Day two.  The weather got even better - thank the heavens, because the guys were playing an outdoor venue.  Well, semi lightly covered, but still an outdoor venue.  Will have to get pictures next time...dang...none of them turned out!
We spent the day visiting a few of my favorite stores on the Island - always a treat.
Previously, in the morning, I decided to marinate some chicken thighs.  Have you seen this?
This made a fabulous marinade for chicken.  I do find toasted sesame oil a bit heavy for a salad dressing - but just my opinion.  For the chicken I used, 4 farm raised chicken thighs, skin on bone in, 1/2 a  sliced onion, 2 sliced garlic cloves, juice of half a fresh lemon, and about 1/2 a cup of this OrganicVille Sesame Tamari Vinaigrette - allowing the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for about 6 hours.  Very tasty!  I could have made my own, but we already had packed so much food with us, I opted for some convenience.
Now onto cooking the chicken.  I have never actually fried chicken before.  I decided to fry the chicken in a little melted butter in a non stick frying pan.  The chicken took about 45 minutes cooking time, turning fairly frequently to get a nice even brown coat.  Much easier than I thought.
As the cooking was well underway, we suddenly had unexpected guests arrive:
Let me introduce you to Maiya on the left, and her sister Mia on the right.  (hope I got the right order here)  These two lovely sisters are Australian Shepherd dogs.  The sweetest personalities you could ever imagine.  They noodle around the resort in unison - making sure that all is well with the resort and their guests.  So adorable.  They greet you when you arrive, and they are there to say goodbye when you leave.  We fell in love with these two sisters.
Our front door was open while the chicken was cooking.....their noses led the way.  So I thought maybe they would like an organic carrot.  Our dog loves them.  Nope.  They turned up their noses and looked the other way.
So then I decided to give them a tiny piece of cheese each. (I know you should not feed a dog cheese - but it was tiny, and I had to give them something)  They ate the cheese then waited patiently.
By now it was getting darker out.....the girls were not going to budge!
Finally dinner was ready.
We had steamed some delicious new potatoes and had a fresh farmer's market salad:
As we sat down to eat, the adorable sisters remained on the door step.  I wish I got a picture, but the little sister - Mia sat with one paw up....looking forlornly.  Enough to melt anyone's heart.  So DH sliced up a piece of chicken for them to have....the rest is history.  They arrived each morning once we were up and about and then each evening at 5:30 p.m. on the dot!  These girls know a softie when they see one.
After dinner, once again we headed down to the lake:
Another beautiful night.  There was a multitude of dragon flies gracefully flying about.  After taking twenty some odd pictures, DH finally captured this spotted one with the camera - these guys move fast!
Day three coming up next....Foxglove Organic Farm Tour!

Ina Gawne


  1. Oh what cute, sweet girls! And your food looks fantastic (will look for that dressing for sure!). All your pics are great! There were about 25 dragonflies all together on a branch in the river recently at our mountain property and I was so bummed I didn't have my camera with me at the time (I was swimming after all LOL). What a beautiful spot your getaway is!

  2. I love that the doggies hung out with you - it's so nice to be adopted by a critter when you're away from home :-), and the Island looks gorgeous.

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July 27, 2011