North as Steve had come down with Covid a few days before we left so we weren’t able to see her. We just figured we’d see her on the way home. Unfortunately, she passed away in the meantime. We dedicated our presentation to her. Then I shared a brief stream of consciousness I had one day on the island, which I have included at the end of today’s blog.
After the auction we helped clean up, pack up etc. and then headed to our B&B for the night.
The Black Lantern B&B was in Topsham and you’ll see some pictures in the next blog. Steve and I arrived about 9:00 and were greeted by Tom, one of the innkeepers. Very welcoming, beautifully appointed room which had everything we could need. We then went down and sat in one of the sitting rooms to just recap the day and enjoy a little night cap!
The Black Lantern B&B (https://blacklaternbandb.com/ )is located on 57 Elm Street, Topsham, ME 04086. Judy and Tom Connelie have owned the Black Lantern B&B since 1997. Initially at another location in Topsham they moved to their present waterfront location in 2005 and have tastefully renovated the circa 1860 home, adding bathrooms and restoring the original charm to the bedrooms and public spaces. We are very excited to have someone cook us breakfast! Well, that’s all we have for this week. Can’t believe we are winding down.
Carol’s closing remarks from the Keepers presentation:
The keepers before us leave their spirit behind, yet we need to discover our own;
A single grass bends to the wind, the clouds bring reflection of the sun as it sets and the night is upon us;
The sky is somehow so vast, we feel alone yet it reminds us we are one.
Every day we get to feel and see the splendor of Seguin.
We see the sea, the sun, the clouds, it’s life and it touches us in a place we did not know existed.
Every day is different, every day we seek to behold its beauty
Whether it’s cold or warm, or still or breezy – its life is ever changing.
We know not what brings this beauty, yet it is captured uniquely by the eye of the beholder
Who stops for a few minutes to listen, observe and slowly exhale as we absorb it all.
The morning comes each day, with a promise to be different yet somehow still the same.
The rocks, the sea, the wildlife, the sounds will forever be etched in our minds and soul, labelled Seguin.
Next week is our last week on the island and it’s a doozy! I plan to write a brief blog about our journey home so I will have two more blogs – thanks for hanging in there!
Sunday, August 14th– Pretty day today, not much wind and roofers are still here working. Our first guests up today are the group from the S/V Aurora 2 (the catamaran that came in late yesterday afternoon). They wanted a tour and I was ready to share what I know about the island and the Tower. It was great during the tour as I asked them to help me with my pronunciation of the lighthouse in southern France where they installed the first Fresnel (remember it’s French so it’s pronounced Fruh-nel) lens and the name of the company that made Seguin’s lens – Henry-LaPaute. It was very helpful! Then they stopped into the museum and gift shop and all the ladies bought some swag. This is one of the most fun parts of the job, meeting people from all over and learning what brought them to Seguin. As I’ve mentioned before, we can’t always see boats as they are coming into the Cove, but if they head east up the coast, we can. The picture on the right is them sailing away.
Today was an exceptional day in the Tower for rainbows created by the prisms. Here’s a few shots of them including Larson, Ethan’s oldest son. He looks like his face has been painted! They came to the island today with some friends for a day of fun and some lobsters down by the boat house.
Here’s two more shots. My favorite one is the one on the right. The reflection is as the light shone through the last step up to the upper inside catwalk. What has been interesting is to see how the prisms have changed over the season as the timing and location of the sun has moved.
This was probably one of our busiest days as we had 60+ guests today. Scott & Mary from yesterday came back up to walk some trails, a couple of peeps from Brunswick, 3 gentleman from Bath heading to Boothbay, a kayak group of 8, and FOSILS member Chris, wife Sarah and 2 friends! Just to name a few! Here’s a pic of Steve up on the outside catwalk with some tour goers. Oh and hey check out the new roof! Looking pretty good!
Well, it’s about 1:00 and we decided to walk down to the Cove to see what the situation looks like. Here’s some pics of the Cove, Ethan and group enjoying the deck and the kids swimming!
Next, we had a group of 5 waiting for a tour, then a family on the catwalk and the youngest in his rainbow swim trunks with a prism rainbow!
When the last group came back down to the Cove, their boat came in to pick them up as they didn’t have a dinghy!
Still more guests! We had a group of 4 young women and one of them was our 1000th guest. Steve said she won a fly swatter! However, she wasn’t allowed to keep it! We did have a couple more groups of two come up to check out the lighthouse, gift shop and the museum.
The roofers have decided to head back as the weather is not looking the best for tomorrow and a few of them have other commitments. Mahala, was teaching herself to learn guitar and Steve just had to check out her guitar since he didn’t bring his to the island.
Back to the house for dinner prep and to see what the sunset was going to look like. It was beautiful, Mt Washington and the right mix of light and clouds. Here are a couple of pictures over the span of 20 mins. You always take more than you need but you never know how the sky will change and you have to grab them all! Then a couple come up the trail, he was Richard but I missed her name. She was an amateur photographer was coming up to photograph the sunsets.
Monday, August 15th – Beautiful morning, can already feel there is a touch of fall in the air. It’s a tiny bit cooler and crisp. Wind coming out of the NE. Time to walk to the Cove and see who stayed over and how many moorings are open.
Spent part of the day getting ready for our friends coming Thursday and Colin (our youngest son) is coming Friday. We needed to go through our menu plan, check towels and sheets to make sure we’re all ready to roll. Then I made a few calls and texts to catch up with a few peeps. Steve went down to weed whack around the tram trestle area down by the Cove. That area gets shade so the grass continues to slowly grow in that area and then around the garden area near the house.
The afternoon picked up a little. Although I didn’t take many pics. We had a mom plus 4 young adults (aka not kids) and a group of 10 which included Andrew from MITA plus friends and family.
Around 5:30, we did have a group of four come up – Ryan and Jess from Arrowsic, ME and Kate and TJ from Oregon. After their tour it was on to dinner and sunsets. Tonight, we had swordfish, asparagus and doctored up leftover rice with sesame seeds! It was very good! And here’s a sunset through sunset bench. Just another beautiful evening.
Tuesday, August 16th – Well another shore day! Sometimes they come up quickly and other times it seems like it’s been a long time. Of course, we can usually tell because we can see the back of the fridge! Down to the Cove by 6:45 to uncover the dinghy, bring the oars down from the boathouse along with all our bags, computer stuff, laundry and water jugs. Oars you say? Yep, the saying in Maine goes “No one can steal your dinghy if you don’t have oars on it.” Got to love that Maine humor! While getting ready, I realized I had left my water shoes at the laundromat!!! Guess I was a little distracted last week. I take them and my water socks off to let them dry outside the laundromat while I’m doing my laundry. Oh well, I’m sure Amy has them!
Our boat ride in was very smooth as there wasn’t much wind or swell. It was approaching low tide but luckily, we still had enough water for Ethan to drop us off on the floating dock. We stopped again at Café Crema for my chai latte tea. It’s yummy for sure, but a little too much caffeine for me. I keep a running “things to do on the computer” list so that when I get to the laundromat, I can be efficient with my computer work. Well not this time! After I left the laundromat, I realized that I was supposed to copy the blog text over to the website then I would just have the pictures left to load….. Oh well. While I was there, Steve ran to Walmart to return an item and I gave him a few things to pick up there that would likely be cheaper than Shaw’s. He also stopped at Plants Seafood (the fish store) and picked up some tuna and salmon – oooooweeee eatin’ good on the island this week! After the laundromat, we headed to do our grocery shopping as we were meeting Cyndy for lunch in town. Since we came in on Tuesday, I brought in items for her and she had some more things for the gift shop. But on the way, we decided to take a couple of pictures of this very cool old tree we go by every week on Lincoln St. We looked it up on my phone and it was a Copper Beech. Steve thinks it was at least 4 feet in diameter. It is huge!!! Oh, and yes Amy had grabbed my shoes and socks last week, phew!
Arrived at Shaw’s and we needed to be crisp so we could leave plenty of time for lunch. In the grocery store we noticed a few women in similar shirts with three VERY full grocery carts. Turns out they were from a yacht and making the food run for a charter starting the next day. We met Cyndy for lunch at Bruno’s Wood Fire Pizza. We all got some pizza. We got the same pizza we did last time, but boy they are yummy! It was fun to meet someone for lunch! We also needed to swing by Garden Jacquelyn’s to pick up some veggies she had ready for us. Before we headed to her house though, I ran into the bookstore on the corner and picked up a little book for Ruth about “Living on an Island.” It was very cute story and some of the parts were similar to living on Seguin. Ruth was napping when we got there, but Jacquelyn said she would give it to her first thing…
On our way back to Popham, we had a little extra time, so we took Parker Head Rd. It’s even more rural than our normal route 209. It weaved in and around these little coves and houses. Very pretty. Tried to take a few pics as there were lots of cute little houses right on the water but most didn’t come out too good. Here’s a picture of one that looks like it was just refurbished. You can see the water directly behind the house.
When we came to the last turn, we decided to go straight on to Fort Baldwin Rd, which takes us by two homes and brings us to a little park that has some information about the original Fort we learned about at the Maine’s First Ship exhibit, Fort St George built in 1607. The signage explaining about the Fort was is sad shape and difficult to read. Here are two pictures – first one is of a memorial rock about “the Virginia”, Maine’s first ship, the second is looking back at Fort Popham from across the cove and the third one is beyond Fort Popham is Bay Point (actually part of Georgetown), which used to be a fishing village.
I noticed again that the temperature had dropped over 10 degrees during the drive from Bath to Popham! We arrived and Ethan was at the floating dock – yay!
We arrived at our Cove and there was a group leaving the island. But we also noticed that the volunteers didn’t look like they were coming out with their gear. Turns out they opted to stay until the roofers were finished for the day. Some bad weather is coming in tomorrow which is why we went in today.
Well, that’s all the notes I have for today.
Wednesday, August 17th – Rainy day and the wind is coming! I have three things on my list today – blog, paint sign and finish up cleaning etc. for our friends Bryan and Mary arriving tomorrow and Colin on Friday. We had a light breakfast and made some lobster salad with some leftover lobster from Sunday’s lobster cook at the boat house. I sat and picked through some of the bigger bodies, a skill my Dad taught me when I was a child.
As you can see in the pics above, there are pretty large swells at Cobblestone Beach and I’ve never seen surf like that at Seguin Ledges (the pic on the right). I’ve finished my other tasks and decided to bring down to the Whistle House some leftover roofing wood and pull the nails out so it can be used for something else, that’s just the island way. Once something arrives on the island, it pretty much stays there!
Decided to have lunch, made lobster rolls for lunch – actually quite yummy! I don’t have any other pics or items to share other than dinner that was our tofu sausage crumbles in red sauce over pasta (it’s really chickpea pasta).
Thursday, August 18th – Weather still unsettled, foggy and a little chilly. Here’s a picture as I was walking up from the Whistle House around 8:30 a.m. This morning Bryan and Mary, friends from back in VA, arrive this morning on “Gratitude.” I ran around doing the last-minute things like getting a few flowers, final clean of our bathroom, etc. As I was walking back up to the house trying to find a few island flowers I saw these little yellow ones that look similar to dandelions. But every flower I looked at had one or 2 ants crawling around on them. So, I cut a few and jiggled them all to get the ants off! There is still a little night shade (the little purple and yellow flowers that I’ve mentioned before) so I cut a few of those. They were supposed to leave 5 Islands at 9:00 but due to weather, they didn’t leave till noon. Here they come in on the boat!
While I was walking on the beach, still in search of my tiniest claw, I found this one. We helped them carry their stuff up the trail. They did an awesome job keeping it to a minimum! We walked up the trail, gave them an orientation to the house, the composting toilet, what goes in trash, burnables, recycle, returnables, etc. They got settled, had a quick bite to eat and then we headed out the North Trail to pick some blackberries and check out the view. It was cloudy, etc. but at least it wasn’t raining. So here are the pictures from the North Trail and the view back towards the Cove.
As we turn the last corner, the Tower come back into view, it’s definitely a feeling of coming home. We also noticed a large Coast Guard vessel, that appeared to be working on a navigational aid (not sure if it was a ‘nun’ or a ‘can’). We all sat on the porch to regroup a little and chat.
We did have a chance to sit a bit, then a group three came up the trail and Steve gave them a tour. Notice the flyswatter in her hand! Those little buggers (the biting fly’s that arrive with a Northerly wind) were annoying. I did have a guest once that just used a branch to shoo them away and I thought that was a good idea…
Picture to the left is the view west and picture to right is view east around 6:00. At least the clouds are breaking up and tomorrow looks like it will be a nice day. Tonight’s dinner was chicken marsala with peas accompanied by roasted yellow and green squash (from our Seguin garden) along with some Vidalia onions. Nothing like a toasty warm dinner when there is a nip in air.
When we finished dinner, Bryan and Mary had brought us a new dice game. It’s called 10 dice! It was pretty easy to learn, a few unique rules and it was lots of fun to play. In a nutshell, you roll 10 dice and decide, based on points, which dice to keep. Some dice have a point value for one di, others you need three of the same di to score. For example, one of the #1 di is worth 100 points, but you need three #2 dice which can score 200 points. Anyway, we picked up most of the rules in a few minutes and we were off and running! We played a few games before deciding to call it a night. Everyone had been up early.
Friday, August 19th – Ah, another beautiful day and here’s my Cove picture which tells you everything except the temperature! There was a nice breeze and it was warm. We noticed that our Canada geese family of five had made it up the trail and was enjoying some dry grass from the lawn. This was the first time we noticed them up top! This was a little after 8:00 am. I went up in the Tower to see if I needed to sweep and opened the door to the catwalk as it seemed a little warm inside. As I opened the door, I saw a dog come up the main trail and that was all the geese needed to see. They immediately took off! (you might have to look hard at the right picture, but the 5 geese are flying to the right)
Just when I returned to the front porch, we had our first visitors! We recognized two of them Peter & his wife Dorothy from Portland, they were here in July, and today they brought some friends, Wojtek and Renee, from Scarborough with them! Fun group. Gave them a tour.
Shortly after that tour was complete, we had Mike and Melissa come up again. They had come up late yesterday afternoon and did some exploring, but today they wanted a tour. We chatted with them quite a bit as they travel in an RV in the winter time and in a boat in the summer time! Just like people ask us a lot of questions about this Lighthouse gig, we asked them a lot of questions about their unique situation. Another group of two came up, Mike & Dino. Mike was from ME, but Dino was from MA. They too had come up yesterday but decided to wait for a nicer day for a tour. So, I gave the four of them a tour. All four really enjoyed the tour and asked questions, etc. By the end, they were swoping information as Mike kept his boat in the same marina Mike and Melissa were going to that day. Mike wasn’t going to be there so he offered his mooring to them. That’s just how most boaters are, helping each other out like that!
Decided to take a walk down and see what’s going on in the Cove. Well l got to the Donkey House and guess who was there! The family of 5 Canada geese. Guess they just fly around the island and decided to walk up from the beach!
Here’s the Cove around 1:00 only a couple of boats. I recognized one of them as Mike and Melissa’s, so I guess they haven’t left yet. Not sure who is in the blue boat. Then here is a picture looking towards the NE, clouds and the view are so pretty and just like sunsets, every day is very different so you have to capture them all and check them out later!
Well, we seemed to have a break in the action, we opted to have a quick lunch with Bryan and Mary. They took off for their own hike and it was the perfect time to make a sign for Colin as he is coming in this afternoon. His trip here was a super early flight from Richmond, VA to Boston. Then a bus to the Portland, ME transportation center, then another bus to Bath, ME. Cyndy was to pick him up and bring him to Georgetown to take the 5 Islands Boat Tours (http://www.fiveislandsboattours.com), with Captains Cal & Katrina, over to the island at 3:00 finally arriving here around 4:00! I get tired just typing it up. It’s not always easy to get to Seguin, but it’s always worth it! Cyndy had to go to Georgetown anyway for some prep work for the fundraiser on August 27th. And as with any task on the island, you make due with what you have. What do you think of my sign???
I came out of the house to head back down to the Cove to meet Colin and guess who made their way up the main trail again! Our geese family of five! Well, guess they like the grass! From up top here, we could see that Cal & Katrina are headed over! Yay!
Got down to the Cove and climbed up onto the rocks by the boat house so I could hold my sign! As I was looking down to make sure I was on secure footing, I saw these little amoeba looking things that were jiggling in a little puddle by my feet. I zoomed in and took a picture. Not sure what type of bugs these are but in a few days there is going to be a ton of them! Yippee, the boat has arrived!
How fun is this!!!! I’m am so psyched that his class schedule (he is in graduate school for his doctorate of Physical Therapy) allowed him to make the trip as well as he was up for the plane-bus-bus-automobile-boat trip to get here! Cal & Katrina came up to hang out a bit with us before they headed back. Then Steve gave Bryan and Colin a brief tour of the Tower.
Tonight is lobsters night, but we have learned to not have the meal ready when it’s sunset time! That has happened to us so many times! So this time we waited for a beautiful sunset then went in to cook. Then all of a sudden, we noticed so many people coming up the trail and they all had cameras!!! Steve talked to the lead guy and they had kayaked over and wanted to know if it was ok to camp! They had reached out to check with Cyndy as well too. Sure we said… Can’t believe I didn’t get a pic of all of them. I think there was 6 or 7 of them. Then another 3 came up to watch sunset, it was Bill and Yolanda (who have been here before during our watch) with their nephew! Quite the crowd!
We played 10-dice again and taught Colin the game. It’s great because you can play it with as many people as you want and it’s easy enough to pick up the rules your first game. Thanks Mary and Bryan for a great gift!
Saturday, August 20th– Well, another beautiful day here on Seguin. However, before I share my Cove picture, I have to share this one! I walked into our bathroom this morning and noticed a spot on the composting toilet. Thinking I needed to clean off a dead fly or something from yesterday, I got a little closer and it was two ladybugs making more ladybugs! How crazy is that!
Today, Bryan and Mary need to leave and begin their journey back to Virginia. We walked down to the Cove to see them off. We also noticed a 1st year seagull over in the seaweed, pecking away at a crab. Now you can tell how difficult it is to see them as they really do blend into the surrounding area. Guess that is all part of their survival instincts and genetic make-up. They won’t look like the white and gray seagulls we are used to seeing until they are 3! Bryan and Mary climbed into the dinghy and waved goodbye. They were very thankful for the invite to come experience this very cool island and Mary was especially helpful in taking care of their linens, etc. They had hiked all the trails and maximized their stay. Safe travels guys!
Today we had 30+ visitors over the course of the day, not crazy but a steady stream. Colin joined in on one of my tours. The group he joined had four kids. It’s fun to see their eyes light up when they see all the rainbows from the sunlight reflecting through the prisms. Here’s a couple of pics
Next, we had a family of three, they were very excited with the tour!
The next group was the Connelly family with four generations that has been coming to Bay Point (an area near Popham Beach but in Georgetown), since 1921! The pic on the left is the generations picture and on the right is the whole group that came out. Again, they loved the tour and were very excited to have everyone on the island!
Next was Cathy and Scott from Phippsburg. A very nice couple enjoying their visit to Seguin. They plan to stay over on the moorings and we enjoyed a lengthy conversation in the museum about all sorts of topics including house sitting and a book recommendation – “The Light Between the Oceans” by L. M. Stedman. Another one to add to your reading list!
We decided to walk to the Cove to check out the moorings to see if we’d have enough time to walk from the Cove to Cobblestone Beach. Only Cathy and Scott’s boat was in the Cove so off we went (Steve, Colin and me).
The following 8 pictures are from that walk. It is a different walk every time as there is no set path. You have to climb over rocks, etc. so the route is unique to that day. It is an amazing geological experience as there are so many different rocks. The tide was coming in so it was especially fun with the waves crashing on the rocks. Colin (and his older brother Gary coming in a week) love to walk on the rocks and build cairns. Check out the one Colin built plus we saw a few seals pop their heads up in the ocean too! Just before the end we noticed a quartz vein in the rock and finally we ended up back by the Donkey House. A quick trip down to the Cove to take a dip in the Gulf of Maine to cool off. Not me though, someone has to take the pictures!
