Friday, July 14, 2017

I traded for trade beads

I traded for Trading Beads!!
From left to right fossilized ivory, old Russian blues,  old red whiteheart trading beads, giant black muscle,  dark blue glass trading beads 200+ years old and Brown bear bone.
Now to decide what to make with them.

A little history.

Russians had little to do with the Russian Blue beads. Produced in Bohemia, the Russian Blue bead did not appear in Alaska until just before Americans bought Alaska (1867). Russians traders acquired these beads from the American and English traders in exchange for furs. The Russian Blue beads are shaped into six-, seven-, or eight-sided tube before being drawn. After the tubes are cut to bead size, the ends of the ridge between the adjacent sides are ground off. Produced in Bohemia, the Russian Blue bead did not appear in Alaska until just before Americans bought Alaska (1867). Russians traders acquired these beads from the American and English traders in exchange for furs. The Russian Blue beads are shaped into six-, seven- or eight-sided tube before being drawn. After the tubes are cut to bead size, the ends of the ridge between the adjacent sides are ground off. The result is a bead with eighteen, twenty-one, or twenty-four facets. Some deviations resulted in more or less facets.

Rain collection

We haven't had to use the watermaker once this summer. 
Talking with a long time resistant Steve Henninway, Jim was informed the summers seem to being getting wetter and wetter. We sure have had our share of rain this summer!

We did get one dry day to leave Fern Harbor and photograph a few whales along the way.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nothing like Fresh halibut!!!

My kind of fishing...a beautiful anchorage, hook hanging from the handline,  crew reading and knitting while waiting for the snap of the line!!
Yahoo, 22.5 lbs, 40"!!!

Looking for adventure!

After 4 days of big city life...(population maybe 50) we are ready for more peace and quiet.

We did have a great time making new friends and celebrating the 4th with S/Y Su An from East Germany and S/V Proximity, from California.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th of July

Happy 4th from Elfin Cove! What a day, community breakfast, parade, Humpy toss, bobbing for Humpy heads, the greased pole, chili cookoff and of course a potluck!!
Biggest prize over $$1,300 for grabbing the flag at the end of the pole.
Two long distance crusing sailboat crews joined us for a memorable day!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Perfect in every way!

Peaceful,  beautiful,  relaxing and Yummy all rolled up into one anchorage.

The weather has  been on and off sunny. The view has been obscured with rain and fog but the wildlife pays no attention, harbor porpoises,  eagles, brown bears, loons still visit.

Halibut for lunch and dinner- now this is fresh.

Reading, fishing,  Ham radio, making pretzels,  playing chess and of course knitting has kept the crew occupied.  Then there is the daily boat maintenance.

Awwwww, perfect in every way.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Close Encounter of the whale kind!

We dropped the anchor and were greeted by sea lions, harbor porpoises, loons and a humpback whale!

All of which were extremely close to the boat and of course neither of us had our cameras ready.