Post 16/2021 Saturday 17 April . . . It may have been two decades since we were introduced to the rare lakeside daisy on a guided walk on Kelleys Island on the Ohio side of Lake Erie. Kelleys Island is a 20-minute crossing on the Shirley Irene ferry from Marblehead. We spent the past week on Kelleys in a self-catering cottage. Thankfully, the islanders have and continue to act with proper precautions related to the now more than year long Covid-19 pandemic. Seventy seniors age 62 and up received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on February 12. The island has about 250 permanent residents, most of whom stayed home over winter.
As a number of times previously, we walked all over the island, reconnecting with landmarks, including the glacial grooves, Inscription Rock, the now silent quarries, the numerous trails (including the Lilac Walk, believe it or not, which had started to bud), and oh so delightful, a walk on the alvars among the threatened lakeside daisies.
Prince Philip funeral
We watched the funeral for Prince Philip. The music, readings, prayers, simplicity amidst the grandeur of St George’s Chapel, gave the solemn occasion life and meaning.
Prince Philip was a conservationist. Bless his ongoing influence in such endeavor among us. I especially liked the choir’s rendition of Psalm 104:
“You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal; the wide asses quench their thirst. By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work” (vv 10-13).
Kelleys Island is upgrading its wi-fi service. That meant we were without an internet connection most of our time there. That proved a bonus. We caught onto island time–time steeped in history and a quietly refreshing pace for today.