July 9th 2015 11:22 am
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So many changes have occurred in this last 365 days. First of all, we are celebrating our first year today, of having moved from Fairfax County, to Isle of Wight County, Virginia! It was not only a huge move, in terms of having to pack up 31 years of living in Centreville, but in having to un-pack those boxes, here in Zuni, and settling into our new home, but we now share our home, with Betsy, Anna, Rigo, Twinklestar, Claire, and Brock, but also with Brutus, 2 bunnies, and 8 ducks! There were more ducks, but Brutus has not been trained, and so killed 3 of them. (One died of natural causes, sadly).
We have a big pond, where the ducks live, and it has in the center, an island, with flowers, and grasses, and the water has many fish for our ducks, and for Rigo, who likes to fish. Hopefully, we will stock it with more, for our own eating.
There is also a shed, an outlying building used for storage, a covered pic-nic pavillion and a red barn. There are many paths, here on our 75 acres, and we have an above ground pool. There are many flowers and plants, a huge garden, and lots of wild turkeys, rabbits, and we even saw an egret yesterday, flying overhead. It had been eyeing our ducks, I'm certain.
We can take long walks, and never go off of our property, where we feel safe, as we are far out, in the country. No one, except friend's will be here, unless we have hired them,(or possibly are making deliveries). The adults do not need to worry about the children being harmed, since we are away from the crowds, and they can come and go, without an adult following their every move,
We have an alarm system, but the best one, in my opinion, are Brutus and Chester! We may not hear when a vehicle comes onto Chesterwood, but Chester and Brutus sure as heck do, and they bark, loudly.
This is a beautiful, handmade house, built by Bill and Virginia Dennison, back in 1987. It has no dryboard, at all, but is built of wood, completely, and they even left a tree, down in the dining room, right where it was, when it was alive and growing. The kids like to climb on it.
We share a room with "Little Anna", who is not so little anymore. She is growing into a teen now, and in fact will be 13, in a matter of weeks! Twinklestar and Claire share a room, acress the loft, from us. Rigo and Grandpa share a room, downstairs, and Betsy shares a room with Brock, which he likes, very much.
We are looking forward to making memories here, that we never could have made, in the suburbs of Washington DC, where the crime rate is so high, and best of all; NO LEASHES!!
July 9th 2013 12:31 pm
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We started our trip about 2 weeks ago, and are in the Virginia town of Edinburg. It's about the best place in the world for doggies! there are many, many ducks!! They swim on the river, which runs right in front of our little house.
Mty little house is on wheels, and Daddy can make it go anywhere. I help him make it go, by sitting next to him, and looking at him, which I think is almost as important as he tells me it is. He makes me feel as if he couldn't make it go very fast or far if he didn't have me here beside him.
So, we are here and I love it! Mama and I go out every morning, and feed those quacking ducks. I sit close to the water, on the banks of the little river. Sometimes, I fall in a bit, but Mama rescues me each time. We throw in bits of bread, and the ducks come and get it. some even catch it mid air! There are baby ducks too, and the big ducks try and take the bread away from them! The Mama duck gets angry then, and nips at them, until they stop stealing. I watch those ducks carefully. At times, they fight, and then I have to stand up fast, to show them that I am bigger, and will stop any nonsense they are thinking of.
It's so fun, being in the mountains. I relax in the evenings, with Mam and Daddy, after supper. We sit outside, or take walks. Last night, we picked raspberries. They taste yucky, but daddy likes them on ice cream. He can have them all, but it's fun to find them.
April 28th 2013 6:13 pm
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Today was a super fun day! Daddy took Mama and I to one of my favorite places to chase after gooses; Bull Run park! Once upon a time, this place was filled with troops that had cannons and swords, and killed one another. It's hard to believe it, because it so peaceful now, well, til I get there and chase all those gooses, and ducks and make em fly away!
There are meadows, filled with wildflowers of all kinds. Today, Daddy wanted to see the Virginia Bluebells, and so he asked mama if we wanted to take our "Little House".
I want to tell you about our "Little House"! It is a tiny house on wheels, that Daddy can drive around. It has a kitchen, a bathroom, that has a small tub just for me, and a dining area, a couch and Mama has a bed, over the top of where we sit and drive. Daddy and I drive, and Mama can rest her neck and back. It's pretty cool, and I love getting in, and going to different places. Many times, we spend the night in it, sometimes for days and days.
Our little house even has a name. Daddy picked it out and had a silver keychain engraved for Mama. You will never guess, not in a million zillion years! It is named; "Chester's House"!!
Are you surprised? I was! It's the most funnest thing, cause we just hop in and go wherever we want.
Sometimes, Daddy will ask Mama if we can go to Boston Market and get chicken and cornbreads with lot's of BUTTER!Then we take our chicken and eat it at the table. After, we go for a walk, then home again (to my little house) where Mama and Daddy play cards, dominoes or board games. Then it's time for our naps. When we wake up, it's time for another walk, and I get to chase those gooses again. Or we find our way down to the river. There ducks on that little river, and I like to look at them and dream about chasing them, clean outta that water, ha ha ha...
Last month, we went to my sisser Alissa's home, and we were nice and cozy in my little house, even though it was so cold outside. Daddy just plugged it into a socket, and just like the big house, it got nice and warm. Mama and I went outside the next day, and what do you think the sky had done, overnight? It snowed! I sank into the cold white blanket, that lay on the ground. Mama had to pick me up, because that snow was over my head. I could only breathe when I put my nose up as high as I could! We had a nice few days there.
We also went to a place called Louisa, where we are going to go and LIVE for a whole year!!
Sisser Margie will take care of my big house, and daddy, mama and I, will hit the road. I hope to have lot's of stories to tell, about the adventures I know that my family will have. I will tell you about the campfires at night, and the walks by the lake, and the gooses and ducks I will chase!