A while back I traveled to the Black Bear Pub in Naples Maine to discover Guinness being poured into a 16 ounce mini pint glass. I still wake up in a cold sweat from the horror of it all. I am pleased to report that I stopped into this venue recently to see if things have changed or remained the same, and weren’t they serving a proper pint in the new fashionable redone Guinness Imperial Pint Glass, and some good Irish music to boot.
I tell you the Universe felt in balance again, it’s the simple things that make life good, and a good pint of Guinness, after a day at a fine Maine Lake, Listening to a good version of “The Fields of Athenry” is as good as it gets.
To continue the summer ramblings, we found ourselves invited to a friends family camping outing down on the Cape. It was a fine time and I discovered I have a long lost twin. At least that is what my wife believes as she didn’t think there was another person on the planet with an affinity for Irish ballads, old TV shows, and off handed remarks. It was nice to hear some Irish tunes around the campfire and trade stories from excursions to Ireland. Although a few of the stories were about how the pubs were taken aback by them at first, these were very independent women, The stories started out like this; “We walked into the pub with one bartender and one older man at the bar and ordered a pint. The bartender says “You must be American because here the men drink pints and the women usually order a glass of Guinness” “Well that’s not us” she says. Well this girl is funny and gregarious so I think they cut her some slack, but it was all I could do not to mention some good old pub etiquette techniques, but the damage was done and the stories were funny, and the camp fire was warm, and the company was good.
I found a new Irish Cream to brighten any campfire or dinner party for that matter, Coole Swan Irish Cream liqueur. This Irish Cream is new to my corner of the world but has been around for a bit, It isn’t as sweet as others, has a nice silky feel, and a hint of whisky on the back end, it didn’t last long, and was a hit around the fire.
Daughter number one is heading to the Catskills for the annual gathering of Irish musicians. Seems there will be lots of music being played, lots of music being learned, lots of music being shared, but not much sleeping being done. I’m jealous.
Daughter number two is preparing for a talent show up at the lake, we’ve had a country music extravaganza going on in preparation. It’s getting that I know as many country tunes as I do Irish, Taylor, Miranda, Katie, Blake, Travis, there’s just a buzzing around this house. I’m a lucky father with the trad tunes and country songs there’s always music happening around the house.
Hope your summer is filled with adventures,