Ancient masonry on Dix Island and then on west to the St George River
Date 2000 – Sunday 24 July 2011 (UTC -4)
We did not want to leave
Getting ashore was not as difficult as it looks as we used the floating jetty, for future visitors the owners prefer that you use the sandy beach from which this shot was taken.
Imagine a beautiful warm day, difficult to remember if you are in the
Rather than ship raw granite the blocks were shaped and finished in situ.
One of the indications that show that an island has been quarried is the shoreline. Un-quarried islands have large boulders rounded by ice and glaciation; quarried islands have a shoreline piled with spoil. On Dix the evidence was easy to see, note the drill marks of this spoilt slab.
As we walked around the path we met one of the owners and his two guests and had a long chat. He explained that there are nine owners and strict covenants on development. When the island was purchased in the 1960’s there were virtually no trees and a very raw old quarry site. What we see now has been planted and allowed to naturalise. He pointed out the foundations of a large hotel and the site of the owner’s mansion. At its height the island had 2,000 plus residents and was covered in buildings. Properties now are limited to 1,000 sq ft. Generators are actively discouraged as is any form of externally visible electrical lighting and water comes from a common well.
Whilst we were talking we spotted our first Bald Headed Eagle. Unfortunately the photographs were taken on maximum zoom and only one was in focus and that was it was launching itself out of the tree. Bit of a b*m shot I am afraid.
Tearing ourselves away from
We had been told of an OCC member who had a house on the Cove, and incidentally
is one of the co-owners of
Not to forget the catering bulletin – pork steaks in an apple juice
and sour cream mushroom sauce. We are gradually eating our way through the
freezer as when we return to the