Friday, October 24, 2014

Grass Island

Last weekend we decided to take a hike on Grass Island.  So we grabbed a couple collies, because everyone knows hikes are more fun with canine companionship, and we headed off to explore a new area.

While we have never visited it before, Grass Island is located about 20 minutes away, in another shoreline town, here in New England.  It actually isn’t an island, despite the name, as it is attached to the shore by a narrow, stretch of land.  This narrow band was maybe five or six hundred feet across, so during severe storms I bet Grass Island is cut off from the rest of the town, and actually does become an “island.”  The Island was once privately owned, and the only building on the island is an iconic fishing shack.  The original house burned down in the 1930’s, and was rebuilt.  Back in the 1960’s the owners of the house and property donated it to the town.  Though only a shell remains, its simple lines and beautiful setting, make the shack on Grass Island one of the most photographed and painted landscapes in our area.

Ryder, posing pretty for the camera!

We were able to get close to the island last Spring, but could only photograph the house from across the water.  This time we figured out how to get out onto the island, and spent a peaceful afternoon wandering around and exploring the beaches of Grass Island.
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Quiet, empty beach...
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Abby found some driftwood!
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There was a lot of driftwood, all over the island...
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Pretty shoreline...
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"I know the way!"
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"I found it!"
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Holly wants us to hurry up!
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Curious collies!
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The Watchers
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Ryder enjoys the view!
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Pretty as a picture!
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Family portrait time...
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Holly makes friends with a local beach dog...
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It was a lovely afternoon, and we will definitely be visiting again!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The crisp evening air, and the crinkle of the leaves underfoot mean Fall is here...

Fall has arrived here in New England, and we have been taking hikes, to enjoy as much of the Autumn foliage as possible.  It seems like I claim every season is my favorite, with the exception of Winter.  But I do love this time of year.  Everything is so beautiful, and the Fairs and cooler weather just make me long to spend more time with my family…and of course, my collies.  So here are some recent pictures we captured on our drives and hikes here in New England, hope you enjoy them!

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And to view even more of our Fall pictures, click here:
Autumnal Collies

Friday, October 10, 2014

And Summer turns to Fall....

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  The air turns cooler, and with the change in temperature, it brings a distinct change to the world around us.  The trees dazzle us with their autumn finery, adorning themselves in rich shades of red and gold foliage.  They put on such a beautiful show, that leaf peepers begin driving up and down our local highways and back roads, just to soak in all the stunning colors.

The local towns hold their fairs, as Farmers complete their harvesting.  And pumpkins soon begin appearing on front porches to greet visitors, and chase away scary spirits.  We also love Fall because of all the seasons, it seems to complement our collies best.  We never fail to get some amazing pictures, while our collies indulge us by posing for the camera.  So I thought I would share some of our current and past Fall pictures, and hope you will all join us in celebrating this wonderful season…

This fall...

Falls past...

Monday, October 6, 2014

The collies, and Pumpkin Kitty, are asked to do a review!

The collies, and their kitty sister, Pumpkin, were asked to do a review for!

We waited until Abby's Birthday to try these Primal dog treats, since her birthday is always a cause for celebration.  And with a name like Primal, we knew we needed to find an unusual setting to do this review.  So we decided to take the treats with us to a local lighthouse.  The ocean, sky and the solitary lighthouse seemed like the perfect setting to enjoy "Primal" dog treats.

Abby, Scarlett and Holly took the review very seriously!

Can I have one now?

Abby is so ready to try these treats!

Abby thought the treats were packaged in a pretty, appetizing manner.  Being a label reader, I was more concerned with the back of the package.  And when I scanned the ingredient list, I was very pleased!  There is only one ingredient in Primal Foods Liver Munchies - and that ingredient is Turkey Liver!  These treats are gluten free, grain free, and made in the USA.  But what about the taste?  The collies all voted, and after much drool, and taste testing, they give Primal Foods Liver Munchies their highest rating - 4 PAWS!  This is a product I would definitely buy for my collies.

We were actually lucky enough to be asked to do another review on a Primal Foods Product in the past - you can find it here:  Primal Foods

But it wasn't only the collies who were invited to do a review.   Pumpkin kitty was also sent treats by  They sent her a bag of Blue Buffalo Kitty Yums, Savory Salmon version.  And apparently these treats were so delicious she could not wait until we returned from the Lighthouse.  (we were only gone about an hour!)  She ripped open the bag, and had a kitty feast!  As you can see, she LOVED these treats.  Blue Buffalo made a truly irresistible flavor when they created these cat treats.  Pumpkin gives these treats her highest rating - 4 PAWS, and is insisting we buy another package tomorrow!

Now this is the face of a contented cat!

Want to get these delicious treats for your furry family members?  You can find these treats and many more at