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Published: June 14th 2017
Sunday 11th June
My hostess Rene
A leisurely start to the day - late light breakfast as we are due for lunch in Georgian old Alexandria on the Potomac riverside
- and husband Bill took me down to Old Town Alexandria VA
Lunch is in an old warehouse dockside - at Chadwicks
on Strand Street.
I went healthy - honest Carol! Had Kale & Roasted Beet - Crumbled feta, dried cranberries, spiced walnuts, lemon vinaigrette and salmon - see pic
Our waitress is not long back from living in the UK, turns out to be of Irish descent (snap Rene) - and looking for a job to do with international border security (or something like that, I'm a virgin on this one!) maybe in the intelligence community.
Lucky for her Bill is ex C*A and able to offer advice. Small strange world
Following lunch we visit to the Old Torpedo Factory
- now an centre for creative arts
Rene - a graduate potter from my days working at Goldmsith's College,
meets and talks with the charming and very helpful Joan Ulrich - salt glaze potter
- about their work
* Joan gave Rene a contact at the Smithsonian Freer Galley of Art, in Washington DC, who will give us access to the reserve collection in their vaults The Smithsonian
is a collection of 7 (if I'm up to date) museums and a visitors centre in Washington DC and a number
Old Town Alexandria, VA
Eating healthy at Chadwicks
of others beyond.
From ethnographic collections to, curiously, aerospace
We are due there Monday
Its approaching the 90's and just too hot to trot!
We return early to home stopping for fancy food at Balducci's Food store for supper on the deck
Bill pours a chilled craft beer for tasting - I'm very impressed by the craft beers I've encountered in Virginia so far.
I spend time on the garden deck to the sound of bird song whilst writing this up
• I've got video recordings of the glorious bird song in R&B's garden - but unfortunately video facility on this site is suspended atm - sorry! Maybe later Web addresses:
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