It one of those gorgeous fallish days in Maine. The sun is shining, the air is brisk and the wind is blowing, making for a wonderful day to work outside. I have been doing just that, pulling up the summers annuals, cutting back the perennials that have gone by and edging the flower beds where the grass has been trying to creep in. Once Labor Day is over it's like someone flicks a switch from summer to fall. It's my favorite time of year even before the trees change color.
Went riding this morning with my friend Ann as we always do on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. I rode Funsize's horse Lil' Bud and Ann rode her old guy Bucky. Bucky is almost 30 years old, still going strong and looks wonderful. Other then a case of the heaves he is doing great. She gives him medicine before we ride and that helps his breathing.
Speaking of Funsize, she just got back a week ago from a glorious trip to Ireland! She and a gal pal went for a week and saw so many sights while there and had a fabulous time. She brought me some amazing Irish chocolates and a book mark from the Stud Farm that they visited. She loves to travel and I think her next stop will be NYC as she has never been there before.
Some of you have asked me about my new 'look'. My niece Jo-Lynne of Musings Of a Housewife has gone into the designing business and when I said I wanted something new she came up with this for me. I love it! It represents our life here on the hobby farm and also has our faithful Buddy there as a tribute to his life here with us. Thank you Jo-Lynne, it's perfect! Go on over to her sight and take a looksy at her design work or click on her DCRdesign button under my Credits. She's prompt and really tries to do just what you want. I've noticed that a lot of the people that I blog with have her designs and they all are super! :o)
Alice Grace over at Thoughts Of Home graciously gave me an award this week. Thank you so much, I am honored to receive it and will post it on my sidebar! Alice Grace has a wonderful blog and if you enjoy quilting as I do you should stop by and see all the quilts that she saw at a recent quilt show. They are spectacular and I would love to make every one of them!!!
I guess I should tell you the story about the natural people that we encountered on Saturday. If any of you are natural people I mean no disrespect......ahem....... We were coming home from our 4-wheeling expedition and needed some lunch so decided to stop at a campground that has a little diner. We weren't dressed for anything more formal then that with the dust in our hair, bugs on our teeth and blackberry juice on our faces.
My son, his FIL and D were in one truck and they were ahead of the rest of us in the second truck. He turned into the campground and there were big tarps across the driveway and a sign that said it was closed for the weekend. We turned around in the little parking lot but Son decided to go up the side driveway and do a loop rather then backing the big beaver tail trailer around.
We waited and saw his truck backing very quickly out of that driveway. He almost jackknifed the trailer backing that around and when he came up beside us all three of them had this funny look on their faces including D! There was a nud*ist weekend there that weekend and they had run right into the middle of them standing around, hands on their hips chatting with each other! Bleckkkkkkkk! Son yelled for D to close his eyes and D said NO WAY, I see butts! Oh my, a grandmothers nightmare! And to think show and tell was just one day away! Horrors!
We went to the next little restaurant and got out of the trucks and those three still looked like they were shell shocked. Of course the lunch conversation was hilarious, what are you going to do, you might as well laugh as cry. Come to find out they have two conventions there each summer, one in the spring (during black fly season, can you imagine?!) and one in the fall. I don't know where the people come from, they are not local, and I don't think it is publicised at all and has been going on for years! I've heard of nu*dist colonies but I sure didn't think we had them around these parts! GAG!
Anything else that I would have to say today would be anticlimactic so I guess I won't try to top that. I will post some more pictures that people have sent me over the last few months that I hope will make you smile.