I meant to post this last night but, to be honest, I partied hearty and simply didn't have it in me!
On Saturday, we loaded up the car and headed off to a winery (Linganore Vineyards at Berrywine Plantation) for the day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we found us a nice spot at the top of the hill in the shade. A very slight breeze blew and it was wonderful! A few thousand of "our closest friends" joined us for some great Caribbean music, wine sampling and a little shopping at the craft booths. ( Actually, it was the most crowded we have ever seen this venue. We were almost elbow-to-elbow with the folks next to us!)
I was disappointed in the "craft" selections. There were a few really nice and well-made jewelers, one good bath and body lotion stand, a cast iron plant stand and pole man, and one or two others that I thought were of good quality. There were a few jewelry folks who have simply learned to thread beads onto an elastic string and a few by-sell jewelry stands. There were some other by-sells and at least two import stands. I'm not sure if they've increased the space rentals to the point where true craftsmen have trouble with the expense or what but the selection of quality crafts has definitely gone down this year. I did not see anything "impressive."
We started Sunday off with going out to breakfast and our plan was to go home for a few hours and then head out for a free blues concert in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day and The Big Guy came up with an alternative plan which involved doing some yard maintenance and fixing a nice roast on the grill. We got a fair amount done and made a fantastic dinner for just the two of us. In retrospect, one of the tastiest meals of the week!
Yesterday, our next-door neighbor held a cook-out with just a few neighbors, family and friends. Despite a cloudburst which sent us scrambling inside for an hour or so, it was a fun and relaxing day involving tons of food and karaoke. We were the lucky recipients of a huge pile of leftovers at the end of the day. I may not need to cook all week!!