On Sunday we had brunch in Essex at the Griswold Inn. Nico especially loved the old, cluttered space. Mmmmm . . . waffles. A man on the town green was carving eagles from wood with a chainsaw, making a racket and a stench and an entertaining spectacle. In the harbor the ice was melting and a flock of mergansers preened not far from a bald eagle strolling along the ice-edge.
We drove northward along the Connecticut river, stopping briefly at the winter carnival in Chester. Crossing the river at the Goodspeed Opera House, we made our way down to Gillette Castle.
From the cliffs Monica and I watched the eagles that over-winter there, while the boys raced around the grounds. It's stunning to watch the great birds as they ride the air currents and hunt for fish in the river.