Diary-Spring 1892-Spring 1893 Lighthouse
April 1- I am to tend the new lighthouse at Petulance Point,a narrow peninsula that runs down along the coast forming a narrow inlet between it and the mainland.The sea lions like to come into the inlet to feed and many a whale I’m sure I will see passing out beyond the rocks.My appointment there is for one year.It seems a long time but I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.It’s one of the newer lights so it will be easier to tend.Though the cottage is old it is in good condition,it will just need a little fixing up.There’s a nice sitting room and upstairs my sleeping room which opens into the lighthouse.A little kitchen,a pantry,and wash room.There’s a small barn for Nell.There is a farm across the inlet that I can row to.I hope they will make for nice company on occasion.
Take with you: Kitchen utensils,canning jars,staples,sundries,seed,small garden tools,animal supplies,curtains,quilts and pillows,rugs,books,clothes,2 lamps,oil,candles,paints,canvas,paper,etc.Most everything else will be there.
It will be a good year!
April 6th- A beautiful spring day.Still quite chilly but the sun is shining and sparkling off the water.There are daffodillies and crocus popping up every where.There are actually a couple of good size trees at the front of the house though quite bent.But they will be nice shade in the summer when the fog burns off in the afternoon. Set up rooms and started to give the house a good cleaning.Set up food in the cellar and dry pantry,apples,lard,flour,sugar,etc.
April 7th- No trouble with the light.These new fangled ones are much easier to deal with.A quiet night except for Bubby.She would bark occasionally when that loose shutter blew in the wind,so fixed that today.Apples and warm bread and coffee for breakfast.Finished cleaning the house-took all day.
April 8th- Baked muffins.Hung curtains,those pretty rose covered ones Granny Lillian gave me.Hung my pictures and layed rugs.It’s looking like home.The curtains look great with my rose painted lamp.Set up easel.Plan to paint the moon in all its’ stages.At one point in the eve you can see it out the window through the trees.I’ll paint it like that.
April 15th- It’s so wonderfully quiet in the evening.The gulls quiet down and the wind settles.The main sound is the lapping of the water on the rocks and the low moan of the waves.It’s a very gentle ocean now.Fall will be different though.
May 10th- Well the vegetables are planted and my strawberries and melons.I’m grateful they had the garden turned over for me so all I had to do was break it up again.Hopefully there won’t be any frost but I’ll cover them just in case.I’ll have plenty with the canned goods I brought and the garden and my supplier will make his bi-monthly rounds.Saw blackberry and blueberry bushes today just down the slope on the inlet side.Tomorrow I’ll row across and meet my neighbors!
May 11th- The Williams are very nice.Middle aged.Five grown boys.They had some adorable baby lambs and four piglets.They let me hold them.The lamb was very docile and set quietly in my arms but the piglet was a squealing,squirming little thing as usual.But so cute and pink.We had tea and Leela filled me in on all the local news,what there was of it since they’re the only neighbors for four miles.But there’s a small town five miles down Bracken Rd.It’s called Bracken! It sounds nice.Someday I’ll saddle up Nell and take a little trip there.I can pick up a few special goodies while I’m there.
May 18th- Garden doing well.Those berry bushes are really filling out,should be a good bunch.The daisies and other wild flowers I planted are coming up.I go for a ride each morning to keep Nell in shape.I discovered a small group of trees about a mile up.I’ll take a picnic tea there.I fashioned a little basket on the saddle for Bubby so she could come along since her little legs can’t possibly keep up with Nell.She’s a natural on horseback,that silly dog,bouncing along her ears just blowing in the wind.She loves it."