Back in Cove, no new boats, so we shouldn’t have any new visitors until tomorrow. Back up the trail for sunset, then dinner. Sunset is already starting to occur earlier than a few weeks ago.
Here’s our dinner pic tonight. Remember we picked up some tuna at Plants Seafood on our day ashore? Steve always does an excellent job of perfectly cooking the tuna! We had roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed green beans with cranberries, candied pecans and some feta. We opted to play some more of the 10-dice game for a little bit along with some family time conversation!
See you next week! Keep checking back as I still have a couple more posts to go!
Before I start this Blog, I want to let you know that from here on in the Blog will be a little different. As our time here on Seguin accelerates to the end, what I share will be different. My style of writing takes time. It’s not elaborate, but it is definitely me. I will do my best to share me, but what’s really important to me from here on in is to maximize our experience, live in the moment and be present. I’m sitting here typing this particular week on Saturday Aug 20th. It’s been a busy month already as we crossed the 1000 visitor mark. Our son Colin arrived yesterday and is here for two full days. In between meet and greets and tours, I will be spending as much time as possible with him and his experience on Seguin. I know you are all saying, “Carol, I get it, go enjoy these last few weeks.” But I don’t want to leave you behind. Thank you 😊
Sunday, Aug 7th – Well my notes already reflect this shifting tide. I have only a few short notes! It’s a beautiful day, wind out of the East to start. Maybe that will blow the little biting flies away! Only time will tell. Time to do a little stretching. The pic is my view while I stretch. Check out that beautiful blue, blue sky! The first visitors of the day were Lindsay and Jason and their very patient pug. Given the day, we’ll likely be busy.
Our next tour was a group of 5 from Cozy Harbor. They were Aaron, Nate, Emma, Kerry and John. I’m not sure the order of the names matches the picture order as I haven’t paid much attention to that! A lively and engaging group, some have been here before but not all. Well time to run down to the Cove for something, but the way back up I see that blue sky above with the contrast of the tram trestles (or “bents” as they are sometimes called), the sky and the vegetation. However, the real point of this picture was to share the terrain where MITA cleared! Again, Kudo’s to the team of volunteers that spent their day helping to maintain this treasure – Seguin!
Cove is looking a little light for 11:21 on this great day, but that can change! Well here is our next group of four. My notes don’t say where they are from, but look at those happy faces -they are happy to be here!
Next we had a group of 6 come through. Turns out his mom was here as a young woman (wife of a keeper) and made a planter that we have in the museum. Her name was Dorothy Hart and here is a picture of her son holding the planter! She was stationed here with her husband 1955-1957.
Well, here we are at 3:30 and the Cove is empty! No time like the present to just take in the day, the view and the calm!
Then it changes! The weather didn’t change for us, but folks to our west look like they were potentially getting a storm! Check out Steve’s pictures of these thunderheads!
Monday, Aug 8th – Woke up to a very different day. Absolutely NO wind! We’ve never had that. Steve went to check the Cove and no one. Time to look around and get a few house tasks done. I did some bed sheet inventory work labelling the closet where they are stored in the guest quarters. Also took a look at all the towels as they sometimes move around and since we’ll have a busy month of friends and family, would like to be ready for them in advance of their arrival. We also took the opportunity, since it was soooo hot with no wind, to pack up a duffle of cold weather clothes that we’ll not need anymore and bring them ashore this week. That means our time here is waning and I don’t want to think about that just yet!!! I also started a new “starter” with my rye flour. Not sure if I’ll make one here on the island, but the one in the fridge didn’t look so great! Then I prepped all the veggies for making Ratatouille later, made a cucumber salad, focaccia bread and more crackers. Definitely a house day. Steve spent most of the morning vacuuming around all the dust and mortar from all the roofing / banging, etc. We decided it was a good time for some lunch.
Then out of nowhere, a group of 16 comes up the trail! It was about 1:00 and the day was still pretty weird. The wind had picked up and lots of clouds, a good Maine day! They came from the Morse Mtn area. We did two tours and it was great fun and they all had a blast!
After they left, the weather continued to deteriorate. The wind was shifting in all directions and the fog was rolling in. It hadn’t started raining yet but it was chilly. We decided to get out of the house for a little walk. We were bundling up a little, pants, socks and hiking boots. Seems like a good time to collect some blackberries out on the North Trail. We found a couple of amazing spots just loaded with blackberries! I’ve had them in the past and they have always been a little tart, but holy cow, these were amazingly sweet! You can tell when the little bumps on the berries look like they are ready to explode, then they are sweet. And like any berry picking, there is always that one branch just out of reach that looks like it has the most perfect berries! Good thing we had on our boots and jeans as we dove into the thorns to get these yummy berries!!!
We decided to keep walking all the way out. It was just that kind of day to explore. We walked up to the vista on the North Trail, and we couldn’t see any land. Another day where we are ‘socked’ in! Since we were now out in the open with no real protection from the trail, the wind was blowing, probably 25-30 mph!
As we turned around to walk back, at one point due to the elevation changes, you could now see the tower. Next to it there is a pine tree that I use to point North during my tours on the catwalk. You can see that lonesome pine tree in the picture, but we were never able to find it as we continued to walk back in. Guess it’s not that close to the actual trail. And here’s our collection of blackberries we picked in less than 20 mins!
Then here she is, the Tower and house looking south as we came by the helipad, back home! Came into our cozy spot and cooked up the focaccia and started to cook the ratatouille. Burning propane today for sure! We had to run around and close any open windows as the wind keeps changing direction and the rain was starting to come in.
Dinner was shrimp with homemade pesto, the ratatouille and some focaccia. After this entry, I have learned how to spell ratatouille correctly!
Tuesday, Aug 9th – Up early this morning, around 6:15 and down to the Whistle House to post the blog for Cyndy. It’s a little windy and still a little foggy. Had to run up in the Tower to take another picture for the blog…. Sometimes as I’m writing, I say, oh, I need a picture of that and it’s best if I go run and do it right then!
As I walked around the catwalk, cause I can, I noticed a boat leaving the Cove. You could start to see the clouds breaking up a little too as I looked a little further towards the NW.
Then we took a walk to the Cove to see if anyone else is there and took these pictures of the trail. Looks a lot different after all our visitors, compared to back in June.
As we got down to the Cove, we noticed Dean is back. We recognize his boat and kayaks. We also noticed a mooring ball was missing in the water. We ended up finding it on the beach, looks like someone put it there as it was up pretty high. We walked to the vista on the Cove trail so we could yell to Dean. He shared that he believes the other boat brought the ball into the beach. Well, being down a mooring will make the weekends a little crazy as people are expecting 5 moorings plus the Coast Guard one. I started cleaning the kitchen area (floor, fridge, stove, etc). Probably not going to be a busy day for visitors.
Dean came up to the house around noontime and we invited him in for a cup of tea. We sat and talked for a few hours about every topic under the sun! It was fun having “company” in our home away from home. It was like having one of the neighbors over. We learned about his trip since he left us here back in July. He is a very learned, well-spoken, well-read person with an amazing life. He shared several very colorful stories!
I went back up into the Tower to look out and see if there would be any clearing later on. Doesn’t look like it anytime soon. We shared about the blackberries on the North Trail and he headed off to pick some.
We moved onto dinner time. We had lamb kidney chops, but sorry no picture today!
Wednesday, Aug 10th – Today Betty arrives! One of my long-time best friends who currently lives in NC. However, she is on her way her from Wisconsin, where they have a family camp, after dropping her twin sister at the Chicago airport! Today is our shore day, so the plan is for her to meet us in Bath and come back with us on Ethan’s boat! Our tide overnight was HUGE as we are very close to the full moon which also means lots of seaweed on the beach!
We did our usual run around, only today Steve made a stop at the chiropractor – he had a little hitch in his giddy-up! While he was off doing that I had the chance to check out the consignment shop on front street. Been looking for a belt for some of my shorts. No luck but did find a pair of shorts and a cute top. It was fun to walk around, like I lived here! After groceries, we headed to the Marriott Residence right on Rte 1 as that is where we planned to meet Betty. Right on que! From there we went to Winnegance for lunch. We always have good food and service there, but today they were running behind a little – not sure why. We had enough time but felt a little pressure to snarf our food so we don’t keep Ethan waiting. I was riding with Betty and Steve was in our car. After he dropped me off at the Residence, he went on to see Garden Jacquelyn – jackpot again! But the real bonus in this weeks bag was a picture that Little Ruth drew for us. It was a lighthouse, with a house and a man and a woman – how adorable. We put it up on our fridge as soon as we got home!
When we got to Popham, it was low tide – rats! We thought we would have to lower our stuff down by rope, but this time Ethan pulled up close to one of the ladders. I handed bags to him as he was standing on his roof, then he handed to Steve. That worked very well! No rope and everything made it down in one piece! The pictures above were from our ride in. We got our dinghy and were able to bring all three of us and all of our stuff in one trip! Once we landed and brought up all our stuff, we sat for a beverage on the front porch so we could give Betty her official welcome and orientation to the property. And here is the pic of Little Ruth’s drawing she made especially for us!
We spread out all our produce on the kitchen table as I usually need to do a little inventory to make sure we know what we have. This picture show’s some of Jacquelyn’s produce, some of ours from our garden and then the purchased stuff (like cherries and corn). I love looking at all the yummy veggies!!! Dinner was salmon with the ginger chutney, quinoa with roasted veggies on some greens with shaved parmesan, along with a few oven-roasted tomatoes!
Thursday, Aug 11th – A little cloudy, no real wind and low tide again. Full moon is actually tonight. Another snail making his way somewhere and check out a little branch with pine needles on it. We don’t have any trees like that here, it must have come a long way! So much goes on here, you just need to look for it!
Walking back up, check out this view of cobblestone. It was only 7:16 a.m. how pretty! Anyone getting tired of these photos yet! Even though they are of the same area, they are different every time! After breakfast, we decided to see how the blackberries are doing hoping we can get enough to make a blackberry crumble! Here’s Betty picking some. We also walked down the “Cove Lookout” off the North Trail. This little offshoot of the North Trail is it’s own micro climate. It’s all different here, pine trees, ferns, damp, lots of moss growing and a definite aroma which is wonderful. Here is a little air plant growing on one of the trees. I feel like little gnomes should live here!
Once we came back, Betty helped me with the new load of inventory Cyndy dropped off. Cyndy had already bagged and organized all of it. We played around with a few arrangements of the clothing and putting out a few pieces so people can see the sizes. Here’s a picture of it all done!
We had a couple of visitors come up for a tour a Dad from Five Islands and the couple from Charlotte, NC. Steve took Betty for a walk from Cobblestone to Cove. When I was done with the tour, I walked down to the vista off the South Trail and took their picture.
Then I walked down to the Cove to see if anything was happening there. This way we can see what might be next. Humm, another boat there, so probably another tour in my future. By the time I got back up top, I noticed our blue schooner coming back in. Jeffrey the lead was here with co-lead Robin and their crew of 5 this time. Robin was particularly enamored with the tour. Turns out she is from Worcester, MA (near where Steve went to college).
While I gave them a tour, I asked Steve to take down the Welcome sign outside the gift shop / museum. It’s in need of some touch up. It will take a little while as there will be several coats of different color paints. Here is the before picture.
Another group from the S/V Aloha from Gloucester, MA. These guys were great, so much fun! Hippie, Ellen, Kathy and Tom. More on them below. After the tour, we hung a sign on the house door that says where we are just in case and headed out the North Trail with Betty. We walked all the way out to the Geodetic Marker on the far end of the trail. We were only here once before but the seagulls didn’t like us then, but now everyone has had their babies and most of them are flying. The middle pic is the view North and then the view back towards the Cove. Boat to the left is the schooner.
The plant in the picture on the left is Night Shade. It’s very pretty and has the delicate deep purple flowers with a touch of yellow hanging down from the center. I don’t think I’ve included that in a photo already. I sometimes add a branch of it to my little vases I put out when we have guests in the guest quarters.
Here’s a pic of the Cove around 5:30. We’re heading back down to get our lobsters out of the “lobster car”, the cage thing that is tied to one of our moorings. So we rowed out in the Cove. We yelled over to the schooner to see if they wanted a couple of pics of the group from the water. We thought that would be fun for them. Betty did a photo bomb as I was starting to line up the photo – silly Betty! Here’s the pics of the crew.
Then we rowed over to the Aloha (the last tour group we had). They invited us aboard for snacks and a beverage. Our lobster car was on the mooring they were on. Here’s a pic of the group again on the boat and then a side view of the boat. Very spacious!
We brought our lobsters up to house. Dinner fresh steamed lobsters and cold broccoli salad is served! Betty made blackberry crumble! Holy cow was it good. Should have taken a picture. A pretty simple dessert which is always the best when you have fresh fruit. Watch for a pic in future post as I’m sure I’ll make this dessert again or at least until the blackberries run out!
Friday, August 12th – We are all up early today as it is helicopter day! Jim of Maine Helicopter will be bringing out our new shingles and taking the old ones back. So down to the Cove as some FOSILS volunteers are coming over to help with today’s effort. Super low tide! So low that Hippie on the S/V Aloha said he touched bottom a little bit!
As the group is coming in, I look back at the boathouse and there is some beautiful reflection on the clouds as the sun is coming up. We’re not usually up this early or down the Cove this early. So peaceful and calm.
We all walk up from the Cove and get to see an infrequent sight – the sun is rising in the East and the full moon is setting off to the West. Within about 10 minutes, we hear the helicopter coming to the island. His first trip is to drop off his “guy-on-the-ground” person that will be talking to him during the operation as they drop off the new and pick up the old. I see an infrequent opportunity to catch a picture of the house and Tower with the sun coming up and it reflects off the vegetation and provides some additional Crayola colors in the foreground!
Steve’s captures a beautiful picture, from the perfect angle, of the helicopter with its first delivery, an extension ladder and the contraption that attaches to that ladder that brings the shingle bundles up to the roof, along with the sunrise! As you look at the pictures can’t you just hear the thump-thump-thump-thump noise of the helicopter?
Here is the equipment being “let-go” from the helicopter and the first bag of old shingles being latched by the mechanism to be carried back to shore. And so it begins. Max load he can carry is 800 lbs. This process went on for a while. Once a bag of new shingles were dropped, we pulled the bundles out, put them in the ‘sled’ and moved them to various locations around the house closer to where they will be used.
The picture on the left above is from the west side of the tower and boy did those rotor blades look close to the Tower!!! I was getting nervous, but no one else seemed to be bothered. Then I walked around the front of the house, like where you come up from the trail, and now as the picture on the right shows, he is not as close as I thought. Phew! Now I could breathe easier!
Next, I decided to go up in the Tower to see how it would look from there. Just another view, only three more bags to go. By 8:25 a.m. he was flying into the helipad to pick up his “guy-on-the-ground” and take him back with him. He was done. We had all the shingles distributed around the house. Now the fun begins as the workers will begin the installation. Oh and here’s Rick giving me a ride back in the ‘sled,’
Around 11, we had a couple groups of ‘3’ come up for tours. One group was Hank, Bob and Beverly from Bustins Island, ME and the second group was Kate, Michael and Kristen from Five Islands and Portland. Their picture is from inside the museum. The roofers were setting up and began working just before lunch. The three of us (Betty, Steve and I) decided to take a walk on the South trail. The picture on the left is almost all the way out on the South trail. As I looked closer, I saw something move (look just to the right of the light green algae puddle)! I just zoomed in and sure enough there was a 1st year seagull there. Their coloring blends so well with the surrounding rocks – you could barely notice him!
From this point, I took two pictures from where I was standing. The first one was looking back towards the shore (almost looking North) and the second one was looking almost due South. Really beautiful – such an expanse of just the ocean – gives you a true sense of our little island in a BIG ocean!
Well now that we’re all hot from walking and being in the sun, we stopped at the house and Steve and BE put on swimsuits and we headed to the Cove. I didn’t bring a suit and going in up to my knees was plenty to help cool me off!
When we got down to the Cove, we noticed it was Pam and Don’s boat on it’s way into the Cove. This would be their 3rd visit. Once they tied up, Pam came out on deck and we waved!
While they were jumping and splashing around, I continued to look at the beach and today I found two more little claws for my “tiniest claw” contest!
Well, we all headed up to the house. Betty and I headed off to pick some more blackberries. I wanted to make sure I can get some more to make a future blackberry crumble for dessert! We had chicken stroganoff with peas and rice. And of course, we finished off the crumble she made last night and we finished the whip cream – put one on the list for next shopping trip! At this point we were all a little tired since we had been up so early, so off to bed.
Saturday, Aug 13th – Today’s weather started out a little weird. Very clear at the waterline but lots of clouds, sea was flat, wind out of NNE (not good as that means the annoying little flies again)! Roofers walking up with some additional wood they need to lay on the angle brackets on the roof to provide a standing surface from which they can install the shingles. Also here is a picture of the new shingles. They are like a mixture of gray and brown flecks. I think it will look nice.
Tours for today started around noon, a little late for a Saturday. First a group of three – Kent, Laurel and Anna. Then Ian and Donna who were here back in late June. Two women, Tammy & Jill came up for a tour. They were very intrigued by the Tower and very engaged in the tour – fun and easy going. Then Cal and Katrina pulled in with a group as Betty is going back with them when they all leave around 2:00. While doing a tour for a group of 6 – I could see from the catwalk “Gratitude”, the boat Betty was on, heading to Popham – Bye Betty! ☹
Another group of 6, new to the island! Steve did their tour (pic on right above is the group in the museum) while I grabbed a quick bite of lunch about 2:30. Then I did another group of 6 – getting the picture that today was a busy day!!! I guess 6 is the popular number today! Then a group of 14 came up and we broke them up into two groups. Below is a pic of the Mom’s and the kids! Time to shift gears to a kid-friendly tour….Sometimes when I take a picture, I say I’m doing a normal picture first followed by a silly picture. Thought I would use the silly picture of this group. Next up was Scott and Mary who arrived about 5:00. Well how about a tour!
At this point, the tours for the day seemed to be done so we walked down to the Cove. As soon as we turned the corner at the top of the trail, we could see the mast – HOLY COW. The boat was huge! When we got down to the Cove, Scott and Mary were on the beach. I said to Steve, it looked like the catamaran was unsure of the mooring they were on and we’re thinking of leaving. However, our dinghy was out on a mooring because Roofer AJ had to buzz back to the mainland for something….. So Scott offered to take Steve out to the catamaran to let them know they could tie a stern line to the Coast Guard (CG) mooring to help keeping them from shifting towards the rocks. They decided to stay, Scott began to bring Steve back to shore, then the ‘cat’ yelled out to ask if the guys could help him secure the stern line. So back out Scott and Steve went to bring the line over to the CG mooring. Then we saw another sailboat coming in and the only mooring available was the one with our lobster car on it (which is a little close to the rocks for some captains). So, for the third time, Scott took Steve out to our dinghy and to move it to the one with the lobster car so the boat coming in could take that mooring. Just as they were about to tie it off, AJ came back into the Cove. Phew! Scott and Steve didn’t even tie off the dinghy, they just handed it to AJ for him to use to come in. All of a sudden, such a flurry of activity!! The Captain of the S/V Aurora 2 (catamaran) was very appreciative of the help and offered a glass of wine to thank us. We decided to head out and ultimately Scott and Mary came over to join us as well! What a fun group! They were a group of 4 – Vincent and Anne (from Philadelphia now but originally Paris, France), Amelie (from Montreal) and Carole (from Paris, France)!!! Of course, there was all the usual questions back and forth. Amazing hospitality, shared some snacks and some red and white wine. Anne gave us a tour of the boat. So here’s some pics of the boat, Steve and Scott coming in for the last time, the group, etc.
While we sat there the sun was setting and the clouds and sky became so beautiful. It was getting late, time to head back up. We all said our goodnights. They said they would be up in the morning for a tour! We’ll say our goodbyes then! As we came up and turned the last corner, oh my – the sky was a blaze of color! We have NEVER seen a sunset like this – it was spectacular!
Tonight’s dinner was Steve’s special meatloaf using ground chicken with quinoa and asparagus. All yummy!! Trying a new method for cooking my crackers, here’s a pic of one big cracker and then when it’s done, I just punch my finger into it and they break into random sizes. And to wrap it all up, the moonrise!
