Thursday, February 24, 2011

Signs of Spring on Bailey Island

I decided to find some sign of Spring to post on the blog. Trust me, I had to look hard. Yesterday, I noticed buds on my brothers lilacs. I could not quite believe it. So, today, I went to the Inn to see if the bush there had buds as well. I had to climb a huge snow bank to get to the bush, and lo and behold, BUDS!!!! I guess that is what it means to be under a "blanket of snow". I am going to take this as a good sign that Spring will indeed be here soon. As I am writing this, the clouds are rolling in and a winter storm is on the way. There is question as to how much precipitation and if we will get rain or snow. I am hoping for rain!

The sparrows are nesting in the bird houses on the Inn as well.

The bottom picture is taken from the Harpswell Town House. As you can see, there is a lot of ice in bay still.

Funny how exciting a simple bud can be. Hope all is well with all of you. Sue

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Progress on the Bailey Island bridge

I have been anxious to see how the temporary bridge was actually going to disappear. Boy, are they busy doing just that today! The top two pictures are of the bridge workers taking apart both sides. They are even taking the huge cement bases out. And a local contractor is lugging the huge boulders away at the same time. I would say at this rate, there will be little left when we open the Inn on April 1st.

Then they will have to clean up the site where all of their trailers and equipment has been for the past 2 years. There is rumor that the former "Rock Ovens" restaurant is suppose to open too. But, you never can trust rumor on Bailey Island. When I hear for sure, I will let you know. It would be nice to have another restaurant on the island. For those of you who do not know, that restaurant was in my family for decades. I even ran it for 7 years before opening the Log Cabin in 1980.

The third picture was taken from Cooks Point of the newly renovated bridge. And finally, the last picture is of Matt, busy at work painting and caulking one of the bathrooms. All 9 rooms will have a fresh paint job when we open (which is in 43 days).

We are ordering a new web cam for the Inn this week. The existing one is acting up, so we are upgrading. Hopefully it will be up and running soon. And, it is a much better quality, so we are hoping the picture will be much nicer.

Hope all is well with all of you, Sue

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February snow

Hard to believe that Josh plowed that huge snow bank with his little truck, eh? Don't tell the Labor Dept. that we have him working at age 5!

Of course, Daisy helped him too. Actually, Aimee was doing her part, and Matt was headed to the Inn also.

The bottom picture is of Mackeral Cove in the fresh snow. I know it was a very large storm for most of the country. We got lots of fluff fortunately, not ice. The drifts are really magnificent. The island is very pretty today. I may go take a few more shots.

Beginning to wonder if all of this will melt before April. Another storm is predicted for Saturday. We open in 56 days! The reservations are coming in at a rapid pace....going to be a busy year. Matt and Aimee are painting the rooms, so they should be ship shape!

I will head out with camera in hand.....'til next time, Sue