The Mounting Blocks at the Farm

Posted by Sharkey

Now that Francesca’s eye is back to normal, she certainly has a lot to catch up on around the farm.  The other day, she found out about the new storage building that’s under construction and I also told her about the stonework project that’s going on.  And speaking of stones, we decided to have a good look at Martha’s mounting blocks.

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Hey, Sharkey!  It's such a beautiful day.  What is that chiseling sound that I hear?  What else did I miss while I was out of commission with my eye ordeal?

1 Hey, Sharkey! It's such a beautiful day. What is that chiseling sound that I hear? What else did I miss while I was out of commission with my eye ordeal?

Oh Franny, that's the stone mason, Carmine and his crew.  They're installing a big project behind the Summer House.  I'd show you, but there's a lot of stone dust and heavy equipment, so we should stay out of harm's way!

2 Oh Franny, that's the stone mason, Carmine and his crew. They're installing a big project behind the Summer House. I'd show you, but there's a lot of stone dust and heavy equipment, so we should stay out of harm's way!

You remember Carmine - he's the fellow who is responsible all the beautiful stonework here at the farm.

3 You remember Carmine - he's the fellow who is responsible all the beautiful stonework here at the farm.

That's right, Sharkey.  Carmine built all the stone walls, terraces, walkways, stairs, and even the stable!

4 That's right, Sharkey. Carmine built all the stone walls, terraces, walkways, stairs, and even the stable!

He also found this amazing stone block for Martha, which she uses as a mounting block when she rides the horses.

5 He also found this amazing stone block for Martha, which she uses as a mounting block when she rides the horses.

It conveniently has a step up, making it easy to mount and dismount the horses.

6 It conveniently has a step up, making it easy to mount and dismount the horses.

And it's cleverly positioned right next to these hitching posts, so Martha and Betsy can tie up the horses.

7 And it's cleverly positioned right next to these hitching posts, so Martha and Betsy can tie up the horses.

You know, since we're so interested in this mounting block, let's to and take a good look at the one located near the stable.

8 You know, since we're so interested in this mounting block, let's to and take a good look at the one located near the stable.

Yes, this is a beautiful granite specimen.  This used to be at the driveway entrance to Martha's Turkey Hill home and when she moved, she liked it so much that she brought it here to Bedford!  It's a perfect mounting block!

9 Yes, this is a beautiful granite specimen. This used to be at the driveway entrance to Martha's Turkey Hill home and when she moved, she liked it so much that she brought it here to Bedford! It's a perfect mounting block!

Sasa, if I were able to find a mounting block high enough, would you take me for a ride?

10 Sasa, if I were able to find a mounting block high enough, would you take me for a ride?

Hmmm, Sasa didn't seem to take to my idea very well.  No matter, I'll go find an activity more suited to my Frenchie stature!

11 Hmmm, Sasa didn't seem to take to my idea very well. No matter, I'll go find an activity more suited to my Frenchie stature!

Comments (18)

  • Hello Ladies,
    That mounting block is a great idea. Sometimes I feel like I need one just to get into bed at the end of the day.LOL!!! The stables look very far away, don't get too tired now on your first few days back in the saddle!! Get it, saddle, mounting--haha. Maddox, I think a little of your wit is spreading. I bet Rapper "Z" is going to have dress rehersals for Father's Day over the weekend. And most important for today---this is for you Dudley.....
    Dudley Do Right, today is eight,
    Our Dudley Do Right is mighty great.
    Dudley, Dudley, you're 'da man!!!
    Lots of hugs,
    From your #1 fan-----
    Happy #8 Dudley----Lynn
    Have a great birthday and fun weekend!!

