Turkey Tracks: September 7, 2014
Come Sailing With Me
I’m just home after spending a magical, gorgeous, fun, inspiring six days sailing Penobscot Bay on the windjammer/schooner J&E Riggin with Captains Jon Finger and Anne Mahle.
Here’s the Riggin as seen from the island where we had a lobster roast:
There are many, many better pictures on the Riggin web site: http://www.mainewindjammer.com.
I forget how many trips John and I made before he got too sick to go, but we qualified as “Riggin Relics,” which meant we’d made 5 or 6…
On this trip, I sailed with a great couple who have made 27 trips over the years–often stringing three together in a summer. So, beware, being on the Riggin and around Jon and Anne gets into your blood. It has mine…
Here’s a little video of one of my favorite pastimes aboard:
This trip was centered around knitting and featured Margaret Radcliffe, who had just published a new, very useful “how to” book. Margaret is one of those people who is at the top of her craft. She has forgotten more about knitting than most of us will ever know. And she was generous with her time and skilled with her help on our projects. Because knitting was featured, most of the passengers were women–with two sturdy male passenger exceptions, both of whom are married to knitters.
I thoroughly enjoyed these women and will see some of them over the winter and will sail again with some of them next summer. Emails are already flying around between us.
Here’s Jessica knitting with her morning coffee/tea:
Jessica is making the hat pattern that Margaret Radcliffe designed for this cruise. I love her colors:
Here’s a completed sock on Jeanine’s foot:
And Pinky (of the 27 voyages) completed this great cowl early on in our trip:
Pinky is standing in the galley–which is always a warm retreat if one gets cold or needs a table on which to work. Here are two more pictures of the galley:
What you’re seeing is the “eating” end of the galley. On the other end is the “cooking” end. Anne and her crew (the amazing Cassie this year) feed up to 30 people (passengers and crew) three meals a day using a wood stove. There is limited water and no electricity for kitchen save-time tools. The kitchen “nook” that can’t be more than 6 feet long and with a walkway that is about 3 feet between the stove and cabinets and the sink side.
Anne’s food is…simply…amazing. Most of her food is FRESH, FRESH as it it locally sourced. She makes all her own breads–sometimes three different ones each day depending on what’s for breakfast–and there is a home made dessert at both lunch and dinner. Anne has two cookbooks now: AT HOME, AT SEA and SUGAR AND SPICE. Both are beautiful AND excellent.
Here’s a view of the boat from the back to the front–you can see the kitchen stove pipe to the left. This pic only shows about 1/3 of the width of the boat and does not show the long front end or the 10 or so feet behind the camera. I have never felt crowded on this boat. Nor had to wait longer than two minutes for a bathroom.
Here’s Terry swimming off the Brooklin harbor, called affectionately the Wood Boat Harbor as the Wooden Boat School is located there. This school is a place where you can go and learn how to build various wooden boats that you keep. I have often seen families working away in one of the buildings to make a boat.
And, yes, I did get to swim this trip–with Jessica, off North Haven island. The water was cold after the cool summer, but really refreshing as it was a hot day.
There was a lot of boat traffic this year–and it is so much fun to see sailboats cutting through the water and to hear the wind in their sails. September is really fine sailing weather.
Here’s the Riggin’s little sail boat with Justin at the helm at Wood Boat Harbor:
The Riggin always draws traffic when she anchors. Here are some small boats sailing around us:
Here’s a sailboat–one of many, many–out on the water either passing us or being passed by us:
The scenary is beyond spectacular out in this water world. And it’s impossible to capture it with just a camera.
The sunlight sparkling on the water is breathtaking.
And there are endless islands and passages between them and beautiful and/or quaint houses on the islands.
At one point we traveled what is known as Eggemoggin Reach (the site of famous races and regattas) and we went under the Deer Island Bridge with about a foot to spare at the top of our mast–causing all of us to gasp and shut our eyes:
I have some other short videos (the lobster bake, the last night, raising the front sail, hauling the anchor), which I will post separately, but I will end with this picture of a sunset on the Bay:
Come sailing with me next year?
I’ll be going on another six-day sail on July 20-25 and an as yet undetermined four-day knitting cruise in mid June.
Turkey Tracks: September 7, 2014
A Visit to Hedgerow
Just before I left home for a six-day windjammer trip out of Rockland, Maine, friend Kathleen Nixon and I took a spin down to Port Clyde, Maine–the tip of the St. George peninsula, where the St. George river pours into Penobscot Bay.
On the way, in Martinsville, we stopped at Hedgerow, “where the cultivated meets the wild.”
And what a treat that was.
The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that ARTICHOKES were being grown in Maine.
I know artichokes can be grown in Maine as friend Rose Thomas has grown them.
I’ve just never personally seen them growing–period–never mind seen them growing in Maine
Here’s another view of these dramatic plants:
Next, I saw a smiling woman sitting at the picnic table in the left of this picture, braiding shallots. Aren’t they beautiful?
