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Nikko… donning his newest shades.

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Caught in the act.. no dogs allowed on furniture! LOL Every morning I’d find Murphy & Deacon snoozing here. ❤ So much for house rules!

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Fave all time summer lunch! Yum! ( even before lobstah rolls lol)

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But Ma.. SHE started it!

In memory of Jackson

Jackson & Funnyface… inseparable best buddies

Jackson was our oldest golden and in another lifetime I’m certain he was a Mom. He had the most wonderful disposition–nothing ever rattled him. Not what I’d call a watchdog–at worst he’d wag you to death with his tail. And nearly all the critters on our farm were practically raised by him, be it kittens, orphaned lambs, bottle fed kids, day old chicks or the baby ducklings.


One spring night we had a delivery of kittens from a young first time mother, that didn’t want to have any part of mothering. She’d rather be out running in the fields or mousing up in the barn loft. And we also had one other great mother kitty–Funnyface, that was simply a natural. Jackson watched and listened for two hours to the hungry crying neglected newborn litter and then decided to act. It’s a good thing golden retrievers are born with soft palates, so as not to damage their catch when field hunting.

We watched him remove each of the six newborns and gently tuck them all, one by one into Funnyface’s basket alongside her own two week old kittens. It was love at first sight. She took them in and raised them as her own.. If it weren’t for Jackson they surely wouldn’t have survived. Remarkably enough, a month later, the young mother kitty resumed her responsibilities– so now everyone was pretty content and we no longer had any supply & demand shortages of milk.

Snug as bugs in a rug.. and all were adopted.
Watchful Mom

Jackson was always drawn to the young–and they to him. I think overseeing all the critters on our farm kept him young. He was fourteen years old when he crossed over to Rainbow Bridge and had lived a full and very good life… and we were blessed to have him fill ours – but moreso, he was such a gentle giant… and a really good boy. ❤

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By special request from the birthday girl.. Lobster Fra Diavolo! Well heck, birthdays only roll around once a year.. plus it’s a fave around here… so I caved. LOL

….. Fresh lobster, jumbo shrimp and scallops sautéed with shallots and garlic in a spicy and very flavorful marinara sauce. Served over linguine, and celebrated with family and good friends, it’s was fabulous! Happy birthday, Court ❤ ❤

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2 fresh (1 ½ #) lobsters
3 oz olive oil
4 garlic cloves, smashed
2 medium shallots, minced
2lb cooked shrimp
½ lb fresh scallops, diced
1 TBL fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 TBL Italian parsley, chopped
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes – start with ½ tsp if the heat is too much for you 🙂
2 tsp tobasco sauce
4 cups marinara sauce
½ cup dry red wine
1 lb linguine

·Boil lobsters, cool & pick all the lobster meat from tail, body and claws. Set aside
·In a skillet, heat olive oil, garlic & shallots briefly
·Add lobster meat, diced scallops, herbs and spices. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
·Add marinara sauce, red wine & cooked shrimp. Bring to just a boil, then lower heat and let simmer 5-8 minutes.

·Serve over warm linguine & toss well.

 

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Went up to visit the “kids” before they left for summer camp this week. What can I say… I guess they’ll always be a special place in my heart for them 🙂

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.“ ~Mark Twain

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First visit since 3/9/2020! So happy to see everyone, finally! ❤ ❤ 

 

 

they couldn’t come this far without our traditional lobster bake! 

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