Week of July 31st -My Sisters Visit, Rip Off The Old Roof, Garden Jackpot, Lots of New Friends and “What Am I”

Sunday, July 31 – 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 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!

Next to arrive was Diane & Dave (my sister and brother-in-law).  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 was it dark!  There were a few stars out, but no moon.  Diane has been anxious to come out here to see the night sky.  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 1 – We walked down to the Cove to row out and pick them up as Diane & Dave 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 bit, 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 which is where we go in Florida. 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 meal!

Tuesday, August 2 – Pretty foggy this morning which translate 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 collection so far of used shingles. They pull them off and just throw onto the tarps.

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, the few days after we leave here and a trip in late September.  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, didn’t rise enough to make bread today, but I’m always making crackers.  Sometimes 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.

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 random! 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 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 tonight.

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 3 – 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 cage to get some more crabs.  Me, I’m 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 area 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.  I think Steve 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.  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, it’s Mount Washington!

Thursday, Aug 4 – 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.

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 5 – 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.

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 outdoor 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 hug.  Seemed like she needed it.  (I have a pic Steve took the next day of them).  Then Greg & Jennifer from Cundy’s Harbor on Harpswell. We loved their colorful shirts ->

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.

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 to make a crab quiche. 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 that would look really cool through the door of the Tower out to the catwalk!  So here is that picture.  I tried a panorama perspective, but I have yet to master this on my phone!!  I may put it in the blog anyway to see how it looks.

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, 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. I didn’t want the front roof to feel left our! And of course, the dinner photo.  That’s BBQ chicken for our protein.

Saturday, Aug 6 – Well today is an absolutely gorgeous day!  Wind slowly out of the East. Today’s breakfast is the crab quiche!  It was yummy!  I’m sure my cholesterol was going up as I was eating it. Roofing crew 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 had shoes on!

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?” 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.

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 and there they all were.  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!!!

Week of July 24th – More History, Steve’s 1st Violin YouTube, Small Point Summer Camp and Lots of Great Food and Pics!

Sunday, July 24 – Good morning! Can’t believe we are starting the last week of July, already.  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 like.

1 – leaf

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 as 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.   

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 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 25 – 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 (you know the kind, grate the butter, freeze it, mix with hands, press the blueberries in, etc.) this morning and plan to use a bunch of blueberries we picked recently!!!  The recipe had a great hint though which suggested you could freeze them 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).

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 a lot of 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 26 – 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 with the dimension sizes started to be different and spent most of my time down at the whistle house trying to figure it out 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 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 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 (that he built I might ad) and paddled in several locations in New England.  He has one more trek to complete and he will have paddled around New England!  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 27 – 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 so we tied off the dinghy to the mooring. Great ride in.  Sam, Ethan’s helper for the summer, is a 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 the empty it out and move it all to the trash side….. So much stuff.  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. She 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 and she 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 – 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 she forgot to do?  Take PICTURES!!!  Well, I’m meeting her again for lunch on the 24th 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, 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.  Coast Guard was here today.  The carried all this random stuff that has been stored on the grass by the whistle house down the trail, but left it by the Donkey House!  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.

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 stirred it then pressed it into the pan.  Let it go for a bit the flipped it all around, that is how the rice became “fried.” It was really good, definitely being added to the roster!  Rick, 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 28 – 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 of the blue hull sailboat 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 spicey 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 helping 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 that brought 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 bikepacking 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 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 us!  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 the 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 29 – 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 also live on the island and 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. 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!

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 sailboat) and they have actually sailed it some! 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 30 – 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 – it’s everywhere). We headed down to the Cove to get some water so I might as well take a picture!  We refill 2 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 2 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 almost 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 25+ years! They all wanted a tour, so I took them up after Steve was done.  Then they needed to get going as the sister of the 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!

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 then!  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 and that goes 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 Jills 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 – 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 that they didn’t take it back with them, they turned it into Rum and sold it!!!  Now that was smart!  They weren’t going to take it back, right?

See you next week 😉

Week of July 17th – Sharon and Brent Leave, It’s Maine Blueberry Season, Our 1st Call to Seguin on the CG Radio, Our 1st Harvest, and Our 1st Engagement!

Sunday, July 17 – 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 Cobblestone, 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 not 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 around part of the island! 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 servings!  Do I always digress to food?  Anyway, I thought I would attempt a picture through the hole in the wood, no 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 another one 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 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.  It was time to wrap up a little bit up top.  As 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 the 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 south 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 18 – Foggy morning, even in the Cove.  Only one boat.  Very Maine-u-lar as I would say if talking to you! 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’ll pop back out with a container to get some 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 water 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-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 19 – 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 flying by.  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 20 – 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 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!

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 lot, 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 at first time 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 Jim her husband.  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 21 – 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 picture #2!!

Next was another group with Different Drum Sailing Adventures!  This was a group of kids from CT.  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 couldn’t even 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 noncommercial channel.  It was a gentleman on his way to Seguin but wouldn’t be getting in until late and 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 – new roofing project is still scheduled to start on Monday!

Friday, July 22 – 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.  Forgot to get their pictures as we get busy, I tend to forget to take photos of all our visitors.

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 he 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.  First 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 23 -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 the past two days 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.

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.

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 isn’t as big a task. 

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.  As we were in the house, 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!  He said he would give it to me to read from his “little lending library.”

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.

Well, we have reached the end of another blog.  As always, thank you for reading and participating in the adventure with us!  Oh, and thanks for sending your comments!

Week of July 10th – Happy Birthday Diane and Kari,  No Diet This Week, the International Space Station, Spinney’s is Open, A Step Back in Time on Seguin, More Friends Arrive and Maine Blueberry Season is Here

This Blog is looooong!  Grab a beverage, get comfy and enjoy!

Sunday, July 10 – 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 had 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 264 and 284.  I counted them, but it didn’t match any 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. 

10-4, 10-5 lens

Steve headed off to spray some poison ivy 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 you throw out unless your making bread …. 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, and 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 11 – 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 with 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 sweep, 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 so we could 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.  They look 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 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 up by 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 and I might add, I 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. And here are some more pictures of how the rocks are shaped on this side of the Cove, it’s a mixed bag for sure.

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 12 – Nice day but super windy, don’t really expect anyone to visit today. 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 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 they were gone for a long time!  Every once in a while, 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 and 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 North Trail makes a loop and a portion of that loop where the irises are, there is PI 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 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 13 – Tonight is the full moon!  That means the overnight 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 reflecting.

While down in the cove, I took a picture to show Steve how far up the tide came overnight and 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!

So, I’m 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 not flying yet. 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, so I don’t want to get one!  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. And 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 where 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. call “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 and monitored their digging 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.

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 14 – 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.  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) from 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 them.  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 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 Mass 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 cage.  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 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 15 – 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 come and our friends come! Since it was early, I start with some general pickup / cleanup around the house and general 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 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. The wintery boat ride was blustery and cold and the water was choppy. As they left the Kennebec River, the swells or “roller” 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 know what it is but not sure it will really show up in the blog.  Phew it was a busy but very fun day!!!

Saturday, July 16 – 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! 

Our guests 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 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!  Dang it though, no picture!!!

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!

Week of July 3rd – Happy 4th, Full Service Lighthouse, Happy Birthday Joan and a New Perspective on the Island

Sunday, July 3 – 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 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!

During the Tower tour, as we are walking the catwalk outside, I have pointed out how the area around the rocks dies and 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.

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!

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.

Fireworks and post sunset – the moon is up!

Monday – July 4, 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.  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 (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 I get more than 5 people in a group and not so much 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.  Then 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 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 and Aliese here for a few days.  Oh my, flights and times were crazy trying to get from RIC 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.  Later that night, we walked out to check the stars – another milky way night!

Tuesday, July 5– 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 only 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 not good.

Wednesday, July 6 – Overnight it was pretty stormy and rainy which was perfect timing as the garden was in need of some water. 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.  To me they almost look like garbanzo beans!

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 and a broom and a few other things to see how we might get him back into the water.  He found signal and looked up how to help a beached seal and they said 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!

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 to put it into YouTube to then put a URL here. Oh well….

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, 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 and gave her a tour.  I pointed out my sea glass collection and asked her if she wanted a piece an 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.  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 that 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 7 – Today we went ashore! Rise and shine campers!  We like to be in the Cove by 0645 so we can get the oars and uncover the dinghy. 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 for 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 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 or 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 feathers that blew way 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 and 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 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 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 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 cages.  This time he filled three of them.  He still said his haul today was light. Once he fills them, he puts cages in the water and ties them off in his skiff slip till he comes back with us.  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, into the shore and up the first set of stairs from the beach.  Decided 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 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 8 – Good Morning! Breezy, 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 France 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 1000Watt 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 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 a while. It has been super interesting to hear of various peoples’ stories, their journey, what brought them to Seguin, etc.

Well, let’s see what’s on the agenda for today.  We headed off to whipper snip the North Trail.  There was a lot of new growth, mostly on the sides and the seagulls are not too happy with us being near them.  After lunch we noticed a rather large boat approaching the island.  Good binoculars are key here.  Turns out it was the Harbor Princess out of Boothbay Harbor.  I think it is a whale watching trip.  Steve said it looked like there were a hundred people on the boat!  They made a pass by the island then headed down east.

Not sure where the rest of the day went, but it has a way of doing that….. We headed down for Cove Time and saw our geese family approaching… the goslings are getting pretty big, but they still can’t fly yet.

To the left is a picture of another squall that came in around sunset. The colors were amazing!

I worked on the blog – feeling much better as I now run about a week behind the current week, phew.  Tonight, we had lamb, beet greens and wild rice.

Saturday, July 9 – Happy 91st Birthday Joan! (Steve’s Mom) Many of you may remember my effort last year to send Joan 90 birthday cards for her 90th birthday and we were very successful in that effort and already another year has gone by!

We had a yummy little breakfast and remembered to take a pic with only one piece left.  It was homemade sourdough bread, a little pesto, greens, tomato, smoked trout and a little kalamata olive.  Almost bite size pieces as if you make it whole, then try to bite it, everything falls off!

Weather is beautiful, a little cool and wind has settled a bit. We took a brief walk down to the Cove just to check on what’s going on.  Here’s a much better picture of the Rosa Rugosa’s on the way down the main trail.  We had two boats spend the night. 

Back up to the house to get ready for the day. We had several large groups today.  Usually there is a couple of people in the group who have been here before bringing new friends to come and enjoy the beauty of Seguin.  When we have a bright sunny day, you can catch some amazing pictures in the Tower as the sunlight comes through the lens and creates a prism on a wall or the floor.  Today was one of them!  The capability of the whiz bang cameras on the phones today seem to enhance the brightness and intensity of the colors in the prism.  These were taken around mid-day today.

I’m getting a little better with the names of the visitors! We had Spencer and Elizabeth Gray, former board members of FOSILS.  Very nice folks and they enjoyed the various overlooks on the island.  Then there was a large group, some of which wanted a tour, one of the couples knew Diane and Dave from the Southport Yacht Club and then we had Amy, Seamus, Bob and Barb. This has been one of the amazing parts of this adventure.  Meeting so many people with so many amazing stories and learning about why they LOVE Seguin! It’s very heartwarming! Here’s a pic of our busy day in the Cove!

As a side note, today was also a VERY exciting day for Diane & Dave, their “new” boat S/V Tenacious, arrived at the boatyard near them!!!  She was able to be down at the swinging bridge that brings you over to Southport and catch a quick video of it coming across the bridge.  We are very excited for them and hope to see them at Seguin someday soon!

The afternoon settled down a little bit.

After looking through the picture book Lightkeeper Michael made, I have a new perspective on some of the views around the island.  For instance, we walked over to a rock where a seagull was standing where we’ve never seen a seagull before.  Then we remembered that was where a large group had their picnic lunch today  and figured maybe there was some piece of bread or something.  We never found anything, but it’s amazing how the bird knew to come here and check it out.  When I walked up there, I thought well this is a cool angle of the house and tower.

We did have one group come just for a picnic dinner.  They came over from Popham.  How fun is that!

Then later on as the sun was setting, I walked around again with my new perspective on light and angle. I guess I feel I compelled to share these pictures as each is different and unique from the ones previously posted. The lighting, the time of day, the subject matter etc. all create a different look.  Interesting how there are only so many buildings on the island, but so many ways to capture the essence of them.  You can almost feel the history.

The last picture is of the moon and those little white dots are the fishing boats.  Sometimes they are there all night long as I see them still there in the morning.

Well, another week in the Blog!

June 26th – Fun Visitors, Good Food, Gwen & Jim, 1st Campers, Some Projects and Auntie Re-Re

Sunday, June 26 – Beautiful day!!!  Woke up early and saw another sunrise.  Took a pic out the front window upstairs, a slightly different view. We decided crab cakes benedict would be a great way to finish the last two crab cakes!  Boy were they good.

Four seemed to be the popular number today.  First group of four was “RADD” – Ron, Alicia, Dave and Dave.  They are a random group of friends from MITA (Maine Island Trail Association).  Most had been here before, but they decided to put in nearby and come here.  We saw them coming in towards the cove, then we actually saw them going around the island!  I hope to see the South and West side of the island someday.  Ethan said he could take us a round it at some point.  Anyway, they finished going around then came into the Cove.  I of course gave them a tour and we both spent additional time having an interesting conversation with all of them.  They hung around for a while, did one of the hikes, had lunch, then headed on their way.

Next group of four was a family that was from Southport.  The next obvious question, was if they new Diane and Dave.  Turns out they were very familiar with them.  Janeen (not sure I’m spelling correctly) knew both of them as D&D are often out in the Boston Whaler taking pictures when the kids have the sailing races.  Their parents don’t really get the ‘see’ that part as they are out in the Sheepscot River. We chatted with them sometime about our experience so far, how we got here, etc.  They came to Seguin for a picnic lunch.