  • Good morning ladies,
    I have to tell you, it does my heart good to see you out and about again at the farm. Those mounting blocks are really neat. They are perfect for Martha snd Betsy to mount and dismount the horses. Those horses are big, very tall. Maybe you girls could find a mounting block that would be good to mount the donks. That would be a fun picture to see the two of you on two of the donks and GK running after the third one. hehehehehehe
    And now to the other important news of the day,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DUDLEY
    You are the man today buddy.
    Is there anything special planned for your birthday?
    I hope you have the best birthday ever. Lynn sent me and my gang some of her special bone shaped biscuits. To honor you, I gave each chow a biscuit and told them they had to sing Happy Birthday Studley Dudley before they eat them. yEah right, they all got a whiff of those treats and they took off. Uncouth idiots. Well Dudley, you are my pal and I did not eat mine. I sang Happy Birthday to you, in an American Idol finalist voice I might add, and then I ate my delicious biscuit. Thank you Auntie Lynn. Scrumptious is putting it mildly. Dudley, enjoy the day and let us know if you get any goodies for your big day.
    Ok, you maniacs, start checking in and tell us your plans for the weekened.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    I have my own mounting block for the bed - stairs :)
    Yes I have a set for the upstairs and downstairs beds so I can run up and down with ease. We have those really high sleigh beds and there is no way I could jump up in fact Precious is having some difficulty now so sometimes mom needs to give her butt a lift.

    So finally the weekend is here what a long week. I plan on laying around the pool and sneaking sips of cocktails as the swimmers leave their glasses ;)
    Nicole and Abbie are coming swimming Sunday I can't wait lots of play time.

    Happy Birthday Dudley hope you get lots of treats.

    Well I gotta go mom needs to leave for work and I have to walk her out to the door. Don't tell her but then I run back in bed with dad and we catch an extra hour of our beauty sleep.

    Have a great weekend Glue Squad!!

    Zoe

  • Hi! We enjoy seeing what you are up to and just wanted to tell you about something we do. We are teenagers that bake homemade dog biscuits and give all of the money to help homeless pets. So far, we have raised $13,000.00. You can read more about us at http://www.woofemdown.com. Have a fun day! See you tomorrow!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Is there anything you two don’t have on your farm. Maybe it’s a pig; haven’t seen one of those there. So Mommy Martha uses those “mounting stones” to get onto and off of her horse. Is the horse that tall? Guess that would be called a “high horse” that Martha has to get off of. Hehehehehe Happy Birthday Dudley; have many more. The weekend is here and it’s going to be another hot one. Guess I’ll stay inside and soak up some of the AC.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad,
    Hi Lynn ;)

    Early computer time for me this morning, yeah!! Mom said she had things to do & places to go, so I better get my paws typing. Mounting block?? Don't think I need one as I have found ways to make that high jump, getting down; well that takes a little thought.

    Happy Birthday Dudley, hope you have a great birthday, get lots of treats and make many special memories.

    Weekend plans for me includes going back to Intermediate Training starting tomorrow; Mom had to suspend classes for a few weeks; nothing serious. Then will probably help with outside stuff (really supervising):) if the weather ever clears up for more than a few minutes at a time. We have had enough rain for a little awhile, we need to dry out.

    Wishing everyone a great weekend.

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DUDLEY DO RIGHT!
    Hope you have a great day!
    I'll sing a round a "Happy Birthday" when I get my "voice" warmed up. LOL Can't beat Lynn's great rap. That was super!
    Those mounting blocks are the greatest! Mimi says she isn't sure she'd be able to leg up onto a horse anymore. Her hometown has a couple of Avenues where the city and homeowners have preserved all the old mounting blocks from the horse & buggy days.
    Hey, Missy Chow, what do you learn in your intermediate class? Is it fun?
    Quiet weekend at our house again. That's o.k., gonna be too hot even for me.
    Til Monday.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S&GK+Glue Squad, Sweet and wonderful Sharkey, you sure do a great job taking care of your wonderful sister, Franny! These photos certainly show both of you being very happy wondering around the farm and enjoying the mounting blocks! Seeing Sasa was fun, too! Hope to see handsome GK one of these times! Today it isn't raining and it might be sunny so my Mom can take me for a nice walk for my birthday and I can run into friends along the way! She's going to make me some more of Lynn's delicious treats and I love them so much! Thank you Lynn for that charming poem you wrote for me-I love it and you! Professor Maddox, thank you also for what you did to appreciate my 8th birthday-I love you, too! Zoe, Kirby, and Missy Chow I thank you and love you, too! I will check back later to read more of today's delightful comments! Zack and Thomas, you are doing a great job to help more of our wonderful animals! Hope all of you buddies have a great day and I will too! Have a great weekend, also! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+ PS-My Uncle Tim is doing better and had his 11 staples removed and he fixed my Mom's computer-Thank God! DDR

