Sunday, January 16, 2011


Washington Island, Wisconsin -

Packer fans can look back at this weekend as a huge success, with a decisive victory over Atlanta on Saturday taking them on to Chicago next Sunday, now surprisingly, only two games away from winning the Super Bowl.

But, locally there were other activities, and one event that we attended at Fiddler's Green was the book launch of Robert Mazibuko's This Side Up, an autobiography of a man who grew up in South Africa, was shaped by the African culture and customs of the day, and who is now a Washington Island resident and an active member of the Baha'i global faith.  Robert told stories, something he is very good at, and answered a few questions before signing books.

The photo is of Robert holding a copy of his new book while posing with his wife, Gretchen.

Sunday Sled Run 

Although the temperature was in the low teens, the snow cover made a perfect blanket for a quiet walk in the woods.   Aidan led the way in a pair of snow shoes, with Magnus in the sled and Mary Jo in harness.   I had a late start, following their tracks around the wooded trail near the barn, catching them on the uphill climb.

We had been without much snow cover for nearly two weeks, and so the new blanket of snow is welcomed, along with the moisture it represents.   Out on the harbor ice we now count 23 ice shanties, most scattered toward the line that runs between the two ears of the rabbit, near Petersen Bay.   Perch have been caught, fairly numerous and some quite large (14 inches was one reported catch) by the ice fishermen.    We walked across the north end of the harbor, circling Snake Island just before sunset, watching the sun drop behind the trees, glinting off the shiny tin of ice shanties.  It was a quiet softness, that last hour before sunset, with the moon already high in the eastern sky.   Even the Packers cannot improve on this!

   -  Dick Purinton

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