Beatitude and I are in Annapolis, MD, while Barry is in Maine for orientation to work a few shifts at their hospital. One reason I didn’t go is because it was only for a short time. The second reason was that the hospital was paying for his flight (we would have to pay for mine). Thirdly, Barry would be gone most of the day while there (1-11). Port Annapolis Marina is a nice marina and we are tucked inside on a dock not far from the facilities. I have Beatitude all to myself, WITH air conditioning, so I saw no problem staying behind. (Although, of course, I miss him!) Barry does most the writing of our blog (he is so diligent and a great writer!), but occasionally I get the urge to write something too.
While Barry has been away, I’ve done some things that needed to be done like CLEANING! When we are on the move, I just do some basics like cooking, dishes and gathering trash… small jobs. Having the windows open much of the time, dust covers everything, and there have been tons of flies this trip, and Barry has been gracious to leave their corpses everywhere. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels getting this place back in order again!! It’s nice to have the time on my hands to do whatever I want to do, when I want to do it, and catch up on stuff like Bible reading, prayer, crocheting, reading, FB, phone calls, texting, writing letters and cards, painting, checking the marina out, movies, movies and movies!!!!
Today is different for me because it is Sunday. The marina has a shuttle schedule, so I took advantage of it today and went into town and church. I called an hour ahead to tell them I would need the shuttle for the 10 am run as the service I wanted to attend started at ll:15. I am glad I had time to spare because we didn’t get moving until 10:15. I am not accustomed to going off on my own very often. Barry and I are always together (and I love that), so I was a little apprehensive. It all turned out great though and I am so glad I got out of my comfort zone.
The church I attended was the church in the circle, Saint Anne’s Parish. It actually was in the middle of the road where cars went around it in circles (a round-about)! People have been worshiping at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in the circle for over 300 years! In 1694, the new Governor, Francis Nicholson, laid out a City plan that included a pair of circles placed on the highest ground. One was for the State House and one for St. Anne’s Church.
Because of the Anglo-French wars and a shortage of materials it wasn’t finished until 1704. Being the only church in Annapolis before the Revolution, St. Anne’s was so well attended that in l775 the church was pulled down to make room for a new, larger one designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, architect of the State House. On Valentine’s Day in 1858, a fire accidentally gutted the interior of the church. The present church, which rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the second St. Annie’s Church, was built in 1859 (except for the steeple, which was delayed by the War Between the States… it was built in 1866 and at the request of the City of Annapolis, and the Town Clock was placed there). It was a very friendly church and I felt blessed to have had the opportunity to worship with them today.
After leaving the Parish I walked across the street to Reynold’s Tavern, which was established in 1747. It has gone through many types of establishments until the year 2000. Jill and Andrew Petit purchased the building, and it now operates as a tavern, much like it did some 270 years ago. Reynolds Tavern consists of four levels; the Pub in the Cellar displays the stone foundations of the building, a walk-in fireplace, and the existence of the Rumford Broiler, all dating back to the 18th Century. The first floor tea rooms are very much as they were originally built. The second floor has hotel rooms: two prestigious suites and one single bedroom. UNFORTUNATELY, I could not be seated in the dining area until 1:30, and my ride was returning at 2:15 I was about to leave when the host said there was seating outside in the front or in the patio in the back if I wanted to be seated there. I opted for the back and I am so glad I did. The food I ordered was delicious! I had an iceberg wedge and Baked Brie. I had never tasted baked brie before, and it sounded so good… creamy brie wrapped in puff pastry, served golden brown with Khalua cream sauce laced with brown sugar, pecans and golden raisins….and it WAS!! YUM! I brought half of it back to the boat for supper.
After my meal, I walked downtown, finding my way to the Mariott where I was to be picked up. It is such a quaint town and reminded me of the New England towns with it’s two-story brick buildings closely built together. Stores were opened and people flooded the streets. I stepped into a couple stores on my way through. Motorcycles were parked in groups here and there… not sure what was going on there. I arrived just as my ride was pulling up to the curb! Great timing! I had a wonderful time in town and now I am settled in for a nice evening of R&R. One more day and Barry will be back. And, then, my sister is coming on Wednesday! Until then, carpe diem!