Monday, 7 November 2011

Tommy's MANic Monday!

: Hi everyone. Well, as I write this, Monday hasn't really happened yet but if Sunday is anything to go by, it's going to be one heck of a busy time!

#1 decked me out in all my finery on Sunday morning, and off we went!

You see, we were spending the day escorting and interpreting for a group of apple growers and (hard) cider makers from the Hudson Valley. You can read all about the project here.

So, the first part of today's programme consisted of our American guests planting cider apple trees in a new orchard, and I supervised!

That lady is so great! Her name is Elizabeth Ryan and she is a well-known cider producer in the Hudson Valley. You can read all about her here. Our soil here is very clay-y and she just took her shoes off and dug right in!

After the planting, I had to devote some time to getting cuddles as I was highly popular with the visitors! Here I am with one of the guys:

But the most fun part was when our visitors were all inducted into the ancient Brotherhood of Cider Tasters (it goes back to the early 17th century!). The masters of the brotherhood were all wearing fancy dress!

Today, we are starting out with a walking tour of a beautiful old nearby town. Then we are visiting apple orchards, having lunch at a 15th century manor house, and visiting cider works. It's going to be a busy day!


  1. A busy but very interesting day! It's so cool you get to know some human traditions, Tommy. And those visitor-cuddles aren't bad either we guess.
    Have a good day!
    Purrs, Siena & Chilli

  2. Woo had pawed me how woo were having a busy and fun time!

    How khool!

    I wonder if any of my floof is on their khlothes? After all, The Hudson Valley isn't that far as the fur flies ;-)


  3. WOW! Looks like yoo're all having a great time!

  4. So nice of you to welcome all these visitors Tommy. We are sure that they appreciate hanging out with you. Do you get to eat any of the apples?

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  5. Tom, we are very impressed with the astute way you supervise Elizabeth. We're taking notes! We need to look that alert to make sure our humans realize we see ALL!

  6. Wow, it sounds like a great day! Enjoy!

  7. Oh that sounds wonderful. I cannot wait to visit to try some of your cider!!!

  8. We bet you made lots of new friends yesterday Tom - did #1 enjoy herself too?
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  9. Wow! What a cool sounding day--for people and you I mean. I'd rather nap.

  10. Tommy, keep an eye on #1...she might have too much cider, you never know!


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