Saturday, July 31, 2010

A quiet moment in a busy weekend

We had a funeral on Thursday, a wedding rehearsal yesterday, a funeral this morning, and we have a wedding this afternoon! Jake and Crispy have gone to the pool and I'm out in the woods with Holly for a few quiet minutes.

I'm so grateful I have Holly to make me come out for quiet moments like this every day. I'd love to think I could keep up the habit of walking every day, but I know that without those big, brown doggy eyes looking at me (and the thought of a high-energy, mostly border collie unwalked in a very small apartment!) I would soon find excuses not to go. Some days it feels like a chore to have head out, but by the time I'm actually out in the woods I'm always glad I came. I love watching Holly's sheer joy in running throught the woods, and I love having the chance to think things through and sort the day out in my mind.

Anyway, enough waxing philosophical about the joys of dog walking- got to get back to the church to meet a florist...

Monday, July 26, 2010

What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday: huge thunderstorm, and Holly's stream was a raging torrent.
Today: mid 80s, bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, and the stream is it's tranquil self again.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Angry Stream

Holly and I went for our usual walk around Saxon Woods this afternoon and got caught in a huge thunderstorm, and when we got to Holly's stream it was an angry torrent!

This is the tranquil pool where she usual goes in to cool off

I was glad that she had the sense not to go in and get swept away (not that she needed to get wet- she was already soaked by the rain)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Awesome Pool Party!

Spent a fabulous afternoon at Terry and Rick's for a pool party to  celebrate their daughter Tracey Anne's graduation. Here are a few  pictures of the fun :)

(I'll put all the rest on Facebook)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ward Pound Ridge- Red Trail

Holly and I went back to Ward Pound Ridge this morning, and decided to hike the "red" trail this time, with a small detour to Leatherman's cave and the scenic overlook (you can see their trail map here). The trail map lists this route as 5.6 miles, but my trusty Google phone GPS said we covered 8.1 miles!

View WPR Red in a larger map

It was a nice walk, not as strenuous as the "blue" trail last week, but longer. And although it started raining about half way round and then just wavered in intensity, we both enjoyed ourselves! Here are a few pics with the waterproof camera I'd stuck in my pack (making good use of the self-timer for some!).

Here's Holly cooling off in a stream before the rain started.

Here we are in Leatherman's cave (interesting story about him- apparently he was a traveler who did a 365 mile route around the area every 34 days in the 1800s, sleeping in caves and relying on hand-outs for food- more here).

And here we are at the scenic outlook- you can see how wet I was!

Not the best weather for a view, but here it is anyway.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yum! (The Finale)

...and here's my plate a few minutes later- it was really good and I'm stuffed!

And Jackie's making brownies to follow, I'll have to force one down ;)

Yum! (Cont.)

...and here's mine after baking...


Jackie found an interesting recipe for "Taco Rings", taco meat baked into a ring of crescent roll dough- here they are before going into the oven...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Top of the world!

Holly and I have just got back from a lovely morning hiking around the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. It's a 4700 acre park with 41.9 miles of trails.

We did the "Blue" trail this morning- it says it's 3.8 miles, but it feels like a lot more because it rises to the highest point in the park where there used to be a fire tower, and the climb up (and then back down) is pretty steep in places- needing hands and feet for some sections. We took it at a fairly leisurely pace and, with a stop for a bite of lunch at the top, it took us about 2 hours.

This is a great new place to find to hike! It does say dogs should be on leashes at all times, but Holly is so good and stays with me so I let her off as soon as we were out of sight of where we'd parked the car- and we didn't see another single soul the entire time we were there (it was 90 degrees and quite humid, so I suppose that's not too surprising). We shall definitely be back to explore further!

Anyhow, here are a couple of pictures I took while we were there- first Holly at the top where the fire tower was-

This is one of the gentler sections on the way down-

And of course we have to finish with Holly cooling of in the stream at the end-

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


We finally got some of the rain we so badly needed- Holly's stream is flowing again!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


I hope we get the rain they're promising tonight- everything here in the woods is so dry that the trees are starting to drop their leaves as if it's autumn!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Cooling the dog

Holly and I have just come back from our walk (a slightly shortened version due to the 100 degree heat), and because her stream where she usually cools off at the end of the walk is all dried up 'cos we've had no rain I filled up the washtub for her- she seems grateful!

It's too darn hot!

This is the little thermometer in my office, it has a sensor outside under a bush that reads the outside (shade) temperature- 100.2 (that's 37.89 to you celsius folks)!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

4th of July

Robyn & David brought the kids over and we took over the nursery school playground so the kids could run around without escaping. Here's Crisp playing with the sprinkler.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

More Lightning Repairs

Saturday morning and Crisp & Jackie have just headed off to the pool for a couple of hours. I'm putting a new motherboard etc. in the sound system computer that was one of the many things fried by the lightning EMP.

Busy Days!

We were a busy and very productive family the last couple of days!

We had dropped off the minivan at our favourite garage on Thursday afternoon (it needed an oil change and an inspection) and they had called to say it needed rear shocks and an a/c recharge as well, so they needed to keep it overnight 'til they got the parts. So that afternoon we all headed over to Saxon Woods so Jackie and Crisp could play mini-golf on the course next to the pool while I walked the dog. While we were there we saw the info on getting a family pool pass that lets us use the pool any time we want over the summer, so we decided to come back on Friday when the office was open to get one- I drive over to Saxon Woods every day with the dog and so we could all come in the afternoons (after camp for Crisp and summer school for Jake) and the two of them could have an hour or so in the pool, then Jake could meet me outside and grab the dog for 10 minutes while I run in for a cooling dip, then we could all have a picnic dinner.

On Friday morning I went out to open up all the classrooms in the church for the teachers of the Ward Institute to set up (it's a remedial reading camp for kids from Port Chester that we are hosting for the month of July), then Robyn came over with her 3 kids and we all went down and hung out on the nursery school playground for a while. After a quick lunch we went to pick up the minivan and then went over to Saxon Woods pool to buy our season swim pass, and from there went on to White Plains to drop off the Hyundai for it's oil change and inspection at the dealer there, and while it was being done we went to the big Stop and Shop next door and did our weekly shop. Then we came home, put away the groceries, grabbed swim suits and the dog and headed back to Saxon Woods where Jake and CJ went to the pool while I did the long loop around the woods with the dog. We met up after our walk on the picnic tables by the pool for sandwiches and then headed home.

Later we decided to go and see the fireworks at Playland from the park, so we headed out to watch them from a park bench overlooking the beach:

Overall a fun and busy day to begin the holiday weekend!