Posts tagged: rule of the twelfths

A Mud Bay Mystery

By , November 2, 2010

On Halloween night we had a good idea of exactly when we should be able to cross Mud Bay to return home after celebrating in town. Days before, I’d used tide plotting software to pinpoint our crossing times, based on the 13 foot tide mark, the highest water we can comfortably cross the creek in the bay in regular rubber boots. As the night unfolded, we realized we’d be finished early. We looked at the tide book, and saw that the difference between the nearest high tide and the next low would be 12 feet—perfect for calculating the tide in our heads, using “the rule of the twelfths.” We calculated that we could cross a half hour early, so when we finished trick-or-treating, we drove to the bay.

When we hiked down to the beach, we knew immediately that something was not right. We hit water way too soon. Soon, we waded to our knees in our hip boots, which meant that when we stepped down into the creek, we’d be up to our waists, or deeper. Continue reading 'A Mud Bay Mystery'»

Attuning to Natural Rhythms: “Livin’ by the Moon and Tide”

By , November 13, 2009

“It’s another fine day across Mud Bay/Livin’ by the moon and tide!”
—Burl Sheldon, Another Fine Day

Homestead life is very different from my former occupation. I pursued a broadcasting career for 16 years. That work required to-the-second timing. The ballet of synchronization became so ingrained that years after my last shift, I still dream about it.

Now, we’re attuned to natural rhythms, far more reliant on them than on clock time. My life runs on daylight and tide. I still wear a watch to help planning, to keep us on time for concerts, meetings, and daily radio programs, and to satisfy curiosity. But I’m far less reliant on it now than in my former life. Continue reading 'Attuning to Natural Rhythms: “Livin’ by the Moon and Tide”'»

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