Kind of helter skelter, but we’ll actually get to food toward the end..
MFO is fond of saying “there’s always something on the water”, and it’s true. Odd current patterns in the water, ducks (in the winter), weird boats occasional dolphins, aircraft of one sort of another etc.
Like the other day when we had an aluminum bird hovering over the water, probably the SAR folks practicing
Always fun to watch. And then a rather disturbing couple of visitors showed up, which, while not common are (mercifully) relatively rare
They were urged to leave by firing the Red Ryder BB gun in their direction, the last thing we want is to have permanent guests, especially when the pool gets open.
A quick birder comment: a couple of things that drive birders nuts (probably 80% there already), one is calling Vultures “Buzzards”. Happens a lot and when you politely tell them they’re Vultures, not Buzzards, they just kind of look at you. A second albiet subtler but understandable (and still wrong) is calling the above birds “Canadian Geese”. They may sometimes reside there, but the correct biological name is: “Canada Geese”. Anyway, as anybody knows from walks in the park that are shared with these birds, their hygienic habits leave (ha ha) something to be desired, or undesired.
Mary – land Day
As local alert readers know, this past weekend was a weekend when we celebrated the founding of our state on the 25th of March 1634 when the Ark and the Dove landed on St. Clements Island (previously Blackistone Island). Leonard Calvert and Fr. Andrew White were in the company and they named the land after the King Charles the First's wife Henrietta Maria calling it "Mary - land" (how it should properly be pronounced).
Anyway, there are a couple of local celebrations, one at Historic St. Mary’s City (Saturday), and another at Colton’s Point, close to the colonists landing spot (Monday – always held on the 25th). As another aside, this is the first Maryland day celebration at the City in over a decade that I have missed. This year it was held at the site of the slave cabin by Brome Howard Inn, and between my condition and the length away from the parking lot, it was more than I wanted to handle, so I demurred. One of the things that is unique about our celebration is the “parade of the school kids” wherein 4th graders come in carrying the flag of their county. A colorful and cute parade.
(From a few years ago)
And yet another aside: besides the opening of the slave cabin exhibit at the City, the restored African American one room school house in Drayden that opened in 1890 held a ribbon cutting. In honor of that, MFO (archivist extraordinaire) put together a little exhibit containing some of the school ledgers, documents, etc.
Probably tough to read
Here’s a close up of a list from Regina Hammett’s book that was kind of interesting
MFO also attended the ceremony at Colton’s Point yesterday.. a real workhorse.
Hey Feeder! Isn’t this supposed to be a food blog? Okay, Okay, Okay
Last Friday, I had another follow up at Hopkins which started at 10:15 (Baltimore time)!! Postponed from the day of the wind storm, causing us to be on the road at 0700. Ugh. Anyway, after an encouraging report from the medical side, we decided to take lunch again at Yellow Fin in Edgewater. We had enjoyed a previous visit so decided to do a reprise. It may be the “you can’t go home again” syndrome but this visit was not as rewarding. To be sure the setting is really great, overlooking the harbor on the South River, very nice appointments, nice tables, lovely colors. Started out with a glass of “house” chardonnay (Canyon Road)
Then did my all too boring perusal of the menu, trying to discern what might be lower sodium choices. Certainly found many that were not so finally settled for a (chicken) Grilled Chicken Caesar. I gave them the usual “no added salt” caution and asked if the dressing could be on the side, wherein I was peremptorily informed that “it is already made up”. Hmmm, well, okay. After a bit the salad came:
A bowl of tired greens (maybe because they had been dressed for a while) topped with a haphazard pile of hunks of chicken. And I think the bird had also been sitting for a while. Dried out, stringy and tough. Not a very satisfying dish. MFO’s “fresh spinach” salad seemed to have more stems than leaves on the spinach, and her chicken topping was from the same cut of cloth as mine. So although continued high marks for the venue, lowered our expectations for the food.
You of course remember my tip about the little Philly smoked salmon tub
Well, I got another one for you. MFO happened to find little single serving cups of Guacamole.
We both like “guac” a lot, but if you buy the usual full size container, we can’t eat it fast enough that it doesn’t turn brown (yes, I know there are various schemes) and you end up pitching half of it out. This stuff is pretty good, does have a little kick to it, and is easily finished by two with a couple of drinks. Not haute, but easy to serve, no mess to clean up, and tastes good.
Tonight a second serving of Sea to Table Coho salmon with lemon dill brush… but I’ll be darned if I’m going to be
Oh, I did not do a “bracket” this year and quite enjoyed it. Don’t have to root for a team/coach you don’t like. And I’m probably the only fan in America that won’t be rooting Loyola and Sister Jean. Go BLUE!!