Well it’s certainly winding down. I’m posting this on 9/1. Thanks for hanging in there!. I’ll have a few more posts so stay tuned!
Sunday, July 31st – Wow, the last day of July! Down to check out the Cove…. Holy cow the barn swallows are everywhere! They fly around like top gun pilots! Jim and Jill were the first up the trail. We spent some time chatting with them and then we exchanged our info with them. Just in case we should cross paths again – stranger things have happened!
Next up was Joshua. He used to run a charter service to Seguin. His wife Jacquelyn and little Ruth, their daughter, accompanied him! She was so cute and very excited to be on the island! As we chatted with them, he shared they have a garden and always have too much produce. They would love to share some of their harvest with us! We exchanged contact information and suggested I text him on the day we are going ashore. He’ll let us know what is currently in abundance! How great would that be? Fresh organic produce! I’ll definitely share that part of our shore day! Unfortunately, I gave them the tour and forgot to take a picture, but will take one when we get our produce.
Next up, Ethan, yes our lobsterman that brings us in, his wife Lindsay, Larson, Griffin and a young friend. I gave them a kid-level tour and they all seemed to enjoy it.
Then we had a mom Sharon and her two daughters, Arabeth and Arrilyn (I hope I spelled their names correctly). They loved their tour and two of them bought our ‘Vintage’ sweatshirts (the red ones). The one in the middle chose a hoodie FOSILS sweatshirt. Here they are with their purchases – all were very excited.
Our next group was a family from Methuen, MA. First time and loved the tour. Everyone participated by asking questions and inquiring about the lens.
Another nice couple, Scott and Leah, came up the hill. We showed them the museum and they spent some time in there while I finished up my tour. Steve chatted with them and gave them a tour. They are another couple with whom we connected, so we exchanged contact information. They have a very cool Down-easter type of boat.
Had a little break in the action, so Steve and I weeded the garden a little bit. The zucchini and yellow squash are coming in along with the herb’s rosemary, oregano and basil! We have lots of tomatoes now, but none are ripe yet! Not sure we’ll one will get ripe enough to eat before we leave!
Next to arrive was Diane & Dave (my sister and brother-in-law) and their dog Angus. They sailed over from Southport and plan on spending the night in the Cove. We are very excited to see them and have them visit us here on Seguin. Even though they have been in Southport for many years, this was their first time on Seguin! Like many others they have sailed past it several times.
They are also on a new boat and were very excited to share it with us. We brought them ashore along with their dog Angus and had dinner together. Dinner consisted of some appetizers, steak tips and salmon and roasted vegetables – delicious, plus some pecan pie and brownies for dessert. We walked them back down to the Cove. This was the first time we walked the main trail at night! Yikes – we had flashlights but boy it was still very dark! There were a few stars out, but no moon. Diane has been anxious to come out here to see the night sky as it is a location with no real light pollution. Since the lighthouse is currently not working (due to the solar panels taking a severe hit over the winter) Seguin offers an amazing spot for star gazing! Steve rowed them out but unfortunately no bioluminescence tonight.
Don’t forget Rabbit, Rabbit – it’s the last day of the month!
Monday, August 1st – We walked down to the Cove to row out and pick up Diane & Dave as they are spending most of the day with us. Weather a little cloudy, some spots of sun. Diane did say that in the middle of the night she woke up and could see out the hatch. The clouds had disappeared and the sky was loaded with stars! It is an amazing sight.
In my quest to look down and observe, I found a periwinkle making his way across the beach in the Cove. Not sure how long it has taken him to get this far, but it’s kind of cool to see his trail! We had breakfast on the porch with smoked salmon, pesto, avocado, cream cheese + my homemade bread. Three kids from Popham came up. They chatted a bit and shared they have never been here. Their dad’s boat was off catching some bait fish so they came ashore to look around. Didn’t really have time for a tour.
Today the roofing crew will arrive to begin the process of providing the main house with a new roof. First all the workers, their tools, food, camping gear, etc. will be brought ashore to stage the jobsite. It’s a crew of 6 people. Big picture – spend this week removing the old roof, spend next week installing the new one!
The next group up was Winn, Lori, Mark and Michelle. Diane and Dave know Winn as he is the owner of the Boothbay Harbor Brewery and Campground on Rte 27. I gave all of them a tour including Diane and Dave. Around 11:30 the sky cleared up and we could kind of see Monhegan, an island east of us, which is 22 miles away.
Another group 4 plus Grandma walked up. Very excited to be here and some have been here before. Steve chatted with them and they were going to walk around a bit and check out a few trails. Everyone is always excited to be here, it doesn’t matter whether they were here last week, last year, twenty years ago or this is their first time. Seguin has a reputation of being an island of all things beautiful and puts them in one spot!
Around 2:00, it was time for Diane and Dave to head back to the boat and sail back to Southport. Steve brought them out in the dinghy and we watched as they pulled away from the mooring to begin their journey back home.
Next to come up the trail were Michael and Michelle from S/V Ibis. We notice they were on the mooring next to Diane & Dave. Instantly, we could tell there were a very friendly couple. We talked with them quite a long time, gave them a tour and chatted about a couple of books. They were interested in the book I am reading, “A Short Bright Flash – Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse” by Theresa Levitt. Since my tour speaks in some detail about Augustin Fresnel, Michael shared the author and name of two other books I might enjoy reading – “Longitude – the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solve the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time,” by Dava Sobel and a book call “Cod – A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World“ by Mark Kurlansky. Both sounded very interesting. They were staying the night, so we knew we’d talk to them again. They also mentioned they had a water maker on their boat and if we needed some more drinking water they are happy to “make” some!
We had a group of 9 show up, then another group of two guys and then the Grandma of the group of 4 came back with her family, but they had run out of time for a tour. Maybe next time!
Well last up was a couple Jorge & Fran from S/V Skalliwag. Within a couple of minutes of starting the conversation, it turns out he used to work for Dominion at North Anna (a power station in Virginia)! How random is that! We knew several people in common and in fact he made a post to his Facebook page sharing who the lightkeepers were on Seguin Island he was visiting in Maine. It never ceases to amaze me where and when your circle overlaps another and there is something in common. Jorge recently retired and they are sailing full time. Thought I took a pic of their setup, but it’s not in my photos. Their vessel was clearly set up for long distance sailing.
It was getting to be late in the afternoon, so we headed down to the Cove to see if there are any new boats which may translate to the need for a tour. No new boats, so we took our dinghy and rowed out to Ibis. We chatted with Michael and Michelle for some time. We learned they spend some portion of the winter in West Palm, FL, not far from Ft Pierce, Florida, which is where we are going this winter. They offered to take us sailing if our timing should work out. How fun would that be! Of course, we exchanged information and hope to meet up with them. We did bring out a jug to fill with water but totally forgot that sinks are small on a boat and we couldn’t get the jug under the faucet! We were able to fill it using their shower that was on the back of the boat. Drinking water is a precious resource on Seguin!
Back up to the house to prep dinner. Tonight, we are having chicken meatballs, homemade red sauce loaded with veggies over chickpea pasta. Always a good hearty meal!
Tuesday, August 2nd – Pretty foggy this morning which translates to a great roofing day – no sun! I made some Oatmeal Zucchini bread for the group and an extra pot of coffee. Always feed the crew! This is the front of the house showing the pile of used shingles so far. They pull them off and just throw onto the tarps. We walk around and sometimes help out by putting those that land on the lawn back on the tarp.
I gathered some herbs to bring out to Ibis as we noticed they hadn’t left yet and I wanted to reciprocate their water gift! I then headed down to the Whistle House to do a few things on the internet like bus tix for Colin, where are we staying the few days after we leave here and a trip in late September to South Dakota. It’s always something with this internet stuff, today you can’t seem to step away from life, even for a few days!
Weather cleared up around noon so that was a good thing. Tried my sourdough starter again but it didn’t rise enough to make bread today. However but I’m always up for making crackers. Most times I like the crackers better than the bread! Next guest was Penny and Kent Goetjen from Charleston, SC. Penny is an author that writes mystery novels. Steve gave them a tour. She has written several novels and Steve has ordered one of them to read! The picture is of Penny and Kent. She was very interested in the ghost stories and other goings on at the lighthouse.
What is really interesting is the next couple Russell and Nicolette were also from Charleston, SC. No, they didn’t know each other, but that stills seems a little coincidental! Russell and Nicolette were so enamored with Seguin and the tour, they asked what kind of wine we like, red or white. Of course, Steve said red! Humm, what could that mean? Actually, later in the afternoon Russell came back ashore, ran up the trail and dropped off a bottle of wine with a little note – “Thanks for the wonderful tour, sorry we were out of red!” How nice of him to row back in and drop it off! The pic is of them sailing away in the late afternoon as they had to be at their next stop later that evening.
I have a unique question for all the crafters…. Below is a series of pictures of an item we have in the gift shop. Someone made it, but none of us can figure out what it is for? Any thoughts? Comment on this blog post with your thoughts!!!
We went down to the Cove and hung out till about sunset. Looks like a dinghy is headed in. We headed up ourselves and met Chuck and Randy. We all chatted a bit, but all agreed a tour in the morning would be best!
Tonight, dinner was Tofu Curry, which is an amazing dish we make loaded with vegetables in a wonderful curry sauce that includes peanut butter (no pic ☹). However, we had a beautiful picture of the grounds as the sun was approaching sunset.
Wednesday, August 3rd – I awoke around 5 but was too lazy to take a picture. There were a lot of clouds which were lit up, but you couldn’t actually see the sun. Ok back to bed for a little bit. The picture to the left is looking at Cobblestone Beach from the South Trail entrance vista! WOW what a beautiful day we have. Stopped by the Cove and looks like we have three boats. One is Randy and Chuck’s boat, one is AJ, the roofing guys boat but not sure who is on the third boat.
Later on, we took another walk down to the Cove and actually walked a little bit on the beach. Steve was heading out to our lobster car to get some more crabs. Me, I’m still in search of the smallest claw. I have had a couple of other pictures, but this one looks the smallest. Guess I need to put them all in a row. I’m using my finger for scale so later on I can tell which is the tiniest! Also checked the Clivus and on the way back up took a jug of water and a scrub brush to clean several signs that had bird droppings on them!
Around 10, we saw a group come up and it turns out it was MITA (Maine Island Trail Association). A group from their organization volunteers once a season to come by and help us attack some of the bigger clearing / weed whacking challenges. A couple of them headed up under the tram, like they walked up the entire tram around the trestles and cleared the growth away from the wood. HOLY COW! They did an awesome job. Since most other areas are very dry and the grass / weeds have not grown much, we gave them a couple other areas to clean up, like the edging. So they edged the sidewalk, around the main house, and weed wacked the area by the cradles that held the diesel tanks which store diesel fuel for the fog Diaphones. Another group of MITA workers went down to the area where the Coast Guard cleaned up the scrap metal pile near the Whistle House and cleared all the grass that had grown up and around the pile. This allowed them to clear around what was once a foundation for another building here on Seguin. The group was amazing! They still had more time so then they helped fill helicopter bags of old shingles and condense some of the lesser filled bags. They were all like energizer bunnies! Thanks to Chris Wall and his team of workers! Here are a bunch of pictures I took of them working and the areas they cleared!
Just before lunchtime, Randy and Chuck came up for a tour. Steve offered to gave them a tour. Nice guys and they plan on coming back here in a couple of weeks I think with their wives.
Next group was John and Cindy (local folks) that brought two friends, Terry and Des who are from England. A delightful group. I gave them a tour which was well received. Then we had Brenda and Brian from North Reading, MA, then Linda and Jim from Phippsburg and another group of 4. The picture above on the right is the group of 4 in the Tower with Steve.
After all those tours, I sat on the front porch and cleaned crabs. Not sure yet what I’m going to do with the crab, maybe crab bisque this time. Did I already make that? Well for dinner we had swordfish and a zucchini stir fry – scrumptious!
Last is of course, sunset. This was taken at 8:00 pm. Yes, I know, it’s another one of Mount Washington!
Thursday, Aug 4th – Another beautiful day on Seguin. Here’s my Cove picture, three boats and looks like we are on our way to low tide. Moon is only 43% so the tides are not very dramatic. Today is shore day and we had a beautiful ride in, a few waves, a little fog and scenery that showed Maines true beauty. I tried to get a picture of Seguin as we were about half way back, but I couldn’t actually see what I was taking because of the sun/fog. Seguin is just on the left edge of the picture in the middle below.
We had another group of volunteers come in today from IDEXX (IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is an American multinational corporation engaged in the development, manufacture, and distribution of products and services for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and dairy markets. They are located in Westbrook, ME). Their task was also to help load old shingles into the helicopter bags. Looks like the helicopter won’t be coming tomorrow, maybe Monday, stay tuned as that will be an exciting blog entry for sure!
Usual stuff for us in town, so I’m not going to bore you with a repeat of what we do every week! Except one new thing, we had lunch at The Fountain. It’s the place where Leeli and I had ice cream last week. We decided to try their lunch! We both had panini’s and guess who we ran into – Cyndy! She was in ordering her lunch! How fun to run into someone we know in town!
After lunch we began our trip back towards the dock but we had one more stop to make. Last night we received a text from Garden Joshua and Jacquelyn to tell us to stop by on our way back to Popham. Jacquelyn will harvest from their garden some yummy vegetables. WOW, what a treat we had! They live on Cranberry Point. Beautiful view from their front yard, here are some pictures of Jacquelyn, our bag of goodies and Steve and Jacquelyn! Little Ruth was taking a nap so maybe we’ll see her next time!
The ride back was sunny and warm. Here’s the men on the boat checking out what appears to be a whale on the west side of Wood Island. Unfortunately, it was a dead humpback. I’m not including the picture as every time I see it, I’m very sad. It takes so much for nature to create one of the beautiful creatures…. (Update: it’s my understanding they didn’t need to bring it in as mother nature took care of it with the tides).
As we approached the Cove, there was a beautiful blue schooner coming in. All hands-on deck tiding up the ship. Also, there was a group heading in as well as our group assembling on the beach to come out to swap places.
Here is Jeff and his crew from the schooner. I don’t know the name of the program but it is designed to help build leadership and teamwork skills. As they came up, we noticed another schooner lowering her sails and heading toward the Cove. They are not sailing together but are from the same program. It was already 5:00 but how could I resist them, so I gave them a tour. Great group of very polite kids that enjoyed the tour and had lots of questions.
Ok, not too bad, actually ate dinner around 7:30! Tonight, was salmon with peach chutney and fresh basil, a cucumber/tomato/Kalamata olives/feta fresh salad, along with blistered shishito peppers! After dinner, got a text from Dave wondering if we could see the lightning show to our west. We ran outside to see it see – it was amazing. Tried to catch a pic or two with an actual lightning flash – but no luck. Even the video was mediocre but it was spectacular in real time.
Friday, Aug 5th – Day 5 of the roof project. Good day to roof as it is cloudy and warm. Today, they are putting on the GRACE weather shield /underlayment. The flag was not moving at all, that never happens. Brooke from the second schooner came up early for a tour. She said the rest of group was not embracing the opportunity. So, I gave her a tour, she knew the rest of the group would regret not having participated.
I went up into the tower to take a few photos of some items I keep meaning to capture on film. While up there, I checked the rubber door seal on the door that leads to the outside as Steve noticed it was loose in a few spots. Steve and I grabbed some nails to reattach where we could. Some places the wood has rotted out. Let’s see what I have for pictures. First, I took some of the stairs. Here are two pictures, the left one is from the deck at 28 steps looking down and the second picture was from the 38-step deck looking all the way down. These stairs were designed and built by Ira Winn of Portland. He was well known for his iron work. They were built there and assembled here. Unfortunately, about 10 years after the install, the facility in Portland had a fire and all his designs were lost in the blaze. So, it’s likely these stairs are “limited edition.”
Next two pictures are some whipping that was done by Hank Lipain. He was in the Coast Guard in the 1970’s. He served on Seguin 1976-1977. He loved to do this type of work and was very good at it. Some of his co-workers tried to convince him it was a waste of time. They also told him that when they were re-assigned, the next “coasties” would likely rip it so he would have wasted all that time. He continued to do his work as it was a great way to pass the time. Last summer, Hank came to visit Seguin for the first time since he left here in the 70’s. He was in his early 70’s. He came up the last 10 stairs and saw that all his hard work was still there and in great shape. He was very touched that it was still there! How great is that! The design on the top railing in the left pictures is called “coxcomb.” He indicated that he would like to return next summer with his grandkids to show them it’s still here. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Here is a pic of the schooner Brooke was on heading back to Portland.
Next couple of tours were for Deb and Tom from PA on S/V New Life. They live in the country in PA, very down to earth and genuine people. You can just tell when you meet some people that they are sincere, caring individuals. I gave Deb a tour and boy did we connect. My tour with her was a little bit longer than normal, but we had so much to share with each other and she shared some tender moments in her life. I was there to give her a big hug. Seemed like she needed it. (I have a pic Steve took the them – it’s in Saturday’s write up). Then Greg & Jennifer from Cundy’s Harbor on Harpswell. We loved their colorful shirts. That’s them->
Then a group of 6 men came up the trail. I gave them a tour. All were very interested in learning about Seguin. You can just tell by their body language, questions and if they’re paying attention, they were just a fun group. They were on a Grand Banks (again my favorite trawler). Dave the captain is missing from the pic as he needed to run back to the boat that’s why one of the guys is holding up 6 fingers so I would remember it was a group of 6!
Things slowed a little bit and there was absolutely no wind. Lots of fly’s today, they are little, biting and annoying. We learned from a guest that this is typical when we have a North or Northeast wind as it brings them out from the mainland. They really like legs that have had salt water on them! Then a really large yacht went by, so I had to grab a photo of it. You can tell it was big by the size of their “dinghy.”
As we were wrapping up, a previous guest came up, his name is Kim. He is the person we called the “whale whisperer.” He had some time to kill before he was meeting up with someone so he thought it would be more fun to stay here than in a marina. We are glad he returned.
I had cleaned some crab legs the other day and had enough meat and decided to make crab quiche this time. It’s a heart stopper for sure! Made with local eggs brought to us by a visit from our lobsterman Ethan and his family and lots of Swiss cheese. I made one up and will freeze it for some breakfast later on. Probably when our friend Betty comes to visit next week. It’s good to have things made and ready!
Then I prepped for dinner by taking some more of our garden fresh jackpot from Jacquelyn! This dish had spinach, garlic, ginger, onions, peppers, yellow squash and we sliced up the stems from the spinach.
As we were getting ready to eat a crazy cool thundercloud formed over Phippsburg / Cape Small area. I took a picture of it and then thought it would look really cool through the door of the Tower which leads out to the catwalk! So here is that picture. I tried a panorama perspective, but I have yet to master this function on my phone!! I may put it in the blog anyway to see how it looks. (that’s it down below – not bad!)
The next photo was as I looked towards the North (towards Popham, up the Kennebec), you could see the fog rolling out and surround the small islands between us and shore.
Since I was in the tower, I figured it would be a good time to take a couple of photos of the roof progress, the gift shop side (to the left), then our kitchen side. Can’t wait to see what the new shingles look like.
I walked around the front of the house to capture the roof from that perspective as well. I didn’t want the front roof to feel left out! And of course, the dinner photo. That’s BBQ chicken for our protein.
Saturday, Aug 6th – Well today is an absolutely gorgeous day! Wind slowly out of the East. Today’s breakfast is the crab quiche! It was really good! I’m sure my cholesterol was going up as I was eating it. Roofing crew is not working today. We continue to walk around though and pick up pieces of shingles and nails. Just looking out for our visitors and making sure they all wear some type of shoes, especially the little ones.
First group up today was Noah, Miro and Renee. Noah brings out some friends every so often and each time he participates in the tour and is very complimentary!
Deb and Tom from S/V New Life came back up this morning. She gave me a bag of apples to thank me for yesterday. She asked if we had any knowledge on the engraving on the rock part way up the main trail. We asked, “what engraving, what rock?” We had never noticed the rock. It’s tucked back a little and usually in the shadows. It says “J. Gould 1859.” We are not sure who he/she is but have a text in to our historian, Chris to see what he has to say. We found a J. Gould that was master of a boat “Nancy” where he and the first keeper John Polereczky engaged in cod fishery in 1798. However, the years don’t line up. I had to give some other folks a tour and felt bad I didn’t actually get to say goodbye to Deb. She’s an amazing woman.