Next group of four were from Boothbay Harbor, but they had a limited amount of time as it was just a quick stop. Just a brief tour.

Things slowed down a little, so I went over to where we have one of those sign posts that say how far places are, like North Pole x number of miles.  It’s amazing to see how the paint has worn away, but more interesting is how the board has worn away from the wind and what was painted is raised up and hasn’t worn away as much.  The paint maybe off, but there is more wood.  See if the pics explain. I updated the paint on some, added Richmond (number of miles was as the crow flies). The top ones I couldn’t reach without a ladder. Task for another day. I think I should add the North Pole…

Steve headed down to the Cove as there is a trickle of water and we were wondering if maybe it would be less iron as is filtering through more dirt and sand to this point. So he brought a piece of PVC with him that he cut on an angle and then jammed it into the area where the water is running down.  Well see… would that be a hoot if it was better than what we’re getting out of this cistern!  Forgot to take a pic, so I’ll have to post the picture another time. Coming back up, took another picture of the trail, this time with Steve in it for some perspective.  We, really Steve, is continuing to ensure the trails are clear and wide.  As things are starting to grow, we are snipping!

When things are not crazy with visitors, I offer to some visitors, a special, free of charge, photo op of them through the lens.  I have to go up and walk around to the other side and I guess I look pretty funny (like a fun house mirror), but because it’s the prism it flips the scenery behind them upside down.   I’ve already posted these two pics, but look at them again and you’ll notice the background behind them!  It’s very cool – well I think it’s cool.

History Lesson II

  • How about a few more historical nuggets.  In 1817, Winslow Lewis installed a new lantern in the first lighthouse, but reported the original wooden tower had gone to pieces so badly he wasn’t sure it would stay in place.  Congress acted, authorizing $2500 for a sone tower that was erected two years later. 
  • In this second lighthouse, the light consisted of 15 Argand lamps with parabolic reflectors, 21 inches in diameter.  J.P.Lewis, Inspector, recommended the addition of nine lamps which would make it capable of being seen 19-20 miles in clear weather. 
  • It, again, was a a fixed white light and as it is today (meaning it is not a rotating light).
  • Extreme weather conditions led to the demolition of the 2nd light. 
  • In 1853, the Lighthouse Board reported that the station needed to be improved and because of the importance of shipping on the Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers, recommended that Seguin should be a First Order Station.
  • Stay tuned for info on the current light.

Although not from Seguin, here is a pic of what an Argand lamp and parabolic reflects looks like

Another amazing night of star gazing – this is just like sunsets; they never get old and they never look the same.

Monday, June 27 – They (you know, that group of all-knowing people) said it was going to be rainy and windy all day.  Doesn’t look like that right now.  I spent most of the day getting ready for our friends Gwen & Jim that arrive tomorrow morning.  The finishing touches, flowers in the room, vacuuming, etc.– just like at home.  Well, here in Maine they say, “don’t like the weather, wait an hour and it will change” and it did.  The pic is of the house after the weather shifted to a ‘Maine-u-lar’ day.

Side house topic – We have a sump pump in the basement that has a level switch that clicks on when the level gets too high and pumps out to a leaching field.  It’s for our kitchen and shower water.  Steve makes checking the sump part of his daily rounds.  It’s a fussy switch, but this morning he moved a few things around and now it appears to be working on its own without having to give it a daily jiggle!  Yes, we get excited of little things like this!

I mentioned a Steve drawer project and today it was finished.  The two catch all drawers in the kitchen, do collect everything small and random.  They are the drawers under the microwave. Well, I asked him to make some dividers in the drawer to the right and it already had some cutouts for pieces of wood.  He put the right to left divider in, lived with it for a day or two, then I decided I wanted a least one divider that went front to back.  So, he added that.  It’s perfect.  Instead of searching for the tools I use all the time, I can find them.  Ok, stop laughing, again it’s the little things we do to make this house our summer home!

Ok I made some granola and some brownies this afternoon.  I was almost out of granola and the brownies are for dessert tomorrow night.  I was having a little issue with the oven.  Sometimes the temperature is what we set and it stays there, other times it seems to creep up to a temp I don’t want.  The granola got a little over cooked and the brownies were a little undercooked in the middle.  I don’t mind that but most folks don’t like it. Oh well, I can always cook them a little more tomorrow.

We took a walk to Cobblestone.  This is one of my favorite places… actually the whole island is my favorite spot.  There isn’t one place I don’t like!  It was still very foggy.  Found a pretty nice, fairly new 5-gal bucket down there.  Steve opened it up and found a special “surprise” in it.  So, I took a look and put some ocean water in it, swished it around and dumped the contents out.  Yep, I think it was poop!  Who would do that then throw the bucket overboard?  Anyway, I just rinsed it some more, swished some seaweed around and it was as good a new.  You can always use another 5-gallon bucket. You never know what you’ll find on the beach for sure! 

On the way back I picked some Rugosa roses to put in my vases.  They are sooooo fragrant.  Here is a picture of them.  I remember when we were working at Millstone (in Connecticut), we’d go for a walk at lunch and the path would be lined with these bushes.  They are roses that have only a single row of 5 petals.  But I can’t put into words how wonderful they smell.  The bushes are so loaded with buds as I think once they open up, the flower only lasts a couple of days, the petals fall and a new bud opens up.  There she goes again, off on another tangent!

Turkey meatballs for dinner with some, you guessed it, fake pasta.  The sauce was jar sauce but we doctored it up with loads of veggies including sauteed mushrooms. And we treated ourselves to the “dipping” sauce we make with EVOO and spices to swipe up with my homemade sourdough.  Delicious!

Well, that’s a wrap for Monday!

Tuesday, June 28 – Today Gwen & Jim arrive – should be here around 9ish as they are coming from Small Point.  Gwen and I were texting along the way as they were parking at the church so when we come in tomorrow, their car will be with ours.  Here they come and Steve rowing out to get them!

They did a most excellent job in packing light! One small back pack each.  Gave them a tour of the keepers quarters (they stayed in our 2nd bedroom), showed them the ‘operation’ of the Sun-Mar toilet and the museum. 

We talked about a walk and I shared info on all the trails.  We picked the North Trail to walk.  On this trail there is a little trail that branches off to an overlook of the Cove.  It’s a little side trail with very different vegetation. Lots of pines grow here and some interesting ground cover.  Looks like something from the lily of the valley family.  Back to the main part of the trail out to the North point.  Still, lots of seagulls squawking and protecting their new little ones so we did not go all the way to the tip of the island.  We did see one twosome of newbies – little and furry.  Too far away though to get a decent pic. We stopped on the way back for a pic from a vista on the trail.

Came back for some lunch and they decided to take a nap.  They were up early this morning to travel and meet up with Bill, the person that brought them out. I went out to the garden and noticed some weeds coming back. I weeded the area and then walked around to collect some dry grass clippings to spread around more area of the garden as that seemed to help keep the weeds at bay.  While I was doing that, we noticed we have a zucchini coming in!  How exciting!

Then on to some more weeding of the sides of the back side walk… making progress. We sat out front enjoying the view and noticed a pretty large boat going by.  Steve checked it out on one of his apps (Marine Traffic) that gives you some info on the boat just by where you are and what boats are in the area, then you click on a boat and it gives you a few nuggets of info.  After a while you can tell which boats are pretty large in the expanse of the huge ocean!

As I was doing that, Steve was doing some additional mowing and clipping down under the tram and out the Cove and Cobblestone trails then up the main trail.  Done for the day.

Then it was back down to main trail for Cove Time.  Here comes our geese family, although they walked up to the beach, the little ones pecked at the sand for a little bit, then they walked back in to the water and went on their merry way. Also, the men brought up the dinghy and covered it for the night. When we came up we decided to do the tour of the Tower and we took one of those pictures where the background flips because it’s through the lens!

Side note is AJ and Sean showed up and were spending the night in the Cove.  AJ is the person that is installing the new roof on the main house the end of July and Sean is a friend of his who is an amateur photographer here to take pics of the Lighthouse and the stars / milky way tonight!

Well, bet you can guess what we had for dinner!  Lobst-a, salad, tots and brownies!!!!!  Then to top it off – it’s sunset bench for a special moment taking in the 360-degree beauty of Seguin including Mount Washington.

The last picture I want to share is a picture Sean took with his drone of the sun setting through the 1st order lens in the Tower. He was kind enough to share it with us so I could post to the blog.  Sean can be found on Facebook – Sean O’Connell Photography/Midcoast Maine Drone (here is the url but not sure how it will appear in the blog (www.facebook.com/Sean-OConnell -PhotographyMidcoast-Maine-Drone-Imagery-100960558669563/ )

Wednesday,  June 29 – Here we are, headed ashore again.  AJ and Sean were up early doing their stuff but they helped us carry some of our stuff down. Steve rowed out Gwen and Jim with all our stuff.  AJ actually gave me a ride out in his dinghy so Steve didn’t have to come get me.  The Wednesday Warriors were here and they took our dinghy in with all their gear. Here we are on Ethan’s boat heading in – thanks Jim for taking the pic!  We don’t often have pics of Steve and I together.

Gwen and Jim are not in a super hurry to start the journey home, so they are going to join us for breakfast.  But first we have to stop at the transfer station and as always – check out the free section!  I picked up some small Ziploc type of food storage containers as I don’t really have any small ones.  All in great shape!  Gwen was excited to find some Tervis glasses! Win-win for everyone!  On to Winnegance….. I would have bet money that one of us gave the phone to Chloe, our waitress to take a pic, but no one has one!

Steve had an egg sandwich on an English and both Jim and Gwen had an omelet.  I had a special of peach and raspberry glazed sourdough French toast with maple butter.  I haven’t had a breakfast like that in I don’t know how long.  But how fun to sit at this place enjoying a yummy meal with great friends.  Life is grand! We parted ways and headed on to Bath to start the round robin of laundry, groceries, fish store, etc. 

Today we had some extra time as we didn’t have any other stops to make.  We decided to spend some time walking around downtown just enjoying the pretty day.  The town was decorated with banners etc. in preparation for July 4th. As we walked around town, we thought of getting a growler of some Bath Brewing so Steve went off to taste it and I went over to the tattoo place.  I wanted to talk to them about my Seguin tattoo!  The name of the establishment is One Bones and there are three artists.  I explained what I was looking for, where, size, etc. He suggested I go on line and look at the work of the three people to decide who.  I’ve looked once, but need to look again as I’m just not sure.  But since I only have so much time, I want to plan ahead and book an appointment.  Here is a pic of their building.  They are on the 2nd floor, standing outside is Shawn the artist with whom I chatted. It should look familiar as it is next to Best Thai II!

Next stop was a Meat Market downtown.  Steve thought it was a BBQ restaurant based on the logo, etc., so we stopped in.  It was a real meat market with a butcher and some crazy cuts of meat!  They also carried a bunch of locally made Maine only products for people who don’t have a brick-and-mortar places.  Super cool.  We chatted with a few patrons and some employees and of course we said we were the keepers this year at Seguin Lighthouse.  It was fun to talk to everyone. We decided not to get lunch today as we had a big breakfast.  That way we’ll be hungry for dinner!

At the fish market we picked up swordfish and salmon and then we went next door to the Swango Produce Market.  It’s a little market that carries some local produce and a few products.  Their strawberries looked amazing but it was a quart and it just looked like too much.  But they had some local asparagus and some beet greens.  They grow their beets for the greens and the beets still attached were small and so cute!  I’ll take a pic next week but I also bought some local made popcorn.  Seemed to see it in a lot of stores so I had to try it.  It’s Little Lad’s Herb Mix.  They have other flavors, but I decided to try this one.  I met Rose, she is the owner here.  We talked about so many things, then got on to Yarn!  She is a knitter and used to work at Halycon Yarn which is supposed to be an AMAZING yarn store.  However, they only do curbside, which is probably a good thing for me.  Anyway, we just chatted and chatted.  I went out to the car and Steve said no strawberries?  We changed our mind and got them, here I am with the strawberries!  So sweet and all red inside!!!! Well after all my dilly dallying around – we headed on our way to meet Ethan.

We were there a few minutes early actually!  Steve dropped me off in the circle near the pier and dock.  It’s high tide so that means, what?  You’re catching on, we get to use the floating dock!  Yay!  I started carrying our bags out on the floating dock and a person walking by asked if I needed help – I said sure.  His name was Marty and he used to own a place in Popham for 16 years but sold it a few years back.  Now he just comes and stays at his neighbor’s house because his neighbor can’t come anymore.  We chatted about a few things, he’s from Hancock, NH and we talked about Ethan still bringing the caretakers out, etc. Then he shared some people fishing in the river today (the river being the Kennebec), said they saw a couple of tuna!  Holy cow – that’s pretty bizarre to see tuna in Maine!!  Anyway, nice guy! Should have snapped another photo!

When Ethan pulled up, Sam his summer helper, was on the boat and they needed to separate today’s catch into hard and soft shell, put them in the lobster cage and then tie it off next to his skiff.  We loaded our stuff in and we’re off.  Back on the island (I love how that sounds) we waited as the Wednesday warriors came out and we pulled in their gear, put ours in the dingy and they left and we rowed ashore.  Unload, carry up, cover the dingy and decide what needs to be carried up right away and what we can leave in the donkey engine house till another day.

As we’re climbing up the main trail and I get to the sidewalk in front on the house, I see a powerboat coming back to the island?  Is it Ethan? Humm, did someone forget something here?  I texted Cyndy to see if anyone had left anything here and she responded no.  I headed down to the cove while Steve was starting to put fridge stuff away.  Turns out it wasn’t Ethan but it appears we’ll have some visitors!  So, I headed back up to help Steve.

