Entries from the ‘Working’ Category

Maintaining a Stone Wall

Maintaining a Stone Wall

Posted by Sharkey

The weather was so beautiful yesterday and a lot of our household clan wandered outdoors to enjoy the sunshine.  It seems that the wall around Martha’s patio is a favorite spot to congregate and like Martha, I want to be sure that the wall will be around for many, many years.

How to Move a Fire Pit

How to Move a Fire Pit

Posted by F&S

Last week, Martha went antiquing and found a gigantic metal vat and she thought it would be great to use as an outdoor fire pit.  It was too big for her to take, so she sent Uncle Carlos with the pickup and, of course, he took us along for the ride.  It wasn’t such an …

We, Frenchies, Help Hang the Screens

We, Frenchies, Help Hang the Screens

Posted by Sharkey

Now that spring has arrived, the grounds crew has been very busy with all of the spring chores.  One major job is taking down the storm windows and replacing them with the screens.  Because Franny and I are never concerned about getting our paws dirty, we are always ready to chip in and help.  No …

Betsy Got a New Computer!

Betsy Got a New Computer!

Posted by F&S

Betsy’s new computer arrived for her stable office and we, Frenchies, wanted to deliver it and help her set it up, seeing that we’re computer savvy and all.  New computers are so exciting and this one is especially so.  We also heard that Martha got a brand new iPad and now we’re wondering when ours …

Grooming a Horse is a Big Job!

Grooming a Horse is a Big Job!

Posted by Sharkey

In my attempt to be ever helpful, I went down to the stables the other day because I heard that it was grooming time for Meindert.  Unlike my little Frenchie body, a horse is quite a large thing to groom and I wanted to help Betsy out.  It took a while, but I got the …

Polishing Martha's Silver

Polishing Martha's Silver

Posted by F&S

Laura Acuna was really busy the other day, polishing all of Martha’s silver, in preparation for a big dinner party.  Martha has been collecting silver for many years and much of it is quite old and beautiful.  We, Frenchies, thought it would be a good idea to help Laura out.  Of course, our minds started …

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

Posted by Francesca

With the arrival of spring, there are so many chores to do around the farm.  You probably know by now that Martha likes to blanket the farm with burlap to protect things from the wind and cold.  Sharkey and I like to help out by removing the burlap from the boxwood hedges.  Come and see …

Pruning the Berry Patch

Pruning the Berry Patch

Posted by Sharkey

When you live on a farm, there are many chores to do.  Shaun, the gardener, has been really busy with his crew, getting the grounds all spruced up for spring.  Franny and I decided to explore the berry patch the other day and saw that it was really overgrown.  Berries need a good pruning every …

Dreaming of springtime

Dreaming of springtime

Posted by Sharkey

I was outdoors last week, dreaming of springtime, when I happened to see Fernando busy at work.  He was getting the pergola ready for some touch ups, before all the plants begin to grow and climb.  You may recall that I really love this pergola and all of the blooms that it supports.  Therefore, I …

Christmas Again?

Christmas Again?

Posted by Sharkey

There has been so much excitement around the house these past few days.  Wouldn’t you know it, just when it seemed that Laura Acuna finished putting away the last few Christmas decorations, out they all came again.  The reason is because a crew from the magazine is here photographing for next holiday season.  The best …