“’Tea Time.’” (Johanna and I) said in unison and climbed.
We sipped up there on the Chick Palace roof and talked about family, tearless reminisces this time. Back in the bad old days, the four of us had occasionally contemplated winterizing our cottages into year-round getaways to take advantage of the foliage or even the Pocono Mountains ski slopes.
On the other hand, a marriage on the skids does not get back on track via isolated converted summer places with vintage everything from plumbing to wiring. Where mechanical engineer Gordon Wheeler can tinker endlessly with projects, financial analyst Ex-ex Covington gets stir crazy.
Ethan Bradshaw Covington, III, is a beaten path kind of guy and Lake Allamuchy has always been too far off of it, too far from Wall Street, Ligonier, the Hamptons, or, as it has turned out, that West Village brownstone. I pondered his new-found attitude about our jointly owned digs and this new stew he’d set to simmering.
Lilly Drinkwater Covington, The Chick Palace
Three Dilemmas, Two friends and One Deserted Tree House
during a simmering summer on Lake Allamuchy