Sunday September 30, 2012
Carrie comes for the week-end.
Carrie arrives Friday early evening with her boyfriend Matthew. They left Baltimore about 2:00 and what is usually a 3 hour drive door to door turns into a 4 hour drive since apparently everyone else in Baltimore and DC was also leaving town early. They are tired. But it’s always great to see her smiling face.
Carrie, Matthew and I head out for breakfast at a favorite place in Charlottesville, The Blue Grass Grille. As usual, it is packed and we have to wait for a table. Carrie and I are both surprised that the food this time is not as great as in the past. The “special” red velvet pancakes that Matthew orders are not all that special and the biscuits are far too heavy and dry. Clearly David’s farm breakfast is back in a solid first place as breakfast of choice. Maybe Blue Grass got a new chef while we were gone. That’s too bad. But it probably accounts for why no one thought to take any pictures here.
The Grille is a block from the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market which is a bustling place on Saturday morning.
There is an amazing array of things for sale from fall fruits & veggies, to clothing, to paintings, photography, plants, pottery and lots of freshly made food. Today is a UVA home football game and lots of folks are sporting their colors of Orange and Blue.
We could have easily eaten breakfast here with all the yummy looking baked goods. Especially given all these chefs in their hats. Is it a UVA chef in orange and blue? But we are stuffed so we pass them by.
We stop by my friend Maggie’s pottery display. I haven’t seen her in quite a while and she has the cheeriest pottery I know of. She’s a wonderful artist.
We then head over to Blue Wheel for the main town errand which is to pick up my bike from its tune-up. Hope I can try it out before I leave in case there are minor adjustments needed.
After that it’s out to the farm where we all inspect the progress on repairs and painting. Work is clearly underway, but things are looking good……..
David takes a nap and we all quietly pursue our interests for an hour.
After that it’s delicious wraps for dinner. Boy I’m doing terribly at remembering photos of food. Too busy scarfing it up apparently.
After dinner Carrie makes a cherry pie under the watchful eyes of the men. Unfortunately her mother forgot to get the pie making essentials out of Winnona in town. So she has no cinnamon, no rolling pin and no pastry cutter. Real hardships all. I’m sorry Carrie! But she does a good job anyway.
And the pie as always is delicious. But again…….too busy eating. Got no pictures. I’m getting very slack here in the picture department for everyday life.
Although you can see it if you look in front of David in these pictures of the Trivial Pursuit game we played after dinner. Old Farts vs Young Farts and the OF’s BARELY pulled it out at the last minute. Did you know Adolf Hitler was Time’s Man of the Year in 1938? I didn’t, but Matthew did.
Sadly they had to leave today but not until after a BIG farm breakfast, helping to take a load of trash to the recycling center and playing several games of Clue and Scattergories. Not one soul took one picture. Too busy having a good time I guess. J
And last but not least, on Friday I got another postcard. This one from our friends Gin & Syl of Wandering Sylville. It was hilarious but I don’t want to offend anyone without our sense of humor. I tried taking it out of focus and all other types of ways to “protect the innocent” and this was the best I could come up with. SO use your imagination (or not) and if you want to see the real thing, it will be on the mirror. Just drop by in Florida this winter (we hope) and we’ll be happy to show you.
Thanks Gin and Syl – we got a HUGE laugh out of this!! And laughs are ALWAYS welcome however they come.