Our next group Glen, Linda, Peter and Karen shared their experiences with Hopetown Bermuda Lighthouse which is also 1st Order Fresnel lens that still burns kerosene. They shared their observations of the start-up process that is used at the lighthouse today. It’s quite involved and takes a fair amount of time. Anyway, Glen and Karen are siblings and also related to Carney, who runs our Seguin Instagram page! Lots of people today. Another group of 6 plus 3 dogs out of Boothbay. Next was Niko and Mary. Sifting through all my pics but don’t see one of group of 6 or Niko and Mary!
Next was a Bob and Lori and their daughter Aidee. Very warm and friendly. Loved the tour and we chatted with them for some time. Then Aidee and Steve started talking about offshore wind as Aidee had a job interview in the next day or so with Central Maine Power in the offshore wind area. That was pretty fun!
Next was a group of three + 1 little person. Here they are in the Tower with Steve for a tour. Do you notice that in all the pics, everyone is smiling? They all love Seguin and learning about her history! Didn’t get a pic of the next group, but it was 15 from Southport, Towns End Rd. I even know where that is! They were all having a blast, have been coming for years and this year they now have 3 generations present! It’s great to see folks that are committed to their families and the continuation of their traditions. This was the first year all three generations made it to Seguin! We had a grandfather that has been coming here for 30 years with his son Driscoll and two grandchildren Hadley and Declan. Fun group, but forgot the pic!
Then there was Lindsay and Jason + their pug dog. I took them on a tour while the dog waited patiently at the bottom. Younger couple but very engaged in the tour.
I forget who was in the power boat, but here they are leaving. Steve then remembered there was a race out of Portland that was going on all weekend up to Seguin, and around the can on the south side of Seguin. I ran out to the concrete deck south of the Fog Signal building (aka Whistle House) and there they are. All had made the turn around the can except one. I think one of them initiated the fog signal, so I kept running out in between blasts to try and get a pic 😊
Here is sunset for Saturday night, the close of this week’s blog. Be well, be present and show kindness each day!
Love sunsets? Make sure you come back to read the next blog. The sunset photos we took on Aug 13th, next Saturday are UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Sunday, July 24th – Good morning! Can’t believe we are starting the last week of July. I have said to Steve a few times, I don’t want to hear – “Well we only have “x” number of weeks left or “x” number of trips ashore.” I’m not ready – so I put my fingers in my ears and say “watermelon, watermelon, watermelon.” Then he catches on. It’s just too soon to start any kind of countdown. I know it’s coming, faster than I want.
Sometimes I do so well in taking pictures of people, things or views and other times – well she just forgets! Today is one of those days. I have two pictures today. One is of a leaf hanging down from what must be a spider web. It was on the main trail. It was pretty weird to walk down the trail and see a leaf at eye level, just hanging there!
The next picture is of a lens cap we found yesterday under the picnic table. It could have been there for weeks! We haven’t really been mowing as much because so much of the grass is dying. So, here’s that picture. I measured it and it’s about 2 inches in diameter. Did you leave it on a visit here?
Let’s see what my notes have to say. Might be a good day for a history lesson too! Our overnight guests, Molly and her two grandchildren are leaving today. She said they all had a wonderful time and everyone left a note in our guest book, even the kids. She was also kind enough to sing praises to Cyndy about us. Again, that’s just how we roll! Today’s weather was pretty windy and it lasted most of the day. Our engagement couple Ben & Lauren popped back up again to say thank you for all the pics we took, then it was time for them to head on their way. Don, Pam and Mike came up again, this time for a tour. They enjoyed a private tour even though we had 17 guests today! A couple of them had been here before.
So, it appears next up on the list is info on the current lighthouse which I commonly refer to as the Tower. The pictures below are from the museum and show some structural drawings of the cross section view of the Tower as well as the house structure. Crazy to think they went out to bid for projects like this back in the 1850’s.
Here are some facts:
In 1853 they decided to make Seguin a First Order Station. That means it would use a 1st order Fresnel lens, which is approximately 6 feet in diameter and a little over 9 feet tall.
In 1855 they allocated $35,000 to build both the tower and the house. The centerline of the lens is 53 ft about the ground making the total height 238 ft give or take a foot or two, this makes it Maines highest lighthouse.
The Tower and the house were completed in 1857 and both still stand today, 165 years later, looking much as it did back then. There are a few minor changes to the house.
When the 1st order Fresnel lens was installed, it used a single lamp consisting of reservoir holding 10 gallons of kerosene oil.
The lens consists of somewhere between 242 and 284 pieces of glass and weighs in the vicinity of 12,000 lbs.
It’s a very impressive passive piece of technology.
The lens was fabricated in the Henry- Lepaute (Henri-lapaut) facility in Paris and was then shipped to the U.S. Here’s today’s quiz question – any thoughts on what packing material was used to protect the lenses during shipping???? Here are two clues: It is a food item and is somewhat liquid… This is where I start to hum the Jeopardy jingle!!!! (Answer will be later on in the blog!)
We had one late tour today. Peter and his sister-in-law Amy sailed over from Magala Island. An off the grid island near Sebasco, which is still part of the Phippsburg peninsula, around Small Point from us and up the New Meadows River. It was a pretty fun tour with them. I took the “special-today-at-no-extra-charge” photo where I walk around the inside catwalk next to the lens and take a picture of people standing on the stairs and it background behind your head is reversed since I’m taking the picture through a prism (I had one of Steve very early on in the blog). However, there are a couple of lines of reflection as the sun was pretty low in the sky. Didn’t really see them when I took the pic, but still pretty cool.
Monday, July 25st – We have two boats in the Cove this morning. Dean is still here plus another boat. Pretty windy overnight and some light rain this morning. Still very cloudy and temps a little cooler than it has been. I made some scones from scratch this morning (you know the kind where you grate the butter, freeze it, then mix it with flour using your hands, press the blueberries in, etc.) The plan is to use a bunch of blueberries we picked recently!!! The recipe had a great hint though which suggested you could freeze the scones uncooked then add a couple of minutes to the cooking time. So, I put half the batch in the freezer for a later date in August when we have friends visiting!
Here’s a picture looking towards the Northeast and you can see the unsettled weather. Also in the pictures is a fog bell and additional fog signaling technology called diaphones. And a closer picture of the fog bell. Let’s learn a little about fog signal technology here on Seguin. Information on Seguin’s Island fog signals is a little sketchy.
Although the date is not known, the first fog signal used on Seguin was a bell, rung by hand! Whenever a ship passing in the fog would signal, the keeper would signal back. Many sailors complained that they could not hear the bell when a sea was running, crashing against the island and its ledges.
The fog bell grew in size from the time the first bell was installed until 1872 when the bell was replaced with a fog whistle. Bells ranged in size from hand bells to those up to 4,000 lbs. in weight! The story goes that if you wanted to make an extra $100 a year, you could volunteer to “bang” the bell! Yikes, I’d volunteer for just about anything but not that!
September 5, 1872, the American Sentinel reported “The Lighthouse Board gives noticed that the steam fog whistle has been established on Seguin Island. During thick or foggy weather, the signal will be sounded at intervals of 52 seconds, the length of each blast being 8 seconds. The machinery is placed in a small wooden building about eight yards to the SW of the lighthouse and 149 feet above sea level.”
In 1907 the operation of the fog signal required 60 pounds of steam pressure and used 90 gallons of water and 150 pounds of hard coal per hour!
In the latter part of the 1920’s, the steam fog whistle was replaced by a compressed air diaphone horn. The diaphone fog signal is the old familiar “Beeee Oooooh” sound. (That is the sound I’m most familiar with when as a child I heard the fog horn at Nubble Light – aka Cape Neddick, in York, Maine).
Here is a neat picture of the Oil house, the Tower, the main house, the assistant keepers home and the fog whistle house in the foreground. No sure what the small building with the picket fence near it. Ok, time to move on!
Given the weather we didn’t think we’d have many visitors today. We thought it would be fun to make a video of Steve playing the Lightkeepers Waltz. I think he has done a fantastic job with this piece. So we went into the Tower and played around with make a video. We did it about 5 times and agreed on one! It’s been posted to YouTube so if you’d like to view / hear it – this is the link! He’s got 70 views already! ( Steve’s Lightkeepers Waltz July 25, 2022)
Next was to do some clean-up whipper snipping of the Cobblestone, Cove and Main trails, then under the tram, around the Clivus. It certainly doesn’t take as long as you are basically cleaning up the edges and the center is well packed from all our visitors. Steve took this picture of the waves at Cobblestone. I find it very invigorating to be on the rocks with the waves and the wind. I have always loved being near the sea when she is exhibiting her massive strength…..
Spent part of the afternoon working on the blog, then more blog and more blog. I know what you’re saying – Carol you spend so much time on the blog, I hope you’re not missing the experience of the island. Well, as I type this up on Aug 5th, I’m starting to feel a little sentimental and want to make sure I fill every part of my being with Seguin. I think that is because as the clock continues to tick with the same regularity as it always has, I’m making an effort to ensure I take it all in. Oops, there she goes again digressing.
We could see a storm approaching so we went up in the tower to watch but it seemed to skirt us. We got a very brief shower. I’ve been wanting to get to the South Trail when it’s low tide. Steve took his snips and I joined him to walk the trail. However, from just the little shower we had, the rocks were very slippery. He slipped a couple of times, which set off the “danger Will Robinson” alarm! We decided it was best to turn around. We are cautious when walking here as neither one of us wants to hurt ourselves.
As we came back to the house, the clouds were pretty crazy all around us. Here’s a few pictures of them about an hour and half apart.
We walked down to the Cove and decided to row out and get some more crabs. Ethan has been very generous with them so we have a lot! We pulled out a bunch and Steve cooked them up. While he was doing that, I headed to the Whistle House to actually make a post to the website (the Whistle House is where I connect to the internet). You’ve heard that story before – lol! Dinner tonight was swordfish, tots and asparagus. Around 8:00 or so, the sky’s started to clear a little and the clouds parted for another beautiful sunset.
Back down to the Whistle House to work more on the blog and make a few phone calls.
Tuesday, July 26th – I was up early this morning, about 6:30. Cove is empty and it’s a beautiful morning! I discovered an issue with my photos last night while working on the blog! Somehow, I had switched a setting to wide-screen on my photos! I was wondering why the dimension sizes started to be different and spent most of my time down at the whistle house trying to figure it out and how to fix it!
Steve made me some blueberry pancakes this morning since I was so busy with fixing the pictures! And it is a picture-perfect day! Check out the sky and the barn swallows were storming the Tower!
Our first visitors today were Don & Sandy from Boothbay Harbor and their son Craig and wife Colleen. They are here for a brief walk around to plan a treasure hunt for 3 of their grandchildren next week. They hide things on the island and have a little treasure map! How fun is that! Unfortunately, Don broke an oar on his way in, so we let him borrow one for the row back out to the boat.
Next group here was a gentleman that was here with his son a few weeks ago (dang it, can’t find his name – if you see this, please make a comment on the blog as to your name – I’m so embarrassed) and he brought a friend and his son today. Gave them a tour and they had a great time.
Next group was fun, Arthur Osgood and family here from Sebasco. He was active Coast Guard 1968-1972 and was involved with working on lighthouses up and down the Maine coast! He was loving the tour! He actually educated me on a few things and I learned about the “mogul bi-pole.” This is a device that held different light bulbs (incandescent and halogen, both 1000 watts). It was wired such that if a filament went out or something went wrong with the bulb, it would detect the change in voltage, set off a relay that would rotate out the bad bulb and rotate in a good bulb into place to keep the light on! How cool is that! I love learning new things about the Lighthouse and its operation from my visitors! Here’s a couple of pictures of Arthur in the Coast Guard room of the museum and him sporting is swag!
Arthur then asked if he could see the area where he worked which was down in the whistle house as he was the person that worked on some of the high voltage connections for the shore power line. By then, two other gents (Paul and Dave) had come up the trail, overheard some of the discussion and decided they would love to see that area in the Whistle House as well. So Steve headed off with them. Unfortunately, we forgot to get a few snaps of that part of the visit.
We had a long chat with Paul and Dave as it was later in the day and we figured no one else was coming up. We talked about so many things. Paul has built several small boats and paddled in several locations around New England. He has one more trek to complete and he will have paddled around New England! There is a name for the loop, but I didn’t catch it. I was in absolute awe listening to his story. He also shared about his children and was especially proud of his daughter. She works at Mass General in Neuro PT. So of course, we chatted about Colin, his journey so far and the range of opportunities in PT these days beside our traditional thinking which is usually Orthopedic. Dave was trying to orchestrate transportation from Portland to Boston for the next day. Not an easy task as cell service on the island is not the best!
We started to get a few things together for our shore day tomorrow, prep dinner which was pork tenderloin and I headed off to the Whistle House to finish fixing my picture issue! Which I did thankfully! Yikes that was a curve ball for sure!
Here’s one of my favorite pictures as I was walking back up to the house a little after 9:00 pm. Isn’t it beautiful?
Wednesday, July 27th – Good Morning, another beautiful day in Georgetown Maine. Cove was empty this morning. We rowed out to Ethan as we were getting picked up first and tied off the dinghy to the mooring. Great ride in. Sam, Ethan’s helper for the summer is a high school senior and enjoying his breakfast of champions, a large container of mac and cheese!
We got to Popham and unloaded. We decided we would eat light for breakfast and have lunch out. Steve brought a banana and two of our homemade blueberry scones for breakfast. I brought my own coffee cup today so I’m looking forward to my chai tea at Café Creme. We noshed on the banana on our route to the transfer station.
When we got to the transfer station, I noticed that the “free” section was just about empty. I’m not sure how often they empty it out and move it all to the trash side….. so much stuff, so much waste. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find three items in the free section. A Black Dog brand bandana for Gracie, a box of Monet note cards (I can always use those) and jackpot – a Baggallini back pack / purse! It’s an eggplant color with a beautiful lime greenish color on the inside. I’m stoked!
Next stop, fire station to drop off returnable bottles and cans, then off to Café Creme! We drove down the little hill to City Park to drink our beverages and have our blueberry scones. It was delightful to just sit and enjoy the scenery and our own little breakfast.
Next, the laundromat to start our two loads, check the computer, emails, bank accounts, pay bills, etc. plus anything else I’ve added to the “computer list.” I washed my new Baggillini and it came out awesome! I shared a piece of Seguin sea glass with Amy. Why you might ask? When we were back in St. Thomas, the person I used for my leg waxing there ran a business called Love Spa. We struck up a friendship over the year we were there and I made her some dishcloths that spelled LOVE and she gave me a rock that she painted with a symbol for “Love” and painted the word on the back of the rock. I keep it in my purse and everyone once in a while when I’m digging for something in my purse, I come across it and it reminds me of her. I’m hoping the sea glass does that for Amy. She works very hard at the laundromat and takes great pride in making sure the place is clean and friendly to all her customers. I digresses yet again!
Off to groceries, Swango (local produce), fish store, etc. We got all our stuff and then some. While at Swango, he was throwing out these weird looking things and we asked what they were – Garlic scapes! I’ve seen those at the farmer’s market. He said they were going to give them to the pigs….. So, he gave us and the lady behind us a bunch. Both the owner and a customer said they are good, sauté them up, little balsamic vinegar on top…. We took some and figured we’d give them a try. Then I had about 20 mins so I went to the tattoo place to chat some more with Shawn about setting a date as well as more discussion on the actual tattoo! I’m very excited! After that I walked up to Mae’s Café to meet my Maine friend Leeli for lunch! As I went to walk in, I ran into some folks that had come out to the island for a tour! I recognized them – how crazy is it that I’m recognizing people on the street after being here for 2 months. I went in and Leeli had a table for us already. We had a most delightful lunch! We shared lots of stories and got a chance to get to know each other a little better. She is a very funny, sweet, generous person. Then we still had a little time so we decided to have ice cream at Fountain on Front Street. As we walked to her car, we walked by our car. Then we found Steve and he joined us for ice cream! Leeli had Georgia Peach and I had Vanilla with Brownie Bites and Caramel. Is your mouth watering yet – OMG it was soooooo yummy! I’ve had a hankering for ice cream and they had so many flavors, now I need to go back! And guess what I forgot to do? Take PICTURES!!! Well, I’m meeting her again for lunch on the 24th of August so I will definitely take a photo then!
Alrighty time to head back to Popham. As we left Bath, temp in the car read 87, by the time we got to the dock it was 75!!!! Popham is only 10 miles from Bath! Gotta love the ocean. We met up with Ethan who hit the mother load today, about 700# of lobster! That’s great except, they keep lowering the price they are paying them for the lobster, but are charging the consumer the same amount! They don’t really have any recourse.
Back in the Cove. As we came in a couple were coming in to shore in their dinghy. They are Phillip and Pippa, they are English. Really fun couple. They helped us carry our stuff up the trail. Turns out the Coast Guard was here today. They carried all this random scrap metal stuff that has been sitting on the grass down to the whistle house area under the tram. However, they just left it there! It was very messy and lots of nuts and bolts just lying around. It looked awful. It’s like a job half done! So frustrating.
Talked with Phillip and Pippa for a bit and gave them a tour. Then we headed down for Cove time, sitting on the side where the rocks are warm. The sun is starting to move, so the boat house where we used to sit is in the shade earlier in the day.
Dinner tonight was haddock and garlic scapes fried rice which was delicious! When you put the cold rice in with all the vegetables and egg, you stir it then press it into the pan. Let it go for a bit, then flip it all around, press into the pan and that is how the rice becomes “fried.” It was really good, definitely being added to the recipe roster! Rick, this dinner pic for you! Check out how good our basil is doing now that we moved it to a new location that enjoys some shade during the early morning.
Here is a pic of the house / tower. Taking a few of these from this angle to help Shawn with the tattoo. I like the perspective that includes the door to the Tower. Oh and also another unique sunset!
Tonight’s entertainment was an episode of Virgin River. Season 4 came out a few weeks ago.
Thursday, July 28th – Gorgeous morning. If you’re not in the sun, it’s even a little cool. Another sailboat had come in last night to spend the night, so there were 4 boats overnight. The cruiser left this morning. The close-up picture of the blue hull sailboat (below-left) might have been Phillip and Pippa’s boat, not sure. As I started to walk up the trail, I just couldn’t resist a picture looking up at the tram. Look at that sky!
I did my Clivus duties and boy the barn swallows were flying crazy around the area and right in front of the door. It was like they wanted to come in! Headed back up the trail for breakfast. Took a quick look at the weather today and could be windy and rainy this afternoon. We’d love a good thunderstorm! We see a lot of thunderheads near shore, but we’re so much cooler out here, not sure we’ll get any.
I made up a tray for breakfast, toasted homemade rosemary bread, avocado, peppadews, Kalamata olives, cream cheese, cucumbers, some greens, some pesto and some SMAK (the spicy stuff in the bottle). Oh, almost forgot the smoked trout!! It was delicious – now you see it, now you don’t!
First up the trail this morning was Rob and Sarah, they have come here several times and have a Leopard 39 catamaran. We talked with them at length. They are both captains and she has done a lot of sailing and has helped people sail their boats from one place to another. Boy did she have a few stories. We were very interested in hearing what they had to say about boats, chartering, being crew etc. They invited us to come by later on in the day to see their boat (you’ll see those pics a little further down).
Next up was Natalya and Mariana and their dog. They had never been here before and enjoyed learning about Seguin. Lots of questions which was fun. Then a group of 3 – Craig, Wendy and Olivia. Give them a tour. They were easy going, friendly and really enjoyed the tour. Here they are in the gift shop. Many people say they have been here several times, but by far my tour was the best!
Then we had a family and their two daughters. They were so well-behaved and were very excited to see all the prism rainbows in the tower. If you time it right, they are spectacular. I just had to get a picture of them with the prisms on their arms!
