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British and Irish forces in historic joint mission to United States.

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A wedding event on the Eastern Shore of Maryland uniting a Vilkas and O’Leary would land five Irish born O’ Leary’s in the USA together for the first time with their Mudder. A total of twenty two children and adults in all would make the trip from Ireland and England.

Eighteen months ago we were welcomed into the O’Leary homestead in Kilkenny for a far too short visit. We were treated as family and have since considered ourselves part of the clan. Through the damp chill of the December air, we felt nothing but warmth from this extended family.

A special “Thank You” to Rita and Bella for being our first guests in the almost completed guest cottage, formally the Annex. Come back any time.

On the invasion for the Maddie O’Leary and John Vilkas’ wedding we got to once again feel the kinship of our Irish brothers and sisters. We were hosts for a feast of crabs, chicken, burgers and dogs with all the proper trimmings during their stay. Much thanks goes out for all the help from, Jeff, Kathryn, Greg, Sarah, Rachael, Abby and Tommy to help pull off this event.  We could not have done it alone. Evo’s keg of Lot #3 was the gift that kept on giving. Thank you for nine hours of entertainment, the party was supposed to be from 3:00 – 5:00.

A side trip to Docktails at the Wicomico Yacht Club would serve as another highlite to the invaders. Jeffrey, you’re a great host.

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The two Matriarchs observe the goings on from the safety of the USS Government Funded.

To he who sings like the Energizer Bunny, (The Famous Seamus,) the neighbors are forever grateful for your departure.

They would invade once again after a short text from the water’s of the Wicomico during a boat ride with Captain Jeff later in the week. The text would read “Tea and Scones for 14 in 30 minutes.” Arrive they did, scones and cookies – gone, week’s worth of ham, cheese and bread – gone. Any left over beverages from the crab fest – gone. And it was said once that Ireland suffered from a famine. The O’Leary clan is making up for the past, they returned to the other side of the pond like fated calves. Should you ever visit Kilkenny, you will return to this side of the pond in the same way.

May God Bless you all, We Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Return Often!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Sealed with a Kiss. Maddie and John Vilkas.

 

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Irish all. At the reception, Green Hill Yacht and Country Club.

 

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The Larchfield Six – L to R – Conner, Mark, Liz, Mudder, Ed & Seamus

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The crab is supposed to come out of the pot red, not he who dines.

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Applying the Old Bay.

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One last meal for the dearly departing.

 

8+8=16

So here we are, Monday, in the month of  August, the eighth month, on the eighth day in 2016. Thus 8+8=16.

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A fellow blogger, recently had a post that included Queen Anne’s Lace. This photo courtesy of Wunderground was posted today. I’m thinking there might just be a five-pound Bass in that there pond. Just Thinking that’s all. That’s Queen Anne’s Lace is in the foreground.

Post Yard Sale

We had our Yard Sale, made a few $$, not a lot mind you. All unsold items were donated to Halo Ministries

Over the past month we’ve made quite a few trips there as the Mrs. continues her personal purge of 51 years of accumulated stuff. She even has me admitting that there are a lot of things I no longer need. Forty Seven old tattered hats and hats never worn were either thrown out or donated to Halo. I must admit, I still have a few hats left. I shall be checking the heads of the homeless from now on to see if my fedora’s are on the men about town.

The ladies assisting in the Yard Sale were on station at 0500 the day of the sale. At 0605 a neighbor pulled in with his coffee on his way to work. The girls joined in, not with coffee mind you. It was Mimosa time. Mimosa time is usually a post church mass happening on an occasional Sunday when all the girls get together. No complaints here, NFL football is just around the corner and the boys will be doing their thing starting at 1300 on Sundays.

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The girls giving the Mimosa wave.

The Mrs. suggested doing something nice for the girls for all their effort of setting up for the sale. My take was, they should be thankful that all this stuff is gone. When we rise up at the end of this journey they will be thankful that they do not have to sort through all this stuff.

The Feed

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This past Saturday night 23 friends and relatives gathered in the Rooster’s Annex, which was a garage, will shortly become a guest house  and on this night for some fine dining and socializing. Crabs were the center of the attraction accompanied by Fried Chicken, Hot Dogs, Watermelon-Salsa, Potato Salad, Sweet and Sour Cucumbers, Beans for 18 casserole, Sweet corn, Cookies, Arnold Palmer Iced Tea, Beer, Wine and good old H2O. Throw out the calories, disregard the Gerd and dive in. It’s the Eastern Shore for crying out loud. Thanks Ed and Lexi, the crabs were fantastic.

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The Chow line

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The tables are waiting.

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One of our guest’s was kind enough to bring the hostess some Sun Flowers. Our porch becomes a bit of Americana. God Bless the USA.

Las Vegas/https://defcon.org/

For the past few days our son and grandson have been in Las Vegas attending the Defcon annual conference. Our son is the owner of http://serepick.com/

His company manufactures and distributes items necessary for various groups and agencies around the world. He and co-operators also teach various courses to individuals who provide you with the reassurance that when you go to sleep at night, you will awaken in the morning. Sleep well my friends.

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Grandson Kevin in Las Vegas selling Serepick wares. A DECA participant and CT chapter president.

Once again, thanks for stopping by.

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