We have a had a very productive time here at the Light over the past few months. Some needed steps have been taken to keep the house tight and some needed repairs arose that were handled beautifully by a crack contractor.
The banners went back up and in a new spot. I put the story of the house all in one place for people to read and to photograph. It also took them away from a window where I sit commonly to read. The banner detailing the Society's work find a home nearer the Edgerton Bell.
Stone that was not used to settle the boardwalk was used all around the property to clean up edges.
Several of the stair began to crack after 207 years of ups and downs. My great brother in law fixed them in a matter of a few hours and I have begun the staining and poly process.
Part of the plan I worked out last summer for residing and shingling the house took a next step when we had half of the main house reshingled. The other side is in pretty good shape and will be power washed in the next couple of weeks.
I got a long wanted upgrade when all the ridge boards on the house were replaced with pvc. No more painting on the high parts of the house and a much better look from the window upstairs.
Flag Day saw the house decorated from corner to corner. A nice addition was a flag commemorating the D-Day invasion 75 years ago.
The gardens have been treated to the perfect growing season weather. Without all the clean up of last year they were set to flourish from the start. I took the step of planting grass seed outside of the kitchen which has led to some teasing about the new back lawn. I am going to call it the putting green.
The first open house was on May 19th and as we were preparing to open on a rainy day, a knock came at the door. A mom, a friend, and two elementary school girls were on the step. I got them in out of the rain and they explained that the older of the two had a school project involving researching the Light. Our tour began early and with a wonderful resolution. This week the family returned with this note and some delicious baked goods. Also the amazing peonies you see below. This is a good, good gig.
The keys to the cameras have been found and I believe all of them are up and running. I mulled it over for a couple of days and figured out the step I was missing. I worked through the process and voila, we have cameras live once again.
The user name if prompted is "viewer". The password is "history". Thanks again to the Stahr family for their ongoing support and to the support of the Scituate Historical Society.
I wanted to share that I am aware of the broken links to several of the web cams and have put in some time trying to bring them back up. I replaced my modem and the result has been that the Walkway, Sunset, Seawall, and Inside the Tower cameras are the only ones working. I will keep on plugging away at it until I figure out which setting has gone sideways.
I can access them on my local network as you can see from this shot taken this morning but I can not find the switch that lets me pass them all along down the line. Thanks for sticking by while I figure it out.
We are two weeks from vacation and from installing the boardwalk. With the beach in as good a shape as it has ever been here, it should be a breeze.
When I think back to a year ago and the mess that 9 high tides had made, and when I look around today at how clean and ready for Spring we are, I am thrilled to know that I have a lot of available hours that I might have had to use cleaning up.
This spring will see some sweeping and some splitting and replanting of perennials, but that is small potatoes compared with what we were up against last year. I was wearing out wheel barrows and rakes to try to get the beach back to a width where it might bear the boardwalk. This year there is one small hole to fill; otherwise all is well and strong back willing the boardwalk will go in for Patriots Day instead of Memorial Day.
I may mess around with one of the cameras as well to get a shot from the front of the Tower looking both out and down. It is the only blindspot we have here and I think I have figured out a way to fix it.
Sum it up as the best winter ever. All good here on what would have been my dear grandfather's 128th birthday. Thank goodness for Patrick Delaney.
It has been nearly 10 full years since the blog first began. What began as an impulse while driving has become something far more solid; something you can point to, use, and go back to for reference. The cameras have become a focus for many and they were only a tiny flicker in my imagination when this started. Thanks go out again and again to the Stahr family for their support of that flicker. I spend quite a bit of time now thinking of ways to improve what we have here and to better share the house and the experience of being here.
Here are two from yesterday when the first high tide/nor'easter hit. Something of a dud to tell the truth as the wind never got too big. There was a fair amount of overwash but not a bit of stone with it. Easy way to start off the new storm season.
Work has been completed on the big jetty just in time for this storm. The machines began to be pulled out on Thursday. I was told they were slightly hamstrung by budget but the most ruined section of the North Jetty is fixed. They made the far end far more solid than it had been and cleaned up the rolling rubble to make a more polished face along the distant third of the ocean side.
The crew were very good neighbors throughout. I am looking forward to reclaiming the biggest part of the parking lot and restoring the traffic pattern. The fencing has not interrupted the crowds who visit here at all and I have wondered about their safety as the project has stretched into January and past its initial December date.
