|If you look closely, there's a faded cross on the front of this boathouse.|
These pictures were taken from the dock at the Tides Inn in Irvington.
The Tides Inn is a rather swanky resort and marina that for many years offered sunset cocktail cruises and dinner cruises aboard their very own boat, the Miss Ann.
There is nothing swanky about these photos or what they highlight. However, as I stood on the grounds of the resort admiring everything so perfectly in place, not a stray stick or errant leaf to be found, I felt myself drawn to this adjacent property, visible from the dock. Thanks to my camera's zoom I was able to get a better look at the old house so close to the immaculate grounds of the resort.
(Just to clarify, I find the house beautiful not an eyesore.)
Speaking of beauty, the Miss Ann is legendary around here. A former Mathews resident who is an artist, gifted writer, college professor, brother of commenter Mathews Mark, and good friend to the Chesapeake Bay family wrote a beautiful ode to the Miss Ann several years ago that I published on this blog.
Click here for that post, which includes a poem.
p.s. The author was also my former high school track coach. Without his expert guidance on form and technique for hurdling, high jump and long jump, I'd have just been another washed up forgotten memory.