My choice for action series are photos of the Flying Horses Carousel in the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
And they’re off…. whooosh
The Flying Horses are the oldest platform carousel in the United States. It was made in 1876 by early American carousel manufacturer, Charles Dare. The Flying Horses Carousel was originally built for the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn. In 1884 after eight years there the Flying Horses Carousel moved to the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard where it still remains in operation as one of only two surviving carousels fabricated by Dare. The carousel became a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the same year it was acquired by local conservation organization the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
There are two ring dispenser arms situated next to the carousel that offer gold rings and the lucky rider who grabs the coveted brass ring gets a free ride. I flew on these beautiful horses every day when I was a little girl.
The last time I flew on the Flying Horses a few years ago my granddaughter Tiffany was with me. I thought it might be my last time ever to ride them (I think that every time anyway)… and as my horse came around to the arm shooting the rings out I could see that the next one, the one waiting for me was the GOLD ring. What a fantastic way to possibly end my Flying Horses ride…
But I missed it … my fingers slipped and I couldn’t grab it. But… right behind me was my granddaughter and she got it. She offered me the free ride but it meant more to me that she should have it. Perfect ending, if indeed it was.
I repost this post often as it touches me deeply.
My daughter Deb is a twin. Sadly her sister Susan was only here for a few hours.
One of my favorite pictures of Debbie (age 3)
Katy (Katama) was Deb’s first Boykin Spaniel. She was the first dog to go on vacation with Deb and me, no big surprise that it was to MV. Katy left us after 20 months and we feel that she’s now with Susan. Here’s Deb with Katy at Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard.
Chappy (Chappaquiddick) was Deb’s next Boykin Spaniel. Here they are enjoying the window seat at the inn we were staying at in Oak Bluffs.
We took lots of pictures of Chappy’s first trip to the Vineyard, especially on the beach and in the water. He really enjoyed splashing about and barking at waves. These pictures show a little of his fun at the beach.
And then there’s this picture…
Is this a double exposure, or is it Deb and Chappy with Susan and Katy ? You be the judge. Just let me say that my camera, not a digital one, had never, until that day, taken a double exposure and never did so afterwards.
Happy Halloween !!!
After arriving on the Vineyard each summer of my childhood one of the first orders of business was going to the Flying Horses the oldest carousel in the United States, they came to the Island in 1884 from Coney Island.
The Flying Horses are not a carousel, or a merry-go-round, they don’t go up and down just round and round. They are flying horses, like Pegasus, and fly to wherever you can imagine . They don’t actually have wings, but as you make the first circuit you feel like you’re about to fly out the open windows.
I flew on these beautiful horses every day when I was a little girl. The ticket taker was a young man who would never take my tickets ! We tried everything to get him to take them… we brought him candy and cookies and tried slipping the tickets in with them… nothing work. At the end of the summer I said I wanted to buy him a gift, so off my mom and I went to purchase what I thought was a novel idea .. a tie. I was 5 years old, what did I know about buying gifts for men… he, by the way was about 13 but in my eyes he was a grown up. We put the tie in the box with all of summer’s uncollected tickets. As he came around to NOT collect my ticket I handed him the box. He smiled. Ah ha, success… or so I thought. As we were leaving the Flying Horses he came over and thanked us for the tie and as we turned to leave he handed us the tickets. I won’t say who he is, just that he turned out to be an official in Oak Bluffs in later years… and someone I’ve never forgotten.
The picture below was taken during the autumn when the Flying Horses had closed for the season but it didn’t mean I didn’t get a picture of them though. I positioned my camera close to the window and clicked…I got the horses… I also got the reflection of the camera and the reflection of the building across the street. I think it’s pretty neat.
The last time I flew on the Flying Horses my granddaughter Tiffany was with me. I thought it might be my last time ever to ride them (I think that every time anyway)… and as my horse came around to the arm shooting the rings out I could see that the next one, the one waiting for me was the GOLD ring. What a fantastic way to possibly end my Flying Horses ride.
But I missed it … my fingers slipped and I couldn’t grab it. But… right behind me was my granddaughter and she got it 🙂 She offered me the free ride but it meant more to me that she should have it. Perfect ending, if indeed it was.
