Welcome to Henwoodie! Henwoodie is the name we gave to our Arts and Crafts style home here on the western edge of the Catskills Mountains in New York state. Henwoodie means "Hennery" or "Henhouse". And since the house looks like an oversized henhouse the name seemed to fit.
Life at Henwoodie is quiet and peaceful---most of the time. We have eight dogs (six are rescue) and they can keep us all hopping.
My studio, Moel Eyris Studio at Henwoodie, is located on the second floor. It's not unusual to see bald eagles soar right past the studio windows while I'm working. However, since I mostly work late at night and into the wee hours of the morning it's more usual to hear the owls hooting nearby.
Every afternoon the pups and John and I hike to the river to swim, play ball, or go kayaking. Another favorite hike takes us up the side of the mountain where we can scramble among our favorite rock outcrops.
Blog: thewritinglifeathenwoodie.com chronicles my writing process here at Henwoodie
Molly and Gabe are our champion water pups! We live right on the beautiful Upper Delaware River and hike to the river every afternoon for the pups to go swimming. Molly is also the fearless high diver off the rocky cliffs at the Big Eddy by the bridge! Both pups love to play with the water as it comes out of the hose.
Fergus was delighted to meet Peedie when John first brought him home! These two "twin terrors" have become inseparable. Peedie is the brains behind inventing new games for all four pups to play: Chase the Squirrel (Peedie or Fergus); Find the Mole; Fearless Fergus (Fergus puts his entire head inside Gabe's mouth and Gabe gently closes his mouth so that it looks like he's bitten off Fergus's head! That's John with Peedie when he was just 8 weeks old.
These photos show Molly and Gabe at their best in the water. Molly is a fearless high diving pup! And that's Gabe on the left looking pleased with himself that HE got the rubber ball and not Molly.
We rescued Bridey and Maddy (on left) at the end of January 2011. They are now 2 years old and are the sweetest, most loving pups. We rescued Sophis (above) at the end of August 2012 from the San Bernadino City Shelter. She was on the list to be put down and we only had an hour to rescue her. Olivier flew to L.A. and picked her up and flew her back in First Class all the way from L.A. to upstate NY! Sophie is another loving pup who fits right in here at Henwoodie. She and all the other pups have become great friends.
Gabe swimming with his favorite ball.
This is Scout---our newest rescue pup from the South L.A. Animal Shelter
John on the beach in Provincetown July 2014
Olivier and John on Macmillan Wharf, Provincetown, July 2014
Colorful stones on Long Point Beach, Provincetown, July 2014.
Whale watching off Provincetown,July 2014
John and Sophie Christmas 2013 at Henwoodie
Winter at Henwoodie is always a magical time of year. Whether hauling or carrying firewood, firing up the hot tub, or romping in the snow with the pups, a snowy winter is welcome here!
Christmas at Henwoodie is a magical and mysterious time of year.