After dropping my son off at camp in Maine, my husband, daughter and I drove our rental car, the Cube, down to visit our long time friends, Rob and Kathleen and their four children at their beautiful yet comfortable summer home situated out on a spit of land on Cape Cod. "Picture perfect" are the only words to describe this little slice of heaven.
Imagine this... after a grueling long drive from Maine, we arrive at dinner time. Rob pours me a crisp white and makes Mike a "Dark and Stormy," dark rum and Gosling ginger beer. Kathleen serves us a delicious summer meal of Caprese salad, steamed clams and mussels in a rich broth. I could taste the nearby sea. The adults and kids all around their long farmhouse table on the screened porch sharing a meal and lots of laughter. The best.
Their family has a special tradition before dinner... after grace is said, they go around the table and each person asks God for a special blessing on someone or thanks Him for what they are grateful for. Although I didn't say it at the time, I'm very thankful for our time spent with their family and their long time friendship.
Tilly, their family dog was the icing on the cake for my daughter. Four fun kids, bikes, scooters, ice cream and Tilly, what more could a little girl ask for in a vacation.
Every morning the children went off to sailing camp...
While poor Rob was off working, (someone has to pay for all this fun) Kathleen took Mike and I to their favorite little shack on the water for the worlds best lobster rolls.
They were fabulously simple... loads of lobster, very little mayonnaise, and not junked up with anything else. A very memorable lunch.
After scarfing down our stellar lobster rolls, we watched a fishing boat dock and unload several bins of enormous conch. I thought to myself this all must be staged. No way could my lobster roll dining experience be any more complete.
Their open front door says it all ... what wonderful hospitality we experienced on Cape Cod!
(So as not to sound too saccharin sweet about our idealistic vacation I thought I'd mention our lost luggage and the very bland lunch we ate at an Irish pub in Boston.)
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