Steve headed down the trail after I did their tour and when he got there he said, get ready. There were 8-10 boats in the Cove and lots of kids! Turns out it was a field trip from Small Point Summer Camp! Holy Cow – a little bit of a whirlwind of activity! There were 20 kids, maybe 15 staff and then all the adults that owned the boats which ferried them over. Some folks stayed, other boats left and were coming back later as Small Point is pretty close by. Gave all the kids a tour and in between they played games and had their lunches. We made one suggestion to them for future reference, to email the caretakers the day before. Not that we would have done anything to prepare, but just knowing a group that large was coming would have been helpful!
Next pic is Steve wanted to cover up the scrap metal pile the Coast Guard made down by where you come up from the beach (I mentioned it in yesterday’s write-up). Anyway, we thought it looked a little cleaner if it was covered with a tarp vs looking at all the pieces, etc. just piled up by the tram.
I noticed my phone had a call a little while ago, which I screened (Google phones will screen a call from someone not in your contacts). Turns out it’s a guy named Dan Schmitt that I know in my yoga class. He decided this summer to ride 4,500 miles across the U.S. from Anacortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine in a solo, unsupported bike-packing trip to fulfill a twenty-year dream to pursue an adventure inspired by a true story. Kon-Tiki is a book documenting the journey of 6 men who sailed 4,300 miles from Peru on a balsa log raft across the Pacific to the Polynesian Islands to prove it could be done. Dan will be riding to raise awareness and funds to support Sportable’s. ( http://sportable.org/events/coast-to-coast-2022/ ) Their mission is to provide opportunities and access to sport for people with physical disabilities in Richmond, Virginia. “Sportable creates opportunities to make sports accessible for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationship and helps them to reach their personal finish line.” Colin’s PT class went there a couple of times to help out as well as our close friends have brought their son there for some PT. Dan knew about our gig here in Maine and said he might call. Well, he was in Camden, ME and expected to be in Boothbay Harbor in a few hours. He wanted to know if there was any way I might be able get him out to the island! Yikes! I started sending a few texts to my sister, a friend of hers that has offered to bring people out, the charter people etc. No luck, bummer. I asked Diane if it was ok with her if he camp at their place and she said sure. I told him about Robinsons Wharf, which is in Southport near her, to stop and have a bite there as it is a typical lobster place in Maine, right on the water by a swinging bridge! We go there every other year for our family reunion lobster meal!
Today, while Diane and Dave were out sailing on their boat with a few friends, Dave called us from his Coast Guard radio and we heard him! They were out sailing near Cuckhold’s and we could see them, albeit a super tiny sailboat as they were pretty far away! The cool part of this story was that Steve went in and got a mirror and signaled them from here and everyone on the boat could see it! How crazy is that!
We did end up heading out to Rob and Sarah’s catamaran in the Cove. They gave us a tour of the boat, pointed out all the features they love about having a catamaran, lessons learned, etc. Interestingly enough, she had a picture her mom had painted of Seguin on the wall! It’s beautiful. Seguin is her favorite island she said. Here’s a picture of painting and their dining area.
Cove is still pretty busy! We started to head in but rowed around to a few other boats to say hi again and in the last boat we went by, was a couple from NH. We sat there for a bit and chatted with them. Nice couple, offered us a beverage and we hung out there for a little bit. They didn’t have a dinghy but one of the other boats was kind enough to bring them in and they had gone up top. We saw that dinghy but thought it was the people we had already given a tour to, but it wasn’t. I felt bad they had gone up and we weren’t there. Another sailboat had came in with registration for Anchorage, AK! They took the Coast Guard mooring and made sure they had ample protection from bumping into it. Put a life vest on the actual mooring to protect the hull and hung their spinnaker pole off the front rails along with fenders tied off for added protection. We stopped to introduce ourselves, chatted for a few and they said they would be up in the morning for a tour. They were Jade and Benjamin.
We rowed into the beach and pulled the dinghy up and covered it, part of our normal task but there is a storm coming so we made sure everything was in order.
Dan did stop at Robinson’s and then went on to Diane and Dave’s. He stayed there overnight. It rained pretty hard so she offered him a futon in their home! That was super nice of them! Here’s a pic of the three of them – Dan, Diane and Dave! The last picture is our dinner, shrimp etouffee for tonight and I made crab bisque as I needed to make it before the crab went south! Wow what a busy, crazy day! Storm finally came in about 8, thunder, rain and some wind. That’s it for tonight.
Friday, July 29th – Wow it’s almost August! Yesterday was a very, very busy day. Today is Friday and we still have the weekend! I was in the kitchen preparing my breakfast and the barn swallows were flying like crazy birds outside the kitchen window. I don’t know their behavior but would sure like to understand what is going on with them! Made a yummy breakfast of champions this morning! Leftover fried rice, additional veggies, small piece of haddock and a fried egg on top – delicious! I cleaned out all the leftovers!
First order of business was to sweep the tower after yesterday’s crazy day! Jade and Benjamin came up the trail. It was early and we spent a lot of time talking with them and learning of their adventure. They were both working remotely and enjoying life for sure. We talked about another place besides Salty Dog (crew opportunities) called Offshore Passage Opportunities. Could be the next Carol and Steve adventure. Being around all these boats and water is reminding us how much we love being on and around the water.
Next group up the hill was the Damariscove Island caretakers and their friends that own the Life Saving Station on the same island. And boy did we talk with them for a long time, tour, showed them our quarters, etc. Scott and Aiko the caretakers live in a 12 x 16 building! They don’t provide tours but act as a presence on the island. They also have an arrangement where they ‘work’ 10 days then have 4 days off. This is their 2nd year as caretakers on behalf of the Land Trust. Then Chub and Natalie told us their story. Chubb had an amazing story of how he purchased the Lifesaving Station on Damariscove Island for the cost of a pick-up truck! Natalie was having a blast taking photos of our place. We had great fun sharing stories. Here is the picture of the gang that came over and all their Seguin swag and then a pic of both “caretakers.”
Next up the trail was another group with Liz Armor, Different Drum Sailing Adventures. She shared this is her last trip to Seguin this season. Her husband may bring one more group but she is returning to teaching for the next school year. I’ve enjoyed seeing her a few times and we are convinced our paths will cross again! This was an American Girl group from Chicago. Very fun group of young women and their leaders. We all had a laugh or two. In addition, one of the girls McKenzie was the first person to have the answer to my shipping the lens question that I ask during every tour as well as I asked it here in the beginning of the blog. She is 14 and knew the answer, way to go McKenzie!
Our next visitor was a single person with his dog Riley. He was a sailor for sure and shared many of his trips and insights! Again though, another person sailing by themselves.
Our next group was 10 people. One family has been here already this season. I think it was Carrie’s sister Kim and her family that joined them. When I take a photo with young people in it, sometimes I say ok, let’s take a regular picture, then take a crazy photo! Everyone seemed to embrace the fun photo idea so I decided to use that one for the blog. Pretty fun!
Next, we had a group of 3. John was from Rhode Island and the two women were from DC. Took a pic of them in the tower while on tour with Steve. As I was waiting for them to come down and we’ve had a seagull or two acting a little weird. One landed on the sidewalk and walked around poking in the grass. At first I thought maybe there was some food left over from the Small Point Summer Camp group. Then another came by and landed on the picnic table and just stood there. They are big birds up close…. Not sure what’s going on with them.
Things seemed to slow down around 3:45 so I had a little bite to eat since I hadn’t had lunch. Jeff and Susan came up from the Cove. They are sailors. Jeff lives in Melrose, MA and she lives in Wilmington, MA. We spent a bunch of time chatting with them, one of those couples with whom you connect. When we were finished in the museum, they asked it we wanted to come out to their boat for a little bit – why not! We enjoyed chatting with them about their adventures and we shared ours. He brought us out in his dinghy which he actually built (it’s a small sailboat) and they have actually sail it sometimes! It was getting late, so we decided it was time for us to head in, up the trail and have dinner. Tonight was homemade crab bisque along with sautéed bok choy and carrots. Pretty yummy and very flavorful. And last but not least, a sunset. You can see most of Mount Washington. Later in the evening I got a text from Auri! They were sailing our way and wanted to check on the moorings. I said you’re good, we have room!
Saturday, July 30th – Another beautiful day on Seguin, most of the haze is gone! Wanted to get ready first as I feel it’s going to be a busy day. I needed to do my hair, suntan lotion everywhere (lips, face, arms, legs, hands, ankles – everywhere). We headed down to the Cove to get some water so I might as well take a picture! We refill two 5-gallon water jugs just about every week. Those are the big blue jugs you might have seen in a picture. When we come ashore, we carry them up from the beach and store them in the Donkey Engine house. Then every couple of days, we transfer the water into two 2.5-gallon jugs to carry up to the house. Here’s Steve carrying those up the trail! He’s so strong!!! I carry up my 1-gallon girly jug!
Here’s our first group of the day. Three young women Lauren, Lacy and Quinn. They wanted a tour so up we went!! Nice, engaging and funny!
Steve headed over to mow the helipad as we are anticipating the pending roof work starting next week. The helicopter is supposed to come out Aug 5th and he’ll bring out new shingles and then take back some of the old ones. He’ll do that a bunch of times. That will be an exciting day! As we were sitting on the porch, Jeff from last night popped up to drop off one of his business cards and to let us know they saw the bioluminescence last night in the Cove. WOW! We’ll definitely check that out tonight!
Then we noticed a crew walking from the Cove Trail along the coastline to the Cobblestone Beach. We usually tell folks to go the other way around as it’s sometimes hard to tell where to go as you approach Cobblestone Beach. Well sure enough, they made it about ¾ of the way and then turned around! They were so close to making it.
Next up the trail was Auri! They made it last night and there was plenty of space. He was here with his brother Dane and friend Molly. I talked with Auri a bit and then Steve gave Dane and Molly a tour, that’s them at the top of the Tower.
While we were talking, a large group of 9 came up the hill! They were from Southport and guess what, yep they knew Diane and Dave! Guess that’s what happens when you’ve had a summer place for 20+ years! They all wanted a tour, so I took them up after Steve was done. Then they needed to get going as the sister Susan (in the picture back row on the left) was waiting for the boat.
Next up the trail was a single attendee, his name is Bob Patton. We chatted a bit, talked about the moorings and how some folks stay overnight, etc. I gave him a tour and he was very interesting, engaging and friendly! Another single sailor.
Next up was a group of 4. Burton & Amanda Rankie, from Scarborough and their friends from Philly, Chris & Kristen + Sam the dog. Super interesting to talk with them as Burton’s dad Charles was a keeper here in the late 60’s. Two neat stories. First, his Mom and Dad met on Seguin. She came out as a visitor to the island and she met him! Second, he shared how they would get the diesel fuel from the tanker boat on the west side of the island up to the tanks on the east side of the island. He was one of a couple of Coast Guard guys in a boat on the west side (right side in photo below) who would shoot a rope gun towards the island that was attached to the hose on the tanker. Then other Coast Guard guys on the island would pull the rope and ultimately pull up the hose from the tanker to fill the tanks that sit in the cradles (far left side of the photo)! This stuff is great, because I can add it to my tour!
In the museum we have a blue board in each room that list the keepers for that period of time. The front room goes from 1795 to 1939. Middle room is the Coast Guard years that go from 1939 to 1985. We don’t have all the Coast Guard keepers but if someone comes in and has new information, then a little plaque is added. For instance, I should have checked it when Burton was telling me the story, so I could have had him get the info so we could add a plaque for his Dad. Then the gift shop room has the keepers since 1990 when FOSILS took over. And we actually got to hang our plaque up!
Two more groups of two came up today. One was Jeff and Maria from the Mt. Washington Valley area. Gave them a tour as they had not been here before. Thought I had a picture of them, but no luck. Then we met Jim and Jill. They came up kind of late, but we still gave them a tour. Really nice folks and we chatted a bit about all things sailing. They have a 406 Sabre, with a beautiful blue bottom.
Well, it’s 5:00 and that’s Cove time. We headed down and sat on the rocks near the Vista off the Cove Trail. My new favorite spot. Here’s a pic of Jim and Jill’s boat. She sent me a picture of us sitting on the rocks!
We walked back up and boy the wind just couldn’t make up its mind. First from the west, then swung to the east then back again. I took a little video but it’s too hard to get that in the blog so you’ll just have to imagine it. Tonight, was Chicken Stroganoff – Steve does a great job of making this. Here he is enjoying his efforts!
Beautiful moonrise over the west tonight, just above the clouds, not quite a half moon. And guess what, the bright star that is to the left of the moon and about 1 ½ inches up is the International Space Station!!!! The Tower pic has the ISS too, just above the dome!
Lastly, we did go down to the Cove tonight and we both saw the bioluminescence for the first time in our lives! Of course, I tried to take a photo as the little waves came into the beach and as Steve was paddling the dinghy, they would stick to his oar. However, my pictures didn’t really capture anything. I know what the little dots in the photos are, but I don’t think you’d see them on the blog. Guess you’ll just have to use your imagination!
Phew that was a long blog entry – Hope you are all well and thanks again for reading!!!
PS – Almost forgot to give you the answer to the question! It was molasses that they used to package the lens for it’s shipment across the pond! I know, you’re saying “sweet!” But the related fact we learned was they turned it into Rum and sold it!!! Now that was smart! They weren’t going to take it back, right?
Sunday, July 17th – A gorgeous morning! Our friends Sharon and Brent need to leave today ☹, but it has been a great weekend having them here! I know we need to rock and roll this morning as it’s going to be a busy day. We are going to go down the main trail and then out to Cobblestone Beach, we’ll walk the coastline back to the end of the Cove trail. It’s sort of a rock scramble, but you just need to pick you path ahead of you as there is no trail on the land. What’s great about this walk, is every time you see something different, a rock formation, a flower, something has washed up on the shoreline, etc. Here we are on the porch ready to walk the island, is the perfect size! I love being able to say that, it’s like Goldilocks said, “This island is just right!”
Here’s the Cove this morning, a few boats enjoying the calm, sunny morning. The walk to Cobblestone down the trail doesn’t take very long and Steve’s excellent trimming and snipping skills make it an easy jaunt to the beach. The picture is our ‘selfie’ with the Tower just behind Brent’s head! I need more experience taking these selfies as I can always find something wrong with the picture! Here I’m looking into the sun. My sunglasses have those transition lenses for when you go from outside to inside, they adjust, but I don’t like them. In pictures, they are never dark enough like regular sunglasses so then I have a “squinty eyes” face! Note to self, get regular prescription sunglasses that are dark!
There is always a lot of wood washed up on the beach, some big, some small, some well-worn, others just random shapes. I picked up this piece of wood as it struck me as interesting since both the knots in the wood had fallen out. It also reminded me of one of those pasta tools for spaghetti where it has different size holes for different serving sizes! Do I always digress to food? Anyway, I thought I would attempt a picture through the hole in the wood, not a bad first try!
Again, we asked Sharon to take a photo of us on this walk. We continue to pick our path, looking at the shoreline, looking at the rocks and having to look down a lot as you pick your foot placement, I see this tiny, itty-bitty claw – kind of cute actually. As we make our way around the coastline, there are pockets in the rocks that sometimes fill up with water. Some are ocean water, some are rain, some are both. Sharon and I are walking much slower than Steve and Brent, as we are exploring and taking in all the little sights we see! We found this one particular larger, maybe 6-8 inches deep puddle, that was filled with some kind of algae. But what was very cool was that the water was so clear and deep enough that you could see the algae growing towards the surface. Combine that with the suns reflection and it was really quite pretty. The adjacent puddle wasn’t as deep so the algae was laying over in some parts. These two pictures were looking into the water. I found that to be rather interesting!
Then Sharon found a Morning Glory flower! I think I’ve only seen one other of these near the tram near the Clivus. How delicate they look. She also found a sea urchin, empty of course. Not sure I’ve seen any of these on the island before. Maybe it was a seagull’s meal and it was like leaving the wrapper!
We turned the last corner coming around to the Cove and there are the men surveying the Cove. Gives a good perspective on what the coastline looks like on this side of the island vs what Cobblestone Beach looked like.
As we approached the guys, Steve was talking with Tom (our museum visitor last night that was last here in 1955). Tom was letting us know that a father/daughter team had paddle boarded to shore and was headed up to the top. Well time to put on our keeper hats, walk up the main trail and see what’s what with our early morning island visitors!
We found Kara and her dad Dennis over on one of the benches near the cairns of the first lighthouse. She was just rolling up her yoga mat – I like her already! Dad had a mat as well, but it looked like he was already done with his morning stretch! We chatted with them for quite a while. Kara went to Boston College had just finished her residency I think at Mass General Hospital in Boston. She is also a certified yoga teacher. She is taking a break with her Dad before she decides what her next move is. We hear of folks’ journey’s and usually have lots of questions related to what has brought them here and our visitors are always interested in learning about our journey and what has brought us here. It usually starts with where are you from and 45 minutes later, we realize we need to get moving! The pace started to pick up as more groups were arriving and that means more meet and greets and more tours!
Well, are friends are heading out to start their journey home to Norway, Maine. We bid them farewell at the beach around 2:00 pm. After all the hugs and waves goodbye, Cal brings them back to ‘Gratitude’ for their ride back to Georgetown.
We stayed down at the Cove for a bit as we had given tours to the current groups so we decided to just stay down there. Here’s a couple of pictures of the goings-on at the Cove.
Steve opted to just sit and enjoy the sun, I on the other handed headed to the shady part of the Cove. After a little bit, we headed back up. As it seems to happen more often than not, it wasn’t long before another group of 4 arrived. It was Maria, Nick, Sophia and Simon (MNSS was my acronym). They are from NH and it turns out they just missed some friends of theirs from NH that were here! How crazy is that! Nick had bought his dinghy from them! Very down to earth folks. They enjoyed the tour and all got swag and Sophia took some Seguin shells I offer for free in the gift shop to hang on hoop earrings or necklaces. The pic to the left is them.
One last group of the day, showed up as the NH foursome was heading down. This group had a dog and had just pulled in with a catamaran. They signed the guest book and just used their last names! So much for the acronym! They were from Atlanta, GA and Saco, ME. I gave them a tour, then they headed on their way. As Steve and I relaxed on sunset bench to see if Mount Washington would appear, we saw them head towards Portland in the catamaran. We waved! No Mount Washington but we did see a beautiful sunset! Noshed on some yummy Sharon Granola while we prepared dinner. Tonight, we had leftovers! All good!
Monday, June 18th – Foggy morning, even in the Cove. Only one boat. Very Maine-u-lar as I would say if talking to you in person! As the morning progressed, it got even foggier, is that a word? We started the foghorn which runs for about 45 minutes each time you set it off. Our breakfast was more leftovers. You know how some leftovers are leftovers, but others are just as delicious as the day you first had them – well today was like that! We have the from-scratch-yummy-Sharon maple biscuits with homemade strawberry jam, scrambled eggs and bacon. Awesome again! We sure have been eating well here on Seguin.
We got dressed and headed out to do some trail work. Steve went off to attack some PI and do the main trail. I headed off to do some serious work on some sections of the North Trail. As I was whacking, I saw someone come up behind me on the trail. Caught me off guard a little bit. They were Jean-Claude and Dennis from the boat in the Cove. They had seen Steve on the main trail and talked with him a little bit. I had shut off my whacker and talked with them for a spell. They pulled in last night and were just taking a walk before they headed out. Jean-Claude has been here several times and was very familiar with our trials. They went on their way and I proceeded to try and get my whacker started. A few minutes later he came back up the trail and apologized since he didn’t mean to have me shut it off when they approached me. No worries, I’d rather chat than whack! I got it started eventually.
Steve met up with me on the North Trail so I kept going and he was addressing the growth that starts to come in from the sides. We wanted to get this all done as it is supposed to rain later today and tonight. Sometimes that is a nice break in the action. I made it all the way to the end and boy did some sections need it. Passed the blueberry bush!!! We need to pop back out with a container to get some more delicious Maine blueberries! Here is a picture of the Cove from towards the end of the North Trail and then another pic from back by the bottom of the tram in the Cove. Notice how in the second picture the visibility just stops at the end of the Cove, we are “socked in” as they say!
