Sourland Mountain Spirits

After lunch at the Brick Farm Tavern we walked over to the tasting room at the Sourland Mountain Spirts. Erica Disch (the owner’s wife) has given me the heads up that limited bottles of the new bourbon would be on sale. It turns out Ray Disch was there as well. We walked in just before another couple walked in behind us. Ray wanted us to stay for a while, but we explained that we had to pick up a child from an event at 2 PM, which prompted a conversation about how Bhavna and I would soon be empty nesters and that we would have a lot more time to hang out at the tasting room.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO4000), © Khürt L. Williams

Brick Farm Tavern

Bhavna wanted to cheer me up. I’ve had a challenging week with my eyes.

She suggested that we eat lunch at Brick Farm Tavern and sample the latest craft ale from Troon Brewing. We dined on the patio for the first time. The weather was perfect. I had a caesar salad and the delicious home cut fries. Bhavna had the falafel plate. We both enjoyed our late lunch before walking over the tasting room at the Sourland Mountain Spirits.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

I had a an appointment at Wills Eye Institute this morning. The doctors did the usual eye tests, including testing for colour blindness, filed of vision, etc. They commented on how much better my eyes look. But I reminded them that they felt no better than before the treatments. They conceded that point but want me to look on the bright side (no pun intended). I just can’t’ right now.

Chronic diseases tend to sap the patients mental and physical energy. The steroids worsened the Type 1 diabetes, and it will take some time before my body adjusts back to before steroids. My hair fell out from the radiation. I don’t recognise or like the face I see in the mirror. It will be months before I look like “me”.

But even then, there is more work to be done. I am scheduled to meet with the orbital surgeon in September. We may have to plan for orbital surgery.

I want it all to be done. I feel like crying.

These doctor visits start at 8 AM, and often we are not done until close to lunchtime. Today we were done at 11 AM. Bhavna wanted something to drink, so we walked along Walnut Street at the Wawa. Two doors down are the SweetGreens, so we stopped in an bought a salad for lunch. I ate my Fish Taco salad in the car.

I brought my vintage Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 film lens with me. All of the images here were shot with this lens mounted to my Fuji X-T2. I am pleasantly surprised by how well the lens performed on the Fuji X-T2. Hopefully, without sounding self-aggrandising, I think I did a good job operating the fully manual lens.

Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.001 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.001 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams