In mid September, Jim’s Dad and his wife came to visit us for a few days.  It was a wonderful visit and we had a lot of fun doing touristy things and eating wonderful food.

I’ve been wanting to go back to Wolf Hollow here in Ipswich, MA, and Pop & Susie were game.  Wolf Hollow’s mission is “the preservation of the wolf in the wild through education and exposure”.  I had been there years ago but wanted to go back.  There are 7 wolves living at Wolf Hollow but only 3 living in the main enclosure.  Guests sit in a small area with stadium seating and listen as the naturalist teaches you about wolves:

        

It’s amazing to me how one moment they can look like a fierce predator and the next look like a sweet dog waiting for a treat:

        

On another afternoon we went to Newburyport, MA.  Pop & Susie shopped while hubby & I sat on curbs & benches and people watched.  I don’t have any pictures from Newburyport.  I had just started the z-pack antibiotics when they were visiting, and I was exhausted from being sick for 5 weeks.  Susie told me she had once had a sore throat no one could diagnose, and it turned out to be a staph infection in her throat.  It was so weird when 3 weeks later I was diagnosed with the same thing!  As we were wandering through downtown Newburyport I did happen to glance into a store selling fancy pet things and spotted this rug, which I HAD TO HAVE:

On the last afternoon we went to Rockport, MA, always a beautiful place to visit.  So many little shingled houses & the famous “Motif #1“:

        

        

Once again, Pop & Susie wandered in and out of shops [Susie bought a gorgeous white blouse with aqua trim – I wish I’d gotten a picture of her wearing it] and Jim & I sat on curbs & benches people watching.  Here is Jim sitting on a piling near “Motif #1”:

        

And Jim & Pop chillaxing on a bench while Susie was buying her beautiful blouse:

We are both looking forward to visiting them [and my family] at Christmas.

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11 Comments

  1. What a nice summery memory (it’s really cold here in Seattle)! Rockport reminds me of our town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island, which also features a famous red wharf building. We also have a wolf sanctuary, Wolf Haven, near here. I was there long ago. LOVE that door mat!!

  2. AnneV

    So glad to finally see you blogging again – no matter what the subject (house improvement, pets, or fun visitors), your postings are always fascinating.
    You did a lot of really fun things with Dave and Susie, and I have to tell you that the photo of the zinnias in Rockport makes me want to plant zillions of them next summer. Such gorgeous colors, so beautiful!

    1. Nine Dark Moons

      I love zinneas. I planted some in our back yard towards the end of summer [well, I tossed seeds in a couple planters and forgot about them] and they’re still blooming!

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