Keeping it brief

I hope.

(Amish farmer. Lancaster, PA. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

Last weekend went by quickly. Friday evening we went to the Lancaster area to visit with M’s family. We stayed with his sister on Friday night. Saturday we attended an impromptu family reunion of some of M’s cousins. It was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

Saturday evening found us back in Sabbaticalville for a concert at Longwood Gardens. Gaelic Storm played in their open air theater. Gaelic Storm may be best known for playing a piece of their music in the movie Titanic. They were the Irish band in steerage.

It was a lovely evening for an outdoor concert. The music was lively and fun. By the end everyone was up and dancing.

(Gaelic Storm. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Playing the bagpipes. Gaelic Storm. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Lead singer, playing the bodhran, & percussionist. Gaelic Storm. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

After the concert, M and I went to McKenzie Brew House for a couple of beers and some nachos. I wouldn’t recommend McKenzie’s for much else. We had dinner there a few months ago. The service was terrible. The food (dinner/entrees) was mediocre at best. But they do brew a fairly decent beer. The only problem I have with their brews is that they all tend to taste alike so it’s hard to distinguish between, say, an IPA and a Belgian witbier. They are distinctly different styles and one ought to be able to taste a significant difference between one and the other. I think their brewer must be a hop head as all his beers are well hopped. I’m a bit of a hop head myself so I don’t really mind a hoppy beer. But there are times I want something lighter, such as on Saturday night, and I was disappointed to find that of the four styles M and I tried, they all tasted pretty much alike.

The nachos, however, were tasty. McKenzie’s does do appetizers fairly well. The only problem I had with the nachos is that they give you enough to feed a small town. We brought most of the pile home with us, but nachos don’t reheat all that well, even in the oven.

(Farm in the Garden State. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

On Sunday we went to south Jersey to visit with my family. It was a nice visit. I got to spend time with my parents. M played with the nieces and nephews (who seem to enjoy jumping all over him). The pool was open, the weather was warm, and M and the kids went for a long swim. I brought my suit along with every intention of joining them, but I was having a good hair day and my parents wanted to take us out for dinner. I didn’t relish the idea of going out with that swimmed-in look.

(Cannonball. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

We had dinner early that evening at Charlie’s Other Brother. The food was good. I had shrimp scampi and steak. The shrimp was deliciously garlicky and the steak was well-seasoned, cooked as I ordered it (medium-rare), and very tender. I ordered a side-dish of steamed asparagus which we all shared. Yummy!

After dinner we went back across the bridge to Sabbaticalville.

(Heading home. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

That pretty much wraps up the weekend. This week has been pretty low-key except for the filming going on in town. I’ve been cleaning the apartment and starting to pack up some stuff to take home to the Bogs when we go back again (for a short visit) in July.

We gave our 60-day notice on the apartment last week. Someone is coming by today to have a look at it. Although clean, the place is a bit of a shambles. I should probably tidy up but, really, I don’t care. Let them think what they will. The place is small, storage is minimum, and I’m doing the best I can.

We’re going to Annapolis for the weekend to visit friends. I need to get packed for that, too.