"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us to all of you! Check out the ears and that face on Weebles, top left. She was asleep in a window when my daughter took this photo. Geez! Check out those wicked ears on her and Indy's glowing eyes (far right in the jelly beans.) Ooooooohhhh...spooky! They usually look quite normal, I assure you. We'll blame it on Halloween! -CS ^..^ p.s. click on photos to enlarge!

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze...

Normally at Van Cortlandt Manor, in the historic Hudson Valley of New York, you can experience the domestic life of a patriot family living in the years just after the American Revolution. In October, thoughts around here shift from blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, to Jack O'Lanterns. Over 3000 hand carved Jack O'Lanterns transform the historic grounds at Van Cortlandt Manor into a lantern-lit, awe-inspiring night walk, rain or shine. Fear not the weather, as they offer lots of warm and delicious Autumn inspired goodies to warm your insides, like hot cocoa and cider, carmel apples and of course, pumpkin bread. Lots of pumpkin bread. Last week, I went to the Blaze with dear friends. Yesterday, we took my daughter and her fellow Girl Scouts early in the day as volunteer lighters. The photo above is the manor house before the magic of nightfall transforms the place into a Jack O'Lantern wonderland. Some of the pumpkins are simply cut into traditional faces, but the majority are intricate designs ranging from tropical fish to Celtic knots to flowers that seem to be growing right out of the historic garden beds. Go here for more information about this or their many other wonderful programs, including the upcoming "Legend Weekend" in Sleepy Hollow, where the Headless Horseman still rides. I have seen him with my own eyes :) -CS ^..^

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Happy Birthday Bailey!

Our sweet Bailey Braveheart By The Sea, CGC, Herding Instinct Certified. It is hard to believe she is 10 years old today! When I look in her eyes, I still see the same little puppy she once was. In her heart, she is, as well!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Corgi friends....

Question: What is better than friends stopping by to visit? Answer: Friends stopping by to visit with their Corgi! Here is Betony, owned and loved by Cindy Read and Nancy Boyd. Betony was so sweet to bring us the lovely mums, treats for her Corgi friends here, and the cutest little pumpkin. Bridget showed Betony her favorite little trail up toward the woods and a good time was had by all, human and Corgyn alike!

Monday, October 2, 2006

They never forget...

We attended our Corgi Club's (Mayflower) Fall Match yesterday in Connecticut. The skies opened at the crack of dawn and poured buckets of rain on human and Corgyn alike. Thank goodness for the huge gazebo that provided shelter for us all. In spite of being soaked to the skin and muddy Corgis, we all had a nice day. An added bonus to the puppy match was the 'Best Fluffy' contest and the Parade of Champions, Veterans and Titleholders. I entered my best friend, Indy, into the Champion Veterans. He hasn't been shown in years, but it is amazing how putting on his little show collar transformed him back into a little show dog...muddy paws and all. Of course, once the collar came off, he immediately had both paws on the picnic table and tried to steal someone's dessert. He wanted me to take this picture of him wearing his commemorative rosette. He is handsome, is he not? ^..^ CS