What a day this turns out to be!
NorfolkIt’s suppose to be nasty today. Rain. Thunderstorms. High winds. So we are planning on staying put at this free , High Street Landing, in Portsmouth for 3 nights….that’s suppose to be the limit a boat can stay. We haven’t seen another boat come in, so I’m sure if we need to stay longer no one’s going to say a thing!
|Portsmouth Light Ship|
Rita invited us over to eat this evening. She and David had met a couple yesterday afternoon while they were admiring Whisper. The four of them ended up doing lunch together at Roger Brown’s and Kathy and Dan bought them their lunch! Do you believe it? They were complete strangers!! So many of the people we have met along our journeys have been so nice and hospitable. So, Rita wanted to reciprocate by cooking dinner for them. Not only were the four of us going to Whisper but a mechanic from Kubota was suppose to show up to check the transmission. What craziness…Mike the Mechanic showed up late, about 5:00 and our dinner party starts at 6:00. Talk about close calls!! I actually encouraged Rita to cancel her party but she wouldn't listen. At least her cooking kept her mind off of the mechanical problems their boat was having.
|Happy Hours II & Whisper at High Street Landing|
Dan and Kathy live in Elizabeth City right on the Pasquotank River next to the free college docks. They keep their 32 foot sailboat in front of their house. The story gets unbelievable. When Whisper motored by their dock a few days ago up toward the Dismal Swamp, David had his binoculars checking out Dan’s boat. Dan in turn was checking out Whisper as it went by. Their two 32 ft sailboats are very similar in design…so yesterday, when Dan and Kathy were in Portsmouth they noticed Whisper at the bulkhead and walked over to talk to them….a friendship in the making!! How real is that?
Rita out-did herself again with the meal. She started with wine, then a beautiful salad, and finally a pot of porkloin with potatoes, onions, and peppers. I gave Rita my piece of porkloin to add to the pot so we had plenty of food for 6 people. What a wonderful night and what great people Kathy and Dan are!! After dinner, Rita offered everyone a cup of expresso…not for me… and served my brownies. Perfect!