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July 6, 2009

Taking a Break from Ducksitting

Julie bought a newer kayak and therefore sold me hers. Today we the two of us decided to do a little exploring. There is nothing like being in a beautiful spot, low in the water and out in nature.

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Julie on Pattaconk Lake

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Up close

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Here she is having just done an assisted rescue...she rolled on over and used my kayak to right herself.

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Here I am in my "new" kayak.


We had a blast and then it was time to get home and let the ducks out for a swim and a walk.

It's Not All About Ducks!

Not everything here at Thirsty Boots Farm is about the ducks (although almost everything is). A pair of bank swallows (I think) have made their nest right by our entry door (not very smart). Everytime we go in or out, Mom or Dad get spooked and fly off of the nest. One day I left the screen door ajar and the next thing I knew I was trying to escort the female out of my kitchen!

At any rate, here are her babies. You can only see three but there are four crammed into the little nest. We're a little worried about when they learn how to fly. The bricks seven feet below the nest will not make for a soft landing. Also Tucker is definitely a bird dog and can sniff out vulnerable birds. We'll have to be careful when they do fledge.

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The nest

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Up close view of the inhabitants

July 8, 2009

What a Difference Fours Days Make!

Well, the eyes are open and they are crowding each other in the nest!

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Keep watching!

Back To The Ducks

The ducks were moved in with the chickens and it wasn't ideal. The chickens took to them but also liked their food and therefore relegated the ducklings to the bottom of the pecking order. We therefore moved them into their own stall where they had more room to walk about, no competition for food and a good view of what goes on in the barn.

I still feel a little guilty about having them "cooped" up so I still make time to take them out for several walks and swims about during the day.

Fourth of July weekend was a real treat for them as Heather, George, George's daughter Lily, Julie, and Heather's friend Alison came for a visit. It was a beautiful day to sit by the pool so that is where we took the ducks. Some people swim with sharks. We prefer ducks!

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Checking out this new body of water


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I can do this!

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Lily with the ducks

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Taking a rest with Heather on the raft


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Taking a rest with Julie


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Soaking up the sun


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Lily loved the ducks


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More time with Julie


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Time with Alison


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Enjoying the water


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Diving for a cherry


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Giving it another try


And at the end of the day.......


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...it's back to the pond.


Wall Update - July 8

Another wow! Julie is really making headway and the wall is nearing the orange string which indicates where the cap stones will go.


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View of the west side


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Julie working on the wall


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Looking down the center at the packing, much of the stones collected by me, Mom! (muscles are aching)


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East side of the wall

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View of the wall from the front door, and oh, yes, john tickling Jay Blue.

July 20, 2009

Day Trip

Summer is a great time for visiting faraway friends or taking short day trips to fun destinations. Last week we got the best of both worlds by driving to Windham, NY. There we stayed with our long-time friends John and Lynn Adams who had rented a condo in Windham to visit their son, daughter-in-law, and their new business venture - Cave Mountain Brewing Company. Tim Adams has worked for years as a chef but has always been interested in brewing beer. What better to do than join his two passions into a business, which he has done .

Cave Mountain Brewing Company is a wonderful restaurant where you can not only sample his many wonderful microbrews but actually see the beer being brewed. Tim's old-world/hand-crafted/small-batch theme produces some wonderful tasting beer.

Windham is a small skiing town in the Catskills of about 1700 people. On summer weekends and in the winter, it swells to many thousand more. The main street of restaurants, real estate agents, shops, and galleries is about half a mile long and invites the age old comment, "Don't blink or you'll miss it."

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Here we are about to go in.

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Inside in front of the carved sign

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Tim, John Mc., John A., Lynn, Kathy

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Setting up for the evening...yes, they serve bottled beer also.

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At one end of the bar, homemade blueberry shots and I got the recipe!

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At the other end, the brewing kettles.


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Chris, a chemical engineer, loving his job of stirring up magical brews.

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A special edition...perhaps for the jalapeno version?

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The "beer" men talk.

Tim gave us a tour of the basement.

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The various bags of malt from the U.S. and Europe

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Heading toward the taps


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The beer theme is carries over into the bathrooms... men's and ....


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...women's.


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Tim expanded into the space next door when it became available. Lynn stands in front of the seating area where you can sample a beer while waiting for your table.


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This shows the front of the seating area where you can eat and, when a band is playing as it was when we were there, dance!

Then it's time for some beer.


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The taps

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Some food

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Some Cave Mountain gear


We were so impressed by the beer though that we decided to purchase some for our August party.

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Lynn sampling the jalapeno lager while my growlers were being filled.

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We all had to have some.

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All set to go for the party. I ended up with 7 growlers for our taste testing of Cave Mountain brews. Come join us for the best taste of:

American Blonde Ale, English Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout, German Hefeweizen, Centennial IPA, Pal Ale, and seasonal Jalapeno brew

You will not be disappointed!


And if you can't make the August party, plan a ski weekend at Windham and head to ave Mountain Brewing Company for your food and beverage.

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