Sunday, August 31, 2008


These two riders are working together to get this cow out of the herd and down to the pen...

Saturday, August 30, 2008


These little guys almost came home with me yesterday - they were just too cute with their little 'heart' faces....
The funny thing was, Tillie was terrified by them! I was shocked, considering how much cattle work we have done, but little cows, attached together and pulling tires, was very frightening, as far as she was concerned! Now, the draft teams with all their noisy harnesses, pulling big wagons or stone boats, she watched the other penning horses freak out at those, but never batted an eye. Baby carriages, umbrellas, golf carts darting in and around us, and the millions of other crazy things that make up a country fair didn't bother her a bit. But, in Tillie's mind, cows have a certain place - being chased around an arena - anything else is too weird. Horses can be so silly sometimes!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Highs & Lows

After the day I had yesterday, this was the best way to recover - 2nd place in the Novice Division at the team penning at the Windsor Fair!! YEEEEEE HAAAA!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Goodnight, Moon...

This afternoon we said "good-bye" to my horse, Moonie. She was 33 years old. She was a member of my family for 22 years...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Day of School

Here's an image that will be repeated many times over the next week - children climbing aboard the school bus for the first time since June. (I'm sorry it's a bit blurry - I was collecting hugs & kisses instead of readying the camera!) They were not anxious to be going back to school - but they sure jumped on that bus fast enough!! And when they came home they each reported that they had had a good day, after all.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Last day of summer vacation...

Look at me on my own blog again! My older son wanted to practice using the timer on the camera. Which was just as well since I was holding the horses...and no, they're not really as close to the edge as it looks like they are, although plenty close enough. See how Tillie (big bay horse) is standing all hunched up? She didn't like being there very much! What a good girl to trust me!! What always amazes me, is that every time I ride the horses up there, they spend the first several minutes gazing around - I wonder how much they can take in and what they think of it all...

This is how the boys wanted to spend their last day of summer vacation. We hiked/rode up The Pinnacle, which is near our house. This huge ledge at the top of the mountain provides breathtaking views. We go up there a lot, especially when we have guests because it's a relatively short hike with gorgeous scenery, particularly during fall foliage.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What a bunch of turkeys!

My husband took this shot out of our kitchen window - looking into the horse pasture. He tried to get some clearer photos by going outdoors, but they were much too skittish and flew off into the trees to get away from him....

Sunday, August 24, 2008


We found lots of Pickerelweed in North Pond. It is in bloom right now and very pretty!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Reflecting rays...

I loved the way the rays of sunlight were streaming through the clouds and reflecting on the surface of the pond...I took this photo on North Pond in Norway...Norway, Maine, that is... ;-)

Friday, August 22, 2008

His first bass!

Yes, they were successful! My younger son was ecstatic about catching this 16 1/2 inch Large-mouth Bass!! He had to work really hard to get that fish into the canoe and I am so proud of him! Anyone have a favorite recipe?

Thursday, August 21, 2008


After leaving Shagg Pond, we decided to paddle North Pond in Norway (on the other side of West Paris) and see if the boys could catch some fish. We were slightly surprised to find this pair of cormorants living there. We generally only see them along the seashore. What we discovered is that North Pond is a treasure trove of wildlife - we saw lots of birds! The big question is: were the boys any more successful? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Loon Family

The last 2 posts featured the birds that I was able to photograph during our camping trip. However, I suffered through a lot of teasing because everytime I pulled out the camera, the loons would disappear! And I was so determined to get a shot, but I never did before it was time to go home. It took a trip to Shagg Pond, in the neighboring town of Woodstock, yesterday, to get me the shots that I was looking for - with a baby bonus!! I have never even seen a baby loon before!! We couldn't believe it, but he was diving underwater and playing and splashing. It was so cute!! Mama loon would sing for him when he was under for too long - she would get nervous and stick her head down and look for him. I could have stayed there for hours watching them interact. Unfortunately, the fish weren't biting, so my canoe-mates were anxious to try their luck at another pond....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


That next morning, I walked out to Natanis Pond, to photograph the mist rising off the water. Imagine my delight when a female Mallard took flight and I got this shot!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Juvenile Northern Flicker

I actually took this shot a month ago during our camping trip at Natanis Point in Northwestern Maine. There were 2 of these little guys in our campsite, hopping from tree to tree and around on the ground. They were quite talkative. I was able to get really close to one of them, while he was on the ground. By the time he decided to fly back into the brush, he was so used to me being there, that he actually bumped into me on his way by...It was pretty amazing!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lazy Days of Summer

Unfortunately, they're coming to an end...only one more full week of summer vacation left...

Saturday, August 16, 2008


This is one of the reasons why I feed my horses black-oil sunflower seeds. The seeds provide them with a healthy fat source, which helps them maintain weight, and the oil makes their coats super shiny and soft. The bonus for me is that these wonderful flowers pop up in their pastures!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Paris Hill Baptist Church

One of the prettiest old churches that I've seen, in a beautiful location!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Happy anniversary, Honey!

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary! I spotted this license plate while walking back to our car and thought it was perfect for today's post...

Monday, August 11, 2008

I couldn't resist...

This is one of my all-time favorite bumper stickers!!
(Seen at Paris Hill Founders Day.)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What a car!

Needless to say, this is not the car that we drove to Paris Hill. We parked our Saturn way down the hill, out of sight, and walked up to the fair! ;-)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Studebaker Transtar Deluxe V8

We've left the antique car collection, but I'll be back to show you more next year!