The group was Kevin, yours truly, David and Ian.  Kevin and Ian are father and son.  The connection is Kevin has been renting a house in East Boothbay for years and they rent it from a relative of Dave’s – I think I got that right.  But they have been renting for over 20 years and have become good friends.  Ian lives in South America but comes up for a month or so to visit/vaca here in Maine.  Super nice group and we bonded!

Ok – good day all around.  Decided to try my “shrub” and mix it with some bubbly.  The Shrub was the raspberry artisan drink mixer.  Dinner was fresh salmon, beet greens and I put the little beets in some cooked quinoa and I remembered to take a photo! Phew – on shore days are always busy!

Thursday, June 30 – Well we’re getting ready for the July 4th weekend.  I just checked my phone and didn’t take a pic all day!  How can that be….oops wait a minute, I took one.

Steve headed off to whipper snip the Cobblestone Trail including the sides.  What we’re finding is that the trails are getting walked on almost enough but now the sides seem to have stuff growing towards the trail.  I went down and tended the Clivus, the public “restroom” on the island down by the donkey engine house.   Just as we were getting ready to go back up, a foursome came into the cove.  They had a center console boat and he whipped it around, three jumped out onto the beach and then he took the boat to a mooring and paddled in using a paddle board.  They were Bill & Lynn (Freeport) and Dave & Pam (don’t remember). We stood there chatting for a bit and they offered to help us bring our stuff up!  How awesome! 

While they were walking around on a trail, I did some Blog work and loaded some pictures.  They came back and I gave them a tour – super friendly and very engaging.  Next guest was Paul, from Madison, CT and he is up in Robinhood.  Robinhood is a popular marina many folks stop at or stay at as it is well protected.  It’s up the Sheepscot River, then you cut over just past Five Islands and you’ll arrive in Robinhood Cove. A picture of a map might help….. I’ll have to find one that will work in the blog.

Next visitors were Chris and Steve.  They are from Belfast and on their way to Portland to pick up some friends.  Oh, and today some campers (John and Katie) have arrived by kayak.  Looks like they are staying for 2 nights due to weather.  Rest of the day, I swept the Gift Shop and the entire Tower including gently in and around the stand that holds the LED bulb. Hard to tell in the picture, but it looks way better!!!

Well, that’s all I have in my notes!

Friday, July 1 – Both of us were awake early today.  We actually slept with the window open last night – how refreshing is that compared to a month ago!

I’d like to pause a moment here as Steve’s Aunt Marie (affectionately referred to as Re-re or “Misery” as Steve called her when he was small) passed away this morning peacefully. She was a very loving, caring and warm person.  We were the lucky ones to have known her. Always there with a quick remark “Well praise be to God for that….” or “Well, you know I’m almost 90.” She would always be there with a plate of food if you were hungry.  A few years ago she moved into independent living and began taking painting lessons!  Turns out she has a real talent and painted many paintings for friends and family members.  Most recently, she wanted to paint something for Steve and I.  She checked with Steve’s mom Joan and she suggested she paint the lighthouse, Seguin, for us.  Marie said she didn’t have a picture.  So, Joan sent her one.  And low and behold when we were in Florida this past March, Cathy (her daughter) wrapped up the painting and gave it to us!  What a wonderful gift!  We were so touched and moved by her beautiful painting!  It hangs prominently in our home and will remind us of her kind and gentle soul.  Here is a pic of Marie and the painting. When I look up at the sky tonight, I will find a new star and name it ‘Re-Re.’

I headed off to whipper snip and clip the Cove Trail.  The campsite, which is in the middle of the trail was already mowed but I needed to get to the edges.  I met the campers and explained my plan.  They were fine with it.  Also, I wanted to grab a lobster trap I noticed on this trail (that had washed up at some point). I was pulling the trap through the campsite and they came to help.  Yikes it was heavy!  They helped me carry it over to the old ramp that leads to the tram.  It seems our signage is not enough.  “Tram Unsafe – Use Path” the sign says.  I figured it might act as a deterrent to walking up the tram.  Time will tell.  John and Katie said they would like to come up later for tour. 

Well, we walked back down to the Cove for a little bit. Nothing but just beautiful scenery.  Steve posed for a different angle down at the Cove.  It was a little chilly (hence the sweatshirt). Time to head back up for dinner.  As we came around the corner to see the house, I could stand so the sun shone through the lens.  Not quite as fancy as Sean’s picture, but I think it looks pretty.  Just before dinner, Steve went out to take the flag down as the wind was picking up and it was around sunset.  However, we had a slight issue!  The clip for to the lower part of the flag came off!  Now there was no way to pull down the flag!  We tried a couple of wiggles and shakes, but the wind was too much and the flag doesn’t weigh enough to pull itself towards the ground.  Guess we’ll have to figure it out tomorrow – nothing else we can do now!

Saturday, July 2 – We got up about 8.  Kind of late for me.  I like 7ish – that seems to be a good time to start the day.  I decided to make more banana bread.  Sometime the bananas say “we want to be bread, we want to be bread.”  That usually happens when we have too much fruit and they end up getting a little too ripe for just eating.  Well you know the recipe and I used a glass loaf pan which worked much better.  However, we don’t have a cake rack (yes I’m putting on the GW list).  You’ll see a rack under the bread but I’m not sure how that one is supposed to be used. What I like about this recipe is you can melt the butter/shortening and mix everything with a spoon – no need to break out the mixer and then have to wash it! Once it went into the oven, made Steve a fancy breakfast.

After breakfast, Steve went out to try some ideas he had on how to get the flag down.  Took a few try’s.  The rock went flying one time, yikes!  But he got it, yay!  I walked down to the Cove as I wanted to get some seaweed for the garden and some more sand for the joints in the sidewalk.    When I went down, noticed the campers were all packed up in their kayaks and just getting ready to launch.  The weather was cloudy, but the breeze was warm.  Here are a couple of pics of them leaving.  Their boats were sooo packed with gear, they only had a few inches of freeboard.  Off they went….

While I was down there and since I reference the Donkey Engine House, I thought I’d take a couple of pics and share a few nuggets about the tramway and the engine and their roll here at Seguin.

  • The original tramway, a 1006-foot-long railway built on trestles, was a valuable asset used to haul coal, furniture, heavy equipment, food, supplies and people to/from the top of the steep island.  Currently the trams stops at the top and no longer continues towards the fog signal house.
  • Little is known of the early history of the tramway.  It may have well been powered by oxen or mules.
  • During the period of Lightkeeper Elson Small (1926-1930) and his wife Connie Scovill Small (author of the Lightkeepers Wife – excellent read), the tramway was condemned as unsafe and a new one was built. At that time it was powered by a mechanical engine.
  • In 1995, the tramway continued to be operated, powered by the 1953 GMC diesel ‘donkey’ engine with four large levers that control the direction and speed of the wire cable attached to the ‘car’.
  • While extremely useful, the tramway is also dangerous. As a result of an accident in the1950s when the cable broke and the wife of one of the keepers was seriously injured (and another keeper’s dog died), the Coast Guard prohibited tramway use for passengers.
  • As recent as our arrival trip to the island, 2 diesel mechanics spent a good portion of the day, working on the engine.  They are trying to locate a new water pump.
  • FOSILS is repairing the structure a few bents at a time, as funding permits. If you are interested in the Tram project please call Cyndy at the FOSILS office. (207) 443-4808 Thanks!

Ok – here’s a pic of the yellow squash in the garden and it too is bearing fruit!  That’s pretty exciting given our conditions here.  The cucumbers didn’t make it and the tomatoes look like thy have started to adapt! Here is Steve enjoying the shade on the front porch – but check out the clouds behind them.  I have learned so much about the weather by being here.

We headed down to the Cove as Steve was going to row out to one of the moorings in the dinghy and try his like at fishing again.  It started to get pretty breezy in the Cove and it was spinning him around.  He decided to come back in.

We walked back up the house after bringing the dinghy in and covering it for the night.  Grabbed a beverage and headed back down for our Cove Time.  Just as we got to our usual spot of sitting in front of the boat house, a small cruise ship went by.  We’ve seen it a few times, but this time it looked pretty close.  I believe it leaves from Portland and heads up to Boothbay. Sometimes it’s just nice to sit on the rocks and absorb the heat from them – here is Steve enjoying the sunshine, a warm back and a cold beverage!  Once the sun goes down behind the tree line on the western side of the Cove, the temperature starts to drop and we start back up the hill.

We prepped dinner and ate about 7:30, marinated pork tenderloin, sweet potato and asparagus.  One of the dinning room windows faces due west so we can see if we need to head out the capture the sunset.  I took a time lapse one tonight and took a couple of snaps to post. The sunset picture was taken just about 8:30.

Hope you all are enjoying the blog and the stories of Seguin.   Thanks for reading!

June 19th – Happy Fathers Day, Happy Birthday Kevin and Gary, Crab Cakes, Pinnace Virginia and Fresh Seaweed!

Sunday, June 19 – Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers reading our Blog!  Today’s early weather report is cold and breezy with some rain expected a little later.  Before the rain, I went down and picked up some more tumbled red ‘bricks’ for the original lighthouse cairns as well as some small rock / sand mixture to put in a gap in the sidewalk outside the kitchen door where I have removed the weeds.  Here are some pics of the cairns.  Kind of a dreary day but you can still see them.

I thought it might be fun to share a few facts about the island / lighthouse in the blog.  Here is a picture from the museum that describes the original lighthouse and a few facts about that lighthouse.  

William Lithgow of Massachusetts headed a list of 55 signers on a petition to the General Court of Massachusetts in June of 1786 asking for a lighthouse due to the significant trade of the Kennebec River.  “If there was a Light upon this Island many Vessels would be saved from Shipwreck, and many Persons preserved from immature Deaths…”

It was almost a decade later when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed an act of cessation of 10 acres of Sequin Island to the United States for a lighthouse. 

It was built in 1795 at a cost of $6000. The structure was built of wood on a foundation of rubble stone.

The lantern was a fixed white light shining toward the ocean, with the land side being dark. Going forward I will try to include a few facts about various aspects of the island.

I headed down to the whistle house to pick up the pieces and parts of the towel rack that I painted yesterday and we put it up today!  It works great!

Gave my mom a quick call and her cousin Linda was visiting.  We chatted for quite a while and she had all the questions about being here on Seguin, when we go ashore, what are our jobs, etc. Last time Diane (my sister) was at Mom’s, she shared the blog with her so she could see what we do, our pictures, etc.  She’ll be 95 in October; she’s doing great though….

Gary and Colin did call Scuba to wish him Happy Father’s Day – one last photo.  Another picture of a Mount Washington sunset.  Are you sick of these yet?

Monday, June 20 – Another day to do some work on the Blog.  But let’s talk about what we did today. I mowed this morning, which is the area around the tower.  Steve did the under the Tram, the Welcome area, the Cove and Cobblestone trails.  Another big day of clearing.  We continue to keep the trails wide and not have anything growing into the trail. No pictures here – figure you’ve already seen enough of the trails.

In the afternoon, I sat down and started to clean out the weeds in the rock area near the side entrance to the tower.  It was easier to take out the rocks, clear the weeds, then replace the rocks.  It’s like a puzzle trying to get the rocks to fit.  I was planning to do just this area, then Steve sat down with me and we continued to clear the rock walkway to that side entrance. I keep forgetting to take a before picture.  I always remember the ‘after’ one!  Here is a pic of an adjacent area that was similar. 

Early afternoon, we decided that we’d row out to get the crabs in our lobster cage.  We think we have 8 of them.  Then we cooked them. We decided that we’d put them in the fridge and clean them tomorrow.  I think it is easier to do it once they have been chilled.

Late afternoon we had two visitors – Ian and Donna.  They are from Australia and Ian just retired so they are taking 5 months to sail up the coast.  Their family is from Ridgefield, CT.  I gave them a tour and then walked them around the museum and the gift shop. They later joined us for 5:00 Cove Time!

Pretty chilly tonight, so we decided to eat dinner in the kitchen.  It’s the warmest room as we do all the cooking there and most meals require the oven to be on!!  Just the other day with Wendall, they were telling me how they take rocks and put them on the stove burner to heat them up and then put them on the floor so you can put your stocking feet on them.  Sounded like a good idea, so we heated up several rocks on the exhaust of the oven and while we ate dinner, we had them on the floor and put our stocking feet on them.  Ooohhh weee – did that feel good!

Here is a picture of dinner (I remembered).  Homemade spaghetti sauce with fake pasta and chicken meatballs.  Accompanied by toasted homemade rosemary sourdough bread from yours truly!

Last part of the evening was a step outside to look at the stars.  Another Milky Way night!  It’s just amazing to see all these stars. Of course, it’s too hard to capture it on the camera, so you’ll just have to imagine the perfect National Geographic picture and that’s what it looks like!

Tuesday – June 21 – Happy 1st Day of Summer – the Longest Day of the Year.  Steve and I worked with this gentleman, Jack Quinn, who was an engineering supervisor and every year he would make reference to this day and point out how the days were going to get shorter from here on in.  Of course, in December, he would mention that now the days were getting longer by a minute every day.  Crazy what you remember!  Ok, back to Seguin.

Today I worked in the area next to the kitchen and there is a bunch of mint, chives and something else which I think is a weed.  So today I ripped out a bunch of the mint.  I don’t eat mint; I don’t like mint and I don’t even like Girl Scout thin mints!  I want to move my basil so I thought I would clear out this area as it doesn’t get sun all day, just in the afternoon.  The garden for the most part gets sun all day.

