Sunrise looking eastward across the river out to sea this morning, with Old Sol well on his way back down south (right in photo). Compare with early-summer Father's Day sunrise just behind the cottage at left (north).
Our heartland professors, Regan and Matt (left) traveled east to join Suzy, Chris (right) and other members of the new-kyu-lar family for a real nice clambake down Goomp's this afta. You order ahead from Bill Foster's Down East Clambake and then pick up the whole kit and caboodle and unpack and serve in your own -- in this case Goomp's -- backyard. Good food, good company, good cheer.
Cranberry and lime juice rum cocktails poolside. We used light cranberry cocktail and bottled lime juce and added demon rum to Williams-Sonoma's Shirley Temple version to spice things up.
Cucumber-and-Crab appetizers (above), garnished with perfectly julienned carrots -- prepared using our totally awesome new Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer -- together with Sea Scallops with Spiced Bacon, where you partially precook the bacon before adding brown sugar and curry and rolling up the scallops, got us handily through the cocktail hour with rave reviews.
Then it was on to the usual suspects -- clam chowder, lobsters, clams, mussels, corn, red potatoes, onions and blueberry cake with whipped cream for dessert.
Once the lobsters arrived on the scene, Tiny (above) and Baby began circling the herd, looking for an opening.
The folks at Foster's had cooked up everything in seaweed over coals, then boxed it up in gigantic styrofoam and plastic containers. Cups and plates and napkins and lobster bibs and eating implements and moist towelettes and the bathroom sink included.
He's not heavy. He's my brother.
Okay, now we're going to pose for a picture of the mother and her two Barneys.
Madonna and child.
Even as we stuffed our faces, Arctic explorer John Bockstoce's "Belvedere" sailed by into the harbor this afternoon. The skipper's summer cottage is just down the road from Goomp's.
Our hearts are warm, our bellies are full,
And we are feeling prime.
This was a real nice clambake,
And we all had a real good time.