I will offer on Christmas picture to the mix here. The wreath has become an easy to do project and this year it was especially so. This is a neat shot using the Walkway camera. Hope you visit here throughout 2019 until the time comes to put one up again.
The Christmas wreath (one of the requirements of the job) went up without a hitch on Friday afternoon. The wind dropped down and, with new lines and new clips, the R&C farm big wreath was pulled up and secured in less than 30 minutes. Lots of photography today as the weather became so mild that folks could get out and visit.
Some adjustments were made to the web cams as well. I am convinced I can make one more tweak that would give us the best possible look at storms but that may have to wait until the spring.
There are storms here that bring in stone. I shovel that stone some of the way back to where it came from or I use it for another purpose. I don't think I will be shoveling these.
This pile of rocks came ashore from a barge this morning and will eventually make its way to the end of the north jetty. The patch looks bigger than the small jetty (in its very broken state) looks. Kids have been playing on the pile all day. All weekend it was the rubber ramp that brought the backhoe out to the barge that served as jungle gym. It was like a giant diving board extending out into the small bay. I would have thought that the kids would come off covered in dirt and fuel but I didn't hear any yelling. We will see what the next step is tomorrow. Will they add to the pile or begin to work getting these transported to the end of the jetty? Check back later to solve the mystery.
This is the ideal time of year here. There is a pace to the days which is so much more healthy than the scramble of the summer and the wondering of the winter. The spring always sees so much to tend to (all enjoyable) and at a breakneck pace again. The fall is more leisurely.
Storm windows are down and a great number of windows got washed when that happened. That good look only holds up until the next wind comes up but it is a good feeling all the same. The kayaks have been strapped up in the basement and bit by bit the summer furniture is cleared from the yard so that there will be room for the boardwalk in a months time. I ran the generator a little bit longer last weekend to see that it got a good run before we really need it. I dialed back the timers for the Light and for the parking lot too. The hoses were put away and I began to cut back some flowers. The daisies have begun to pop to put an exclamation point on the gardens. Autumn is good.
Each of these pictures gives you another slice of the fall. In the top shot you get a sense of all the color that arrives when we have a red sky at night. There are still a good number of boats in the harbor and the picture gets about 20 percent of what the naked eye saw that night. It was amazing.
In the bottom shot a wet suit clad neighbor walked down from First Cliff and went fishing off a stone 40 yards offshore. At first I thought he was a surfer until he wasn't riding anything in. He was out there two nights and I had a guest come up to the house worried he had somehow become marooned. Because I had seen him walk in the night before I settled our guest's nerves and sent him along. I don't think any fish were caught.
October knocks and we let it in. It is the best time here.
We are all set for rebuilding the jetty. The Army Corps has fenced in a big part of the parking lot but has allowed us access to the driveway. The young official in the driver's seat could not have been more helpful. Just as was done with the building of the revetment we will follow along as the project unfolds. Stay tuned.
It is rare that we have breaking news from Cedar Point but today is the day.
The Army Corps of Engineers will begin the reconstruction of the North Jetty on Monday September 10, 2018. A significant chunk of the Lighthouse parking lot will be fenced in and access to the Tower will be limited to the path that runs along the revetment. Access from the harborside will be limited dramatically by trailers and other materials. Here is a map of the area impacted. The Cottage and Light are just out of frame at the bottom of the image.
We will be figuring out how to access the driveway and how we will get deliveries in the next few days. We are very grateful to have this work done and will roll with the punches. It is a good thing for us, for our neighbors and the wider town to have this repair done.
For the last two weeks the runway and the cottage have undergone a facelift courtesy of contractor Warren Cowing. Time and tide had battered the house and it was time to upgrade the siding. This old place will be tight for the winters from now on. I added the buoys and the cameras back and this is the reveal.
I added a few planters and some new plants yesterday. Keeps the water off the foundation where an ancient sill had to be replaced.
This final image comes from a restored camera. Once again our thanks go out to the family of Hank Stahr for making this happen. This camera should offer a remarkable look at winter storms.
This was a labor intensive project. There was a ton of lifting, loading, staging, painting, and cleaning up. I think the result speaks for itself. I learned a lot watching and taking a part. There may be one more chore before the year is out as part of the kitchen roof may need to be brought up to speed.