Beautiful day for being outside to clean crabs.  Here I am in my full glory, slowly and meticulously cleaning the crabs.  Of course, we picked the legs and the claws, but I told Steve that there is a lot of meat in the body, you just need to know where to look.  I used one crab as an experiment and then figured out how to get this meat out.  By the way is by the joint where the legs attach to the body.  Then if you pull that part away from the crab, you’ll find a lot of meat in this area, separated by some thin cartilage type material.  We weighed our meat when we were all done – 14 oz!  Yikes that’s a lot!  We decided the best way to eat it was Steve’s homemade crabcakes.  Yowzah – can’t wait!

We have been monitoring the tides to watch for a super low tide so we can have a ‘burn.’  The town of Georgetown requires you obtain a ‘Burn Permit.’  You have to log in after 9:00 am on the day you want to have the burn, fill out the information and you’ll get a permit emailed to you.   So we got one for today as our burn pile in the house is getting quite large.  We walked down to the beach and you are required to have it a low tide and you have to remain near it until the tide comes up and over it to extinguish it.  We had a lot of stuff to burn (a lot of empty Cheez-it boxes!).  It was amazing how quick we ‘burned’ through everything.  Here is Steve at the burn pile! 

When we arrived at the beach, we noticed a bird by the dinghy.  He / she didn’t move even when Steve walked close.  We couldn’t tell if it was hurt or injured or if it was a 1st year bird.  Many of the birds change their appearances during the first couple of years until they are a mature adult.  We’re still not sure if it was a 1st year seagull or not.

As we were standing by the burn pile making sure nothing flew away, a small Boston Whaler pulled up in the Cove.  Then a little while later as larger boat pulled up with 6 or so people on it.  He had a dingyo and went to the other boat to pick them up and bring them onto the shore.  However, as they got close to the shore, the boat turned and a wave came right over the side soaking everyone!  They all took it in stride.  Turns out they were a group of college graduates that get together every year in Southport and take a trip – this time to Seguin.  Here’s a couple of pics of them coming in and a team photo.

Their plan is to take a hike down to Cobblestone and back around to the Cove, then came up to the Tower for some tours. Steve finished up the burn, really didn’t take that long and then came back up to the house.  By then the group was ready for their tours.  We split them into two groups as about 5 people at once is a good number for a tour.  He led the land tour and showed them the gift shop.  They all had a great time but it was time to start heading back to Southport. 

Oh and earlier in the day, he worked on my kitchen drawer project (picture coming when it’s all done) and I moved the basil to the little spot out of the full sun.

Wednesday, June 22 – Well normally our on-shore day, but there was a call yesterday to let us know it was being moved to Friday.  Winds are supposed to pick up this afternoon making our return trip a little dicey.  That’s why we have food for 10 days just in case. 

We noticed a large catamaran leaving the Cove.  They must have come in last evening just to spend the night.

Took care of some business with some of our Marriott Vacation Club points today and made some reservations for Savannah in November.  It’s going to be a busy fall. I headed out back to rip out some more mint and clean up around the rocks along that edge.  I also walked around the property picking a few wild flowers to put in a vase in the vestibule between the two front doors.  Adds a little homey touch!

Steve mixed up the crab cakes as we wanted them to sit a bit in the fridge before we cook them tonight. We headed off to do the North Trail.  Then I headed down to do some whipper snipping under the solar panels.  The grass had been getting tall under there and I wasn’t sure whether they just let it go or they cut it.  Last week the volunteers made a pass with the whipper snipper and I took it down a little further this time. This afternoon a visitor named John that came with a friend a few weeks ago (I remembered his friends name finally – it was Alex).  Anyway, he stopped here on his way back from the Rockland race and this time he had his girlfriend and their two dogs.  I gave her a tour and she was very excited to hear all about Seguin.  They are planning to stay in the Cove tonight.

Time for the crabcakes, Steve cooked them up and I mixed up some of my favorite garlic aioli.  I was going to include a pic of the recipe but it was easier to list all the ingredients here:

Garlic Aioli – 3 cloves of garlic, ½ c low-fat mayo, 2tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp of lemon zest, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp fresh ground pepper – put all in a little food processor and process till well mixed.  Store in fridge until you need it.

Ok back to the crabcakes.  That bowl of crab made 6 good size cakes.  We each had two with our edamame – delicious and she remembered to take a photo (actually Steve did)

I went down to the whistle house to work on the blog.  Spent a while on the internet posting and loading pictures.  I forgot when I left the whistle house how dark it would be – it was pitch dark!  I had the flashlight on my phone on, but it really didn’t do much.  Thought for sure I was going to walk into the historical sign we have down there, but luckily, I didn’t!  I did take a pic though of the house and tower as I approached.  Kind of a cool pic.  As I was walking up, I was also checking out the stars.  So after I dropped off the computer in the house, we both went out to star gaze.  Just breath-taking.

Thursday – June 23 – Gorgeous morning.  I took a walk over to the white bench by the weather station and decided to take a pic of the house and tower from this perspective. Today is Kevin’s Birthday (my sister Judy and Bill’s son).  He turns 50 today!!!! We called him first thing this morning to sing him happy birthday.  I’m sure that made his day! He’s working from home and had a few minutes to catch up.  He’s the one with 17-year-old triplets.  They are in the throes of looking at colleges for Matthew, Jessica and Jacob!  Eeeee -yikes, right?

This morning we needed to do the South Trail.  We both loaded up with gas, extra whipper snipper pieces, safety glasses, gloves, clippers, etc. and off we went.  I started at the beginning; Steve started at the end.  As we were walking back to the beginning of the trail, we met some visitors.  When we leave the house like that, we place a sign on the door as to where we are.  These folks were glad we did.  They found us!  They continued on the South Trail and said they would love a tour.  When I meet people, I like to come up with a way to remember their names.  Today’s group was GMP, kind of like GNP except I changed the National to Max.  Their names are Gale, Max and Pete.  Gale and Max are father and son, Pete was a local friend. As I walked back up to the house and looked North, it was a pretty view and there were a bunch of different clouds – so I took a pic.  GMP returned and I gave them a tour.  They were very interested, asked a lot of questions and really enjoyed the tower and the museum.

By now it was time for some lunch.  We sat at the picnic table on the west side.  It was a beautiful day and just right for eating outside.  We spent a little time catching up with Gary.  Then I went off to whipper snip the ‘cradle’ area (there use to be oil tanks resting in these cement cradles – the oil was used to power the compressed air diaphone – topic of another blog). Next, I started pulling the weeds in the seams of the sidewalk and along the sides around the west side of the house.  The sidewalk goes from the museum to the kitchen door on our side. Here is a picture of my progress.   While I was doing this, I gave Steve’s Cousin Cathy a call.  She was driving up to Mass to see her mom, Marie.  Marie is Steve’s Aunt (Joan’s sister).  Marie just turned 89 the end of May, but she is not doing well so Cathy wants to head up and see what’s going on.

Up the trail comes another couple – Lance & Shawna.  They were interested in a tour, so I put on my ‘tour’ hat (figuratively) and gave them a tour.  They were going to do a hike but we said we’d be down in the Cove around 5ish.  She said maybe you’ll want to come out to the boat – well heck ya!

We went down to the Cove and sat down in our spot by the boat house.  It was a pretty calm evening.  She yelled in from her boat and asked it we wanted to join them.  Sure, we said!  She came in using her dinghy which was very cool as it is a fold up boat that lays flat next to her paddle board!  How cool is that.  We went out there and sat for quite a while chatting and learning about them.  Lance just recently retired, but she still has her business as a bookkeeper, as she can do that remotely.  They used to live in Napa, CA.  But now they live on their boat full-time as that was always their dream – to sail.  Great time listening to their story, seeing their boat and we had Dark & Stormy to drink – how yummy.  They have done a lot of work on the boat to maximize their storage.  Very nice people.  And yes, I have their contact information so who knows!  Here’s the pic of her and I in the dinghy coming back in.

We walked back up to the house, it was a little later than usual, but again another unique picture of the house and tower.

Friday – June 24 – Well today is our son Gary’s 30 birthday – boy just how did we get here! A quick walk down memory lane

Today is our on-shore day since it was bumped from Wednesday.  It was a beautiful calm ride into Popham.  We learned from the last time to check and see if the transfer station was open today and it’s not. So, no stops between Popham and Bath. Oh yes we do, we have a couple of packages at Cyndy’s to pick up.  Oooo – wonder what they are!  We picked up our packages and headed to Mae’s Café & Bakery for breakfast.  Really yummy but too much food!  I had a veggie bowl of brussels sprouts, sautéed spinach, avocado, 2 eggs and toast.  I only wanted 1 egg and 1 piece of toast and it was still too much food.  Steve got eggs and corned beef hash with toast.  His was real corned beef shredded on the plate.  Steve said his was too much as well.  Ok note to self, next time order 1 breakfast and split it.

Oh, so we opened our ‘mail’ and we had from Challie and Jeff some neoprene bottle holder / carriers with straps.  It’s perfect for when we go weed whacking (oops whipper snipping), we can carry our water bottles with us! – Thanks C&J!!!  The other package was from Catherine and Melissa (the PA folks).  It was a box of locally made products like lemon vinaigrette, dark chocolate raspberry jam, a peach ginger chutney, sour cherry jam and a bottle of Shrub.  Yes shrub.  It’s like a tart raspberry liquid that you can add to seltzer, champagne or make a drink out of it.  I’ve tried the Shrub and the raspberry jam – all yummy. Thanks C&M!

Off to the post office to mail a few cards and then to the laundromat.  Made some plane reservations for Savannah, sold some Seguin swag and did our laundry.  A fairly productive stop there!  Steve went off to get water in our 5-gallon jugs and get the car washed. Since we have some extra time, we decided to go the Maine’s First Ship exhibit in Bath.  Just a few weeks ago they had a ‘launch’ of the “Virginia” which was the first boat built in the U.S.  It is located in the Bath Freight Shed on Commercial St. downtown. Instead of me trying to accurately recount the story, I’m pulling the following from their website. “The pinnace Virginia was the first ocean-going English ship built in the Americas.  She was built in 1607-1608 at the Popham Colony which was founded by the Plymouth company in August 1607 and abandoned in October 1608.  The colony of about 100 men and boys was founded to exploit the wood, animal, and mineral wealth of the area and find the northwest passage.  Virginia was built to use in this exploration and to show it was possible to build a ship using local materials in the Americas.  When the colony was abandoned, Virginia was sailed to England, and in 1609 sailed to Jamestown, the Popham Colon’s southern sister colony.” Very cool free exhibit.  Here are some pictures of the boat (which is not quite yet finished) and some of the close sail work.  All being done by volunteers in a very cool building with all tools of the era.  Very informative and amazing!! (Check out the internet at https://mfship.org – not sure if this will show up as an active URL)

Then we both did shopping.  Seems like every other week it’s a big trip aka more expensive.  We did buy a lot this week and it has been 10 days, so that’s how we justified it.  Maybe it was just because Cheezit’s were on sale!  Then a brief stop at the fish store.  We checked and they wanted $16 for an 8 oz container of picked crab – yikes!  Well, we got a deal there as Ethan gave us those ‘on the boat’ (get it? on the house?)  We finally got a chance to talk with Gary and wish him Happy Birthday.  He’s not been feeling well the last few days and like me, he never gets sick and has never had Covid. They gave him a Rx to help him as they thought maybe bronchitis.  But after listening to him and where he’s been, I think we all agree it was Covid.  He just sucked it up… Well, we talked with him until we ran out of service, which happens when we get close to this area of the world.  Spotty coverage.  I’m glad he finally went to make sure it wasn’t something else.

 So now we’re at the dock and it’s very low tide.  We stage all our stuff and I said to Steve we better use some rope to lower some of these bags, we just can’t hold them over the ladder and drop them to Ethan!  Here’s Steve with our pile of stuff this week followed by a picture looking down the ladder.  Ooo- wee that looks like a long way down. 

Well just then, Ethan pulls up in his pick-up truck and says, he thought it would be better if we put our stuff in his skiff and we’ll take that out to his boat on his mooring.  I like that plan a lot better until I see the skiff!  It looks like it was built with leftover porch wood and the engine only goes forward! Always an adventure! Oh, and the last picture is where the Popham Colony was located.

The ride back was awesome, took a couple of pics of the wave splashes next to the boat and Steve took a pic of me. 

When we got into the Cove, Ethan pulled up the mooring and there was some kelp / seaweed on the line, bright green.  He pulled off a few pieces and said here try this.  I thought it tasted pretty good.  A little salty of course.  Even Steve tried it!  As we’re enjoying our seafood delicacy, we’re watching the two volunteers that came out today, pull the dinghy into the water and try to get in.  The waves were rolling in and oh no!  They ended up turning sideways, then the stern was facing out and a little wave came up and over into the boat!!!  The second pic is them having to stand the boat up to get the water out!!!!

So, resting in our boat house spot having another local summer ale!  Followed by another Mount Washington sunset.  Life is Good!

Saturday, June 25 – Good Morning everyone.  Well, this morning is an example of living without the best internet can be a challenge.  Yesterday we made some airline reservations with AA and put them on hold.  We went to pay for them this morning and when you are using a travel credit, you need to call.  They said the wait was over three hours! After brainstorming, we decided I would go on line, get a new reservation and see if I can use the travel credit.  In the meantime, yesterday I emailed AA to see if they could extend two travel credits we had that had expired at the end of April.  They were kind enough to reissue them.  This email said you can use them on line or you could call.  So, I took the computer down to the whistle house to make the new reservations while Steve continues to sit on hold at the house.  Then I go out to make the reservations and pay for them but now I can’t use two travel credits for two passengers.  Yikes, I have to cancel that process and start all over again.  One reservation for Steve and one reservation for Carol. OMG, what an exercise in frustration but we got there. I remember the good old days when you could call and talk to a real person.  What a concept. Ok I’m done complaining!

