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The waves at Pemaquid Point lighthouse park.
The waves at Pemaquid Point lighthouse park.

And how!  Even doing chores really early in the morning won’t get you out of it.  We have had a breakneck weekend, with a friend visiting from NJ who is looking at a house not far from us.  He is planning to retire up here in a few years, and a fantastic property came onto the market recently that is perfect for a single guy and his trusty black lab.  Plus all his hit-and-miss engines and car toys!

One of the outbuildings at the lighthouse (used for oil storage, and close to the rocks to pull up supplies in the old days)
One of the outbuildings at the lighthouse (used for oil storage, and close to the rocks to pull up supplies in the old days)

And so it goes.  The two youngest goat kids showed up with the scours a few days ago, but the heat and humidity don’t help that at all.  They are coming around with the Di-Methox treatment, but I feel so bad for them in the meantime.  They are as perky and interested in food as ever, so I think I caught it just at the right time.  It’s always something on a farm.

As far as “it’s always something” goes, during our stay in NJ, our friend who was caring for the goats and the pigeons kept calling to say that our bucks were out of their paddock every time he turned around.  When we returned, I beefed up all the fences in the boys’ paddock, and still Bagels the Buck was over and roaming about.  (He was also luring Henry the Buck along with him, and Henry twisted his leg pretty badly jumping out, so he is a three-legged goat for now, but doing very well).  I finally put Bagels into a pretty airtight pen, and there he stayed until I took him to the butcher last Tuesday.  I would have kept him around for awhile, but only as a companion for whatever buck we get for the next few years.  I couldn’t use him on all of his daughters, and having him breed the 3 moms would only result in more babies related to him.  So, getting meat into the freezer is not the worst thing in the world, but I admit that I was not thinking about this for the moment.  And I am keeping Henry around to be a short-term companion to the young buck that is still with his mom, Pippi, for weaning time.  I won’t allow a buck to be alone, even with Jingle the Donkey, because goats are social animals and need another of their kind to pal around with.  It’s the forever juggling act!

The view from lighthouse park where I released the pigeons for training the other morning
The view from lighthouse park where I released the pigeons for training the other morning

And tomorrow is Monday.  The humidity is supposed to stay with us for a few more days, but it sounds like the temperatures will stay in the upper 70s, and not hover near 90F.  Yay!  There are a few things on my list for tomorrow, so I will see if I can get them done without too much trouble.  I can’t stand the heat, so even though I am relieved not to have 5 feet of snow on the ground out there, the opposite is not very conducive to creativity or activity either!

 

Lull between holidays

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Is great. Time to put our feet up and do some more knitting as well as watching another snow begin, enjoying my oldest some who is here for a week from North Jersey. We have had some fun doing the rounds of the area, and even took some time to get down to Pemaquid Point Light this morning. The temperatures are in the upper 20s for a change today, but the wind down at the point took our breath away. The clouds were rolling in for the coming snow, but the sun was just peeking out from behind the light, and the view was spectacular! (That’s my older son and myself in the photo in front of the lighthouse).

I have been slacking in the blog post department and a lot has happened in the past week and a half. We had two snowstorms hard on one another, and then an ice storm this past weekend. Many in our neighborhoods are still waiting for power to get reconnected. We were lucky, have not seen a flicker. But the ice on top of packed snow has not been kind to us at chore time! Even with YakTrax on my boots it’s almost impossible to stride normally up the driveway. So feeding times are definitely an exciting adventure. The animals are all doing well, but with the extreme cold I separated the does from the two boys and Zorro the llama. They are back together with the ewes, where they have a much larger shelter and I know they are out of the wind on dry ground.

Solstice and Christmas have come and gone. After a lovely time with family and friends (and a lamb roast on Christmas Eve, Yum!), we are thankfully on the up slope of daylight minutes and hours. Every day means another minute or two! The winter obsession begins :*)

Memorial Day weekend, 2013

Round Pond's Granite Hall store
Round Pond’s Granite Hall store

 

The family up top in the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
The family up top in the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

 

Carefully walking on the rocks in the lighthouse park
Carefully walking on the rocks in the lighthouse park

 

More watery goodness at the lighthosue
More watery goodness at the lighthosue

I am exhausted!  Firstly from the 8 days of rain, downpour after downpour.  Then we had a wonderful treat for the weekend:  our older son and his girlfriend got up here late Friday night and stayed the weekend.  It is the first time in a few years that all of us have had a chance to spend time together.  They had an awful drive up from north Jersey on Friday in the rain and the wind, but today their return trip should have been a breeze!  Because of the rain, we didn’t do much until today when we did many of the Pemaquid Peninsula touristy things. We spent some time at the Granite Hall Store in Round Pond, and then took a leisurely visit down at the lighthouse on Pemaquid Point.  The lighthouse tower was open and the kids and John went up, so I took a picture from below (I have been up there many times).  It didn’t come out too badly, either, even though the camera was pointed almost into the sun.

Right now I am doing my imitation of a vegetable.  A little knitting as well as keeping my feet up! I am definitely not ready to go back to work tomorrow.  It feels like we just got a nice day and now it’s over too soon.  Ah well. It was a great weekend, one of the nicest ones that I can remember. Lots of food, laughter and fun with the family. Can’t do any better than that!

Monday lighthouse afternoon

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Yesterday on the spur of the moment I decided to take a ride down to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park.  I wanted to take a little walk, and I also try and get down there at least once over the April break.  The breaking waves and the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt water is a very restorative thing.  It was a beautiful afternoon.  I know that I have posted photos many times of the lighthouse and the park, but I am going to add a few more here.  I didn’t hear about the bombing in Boston until I got home late in the afternoon.  Another unimaginable moment.  Nothing to say except that it boggles my mind that anyone can want to create such madness.  I am glad I was down at the park for the afternoon.  Nothing like the bombing makes sense at all to me.  But as so many others are saying, my thoughts are with the city of Boston and all of those families that were affected by this.

 

Lighthouse summer day

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Yesterday was National Lighthouse Day.  We are lucky enough to live about 10 miles up the road from one of the most beautiful on the coast of Maine, Pemaquid Point Light.

Pemaquid Light from the other side

I don’t actually get down there often enough.  Usually when we have visitors from away is when we put down all the things that keep us busy and make time to go and enjoy the view.

Monhegan Island just visible on the horizon, the long, low lump!

After I moved the sheep down in the field to a new section of grass yesterday I came in and took awhile to get cooled down and rehydrated, then I decided to grab a book and head on down the peninsula.  It was a nearly perfect afternoon and so clear that we could see Monhegan Island much more distinctly than usual.  When it’s visible, it definitely does not look like it’s 10 miles away!

I didn’t get any reading done as the view was just too good to miss.  I watched visitors going up into the light tower, the seagulls dive-bombing the business next door, lobster boats pulling traps, and sailboats out in Muscongus Bay.  Very wonderful way to spend the afternoon!