Good morning dear friends!
Thursday, March 11
Yes, it's morning here on the coast of Maine but a dreary one. We are having a mild spell (52 degrees F) but it is soon to drop back down in the 20's again. A depressing thought, truth be told. I have been in a slump lately and that is why I haven't posted. I have caught and released 7 red squirrels in the past two weeks. I realized after the first few that maybe the same ones are returning so I released them elsewhere, about a half mile away. Then I looked out the window one morning and there were 12 of the little buggers eating bird seed under the feeders. So, I said to Mom "We are going to have to stop feeding the birds." It is one of her favorite past times to stand at the kitchen sink and watch the activity of the birds, squirrels, and deer.
I have torn our upstairs apart trying to figure out where they are getting in. No clue. So, I think it may be time to call in the professionals. The closest, according to the internet, is in Bangor, about 65 miles away. I don't know what they can do that I haven't done but...I am out of ideas. I am starting to feel like I am lost at sea without a rudder.
Moving on. These days I find myself thirsty for color. I haven't been off the Island for ages but I really need a pot of colorful flowers, maybe pansies, that I can stick somewhere within my daily activities to bring a bit of cheer. Most people don't bring them in the house, but I am not most people. I really must cross the bridge and go to Ellsworth!
We've had some very pretty days lately. I am so blessed to be surrounded by natural beauty no matter where I am on the Island. The down side is a grey landscape. However when the sun shines the sky is a beautiful blue and the ocean alternates between green and blue. Being outside this week has been refreshing and revitalizing because there’s always a breeze. We may think we are having a heat wave with temps in the 50’s but Roger is telling me it hit 72 in Bethlehem, PA today. Wow. I bet the shorts and flip flops made an appearance in the city. Especially with the teens.
Out My Kitchen Window
|These pictures were taken two years ago on this day.|
I love Lighthouses!
The next picture is not a good one. I took it by zooming in with my iPhone on Eagle Island that sits a couple of miles off Deer Isle. In fact we can see it's white light flashing every four seconds from one of our front windows at night. I find it fascinating and I don’t know why I haven’t been on it. As a kid when my dad was a fisherman, before he became an entrepreneur, we would often times spend our Sundays picnicking and exploring the local islands. When I was 13 in 1963 there was a big hoopla about what was going to happen on Eagle Island. I do remember that the keepers house that was connected to the lighthouse was thought to be in jeopardy of being vandalized, since other unmanned lighthouses were having problems. So the coast guard decided to burn the keepers house and the other out buildings down! What a shame. It was a perfectly good house but not lived in. The light had become automated. (The light is now solar powered.) When the fog bell was turned off and removed from the bell house it was accidentally dropped off the cliff and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. But some years later it was found in deep water by a local fisherman and dragged to another island not far away. Great Spruce Head Island, owned by John Porter, (renowned artist) and a family my grandmother used to be employed by as their cook. She would stay on Great Spruce Head Island while the Porter’s were in residence during the Summer. The bell was installed on their land and is there today.
Eagle Island is about a mile and a quarter long and a half mile wide. The lighthouse land covers over 600 acres but is owned separately from the rest of the island which is owned by the Quinn family. I believe there are two year round residents. And, there's a coastguard certified mail boat that goes to Eagle, Butter, Barred, and Great Spruce Head islands during the Summer months. It also delivers groceries and guests to the cottages, for a price, of course. There are four summer accommodations (three of which are shown below) on Eagle Island which boosts of excellent views and spectacular sunsets...all with cold water only, outside showers and cute outhouses. Prices range from $1800 to $2750 a week. Unbelievable! I hope I haven’t bored you. I find all of this very fascinating! There are so many islands off our shores and many of them have stories attached.❤️
The following Eagle Island photos were found on Google.
And there you have it!
Take good care of yourselves,