I stayed a little longer in the whistle house and worked on the June 5 post.  I added the pictures and published it.  Yay!   I’m trying to catch up and only be a week a behind.  I’m typing this on July 2!!!!!

Ok, now on with a regular day.  It’s Saturday so I’m sure we’ll have some visitors!  Speak of the devil, I come out of the house and here come two people up the tram!  Son of a gun!    I kind of jumped on them and said “You didn’t come up the tram did you?”  Because of where they were standing, maybe they just walked down the little section to look at the aluminum cart sitting on the tram.  NO.  They had walked up that way and said they didn’t see a sign for the path and if we don’t want people walking up the ramp why is it there?”  Our biggest concern is that if someone gets hurt, it’s not our job to help them get back to their boat and it would be a challenge if you were hurt.  We just don’t want anyone to get hurt!

I took a breath and all worked out fine.  They are local people from Popham, he’s a retired Bath Iron Works employee and she was a school teacher, Scott and Marion. They said it was there first time here and they really did enjoy the tour, etc.  Here’s a pic of them in the tower that I took and emailed it to them.  During their tour, I also took a pic of the prism you sometimes get in the tower when the sunlight is just right.

Another group of two came up Andy and Heidi.  They too are local and have never been here before. Forgot to take a pic of them!  They were very nice, enjoyed the tour and then went on a hike.  In the meantime, “Window” Rich arrived.  He is a friend of Cyndy’s and he came to look at the windows in the house.  Many of these need to be replaced and Cyndy wanted his input as he has replaced many historical windows in his own home.  It’s a challenge to replace things as you have to go through the State Historic Preservation Society so that the integrity of the house/tower is maintained.  Steve spent a significant time with Rich walking around and looking at all the windows.  Wind started to pick up but I headed to the sidewalk again to keep pecking away at it.  It’s nice on the back side of the house / tower even if it’s windy as you’re in the sun. I wrapped up my sidewalk effort for the day and joined them in the museum and we walked around the various rooms and chatted about everything from A-Z including life as a keeper! We also referred several times to Cyndy’s copy of Seguin Island 200th Anniversary book that was printed in 1995 which is full of interesting nuggets!

Well Rich was planning to stay over in the Cove so we asked him to join us for Cove Time! The three of us headed down and today we had a little visitor!  It looked like a young seal and he was just playing in the water.  We sat there for quite a while.  Rich got a call from his daughter and grandson and he was sharing the view of the seal just riding the waves in and out and playing around the rocks.  I guess I should have drawn a circle around the seal in the middle pic. Oh well, I’m sure you can see him if you look close!

Well, I took a sunset video which I’m not going to load as I’m not sure that will work.  So, I bid you adieu for another week!  As always, thanks for reading!

June 12th – First Guests, Crazy Weather, Lunch with My Sisters and Some Full Moon Photos

Sunday, June 12 – Another beautiful day on Sunny Seguin!  Water was pretty calm and temp was feeling quite pleasant. Heard the Popham Chapel church bells this morning – the wind must be blowing in the right direction!  That happens to be the Church where we park our car.  We mowed the front lawn and around the house and we weed whacked all around up top here.  The house, around rocks, the signs, the steps, the bell (there’s a topic for a blog).  I’ve decided we’re going to use whipper snipper” instead of weed whack, I’m tired of saying that!  A friend from Australia figured out, only after reading several blogs, what it meant!  I kind of like “whipper snipper!”  It’s got a nice little ring to it. Thanks Myles! Oh, and here’s me with my “whipper snipper!”

Then on to finish cleaning the steps with my bleach wash and the white bench at the top of the tram.  We have three memorial benches here.  Nice way to commemorate special loved ones.  Then I washed one of my sun shirts in some Dr. Bronner soap as it got pretty dirty over the last few days.  I scrubbed the spots and viola; the shirt came clean.  Never heard of Dr. Bronner? Well check it out.  It’s one of those do everything soaps! [PIC2,3] The label is packed with all sorts of information.  It’s also supposed to be good if you come in contact with PI (Poison Ivy) and if you scrub the area right away…..you might not even get a reaction.  Well, how about that!

Time to stop for some lunch but not super hungry.  Just made a little snack with some crackers, avocado, a roasted beet, and a leaf of basil.  Yummy! I had received a text from my sister Judy a little earlier to see if I had time to catch up.  I called her back and she and Bill are heading up to Portland for a little getaway!  They live in the town where my mom lives and where we grew up, Woburn, MA (about 10 mi outside of Boston).  Had a great chat and she was wondering if we were still going in on Wednesday to shore and would we like to meet for lunch before the head to their cabin in NH!  Absolutely – that would be awesome!  I told her Diane and I had made plans to meet for lunch as well – WOW having lunch with my two sisters – how great is that I can’t wait!

We had a visitor come up the trail.  Jim from East Boothbay.  He is a chef at the Carriage House.  Really nice guy and very interested in taking the tour and learning about the island and it’s history.    He was sailing by himself and commenting on how it was a challenging sail over – pretty windy.  Later on, we of course went down to the Cove.  Here’s a pic of his boat (no pic of him though).

We saw a family of ducks swimming in the Cove tonight and also a Seagull just standing on the beach.  Each was a little unusual.  The ducks had four adults and their little ones.  So, are they a family with sisters and brothers or do they just hang out together?  The seagull was just standing at the edge of the shore, not sure why.  It would be interesting to learn of their habits and the basis for some of their behavior.

When you slow down, you start to notice some of these oddities that occur rather randomly.  Came up from the Cove to start supper and it was just a pretty time of day, took a selfie [PIC 8]. This pic passed the test so I included it – not like the laundromat one last week!

That’s all for today…..

Monday, June 13, – Today we had our first “paying” guests.  That means they have purchased a membership to FOSILS and have paid to stay here.  They are from Pennsylvania and drove up here just to spend two days on the island.  They are professors from two different colleges on sabbatical.  I needed to finish doing a little tidying up on their side before they arrived.  They were supposed to come in with Capt. Tom, but turns out he had boat issues, so they arranged transportation with Capt. Ethan.   We rowed out in our dinghy to get them and bring them in.  They had done a good job of bringing all their own stuff, water, food, even charcoal for the grill to cook dinner.  When we walked up from the beach, we gave them a grounds orientation, helped carry up some items up the trail and then a tour of the Tower.  However, it was pretty foggy so you really couldn’t see much from the tower. Since they were here for two days, another tour during the day and one at night was on the docket. The weather didn’t change during the course of the day. 

I spent a lot of time on the blog.  Trying to catch up to current day – I always feel like I’m behind…. Which frankly I am!  Anyway, I sent out the email to my email group of all the peeps that want to know when the Blog is launched. Ta-da!

Steve worked on my towel rack.  I don’t have any place in the kitchen to hang the towels to dry (even the stove door is snug against the door) …. So, we came up with a plan – you’ll see pictures in a future blog.  It came out awesome! I made more sourdough bread today as we were getting low.  Plus, somehow it just seems right to be making bread from scratch here and it fills the house with an aroma of days past…The starter is holding up well even though the temps in the house are not conducive to fermentation (aka putting it in a warm, draft free place doesn’t seem to exist here)!

We had another couple of visitors arrive from Ogunquit, ME.  They were on their way home and stopped in.  Tower and property tour, the usual.  As dinner time was approaching the weather began to shift.  Sometimes when we check out our couple of weather apps like “Tides,” it will say the rain, temp and wind direction.  Then it shows clouds and rain for an hour or two, the wind shifts and the sun comes out the next hour.  Darn if it isn’t right on the money!  But the pics today are of the crazy weather that came in.  I’m leaving them on the larger size as it was just amazing.  It started to rain and wind she began to blow.  Here’s the sequence:

First around 4:32 pm, we had a rainbow in the east direction, a full rainbow and then a half. The half pic came out better than the full rainbow. 

A couple of hours later after the rain and wind died down a little, sunset at 8:17

but we could see a squall, with thunder and lightning to the East at 8:20,

another view of the sunset at 8:20 (zoomed in a little)

then a quick selfie (I am ready for foul weather) and a view of the tower, both at 8:21,

a black cloud to the north over land 8:23 , and

the sunset is gone and replaced by more unsettle weather 8:33

 It was wild to see all these within minutes of each just by looking in a different direction! It’s like a meteorology education!

We ate dinner and looked out later to see the full moon rising over the water!  This picture was with night sight” on my Google phone.

Tuesday, June 14 – Flag Day! Headed out to raise the stars and stripes and when I turned around it looked like an Osprey on the railing of the catwalk on the Tower – oh man – no camera! Usually in the morning, we grab our coffee and sit on the front porch with faces east and have out coffee and tea – assess the day.  Our PA guests Catherine and Elizabeth were out there so we asked to take a pic and join them.  We chatted for a bit to learn a little more about their backgrounds, etc.  Quite fun and relaxing!  I shared some of our bread toasted and also on the plate was some jelly, cream cheese, sliced avocado, cucumber and a little smoked trout.  They were very excited and thankful for such a morning treat.    Well and this led to discussion on the bread making and I shared the story of Florida, Mike, starter, etc.  I offered to make some starter for Catherine to take home and experiment with this sourdough fun!

Tuesday, June 14 – Flag Day! Headed out to raise the star and stripes and when I turned around, it looked like an Osprey on the railing of the catwalk on the Tower – oh man, no camera!

Usually in the morning, we grab our coffee and sit on the front porch with faces east and have out coffee and tea – assess the day.  Our PA guests Catherine and Elizabeth were out there so we asked to take a pic and join them.  We chatted for a bit to learn a little more about their backgrounds, etc.  Quite fun and relaxing!  I shared some of our bread toasted and also on the plate was some jelly, cream cheese, sliced avocado, cucumber and a little smoked trout.  They were very excited and thankful for such a morning treat.    Well and this led to discussion on the bread making and I shared the story of Florida, Mike, starter, etc.  I offered to make some starter for Catherine to take home and experiment with this sourdough fun!

Well, I need to do some more starter so I figured it did so well yesterday, I can make another batch of bread, which means another batch of crackers (which we absolutely LOVE).  When you feed your starter, you take 120g out of the jar and add 120g water and 120g flour.  You then normally throw out the leftover starter…. That was what originally turned me off of breadmaking (plus the carbs in bread…) But Bread Mike shared a couple of suggestions of things to make with leftover starter.  You just add some melted butter, a couple of tablespoons of your favorite seasoning you’d like in your crackers and a little salt.  Spread it out very thin on a Silpat or parchment on a cookie sheet and bake in a low oven (325 ish) for about 45-50 mins checking every 15 or so. OMG – they are fantastic.  I made a batch yesterday and today, but they do go fast!  Next time I make some, I’ll take a pic.

Gave Catherine & Melissa another tour since it wasn’t foggy today and then a stop in the gift shop.  Here’s Melissa sporting her swag!

I don’t see any mowing or whipper snipper in my notes so I guess we did other stuff.  We did have a group of three visit today.  Wendall (a FOSILS member), Duncan and Mike.  Wendall loves coming here.  Even though he has heard the spiel before, they all still wanted a tour!  Fun group, lots of questions and expressions of genuine interest.  After the tour, we walked around the museum and the gift shop.  Here is a pic with the swag they got.

Later on, we poked out heads out and the full moon was rising again over the ocean.  We both took pictures but Steve thought his was better…. here’s the pic Steve took.  Just incredible! This was at 9:47 pm!!!

Wednesday, June 15th – Shore Day! Due to the full moon, the tides are super high and super low! Beautiful day – and we’re meeting my sisters for lunch.  Up and down the Cove waiting for Ethan – the normal shore day timing.  We don’t usually get a chance to really eat a breakfast so we grab a banana or apple and we’re off.  Once on shore, we stopped at Winnegance (that should sound familiar from the second blog) for Steve to get a coffee.  We have the normal errands but today we want to be done by noonish as we’re meeting my sisters, etc. at Mae’s Café & Bakery for breakfast.  So, I did the laundry and Steve headed off to Rocky’s for a few things, the fish store and the nursery to get some tomato plants and a couple more herbs.  Then we went shopping together and we are becoming more familiar with the store and we each take a cart.  I head to produce and Steve gets most of the other items.  If we lollygag, we buy more so we try to be crisp and not buy off the list.  It’s very tough.

Right on time we pulled up to Mae’s about 12:15, and Judy and Bill were just walking in.  Since there was 5 of us (Dave wasn’t in Maine this week so he couldn’t join us) we needed a larger table so we had to sit inside.  I get very excited to see and hang with my sisters since it doesn’t happen very often, I was a bubble of chatter!  Here is our group pic the waitress took for us. [PIC 23] Well 2 hours goes pretty fast as we were all chatting, so we needed to get going to head back, Diane was heading back to Shrewsbury and Judy and Bill headed to Ossipee, NH.

One last stop for us as I had a few cards to mail and a package with some dishcloths for Lynn Murray (Steve’s cousin Mike’s wife who just retired), so we stopped at the Bath post office.  ‘Mail Mike’ helped me out, very friendly and is a member of FOSILS. By the way, my mail got to Massachusetts in record time – thanks Mike!

Today, Ethan had a helper with him, his three-year-old son Griffin, very cute!  Tides were in our favor so we were able to load from the floating dock.  Pulled up to the loading dock and there was a lobsterman bringing up is lobster cages full of lobsters.  I made a polite comment, like ‘wow looks like a good haul’ as the cages were full and very heavy.  He said nothing, not even an acknowledgement.  Ethan said, ‘oh you met Mr. Grumpy!’ Couple of pics of Griffin [PIC 25, 26] I guess the hum of the engine was music to his ears as he started to doze!

Rinse, lather, repeat right…. We pull up to the mooring, the Wednesday Warriors come out in the dinghy, they share any nuggets we need to know about, etc., we load up the dinghy and row ashore.  Just like Michael rowed the boat ashore…. (whose singing….)  Unload, carry to the beginning of the trail, pull the dinghy up, cover the dinghy and start the trips up the trail. But neither of us had to stop at the bench or pause this time – yay!

