Thursday, October 9, 2014

Already October!

Wow, where did September go?  
Well, where does time in general go???
So what has been up here in New England  you ask?
Welllllllll.....  never a dull moment, as usual.

Back in September, I was asked if I wanted to go out for ice cream. (it was a trap.)
This is apparently what ice cream is "code" for.
 Meet Tonto.
 (please, don't feel the need to remind me that I didn't want anything else with a pulse, I have my Mother to do that.)(and yes, I remember the rat's have pulses too,.. thank you.)
Please, don't ask me why?  (I'm not sure).
Please don't ask how.  (I was staring into his big blue eyes thinking about my promised ice cream cone, and missed the part when Hubby said, "we'll take him!"  ~
I'm still a little shocked by it myself.
I can only say that marriage has taught me to choose my battles carefully, and that another wee pony is better than a (live) Clydesdale on my front lawn (Clyde here, he's O.K. and he doesn't say much)

..... and certainly better than a school bus on the front lawn.

When we weren't out having ice cream.... we also went to the Fair (Common Ground, in Unity, ME) ~ and since we got a late start at our fair going.. my picture taking was rather limited.
Though I did get this nice shot of a cow, presumably getting ready for Halloween?
and this one, as we were walking back to the van, thru the forest, as the sun set, and the fog descended, and the temperature dropped like a rock.
Rather ethereal don't you think?
And of course all the while, the flowers are blooming....
and the mushrooms are glowing....
and then we brought Tonto home to meet herd. (yes, it's an actual herd now...)
                                                                Cricket and Tonto
and JoJo and Tonto
and Belle and Tonto....
and sometimes we have a break to kiss the pony.
 and he's a little confused... but he tries to smile....
(it's an odd place, our little world...)

and we've taken everyone out to go for an adventure.... 

and the leaves are starting to turn....
                                     and the sun sets each night... and sometimes it's really pretty.

and I got a little flag for the Garden, it fits right in huh?
You know your horse is teeny, when it fits on your lap! 
                                            Mum is just happy it's not on HER lap.....

And there you have it!
I'll be back again soon.... I've been missing my little blog.
 oh, and hey ~ I have started some sketches for Christmas cards!  
That's promising huh? 
Well, assuming that you have been good and are still on my Christmas card list!
Wha ahahahahah haahahahah !!! 

Like Garrison Keillor says,
Be Well
Do Good Work
And keep in touch.

Mel  :)))))))))))

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome September!!

So here I am again....swinging along, you just don't get to play on the swings much when you are a grown up....  probably because they don't make the "seat" grown up size, and one must wedge their bum into the sling! 

Roly, Poly and Puddin' are enjoying the fresh air ~ trying to hold all three of them at once is like trying to contain liquid fur.... they never stop moving!! 
Saw this cool old truck coming home the other day.... it was a girl driving it!  Makes me smile!
This is the train bridge in Buzzards Bay, MA ~ and that is the HUGEST ship I've ever seen going under it!!  The train bridge gets lowered for the trains, they don't have to levitate across the top, don't worry!
                                     We're still out cruising the trails with the ponies.....
and some times we go for ice cream and walk to the Town Line!
                                                              It was a pretty evening....

In other news... the grapes are ripe oddly early this year!
and quite abundant.
So I picked a bunch...and made grape jelly and a big jug of grape juice with the Concord Grapes!

Mum thinks Thistles are lovely... so I had to come quick and take its picture!
I think they are pretty too, I just don't want to step on it's sharp leaves accidentally!
                      and this is just like they (who ever "they" are) say ~ The down on a Thistle!  
and one night, after work ~ Hubby took Cricket for a drive around town...
and when he got back I was out front with the camera... and he said, "You drive him!"
to which I replied, "I don't know how"!
"pull left, you go left....pull right... you get the idea."
So I shrugged and said, "well o.k., why not!"....
and off we went! 
Those little legs go fast!!! 
please note* Pony and cart were returned safely....

See these tiny little yellow dots, growing under my olive tree?
They morphed into full grow bright yellow mushrooms, almost over night!
                                       I'll let you peep under their skirts.....  Eeek!!
The Plumbago is blooming, I LOVE the blue!!
                                ...and now the sweet little red grapes are ripening fast!! 
                            I can't eat them all fast enough... I wonder if they can make jelly too????
                                                  They are fairly dripping out of the trees!!!
                                                                 Isn't Calendula lovely?
                      and the phlox blossoms look like little twisty ice cream cones before they open!
                                                                         Pretty Dahlias.....
and the dogs keep going swimming to cool off.
 The big dogs like to be toweled off after swimming and bathing...
But not Kippy. 
He wants to it himself thank you very much!
Just put the towel down, and step back.

