Monday morning, May 29

We’ve seen three boats come and go in the cove over the weekend. One sailboat moored overnight, but no one has come ashore. If I were more adept at pulling the dingy down to the shoreline I’d have rowed out to greet them all. As it is, however, we’ve been busy clearing trails, and mowing open spaces these first couple of days. We’ve also learned how to manage the composting toilets.  Yesterday we cleaned the tower and got to polish the Fresnel lens! That’s 248 prisms, made in France we’re told, and shipped here in barrels of molasses back in 1857.  (The molasses apparently helped prevent breakage. How clever is that?) 

The weather has been dry and sunny, seas variable, and wind continuous! The temperature is comfortable for physical labor by day, yet by early evening we’re all wearing our winter gear.

Cyndy will keep coaching us until Wednesday. Weather permitting, that’s a shuttle day when Captain Ethan brings volunteers to and from the island. 

– Lee

On a break from clearing trails with weed whackers
Cleaning prisms of the Fresnel lens
Cyndy makes an awesome quiche!

1 thought on “Basic Training

  1. Welcome! Hope we get to see you but it’s dubious since we’ll be arriving 9/16, weather dependent, as always. Enjoy your summer!
    Tim and Lynne

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