The day was still pretty nice so we planted our tomatoes, rosemary and oregano.   Oh, and some cucumbers.  I think that is all we are going to plant.  It’s pretty windy today, so we put some stakes in for the tomato plants.  It will be interesting to see what makes it given the conditions, etc.

Phew – just tired typing it all up!  Another unique and beautiful sunset !

Thursday, June 16th – Well today was a busy day all around.  Due the weather the last few days, we need to catch up on our mowing and whipper snipping! The plan was to start with the Cove and Cobblestone Trails, then do the South Trail after lunch.  First a little primer on tides.  We use an app called “Tides” and here are a couple of screen shots.

The tides are currently extreme due to the full moon.  The pic on the left shows the low tide as -1.5ft.  That means it’s 1.5 ft lower than mean low tide.  The number on the right is the high tide at 11.3 ft.  It also shows the full moon was on June 14.  The next picture shows similar information in a slightly different format.  Very handy app plus you can click on the cloud/sun icon on the bottom and it will give you the weather for the location you have selected.  We use Hunniwell Point which is at Fort Popham (even though my screenshots show Boothbay – oops!).

We headed down to start.  Oh, but here is a pic of the Donkey Engine House.  This is a diesel engine inside that they are trying to get working again….. Now you have a sense of where it is relative to the welcome area.

A family of four pulled into the Cove and came ashore.  They did some hiking on their own and said they would then come up for a tour.  Their plan is to stay overnight in the Cove as it is supposed to be a little stormy.  They were Eric and Valeska and their two boys, Theodore and Elliot.  Very nice folks and the kids were very well behaved and inquisitive!  Gave them a tour which they really enjoyed and the kids were fascinated. 

We took a break for some lunch and two guys came up, John and ? (drives me batty when I can’t remember their name or I didn’t write it down)! They were headed to Tenants Harbor / Rockland area for a race.  Very interesting as they had both worked on a restoration project for the Boston Harbor light a few years ago.  Someone was searching for parts to reconstruct a 1st Order Fresnel lens.  That someone even went to Tasmania to try and get some of the sections.  One of these days I’ll do a blog on just the Tower, just as if you were here!

After they left, we decided to do the North Trail to get it done as the weather was starting to turn and the temperature was dropping.  A couple of pictures here of the local irises in bloom.  I think before I mentioned them.  At first, I thought someone planted them, but it turns out they are local to the island.  And then here is a pic of the Cove from almost the end of the North Trail.  That means we did all the trails in one day!  Phew, I’m exhausted.

Next is dinner – salmon, roasted vegetables and homemade corn bread.  Yummy!  I know, where’s the pic.  I’ll work on that.  Pretty tired today!

Friday, June 17th – Well today was a big Blog Day.  I am posting the blog now.  So I write it in Word, resize the pictures so it doesn’t take so long to load them and generate the post in WordPress on the actual site.  Here it is June 17th and I’m caught up to May 29th – whoop-de-do!  I’m on it and I’m determined!

Crazy weather day as the wind kept changing directions and you can see the storms all around us.  Here’s the view from the front porch – the clouds were moving!

Then I took the next four pics one right after the other and you can tell the flag was confused!

We have a weather station that tells us all sorts of information including wind.  However, the speed of the wind part is not working.  So I call Davis Instruments in CA.  Guy was really nice.  We talked about how to test to see whether it’s the transmitter or something else.  He is going to send us a testing cable.  Gave him all the info and we hung.  Then we checked the folder in the manual box and low and behold we found one of the test cables in there.  So I called him back to tell him we don’t need the cable, we ran the test and got nothing.  That means it’s the transmitter.  I took all the data from him and put it in an email to Cyndy so she can bring it to the board.  There were a couple of options so it really depends on how much they want to spend.

Received a phone call from a Sailor John Stenquist.  He is a local sailor and was thinking of coming over late in the day after he pics up a friend, stay overnight and head back to the mainland sometime in the morning.  He asked if I had anybody that wanted to come over as they could come with him.  He chatted with Cyndy and she suggested he reach out to me.  Thought that was nice.

The weather cleared up and the sun came out! Steve headed down to the Cove to try fishing.  Capt. Ethan gave him from fly’s and other fishing items.  He tried from the beach, the rocks and even rowed out and tied himself off to the mooring with our lobster cage.

No luck – not even a nibble! We watched a little “TV” meaning a Netflix series Steve has been downloading to his iPad called “Call the Midwife.”  Thanks Theresa, I think you recommended it.  We’ve enjoyed it, acting is good and the characters are interesting.

It cleared up so much that we decided to step outside and check out the stars.  Holy cow, with no light in the tower and no other light pollution it was incredible!  Definitely like the milky way level!!!  The longer we stood there, the more we saw.  As I watched, I believe I saw the ISS (International Space Station) go by!  Any other Space Cadets (you know who you are) set up to get communications for their summer residence?  I usually have emails or texts set up for NASA to notify me when I can view it in my area (either VA or Florida) and I thought I had set it up for here, but have yet to receive a communication (I checked later and I hadn’t completed the confirmation part).  Also saw a shooting star!  And off to the ESE, there was a storm of some sort with lightning in the clouds, yet straight up here on Seguin, it was crystal clear.  No pics though….. you’ll just have to use your imagination!

Saturday, July 18th – Up early today, about 5:40.  Pretty cloudy and breezy (sure would be fun to have the wind speed working).  Although we are getting pretty good at estimating once we hang the flag.  As the wind blows the flag the lines holding the flag are either close to the pole or when it’s > 25 mph about 6 inches away from the pole!  When I’m up this early, I think through my “to do” list and pick something that’s appropriate for 5:30 in the morning. Today it was to sand the pieces for the towel rack we’re making.  Then I can paint them and then we can hang it up!  After sanding them, I did some yoga to warm up the muscles and said “time to start the day.”

We walked down to the Cove to see if we had any visitors or if John Stenquist had come over.  Yep for visitors, there is a beautiful sailing vessel in the Cove, but no to John.  Two were rowing ashore.  Turns out they arrived late yesterday afternoon and stayed the night.

Some people you just click with.  We stood on the beach and chatted for some time as they answered our questions, we answered theirs!  My notes say Alex and Irene, but not 100% sure I got that right. Super friendly and very energetic.  They were just coming ashore to use the “facilities.” Here’s the crazy part.  Most of you know I grew up in Woburn, MA.  A small town about 12 miles west of Boston along what was once called the Rte 128 corridor (now it’s part of I-95).  They had 3 other crew on their boat and one of them, friend of a friend type of thing, was 66 years old (hadn’t done so well with the weather yesterday) is from Woburn, and still lives there!  At 66, she would be in-between my sister Judy and me.  So, she made a note of my name and was going to ask her if she knew either of us.  Pretty random I’d say.  Of course, they rowed back to their boat and I never found out.  We both remembered only part of their boat name, but not enough to look it up….. Bitter ”something.”

Two more guests, Chris & Ruth White in a powerboat.  Been here before, just a quick stop to get out and walk around.  Then John Stenquist came.  Super nice person.  He lives and works locally in Bath and has volunteered several times here on Seguin with some of the more major projects.  He brought food to share for lunch, which was super nice.  After lunch John and I took a walk to the North Trail and he was going to try and point out a special cove with some “hidden treasure” that is around north end of the island.  We couldn’t quite see it but in general I know where it is.  He suggested we consider checking it out during a low tide.  The seagulls are still pretty anxious with their new little babies so they were very noisy and today I was christened! 

We were waving our arms etc. but not enough to prevent them from relieving themselves.  Someone told me the other day they do not have a sphincter muscle which is why they poop all the time.  How about that for an interesting factoid today!!!  Don’t say you never learned anything from my blog!! A little more interesting was that he was supposed to come over with a co-worker that is about 30 years old as he was helping him check his traps.  In Maine, anyone can have a few traps (each person has told me a different number you’re allowed to have, somewhere around 5-7).  He said the persons name Wyatt and I said I think I know him through the Southport Yacht Club which is the one Diane and Dave belong to here.  Turns out it is the person I know!  Another small world.  We came back from the walk and as we were wrapping up because John needed to head back, he asked Steve about the fiddle / violin.  Steve picked it up and played a couple of tunes – his first attended concert! 

Down to the Cove for 5:00. Nothing of note today.  I just brought up some tumbled red bricks that I’m using to create some cairns for the footprint of the original 1795 Lighthouse.

Well, another week for the history books.

Week of June 5th – 1st Friend Visitors, 1st Kayak Visitors, Full Compliment of Moorings and Snacks on a Beautiful Vessel

Sunday, June 5 – This morning we both spent some time catching up with our mom’s.  I try to talk to mine on Sunday’s as I know she’s just hanging by herself. I would love for her to see what I’m seeing.  Used to use House Party but now I have a Google phone so we try to use Duo.  Problem is I’m not sure what she is supposed to do on her phone to “answer” the call.  I need to call when my sister is there so she can help her.  Did some yoga and my PT exercises. Ready for the day!

Today was a beautiful day, so it was easy to sit on our bench and just enjoy the view.  Temperature is already warming up. Steve already enjoying the warmth.  Took a walk down to the Cove to see if anyone is here…. No one yet, but I did spot a snail sunning himself!  These are all over the place. Oh, and how about the view from our luxury bathroom down here. I’ve near been in a pit toilet with a view like that!

Finally, she gets down to the beach and it was very busy in the water fowl department. Everyone was in the water swimming, like they were all heading to an event or something!   And if you look at the eastern point, we had a seal sunning himself on the rock!

Then I took a quick walk on the Cove trail, passed through the ‘campsite’ and the trail ends at the rocks.  I climbed around the rocks for a while, which is fun looking for any special treasure that may have become lodged between the rocks.  No treasure today.  Looked back up and you can just see the top of the lighthouse.

Well, we walked back up as it’s time to do a little work.  Sunny today, so we headed out to the North Trail.  About ¾ of the way out, the trail makes a loop.  Usually, we split and Steve walks out towards the end and I start at the beginning. We keep going until we meet each other.  Here is a view looking North and yes that is Steve (that little navy pin dot on the edge where the land meets the sky) and you can see some of the trail in the foreground.

Shortly after we got back to the house, a group of 5 came up the trail.  Very nice group.  I gave them a tour of the lighthouse and then a stop in the gift shop.  One of the women was Leeli and she has a place in Bath but lives in NH.  We kind of hit it off and she shared her email with me and suggested I email her sometime to meet for lunch on our trip ashore.  A new friend!

Nothing of note to report from the 5:00 trip to the Cove, so next on the list is dinner.  We are having lamb kidney chops – a little bit of an extravagance but just cause we’re on an island doesn’t mean we can’t live it up once in a while! Here’s Steve at the grill!  Sometimes it’s hard to keep the grill going with the wind!   Another beautiful sunset with Mount Washington.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this picture and it’s different every time!

Last note of the day is Cyndy called to let us know we’ll have to move our shore day this week up to Tuesday because a tropical storm is coming up the coast with winds and seas expected to pick up Tuesday afternoon.  Oh bummer, our friends Challie and Jeff are coming tomorrow (Monday) and they’re were planning to come in with us on Wednesday morning.  Now we’ll all have to go ashore Tuesday.  

Monday, June 6 – Today our friends arrive around 1pm so we need to be done with our tasks by then so we can enjoy the rest of the day with them.  I texted Challie as we asked her to pick up a couple of items for us.  Then Steve decided he wanted to borrow a pair of rain pants from Dave (my sister’s husband that is up here in Boothbay for the summer) as we may need them with the storm coming.  I put Diane and Challie in touch and they met in Boothbay to get the pants and some dishtowels she was giving me before they headed to Bath to meet up with their ride to Seguin.  They met up with Captain Chris Grill just down the street from Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum. 

Here’s a pic of yesterday’s sea glass stash.  Some pretty pieces along with a few of those shells I wear on my earrings.  I’m going to keep a jar of those in the gift shop in case anyone would like a free souvenir! Steve continued to attack the weed overgrown garden.  He’s turning it over, let the area dry a day and then shake of the dirt and toss the weeds.  Seems to be working quite well!

While we were doing a few things around the house, the Coast Guard arrived!  Yay!  Maybe they can get the Light working.  There were three of them – Bob, Jonah and Steven.  They went right to work after they made a few trips up and down with their tools and equipment.  Turns out they were not able to fully restore the Light to operation.  One of the solar panels was totally damaged so they took that one with them.  They reattached the other two, but they are not producing enough for the light so they disconnected those panels. Mounted two LED auxiliary lights on the two platforms above the catwalk, added a little solar panel up there and two batteries as well to power those lights.  I’m not sure we’ll get to see the full light on before the end of our tour here.

Challie and Jeff are due to arrive around 1ish.  I knew we’d be busy with them since they will only be here the one day.  I baked some birthday brownies for Challie, she just turned 50.  She donated her long locks and went super short.  Can’t wait to see it in person! They arrived just before 1.  I rowed out to get them in our dinghy as well as to bring in the Lobsters we had Ethan drop off for dinner tonight.  It’s always an interesting challenge rowing the dinghy out, with the waves, the wind and trying to look like we’re old hats at this!  Well, they are here!! I was a like a bumble bee just showing them around the property, the house and of course the Light.  Another opportunity to practice my tour speech!

Once they got settled, we decided to take them on a hike down Cobblestone Trail, along the rocky shoreline and come back in on the Cove Trail. I took the previous picture of the island map and marked up our route, along with a blue X marking the house and tower. Challie said it was like doing a rock scramble, it was super fun and reminded me when we would come up with Gary and Colin to York, Maine and climb around all the rocks at low tide looking for treasure.  One time we did find a huge lobster claw.  Ooops, I digress again!!

