Notes from the Island
Yesterday there was a sprinkling of snow on the lawn and a
thin layer of ice in the northern swamp. With the exception of a few
maples, the trees are bare. The white sycamore bark stands out
dramatically against the grays and browns of the winter woods.
This morning there was one great blue heron at the lower tip
of Billy's Island between here and Rupperts and another in the
northern swamp. Mallards, wood ducks and Canada geese are
congregating in the area. I'm not sure if they're passing through or
staying for the winter. There seem to be a lot of wrens fluttering
about in the thickets and underbrush, and now that the leaves are
gone, it's easier to see the woodpeckers as they sweep from tree to
tree and hammer against the trunks.
Jane and Paul Englestadt did a wonderful job hosting the
Sycamore Island Social on October 30. They called the membership list
and procured refreshments, including a special cake with Sycamore
Island on the frosting. I thought the turnout was great and people
enjoyed themselves. Let's do it again next year.
The Workfest was also a great success. We raked the lawn,
hauled in the floats, stocked firewood, painted the women's bathroom,
stored the picnic tables under the deck and disposed of trash. A
special thanks to Marcia and George Loeb who grilled the chicken. The
potlucks are just getting better and better.
The water has been turned off for the winter to prevent the
pipes from freezing. There is one chemical toilet in the women's
bathroom, one working outside faucet behind the clubhouse and plenty
of firewood for the stove. Come down and enjoy the solitude.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker