I am still in the wake of vacation, despite a one day interruption, a workday on September 2. It’s great to get off the grid but one has to realize that getting back on, as one must, is hard.  I had forgotten about lots of things, including checking my (snail) mailbox which is no longer en route to anything in the new building. A package that has to go to Madagascar was waiting for me but I missed it, and who knows what else.

My travel season starts soon, starting with a trip to Washington DC on Sunday, just when the summer here is giving us one 10+ day after another, followed by a trip to Madagascar that will see me through the end of the month.

On Wednesday my niece and her family arrived for a two month journey to the east and west coast. They started here and now it seems they may not want to leave. From a small 4th floor apartment in Amsterdam to Lobster Cove, they think they’ve gone to heaven.  We spent the entire first day of their journey in and around the water. The weather helped and the water was swimmable as we call it (it is never warm).

We had some assignments: pulling up lobster pots that have been in the water and without bait for 3 weeks. The first one had a surprise: one enormous lobster, unfortunately female and with eggs, so we had to send her back. The others, one pounders, had been at each other (or maybe it was the impressive lobster mama) and an enormous severed claw was lying at the bottom of the trap. We had lobster salad for lunch. After that we focused on crabs, resulting in pounds of green crabs, an invasive pest, turned into crab bisque.

Our Dutch guest, a water engineer, decided he could make a better trap which he did and we tested. It is a prototype that needs some work, but our guests left and we are left with the prototype. We have had more crabs than we can use, other than adding to the compost pile, so the prototype will probably remain with us as crab trap 1.0.

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