A few pictures to share. First one, is a picture Steve took of the three of us on a “waterfall” of quartz and then the view from our perspective.  Once we noticed this vein of quartz, we found a few more on our scramble.

Here’s a view of the tower from the “beach.” And here’s some seagull eggs in their nest.  Turn 180 degrees and you’ll see Canada geese (mom and dad) with their gosling – standing perfectly still…. Oh, you blend alright!

Well after our big hike and seeing all the sights, we had some delicious ‘sters’ (aka lobsters).  Challie has had lobster before but not just getting in on your plate where you need to crack it to eat it.  It was fun showing her the ‘ropes’ for eating lobster.

They brought us a gift (how sweet) – it was a game that we can play called Pandemic.  And guess what, it came out years ago – how bizarre is that.  It’s a very cool game as you work collaboratively with each other to win the game.  I don’t think I’ve ever played a game like that before….. We played for a while, but there’s a lot too it.  I’m sure we’ll get together with them on our return to play more with them.

Tuesday, June 7 – Well, today is our onshore day…. We got up around 6 and got our stuff together to head down to the Cove.  We packed as much in as we could!  Here we are heading down, Steve rowing them out first and then our ride in.

Now what do we need to get done as we have a short day!  Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon so we need to be crisp in our errands.  Stopped at the “transfer station” but we never noticed that it is closed on Tuesday.  Oh well!  Actually, they offered to take it with them and leave it at the air bnb.  We don’t have much trash as we recycle/return what we can and we can have a “burn” on the island. Next, I was dropped off at the laundromat.  As laundromats go, this one is very clean and Amy is always tending to the floor, or folding, etc.  She is very friendly with the patrons.  I changed my mind on adding the selfie in the laundromat – not a very attractive pic!  I’ll include one another day that’s better of Amy and I!

Ok, we wrapped up the laundry and Steve had already done the grocery shopping, now we needed some lunch.  Stopped at Best Thai II (should sound familiar).  I had Panang Curry and Steve had the Evil Tofu this time.  Both yummy – we talked a little with the owner Juianda (I’m sure I’m not even close here to her spelling), but that is how it sounded.   We stopped at a little roadside stand to get a few plants for the garden (green and yellow squash) and we headed to Fort Popham. We checked and it’s low tide (which means what everyone?  Whose been paying attention).  It means we have to climb down the ladder to the boat and load our stuff which thankfully this time wasn’t too heavy. 

Here we are waiting for Ethan to tie off the boat. And we’re on our way home….(yes that is a Beatles song). Saw lots of seals on the way back, but it’s hard to see them in a picture… Since we’re back on the early side we opted to do some more work due to the pending rain the next couple of days.  We worked on mowing the area under the tram (near the donkey engine house) and then more clearing of the garden.  I was beat.  Took a shower early and then I, yes Carol Pietryk, took a nap!!  Sorry no picture.  We had cod for dinner and watched Pirates of the Caribbean (the last one).

Wednesday, June 8 – Stormy weather…. Lots of rain and wind but not too cold.  Pretty much an inside day.  Plan was to cook some bacon, make some sourdough bread, some sourdough crackers and made some turkey meatballs.  Plan was to have Chicken Roaster for dinner.  Spent the rest of the day down in the whistle house (where I can be on the internet) working on the blog, resizing pictures, paying bills and going down a worm hole on two on the internet.   What no pictures?????

Thursday, June 9Same storm still lingering, so another inside day.  I worked in the gift shop, putting out inventory and organizing.  Then I took a pic of the sign where our plaque will be as Caretakers for the 2022 Season!  Pretty cool to be part of history.

Later on after it stopped raining, we opted to take a walk down the Cobblestone Trail to look at the waves crashing in.  I love it when the ocean is angry like that!

However, by the evening, the sky’s had cleared up.  I went out to take a picture of the lighthouse with the auxiliary lights on.  I used the ‘night sight’ on my phone.  Pretty cool picture!! I thought it deserved the whole width of the page!!

Friday, June 10 – Well today I’m making up for no pictures on Wednesday!  I warmed up the day with some yoga stretch.  Always feels great, but I’m also pulled in several directions when I get up early, write blog notes on previous day, write up the blog to try and catch up, pick up around the house, make oatmeal for breakfast and the list continues.

We had some early visitors – a group of four, Colin (Portland), Airie (originally from Japan, now in NJ), Greg (lawyer from Portland and boat owner), and Conrad (Germany).  Greg is taking several groups on sailing weekends ultimately ending up in Nova Scotia, I think!  Gave them a land and tower tour.  Very nice group!

Wind and tides creating quite the surf down in Cobblestone beach… Steve worked on the South Trail and we did some more work in the garden including planting our first two plants the yellow / green squash. 

Then Steve and I headed down to the whistle house. This is where I go when I need to work on the internet. I sit in the battery room with my laptop and connect to the router there via an ethernet cable. The router sends data to “Solar” Rick on the mainland. It works pretty well. However, I only have a window with glass blocks and during the late afternoon or evening, which is when I’m usually here, it’s not very bright.

There are three overhead fluorescent lights in the room but everything except all the solar stuff and a room fan is disconnected.  The room does get warm with the batteries so the fan just exhausts into the rest of the whistle house (aka maintenance shop).  I mentioned to Steve, can you get me some light in there?  Well, he took a look at the lights and we decided to reconnect them to the power used to run the fan. In the picture, to the left is the solar related instruments and electrical connection “stuff” and the plywood you see to the left is where the bank of batteries for the solar system is. After taking out some no longer needed conduit and connecting the wires – we’re in business – let there be light!  Now we just need to clean up and put all the ceiling tiles back.

Cove time! – No water fowl birds/ducks etc.  Just a calm rolling sea into the shore. Oh, but wait, what’s that bobbing to the left? It’s a buoy from one of the moorings!  Might be hard to see in the pic.  Yikes, hope it doesn’t float away – mooring peeps coming tomorrow!

We made plans to have a beverage call with my sister Diane and her husband Dave. It’s fun to chat with folks while we are down in the Cove. And they just live across the way a bit in Southport. Kind of fun! We headed back up to prepare dinner.  Oh, and the garden is all cleared and we’ve planted basil and the two squash plants. Next trip ashore we’ll pick up some tomatoes and a few more herbs….

Today’s final picture, at dusk, the Tower!

Saturday, June 11 – Well I woke up kind of early this morning, 6ish.  I tend to walk around, put dry dishes away, tidy up blankets on the futon if it was chilly last night, just general straightening up.  I had a bucket of bleach water I was using to clean some of the stairs up to the front porch as they were a little moldy yesterday but decided a few needed another round.  I decided to finish that up as the stairs were in the sunshine so they would dry thoroughly.  As I’m scrubbing, I hear a gentle “Hello?”  It was a nice man named Martin.  I didn’t have my camera on me and forgot to take his pic…. He had kayaked over from Perkins, he said he left about 5:30 this morning!  Yikes, nothing like getting your exercise in early!  I asked him if he wanted a tour and he said sure if it’s no trouble – that’s what I’m here for!!!  We had a wonderful time and he was a very pleasant person.  Steve finally came out a while later and could hear our voices but didn’t know where we were, the he looked up and we were at the top of the Tower!

We then decided to walk down to the Cove to see what was going on down there and the mooring peeps were there.  So, Steve rowed out to Jim and Hazel to give them some mooring balls that we had on shore. Martin had brought in the one that was bobbing around in the west side of the Cove last night (the pic with the yellow arrow).  Jim was dressed in full wet suit dive gear (water is like 50 degrees – burr) to return us to a full 5 moorings status, Yay!

While we were down at the Cove, I decided the side of the trail just as you come up the stairs from the beach is starting to grown into the trail so I clipped lots of branches to widen it a little. As all this was going on we could see a group of kayakers coming into the Cove.  There was 5 of them – a professor from University of VT and 4 of his students.  They are in an Ocean Expeditions Program.  Steve, the professor, brings a group here every summer.  I gave them a tour of the Tower.  There is a platform at 28 steps up the tower and today, as it was early, the sunlight from the lens created a prism on the wall. They were in full dress dry suits and chose this as their lunch spot.

We had another couple come up the trail Kathleen and Don.  They were from NH and were on the boat with his sister.  The sister and husband stayed in the Cove as they are avid sea glass fans and were panning for it down at the beach.  Since they had been there before, our tour part was brief, but Kathleen came into the gift shop and purchased two hoodie sweatshirts.  She was so excited to get them as they are usually here later in the season and there is none left.  Glad we could make her day.  Spent a bunch of time chatting with them about some history, our garden, their property in NH.  Really nice, down to earth people.

After they left Steve and I decided to have lunch. It was a warm day so we decided to eat on the porch on our side as it was in the shade.  After eating, we headed back down to see if anything else was going on in the Cove and cover up the dinghy.  When then headed off to clip (now mow, not weed whack) the Cobblestone Trail.  Again, some of the plants and shrubbery is starting to grown into the trail.  When we returned to the beginning, we met Dave and Cynthia.  As we came back, we saw their boat in the Cove.  A beautiful 47-foot Gozzard named S/V Dreamwalker.  They had been up top when we were eating lunch and somehow, we missed each other!  Note to self to eat lunch where we can see if someone comes up the trail!  Long story longer, they asked if we wanted to have a beverage and snacks on the boat.  We said sure, that way we wouldn’t miss if someone new arrived!!  Here are a few pics of the boat, them and even one of us!

Last pic, decided to make the Garlicky Shrimp Tomato Stew that Mary Rose (and her husband Frank) made for the Cousin Fest in Florida this past winter.  It was super yummy and it has lots of flavor. Then once you add a toasted piece of homemade sourdough bread – it’s a full meal.  And shout out to Mike Martin (Steve’s cousin Cathy, who just had the birthday in last weeks blog, her husband) gave me the starter for the bread!  Well the real story is I had the stew recipe from a previous text but it was missing ingredients and some instructions.  Since it was Americas Test Kitchen, you can’t get it off line without paying.  So we made it work and Mary Rose sent me a new pic for the stew and here it is…. Should have taken a pic gosh darn it!

Well that’s a wrap for this week! Stay tuned, more to come!

Week of May 29  – Visitors, Lobsters, Sunsets, First Trip Ashore and Losing Power!

Sunday, May 29 –Well it’s Memorial Day weekend, it’s a beautiful day and we’re ready for visitors….. and visitors we got!

Today, Cyndy, our lightkeeper “trainer”, heads back to the mainland.  She says we’re good to go!  We carried all her belongings down the trail to the Cove.  While we were waiting for Capt. Ethan to arrive, we brought the chainsaw down to the beach as a large driftwood tree was in the way of walking up the stairs from the water.  Steve made 6 different cuts and then we had to roll them end-over-end to get them out of the way and high enough so the tide wouldn’t take them back out.

Just about the time we finished, Capt. Ethan arrived so Steve took Cyndy and her stuff out to the boat and we waved goodbye! However, we asked Ethan to leave us 3 lobsters in our floating lobster cage for dinner!!

Since it is such a beautiful day, we’re expecting we’ll have some visitors.  We are excited to start our “job” sharing the beauty of Seguin Island and it’s history with our visitors.  Not sure how many boats we’ll get as we currently have only 2 moorings + the Coast Guard mooring. That’s the interesting part here, is we don’t have any idea how many may show up!  They lost a couple of moorings over the winter and the mooring peeps will be out soon to re-find the anchor points so they can attach some mooring balls to them.  We’ve heard that many folks will raft up on one mooring if it gets busy.  Time to walk back up the trail and have some lunch.

Well, we were continuing to do some work around the place when some visitors came up to the house!  It was very exciting.  First it was a group of 3 – a family stopping by to walk around the place.  I began to give them a tour / orientation of the property and then up the lighthouse.  With that, a group of 5 or 6 with a pair of dogs came up the trail.  Others in the group came up the tram which is a no-no!  The tram is old and not safe to walk.  We shared that with them as well as the rule is all dogs must be on a leash.  Not sure they were very happy about either of those rules!  As I finished up, another group of 4 came up.  So now Steve was headed up the tower and I gave a land orientation.  As we entered the tower, another group of 4 came up!  WOW, all these visitors at once!  It was a great way for us to sample what is coming during  July and August.  Looking at the guest records from last year, they had one day where there were 80-90 visitors!  Tag teaming seemed to work very well, but with 80?  I’m sure we’ll figure it out.  The afternoon sure flew by and we figured if today was busy, it’s likely tomorrow will be too. 

We decided tonight would be a great night to have our lobsters to celebrate our visitors today – so we broke out the lobster pot and steamed them!!  They were definitely hard shell so they were chock-a-block full of meat.  I picked the bodies clean! Dad would have been proud of my efforts.

Monday, May 30 – Busy day as we continue to work around the house and the lawn, weed whacking etc. At this point I think I have typed weed whack at least 100 times!  We have been going non-stop for several days and today, Steve, I think his body is still recovering from COVID, needed a nap.  I suggested he take a blanket and laydown on the leeward side of the house.  He did and he took a nap for at least 2 hours!  Good for him!

Once he woke up though, you feel the need to make up for that time.  I had asked him to build me a spice rack of sorts so I could put out all my spices on the shelf, see the labels and yes, put them in alphabetical order!  Most of you that know me know that’s how I roll!  But it’s perfect. Simple, yet very functional.  Then, he fixed a kitchen chair.  One of the chairs looks like it has a solid seat, the other looked it was made of pieces for the seat and one of them fell out.  He glued it together, put some clamps on it and we’re back in business.  As I write this blog, weeks later, the chair it holding its own.