The smiling woman turned out to be Anne Cox, who owns Hedgerow with her partner Julie Wortman.
Next, Anne gave us the most enchanting tour of their various hoop houses, their new chicken coop (built to prevent fox from eating her chickens again), and their elaborate and exciting vegetable beds.
Here’s a melon happily growing on the warm stones of a hoop house.
On our own, we toured the outbuildings where “rustic” furniture, clever/fun hand crafts, GORGEOUS hooked rugs (made by Anne), and produce and value-added food products are displayed.
I am sorry, Julie, that your face was obscured here by a plant… But one can get a feel for the outbuildings, which are so lovely.
Anyway, do take a look at the web site–and ESPECIALLY at Anne’s hooked rugs: www.hedgerowdesign.com.
Hedgerow is one of those special places where creativity sparkles and smiles and beckons you all at once.
I can’t wait to go back.
Turkey Tracks: August 21, 2014
They Came and They Went
This blog has been fairly silent since I’ve had my oldest son and my two oldest grandchildren here “summering.”
I picked up Mike and the grandsons in Portland, and the fun began.
One of the first things we did was to go mushrooming for black trumpets and golden chanterelles:
I love this picture of the boys. You can see in their faces the men they will become.
We dried the bounty, and Mike took them home when he left–leaving me the two grandsons for two weeks.
The big draw was the Camden Yacht Club Sailing Camp–their second year and their third year of sailing lessons.
Here’s a gorgeous photo Mike took of the harbor one morning, looking back to the mountains, which are covered with clouds.
The boys swam most days in the morning during the camp–which involves VERY cold water. So we lowered the temps in the hot tub (children under 12 don’t have the body temperature alarms that adults have) and let them use it to warm up daily. They soon discovered the pleasures of skinny dipping in the hot tub and thought themselves very naughty.
L&H Burger in Rockland, Maine, was also a great spot to warm up–or so the kiddos claimed. The milkshakes here are just the right size for kiddos to have with their burgers and fries. One of my own memories is my dad taking us swimming on Saturday morning at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, and buying us cheeseburgers (with dill pickles inside), fries, and chocolate milk shakes. I can taste that meal to this day.
We had one artist excursion downtown–here they are looking back into the amphitheater.
And here’s at least one thing among many they could sketch:
Low tide in the harbor and skipping rocks proved to be a much bigger draw for them however:
They could almost cross the river on the exposed rocks, if I had let them. The seaweed, though, is very slippery and there are barnacles…
Archery was of huge interest this year. I bought them 22-pound recurve bows and good arrows, which was just about right for them. We had to do You Tube research to figure out how to string them, how to knock the arrows, etc.
These bows are not play toys and can shoot really far and really powerfully, as you can see from this little video:
Here’s what happens when you misuse a bow by stretching and releasing without knocking an arrow in an effort to tease your brother:
We also kayaked, swam, explored, and read aloud the whole of a nearly 500-page book that Kelly needed to have read by the start of school on Monday, August 18th.
I will go on record to say that I am appalled that schools are getting out in mid June and starting back in mid August. Kids need time to be kids, and they learn important lessons–or can–if immersed in nature. This move is NOT about kids, or lost learning over the summer–it’s about working adults who need child care. And it’s about creating a whole nation of disciplined subjects whose sole purpose in life is to WORK, not to live their lives outside of work. Rant ended.
I don’t have pics of kayaking or swimming–I just got too busy and wrangling the kayaks with two boys underfoot isn’t easy. There isn’t so much they can do to help, and they are like puppies when they have free time and are kept in one area–wrestling, etc.
Here’s a pic of Pirate Bo on the last day of sailing camp. (They dug up a treasure chest in the sand and found “treasure.”)
After a pizza lunch, they headed for the airport and home.
It was a good, good trip to Maine.
Turkey Tracks: July 29, 2014
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Friend Bonnie Sinatro posted this “recipe” on Facebook the other day.
Hmmmm, I thought. That’s really interesting.
And note that Bonnie used THE UNCOOKED version of the recipe–which I will also do.
Here’s a picture from the Budget101 web site listed below.
Basically, this laundry soap uses 3 ingredients and makes 1/2 gallon, for under $2 for each batch, and washes 128 loads with 1 Tablelspoon a load:
The Fels-Naptha soap gave me some pause, so I did a little research–especially after I bought it. It does contain petroleum products, and there is one that is toxic. But that’s the ingredient that helps dissolve grease. And there are dyes and a really strong fragrance chemical smell.
I’d still say it’s worth a try. Various users write that this mixture is good about removing stains. And it’s really cheap.
If you want an environmental laundry option, try soap nuts. I use them all the time. they are the dried fruit of the Soapberry tree and are a natural cleaner (Sapindus mukorossi). I find they work really well. I use more of the nuts for dirtier clothes. I do treat stains, especially grease stains, before washing.
