Thursday
August 11, 2016

There was no breeze at all this morning when we sat on the front porch with my aunt & uncle, Mary-Lewis and Andrew Chapman, with our coffee and tea.  With the bright sun, warm temperature, and foggy/humid conditions, it was uncomfortably warm.  Patty had the idea of hanging some curtains across the front of the porch to provide us some shade and it was just the ticket to make sitting there comfortable and cooler.  I think that idea is a keeper for the remainder of the summer, especially since the winds seem to be generally calmer now than earlier in the season.

Early morning sun from the front porch.
Early morning sun from the front porch.

We moved inside for breakfast that Patty prepared including oatmeal, a variety of fresh fruit, and nuts.  While Mary-Lewis and Andrew cleaned up the breakfast dishes, Patty and I went down to get some water from the Engine House at the bottom of the hill.  We all reconvened on the porch and then we all went up in the lighthouse tower, over to the Oil House, and down to the Whistle House to show them all the sites that they’ve been reading about in the blog.  They loved the view from the lighthouse catwalk but I think they were really most impressed (as were we back in May) by how well equipped the Whistle House workshop is with tools and supplies.

The posh New Veranda
The posh New Veranda

At the regular late morning time, the ferry arrived with a group including four overnight guests (Tim, Laura, David, and Robin), their dog Tony and almost twenty others.  Patty showed the overnighters their quarters and greeted other guests as they came up towards the museum while I started tours and chatted with folks by the tower.   One of the visitors from Ethan’s ferry was named Rob and he told us he was stationed here in 1977-78 while in the Coast Guard with two others (there were no families allowed here then) and, among other things, was one of the people that did some of the intricate rope work on the lighthouse staircase handrail.  He said he loved being here and requested an additional year but was transferred elsewhere.  He loved it enough to have a lighthouse tattooed on his arm!  He and his wife were so nice and he was so happy to be back here for the first time since his service in the 70’s.

Robert and Danielle Hueber - Rob was posted on Seguin in '77-'78.
Robert and Danielle Hueber – Rob was posted on Seguin in ’77-’78.

Not long after the ferry visitors started to head off on trails or down the hill to the cove, we had a group of five including two brothers that spent many summers in the area along with the wife of one brother and two of their young adult children.  One of the brothers and his wife live in Japan (she is Japanese) which may challenge Ravindra from Mumbai as our farthest away visitor.  We’ll have to consult the Google to see which is farther!  The couple that lives in Japan met in Massachusetts many years ago when she was there as a visitor and fell in love at first sight and he’s been living happily in Japan since. The brothers were funny telling me about a fishing trip they took with their dad fifteen or twenty years ago – apparently they were in a small boat and got onto some bluefish that they followed out past the south end of the island.  It was a calm day and they were fine

The couple on the front row, left, live in Japan where she is from.  Farthest visitors?
The couple on the front row, left, live in Japan where she is from. Farthest visitors?

until they started heading back towards the Kennebec as the weather turned and, according to at least one of the brothers, they almost drowned.  Or at least he thought they were going to drown.  Obviously they didn’t and like every scary thing that happens in life, it later turns into a funny story.

While we were with our visitors, Andrew & Mary-Lewis went down to the South Trail and took in the view from the Vista overlooking the Cobblestone Beach.  They also spent some time reading and helping us around the house.  During a lull in visitor activity, we ate ham sandwiches for lunch in the dining room and had a nice opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.  They have traveled extensively throughout Maine running the gamut from attending a music “camp” in Lubec to staying in cabins around Mount Desert Island, to seeing all the major towns along the coast – East Port, Rockland, Rockport, Boothbay, Camden, etc.  We have pulled out the Maine atlas many times since they arrived to look find different places on the map where they have visited and recommend we visit.

From the Veranda
From the Veranda

My Aunt is also reading a book (“The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife) she bought in the gift shop written by Connie Scovill Small who lived at several lighthouses in Maine while her husband was the Keeper (including Seguin) and she’s schooled us on a few things we didn’t know like how the light was lit and why the curtain was draped over the lens.  We really should have read the book already ourselves…  We’ve looked at the atlas several times related to the book also to see where the author lived during her 28 years of being a Keeper’s wife.

Patty and my aunt Mary-Lewis at sunset.
Patty and my aunt Mary-Lewis at sunset.

Our last two visitors of the day were two young men whose families both have summer places just across from Seguin at the mouth of the Kennebec and have been coming here their entire lives.  One of them lives in Dover, Delaware (not far from where we lived in NJ) and works as a teacher and the other in Salisbury, MA.  They have known each other as summer neighbors as did their Mom’s and their grandparents.  According to one, his family has owned their camp for eight generations…. Verified by the local historical society.  Could be I suppose?

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.
Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

While Mary-Lewis and Andrew made dinner, I called my sister who is flying to San Francisco tomorrow to meet their daughter Samantha in a few days when she arrives in SF by bicycle.  My niece Samantha, and

Sunset
Sunset

a group of about twenty, started their ride in Baltimore earlier this summer to raise money for cancer research.  What an amazing

Overnight visitors taking in the sunset views..
Overnight visitors taking in the sunset views..

accomplishment it will be for all of them to ride across the Golden Gate bridge in a few days and my sister and brother-in-law, nephew, and Samantha’s boyfriend will all be there to greet her.  We are all very proud of her and recognize all the effort it took to get up and ride every day.

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.
Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

For dinner, we had tortellini with chicken and a side of green beans.  I didn’t feel very hungry when we first sat down after our late lunch but it was so good that I ate two big bowls and even ate some of the beans which are not my favorite usually.  Again we lingered at the table after dinner and then stepped outside to watch the sunset before coming in to cleanup.  Our overnight guests did the honor of lowering and folding the flag and they earn recognition from us for the most perfectly folded flag during our summer on Seguin.WP_20160811_19_45_57_Pro

Our overnighters used the charcoal grill which they moved to the

Our Guest Quarter's visitors lowering the flag.
Our Guest Quarter’s visitors lowering the flag.

museum side of the house to block the wind and ate their dinner over there on the picnic table which they moved near the grill.  They seemed really happy and content with the setup, especially once they got their provisions up the hill and cooled off right after their arrival this

morning.  They went up into the tower to watch sunset and take pictures.  Of course we had to take pictures of them taking pictures.

Folding the flag.
Folding the flag.

After dinner, we sat in the living room talking and having tea together while the overnighters laid on the front lawn waiting for a meteor show.  They have an app that told them tonight meteors would be visible from Seguin but they’re not predicted until after midnight.  Patty joined them outside for a time, chatting and hoping to see a shower but eventually joined us back inside without having seen one.  Maybe Patty will get up later tonight to look outside but I suspect I’ll sleep through the night and miss whatever show happens.

Presenting the really well folded flag.
Presenting the really well folded flag.

Patty, Andrew, and I all turned in around ten (I think) and left Mary-Lewis downstairs where she planned to read for a few minutes before turning in herself.

Visitors – 37

Favorite Moment(s) – Sitting on the porch with coffee behind Patty’s new sun shades and meeting Rob Hueber (and his wife Danielle) who was posted here with the CG in ’77-’78.

Sunrise – 5:29am
Sunset – 7:40am

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