During the week of August 5-12 our daughter-in-law's sister, her husband and their two children (ages 7 and 4) came to visit from their home in Quito, Ecuador. To make room for their reunion (it had been a year and a half since they all last saw one another) Fred and I took a week long road trip to visit family, beginning with his younger brother Steve in West Chester, PA.
Steve has a lovely garden in the front of his home, though sometimes the "long legged rats" (as he calls the deer) chomp their way into the vegetation. He is also a wooden puzzle collector.
We did a mini-shop in Pete's, the local farm stand and had a chuckle over their silly sign.
That wasn't the only fun sign we saw, with this one being in the restaurant where we had lunch one afternoon after Steve drove us around western Chester County, an area Fred was keen to see. Besides driving thru some familiar places we also saw the many roads that Steve used to cycle during his avid cycling days.
And of course, we spent plenty of time at the Quarry just minutes from his home. The first full view is from the perspective of Steve and Fred (nope, not a weird colored sky, just my finger!), and the second view is at the entrance looking to the far side, where they are lounging.
We also took numerous walks in Oakbourne Park, just down the block from Steve's house. It's a great place to walk, jog, exercise dogs, play on the playground, make use of the playing fields or admire the raised community gardens tended by individual gardeners. There is an old stone house, the Oakbourne Mansion, that was once a residence and now houses offices and rental spaces, as well as the old water tower that used to service the house. As for the tree, I liked the leaf shape of this Japanese Maple.
This was proving to be a relaxing week! And one evening we had dinner at the Baan Thai Sabaidee Restaurant about 10 minutes drive from Steve's. The pants were my new acquisition from The Gap just a day before we left on this trip; I was looking for wide-legged pants that would keep me warm in air conditioning yet also allow for air flow on these hot, hot days. My inspiration for wide-legged pants comes from reading Sheila's blog and seeing how she has embraced the look. Couldn't resist aligning my colors with the colors of the restaurant's doors.
Fred's next older brother, Jon (who we would visit at the end of the week) is a big fan of Thai food and often bemoans the fact that his newly adopted town of Lewes, DE does not have a decent Thai restaurant. So, we had no recourse but to text him pictures of our meal!
Wednesday was our final morning with Steve and it was marked by the masked marvels, who by request unmasked themselves. Fred hung his latest outdoor sculpture, completely protected against the elements by a coating of polyurethane, and I couldn't resist a picture of the debonair "Black Bart", Steve's BMW that doesn't see nearly enough road time but does make a good hat rack for my hat (actually it's Fred's but I have commandeered it. :-))