Rings of gold are good luck I’m told…
as for riding Flying Horses you’re never too old 🙂
April 2009…A friend of my daughter Deb’s asked us if we’d like to dog sit for their two Labs, Silas and Balou. So Deb, her dog Chappy and I set out for MV .No matter how many times I go to the Vineyard my heart skips a beat or two when I see the above sign and the rotary welcoming you to Cape Cod. This was our first time sailing on the then new ferry, Island Home. Seven miles and 45 minutes later we touched tire in Vineyard Haven. We were about to start an Island adventure like none before.
Here is Deb surrounded by a happy, friendly threesome. Chappy on the left, Balou in the front and Silas being petted. We have never met nicer dogs, they are well behaved, sweet, gentle and loving, patient and fun. There wasn’t one moment that we didn’t enjoy being with them. Oh, okay, maybe when Balou was trying so hard to tell us things and we just were too slow on the uptake… but generally speaking (or woofing) things went very, very well.
Except for the weather. Two of the days we were there were wet… very, very wet. And when they said soaking rain they meant it.
This picture was taken from inside our dry car looking out at Edgartown Harbor. Wet, wet, wet. It was windy too. And wet.
But there were times of no rain and actuall brilliant sunshine and so off on our walks in the woods we would venture. The 4 leggeds were happy to be out and about sniffing, walking, and being together.
In all too short a time our dog sitting adventure came to an end and it was time to head home.
Chappy is waiting to say goodbye to his new friends. He had a great time with Silas and Balou.
The Island Home is waiting for us and all too soon we are setting tire in Woods Hole and back to reality.
This of course is my take on our dog sitting adventure but Chappy himself made a guest appearance on the blog and really, you should read his… CLICK HERE
Here’s a little bit of what Chappy eloquently had to say:
*’a friend of my mom’s invited us to dog sit… I didn’t actually notice anyone sitting like a dog (except my dog friends) but humans have weird jargon sometimes. I just go with the flow and don’t ask questions.
Oak Bluffs is another of our favorite towns to walk around in. If you look really really close you can see mom and me standing outside the movie theatre on the corner. She’s taking photos and I’m trying to keep one eye on her and one eye on gram who wandered off to the other side of the information booth. Man, keeping them together would be so much easier if they were both leashed.
Thinking about Chappy and how he liked to pop over to my blog to post from time to time. This was from our dog sitting adventure on MV in April 2009. Miss him.
Hi, it’s me Chappy, the granddog. I was here last year to guest post about my MV visit… click HERE to read that post.
Since I just did a fun post on my mom’s blogChappysmom I thought I’d bounce over here and help gram with one about MY adventure on MV a few weeks ago.
This was the first time staying in an actual house and it was so great. Julie, a friend of my mom’s invited us to dog sit… I didn’t actually notice anyone sitting like a dog (except my dog friends) but humans have weird jargon sometimes. I just go with the flow and don’t ask questions.
My new dog friends, Silas and Balou were great hosts and I really enjoyed having dog friends to hang out with. One of the best parts about hanging out with them were our walks in the woods.
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It’s only been 4 months since we lost Chappy in April 2016 but today, Aug 25 of 2001 is fresh in our memories.
15 years ago today, Aug 25, 2001, Chappy came home to NJ to live with us.
It was a dark and stormy night… no wait, that’s another story. It was actually a beautiful sunny, white puffy cloud, mild August day when Deb (his mom), and I traveled to Kittanning, PA to pick him up. We had been there two weeks prior to look over the litter of new Boykin Spaniel puppies and to sort of reserve the one that would be coming home with us today. We thought it went well, Deb chose the future Chappy and the breeder put a red mark inside his ear… he has since been referred to by us as… yes, red ear.
In the two week interim preparations were made for Chappy’s arrival… bedding, toys, food & water dishes, toys, crate, pillows, toys… you get the picture.
So off Deb and I went on Friday, Aug 24th to drive the 6 hours to Kittanning, spend the night and then pick red ear, oops, Chappy up in the morning. Deb had spent the day at work being anxious to get the day over with and get on the road. Deb didn’t feel well that night, stress, the long drive, the anxiety of picking up Chappy, it all took a toll. Soon morning rolled around and after a quick breakfast off to the breeder’s we headed.
The puppies were awake and adorable, they were playing and yipping and being all sorts of cute.
Except one…. he was off to the side looking all unsure of everything… yes… it was indeed ‘red ear’…. oh dear.
The breeder told Deb she was not under any obligation to take him as he wasn’t sure this puppy was adoptable at the time. And that’s when I saw my daughter fall apart. We thought we had it all worked out and would walk in, pick up the future Chappy and leave, well it wasn’t going to be that easy.
In the meantime other folks were coming in to pick out puppies and to be honest it was quite annoying that they would pick one up… look at it… say yes or no and be off. How were they doing that… was there some kind of pup-telepathy that we didn’t have ?
As we stood there and mulled over the situation two of the puppies scampered over to us and pretty much wore themselves out vying to be Deb’s choice.
I knew pretty much right off the bat which one I would choose and I really tried to hide my choice from Deb and let her make her own decision. She says she could read on my face which one I liked best and I’m sure she could. She was so distraught that at one point I blurted out that she could bring both of them home !!!
And so the competition continued… Mr Personality vs Mr Adorable. Mr Personality was sleek and energetic and was quite lovable. Mr Adorable was fuzzier faced and a little smooshed nosed and also energetic and lovable.
Which one did Deb choose, or rather who chose her. Why it was Chappy of course, or formerly known as… Mr Adorable. By the way, he was my choice from the very beginning… just saying.
Chappy saying good-by to his parents Buddy & Tawny. He looks a lot like his mom and has her sweet personality.
With the traumatic morning behind us we headed on our 6 hour trip home. Chappy slept in Deb’s lap for most of the ride only awakening when big scary trucks rumbled past or when we stopped for food or gas. We also stopped at McDonald’s where he caused quite a commotion with his cuteness.
At long last we were home and settling in very nicely with family and toys.
I love this picture…
and this one 12 years later in 2013.
Thank you Chappy for being in our lives, we miss you and love you ❤
Been thinking a lot about Chappy and of course how much he is missed and what a void he has left. Along with the memories and the thousands of photographs of Chappy I also have a few guest posts from him on this blog… you see where I’m going with this right 🙂
Here in Chappy’s own words, post #1 – MV WITH PETS
Hi, this is me in the car going to Martha’s Vineyard. I know I look all relaxed and eager to get there but in reality I’m a nervous mess. I don’t like car rides, especially the 1000 hours it takes to get there from NJ. OK, maybe not 1000, more like 6 but in dog hours it could be 1000.
Once we arrived I could stretch my legs, have a bite to eat and get settled in. See, this is me very, very settled in… in fact I’m so settled I’m almost asleep.
The Island Inn is a great place to stay with your people. All the accommodations have kitchenettes in them… I love that, I think it’s very important to always have food nearby. The people there have their own dogs who help us 4 legged guests check in. Everyone is super friendly and nice. We like it there a lot.
I have to say that at first I thought the dogs and kids were a little aloof and then my mom explained to me that this is something called a sculpture. Wow, what a relief that was, I mean there wasn’t any scent I could pick up and it freaked me out.
I love walking around on the Vineyard, the scenery is so pretty… like here in Edgartown near the lighthouse. Even though I can’t see all the colors I’m still amazed at the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard.
And the shopping… the Vineyard is so dog friendly that I’m allowed just about everywhere. There are lots of good stores for dogs… I think my favorite one is Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs. The owner Kerry Scott and all her people who work there are so nice. They get right down on the floor and play with me, and offer me treats… I like that in a person. We always bring bags of treats home to NJ with us… I like that too. And I like this sticker.
So let’s see… I’ve mentioned where we like to stay… and where I like to shop… and how dog friendly MV is… all that’s left is for you to experience MV yourself.
This is me on the way home… I am so totally and happily exhaustatated that I’m actually sleeping.
Post #2 – GOING TO THE MV FIBER FESTIVAL
Hi, I’m Chappy and I just popped over to gram’s blog to tell you about another wonderful trip to MV. Actually, I posted here in January about pets on MV, it was so much fun that I’m back to guest post again.
Bradys NESW inn in Oak Bluffs is where we stayed.
This is Amie, she is Brady’s dog and the official greeter for us four-legged guests. She showed us right to our room and clued me in on the good things to sniff and check out. She’s really nice.
Our room had a window seat, I wasn’t sure what that was although I’ve heard mom say time and time again that she’d love to have one. Now I know why, they’re wonderful.. I mean really, a big window to look out of and the sun pouring in to bask in… what more (except food) could a guy ask for. Once in awhile I actually shared it with mom… see how happy she looks… I do too.
The first morning we were there we went for a walk after breakfast. The beach and the water look so pretty but it was too cold to dip my paws in the water. I met another dog friend, she had only been with her adopted mom a few days and was getting used to her new home… she was nice.
Then we went to the MV Fiber Farm festival. I had never seen sheep and goats before and I just didn’t know what to make of them. They sure didn’t smell like any animals I ever met before. I was perplexed and they seemed to be too. “Hey, you lookin at me!” Yup, they sure were, they kept a close eye on mom and me, wherever we moved to they followed us… it was like a game after awhile.
I got to meet two more dogs… Fritz, a sheltie and
also a brown spaniel.It was fun getting to know them and we played each time we saw each other.
This is mom and me relaxing a little bit. She’s of course knitting and I’m fighting to keep my eyes open. I lost..teehee. It was a really, really full and fun day. But the fun wasn’t over because the next day..
… we went to see the baby goats that weren’t at the festival.Look at me ! I’m sniffing a goats behind !! I can’t believe it either.
This is mom and me sitting in the Campground while gram takes a few pictures. We were all happily tired.
We did manage to visit a few new people while we were on MV and of course we ate some good food too. I love eating in mom’s car which we call Cafe Volvo. I always get some of what mom and gram are eating and that makes me very happy especially when they have chicken… or donuts… or hamburgers… or anything.
Thank you gram for letting me visit your blog… this is Chappy signing off.
And lastly post #3 written on his 11th birthday, July 7, 2012 simply titled..IT’S CHAPPY
This is where it all began… me with my brothers and one sister all smooshed up against our dog mom Tawny.
This is mom and dad… Tawny and Buddy. I’ve been told I look more like my mom and have her sweet disposition…but I’ve got some of dad’s sense of fun in me too.
After I said goodbye to Tawny and Buddy we began our long trek across Pennsylvania to New Jersey. You can see I was already in the driver’s seat.
I caused quite a ruckus when we stopped at McDonald’s for lunch. I had no idea I was so cute and I certainly had no idea what wonderful smells and tastes were out in the world. Talk about excitement, I actually stayed awake for awhile.
Finally after days on the road, well it seemed like days to me, what did I know about cars and roads and big noisy trucks that kept waking me up. Mom says it was more like 6 hours… in puppy time that IS days. Good thing I was so rested ’cause when we got home look at all the toys waiting for me… I couldn’t believe it. The six of us siblings had one toy and one tennis ball to play with, I was in toy heaven.
Just look at me… sweet, adorable, just a hint of mischief in my eyes. Yup, I picked the absolute best mom and family in the world. But enough of the mushy stuff.
The pictures below weren’t my idea… gram snuck them on here when I wasn’t looking. Really, I have no idea how they got here but go ahead and enjoy them… I like the ones of me with mom the best. Okay, bye for now, Chappy signing off
I hope you enjoyed Chappy’s posts, I wish he had stopped by more often, he really had a way with woofs and words. Love you Chappy ❤
July 7, 2001 – April 14, 2016
How do I even begin to write this post about our beloved granddog Chappy. What can you say about a dog that has been part of your life for nearly 15 years and gave you nothing but love, enjoyment and devotion. He was wonderful, pure and simple just a dear sweet soul of a dog.
I was with my daughter Deb, the day she picked him up. He was a little ball of fuzz, not sleek and curly like some of his liter mates but he was charming and cute and determined to come home with us. Here he is with his liter mates… and saying goodbye to his parents Buddy & Tawny…
…and start his life with his mom Deb and a family who adored him.
There’s so much I want to say about Chappy and so many, many hundreds of pictures of him I’d like to share but I could never fit it all into one post, or even ten for that matter.
Please take a moment to CLICK HERE and read my daughter Deb’s tribute to her beautiful Chappy. Thank you.