Well, actually these first two photos are from day -1. Kaitlyn and Barb wisely leave the island at 11:30 to take advantage of the high tide. (Along with some lobster fishermen …)
The view from my bed at Jim and Harriet’s. 6 a.m. through the skylight. Hello Venus!
My hopeful breakfast buddy, Balor:
The “Islesford Triangle: Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery, Island Girl Seaglass (Jane Moran), and Barb Fernald Jewelry.
Come on down to Bar Harbor on Friday or Saturday and feast your eyes at this fun fair. There really is something for everyone here. I love seeing so many of my old friends whether they need to buy jewelry or are just stopping by to see if I remembered to stock up on the holiday wrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Where: Atlantic Oceanside (used to be Atlantic Oaks) 119 Eden Street Bar Harbor
When: Friday, November 30th. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 1st. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission. Food sales benefit heating costs at the YWCA in Bar Harbor.
Here are a few of the pieces I’ll be putting out tomorrow:
(Gotta remember to pick up peanut butter cups….)
I love the light in November. It starts to get dark pretty early on the coast of Maine, but you just can’t beat the angle of the light in the afternoon. Today, when I took a walk to the old Coast Guard station, I was a little surprised to see the sun going down so soon. It was only 4 p.m. when I got home. Time enough to start dinner and go back to work in the studio!
There’s never a dull moment on Little Cranberry Island. To liven things up at this year’s flu shot clinic, the “Spin Your Body Part” option was put into play. Yes, indeed. Instead of getting a boring old shot in the arm, you could spin the arrow and have a new choice for where you would get your inoculation. On my turn at the game, the arrow spun to NECK.
Good times! (Nurse Sharon seemed to really enjoy our new approach.)
This unfortunate fellow came for his first ever flu shot, and the spinner picked….you guessed it!
Seriously, it was great to see so many people show up for their shots. Thank you to Cindy Thomas and Denise McCormick and whoever else helped to set it up for the town. Thanks so much to Sharon Daley for being such a good sport, coming out to the islands on a Saturday, and for administering truly painless inoculations. (No matter where they went.) And thank you to my faithful photographer, Emily Thomas for going along with my Saturday shenanigans.
Okay. Here are the real shots for Sharon’s boss and for David’s other daughter Rachel:
It’s election night and I’m sure I’m not the only one will be glued to the TV to watch the results come in. In the Town of Cranberry Isles we have two polling places: The Neighborhood House on Islesford, and the Community Center on Great Cranberry Island. I’m not sure of the actual number of registered voters, but I think it’s around 130 for our 5 island town. When I arrived at the Neighborhood House to vote this afternoon, there was no line. My cute little mother-in-law was there at the same time. After announcing our names, and being checked off the voter list, we were given our ballots and we stepped into the voting booths. Ann stood in the booth with the vertical stripes, so I occupied the booth with the horizontal stripes. If a third voter had shown up at that moment, they would have been the island version of a waiting line.
I asked how the turnout had been so far and learned the day had been busy. Plenty of voters and 42 absentee ballots.
I wish we still had the old wooden booths that we used to use to vote. They had great doors with springy hinges and they felt solid. I’m not sure when the old booths were built, but when you stepped inside you had a sense of connecting to history. Among the “modernized” accoutrements of the island polling place there is still one connection to the past.
This ballot box has been used for many many elections:
Bruce stopped in to vote before coming home from a day of hauling traps. In his lunch pail, he brought home two of these guys for dinner.
Most any day I will say I love where I live. Today, especially, I felt privileged to live in this island community in a country where I have the freedom to vote.