August 29, 2014

Touring The Seal Community Near My Home In Maine

On yesterday's blog I asked if you knew the largest and second largest islands off the east coast of America. A few of you took a shot at it, but only two - Tarp Sanderson and Rosanna - stated definitively, the correct answer: New York's Long Island and Martha's Vineyard, also known to me as "Aunt Martha's Vineyard" by my confused, little darling nephews!

One exquisite feature of the Maine coast near Bar Harbor, where I have a summer house, is the vast seal community. By the hundreds harbor seals fish, swim in the neighboring waters  and sunbathe on the warm rocky coast near my home. I love to take guests out on my boat to tour the nearby rocky outposts and islands to view these magnificent creatures. Seal Harbor really does have a population of real seals! Enjoy my seal tour in the photo gallery below and don't forget to comment!

August 28, 2014

The Final Week Of My Maine Vacation

The past two weeks of August in Maine were absolutely beautiful! My daughter, Alexis, and my two grandchildren stayed the entire month. They enjoyed the hikes, the lakes, the beaches and the mountains.  We all ate very well, enjoying foods from the local fisheries, the farmers’ markets and my garden.  We cooked, we gardened, we decorated, we hiked, we ate, and ate and ate!  We also did yoga with my longtime yoga instructor Roseanna. We entertained, we went out to Islesford Dock on Little Cranberry, we went to Havana in Bar Harbor, and we dined at friends homes. We took the boat out to see the seals and visit neighboring islands. We also worked on an upcoming shoots for Martha Stewart Living! I will be sharing more about that with you in the coming weeks and months. It was a relaxing, fun and event-filled vacation! Please enjoy a bit of what I enjoyed in my photo gallery below! And don't forget to comment - I love to read your remarks!

August 27, 2014

A Lesson in Trimming Donkey Hooves

It is such a joy to own 3 very cute and happy Sicilian donkeys. As with the ownership of any animal, one must be aware of any special needs that are specific to the animal.  In the case of donkeys, one such concern is the proper monitoring and maintenance of their hooves. Hooves, like human finger and toe nails are constantly growing. However, in the case of donkeys, their hooves support the entire weight of the body. If left unmaintained, they will get too long, creating an uneven stride. Hooves can also crack and cause severe soreness and even lameness! It is therefore vital that they are regularly and properly maintained.

Hooves should be trimmed approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. Betsy Perreten, my stable manager and I, saw that it was time for a trimming, so we called in the farrier, Linda Friedman. How did the session go? View the photo gallery below where my precious Clive's session is featured!  Don’t forget to leave a comment!