Day 4 didn’t go as planned. We had a serious cat emergency, and shot off to the vet very early in the morning. Our girl — a grey and white shorthair rescue — is OK, but will be on meds the rest of her life, which was a bit of a shock to all concerned. Once she was safely at home, we headed off.
We got back to the house nearly too late to get to the farmers’ market. There was no time to change; we wore street clothes, or, in my case, tattered and furry cat-wrangling clothing. Dr. Diarist made coffee while I pumped up Basil’s and Argyll’s tires. This trip, we did Coffee Shop Without Walls, in which Coffeeneurs sip out-of-doors.
We made it to the market just before closing. A lot of the stalls had already packed up, and there weren’t any food trucks in evidence. Even so, there was no lack of variety in the vegetable department.
Basil was laden with goodies in no time; however, Argyll took the basket home. I think I heard Dr. Diarist say something about Basil being a wimp, but I’m sure my ears deceived me — particularly as the bottom of the basket was filled with Dr. Diarist’s own potatoes. Naturally he and Argyll would only be happy to haul them home, right?
The winds were very high: Poor Argyll was blown over, after which I lay each Brompton, respectively, against tree and bench. A vendor’s canopy blew down, too, and the vendor next to it spent a few minutes holding onto his lest it sail away, too.
We found a bench beneath a tree and drank our coffee. (We might have had a bit of a treat, too. Dr. Diarist chose a ham and cheese croissant from one booth, and I ate the best lemon pie I’ve ever had from another one: butter crust! tart, fresh, lemon with a minimum of sugar!)
We were a bit stressed from the morning’s events, and still a bit in shock, but we were pleased that our Coffeeneuring plans meant that we got out when we might otherwise have stayed home and fussed. Drinking hot coffee amidst fall splendour was a much better way to reset our Saturday.
Day 4 Observations: 1) (From Dr. D) Farmers’ markets are so much better in the fall (!) and 2) (mine) Chemex coffee is the best ever!
Tally for the day
Day 4 Location: Farmers’ Market
Mileage today: 2.4 miles/3.8 km
Total Mileage for Coffeeneuring 2014 to date: 31.2 miles/50 km