Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bath Night!

'Excuse Me! A little privacy?!'

The rinse water gets SOOOO dirty looking! UGH!

'I think I'm pruney now...'

'Woe...I've been working so hard on this smell and waxy coat waterproofing...'

'I can't wait to find something smelly to roll in. Soap smell is so boring!'

The towel part is the best. I wrap them like they are cocooned, lift them out of the tub and then the fun begins--LOTS of wriggling and trying to shake, while I frantically try to keep the towel over them while rubbing all the water off at the same time!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Walkies Pics

I've only been taking pics on walks lately, so that's all I've got to post! Imagine you are bracing against a strong, north wind while you are looking at the pics! The golf course trail is good when it is windy as there aren't tall, creaky trees to walk under.

Looking out to the Atlantic.

Not many golfers out today!

We keep a look out for horses (and horse poop! ugh!) as it is also a bridle path.

There were some swans and ducks on the pond. Saffy and Silas would like to go in too, but I don't want to be banned from the trail!!

I like crunching over the shell paths.

We walked about 6 miles today.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I won!! I regularly check the Martha & Me blog for cooking ideas and there was recently a Martha & Me Giveaway for a set of Martha Stewart Snowflake Paper Punches!

I am really looking forward to getting them and trying them out!

(Check out the site for some other cool Martha giveaways!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dog Walk Video

I managed to improve the upload quality of the video I mentioned in the last post. My upload settings had defaulted to low resolution/small file size. You can now see it in 480p, though I'd skip full screen.

Saffy and Silas can heel too, but I like to let them walk out in front like this, as long as they don't pull on me. They walk together so well, I think they could pull a cart, but they would probably look dismayed and sit down if they were asked to do so! We did over 5 miles and they were still perky at the end, though they have been happy to sleep since getting home.

Today's Walk

Well, I made a nice video of parts of our walk today, but I did it with the older camera and when I go to upload it, the quality becomes terrible! I wish it would look as clear as it does on my computer! Oh well, I did take some stills. We walked over 5 miles today. I need to figure out the exact measurements one of these days.

It was a very November looking day, but not too cold, while moving along.

Check out the cow on the right! She must be about to calve! Her legs look so tiny under her huge belly!

This is an old gatepost along the path. It must have had a light on top at one time when it was part of a grand estate.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Silas wants to play...

with those strange, spotted 'dogs' in the field!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Today's Walkies

Because of a house lot being developed where we usually did nature walks, this is now the trail we will be going to all the time. Now, we will have to walk a little ways on roads, but they give us easy access to a nice public trail.

Here is the part of the trail we begin at when we turn off the road. That is *not* snow on the trail! It is just white paint marking exposed, trippy tree roots! It was actually a nice warm day, for November. Saffy's nose is in the corner.

'Oooohhh! Cows!!'

Along this stretch, I just hope Silas won't pee on the electric fence!!

The dogs are tempted to choose different sides of the turnstile where we cross the cow path.

'Why are we sitting? We want to go to there!!'

Saffy seems to love all the woodsy smells.

The boardwalks are really nice to walk along.

The natural trail portions are good too. The trail goes through the center of the picture and through the gap in the old stonewall.

There is a bridge over this stream.

The bridge even has railings.

The dogs are good, but since I am very cautious with them on roads, you will notice in the pics that I have the heavy metal collars on and combined with the nose loop, on Silas. They don't seem to mind and it gives me a sense of security that I can keep them out of traffic.

Monday, November 15, 2010

6/23/10: A Good Vintage ;)

Sunday morning breakfast was summer zucchini bread and coffee. It freezes very well, staying moist and flavorful.

The 2010 garden may be done, but we will be enjoying the bounty all winter!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I should do a 4 seasons collage or a time lapse slide show, but this will have to do for the time being as my photos are not organized enough for the fancier options. The top shot is from July 27, 2010 and the bottom is yesterday, November 13, 2010. You can click it to see the large version for full effect!

It's nice to get a fresh start each year, but I do find myself doing a 'where's the garden' double take after it's cleaned up in the fall!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Garden Clean Up

Jeff and I worked hard on the garden clean up today. I didn't take a picture before we started working, but you can imagine all the dead tomato plants, eggplants, peppers, etc. Some of the things I'd previously mowed down with the tractor or cut down, like the sunflowers. All the stakes were still in place.

We started out by pulling up stakes and moving the bricks off the plastic mulch. The bricks hold the mulch down in the wind, which we get plenty of around here.

It is a workout bending, lifting and lugging all these twice a year!

We are as gentle as possible with the plastic mulch so we can use it from year to year. We have 7 good sheets to store in the barn for next year.

The green hoses and these drip lines all get coiled and stored in the barn.

Jeff found a self sown pea plant when we were cleaning. And you can see I started the day with pretty, dark blue nails, but they got terribly chipped by the end, even with my work gloves on.

Here's how it looked with the plastic and hoses removed. There are two large burn piles at the far end of the garden.

A view from the second floor of the barn. If you look closely, you can see Jeff tilling.

While Jeff tilled, I mowed the lawn and ran over a lot of leaves to chop and mulch them.

But you can see we have a lot of raking in our future still. The trees seem to really be hanging onto the leaves this year. They are still quite pretty, especially with the low sunlight filtering through them.

All this lovely dirt almost makes me want to sow some seeds! But I will be glad of the break from trying to keep up with everything growing so fast. I will wait 'til spring when it's time to put in the peas again.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Windy Walkies

The wind sure blows a lot this time of year. I'm amazed that some cattails were still standing! It's also amazing they are not blurred, considering how much they were moving about.

The water must have been quite chilly as the dogs just had a quick wade out to elbow height and a little drink.

Heading back home. We probably won't get to do this walk much more as a house lot has been started on the crest of the hill, in the middle of the field. The land is for sale with the option to build one house...better than the attempted plan of an entire subdivision though! That development plan fell through since the land is a watershed area for the reservoir. I wish this rare bit of open space could remain. There is so much wildlife there and I'm not sure where they will go when it is occupied by people!

Some pretty fruits in bushes along one of the stone walls. I'm surprised they haven't been eaten up! Perhaps they are very sour? The squirrels have already eaten every red berry in our yew trees this season.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

This is an amazing, emotional and educational show that is very appropriate viewing for today: The First World War from Above.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Tonight's Sunset

It really looks and feels like fall now! I took a picture from the backyard tonight to show the amazing colors. The breeze was rather chilly!

The band of dark lavender is land across the Bay. It's hard to tell if it is land or sky. You can sort of see a hint of blue that is the Bay, to the left in the picture.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

First Holiday Shopping

I ended up doing a little holiday shopping the day before Halloween this year. Jeff and I went to the shopping village in Mystic, CT, for some wandering around outside and browsing. I almost didn't even go into the xmas ornament store, but after was so glad I did! I love the ornaments I found and can't wait to put them on the tree this year.

This little pinata is incredibly sparkly, bright and cute in person! My photo doesn't do it justice.

The donkey is so sweet looking.

A horsey for my horse ornament collection.

When I saw this, I had to get it! It is so goofy and a perfect ornament for Jeff.