Thursday, June 9, 2011

Making friends on Cape Cod

JP and I got onto Cape Cod and found it is easy to make friends with the state bird of Massachusetts.

This turkey visited in the back yard of our friend Terry.  I discovered he really likes Cinnamon raisin bagels.

 JP and I went on a local brewery tour at the Cape Cod Brewery.  Had to buy some to take back home to Eastrun with us.

JP fell in love with an IPA they are brewing for the summer.
Also spent some time at Grey's beach here in Yarmouth Port.... 

 Looking forward to heading out to P-Town and even more fun !!!


Vacation in the summer time

We have left East Run for a little vacation to New England.
Our first stop is Hartford Conn.
Kirby is along with us.  He is doing a great job of keeping the chipmunks in David & Fran's backyard on edge as he patrols the grounds.   The chipmunks have had to figure out creative ways and places to hide.
One chipmunk went up the downspout in the garden, and didn't come back out until late in the night, when the "coast was clear".

 The birds and squirrels in the back yard aren't safe either.

 We visited with our friend David R. and looked over his car collection.  He is an avid Hupp Mobile collector.  We went out to lunch and drove in his Studebaker station wagon.

Motoring along in stylish 1950's comfort !!!!

 And certainly you knew there would be cocktails while we are on vacation....   After all, it is five-0-clock somewhere.
From Hartford we will be heading to Cape Cod. 
 Cape Cod have always held out interest due to the history and slower pace of life there... once you get off the main roads and highways.
 We will keep you up to date as we continue this adventure.

 Until later,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Tropical Heatwave

It seems summer has arrived here in East Run on the high speed express train from the tropics !!!!   It is very unusual to have temps in the 90's at the end of May. But that is exactly what we are getting.  It was 92 degrees yesterday, and due to be hotter today. Never mind talking about the humidity....  it is on the Verge of unbearable.
 But, the nice thing about all this warm weather is the garden has exploded into a fury of color. The flowers in the meadow have started to open, and even the native plants in the woods are in bloom.
 Just the other day my friend Trixy called and asked if I wanted to take a stroll over the hillside to look for the native Lady Slipper orchids that always seem to come up in just the right place.
When we first come upon the Lady Slippers, it is always such an impressive moment.  There they are, in the woods with dappled sunlight filtering down through the trees, and pink blossoms scattered around the woodland floor.
  The Iris in my own garden have opened and are being showy.  Rewarding me with strong stems and copious amounts of flowers. 
  When I talked last year about the lack of blooms on my Iris with a noted authority from upper New Jersey. A dear friend of mine who basically got me started in growing Iris. He said, "Billy, I think you are giving them way too much attention, just ignore them and they will reward you with flowers"... He was right !!!   I left them alone last year. No mulch, fertilizer, just enough water to keep them from drying up and blowing away.  The results are astounding !!!  Thank you Dennis !

   Even Kirby, The Wonder Dog of "The Valley", thinks I've done a good job where the Iris are concerned.
 Well,  I have to close for the moment.  We have a friend visiting from England this week, and it is time to get the coffee going and start moving for the day. It is always such a treat to have visitors from far away places. So many people have found their way here to "The Valley" and we always hear the same thing from them.  "This is a slice of paradise"....  We know how lucky we are to be here and enjoy our quiet surroundings, with our "Valley Family" and everything that comes along with being here.
  I'll try to get more added here soon,
 Now that the weather is shaping up...  there are so many things that need my attention.... I think Kirby is getting a bath today also. 
 Until next time.