Friday, February 27, 2009


This is for my blogging friend who lives in Baltimore. Whenever you see this boat in your harbor, think of Crisfield.

Chesapeake Boat Builders builds some of the finest themed and personal boats around.

Anyone thinking of building their dream boat can contact Chesapeake at 410-623-2293.

I once thought about stowing away on one of their new boats. The owner was sailing it back to his home in the Virgin Island.

Be savin 'yer gold matey!

Sign sign everywhere a sign...

Reggie Girl and I thought we would post ten photos of random signs from around our town. Here are mine. Let's see what Newnan has to offer.

Next week, we will be doing churches. If anyone wants to join us, get out your camera!

Click on photos to view. If your monitor is set below 1280 by 1024 pixels, the photos will be way too big, so check you monitor settings.

Crisfield is famous for seafood, boat building, and boat repairs. This is a sign in front of Evans Boat Repair.

People get up early around these parts!

This is a sign on our city dock. FedEx leaves packages for the mail boats. People are trusting around here but don't get any ideas; the police are on the ball!

This storage shed used to belong to a now vacated store. I removed the color, and added some.

No 'splaining necessary.

We have a lot of wind around here, and it will take your door off. Businesses sometimes tape little reminders on their doors in order to keep them form ending up on the other side of the bay.

This sign is just a little outside Crisfield, but I liked it.

If you still have one of those signs in your town, snap a photo before the history of the grand old store is gone.

The first McCrory store opened in 1882 in Scottdale, Pa. The last store closed in 2001. I am not sure when the Crisfield store closed.

Other names associated with McCrory's are Lerner Shops and Kresge. Ah, the good old days. My grandmother loved McCrory's.

Get your live crabs at Southern Connection, or down the road at Linton's.

I have only lived in Crisfield for three years, so I don't know much about this now-defunct pharmacy. Old stores fascinate me.

This quaint sign welcomes visitors to the city dock.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Favorite Place

This little slice of heaven is one of Crisfield's best kept secrets, and is only five minutes from my house. You won't find it mentioned in any tourist's brochure or pictured on any map as a place of local interest; and I am not giving away the location of my favorite place. I will, however share its beauty with you.

I know Reggie Girl will accuse me of posting her old home again...but I just love places like this.

The crabber in the last photo was picking up some crab pots when I was there, so I took his photo while we chatted about the upcoming crabbing season.

I love talking to the waterman. They are such special people, and they always have interesting stories to tell. Most all of them, like the one in the photo, come from a long lines of working waterman.

Can't you just hear the waves slapping gently at the shoreline as the tide comes in?

Award Winning Bed and Breakfast

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I was going to post this later when I got around to posting a few businesses around town, but since Reggie Girl made fun of my romantic cottage-by-the-bay photo, I thought I would bring out the big guns.

This is My Fair Lady, winner of the 2008 - 2009 Best of Bread and Breakfast awards, an online site that rates B&Bs around the country.

This beautiful 1900's home, located at 38 West Main Street, was built during the height of the booming seafood business in Crisfield.

You can make reservations by visiting their website at:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Posting Problems?

For those having problems posting with Blogger, I found this today:

Monday, February 23, 2009

The word verification form is currently failing to load for some users. As a temporary workaround, you can disable word verification from the Settings | Comments tab.

We're working on a fix now, and apologize for the inconvenience.

I have disabled my word verification for a day or two.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Life by the Bay

We have some beautiful homes in Crisfield, but my eye always goes towards those little places by the bay whose owners seemed to have found their own Camelot, never to be altered by the tides of change.

I snapped this little cottage because it reminds me of many of the little houses (and vehicles) on Long Island, Bahamas, one of my favorite places to visit.

In a way, Crisfield reminds me of Long Island, Bahamas.

Albert Einstein wrote: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

I think I have just explained Crisfield very well.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Gentle Breeze

It wasn't the crab house that caught my eye; it was the way the breeze crept in, as Carl Sandburg said about fog, "...creeping in on little cat feet." That was the feeling I got.

Just enough of a breeze to make an ordinary bay scene (if there is such a thing) a piece of art.

Friday, February 20, 2009

How cold was it in Crisfield today?

And to think it was in the 60's about ten days ago!

Anyone for oysters?

Since we are the Seafood Capital of the World, I thought I would entertain you with some oyster photos. It is almost time for the crab boats to head out, so I will post some crab photos later for you crab lovers.

I don't care for oysters, but my husband loves them!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rainy Day

It is a cloudy and rainy day in Crisfield, but people still get out and visit their favorite places.

At the city beach, people don't let a rainy day keep them from feeding the seagulls.

We have a lot of people in our town who make daily rounds, no matter what the weather, to feed the gulls, ducks, geese, and the homeless cats. A fine testament to the good-hearted people of our town.

“Never count your friends on sunny days for they all will be around. Count your friends on the rainy days when the clouds are grey and lightning shakes the ground."

Monday, February 16, 2009

Random shots

Here are some random shots of our beautiful town that I took while riding around today. I put some of the photos in Adobe Photo and made them a little more creative.

Don't you wish you lived in Crisfield? At least try and visit us!

Where are the photos you took?

I have received several emails and phone call from people who saw me shooting the Valentine's balls this weekend. They wanted to know when I would be posting the photos on this blog site.

This is just my little "play blog." I can't post assignments on my site. It may be that, in the future, I will be able to post one photo and direct people to my newspaper's web site, and that would be just so that people who don't live here could enjoy the events in our town, and read our daily newspaper. I always like to read newspapers in other cities and towns, especially small towns.

The Valentine's ball photos should be on the paper's web site sometimes today. Just click on the Daily Times link on the menu bar to the right.

I invite all those who don't live here to check out the site as well. We have some talented photographers, and there are always some nice photos in our web gallery. You can also submit your photos to the Daily Times. They love kids, weather, pets - anything you think is interesting. You can also chime in on the paper's blog.

The Daily Times is not located in Crisfield, but it is our only daily paper and you can keep up with all the Crisfield events and news. You can click on their "Weekly" newspaper link - and look for the Somerset Herald, which is specific to our area.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I previously posted the Crisfield Valentine's Day dock photo, but after receiving a Valentine's greeting photo from friends I could not resist reposting the dock photo along their photo. The reason, their photo was taken in Italy--the graffiti on the wall reads, "Happy Valentines. I love you."

So from Crisfield, Maryland and Greve, Italy, "Happy Valentine's Day to all!"

Delores, you could have composed that shot better! We photographers are so picky.

But ain't it sweet?

Friday, February 13, 2009

What I like about small towns

We fled the hustle and bustle of life in Atlanta in the seventies, and have been living in small towns since that time.

I have learned a lot about small towns. Here are a few things that make them special:

*I can bike, scooter, or walk anywhere I need to go.
*Gingerbread houses.
*Abandoned houses with histories waiting for someone to adopt them.
*I can breathe clean air.
*People are friendly – really friendly.
*You can see the stars at night.
*Waitresses take care of you.
*The pies and cakes in restaurants are homemade, and the taste of the coffee is like nectar to the tongue.
*Festivals, parades, and events that say, “We’re proud of our town.”
*People pitch in when someone is in trouble.
*You can write a check without pulling stuff out of your wallet.
*Picnics on the river.
*Picnics on the beach.
*Picnics on the cool grass on a hot day…and all three without distractions and noise.
*People wave.
*Church suppers bring out the whole town.
*Baseball games.
*Your local pizza shop will make you a heart shaped pizza.
*We have Fair Queens and Kings.
*And here, in Crisfield, the sunsets take your breath away.

What do you like about your town or city?