Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ben and Penny

Ben and Penny have been spending lots of time together, and are building a nice relationship, although Penny still sometimes expresses her love for Ben by jumping and biting...


Hanging on the couch in Ben's room...


Today we went out to the campsite that I used this last weekend while camping with some friends...Ben and I were planning on camping there this week, but it's been rainy and yucky and that's still going on...we got rained on a couple of times while we were there...the good news about all of the rain that we've been getting is that there are gazillions of blueberries...some of which we harvested this morning...


Penny watched Ben and I walking around and picking the tiny fruits for a minute before she wandered over and asked for one...once she tried one, she was crazy for them, and actually started to use her teeth as a blueberry rake, as can be seen above...


She and Ben scouted for good spots, darting here and there in the woods at the edge of the campsite on Little Green Pond, each suspecting that the other had a better site...very few berries (relative to the number that we saw...and picked) made it into the mug that we were using to gather the tiny blue treats...


By the end of our berry-picking outing, they had both perfected their methods...Ben looked for huge clumps of berries, having little patience for singletons...Penny chomped on whole branches and then pulled away, stripping the leaves and berries into her mouth (as can be seen above); after which she would spit out some of the leaves and swallow everything else...


They had a fun time comparing results, and eating the fruits of our labors, while tromping through the woods during a couple of downpours...


During one of the rainstorms, we all went swimming in Little Green Pond, after which Penny ran back up to my car to take a nap (strangely managing to get both seats in front equally wet) and Ben asked me to set up my camping hammock...I did so, without the fly, and he loved it, it rocked him gently in the wind that was coming off of the pond at us...he took a little rest while I read down by the water for a while...


He loved the comfort and openness of the hammock, and wants to go hammock camping in the future...

Penny and Ben are sharing the couch in Ben's room with me right now while we enjoy some of the zany exploits of Scooby Doo and the Gang...

1 comment:

Micka said...

I love reading your blog,
I'm from upstate NY originally.
My parents now reside in Lake Placid.
Now that I live in Chicago I get
my Adirondack fix by following
your blog and seeing your wonderful
photos. That hammock time looks
great, and the wild blueberries
fabulous. If you want to do more
with the blueberries then eat
them right off (which is great
enough!) I'd recommend this recipe
at this blog/link:
http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/07/blueberry-crumb-bars/
If not...well, I wish I could be there in the woods right now picking blueberries. They are $4 a pint at the Farmers Market here in Chicago!!
Thanks for a fun blog and great photos!
I love New York! (upstate that is!)
Micka