Winter quarters

The sloop Clearwater is moored for the winter in the Esopus Creek about a mile from the lighthouse. An old nineteenth-century brick warehouse on the waterfront serves as the workshop for the sloop’s maintenance. Yesterday, I dropped by to say hello to the winter crew. Danny is

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What rhymes with 2008?

On the eve of the New Year, I closed the lighthouse and went to the village to attend a friend’s house party. The house is older than the lighthouse, dating to the 1850s. I remarked to Tina, the homeowner, that the antique red wallpaper made the house

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Chickadee close encounter

While tidying up the kitchen, I heard a thump at the window. I put my face close to a window pane and looked down. On the snow below was a chickadee, stunned. I went outside to check on the bird. It stood with its beak agape and

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Halcyon days

A door needed repairs. I don’t have adequate workspace at the lighthouse, so I took the door over to Dock’s. He has a nifty shop, which is heated by an old pot-belly stove. When I arrived, Dock was eating his breakfast. I joined him and Kate at

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Question for the keeper

I wonder how many keepers kept written logs like that when the job was more common.  Maybe you can find earlier versions of you from a century or two ago. Initially, I was inspired to start keeping a logbook of my own after perusing an official log

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Blanket of snow

This is what the lighthouse looks like after a snowstorm. Last night, I measured 9 inches of snow outside the front door. The snow started yesterday morning. Yesterday afternoon, sitting by the coalstove in the parlor for warmth, I looked out the window and watched the river

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More steps

In answer to a question, I recently posted that the lighthouse has a total of “thirty-nine steps” (which is also an Alfred Hitchcock movie). However, an observant reader pointed out that I failed to count the stone steps along the side of the limestone plinth leading from

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Two loons, one eagle

Two diving birds swam together in the creek. I observed them through a scope to get a closer look. Upperparts were gray overall with white underparts. Their bills were pale gray, and the feathers on their backs were edged with white which made a regular checkered pattern.

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