Monday, June 18, 2018


My sister and brother-in-law are visiting for a few days so we decided to take them for an outing to the new Lidl supermarket in nearby Middletown, Delaware. We decided to do a side trip to Chestertown.

It's a pleasant drive down to Chestertown through what is known locally as the 'Eastern Shore'.

The local courthouse.

We managed to get a park near the center of the old town. Yes, that is our new Honda Fit which we are pleased with. It is not as sporty as the Mini, but we are getting 38.5 mpg so far. The insides are quite spacious with plenty of leg room in the back seat. It is quite easy to spot in a parking lot.

There was a market taking place in the town square.

Wool for sale.

Apparently there is a study taking place to decide the location of a new bridge over the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the locals are worried that the peace and quiet of the county will be destroyed.

Pre-selection contests are taking place soon for the November elections later this year. This was the Republican tent and there was a similar tent for the Democrats.

The central square is very pleasant with lots of trees and shade.

Main crossroads in the town.

The Hoon family would never be able to move to Australia. Ima Hoon would definitely produce a giggle or two.

We have lived in our house for over thirty years but have never been in the Chestertown downtown area. I was a very pleasant surprise and it is a lovely town.

Most of the shops were occupied. 

Clare can be quite patient when it comes to ice-cream. Or impatient.

It was a lovely day to walk around with dark shadows and bright blue sky.

We wandered down to the nearby Chester River where a boat was playing Johnny Dodds. His sound on the clarinet is unmistakable.

Five months after the Boston Tea Party in 1774, the citizens of Chestertown held their own version. There is a re-enactment each year on Memorial day, presumably here at the river.

A very grand looking house overlooking the river.

One house had opened its garden to visitors so we wandered in to take a look. It was cooling and restful.

It was a beautiful garden but presumably a lot of work. 

We really enjoyed our visit to the town and it's a pity we had not explored it before. By the way, the town is home to Washington College, the 10th oldest University in the USA.