Monday, September 7, 2009

The Island Party.....and the moon over the river

Donna and Molly are ready for the Up Island Party and Clam Bake on Tami's porch!

Labor Day week brought glorious weather and good friends to the river! Keith and Donna Green arrived from Lufkin, Texas to stay a few days and enjoy the Up Island Clam Bake here on Pearson's Island. We have had so many good times with them.....and were so happy they could partake of the river festivities this week! Of course, that meant they got to be "helpers" in all the prep counting tomatoes and fresh sweet corn, and taking trash to the dump, setting up the "Pot Farm" and countless other little tasks that go into putting the Clam Bake together!

Of course, in between all of these things, there was time for sharing Blueberry wine, campfires, and dinner at Good Eats, cook-outs and Crab melts and just "wandering" around the Island, and enjoying lots of beautiful sunsets.....and even my very favorite thing....full moon-rises over the river!! Yes, indeed, we even got to work on our moon tans almost every the moon was full and large and bright as it rose over the water every evening.

Here at the river, we can tell the season by the position of the sunrise and sunset, and also by the moon rising, and where it "hangs" over the river at night. Many nights the bright full moon would awaken me from my sleep, as it dropped low into the Southern sky in wintertime. We knew that summer was waning and autumn on the way, as the sun reached it's most westerly position (June 21) and began it's reversal to the South. Likewise, in the winter, we eagerly awaited the solstice, knowing Spring and Summer will follow soon. There's a new sunset photo with the September sunset at the top of the blog.

And here is my best attempt, without a tripod, of that elusive moon rising over the river.... are Donna, Keith and Bob, slightly stuffed at Good Eats

A peek at Bob in his "Pot Farm" as he prepares the Clam Bake.....

...and the finished product...the Clam Bake is dumped and ready to devour....

Linda's lovely setting for the appetizers.....
Rick and Tami were our gracious hosts and in charge of most of the beverages, paper products, much of the set up and decorating and a million other things, and neighbors Linda and Charlie Moore provided amazing appetizers, Margaritas, tents and tables, as well as lovely table decorations and too many other things to name!! Bob and I were in charge of the Clam Bake, so he set up his "Pot Farm" and went to work!!
It was another delightful day with good Island folks to celebrate and enjoy the last feast of the summer together.

Mike, Rick, Bob...Tami modeling her "grass lei skirt" and Kay

You may visit Keith's blog at
He was more diligent than I, and has documented this last wonderful week of summer quite well!
I must have been busy chasing the clams!! :-)

It's been such a joy having Donna and Keith here this week....we sure hope they'll find their way this far East again!! Hugs to everyone....looking forward to seeing a bunch of you in Celina very soon!


MarkandRenita said...

That clam bake is awesome!

Mark and Dortha said...

How much fun. I know you enjoyed Keith and Donna.

Mike McFall said...

Hummmm, Pot Farm Huh?? Gosh is that legal??
Wish I had been there,,Legal or not it looks like fun and good eating....:-)