Once the trails were done, we headed back out to the North Trail to pick some blueberries! They are the tiny ones. Thinking we’ll maybe make some blueberry scones later in the week! Did some general stuff around the house, put out the rest of the dry sand I had in the sidewalk cracks then I walked back down to the Cove to get some drinking water which we store in the Donkey Engine house and put away my weedwhacker. Mine is a little lighter and easier to start. While I was down there, I put out more doggie poop bags. I must have spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to roll them so they would undo 1 at a time when you pulled them out of the bottom of my Clorox-bleach-jug-turned-dog-bag holder!
All of that before lunch – ate more leftovers, starting to see the back of the fridge now! Thanks again Sharon and Brent for all the great food! After lunch, rehung a sign in the Tower that had fallen.
Well, interestingly enough, that’s all the notes I have. So, I’m sure we did a few more things but didn’t write it or dinner or anything else down! Oh well, on to the next day.
Tuesday, July 19th – Check out this picture, a gorgeous morning. There is the Osprey flying by. Couldn’t tell if it was the male or female, but I don’t often catch it in flight. I’ve started heading to the Cove in the morning just so we can see if any more boats came in overnight, check the Clivus status, etc.
At one point when Steve was heading down to the Whistle House, he saw this butterfly on this plant. He was able to catch it just hanging out! Sometimes it just a matter of slowing down to see what’s right in front of you – you’ll be surprised at what you notice!
I spent a lot time of the blog today. When I get behind, I need that rainy day to catch up. Well, we worked a bunch yesterday before it rained. Then sometimes the day goes by and you wonder where did it go plus I do get distracted easily….. (those that know me well enough are laughing and nodding their head right now!)
We only had a couple of groups today. A group of 4 from Freeport, ME and then a little later a group of 2 (Gabe and Mariah) from Bend, OR. Well, they are a long way home. Didn’t catch a pic of the Oregon couple.
More time on the blog. When I’m writing the blog, I sometimes realize I need another picture of something around the Tower or property, so I go run and take it. Then I need to upload it to the computer, “resize” the photo (those pixel dimensions you see when look at the info for a picture) as that determines how many pixels the file is and improves the speed with which it uploads) and modify the blog text accordingly. I have figured out a process by which I write the blog, but I’m not so sure it’s the most efficient. However, at this point, I’m sticking with it as it allows me to prep all of the things I need offline and then it’s just a matter of uploading the text and all the pictures when I am on the internet! When I’m uploading, I’m doing it one by one as I need to decide if it’s 1 picture with text around it or 2 pics side-by-side or 3 pics in a row, etc. It sounds like a lot and it is, but I know for a fact that a year from now when I have my book that captures this adventure, I will be so glad I did it all and then made a book of it!
Well, I guess I digressed enough there! No other notes or pictures for today. Tomorrow, shore day already!
Wednesday, July 20th – Lots of stuff to bring in today as last week our shore day was a day the Transfer Station is closed. Nothing of note with the usual stuff at the transfer station. Nothing exciting for me in the free section. I saw a pair of hiking boots but Steve said he didn’t need another pair. Off to Café Crema for a little breakfast. The first big decision of the day is do we have a big breakfast or lunch. Think we decided on lunch. At Café Crema I had a chai tea, Steve got a coffee and we split a blueberry scone. I haven’t had tea like that in a while and I’m hooked! The scone was grilled with a little butter. Yummy! They compost everything and if you bring in your own cup, they only charge you for a small! I’m bringing my own cup next week!
Steve headed off to Rocky’s and Lowes. While at the laundromat, I was looking at Venmo to help Cyndy get her QR code so we can post it in a few places. I sent her some instructions based on what I found then she’ll be able to print a few for us to post around. Then I remembered to have Steve take a picture of Amy and I at the Garden Island Laundromat. She is really a sweet person and very helpful. Oh, and here’s a pic of Steve with an envelope from my Mom. She sends Steve crossword puzzles (and the answer key). She also included a notification she received in her electric bill about offshore wind – she included that too! Steve was very involved with an offshore wind project off the coast of VA beach before he retired.
Finished laundry and wanted to stop at the bookstore near the library that sells used books and the money goes to a local charity. We popped in and walked around it for a few minutes, looked for a few specific books and then we needed to rock-n-roll to get going to Shaw’s for our groceries. Big news was cherries are on sale for $2.77 lb instead of 5.99! I was pretty excited about that so I bought a bunch. I have a little kitchen tool that punches the pits out then I freeze them. They have been very good so far this season.
We stopped at Winnegance for lunch. We like to stop here as we are very close to Popham so there is no rushing. It makes a lunch a little more relaxing. I had a grilled veggie wrap and Steve had a Fish (haddock) BLT on sourdough. Both were really good. From here we headed to the dock. We had a few extra minutes so we stopped in Paper Tides. It’s a little shop right along rte. 209. They sell some jewelry that Andrew makes and Emma does some color printing in the shop. They also carry other items that local people make. We met them a few weeks ago when a group came out to Seguin on July 9 and brought their dinner with them! She had some really pretty mugs that a local potter Elizabeth Levi makes. Here’s a couple of pictures. I was thinking of reaching out to her to see if she could make my olive dish. I broke one several years ago and have never found one that is exactly like what I had. Everything they had in the little shop was unique and of excellent quality. If you’re out that way, it’s worth a stop. Open Wed thru Sat 10-4. The building they are in is really unique too as it was previously a grange hall, it’s called Dromore Grange No. 302. Here’s the website! https://www.papertides.com/
We still had a little time, so we took a little ride down a side street that we’ve passed a few times called Parker Hill Dr. What a pretty road! We only went a little way down but noticed across the water was a small house with a lighthouse on it! How fun would that be if that were your house! We should have just looked up where it went as it ultimately ended up back on 209 so we could have stayed on it, but we turned around as time was getting close.
As we approached the Popham State Park (a day park where you can go in and park and hang out on the beach) we noticed all the cars parked in a line along the side of the road. We thought when we saw it, it looked like folks were lining up waiting for the park to open in the morning or waiting for people to leave. But all these cars were parked and no on was in them! Guess, they just left their cars and walked in. They charge a per person fee to enter the park, and it is a spectacular beach!
We didn’t have much for groceries today and it was mid-tide so we were able to load from the floating dock. Yay! Ethan’s older son Larson was with him today. Pretty wavy going back. I had received a text from Cyndy that Leeli had come out to visit today. She is one of my new Maine friends. We just missed her and her husband Jim. They had brought out a couple of friends. They were just leaving as we pulled into the Cove. We waved! Other visitors were just leaving in the catamaran as well. Looked like Cal and Katrina were in the Cove too. They left shortly after we got there. Looking at the guest book, it looks like our volunteers had 22 people visit today!
From here on in, we just brought up our purchases, left what we could at the Donkey engine house until we come down next time. Unloaded, put everything away – food, laundry, etc. I don’t even have any notes about dinner. As we were putting everything away, we had a group of 2 come up (Maron and Amand). They are from France! That’s pretty wild. I gave them a tour and we chatted a little bit with them. Very nice people. Guess I was too tired to remember to take a photo!!! Oh well, that’s a wrap for today.
Thursday, July 21st – Today I bought tickets for Colin to come visit in August. I shared with him the timing and plans and he was game! I’m so excited. I feel bad his girlfriend Aliese will not be able to join us but she is working an internship job that doesn’t give her much free time. Anyway, he’s coming in mid-August. It will be the planes, buses, automobiles, and boats trip! Weather report for this morning – foggy, can’t quite see the mainland! But within the hour, the fog had cleared and we had a sunny day!
Our first guests today were Dave and Jenny from Old Lyme, CT. Yes, Old Lyme. For some of you that don’t know, we lived in East Lyme, CT for 10 years. We moved into that house when Gary was born and moved to VA about 10 years later. As we talked with them, things kept lining up. Like he went to WPI, Steve went to WPI. He worked for Stone & Webster, so did we. We talked about where we worked in CT and he knew several of the people we knew at the power station where we worked. It was uncanny!! They were super friendly, funny and we had a good time chatting with them. As I went to take their picture, as they had been married for close to 50 years I think, the two were just standing there and I said, “come on, you can do better than that after 50 years” and that is when he leaned over to give her a big smooch – that’s more like it!
Next was another group with Different Drum Sailing Adventures! This was a group of kids from Connecticut. Their teacher was Melinda from the CT Experiential Learning Center in Guilford, CT. The kids all had a great time as did their teacher. Here they are heading back out to their boat. Liz said she’d be back again next week with another group. Wow they are busy with one group after another!
Weather says we should expect a storm late this afternoon. We love when we get a storm here. However, about half the time we actually get a storm, the other times maybe the shore gets it or sometimes it’s too far west for us to get it. I checked the Clivus as it’s been a busy week. Later on, while sitting on the porch, we noticed an unusual boat going by. It didn’t show up on Steve’s Marine Traffic app. But we tried to figure out what type of boat it was. It was a schooner! Steve did our 2nd burn today down at the beach at low tide and I painted the Seguin Island Museum sign with a new coat of red paint. This is the before and after.
Turns out we didn’t get any storm, just some wind. Steve wanted me to take this photo of his swag from Ft. Pierce this winter. Yes there is a story about the shirt, but that’s for another time….Then the fog started to roll in and we could barely see the ocean! Time to start the fog horn.
It was getting close to dinner time, but as I started prepping dinner, I heard “Seguin, Seguin this is vessel Corsair, come in Seguin” HOLY COW – someone is actually calling us on the Coast Guard radio!!!! I responded with “Seguin here, take it to channel 78” which is the non-commercial channel. It was a gentleman on his way to Seguin but wouldn’t be getting in until late and he wanted to make sure we had mooring space, which we did! So, I let him know, over and out! How fun is that!
Well, she started remembering again – take a dinner photo! Here is shrimp pasta (fake pasta made from chickpeas) and homemade pesto made with basil from Swango, the farm stand next to the fish store! With of course, a toasted piece of homemade rosemary bread! Just as we were eating, I looked out the dining room window to the south and noticed how the sun is setting, it makes the tall grass look very wheat-like, so I thought a picture would be in order. And since we have two dining room windows, I didn’t want the other window to feel left out, so I took a sunset picture out that window! No Mount Washington but still a great pic.
Then as we walked outside later to check the stars, we noticed some significant fireworks going on but couldn’t quite tell who was putting them on. Turns out it was Bath, but we’re not sure why! Oh, and got a call from Cyndy today – new roofing project is still scheduled to start on Monday!
Friday, July 22nd – Beautiful morning! We had a visitor bright and early this morning. It was Auri! He is the person that spoke to me on the radio! We chatted for some time and then I gave him a tour. Today was a pretty busy-steady day of tours. Not too many, pace seemed pretty good. We had a group of 2, Sandy & Jim from Chebeague (and island off Portland, ME). We asked them if they knew the people we knew, but they knew one group but not the other. Then we had a group of 2 from New Gloucester, a group of 5 from West Bath and a group of 4 from Colorado! We get them from all over. When it gets busy, I forget to get photos of all our visitors – oh well.
Then things seemed to take a break so I decided it was time to try the Murphy’s Liquid Soap to clean the inside of the Tower doors. The outside kind of takes a beating and can’t really be cleaned but the inside needed some love and attention. I was cleaning the inside of the doors and Steve began cleaning the top of the steps. They had some mold as they are on the North side of the tower. He cleaned the top and it came out great and we decided to leave the vertical section of the steps alone. There are two before pictures and two after pictures. The sun was in the wrong angle when I took the whole door picture, so I took another one the next morning and that is the last picture here.
Once we finished the doors and the steps, we still didn’t have any visitors so we went off to pick some more blueberries. We got to the bush and it had exploded with ripe blueberries. Steve and I both had containers and we picked a bunch!!!!! Steve headed back but I hung around to pick some more and just when I was ready to leave, I turned and lost my grip on my container and spilled more than half of my blueberries! I was crushed!!! I tried to pick up as many as I could but they are so tiny and they fell into the grass and leaves. I was so bummed!
Then we had a large group of 4 girls that had just graduated from Tulane, 3 kids and 4 adults, for a total of 11. Here are a couple of pictures of that group. Everyone was having a good time!
Then I had a man with 2 grand nephews. They were actually our #500-#502 guests! Wow, we have crossed the 500 mark! I gave them a brief tour as they didn’t have much time. The day seemed to get busy right at the end. It has a habit of doing that. We had a really nice relaxing dinner of lamb, red potatoes and broccoli. Then we decided to sit outside on our porch and just listen. Our friend Sharon that visited last weekend had shared an interesting observation: “You think it’s quiet until you close your eyes and hear all the sounds you took for granted when your eyes were open – the waves, birds, wind, flag flapping, etc.” Just a nice quiet restful evening.
Saturday, June 23rd -Well I needed to get moving as the overnight guests are coming and should arrive around 10:00 this morning! It’s a grandmother (Molly) and two of her grandchildren, a girl (Vera) who is 12 and a boy (Beck) who is 9. They are staying one night. I needed to finish up the cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming. I like to do that they day folks arrive plus put a few flowers, etc. that grow here into some vases to add a little pop of color to the rooms.
A gentleman came up the trail and he has never been here before. His name is Dean. He had two long days of sailing up from Gloucester, MA and is planning to spend a few days. We probably spent an hour talking to him. Very friendly and engaging person! Over the next few days, we learned a lot about him and has had an interesting life. He was a lawyer with his law degree from Columbia. Currently lives in Vermont, keeps his boat in NY and spends most of the summer sailing Maine. That sounds like fun!
Here is just a little garden update. Been eating a few zucchinis! The last picture is our first tomato! No yellow squash as most of them seem to die at the end where blossom was. We just learned from a visitor that is probably due to insufficient pollination. She shared how we might be able to remedy that, Steve did what she recommended, so we’ll see if it makes a difference. We don’t have many bees up here and the ones we do have are enjoying the clover more because it is sweeter than the pollen of yellow squash. See, we are learning about gardening in Maine, too!
Next up the trail was the overnight guests Molly and her 2 grandchildren. Her son brought them over on his boat along with several other relatives to enjoy the beauty of Seguin. Steve gave the portion of the group that is not staying a tour and then I gave a tour to a group from Cozy Harbor, the Hurd family. After some discussion we made the connection with Diane and Dave! Another group of 2, local folks, no real tour just some idle chat.
Lucinda and Greg McCormick were back with some more friends. They brought a picnic lunch and hung out a bit. I gave them a tour and we chatted for a while. They were asking if they could see the guest quarters, but I mentioned that we have a group that just arrived today. I offered a tour of our side and they said sure! Forgot to take pics of some of the groups. Funny how sometimes I remember and then others, well not so much. I am trying to sneak in writing the blog in between visitors, then it is a little more manageable.
Next two up were Ben and Lauren. They are from Georgetown, ME. Steve was down in the Cove, so he already met them. Young couple, really easy to talk to and engaging. Eventually, I decided it was time to head down to the Cove and it was very busy. Steve shared that a small powerboat had lost his dinghy and it drifted to the rocks on the left side. The owner tried to get it using his powerboat and ended up getting stuck on the rocks himself. Eventually he got off the rocks but the dinghy was still stuck. Another captain brought him ashore as he was going to climb around on the rocks to his dinghy but Steve offered to row out and bring him to his dinghy. I always miss the excitement in the Cove!
We watched as a few more people changed moorings etc. We were sitting on the rocks by the vista on the Cove trail. That is the spot where I have mentioned we have sunshine for a little bit longer. As I was sitting there, I noticed another tiny claw. But this one had a dot on it that looked like an eye! Pay attention to the small things!
We decided to head back up. While we were in the house, we heard some voices and went out to the porch. Turns out that the people that changed to another mooring were our first guests back in May, Pam and Don, and now their son Mike had joined them! We chatted with them for a while. They are planning to stay the night, so we agreed on a tour in morning.
We spent some time talking with Molly – all of them had enjoyed their day. Later while in the kitchen, Steve showed me the harvest from our garden! We are going to try to eat it all tonight (ha-ha)!
Lauren and Ben said they would be back up for sunset and Dean said he would be too. We moved a bench over so the five of us could chat and watch the sunset. I learned more about Dean. Again, a very interesting character full of so many interesting experiences, some happy, some sad. He had a book by John Steinbeck he recommended I read, “The Winter of Our Discontent.” He said reading it as an adult, it was a whole different book compared to reading in high school! He said he would give it to me to read from his “little lending library” he has on his boat.
As the sun was setting, Ben came over and asked if I would take some pictures of them on sunset bench! I said sure. He gave me his camera and I walked over behind the bench to catch different angles. I finally had to ask him to move as I couldn’t see him in the picture. I repeated my request a couple of times when it finally dawned on me. He was down on one knee proposing to Lauren. I ran back over to the other guys to tell them! How exciting – our first engagement on Seguin! He pulled out a bottle of Prosecco and we all toasted to the new couple. Here are a few pictures of them! How fun!
The day is not complete without a sunset of Mount Washington.
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Sunday, July 10th – Beautiful low wind day! Three boats stayed overnight. We are working on a pipe in the wall of dirt leading to the beach at the Cove. This water appears to be pretty clear and we wanted to make a dam of sorts so we can capture some of it in case it turns out that it is potable. Here was the attempt at putting the pipe in, but the water is not running out through the pipe. We need to think like a beaver and build some type of dam….
By 10:00 we had another boat join the group in the Cove. We had a group of four come up and they wanted a tour. They had two young children who were very well behaved during my tour. Here we are with their kids in their swag by the fog bell!
During the break, I took the liberty of trying to look up some more data on the 1st order Fresnel lens. That is pronounced “Fru-nel” (hold your nose so it sounds more nasal and French like). I’m trying to figure out how many pieces of glass there are in our 1st order lens. I have two numbers , 264 and 284. I counted them, but it didn’t match either one of those numbers. I can’t tell which pieces of the lower or dome prisms have seams. The other piece of data, is how much does it weigh. We found 12,000lbs in one place, so I’m saying now about 6 tons, but regardless, it’s VERY heavy!
A couple more pictures of the lens.
Steve headed off to spray some Poison Ivy (PI) on the North Trail. The North Trail has a loop and if you take the loop, this is where the irises grow and you walk along some pieces of board through a damp area. This is where the PI is growing and is right along the edge of where you walk. So, we decided it was best to tell folks to avoid this area. People are walking in sandals or Teva’s, Chaco’s, etc. and their feet are right near the PI. In a few days, hopefully we’ll see it start to die off and we can open up this portion of the trail, but until then – it’s a place to avoid.
I chose to make some more bread today as well as the crackers. I’m really digging the crackers. You make them using the sourdough starter that you would normally throw out when you “feed” your starter. That is part of the reason I stopped making bread with starter a couple of years ago as when you feed it with additional flour and water, the part you removed can be used to make bread or you throw it out…. or unless you’re making crackers!!! Next time I make them, I’ll be sure to take a picture. They are yummy and easy!
We didn’t have time to head to the Cove as a group of 3 came up for a tour, Paul who has been here before and Janice and Steve. Then as I was making the crackers and bread, another group of 2 came up. They are on a really nice trawler. That’s my favorite type of boat. I’ll see if I can find the picture, we took of a Grand Banks trawler we looked at a few years ago. I wished we had bought that boat!!!! Oh, I did find it, here is the picture.
Steve took over for dinner as I was giving tours. Tonight, was chicken marsala, with peas and wild rice – delicious – oops no picture though!
Monday, July 11th – Up about 7:30. I walk around just putting things away, washing the last couple of dishes, make my list for the day. It’s always more than I can do but anxious to get some stuff done. Another beautiful day, not sure I’ll ever tire of this view with the flag and the blue ocean. I head down to the Clivus to do the maintenance after a busy weekend; rake, fluff and water. Only one boat left in the Cove. I walk back up the trail, gather my cleaning materials and head to the Tower. I swept, cleaned the wall at the top (as people walk up, they put their hands on the wall and the section gets a dirty), sanitize the railing, etc. – it was a busy weekend.
When I finished cleaning, we went down to the Cove to see what’s going on. It was a little “swelly” or “rollers” as they call it in Maine, but we decided to row out to the closet 3 mooring balls to write on them. I brought my paint marker with me to write “Mooring Donation, Venmo Seguin_Island”, many folks come and spend the night in the Cove but never come ashore and this way they can make a donation for stayng. They came out great!
