Apologies for my lengthy absence. Soon the school year will be over, and I may have a little more time to spend blogging but for now, it is what it is.
And all month long I’ve been looking forward to hosting a couple of my blogging friends, Daryl from NYC, and Reena, who lives in the Philadelphia area. I will admit to you that I was a little nervous to have them out to my house, which is utterly ridiculous because who in their right mind wouldn’t love it here? Still, I had all these plans but nothing set in stone.
They arrived Saturday around lunchtime.
It was actually my husband’s idea to take them to lunch in Chesapeake City. We ate at the Bayard House, a long-time favorite of mine. Afterward, we browsed the shops in town, then took a drive down the road to show them the horse farm that we lived on for ten years.
We stopped the car along the road that runs through the horse farm and I shot the first photo in this post from the car window with my cell phone. They were absolutely enthralled with the mares and foals. My husband worked for Northview Stallion Station for ten years until his position was ‘downsized’ in 2008. I haven’t been there since, and although it wasn’t as beautiful as it used to be, to my friends it was wonderful.
Lunch was pretty darn good, too.
We had dinner reservations back at Reena’s place, so we headed up 95 towards Philadelphia. After a wonderful meal, much laughter on the patio until the wee hours of the morning, and a dreamless sleep, we began Sunday with coffee and photography.
Reena’s daughter captured us taking photos of the wildlife on the back patio.
Daryl, me, Reena in our pj’s as we took photos of birds.
And this little chipmunk.
Then it was off to brunch in Manayunk at Bourbon Blue, a fantastic restaurant along the Schuylkill.
Don’t let the empty tables fool you. The cuisine here is excellent.
Our hosts ~ Reena and her professor husband who does not like posing for pictures, but graciously let me take this one.
My meal, the Breakfast Quesadilla.
scrambled eggs cooked with bacon in a tortilla with
cheddar cheese and guacamole, served with sides of
lyonnaise potatoes, sour cream & salsa fresca
Which is why I ended up having this salad for dinner tonight, after arriving home. The lettuce was freshly picked from my husband’s garden.
But back to my mini-trip away . . .
After brunch, we drove to Chestnut Hill where we walked and enjoyed the beauty of the area and the stores along Germantown Avenue. Lots of lush gardens, lovely little shops, and interesting architecture.
More photos to come.
But I’ll share this building that I found interesting, a bakery/bistro named Cake. I think we may have to go back here and have lunch some time.
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Hope you’ve been enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend so far. Here’s another tune I stumbled upon. Love the soft vintage style in which the video was filmed, too.
Until later, my friends . . . thanks for visiting today.
ps – to Beth, our waitress at Bourbon Blue: Hope you get that camera you want.