Well, here we are at the end of another day, but no additional visitors, oh but wait!  We like to walk down to the Cove around 5 just to enjoy the scenery, talk about the day and what’s on the agenda for the next day and low and behold Greg and Jan walk up from the Cove.  They are on their way home to Portland and decided to stop and give the dog a little exercise.  They have a very cool boat that is made in Finland, It’s called “Axopar.”  They were very nice and have been here many times, so no tour needed.  They walked a trail for a bit then headed down to the Cove and on their way.  Here is a pic of their boat.  

Tuesday, May 31 – Weather today was pretty cold and a little rainy to start not much to do except work inside.  I attacked our Dining Room.  

Cleaned the window frames to get rid of those tiny little brown dots that spiders leave behind, cobwebs in the corners, dead fly’s – no one has been here for 8+ months. 

I then cleaned those same spots off the walls, dusted, cleaned the floor (which has the little white dots from spiders) and vacuumed the rug.    I took the books out of the bookcase, vacuumed the top of them, looked at what they were in case I’m in need of some reading material but that would require me to sit still! It’s that wonderful feeling when you’re done – it just feels clean.

While I was cleaning the DR and other spots, Steve was practicing his violin. He is working on the Lighthouse Keeper’s Waltz. It’s sounding pretty good!

Late in the afternoon, the sky cleared and the sun came out.  So, we ventured down to the Cove.  Steve took this cool photo as late in the afternoon there is often several contrails from planes flying overhead. After the sun passes down behind the trees of the Cove, we walk back up as the temperature starts to drop.  But once we got back by the house, the sun was still pretty high as it doesn’t set until after 8:00, we took this pic of the house / tower.  Just a different angle.

Wednesday, June 1 – Hope you all remembered Rabbit, Rabbit – if you don’t know what that is, remind me next time I see you and I’ll explain!  I can already tell this will be a big blog day, so grab a beverage and maybe even a snack!  Started off with another Seguin Sunrise.  This picture was a little after 5:00 a.m.  It was just beautiful and the way it shined into the LR.  Oh, the living room, I don’t think I’ve shared a pic of that, so here is what our “office-computer-music-“TV”-library” room looks like!

Big day for us today as it’s our first trip ashore.  We need to bring our trash, recycle and laundry along with our grocery store, Rocky’s ACE Hardware, goodwill and fish store lists!  But it’s very exciting to see how all this will work! Last night we took some time to menu plan, look at what we still have, what do we need and try to buy just those supplies.  Why?  Because we have to carry it up the trail when we return.  It’s a little bit of a challenge to not over buy or say “hey let’s get some of this to have around.”  We try very hard to just buy what we need for the next week.

So down we go to the Donkey House (I need to take a pic of that one day, maybe I should make a post that is just the buildings, etc. of the island….) I digress!  When you walk up the stairs from the Cove (or in this case walking back down to Cove), you come to our Welcome area. It has a map of the island, rules while on the island, a pic of the New Caretakers Newsletter, etc. plus lots of random lobster buoys that wash up around the island.

We have our stuff down by the water already to go. Capt. Ethan will pick us up and drop off the Wednesday Warriors (the group of volunteers) who trade places with us each week to work on other projects here on the island. It’s the same group that came over on the 1st boat trip on the day we arrived.  They bring supplies like gas for the lawn equipment, gas for our gas stove, inventory for the gift shop and material they need for their projects. 

I’m ready and I have my special boots on so my feet stay dry when pushing off the beach. At least that’s what I had hoped.  I miss calculated a little wave as I was pushing the boat out and swish – up and over into my boot!  Well, at least I had other shoes to wear when we got to shore.  Capt. Ethan was setting his lobster traps on the way back so we got to see the fish head being loaded in the trap and then dropping over the side.  I found it interesting as I thought each trap had a buoy but he would string three traps together with one buoy.  Efficiency!

Another view of the Cove from the water side.  We don’t see this view very often so on a beautiful day like today, time for a pic!

We arrive on shore and its low tide. Oh no – we can’t use the floating dock, now we have to climb a ladder up to the pier and pass up our gear – just another part of the process of going ashore!  Too afraid of dropping my phone, so no picture! We bring it all up, walk to the parking area at Fort Popham and Steve heads over the Popham Chapel to get the car. I proceed to empty my boot full of water and dry off my foot. However, when carrying our bags up the ladder, we noticed the backpack was all wet on the bottom and this is where we carry our electronics.  I start to panic as everything I’m doing (writing blog entries and pictures) is being stored locally on the computer because of our limited internet access!    I take the laptop out and the ports were facing down, but the inside doesn’t appear to be wet.  Won’t know till I get to the laundromat to use their wi-fi. 

Our first stop is the transfer station for trash, recycle, etc.  We drop off our stuff and there is a little “free / exchange” area.  Items that still have useful life are left there for people to take.  I actually saw a Brother sewing machine – I was tempted but Steve said no!  Found a few cute little glasses – that’s for my B&B, sea glass collection, etc! We headed to town (Bath) to get a coffee at Café Crème.  Steve got a cappuccino and a cinnamon bun.  Pretty yummy (the bun, not the coffee – I do tea). Off to the Garden Island 24 hr. Laundromat.  Well first time for everything, as now you need to look at all the machines and figure out what’s what. Then, I’m trying to get on their Wi-Fi so I can do some bill paying, etc.  The computer doesn’t respond immediately, but eventually, I got there, phew! While I’m doing laundry, Steve heads to Rocky’s ACE Hardware for a few lightkeeper items, the water place to fill our 5-gallon water jugs and then to the fish store to scope out what they have.  Nothing too exciting in the picture department here. Maybe a pic of the fish store would be fun, it is Maine after all!  Steve returns and we head to Goodwill again to look for a few specific things.  A few more small glasses, a couple more wine glasses as I already broke one, some fun place mats and a cute little lighthouse-stained glass candle holder of course I had to get that!!!!

We grab some lunch at Jersey Mike’s then went to the new Hannaford’s supermarket in Cooks Corner.  This was a big trip for groceries as we only bought what we needed for the first 5 days and we were sharing food with Cyndy.  Now we are getting some additional staples. Supermarket was beautiful, a little bit more expensive than Shaw’s but it has the draw of being the new supermarket – so people tend to go there cause it’s the new shiny object.  Checking out was a challenge as we’re packing all our stuff into a few bags. Again, trying not to over buy, but $300 later we walk out of the store and loaded everything in the car.  Then we stopped back at the fish store and got some salmon, swordfish and smoked trout!  Yummy.

Before you know it, time is up and we need to head back to the dock and wait for Ethan.  Except now the tide is high enough to use the floating dock.  Yay!  Here’s a pic of my sweetie on the ride back followed by a pic of our goodwill finds!!

We each made three trips up the trail to bring all our stuff up. We leave our water in the Donkey engine house (there it is again – I need to take a picture of that building) and then walk down to refill 1- or 2-gallon jugs to bring it up to the house.  I’m getting tired just typing all this up!  It was a busy day for sure.  Fresh swordfish for dinner.  While we are cooking, we found a plug-in heater and decided to have that by our legs in the dining room.  Hasn’t really warmed up yet and the house is not much different in temperature than the outside – did I say we have no heat or ac?  Anyway, dinner was fabulous and we’re both a little tired.  I head up to take a shower with our cistern water, which is pretty high in iron and not really potable, but you can wash dishes in it, shower, brush your teeth etc. 

While I’m in the shower, we lose power.  Wasn’t sure if it was just the light bulb in the bathroom or the whole house.  I yelled down to Steve to see if he lost lights and he did.  He unplugged the heater and I was done in the shower, but it was VERY DARK!  A few minutes later, the house lights came back on.  Found out that the heater was a huge load on the house load circuit and my shower kicked on the hot water heater – oops!  Oh well, now we know.  We’ll just make do without the heater.

Thursday, June 2 – Good Morning – today started out pretty cloudy and a little chilly so we’ll be doing some inside tasks at least this morning.  We have a picture of Steve using his new mug!  In case it’s hard to read, his coffee cup says “YOU are my sunshine…. my only sunshine.”   That’s my “B+” husband Steve!  If you see him with his buff on his head – it means it’s chilly in the house! We opened up the futon in the LR because it was all wet!  Best we can figure is one of our bags coming up from the boat yesterday had a wet bottom!  Wet doesn’t dry too quickly here.

Today I started to clean up our guest quarters as our friends Challie and Jeff arrive next Monday for two nights, very exciting! I started to do a linen inventory as some items get mixed up between the caretaker guest quarters and the paying guest quarters over the museum.  I hung a few linens out on the line to freshen them up as the sun is shinning and the wind is blowin’.  Since it has warmed up and sun is out, we moved the futon mattress to a railing outside and unzipped the cover – now it can really dry out. 

I needed to walk down the main trail to the Cove to get a few items that didn’t need to come up yesterday plus my wet boot!  Trying to strategically place it in the sun to get a warm breeze to help dry out the inside.  On the way back up, I decided it would be fun to share some pics of the trail so you get a feel for the terrain.  There are five pictures.  First one as I’m walking up, second one is about halfway up looking back down at the trail, third one is looking up the trail from the same point, fourth pic shows the steepest part before you go under the tram and arrive at the lawn in front of the house, last pic.

Then I figured, since I’m here I would take a couple of pics of the unsafe, not working tram.

Well before you know it, it’s the end of the day.   Dinner becomes the next order of business.  Put on some music and begin to prepare Chicken Stroganoff over “fake” pasta.  My go to recipe is in my GE Food Processor cookbook at home. I have a few recipes from this cookbook, but no longer have the food processor! So, Steve looked up one or two on the internet.  He stood near the front window where he can get a little service.  Fake pasta is the pasta made with chickpeas…..It’s really pretty good and very filling.  It turned out delicious!  It had a few different ingredients, which fortunately we had, compared to our go-to recipe and we may even like it better!  I know your salivating and I should have taken a picture – sorry didn’t think of it!

I did think of taking a picture of the lighthouse though tonight. Oh and in case you’re wondering, the futon did dry out and we remembered to bring it in!

Friday, June 3 – Well let’s see …. On today’s docket is to do the deep clean in the guest room, work some more on the blog, possibility the Coast Guard will come today after they go to Boone Light to assess the situation at that lighthouse.  Well to start our busy day, we need some solid nutrition.  For breakfast we enjoyed some smoked trout we picked up at Plant’s Seafood when we were on shore. We had some homemade rosemary sourdough bread, greens, tomato, a little cream cheese, homemade basil-parsley pesto and blueberries!  We are livin’ large here at Seguin!

Off I went to clean the guest room.  I spent the good portion of the day moving furniture, vacuuming cobwebs, cleaning the floor around the legs of the furniture, wiping everything down and making the beds!  Oh, so maybe a picture of guest room would be appropriate here!

It’s pretty chilly today and all our mowing and weed whacking are done for the week.  Steve spent part of his day just checking the systems (cistern, sump pump, solar battery) and reading his current book.   The one he is reading now is Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.  I saw a boat out in the water going by the island and though that would be a lot of guests to visit Seguin as it was a little cruise ship that leaves out of Portland.   Then I headed off to the whistle house (the original fog signal building, that would make a good post) as I needed to get on the network and send Cyndy my blog and some pictures.  Coast Guard did not make it today.  Oh well, they will get here eventually, I’m sure.

We watched the movie Dunkirk in the late afternoon as all our work for the day was done.  It was towards the end of WWI.  Pretty depressing actually – the story followed a few people throughout that phase of the conflict.  Then we prepared dinner and had a “picnic” (that’s what our kids called it when they got to eat dinner and watch TV at the same time)!  We pulled out an electric blanket as it is still pretty chilly in the house and watched Aladdin, we love the adult humor.  Eventually the house will begin to warm up once the air temp warms up which will be when the ocean starts to warm up a few degrees, so it could be a while!

Saturday, June 4 – Busy day around the island today.  For some reason I was awake at 5:00 a.m. again.  I do love to see sunrise if there is one – can’t remember if there was as I don’t have a picture!   I worked on a blog post and the corresponding pictures.  We are making some progress but still haven’t been able to post one to the website. From there, on to cleaning our stairs to the second floor and a small enclosed porch on the front of the house. 

Mostly clearing cob webs, cleaning windows, sweeping, etc. you know the drill.  Since it was such a beautiful day, I hung some additional towels and two bedspreads out on the line to freshen them up.  As well as I’m still drying out the inside of my boot – I’m almost there!

Then I was off to the “paying” guest quarters to start looking at those rooms and inventory what they have.  You can become a member of FOSILS (Friends of Sequin Island Light Station) and then book those rooms to stay overnight.  So far there are three potential groups coming this summer. 

Steve mowed the main property around the house.  He does like riding the mower!  I worked in the gift shop, setting things up, folding the swag, putting them in bags, etc.  As I was pulling out the inventory for the shop, there was this gray plastic thing…. Any guesses what it is?  I finally had to text Cyndy as I couldn’t figure it out!  Had to pause my efforts in the gift shop as a group of four guests came up the trail, a set of parents, their son and his girlfriend.  She had not been to Seguin before, so it was all new to her – time for a tour!  Fun group. Trying to remember to take a few pics of the guests as we are meeting people from all over.

Last activity today was to start clearing the garden of the weeds, etc.  Next thing you know, the 5:00 whistle blows and we stop for the day, grab our beverage and off to the Cove to watch mother nature! Before I sat down though, one last task.  I needed to rake the Clivus, that is our public “bathroom.”  It’s not really a bathroom, but I agreed to be the maintenance for this building.  Today, we saw a group of ducklings, I counted 10, swimming with Mom and Dad.  As the evening progressed, the sky remained clear for another spectacular sunset, including Mt. Washington – just beautiful

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Oh, and by the way the gray plastic thing is one of those widgets that help you fold T-shirts the exact same size every time!!!  Who guessed it?

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