Just Life

Beaufort 2015.

…happy to report that the weekend lived up to every expectation. My mom, sister and I stayed at the just-renovated Sarah Gibbs Barnwell house in the historic district (VRBO link here – it really does look this lovely inside!)  The location was perfect – everything we did except attend church on Sunday morning was just a quick walk away.

We arrived Friday afternoon just in time to check in and settle onto the front porch for a glass of wine and some great people watching. Then we had a very short three block walk to dinner at Emily’s. We toasted the weekend and then settled in for tapas.

Six plates later (the ahi tuna tartare is still my favorite, closely followed by oysters rockefeller, but all of it was delicious) our waiter had fun with our after-dinner photo.

We stayed up talking and playing dice and I realized my carefully planned travel knitting didn’t have anything suitable for late night games. Our first stop Saturday morning was Coastal Knitting. I bought a ball of Cascade Heritage Paints and a set of size one double points. We did a little shopping and then met up with my dad, brother and our friend Charlie for lunch.

We lazed around Saturday afternoon, resting up for dinner. We went to Griffin Market and had a lovely meal. There were photos…none of which I’m going to share!

Sunday morning was church. I think the last time the five of us were lined up in a front pew was sometime in the 1970’s. It felt very special to share the service with my family. And then to hear Charlie play Bach’s Toccata in D Minor for the postlude.

We all went back to the Sarah house for brunch (takeout crab cake benedict, shrimp and grits and a shrimp salad). Sunday afternoon weather was … good for games. And working on my new socks (this is the first time I’ve used self-striping yarn and I’m smitten).

The rain was just clearing out when we walked to dinner at Saltus River. After Saturday’s dinner photo failure, we asked the hostess to take our photo before we sat down.

The restaurant looks out over the river and my sister noticed the sunset. We took turns heading outside to see. I especially love the colors reflected in the puddles.

And the view over the boats.

One more after dinner try (without a waiter 🙂

We stayed up late playing Yahtzee. My sister thinks it requires too much thought. I just like that everyone is responsible for their own game (and their own score).

Monday morning was overcast, but not as wet. Here’s my last view of the town as we headed home.

Tired, well-fed, and happy.


  • Bonny

    What a wonderful weekend! The photos show that much fun was had by all. I'm especially smitten by that sock yarn and the sunset puddle picture.
    P.S. Casco Bay looks beautiful in Beaufort!

  • margene

    Your whirlwind weekend certainly sounds fun. Good food, good views, lots of family time and laughter….all some of the better things in life.
    Love the sock yarn!!

  • alexa

    Oh, your sunset photos and the puddle one especially are just wonderful. As well as seeing you with your lovely family of course! As for the sock yarn? I think you'll be sending for lots of this self-striping stuff.

  • Kym

    What a wonderful, wonderful weekend! So glad it all turned out just right for all of you. (And the sunset picture in the puddle is AWESOME!)

  • Marilyn

    Really, really enjoy your blog…lots of the same interests…knitting, wine, books, exercise…and, I am church organist, so now I like Charlie too!! You're so fortunate to have your parents. Enjoy them every minute you can.

  • Lydia

    Love the photos-didn't even think about everyone sitting together in the church pew like y'all used to do listening to Charlie play, what a lovely image.

  • Honoré

    Oh! That sunset is breathtaking! And the weekend with your parents, sister and friend Charlie, just perfect. So happy you had that time together and that you shared it with us.