Then I found down at the Cove an olive-green Vans slip-on sneaker had washed up! I said I should send to Carney to post on Instagram “Looking for a mate?” This is where you laugh!!!! I decided to sit by the boat house for a bit when Gary (our oldest son) called and we chatted quite a bit. While I was talking to him, I yelled down to Steve who was on the beach to say, “hey the other sneaker is floating in the surf!!!” So, I guess the person lost both sneakers! After talking with Gary, we worked a little more on the pipe we stuck into the dirt in the Cove and now it is “running.” Now we can rinse our sandy feet off before we put our shoes back on to climb up! Time to walk back up the house. On the way up, we noticed again the beautiful view of Cobblestone Beach.
Took that pic from part of the trail closer to the house. Well, it’s time to get some crabs (back down to the Cove to row out to get them) and then back up to the house to cook them up. Here’s our bucket of 9 crabs. A few hours later, I had picked, picked and picked enough. I picked clean 7 bodies I might add and did a most excellent job in making sure there were no pieces of shell or cartilage!
Once we were done, we took the shells down to the Cove to send them back to the sea. Here’s a pic of a vein of quartz I noticed in the rocks here, it’s very cool! What’s interesting is as soon as we got there with the bucket, the seagulls started arriving, obviously thinking there was food! Then a whole raft of ducks came over towards us and they all flapped in, landing in the water and then stood on a rock. Eventually the tide moved in and the group got tighter and tighter, then they started leaving one by one! It was pretty funny to watch!
Here’s Steve with the empty bucket and then a picture of how much of the sun was still left. I like sitting on this side of the Cove as we get that extra sunlight, and it provides a different perspective. Here are some more pictures of how the rocks are shaped on this side of the Cove, it’s a mixed bag for sure, wished I had studied geology.
Then there go the ducks. The tide came in so they left their perch. Well, I guess it’s time to walk back up for the final time today. Now, it’s time to make Crabmeat on English, a Thompson family favorite. A Thompson gathering isn’t official unless Judy makes a batch of crabmeat on English. I texted her and luckily, she was home and could send me the recipe. This is “high test” for sure, no diet here!
Well, it’s sunset. I decided to walk up to the lens and see what interesting shots I can get for the blog. First here is the sunset, then the sunset through the lens. Plus a few more random shots.
So peaceful and calming!
Tuesday, July 12th – Nice day but super windy, don’t really expect anyone to visit today or at least this morning. We walked down to the Cove just in case someone came in overnight – nope, Cove is empty. But while we were there, I noticed there were a lot of fish jumping. There was a large dark shadow in the water, so it must have been the fish. Steve went to get his rod in the Donkey Engine House and meet me on the rocks near the Cove Trail vista. We stood there a while and he would cast right into where they were jumping, but no one was biting. Guess that is how they roll. The Cormorants were swimming and every once in a while one would duck under the water and were gone for a long time! But then, one of them would come up with a fish. Turns out it was a school of Pogie and not really good for eating but are good bait fish and in the old days, they used to use them for making paint as they were very oily.
Took a picture of Ellingwood Rock which is beyond our Cove and you can see the waves crashing on its rocky shore. Because the waves are really crashing, thought it would be cool to head out to Cobblestone Beach to see what it looks like – it too was crashing and waves were pretty big and strong! It was high tide with a full moon which means the high is really high and the low is really low.
Walked back up to the house to grab my water bottle and my gloves and head back down to mow the Cove Trail and the campsite. Things are still growing but it’s definitely slowing down. I also picked up some more sand to top off a few sidewalk seams. As the wind blows here almost all the time, it blows some of the sand out of the cracks.
Steve headed to the South Trail to pick up the Poison Ivy sign and move it to an area on the North Trail (the area I mentioned last week where the PI is starting to grow along the boards you walk on). Many people walk the trails in sandals or flip flops, so we thought it best to close that part of the trail for a few days as we don’t always catch everyone that heads out to walk the trail. When I came back to the house, the cloud cover was really getting thick and fluffy looking and was moving quickly.
Then we decided to head up into the Tower as the radar was showing a pretty big area of rain moving in. Here I am holding the phone with the radar screen and here are a couple of pics of the storm
Tonight, was a Spot-the-Station (the International Space Station-ISS) night. I get texts alerting me to the times when I might be able to view it based on my location. Luckily the storms up here roll in and roll on out. Viewing time was around 10:45 pm. I was able to get a pic of it by itself, then a pic to the right of the tower from the gift shop side (there is a little blue arrow pointing to the dot that is the ISS). As it was approaching, from my angle, it went zooming by the last star in the big dipper handle, and as it departed and then faded, it went by the top right star of constellation call Cassiopeia (it looks like a ‘W’). I was VERY excited as the viewing time was 6 minutes tonight! It was crazy to be able to see it even though there was almost a full moon! Then I turned to see the moon – amazing!
Wednesday, July 13th – Tonight is the full moon! Overnight, the tide was up to 11 feet (a normal high tide is about 8.5 to 9 feet) and the low tide was 1.4 feet below mean low tide! Weather report – it is very foggy right to left but if you look straight up it’s sunny!!
Not a shore day. Weather was too iffy earlier this a.m. so it was moved to tomorrow. Walked around the house and noticed this spider web on the picnic table. Then down to the Cove to see if there is anyone there and there were several ground spider webs with dew reflecting the sunlight.
While down in the cove, I took a picture to show Steve how far up the tide came overnight as you can see the seaweed line! We had brought the boat up the highest we’ve ever done and the water still came up to the middle of the dinghy! As I walked a little on the beach, I saw these foot prints. Looks to me like a goose walked up and then walked back into the water
Came back up to the house and Steve was doing some of his yoga. I took a few pics, this one is the one he let me put in the blog!
I finished getting the guest quarters ready for some overnight guests this weekend. They are coming here to spend their 40th wedding anniversary! Brenda and Steve from Litchfield, Maine.
Since it is pretty calm, we decided to go down to the Cove and row out to the other moorings and paint them. They are a little further out and we wanted to wait until the Cove was pretty flat. We came back in and decided to just sit and hang at the beach a little bit. Our Canada geese family came by! The little ones aren’t so little anymore, but they are still not flying. Then I climbed on some rocks to the left in the Cove as I didn’t want to sit in the sun. No sunburn yet and want it to stay that way! Here are a couple of pics of the rocks that line the Cove as well as looking straight up at a tree that is growing out of the rocks! I haven’t figured out yet in WordPress how to deal with two pictures side by each when one is landscape and one is portrait without losing some of the landscape photo. So, I’m just going to show them separately!
Lastly, Steve just standing in the water enjoying the view and the serenity of an empty Cove. Here’s the pair of Vans, that no one has yet claimed. They are dry now and I have emptied out all the sand out from getting bounced around on the waves coming into shore!
With that we saw a boat headed our way. It was the Whites from Popham and their daughter and family. Great family pic in front of the tower. As we were chatting, they shared that they live across the cove from Ethan’s pick-up / drop-off spot. They said it was the blue house and I said, the one with the red chairs? Exactly Sam said! We spent a long time chatting with them after the tour. He shared that their house is built next to the Fort St George site in Popham which was the first settlement in America before Jamestown! They are the people that came over on a boat, cleared the land and built that first ship in the U.S. called “The Virginia”! Anyway, he shared a bunch of information about that story and before they could build their house on the property, they had historians come in to monitor their digging and searching for artifacts. They found the oldest coin on their property! Well, how’s that for a history lesson! Very friendly and shared a lot on local Popham.
I would like to just chat a moment about my new saying from out here…. “My existence is my exercise.” We are busy about 80% of most days, unless it’s raining. And most of that 80% is physical exercise, up or down the main trail, cleaning up the other trails, going down to the donkey house for something, etc. I really like that. It’s not perfect as sometimes we don’t feel there is enough cardio, but if you just add a gallon of water to your walk up from the cove every time – you’ll notice it. I feel like there is always something to do here. Of course, I look for things to do. Those that know me well know that’s no surprise! Well just wanted to share that as it was a little bit of an ah – ha moment for me.
Ok back to the pics….Besides the absolutely amazing supermoon (also referred to as a Buck Moon) rise we had tonight, I had another viewing of the International Space Station (ISS). This time it was for 7 minutes and it was very high in the sky! So, I’ll make a deal – how about two moon pics and two space station pics? Ok, maybe three moon pics and 1 ISS pic! The ISS is just to the right of the dome on top of the Tower.
Here they are in chronological order.
Thursday, July 14th – Happy Birthday Diane!!! Hope you have a fun day (or had a fun day since I’m writing this a week later)! Pretty overcast on Seguin this morning. Here’s a picture of our low tide this morning. It’s VERY low as I mentioned earlier in this blog due to the full moon. Had to carry the dinghy a long way to get to the water! However, during the boat ride to the mainland, it began to clear up. I took some pics on our way in. It seemed like we were at a slightly different angle leaving Seguin, you are looking at the north end of the island. Then check out the heron on the top of Fort Popham (not to be confused with the Fort St George I mentioned above) and then here is our favorite part, schlepping our stuff up to the pier! Roof Tom and Project Chris were there waiting to head back out to the island. Oh and more pictures….
There is Sam and Fran’s house with the red chairs, notice the heron is now in the foreground of the photo, but check out how LOW it is!
We had egg sandwiches at Winnegance (I had veggie, surprise, surprise and Steve had egg, sausage, cheese – no surprise there either). We did the usually round robin, but we planned to have enough time to eat lunch at Spinneys as they are now open!
We got gas for the car (only a few gallons but the prices were dropping), did laundry, water, library, Wilson’s Drug Store, Reny’s, Cyndy’s, Shaw’s, and Swango (the produce place). I think that was everything! And we were on our way to Spinney’s about 1:15 which gave us plenty of time to sit and enjoy a nice lunch.
Steve got a Fish (Haddock) Sandwich, I got Fish (Haddock) tacos. Both were really delicious! We splurged and each got a local beer. I had Tumbledown Red, an Irish Red Ale and Steve had a Peak IPA. Yummy! Our waitress was Natalie and she was very nice and helpful. So here’s a plug for Spinney’s. They are open 11-3 and 5-8, not open Tuesdays. They recommend making a reservation for dinner which you can do on-line. https://www.spinneysonpophambeach.com/
And now, here are the ‘after’ pictures (high tide) of what I took this morning, the boats and the view of Sam & Fran’s house!
Ethan pulled up with a group that had been on a lobster tour with him. We had time to chat as Ethan wanted to clean up a little before we got on with our stuff. They got off the boat and she noticed my VCU Physical Therapy shirt. She asked what that was, we explained and proceeded to chat about lots of random stuff. They were a family from Bakersfield, CA., first trip to New England and had a their young children with them. They had started at a lake in CT, stopped somewhere I can’t remember in Massachusetts then up to Maine where they rented a cottage in Popham. But – I forgot to take their picture! You’d think by now there would be an internal alarm that would go off!
On the ride back, we needed to get 4 lobsters as our friends Sharon and Brent are coming in tomorrow! Yay!!!! Here is Steve picking them out to put in our lobster car. Couple of nice boats in the Cove on our return. Here is Steve carrying up 10 gallons of water from the Cove to the donkey engine house and here is all our stuff on the beach (looks like it will be a long way to move the dinghy up as it will be another very high tide tonight)!
I still had some cleaning to do in the guest quarters before the 40th wedding anniversary couple come in tomorrow (a little welcome basket, with a few treats, napkins, etc.) and Sharon and Brent are arriving in the morning too!
Steve made some dinner, chicken meatballs with fake pasta, salad and my bread. The ISS is going by tonight again, but earlier, so the sky was still light. This time I saw the ISS on the NE side of the house (near the fog bell display as you come up the trail). It’s the bright star in the middle at the top of the picture!
Friday, June 15th – Happy Birthday Kari (my nephew’s wife) – Hope you “had” an awesome birthday! I was up early today. I get like that when I know I have a busy day coming up as well as a few things to address before the guests and our friends arrive! Since it was early, I start with some general pickup / cleanup around the house and straightening. I was looking at some of the old Lighthouse Digests that are hanging around and was making notes if they talked about Seguin on them or not. I came across the Jan-Feb 2016 issue and noticed it was a picture of Seguin on the cover!
The note inside the cover says “This edition’s beautiful cover photo was taken at Maine’s Seguin Island Lighthouse by Peter Lerro of Peter Lerro Photography, who offers photography workshops. It seems that while visiting Seguin Island Lighthouse he met James and his wife who were on their life long journey sailing around the world. He asked James if he would mind putting on a lighthouse keeper uniform for some photos and James was happy to oblige.”
Then I started to flip through the magazine to see what else might be in there and there were two more pieces on Seguin! Besides some of the interesting stories in the magazine, they often had some very old pictures of people, events, lighthouses, etc. even an ad or two. The funny one I saw in this issue was for a child’s book and record that was published in 1954 for “Blinky the Lighthouse Ship”, very nostalgic.
“He blinkity blinks with all his might, Blinkity blinks the day and night. He blinks for all the ships at sea, Blinky, Blinky, that’s me!”
The next story was in the section titled “From the Archives of Lighthouse Digest” – An old newspaper clipping from the Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald, dated September 29, 1949.
“Near Tragedy at Seguin Island Lighthouse. Quick action by Seguin Island Keeper Daniel Irvine, 23 and his wife 19 averted a family tragedy Friday when a tramway car broke loose at the top of the island cable railway, shown in the newspaper clipping and careened down the 750 foot runway to crash at the bottom. When the hoisting mechanism failed and the car started to roll down the slope, Daniel graved their two-month-old son, Daniel Jr., (sitting in his lap in the photo) and jumped off the tram. He shouted directions to Mrs. Irvine who tossed the 18-month-ol Millie (also sitting on her dad’s lap in the photo), to safety but the car had gained too much speed to allow her to leap. She suffered a broken thigh and cuts and bruises and another keeper’s pet dog died in the crash on the lonely island three miles off Popham Beach. Mrs. Irvine is in “good” condition recovering in the Bath Memorial Hospital. As a result of the incident, the Coast Guard strictly forbade any of its personnel to ride on the tramway.”
I continued to turn the pages and found another article “Memories of Life at Seguin Island Lighthouse!” It’s a story about Beverly (Stephens) Ramsey, who lived her first two years of life on Seguin Island with her parents Walter F. and Mary A. Stephens. Walter was an assistant Coast Guard keeper and they live in the same part of the house where we are living now! The officer in charge lived where the museum and gift shop are located next to us. Beverly’s mom, Mary, went home to Florida in October of 1958 to await the birth of their child as being on the island would be no place to give birth. After Beverly was born, the U.S. Coast Guard arranged transportation for Walter to go to Florida and pick up Mary and baby Beverly. They took a bus from Jacksonville to Portland and then arranged transportation to the island (yikes, that must have taken a few days!). The wintery boat ride was blustery and cold and the water was choppy. As they left the Kennebec River, the swells or “rollers” caused the vessel to go up and down. The captain of the vessel ordered everyone be tied to the boat to prevent them from being tossed about or injured! Then they had to climb the narrow steep and slippery pathway up the top and snow was falling at a pretty good clip. Things were going well for the young family until September 28, 1959 when Mary had to leave the island and travelled to the town of Bath months before her due date with a second baby. Unfortunately, baby Linda Jo died a few hours after her birth.
In 1999, Beverly and her mom Mary returned to Maine to place a granite marker at Linda Jo’s gravesite and they made a trip out to Seguin. Beverly fell in love with Seguin and its historic lighthouse. In 2011, Beverly convinced her husband David to apply for the job of summer caretakers of the island and lighthouse. Unfortunately, Beverly’s father Walter S. passed away in October of that year and she wondered if her upcoming quest for the 2012 caretaking duties at Seguin Lighthouse would be joyful or gloomy. Beverly said she felt her father’s presence everywhere on the island. As a caretaker, or modern-day keeper, Beverly said it was a special treat for her to be able to stay in the same rooms that her parents lived in when she was a small child on a remote island off the rugged coast of Maine. Beverly has returned to the island several times since. She says, “Seguin pulls at my heart each time that I have to leave. I have yet to find another place like Seguin Island.”
So, in our living room, we have a very old chair that has seen many years of use. I wondered why such a chair was here. Of course, living on an island, once something makes it way to the island, it never leaves! But interestingly enough, here is a picture from that article. It’s baby Beverly sitting in that chair when she was one and then sitting in the same chair in 2012. I now look at that chair with a whole new perspective.
All of this before 7:00 am in the morning!!! It was an amazing article and shifted my whole view on many of the items I see here in the caretakers’ side of the house. Well now, I need to get crackin’!
I finished cleaning and sanitizing, putting little vases in both guest rooms, and a final vacuum. Phew, ready now!
We headed down to the Cove as we got a text from Sharon and Brent saying they were on their way.
The two other women (Kate & Sam) that came out with Sharon and Brent are both from Georgetown & Brunswick. Want to know how to get to Seguin? One way is to reach out to Cal & Katrina at http://www.fiveislandsboattours.com/ Sharon and Brent said they did a most excellent job!
The next few pictures are of the visitors where I remembered to take a photo. Today, we had visitors from Maine, Mass, NH and CT!
Just before 5ish, visitor traffic seemed to slow down so the four of us headed out the North Trail. We got a picture of us and I took one of Sharon and Brent.
We also found the blueberry bush! Sharon picked some. They are the little ones, but boy are they packed with taste! We all walked down to the vista on the Cove. That is the spot where you get the sunshine for a little longer. Sharon and I got so engrossed in our conversation and watching the wildlife, that we forgot to take a picture of the men rowing out to collect our lobsters for dinner! I could have sworn I took a pic of them at least carrying the dinghy back up….. but I guess I’m mistaken.
We had an awesome dinner and engaging conversation with our friends. A wonderful day all around! But the day wouldn’t be complete without a sunset picture of Mount Washington!! We did see the ISS again tonight, but there is nothing else in the picture so I don’t have a real reference or what will show up in the blog. Phew it was a busy but very fun day!!!
Saturday, July 16th – First and foremost, let’s look at our delicious breakfast Sharon and Brent made for us. She made homemade from scratch “oh-my-godder” maple biscuits with homemade strawberry jam with bacon and scrambled eggs. Holy Cow, what a feast for the pallet!
The guests staying in the Guest Quarters arrived today, Brenda and Steve from Litchfield, Maine. Very nice and they are super excited to be on Seguin. We had a steady stream of visitors today, but not crazy. Here are some pictures of our guests.
Kim by the bell – he is planning to stay overnight and is also in search of whales. We call him the Whale Whisperer – it seemed every time we saw him sitting on a bench with binoculars, he was watching whales!!!
Left Photo: The Larkins from Maine and Mass. They were super fun and really enjoyed the tour!
Right Photo: Vanessa and David, long time supporters of Seguin picking up some new swag!
Nick, Susan, Tricia and Mike (not sure my order of names matches the picture) but hey I remembered to take a photo! Nice group and they really enjoyed their visit and tour!
Our last group for the day was Tom and Meg from Freeport. The last time he was here was in 1955! Steve and I had so much fun talking with them, listening to their life, etc. What experiences they had in life. They are planning to stay over night. A picture moment didn’t really present itself, but I wish we had taken one. There was something about them that Steve and I just wanted to keep talking to them!
We kept talking to them so long, that we never got to hike Cobblestone with Sharon and Brent so we’ve delayed that till the morning. They leave tomorrow but not till later, so we’ll go first thing as it’s supposed to be beautiful which translates to a busy day!
Cove time was in the Tower today as Sharon and Brent still needed a tour. But before that I was sharing with Sharon how I make my sourdough crackers with the leftover starter. She wanted to see how that was done. We pulled the starter out earlier in the day to let it restart and then I fed it twice during the day so we could make two batches of crackers. She brought some ranch seasoning and I made the other batch with rosemary. Steve was a trouper as he watched the crackers while I took them on a tour. He did get to join us a little later.
We had another amazing meal prepared by Sharon and Brent, felt like we were at a restaurant! They prepared baked haddock, broccoli and zucchini from their garden, parmesan risotto plus she made homemade blueberry pie with local Maine blueberries for dessert! Everything was delicious! She is a Renaissance Woman for sure! And what a night of conversation, just a joy to have them here!
