Outpost Caretakers Week 27 ~ Bit of This, Bit of ThatMarch 13, 2012 | 1422 Views
Some weeks a phase, a thought or a good title will pop into my head which gives me some sort of direction that my blog will take. Hopefully this happens before Wednesday afternoon when I sit down to write, as this seems to have become my routine. If there is nothing rambling around up there and I can assure you that some days there isn’t, than I wait and see what comes of the pictures I have taken throughout the week.
Recently I have commented on the few number of photos I have been taking, there just doesn’t seem to be much going on around here, except for the barge last week (one last hurrah) so I was surprised to find so many images that I could use this week. I’ll admit it’s almost all animals and weather but hey that’s all I got to work with here.
Now that I’m not attached to a heater and hot water flows freely from the taps it’s been a week of cleaning. Floors got washed, the kitchen had a good wipe down and the pile, mountain, heap or mound, take your pick, of laundry gave the NEW washing machine a workout. I forgot to mention last week that Ken had put a washer aboard the barge so my hand washing days would be no more. The nice thing about having an inventory of a 50 or so towels (for crew) is there’s aways a fresh one to grab.
We have 2 resident eagles whom I often hear but seldom see. On this particular day there must have been something intriguing on the beach which held their attention and let me spy on them.
The weather window which had allowed the barge to come down was just that, a window which closed later that day and in it’s wake left behind 4 days of dreary overcast skies.
When this weather pattern does break the vista before us is always breathtaking.
There’s something about the sun shining that has everyone coming around. Sam has grown comfortable, maybe a bit too much, looking in the windows to see what we are up to. Hello Sammy!
Princess on the other hand will sit here all day but not once acknowledge that she sees us.
And than we have the unexpected. Mike was outside filling the furnace tank and I had been in the bedroom when I walked into the dining room and saw a dinghy racing towards the dock. People!!! First things first I grabbed my camera and from the deck snapped a couple of pictures, than rushed out to tell Mike we had company and than hurried down to greet them. Two of the fellows we had met last year, one from DFO and the other was a diver that had come in to do some work on the heli pad. The reason for their visit this time was to dive the docks, something they were doing at all the lodges. We chatted for a couple of minutes while two of the guys suited up and it was then I realized that I didn’t have my camera, not like me to run down there in the first place without it, so off I went. Either the water was really cold or they saw all they wanted to see but by the time I returned they were both back in the boat and all 3 were heading off. So much for a photo opportunity.
A question that had been asked by one of our visitors was “have you seen many birds lately?” “No we haven’t” I replied “and in fact I haven’t seen as many birds here as I did last year.” Nothing more was asked so I have no idea why they did.
These 3 Merganser’s have been in our bay all season. They don’t very often come to this corner so I didn’t waste any time trying to get a couple of pictures.
I’ve learned never to be disappointed nor get excited when I take my first look at what’s happening outside because in an hour or two it will likely change, so when we woke up to quite a bit of snow (for here) the other day it was no big deal. In fact my first thought was “I’m going to make a snowman today”. Well true to my word by the time I had my coffee (s) something to eat and browsed the internet to see what was going on in the real world the temperature had started to climb and the snow had started to melt….than it started to rain. My plans for having a bit of fun in the sun oops meant snow, were melted away.
Must be tiring to be a deer. Trails to navigate, beaches to explore, having to check back to the lodge several times a day to see if there might be a hand out…take a nap.