And so It Begins

Good morning everyone. And so it begins… getting ready for next season. We have so much to do and so little time before we once again reach over the rail to welcome you again. Thanks to Jim for sharing his cover pictures last week. We just beat the storm that blew through New England last Friday. I was so happy to be under cover. The crew worked incredible hard to “git ‘er done.” Thursday night we enjoyed our end of the season crew dinner and then enjoyed a long weekend. I spent Friday running around clearing trees with the fire department and looking over a carpentry job coming up in November. Saturday and Sunday spent helping Mom move. Yesterday right back to it in the office and at the boat. No chance of moss growing anywhere near my feet.While the rest of the crew have moved on Katie and Rob are putting the boat to bed. Yesterday was spent sanding mastheads aloft and spars under the cover. We like to get the mastheads painted in the autumn for maximum protection against the elements.
I enjoyed seeing the moon last week against the golden light on the mastheads.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. As some of you may remember in the blog “Flying Bye” I heard a “tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door” . . . I slowly opened the door to the notorious Mr. Cabbage Head, he was extremely dirty and bedraggled. He gave me quite a fright and a chill but I felt sorry for the poor fellow. He was terribly hurt by all the rejection. I invited him in for a good cleaning. Suddenly the unsavory Mr. Cabbage Head became much more appealing with all the layers of dirt and wilt removed. I held him for a little while . . . smelled the sweet scent of a clean but slightly aged cabbage. Only those of us who enjoy the strong aroma, the smooth and slightly salty sweet taste, of a good Stilton know what I mean. I gently placed Mr. Cabbage Head on the counter to rest.

    After a long day of yard work I came into the kitchen and was enjoying a glass of Chianti. I picked up Mr. Cabbage Head and admired his weighty green head and tender leaves. The cool fall evening and my hunger got the best of me. I grabbed my best kitchen knife and . . . you didn’t . . . yes I did! . . . as Halloween would have it I chopped up Mr. Cabbage Head and made a wicked cabbage soup out of the good fellow. Shame, shame, you all missed a delightful meal. What tasty treats might the veggies of the beautiful Schooner Mary Day provide next time.

    Have a safe and deliciously HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!

    The sultry but gracious Lady M

  2. Ed, Teazer is beautiful! She is like a Mary Day Mini-me! LOL
    All that hard work really paid off.
    I hope you enjoy many good sailing trips together.

    Lady M, your cabbage soup is a fitting finale for Mr. Cabbage. I’m glad he redeemed himself in the end.

    I don’t know if he left any relatives behind, but for those of you who may be visited by other cabbages, here is a delicious, easy, low-fat, and healthy vegetable soup:

    Garden Vegetable Soup

    2/3 cup sliced carrots
    1/2 cup diced onion
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    3 cups broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
    1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage
    1/2 cup green beans
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup diced zucchini or summer squash

    In large saucepan, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, sauté carrot, onion, and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes.

    Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and salt; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until beans are tender.

    Stir in zucchini and heat 5 minutes.

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