Sunday, June 5, 2005


Our 6th anniversary - We stayed at the Gateway Country Inn in Shawnee on Delaware, PA ( It's a very cute little B&B with owners who know lots about the area. Went to Sam Some-golf-body's Tavern for drinks. Very good Pina Colada with Chambord (yummy!). Bob had a "Dirty Birdy" a dirty martini served with bleu-cheese stuffed olives - right up his alley!We then had a wonderful dinner at Saen Thai. I had tofu and veggies with peanut sauce. He had Orange Beef. No dessert - we were both tempted, but too full. After that we went to see Phantom of the Opera at the Shawnee Playhouse. It was not the Andrew Lloyd Webber version which made me like it all the more. If you've never been to the Shawnee Playhouse, you have to know it's a very (and I do mean VERY) small stage. This company made good use of the available space though. The show was quite enjoyable even though I really wasn't looking forward to it.

Woke up this morning to the sound of Northern Parulas, Carolina Wrens, Blackpolls, Am. Crows, many Robins, Red-bellied and Downy woodpeckers, and Black-throated Green Warblers. It was soooo nice to just lay in bed and here the virtual chorus of songsters.

Later in the morning, after we had a veggie quiche, potatoes with onions and peppers, OJ, tea, yogurt with fresh raspberries, and cinnamon coffee cake, I ID'd a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that had been hanging around the inn in recent days. Seems he's been keeping himself busy bouncing into his reflection on the sliding glass doors. I've heard more stories this year of birds attacking their images than I've ever heard before. I wonder what's up with that? Appearently, three pairs of Carolina Wrens built nests inside the owner's hanging geraniums this year. This is a place I would like to explore more. It's seems very birdy!

Only half decent bird on the way home was a Red-winged blackbird. Tomorrow is back to the old grind, but I'm looking forward to it.

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