Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 160

I heart Annapolis!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE ANNAPOLIS! It’s just lushly (that is a new word combo), and today I got to see more than just the town and a few massive houses over the bridge – I saw quiet, gentle Annapolis with cottages and lanes not dissimilar to the UK (I commented that I could be in a Kent country garden), lakes, parks and wineries. Fabulous.

Why was I there? I went to meet an Australian lady, Jane, and her kids. Jane had chanced upon my blog whilst living in Australia and planning her family’s move to Columbia. We’ve been conversing via the interweb, as I like to call it, and she’s been following my blog and commentary about living in Howard County, and today we hooked up for real.

Jane moved here a few weeks ago and she has many, many questions about being an expat in this area – I remember that feeling so well. The things that make you crazy and frustrated, the oddities of being a newbie and the perplexingly different ways of doing stuff – especially in the good ole USofA πŸ™‚

So, here’s to pretty Annapolis….

A beautiful lake

A beautiful lake

Boating paradise

Boating paradise

It was sunny then, I swear!

It was sunny then, I swear!

I also heart crabs!

I love shellfish, which is super lucky since, as everyone loves to tell me, Maryland is THE place for crabs.

We rocked up at Mike’s Crab House with the full intention of getting our own crabs and de-shelling and wotnot, but bleedin’ Nora, do me a favour with the price guvnor!

So, we settled for crab cakes instead.

Mike's Crab place on the water (naturally)

Mike’s Crab place on the water (naturally)

Excellent views

Excellent views

So, I still have to fulfil my crab fetish (yes, I agree, that does sound weird), but there are sure to be plenty more opportunities. Blue crab, I am told, is the baby to aim for – apparently it is considered one of the sweetest meats there is. I’m game!

I realise this will offend my vegetarian friends, but.....boil it up and add some garlic please ;)

I realise this will offend my vegetarian friends, but…..boil it up and add some garlic please πŸ˜‰

As we left Mike’s various images on the wall caught my attention. Not of crabs, but of the stars and stripes. The flag is ever-present I feel, with such sentiments as those below echoed time and again….

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11 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 160

  1. Jane Crombie says:

    Thanks for visiting Claire. You are an expat expert! See you in Columbia…

  2. Alan Brody says:

    Second that. Annapolis is excellent in so many ways. Spent a lot of time down there and can offer up many recommendations of things to do/places to eat.
    Also, now you’ve got me pining for a crab cake for dinner.

  3. jacqueline moore says:

    I think you need to do some “window-shopping” on historicproperties.com or oldhouse.com

  4. jacqueline moore says:

    oops, that’s oldhouses.com (forget the plural)

  5. Pat and Pam says:

    The Atlantic Blue Crab — small and a bit fiddly, but the BEST crab meat there is! And the Maryland crab cake — simplicity is the key. JUST crab, a little mayo and crumbs (bread or cracker) to hold it together, maybe a little Old Bay seasoning and/or a dash of Tabasco, and lightly handled. NOTHING else, and ABSOLUTELY no green pepper. Fabulous. One of the very few things I do miss from the States — that, and fireflies in the summer.

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