Outpost Caretakers – Yes, We're Still HereFebruary 11, 2013 | 651 Views
Who says “no news, is good news”….well our boss for one. My weekly check-ins to Ken have read like a week old paper. Having an uneventful season can be a good thing but leaves me little to tell you about. The barge’s arrival in early September to top up all our tanks had provided us with a secure feeling and peace of mind. The beast, which we call the furnace, is firing on a steady beat providing us with heat and all the hot water I can use. This year I don’t even know where the shower bucket is and that is a good thing. The weather has been unseasonably warm or so it seems. Day highs of 6C to 8C aren’t much different than the night temperatures. The fifty feet of waterline that runs above ground has never been in danger of freezing, knock on wood. In a trade-off for this warmish weather we have hardly seen the sun since the beginning of the new year.
How many ways can you describe the force of the rain – drizzle, spitting, misting, showers, drencher, cat and dogs, downpour. When there is a break I get out to walk along the beach which has also been devoid of anything interesting at all.
We haven’t had any problems with raccoons this year getting into the basement and wrecking havoc with any food products I had mistakenly left out but after seeing this scenario I thought maybe it was due to the efforts of our residents eagles.
I was sitting on the stairs that go down to the beach being very quiet and trying to be invisible so as not to scare anyone away when to my complete surprise this head pops out from around the corner.
Majestic is a word often used to describe these incredible birds but I just laugh when I see this one.
Wasn’t long before the whole gang appeared and took turns feasting on the spoils.
The water looks so inviting, I can just picture myself lazily drifting with the push and pull of the swells…. than I remember where I am and just how cold that tempting water is.
This is what you call a ‘mixed bag’ of weather.
I think the princess is feeling a bit lonely these days. Whenever the rain stops she comes up from the basement to sit along with us.
No matter what time of day you can always find someone sitting at the kitchen door.
Even a grey day can provide a beautiful rainbow.
Did I forget to close that valve again?
My first words on this post were about how everything has been working just fine, no problems no mishaps. Same old same old. Spoke too soon. Our morning walk down to the docks showed no signs of what was to come. Apparently a log was positioned just so and when the water disappeared it had nowhere to go but up.
Two great things about this scene…blue sky and it’s 6 pm. The days are definitely getting longer and that means spring is on the way.
Till next time,
Heather & Mike