I don't know why this is, but Doug has a thing for bed and breakfasts. I'm more of a hotel person, but it's pretty cool staying in a really old house like the Merry Sherwood. Supposedly it's even haunted. I was very happy to learn that they were serving breakfast at 8:30 which is a relatively reasonable time. I hate having to drag myself out of bed at an unnaturally early hour to eat an incredibly delicious meal before I'm even awake enough to appreciate it.
It was raining cats and dogs the day we left and the Merry Sherwood was looking pretty gloomy. Our room was also kind of gloomy, but cozy at the same time. We slept under this extremely ornate chunk of wood:
So we had our delicious fancy breakfast and headed off to Assateague even though the weather didn't look too promising. As it turned out, we got in about three hours of beach time. The sun actually came out. Because there had been a really bad storm there a few weeks ago, all of the soft white sand had been pushed back into the dunes. The black sand that was left was very hard and flat and therefore very easy to walk on. Apparently the sand shifts from the storms every winter and the white sand comes back in the spring. After we had our afternoon at the beach I couldn't resist taking more pictures.
The ponies were nice and clean from the previous day's rain showers.
Bambi and his mom were also looking very fresh.
This is Miss Assateague. Isn't she pretty with her Veronica Lake hairstyle?
Here's a little video of a couple of big ponies and a very frisky little one:
All over the eastern shore the bean fields are beginning to turn yellow.
On the way home we stopped in Berlin at a wine store that is associated with the Atlantic Hotel. Doug bought some marinated anchovies, olives, and a couple of interesting cheeses. We couldn't find any decent bread in Berlin to complete our picnic spread, and it was raining really hard again so we stopped at the Panera in Salisbury, took our food in, bought a loaf of sourdough, and had our picnic inside the Panera. The anchovies were delicious and tasted really fresh - not anything like those awful dried things people sometimes put on pizza.
We got back Saturday in plenty of time for our gigs. On Sunday I played my brunch, did an orchestra rehearsal, and went to the Wayne Shorter concert at UMD. By then I was really far behind in my preparation for school the next day. So I guess that was the last hurrah of summer. I'm ready to accept that it is fall now. But I still might do one last day trip to the beach - I just can't help it!!!
Gorgeous pics. Sounds like a great break.
The Merry Sherwood looks really interesting! Great pony photos -- I'm always too scared to get close. (Then again, I haven't been to Assateague in years -- maybe it's time to go!)
Kristin - thanks, it was a nice break, and now it's back to the grindstone.
Bozoette - The Merry Sherwood was pretty cool. It was a great escape. All of the Assateague pictures were taken from inside the car. The ponies are pretty tolerant of people and cars coming very near them, but they have been known to kick and bite when people get too close.
I love your pictures! And while I'm not wild about B&Bs either - my husband is a fan (all of those great opportunities to chat with strangers - the same reason that I don't care for them...) That one looks fun though with all of the antiques (much better than the "country" inspired theme rooms with fake flower wreathes and bowls of potpourri on every available surface.
did you see any ghosts?
Is your foot all better now? It sounds like life it pretty much back to normal. How's the house doing?
I'm glad you were able to get away and enjoy some nice time at the Eastern Shore. I've always loved those ponies.
Kate - I know what you mean about those places with all the cutesy clutter. And conversation at breakfast is even more of a struggle for me than a forced awakening when I'm supposed to be on vacation. But I really liked the people that were staying there so it was nice. Sometimes it's weird. Doug likes it so I just go along with it. We've had pretty good luck on the eastern shore so far.
Scenic Wheaton - I was hoping I'd see one, but none of them wanted to see me apparently.
Barbara - I've gotten quite accustomed to the cast and I've kind of enjoyed not being able to work on the house. My foot feels much better and if the X-ray tomorrow goes well I should be good to go. Hopefully the progress on the house will resume its previous pace. I did a post today about all of our various house-related injuries over at the foamcorefantasy blog.
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