TCC for 7/22/10:
No new photos for today, just the usual ugly stuff from from the archive.
The Caretaker had planned to share a great heron story and continue with the "rescue" stories but he totally forgot about a few things and his time is short, and so it will have to wait until tomorrow.
Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:
Island Ice Report for 3/23/07:
Outside temp: 40's F
Ghetto temp: 55 F
Wind: East, light, occasional gusts up to 20 mph
Sky: mostly clear
This morning the Caretaker spent his time cooking his meal staples for the next 5 or 6 days. One of those things was ice cream, today's flavor was "Vanilla Cinnamon Bitters". It came out quite well, but he will probably decrease the amount of Vanilla and increase the amount of Bitters next time around. There was a concern that too much cinnamon might be a problem, but then the Caretaker realized that the worse that could happen was that the ice cream would taste like a Fireball candy, and that wouldn't necessarily be bad, in the end it didn't, it has a pleasant cinnamon taste. It also occurred to the Caretaker that if he mixed sugar and cinnamon into heavy cream and then whipped it until it became butter he could have a cinnamon butter that could be used on toast instead of having to shake a mix of cinnamon and sugar on to buttered toast. Does anyone happen to know if a blender can be used to make butter? The Caretaker only has a hand mixer on hand and figures that it will probably take quite a bit of cranking to make butter from cream.
After lunch the Caretaker decide that it was time to go after the dead hammock tree with a chain saw. Of the photos attached the ones that aren't all too impressive as far as landscape shots are of the tree standing, and then after the tree lost the fight with the chain saw. After the Caretaker brought down the tree he went out on to the ice to cut it up for removal, after cutting up the tree and bringing the large cuts on to the Island the Caretaker went back on to the ice to get the rest of the scraps. Before the Caretaker started this project he never realized that he would get a free pant leg cleaning out of the deal. While picking up some of the scraps about seven feet from shore his left leg went through the ice up to the middle of his thigh. The hole that opened was only large enough for his one leg, so he couldn't make the most out of the deal and get a washing of both pant legs. So he pulled his leg up out of the water and continued to pick up the rest of the scraps from the tree.
Now, in the last photo attached to this e-mail is a part of the tree that the Caretaker has not yet cut up. It is about 20 feet long with a diameter of about a foot and is pretty much perfectly straight, the Caretaker is curious to know if anyone happens to have any thoughts on what to do with this other than cut it up to burn or carve a totem pole out of it. Keep in mind that one cause for this tree's demise is that it was being eaten by either termites or some sort of wood beetle or something, in light of this, burning in the fire pit may be all it is good for and the quicker the better. Should anyone have any expert advise regarding this matter it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, the first photo is of some of the dock boards on the South Dock, some of you may want to use it for wall paper on your computer screen, or not.
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