The food was still there, and we shared it together at our indoor picnic. It was a house full!
By evening the crowds had thinned, and the clean up began. That continued into Monday morning, and then by noon we found ourselves all alone, except for the birds.
This chicken had been wandering around all day Sunday, and was back on Monday. There are predators on the island that could bring about it's demise. We asked the lady who has chickens down the road at the end of the spit if it was hers, and she said no, but she'd take it to rescue it. I waited until evening when it had settled down to roost on the porch next door, clutched it under my arm and took it to her pen. Later we located it's rightful owner. Include "chicken rescue" in my list of "distinct activities".
From Monday on we were entertained by the action across the street. Fire last winter had destroyed one cabin and damaged another. A cement septic system was being poured on one lot, and the other cabin was being demolished.
On Monday it looked like this.
And on Thursday it looked like this!
We will enjoy the view of the bay while we have it. Two new two story cabins will soon rise from the ashes. We continued to have some wind off and on,
enough to cause white caps and sounds of surf on the bay.
The activities continued. After finishing the cleaning up, we made a trip to the recycling station. South Whidbey is a very ecologically aware community, and there was a bin for everything, and lots of people coming and going. Especially after the holiday weekend, it was a busy place.
We made a trip to Freeland for groceries and a stop at the Lighthouse Cafe for coffee and a goody. We can never resist stopping in at the nursery at the Ace Hardware Store. Sure enough we found two plants and some bulbs for our cabin garden. We weeded and trimmed and edited the garden, working in the new plants. The weather was improving as the week progressed. Wednesday we went out on the dike trail to pick wild blackberries.
They were small but sweet. I had some on my cereal the next morning, but the bulk of them were delivered to son Jake, who will be brewing his blackberry stout beer.
With the "chores" done, Thursday morning we drove over to South Whidbey State Park to walk the Wilbert Trail. We read about it in the Seattle Times, and there's nothing I like better than a
walk through an old growth forest.
There are several old Douglas Fir giants, survivors for over 500 years. Their trunks are blackened by fire but the thick bark protects them. And the Wilberts and their conservation friends saved them from the ax and chainsaw.
In the boggy areas wonderful old cedars grow.
Dubbed the "Ancient Tree", this over 500 year old giant gets special attention.
I also finished that book, Out Stealing Horses, and started another, Sweeping Up Glass, set in Depression era Kentucky. It's another good read.
Now that I'm back home with my electronic technology, I've been catching up, along with getting the chores done. Then I want to get back to my book.
What do you think - time well spent?