Well, I think that is the most pictures in one of my blogs! Did you have to get a second beverage? Hope you enjoyed!
Sunday, July 3rd – Well it’s July 4th weekend and it’s official – summer has started in Maine! I pulled out my yoga mat as I do really like to start the day with some stretching, reflective time. To set an intention for the day… almost there when a group of 4 walked up! I was almost done though, but still in my leggings and it was only 0830. This group was great and enjoyed every minute of the tour of the Tower. Pic is of Dave, Caroline, Maria and Greg.
We have friends Cindy and Dave from Connecticut that were our neighbors. They moved into the hood the same time I did and it was the first home for both of us! I started dating Steve and we became very close friends with Cindy and Dave. Ok I did digress a little but there is a connection! The next group were Dave and Cindy – this is the 2nd “Dave and Cindy” that have been to visit Seguin and it reminds me of our neighbors! I need to send the Blog address to them.
Next group was a group of 5 young men, the Colorado Boys! I guessed 25-30 years old based on our guys, but they were 21-23! Yikes. All super friendly, interested in the info I had to share and very polite. I told them about the special picture I can take in the tower where the background is flipped and I took that picture of 4 of the 5 guys plus Steve took a group photo outside the Tower. But one of them was supposed to give me his cell to text the picture, but we both forgot! (Update: Eventually they reached out to Carney who does our Instagram and I was able to send the photo on the right to them – yay!)
Well today was tour, tour and more tours – somewhere around 8 groups. Powerboats, sailboats, young/old, dogs – we had it all today! I thought today was a busy day. I didn’t know what was coming!
During the Tower tour, as we are walking the catwalk outside, I have pointed out how we get the dead grassy area around the rocks which eventually results in less mowing. Here is a picture from the Tower of what it looks like. The grass is dying because as the rocks heat up from the sun, it dries out the adjacent grass/dirt and the grass dies. Pretty weird. We’ve already begun to notice how a lot of grass is no longer growing.
We needed a quick dinner. Steve had made some chili he had a bowl and I just piled some on a salad with some extra avocado. Light and yummy.
Tonight, was another Mount Washington night. I tried to get a little more creative with the edges. We also saw a lot of firework displays, up and down the coast but they were pretty far away.
Pictures below are a little sample of the fireworks we saw as well as a post sunset – the moon is up!
Monday, July 4th – Happy 4th of July! Sunny, currently calm. Perfect! Check out the clouds behind the flag – looks like eyelashes! First tour of the day, Peter and Dorothy, again, very nice folks. Everyone is so willing to share, chat, ask or answer any question. We’ve met so many fun and interesting people, definitely a perk of the job. They are starting to sail a lot as they were able to accelerate their retirement. Their kids are in college in Canada. Really nice couple, might see them again in August as they sail back through the area.
Finishing up the morning daily chores, one of which is to filter some more water using our Sawyer filter. We picked this up while we were in St. Thomas. They were handing them out in an effort to encourage the general population to use this vs buying cases and cases of bottled water but rather use the water they have and run it through the filter. The filter only lets water molecules through! It filters out Cholera, E. Coli, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Typhoid, Dysentery, Botulism, and it goes from yucky to crystal clear drinking water! We knew our water was not potable and that we had to buy our drinking water and carry it up. This filter allows us to filter it and use that water for coffee/ tea, rice, pasta, etc. Here are two pictures, one of a jug of water before and then a pic of a pan with the clean water! It’s amazing! And you just periodically backwash the filter and it will last and filter like a million gallons!
Expecting lots of visitors as it is July 4th! Annotated the Donation Box we have next to the guest book in the Tower (we have lots of donation boxes around) with our Venmo address. Seguin_Island just in case you are wondering and felt like making a donation to support the preservation of this Maine Maritime gem!
Then here we are all dressed in our patriotic outfits! I brought all of these items just for today! Yes, I know my pants aren’t the American flag (they are actually Norway’s flag), but they are red, white and blue! Don’t we look cute!
Since we don’t have any way of knowing when visitors come up the trail, we try to do tasks around the house and Tower so we’ll see them. Even still, we find we miss a group or two when they first walk up. So, I continued to work on putting sand in the sidewalk by the Tower. I used up all my sand! These two pics show a section of the Tower walkway where I’m done (around to the west) and a pic of the next task, the sidewalk out front leading to the flagpole. It’s time consuming but very rewarding as you can see your progress!
We had a mix of guests today. I think a total of 29, but they were spread out, so that was nice. I think we thought it was a long holiday weekend, we would have had more – you know once word gets out that Carol is giving the tours! Here’s a picture of a group I named “PIBS” – Peter, Irene, Bev, and Sean. Sometimes my system works great. But if I get more than 5 people in a group, the system doesn’t always help, plus I need a vowel! Peter and Irene have been here before but not the others. They said they would be back again over the season. Next up, we had a group of 9 from a powerboat. The more senior person, we think his sister was a founding member of FOSILS. It is amazing the connection the local area has to the island. It’s an important piece of history to a lot of people, one worth protecting / preserving.
I headed down with my paint and paintbrushes to paint the “Seguin Walking Sticks” sign located near the donkey engine house, but as we did, a group of 5 came up, 4 adults and 1 little person. Very interesting group. One of the women was into glass blowing so she was super intrigued by the lens in the Tower and I think it was her beau that was a Master Rigger at Robin Hood Marina (Robin Hood is up the Sheepscot River, take a left at Macmahan Island and you end up in Robin Hood Cove). When it was time to leave, it was the little persons job to push out the dinghy with the adults in it and hop in as she was the last one in. She was having a little bit of trouble with it. She got in, but the dinghy was coming back in on a little wave so Steve, pushed them out!
Guess where we went next? Down to the Cove and the geese family were coming in. Mom + Dad and three little ones, only they are growing pretty fast. First, they came into the beach area, pecking on some seaweed, didn’t like that and waded back out into the water. Then they came over towards us and walked up right behind us to nosh on some grass under the tram section. We have noticed a significant increase in goose poop in that area!
Walking up from the Cove, we noticed the sun was passing through the lens. Made it look like it was on! Tonight’s dinner was swordfish, cumin cauliflower and roasted butternut squash arugula salad with toasted pepitas, chopped figs and maple vinaigrette and yes, she remembered to take a photo!
Spent some time down in the whistle house researching flights to try and get Colin (our younger son) and Aliese (his girlfriend) here for a few days. Oh my, flights and times were crazy trying to get from Richmond, VA to Portland, Maine. Then it’s a bus ride to Bath, then an accommodation if you’re in the late evening, then a ride to get the boat in the morning! Yikes. I’m crushed as I really wanted them to visit.
Back up to the main house. On the way up, I noticed several more firework opportunities! There were a couple much closer to us tonight. I later found out that there is a competition between Phippsburg and Georgetown! These we could almost hear! Steve was on sunset bench. He thinks he has seen a whale breeching the surface. It was definitely a large dark shadow in the water….Once the fireworks were over we went in to watch some more of “Call the Midwife” on Netflix I think. I’m really enjoying that series. Later that night, we walked out to check the stars – another Milky Way night!
Tuesday, July 5th– Relaxing morning. Weather report – squinty! We ate breakfast on the porch as usual, took our time and rallied about 10. Decided to continue working on the front sidewalk since that is what visitors see right away. All done! This won’t take as much sand as the back sidewalk.
Well, our first guest came up, it was a single person by themselves. I’m always amazed that people would boat by themselves. That seems a little risky to me. He was followed by a group of 9. This was a group of three adults and 6 young people. Captain Jeff and Liz Armor run “Different Drum Sailing Adventures, Educational sailing adventures in Maine, Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas for teens, adults, teachers, schools, scouts and families.” ( www.differentdrumsailing.com ) The group was very interested in the Tower and they were very polite and courteous. Liz and Jeff usually run 4-6 trips a summer up the Maine coast and almost always stop here at Seguin. So, I will be seeing Liz again! They stopped in the gift shop to buy some swag and I pulled out my little glass full of shells that have an opening if you want to wear one on a necklace or hoop earring. I said to the young women, you have to select one that speaks to you. They were very excited to select their very special Seguin shell from the Cove to wear! That was pretty fun! They headed on their way and I headed down to paint the stick sign. It didn’t take long and was definitely in need of a coat of paint.
Last but not least, we have our first zucchini in the garden! Nothing else in my notes – how can that be? Oh, not going ashore tomorrow, weather is not cooperating.
Wednesday, July 6th – Overnight it was pretty stormy and rainy which was perfect timing as the garden was in need of some water and we also started the foghorn. Steve took a walk down the main trail towards the Cove looking for some snail things that hide in the moist grass. He was using them for bait, but wanted to collect some so he could tie up to a mooring and fish a little bit. Once he got on the section of the trail that has a little bit of a canopy, he found a bunch. He put them in a container with a little grass and poked a few holes in it. Not sure you would have guessed what they were by the picture but to me they almost look like garbanzo beans except for the grass!
Once he got to the Cove, he noticed a good size seal on the beach pretty far up. He came back up to the house to get some gloves, a broom and a few other things to see how we might get him back into the water. He found phone signal and looked up how to help a beached seal. First thing they said was to be careful as they will bite. By the time we got back down there, he was just swimming away, but there was a small powerboat in the Cove and a man standing on the beach!
Turns out, because of the seas, he was feeling a little ill, so they dropped him on shore to recover for a few minutes while they went and caught some bait fish. Another person on the boat had taken a video of the seal. He looked a little beat up they said, not quite injured but he had some cuts on him. Anyway, I guess he found enough energy to flip flop himself back to the water. Once in the water he looked like he was swimming ok. I took a frame from the video, not very clear. See what we might have missed! All of this before 8:30 a.m.!
The weather started clearing a little bit but it was interesting to see the fog going by as well as the sun being out. I had a video of the flag with the fog rolling by, the clear sky above and the fog horn going, but too much work to put it on YouTube to then put a URL here. Oh well, use your imagination…
I was randomly checking email and Cyndy forwarded us an email about flying our flag at half-mast until July 9th. It was a very official email as the original email was from the President – “As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of gun violence perpetrated on our Independence day, July 4th, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public building and grounds, all military posts and naval stations and…. until sunset, July 9th, 2022.” Holy cow, can you image the distribution list on that email! Out we went to lower the flag.
Next was a group from Harpswell, which is around Cape Small and up a little. Harpswell is the next ‘finger’ of land. It was a mom, Jessica, her three kids, Eloise, Adair, and Augusta and her parents, Amy and Nelson, in a 15’ Boston Whaler! Even though the weather had cleared up, the wind was blowing and was expected to get worse. Turns out they own a farm in Botetourt, VA near Roanoke. The grandmother got a little wet coming over so she had left some of her clothes drying on the beach. Gave them a tour and they were all excited about being here.
They could tell the wind was getting worse and decided it was best to head back sooner vs later. Small craft advisories had been issued and frankly, we were nervous. We politely asked her to text us when she arrived back in Harpswell. As they were leaving, Amy mentioned how she wished she had a raincoat since she got really wet coming over. I said we can give you a large contractor grade trash bag as we are a full-service Lighthouse, we aim to please! She said that would be great!! We cut a little hole in the bag for her head. She didn’t want any arm holes as she was going to just wrap it around her. I asked Jessica to send us a pic of her on the boat. Here they are leaving the Cove and the picture of Amy in her latest fashion raincoat!
Next group was from a powerboat as well, but a little bigger! It was a grandfather, a couple of adults, 3 young adults and 1 child. His name was Bill Webster. A quote from the 200th Anniversary Seguin book states, “In the spring of 1986, Anne Webster, assisted by her father, S. Sewall Webster and friend Pat Moffatt, decided to see whether she could find local interest in maintaining and preserving Seguin Island. The response was overwhelming.” Anne was Bill’s cousin and Sewall was his uncle. That was pretty cool! Everyone joined in on the tour of the Tower!
I was trying to build my acronym but I said I can’t do with without a vowel! Someone pipped up and said well, we do have an Elizabeth – still too many letters! Anyway, Charlotte was the little person and she was so well behaved during the tour. Up in the top of the Tower during my lens discussion, she politely raised her hand and said, “Can I see where you live?” I said absolutely you can when we finish up with the tour! I took her over to our side of the house and gave her a tour. I pointed out my sea glass collection and asked her if she wanted a piece and she said YES! We selected a curved piece of frosted clear glass with which she was very excited. Then we rejoined the group in the giftshop. I also pulled out my shells for them too! Some of them selected their favorite one. Lastly, I mentioned while in the gift shop that there is a picture of a Mr. Webster painted by someone with the initials ABW in the lower right. They were going to check and let me know if that Webster was related to them!
When they headed out, I headed down to check the Clivus then joined Steve and we headed off to clip the South Trail and spray some PI (Poison Ivy). It was beautiful! I don’t remember walking this far out on the South Trail. I definitely want to go there on a low tide day as I’ve seen some cool pictures from someone that must have climbed down and took pictures looking back up! Also today, for the first time I saw baby seagulls’ kind of up close, 2 sets of them.
As we came back, you could see Cobblestone Beach. The waves were crazy! Also, when we head out like this to do a few things around the island, we have a whiteboard we hang on the door to let folks know where we are or when we’ll be back. When I came back, I finished up the second half of the back walkway with sand. Now the back is all done!
Last part of the day, we walked down to the Cove again. It was very windy today. No geese or ducks. We toasted to Steve’s cousins who were gathered today for Re-Re’s funeral. I also talked with a friend Sharon about coming to visit July 15 & 16. She has requested the Friday off, but won’t know till next week. I’m hopeful – throw it out to the universe as we say!
Thursday, July 7th – Today we went ashore! Rise and shine campers! We like to be in the Cove by 0645 so we can get the oars, uncover the dinghy and bring all our stuff down to the water line. Last week we forgot a few things to bring with us, but this week we are on it and ready early! We also didn’t have as much to bring in as the Transfer Station is closed on Thursday. Cyndy was kind enough to let us drop our trash with her! Thanks lady! The volunteers were bringing in some wood today as some facia boards needed to be replaced in preparation for the new roof coming the end of July.
Very interesting ride in as Ethan wanted to pull a trap before we got into Popham. Sam, Ethan’s summer helper, is getting the fish head bags ready to put in some traps, but next to it I noticed a lobster cage with a wooden frame in it. I asked Sam what that was and he explained they drop the lobsters in, their tail first, so they can put bands on the claws. Then I saw the metal crate sitting above it – notice it’s called a “BandMate.” Gives an alternate meaning to ‘band.’ I should send that photo to Tom and Ken (Steve’s friends in their garage band). I also noticed a very tiny starfish on the floor of the boat. I picked it up. Didn’t look like it was moving, but I tossed it back to its home just in case. Then I took a video of them pulling up a trap and opening it up and pulling out the catch, dropping them into the wooden frame and banding them. Pretty interesting and you need to do that with EVERY lobster!
As I was waiting for Steve to pull around, I was walking around and saw a pretty plant that was flowering next to some rocks on the side of the road at the Fort Popham Historical State Park. I have the “Lens” feature on my google phone which looks up the picture and tells you what plant it is. It’s called Common Milkweed. Didn’t look like that to me. I thought milkweed was the thing we painted in crafts at school and it had all the little seeds with light feathery things that blew away in the fall. Anyone know what I’m talking about?
Next stop at Cyndy’s to give her our trash and she has a bell for us to hang somewhere that visitors can ring to let us know someone is here! From there, it was the laundromat. Steve headed out to get water and he swung by the fish store and the produce place to see what they had to help us with our shopping at Shaw’s.
Today we were a little crisper moving through our tasks as we are meeting my Mom in downtown Bath and my Southport Sister – Diane, for lunch! She had brought Mom up to her place for the July 4th week. It’s great of her and my other sister Judy to take Mom once in a while to their summer fun places so she has a chance to get out of “dodge” as we say. We ate at Bruno’s Wood Fired Pizza on Front Street. Steve and I had pizza there back before we headed out to Seguin. Here’s our lunch pic. We all had pizza’s and Mom had pasta and sauce that she said was delicious. I brought Mom a T-shirt from Seguin! She was very excited.
We left the Bruno’s Pizza and stopped at the P.O. to drop off some birthday cards. Mail Mike was working and I heard him mention to a person a few people ahead of me that the price of stamps was going up to 60 cents. Here’s two perspectives for you. I still think it’s a deal that you can send a card clear across the U.S. and it will get delivered in a few days, for 60 cents. I shared out loud my thought and the woman ahead of me replied, “it all goes up and the service goes down.” She went on to explain that she has to come in to get her mail and drop off her mail. They no longer deliver or pick up where she lives. Guess I never really thought about how there might be a lot of folks in rural areas that don’t get any U.S. Postal services due to increasing costs, less staff, etc. Something to think about next time you walk out to your mailbox.
Ok – so off to the dock to meet Ethan. Did the usual, unload Carol and all the stuff and Steve parks the car. I carried everything down to the floating dock (yay!) to wait. At the back of Ethan’s boat, he has a fiberglass tank that holds his haul. The lobsters in here have already been banded and are ready for sorting. When they pulled up, they needed to unload the tank and put them in the lobster “cars.” This time he filled three of them. He still said his haul today was light. Once he fills them, he puts them in the water and ties them off in his skiff slip till he comes back after dropping us at the island. Then he drives them to where he sells them to a distributor. It’s a long day for a lobsterman!
Well, we’re on our way in. Sam started to untangle a mess of rope on the back platform and Ethan told him not to worry about doing that. So, I took it upon myself to see if I could get it untangled before we arrived at the Cove – Stop the clock – she did it!!! It’s sort of a thing I enjoy doing, the challenge of untangling. I’ve untangled lots of stuff including several necklaces for a friend of mine. Humm, so where does that come from…..
We got everything in the dinghy, onto the beach and up the first set of stairs. We were deciding what needed to go up and what could stay and low and behold a Boston Whaler pulls up to the beach! His name was Yash and today was his birthday. He took the day off from work and his wife suggested he go for a boat ride (another boater by themselves). Really nice person – he helped us carry our stuff up to the house! I gave him a tour, which he very much enjoyed. He works for Hinkley (the boat people) but he works in their power boat division. Missed taking a picture again! I’ll probably learn to remember taking one about the time we’re due to leave! I went back in to put our shopping away and Steve went down to help him leave (push his Whaler back out) and 2 more groups came in! One didn’t have time for a tour but the other did. So, back in to host mode! But I did get a pic of the group that had time for the tour. Oh, and Mom sent me a pic of her in her swag – looking good Anne!
The second group that came in was on a large catamaran – S/V Thirsty, beautiful boat. You’ll see a few pics tomorrow.
I finished up around 7 and luckily Steve had started cooking dinner. We seemed to have found our balance between who does what. Many times, if I’m late with tours, he starts cooking dinner, which is awesome! Tonight, was fresh haddock, red potatoes and salad. I’m tired just typing it all up!
Friday, July 8th – Good Morning! Breezy, with some clouds that look like wispy eyelashes! We sat out front with a fruit plate (nice, since shopping was yesterday although the cantaloupe doesn’t look like it faired too well in the transport!) I took a picture of the guest log book. We have a subtotal through June of 119 and you can see the tally for July so far is 114! Things are picking up!!!!
This morning I also came across a photo book published by Michael Boonstra. His friend Frances Cousin discovered Seguin in 2007 and suggested they apply to be caretakers and they were here the Summer of 2010. His photo book was amazing! The light was working and it’s source was a 1000 Watt incandescent lightbulb. It was interesting to see how in 12 years somethings have changed yet so many things have remained the same, the furniture, the dishes, the view! We sat on the porch for a little bit flipping through his book and enjoying all he captured. In addition, he also had pictures of the museum. It was great to see what it looked like as now we have these really cool aluminum-clad posters that have all the information on them. Guess I should do a post on the museum! The picture to the left shows our light source, an LED. There are 12 little strips each with 3 dots that light up.
The other boat I mentioned yesterday, ‘Thirsty’, their crew came up this morning for a tour. They were Shamus, Amy, Bob and Barb. They are sailing north for some races and ultimately up towards Roque past Bar Harbor near Jonesboro. We chatted with them for quite a while. It has been super interesting to hear of various peoples’ stories, their journey, what brought them to Seguin, etc.