  • Love the Ying & Yang photos of you guys #4 & #5... :-)
    I sure would need a step-up-block for mounting a horse I can barely lift my legs up a bunch of stairs since my horses are gone...riding kept me limber but now I'm getting to be an old lady :-(

    I love Sasa, he's so gorgeous! tall dark and handsome ;-)

    Lynn Thank You for the kind words on the painting of Basil...his fur markings were hard to paint but a joy to paint :-) I posted the painting on one of my art sites... check it out! http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1178343

    everyone have a save and happy weekend!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

    p.s. Dudley my dear, sorry I got the wrong date for your BD, but nonetheless the WISH was sincere...Happy Birthday with a Woof Woof Day!

  • Good Morning Girls,

    I don't need any mounting block. I can jump really high :) Happy Birthday Dudley!! Hope you have a great day with lots of treats!!!!
    Well, I have to say Mom seems to be not stressing out as much over me :) Yes, she is still anal about putting me out at certain times and making sure I poop and pee even if I don't have to go LOL. But we are getting into a routine and things are good!! SO, with that being said I broke off a big piece of one of her bushes. And I ate a few of her pretty yellow flowers out in the garden. AND........ dug a really big hole behind a shrub and she kind of fell in while she was weeding ;) Hey, I didn't say I was perfect. hahah
    She is going over Zoe's on Sunday for a swim and I would just love to go. Maybe she will bring me.. keep your paws crossed.

    Well, have a great weekend everyone and keep cool. Its going to get hot again. Good thing I have my pool all filled and ready to take a dip.

    Chloe xx

  • It's so wonderful seeing you two out and about again with any added aids like cones and purple bandages. Leave it to MommyM to make mounting blocks not only functional but beautiful too.

    HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY DUDLEY DO RIGHT!!!!! I hope you have a marvelous day and get lots of yummy treats. Try not to over stuff yourself on those delicious treats your Mom will make you from Lynn's wonderful recipe. :wink:

    Everyone have a lovely, fun weekend! :smile:

  • ..good to see you two out adventuring..most important HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDLEY!!..I will bark at every critter I see in your honor..and eat a couple Warrior Prince cookies (I love those things) in your honor... and generally act naughty all day just for you...have a great day day, my little buddy..and all the rest of my glue squad buddies have a fun day...it is raining in my part of the state...I hope the front by passes your house Dudley...this old girl dog is tired today..walked clear to the end of my driveway yesterday to spy on the workers...got tired and had to lie down..James went back to the house and got the truck to drive me home..guess I thought i was a puppy..Lucinda said i went goofy..just wanted to see who was on the property..that is my job , you know!..must eat a Warrior Prince cookie and relax..check back later ..over and out, Cora-Belle

  • ...just wanted to tell Delia, your painting of Warrior Prince is great..really enjoyed your website....Cora-Belle

  • Everyone must check out Delia's site she refers to above and see the portrait she did of my Basil Boy. Dudley, he is looking right at you and saying, have a great birthday. Delia is such an accomplished artist, this is so special to us. ENJOY ALL!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hey Glue Squad,
    Do you all have Lynn's special treats? She is the best.
    Sooooooooo, Mr. Birthday Boy Dudley, are you having good day? I sure hope so and I hope it continues all weekend long.
    Delia, you are a very talented artist. You captured Basil the Warrior Prince to perfection
    Love all
    Maddox

  • Aw, glad her eye is better! And what a beautiful horse!! Your dogs look so happy! (My blog: http://www.thecrossovertrainer.com) Looking forward to receiving updates.

  • Aw, glad her eye is better! And what a beautiful horse!! Your dogs look so happy! Looking forward to receiving updates.

  • Oh you guys are too kind with you comments! :-) Thank You, I really appreciate it...

    one can also click on my name from:delia (above) and see other of my art sites and interests, they lead to many other connections of my art.

    Thanks again Lynn, Maddox and Cora-Belle

    delia <3

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