Each batch of about six does about six loads of laundry. And the little baggies come with the packet. I’ve had this package for about 18 months now.
Here’s another non-toxic laundry product I keep on hand for dirtier loads:
It does about 100 loads for about $11.
Interesting Information: July 28, 2014
Mercola on “15 Foods to Stock in Your Kitchen Year-Round”
Here’s a nice post from Mercola:
I do have some comments though:
The organic coconut oil you buy also needs to be UNREFINED and UNHEATED. I buy mine by the case from Wilderness Family Naturals as it is WAY cheaper than a little jar in the store. (You can buy less than a case OR sell some of your case to friends.) AND, don’t forget red palm oil, which is another really healthy oil–though it is more delicate than the very sturdy coconut oil. (See blog post on red palm oil.)
Himalayan Salt is probably a good choice. Grey-colored moist Celtic Sea Salt is another. And I use our locally made Maine sea salt, which is also just dried from sea water.
Canned salmon. Sorry. Not for me. There is no way to get around the fact that all big fish are now loaded with mercury. And canning takes a lot of the “oomph” out of anything as it is heat-processed.
Whey protein. Mercola does specify that one should use a minimally processed whey, which means it’s a powder. Nope. Not for me. It’s still PROCESSED. And one should be able to get plenty of protein without eating a processed food. Plus, you are not eating a whole food, but one you’ve split into parts. OK, so I drip out some whey protein to use to culture mayonnaise and, sometimes, my lacto-fermented foods. But, mostly, I just eat the whey in the whole-milk yogurt I eat pretty much on a daily basis.
Interesting Information: July 28, 2014
Feds Finally Release Burzynski Cancer Cure Treatment
I’d be willing to bet that none of you were aware of the news that Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski recently won another legal (and moral and ethical) round in our government’s war against his many-times successful cancer treatment.
I’d be willing to bet that many of you have never heard his name.
Yet, his work is important, exciting, real, should be celebrated, and is, instead, a huge threat to the $$$$ of the established cancer industry–you know, that industry that has failed to “cure” cancer in the past 50 or so years.
Burzynski’s treatments are NON TOXIC (for the most part–sometimes he combines them with some chemotherapy) and have been, as near as I can determine, the most successful with brain tumors–which is a good thing since we’re about to have an epidemic of brain tumors from cell phone usage according to the experts who have been studying this issue for some time now.
Here’s Jeffrey Phelps, writing in The Examiner:
But once again, another huge victory against the medical establishment for a Houston-based doctor that has been using a breakthrough technology he invented to literally cure cancer on many occasions, who for all-intents-and-purposes should be a household name by now and an easy Nobel Prize winner, is instead nowhere to be found, as if it never even happened.
That’s because Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and his cancer-curing discovery, “Antineoplastons,” including a remarkable, relatively new gene-targeted therapy, threatens the very way of life to which the Western medical cancer and sick-care industry has become accustom. Raking in billions a year off of the desperate backs of people suffering from debilitating and deadly diseases in which the Western medical industry does not truly want to find a cure.
What’s really terrible, but predictable in our industry/profit-driven society, is the collusion between the greedy and the FDA. At the same time the federal government and the state of Texas medical folks were trying to not only shut Burzynski down but to send him to jail, they were trying to steal his work. Here’s Phelps again:
Because even as the skeptics and trolls do everything they can to shoot down the discovery on every single article and video released in support of the technique’s proven successes, for reasons that include the subconscious fears of real answers to questions regarding why this treatment isn’t already widely used, if it truly didn’t work better than what Western-trained doctors are still being forced to do, then why did the agents of deceit in the US government, BigPharma and related individuals collude with one of Burzynski’s own research scientists to file 11 different patents on the very same, non-toxic, Antineoplastons AS2-1 medical technology? #6,037,376, #5,635,532, #5,605,530, #5,852,056, #5,654,333, #5,661,179, #5,635,533, #5,710,178, #5,843,994, #5,877,213, #5,881,124. Only failing to accomplish the patent hijacking after a Grand Jury acquitted Burzynski of any wrongdoing, during the establishment’s 4th and most recent attempt to put him in prison for the very same technology they were trying to patent.
There are TWO documentaries telling this sorry tale: Burzynski 1 and 2.
Part of the tale is that Burzynski has had to defend himself in the courts at his own expense–while the deep pockets of industry and the government mounted charge after charge against him. HE HAS WON EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Here’s an article from 2011 on one of the more recent attacks on Dr. Burzynski.
And, here’s an article on how the mainsteam media, in this case, USA TODAY, attempted to smear Dr. Burzynski. Note that when industry and the status quo control the media, this kind of event is possible. Dr. Burzyski attempted with great politeness, according to this story, to give USA TODAY some data on his revolutionary treatment, but they refused to print it.