                            and Mum got her first yellow squash a while back ~ she's quite pleased with it !!!
                                                    So there now..... you're caught up a bit....
                              and Roly Rat says we'll be back again in the twitch of a whisker!

                                                                     Happy September so far!!

                                                     Mel   xx 

Monday, August 11, 2014

As August Ensues...

It was a lovely day of blue skies and gentle breezes.
Bees buzzed, birds tootled, and squirrels bustled to and fro,
getting their sun-tan in the brightest sunshine.
In a word, all Nature smiled.
P.G. Wodehouse

Ahhhh yes ~ August, the month before September (which, in my opinion, one of the BEST of all).
Summer is in full swing here in New England, blue skies, puffy clouds, warm temperatures, beach weather, if you like that sort of thing.   It's good garden weather too, and good pony riding weather too, except for the bugs of course.... deer flies, horse flies, house flies, barn flies; and let us not forget mosquitoes, gnats and occasional confused bumble bee who stumbles into your shirt while you are riding the aforementioned pony ~ and then stings you in the thumb while you are trying to extricate yourself from your bee ridden shirt....  but I digress.  
Summer in New England is pretty ~ there is no getting around it.  Green grass against white clapboard houses, decorated with blue hydrangeas ~ and of course some flags flapping in the warm breeze. Heck, even the President comes to New England for summer vacation. 

So let's see what's going on around in our little corner of the world, shall we?
First, let's introduce you to the newest members of the family.
Despite the fact that I said I do NOT want any thing else with a pulse.....
Me and Jellyfish, spineless. 
What are you suppose to do when someone is pleading with you on bended ( freshly operated on) knee.... to save the rats?
Turn away? 
 Look at that face!
This is Roly

This is Poly

and this is, of course ~ Puddin' 

My goodness it's hard to get a not blurry picture of them....constant motion at its finest! 
They are quite friendly, and of course amusing little creatures. 
We've been rodent-less a while now, so I suppose we were due.
When I'm not herding rats....
We sometimes take the ponies out~
You'll have to excuse the hazy look... Hubby's phone has glue (epoxy) on the lens thingy, so every picture has that soft, romantic look ~ even if it's not.  
 The dogs are still swimming about out front ~
 rare to see Kippy actually swimming, so get a good look...
The only thing rarer, would be to see ME swimming!
Marley doing his version of Little Red Riding Hood.
 Phlox is looking lovely....
 See the humming-bird moth ??  They move faster than the rats! 
 Orchid is blooming profusely!!
(no, still no sides on the green house...)
 Straw flowers are looking good~ even when they are cut to dry, they still open and close!
We went a sunset ride with the equines ~ large, medium and small.
 Our friend and her horse Harley (a leggy, older, thoroughbred) ~
(the horse, I mean is leggy, she's not that tall... or that old.)
 Harley, Cricket the Wonder Pony (center) and Me and the JoJo on the right, on the beach as the sun was sinking lower.
And that was followed by snack time in the field....
 Nothing makes JoJo smile more than a field of grass... well, maybe watermelon does?
 Hubby and Cricket in the setting sun......
And we went to a book store.... *happy sigh*
I keep seeing this art on blogs and Pinterst...
and I found my own little calendar FILLED with it!
Yeah!! ~ It's by Katie Daisy!
 Did you know there are Faerie magazines???  
Why did no one tell me??
How cool is that???
Who doesn't' want to celebrate the extraordinary???
and the veggies are ripening... and tasty too!
 and the Humming birds are humming (and fighting amongst themselves)...

Fabulous Moth, that was loitering in the doorway to JoJo's stall..... 

Look at those "eyes" !
And yesterday ~ we went here!
any they had fun (gentle; luckily) animals to see!
Imagine seeing an Ox (?) this size on a "leash" in an open field, beside the path!
His friend seemed amiable enough (we saw small children next to him moments before) ~ So we decided to be brave and introduce ourselves!
Aren't I brave!  ~ He never really moved a muscle (and he had MANY!), and we scratched his ears for him!
This one has his own Canada Goose friend!
This guy enjoyed a good long ear scratch too!

We got some absolutely delicious corn at the farm stand~
Where I learned that payments are on the honor system!
Pretty amazing in the world today, I don't expect anyone to trust me, or anyone!
Luckily, they leave calculators out on the counter to help you with the math, which is good as I am not that good with "mental" math.  
Of course, during flip flop season, I do have better access to my toes if i need to count over 10. 
(are you even mildly concerned that I am a "book keeper" by day?).
So there then.
 Above is the evidence I present with  my case, about why I still have no art to show you! 
Please visit again anyway??!!

Mel  xx