Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA

This morning we went on a bonus walk with the Around Town Hounds to Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton, VA. It was a beautiful day for the end of October--mid 70s, not a cloud in the sky and non-stop sunshine!
You can just barely see Sammy's brother, Jack, at the side of this photo. The beach was wide open for us to enjoy.
Sammy found something on the beach and immediately snatched it up into his mouth. Maybe a dead crab? Or some old sponge? I think he regretted it later--because he drooled and slobbered all the rest of the walk.
Nerice took off her shoes and went into the water. A little cold!
Sammy was immediately the fun police!"Get out of the water, Nerice!"
We came across some fishermen and asked them what they caught. "Only some sunshine on our faces," they said.
PG just enjoyed a chillin' kind of day. She didn't go in the water, didn't roll in anything or pick anything up in her mouth! Hampton is surely a great place to live!

Wish you were here,
Sammy & PG

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA

This morning we went to the Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival. It is sponsored by the Hope House Foundation. The foundation provides supported living services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in their own homes or apartments. The foundation also runs Hope House Thrift Shop--where they have everything from Polka Dots to Leopard Spots!
Sammy liked looking at all the art work. I wanted to catch him looking in the mirror--but he wasn't cooperating with me.
PG was looking for anyone who would come by and pet her.
We bought a water pitcher from Neal Reed. Neal enjoys carving into the clay while it is still soft, and also the technique of sgraffito. A few years ago we bought a coffee mug from him showing a lady walking two dogs--pulling her in two different directions. Can't imagine why that mug talked to me and say, "Buy me!" Neal is a potter from Fredericksburg, VA. He shows his work at Sophia Street Studios. They are dog friendly if you're ever in Fredericksburg--stop by and say hi.
There are lots of artists to see! Painting, sculpture, jewelry--something for everyone.

Right next to the arts festival is the Hague--with lots of ducks and geese. So close and yet so far away! It was a beautiful day for the festival. The artists will be there again tomorrow so go out and see them.

Wish you were here,
Sammy & PG