Good Morning Friends!
Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts this past week. It did feel good to take a week off, away from the screen and just be. Today it feels good to get back to my blog. Last week was a hard one but also an extremely busy one at work (2 days in the office - unheard of!!). Other than work, I didn't do much. Just moped around a bit. My right eye has taken longer to heal than the left one did so it hasn't been the best time to knit or stitch. I've done a little, but not much.
We did spend the day with Colin & Mailing on Saturday and that was a lot of fun. We started off in the morning with a short walk in a part of Valley Forge that I had not been to previously. There is a tree they wanted to show us known as Pawlings Sycamore which is purported to have survived the tree cutting in Valley Forge when Washington's troops were there. This Sycamore is massive!!
I would have liked to take many more pictures, but there was a wedding that was going to take place a few minutes after we got there. Men in kilts!! The groom was Welsh and he and his brother were in kilts. A few others were as well. The bride had not yet arrived when we were there, but guests were walking in.
Here's a link to a little more info on this beautiful tree: https://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/usa/pennsylvania/chestercounty/10198_asmallbuildingoffpawlingsrdinvalleyforgenationalpark/
We went out to lunch after that and then headed over to Pennypacker Mills. https://www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills
We toured the house which was the home of PA governor Samuel Pennypacker in the early 1900s. I did not take any pictures (but the link above has some shots both of the exterior and the interior). If it had been a little cooler/less humid, it would have been enjoyable to walk around the grounds a bit.
Instead we headed over to a local winery (Cardinal Hill Winery in the Lansdale/North Wales area) for a tasting. What a mistake! All of the wines we tasted were simply horrible - like cough syrup or worse.
So, one bad thing out of three - not too bad!
We ended the day back at Colin & Mailing's for dinner which was delicious. We had pasta with sauce Colin had made during the week with tomatoes and other veggies from the CSA farm. He fried some eggplant (also from the farm) to go with the pasta and we had a big green salad. Dessert was some strawberry sorbet I had made the other week.
It was a busy day for Fletch and me (the old folks) and we headed home shortly after dinner. Henri was expected to impact us some and we wanted to get home before any downpours occurred. We did end up getting some rain overnight and then more again last night and it is raining now. A good day to stay home. I will most likely end up at the office for a bit tomorrow, but am hoping for a quiet day today.
It is good to be back here. Thank you again for all your kind words and sympathy.