Hot enough for ya … day 4 of heat wave and no relief until end of the week.
I’ve decided to do my ‘photo a day’ weekly instead of daily. Here’s the challenge for June 22 – 30.
(Left side) 22 – Salty 23 – Vivid 24 – Fish 25 – Relax
(Middle) 26 –Sunglasses 27 – Waves
(Right side) 28 – Storm 29 – Sunrise/Sunset 30 – Goodbye June
April 2009…A friend of my daughter Deb’s asked us if we’d like to dog sit for their two Labs, Silas and Balou. So Deb, her dog Chappy and I set out for MV .No matter how many times I go to the Vineyard my heart skips a beat or two when I see the above sign and the rotary welcoming you to Cape Cod. This was our first time sailing on the then new ferry, Island Home. Seven miles and 45 minutes later we touched tire in Vineyard Haven. We were about to start an Island adventure like none before.
Here is Deb surrounded by a happy, friendly threesome. Chappy on the left, Balou in the front and Silas being petted. We have never met nicer dogs, they are well behaved, sweet, gentle and loving, patient and fun. There wasn’t one moment that we didn’t enjoy being with them. Oh, okay, maybe when Balou was trying so hard to tell us things and we just were too slow on the uptake… but generally speaking (or woofing) things went very, very well.
Except for the weather. Two of the days we were there were wet… very, very wet. And when they said soaking rain they meant it.
This picture was taken from inside our dry car looking out at Edgartown Harbor. Wet, wet, wet. It was windy too. And wet.
But there were times of no rain and actuall brilliant sunshine and so off on our walks in the woods we would venture. The 4 leggeds were happy to be out and about sniffing, walking, and being together.
In all too short a time our dog sitting adventure came to an end and it was time to head home.
Chappy is waiting to say goodbye to his new friends. He had a great time with Silas and Balou.
The Island Home is waiting for us and all too soon we are setting tire in Woods Hole and back to reality.
This of course is my take on our dog sitting adventure but Chappy himself made a guest appearance on the blog and really, you should read his… CLICK HERE
Here’s a little bit of what Chappy eloquently had to say:
*’a friend of my mom’s invited us to dog sit… I didn’t actually notice anyone sitting like a dog (except my dog friends) but humans have weird jargon sometimes. I just go with the flow and don’t ask questions.
Oak Bluffs is another of our favorite towns to walk around in. If you look really really close you can see mom and me standing outside the movie theatre on the corner. She’s taking photos and I’m trying to keep one eye on her and one eye on gram who wandered off to the other side of the information booth. Man, keeping them together would be so much easier if they were both leashed.
What could this be ? Fireworks? Flowers? Alien space flares? Fire?
None of the above. It’s a shot I captured off my computer of the rain soaked webcam at the Mansion House hotel in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard.
Weekly prompt: Point your camera at something familiar and turn it into something else. Whether it’s a wall in your house, a friend’s arm, or a billboard seen from afar, we may or may not recognize what it actually is. But we’ll certainly discover something else about it in the process.
My choice for abstract are views through my rainy windshield. The first one is of trees along the side of a street. The second one is the view of a harbor.
Yesterday we finally got visited by Old Man Winter. When it was all said and done we ended up with at least six inches, though we were expecting up to twelve. The sheep have been enjoying the colder weather and when I went out for evening feeding there was a lot of sproinging and prancing, even with the snow!
Orion can’t allow me to wander the field without being about 2 inches from my pockets, just in case I’ve brought treats out.
Sabine and Lucy
We removed the sides of the shelter after the high winds the last few days did some damage, but it’s still enough shelter to keep the hay snow-free.
The chickens had ZERO interest in going out in the snow.
The goats don’t much like getting wet, either.
The sun is out and it is very, very bright today.
Lucy’s been enjoying playing in the snow with the kids.
And now I’ll leave you with pictures of Samantha and Roquefort’s nightly post-feeding frolic.
I don’t usually sing the praises of warm weather in January; mostly because it’s enough of a tease that it makes those bone-chilling February days seem cruel after the fact. Today, though, we were lucky enough that it was both a holiday AND the weather was nice enough that we could tackle some more important farm work with Paul home. And BONUS: I had my phone with me so you can see some sweet sheepy noses!
One of our lambs, Finchley, has been scouring (he has diarrhea), and since they can get super dehydrated, super fast, I’ve been giving him a supplemental bottle of lamb milk. The dogs absolutely LOVE it. Here’s Orzo having a bit after Finchley’s evening dose.
I’ve also discovered that I can’t mix this stuff up in the kitchen if the kitten is around or she will tear me to bits trying to get at it.
Lamb congregation. They were expecting me to produce their evening food.
Yeardley and Wimbledon seem to be having a conversation.
Mabel got moved to the back coop.
Fairfax is looking sassy.
Get my good side.
Fresh bale, delivered into the new shelter……
….which hopefully can withstand Caramel.
Check out Perivale’s spotted ears!!!!
Wembley still likes to get all up in your business.
Suspicious Wimbledon is suspicious.
We also finally got our Christmas tree out to them, and they dove right in.
Hannah loooooooves the taste of pine!
We also got some fresh bedding into the prison coop and discovered an egg had been laid. Fingers crossed this means we will start seeing some production out of these girls at last! (We’ve been threatening them with the stewpot but they’ve been unphased.)
Now that we’ve had this lovely mid-50′s weather I wonder how long before I’ll be posting super snow pictures!