Chapter Two

Due to some sudden and very unfortunate events involving my own safety and well-being, I’ve had to find myself a new home here, away from the Bend I’ve known and loved. It saddens me to go, but also know that the heart of that place breathes on wherever else I may journey to.  Charlie’s Bend can still be visited at charliesbend.wordpress.com, though sadly it will no longer be called home for me.

Home is never a place in and of itself, and no one can ever take away what matters most about it.  Therein is a place no uninvited hand shall ever be able to reach.

So good riddance to the beastly trespass of unwanted and fallacious strangers, may we never meet again.

And welcome to you, my old friend, how does it feel? Vaguely familiar I hope, I’ve tried my best to make it as cozy and home-like as possible, though I realize that the journey here may be a bit more treacherous for you now. The roads were dry, I hope?

I am sorry for this recent and sudden change of things, I suppose that is the unfortunate risk of being willing to keep the door open for anyone to walk through.  Every now and then an utter stranger creeps in with less-than-honorable intentions, all in the name of goodness, and makes everyone else pay for their selfishness. I am not amused.

The good news is that life lives on and Goodness prevails in the end.

Speaking of goodness, I have a few new random treasures to share with you.  Some are, of course, from my dear Trader Joe’s, but I do have a few from otherwhere, which I must applaud.

Because TJ’s will forever be my favorite, I shall start there.

Miniature Christmas trees.

In case you cannot tell from the picture, they are only, perhaps, a little taller than a jar of pickles and just as delightful.  TJ wins again.

Now for some food.

Are you kidding me?  Simply profound, I must say.

Anything with cheese is, you know.

Speaking of cheese, and since this would not be a proper share without it, here is a recent one I tried which is worth a trip if it’s the only thing you end up taking home.

And lastly, If you haven’t already, you really must give their pear cider a try.  Really really.

Some friends recently invited me to a local british pub for dinner and drinks, the place utterly charmed me. Whether it was the  ambiance or the food I’m not entirely sure, probably a bit of both.

On a whim (because I find that is the best way to try new food) I got the cutty sark’s chicken curry and  never looked back.  I’m afraid I don’t have a picture for you on this one, but perhaps that is for the better. It would have only made your mouth water.  Just go try it, won’t you please?

And while you’re there, do try their Belhaven scottish stout (I think that’s what it was) Oh my. Chocolatey, smooth, earthy…I could have had it for breakfast.

Thanks for joining me in my new place for a bit,  and a very Merry Christmas to you!  Cheers.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter Two

  1. I must say, that TJ’s English Coastal Cheddar is one of my favorite cheeses in the world… And so, I totally concur with your assessment! 🙂

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