Hello from Oxford, Maryland on a hot and sunny summer day! Arrived here around 6:15 last night after a wonderful stay at the Welsh Hills B and B near Granville celebrating our
45th wedding anniversary.
The weekend started with Anne, Patrick, Liam and Connor stopping by Saturday morning (with a Starbucks treat for her Mama - thank you, Anne) to say good-bye and then they were off to Liam's ballgame. We left home at 8:30, stopped at Panera for a quick breakfast and after driving thru some very heavy rain here and there, we arrived at our destination. The Blue Angels were in Dayton this weekend, so thought maybe we would get a glimpse or "hear" them as we passed by, but no luck.
Granville is such a charming town with beautiful old homes, lovely landscaping and all decked out for the 4th with many homeowners proudly flying Old Glory and/or decorated with the red, white and blue bunting!
A few miles away in the rolling hills of central Ohio, there stands the Welsh Hills Inn! WOW....talk about a really private getaway - the home, the setting (15 lush acres of hills, trees, flowers, etc.), Bobbi and Jeff, the innkeepers - everything, just delightful. Bobbi gave us a tour, inside and out and then Mark and I left for Granville and 5:00 Mass at St. Edward the Confessor.
There were 2 other couples staying at the inn (one celebrating their 13th anniversary and newlyweds who arrived from their wedding reception later that evening). We were the only ones having dinner at the inn and what a treat!
We sat outside under the wide overhang of the wrap-around porch, overlooking the meadow with fresh flowers, candlelight and soft music. 3 deer came strolling close by!
Memorable anniversary dinner
Dinner was very very very good with beautiful presentation! Along with appetizers and salads...
Seasoned for 48-hours in a sesame-teriyaki marinade - flank steak with fresh asparagus
Dessert was custard with fresh strawberries infused with Grand Marnier.
Sunday we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast prepared by Jeff, wrote in the guest book, took some pictures and left around 10 - long trip ahead (8+ hours).
Scrumptious oat/nutty French Toast topped with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries topped with whipped cream w/cinnamon and warm maple syrup and bacon
Jeff and Bobbi - the PERFECT host and hostess
Just before leaving this magical place with hopes of returning someday (and staying longer)!
The Longaberger Basket Company headquarters in Newark, OH is just 10 miles from the
Welsh Hills Inn. Drove past this as we were leaving the area...
Unloaded a few bags and then walked to Schooner's for crab cake sandwich! Felt so good to stretch the legs after all that sitting!
Good to be back on Catrina and are settled in. Monday morning, we exercised, I walked to the market for a few groceries and Mark got things stored away on the truck. After lunch, we walked to the Highlands Creamery for ice cream - good stuff!
News flash: Blair is walking!!!
and here's picture of our aspiring little golfers...
Connor and Liam
The hydrangeas are in full bloom all over Oxford - wow!!!!
Ours were just starting to bloom back home
Tomorrow we're leaving for Baltimore with a few stops along the way. Looking forward to their 4th of July celebration in the Inner Harbor.