When you make your plans to join us on Paris Hill next July, be sure to shine up your oldest, or most expensive car. You don't want to be shown up by the person parked next to you! We found this vehicle parked on the side of the road...this is a kind of pickup that I have never seen before - very unusual and striking looking!

A fellow blogger, from SF Bay Daily Photo, has provided me with more information on this great old vehicle:
The Studebaker Brothers were located in South Bend, Indiana. Studebaker was founded in 1852. Many pioneers from the east came west in Studebaker Conestoga wagons. Studebaker also supplied many of the wagons used by the Union Army in the civil war. In the early 1900s, they became one of the first automobile manufacturers. They hedged their bets by continuing to build horse-drawn vehicles and by building both gasoline and electric-powered cars. In World War I, they supplied many wagons (still horse drawn) used in that war. Most of the trucks sent by FDR to aid the Soviets in their death-struggle against the Nazis were Studebakers. Studebaker trucks were tough enough to stand the winters and very primitive road conditions in the USSR. In the USSR, the word 'Studebaker' became synonymous with 'truck.'
Thanks for the info, Louis!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Let's go back in time...imagine having this vehicle waiting for you as you disembark the train after a long journey from Boston or New York...I bet it was a pretty jolting ride up the mountainside to your destination!

This vehicle was found, covered in dust, in the back of someone's barn! What a testament to the restoration crew - they sure can take pride in their work! Apparently it should have also had a top, but they couldn't find it. Recently they received a phone call from the grandson of the owner of the barn, and they unearthed it - another project! Hopefully by next year it will be completed for us to view...

Original leather seats and a fur throw to warm your legs...

1915 Lippard-Stewart
Model: D657
Body Style: Mountain Wagon
Chassis by: Lippard-Stewart Motor Car Company of Buffalo, New York

Engine: 232 cid Continental L-head, case en bloc 4 with 30 hp

"This vehicle shuttled guests to and from "The Iron Mountain House" in Jackson, New Hampshire."

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

One last Packard...

Gotta save some for next year's blogposts!! ;-) 'The good lord willin' and the creek don't rise', we'll be back to see the cars again...

1932 Packard
Model: 906 Twin Six
Body Style: Convertible Sedan
Chassis by: Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Custom Body by: Dietrich, Inc. of Detroit, Michigan
Engine: 445.5 cid modified L-head 67" V-12 with 160 hp

Tomorrow we'll go back outside and check out a couple more unique vehicles...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A red convertible!

I do love a red convertible...
1941 Packard
Model: 1907 Custom Super-8 180
Body Style: Convertible Victoria
Chassis by: Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Custom Body by: Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California
Engine: 356 cid L-head straight 8 with 160 hp

Monday, August 4, 2008

One of the first Packards...

What fun it must have been to pile the family in this and head off for a day in the country! Notice the picnic basket tied onto the back...
1906 Packard
Model: S or 24
Body Style: Touring
Chassis & Body by: Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Engine: 349.9 cid T-head 4 with 24hp

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Another touch of celebrity...

Interestingly enough, here is another reference to Clark Gable. Can you just see him dashing about town in this gorgeous car? (It's actually not as yellow as it looks in this picture - it's cream colored. The indoor lighting is so hard for photo taking!)
Here is the information on the plaque:
1934 Packard
Model: 1106 Twelve
Body Style: Runabout Speedster
Chassis by: Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Custom Body by: LeBaron
Engine: 445.5 cid modified L-head 67" V-12 160 hp
"This LeBaron Speedster was further modified at the request of screen star, Carole Lombard, resulting in a one-of-a-kind car that she then gave as a gift to Clark Gable."

Saturday, August 2, 2008

"Car of the Dome"

1934 Packard
Model: 1108 Twelve
Body Style: Sport Sedan
Chassis by: Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Custom Body by: Dietrich, Inc of Detroit, MichiganEngine: 445.5 cid modified L-head 67" V-12 with 160 hp

Taken from an article about the designer:
"The "Car of the Dome", a one-off 12-cylinder Packard show car built for the transportation exhibit at the 1933-34 "Century of Progress" Chicago World's Fair was a good example of a vehicle that successfully combined the styles of both designers. It started life as a Dietrich-designed style 3182 Formal Sedan mounted on a 147" wheelbase chassis updated with bumper caps and forward-extended front fenders. De Sakhnoffsky eliminated the side-mounts and extended the hood putting speed spears on the vent doors adding even more length to the already long vehicle.

The October, 1933 issue of Motor described the interior of the car in great detail:
"All body hardware is heavily gold plated and so are the steering column and instruments. Wood paneling and trim are highly polished burley Carpathian elm. Built into the back of the front seat is a cabinet extending the full width of the car. The right side is occupied by a full length dressing case with gold plated fittings. At the left is a cellarette with a drop door which becomes a glass covered table when lowered. Inside are large gold cups in racks and large gold containers for liquid refreshments. Upholstery is especially selected beige broadcloth. The exterior finish is called Sun Glow Pearl, a new finish which is gold, or brown, or pearl, depending on how the light strikes it."

Note how the front and rear doors open on the same hinges...

With the vents open...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Theme Day: Metal

Since I’ve been doing metal cars for the last couple of weeks, it was hard to think what to use for a creative photo today. Then, I came across this shot of a fancy hood ornament, with an antique car background. This is the kind of detail that they just don’t put on cars anymore. Who can tell me what kind of car this is on? This Paris Hill car collection includes one of each and every model that this car company ever made, (I believe there are 9 of them) including the car that spent 2 years in the Chicago Worlds’ Fair!

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