Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We were thrilled to have David home again for Christmas. On Friday he cooked his specialty, hamburgers. But these weren't just any hamburgers. I am not sure exactly what he did, but it involved tomato sauce, seasoning, a special chutney dressing and swiss cheese. They were wonderful! He also made baked potatoes and asparagus.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I didn't get a lot of sewing done that day, but these are some projects I finished recently. The snowflakes are machine embroidered,and I made 19 of them. Everyone that was here on Christmas day got one.
The picture on the left is my "angel tree". All of the ornaments are angels or Crismons. On the right is my "Florida" tree. This is a small tree that is in our entryway. I cross-stitched the picture above it of Santa on the beach.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The lighthouse in the distance.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
We stood and watched the waves crashing over these rocks for a long time. There really is no beach to speak of, just cliffs and rocks. It is definately different from the Florida coasts we are used to.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After much research on the web, I chose to tour this winery because a) they are actually a working vineyard as well as a winery and b)they have a small olive grove and process the olives for oil, and we could tour that as well. Round Pond winery is fairly new, although the family has been growing grapes and selling them to other vineyards for many years. Although the grapes are dormant now, the vineyards were still amazing.
Ryan, our tour guide, pouring a barrel tasting for us. This is wine as it comes out of the barrel, before filtering, bottling or anything else. Later we tasted 3 different wines, from different years. Each wine was paired with a small, appetizer-sized portion of cheese, bread or fruit, specifically chosen to enhance that wine. Although the wines did all taste different, I thought they were all pretty good. And they should have been, for the prices they charged per bottle. Let's just say this would be for a very special occasion.
It seemed unusual for us to see palm trees, citrus, and other semi-tropical plants growing alongside of plants that I think of as more northern plants, such as peaches, grapes, nut trees and other items that don't grow in our hot humid climate. The snow covered mountains in the background were different too!
We arrived on Sat, 2/2 in Oakland to rain, rain, and oh yeah, rain. I had made a reservation at Gaia Resort near Napa Valley for our first night there, just so we were sure of a place to stay. After an unplanned detour from Oakland across the Bay bridge to San Francisco, we finally got on the correct freeway, going the proper direction and found the hotel without further incident. The hotel is fairly small, and had a lot of enviromentally friendly features. All of the rooms open towards a small lagoon (fancy name for a rentention pond), and these swans were swimming there.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
This is called a "bat plant". It is in the same family as a peace lily. This is a new variety and in high demand. At the end of the show, many vendors sell their plants to individuals, rather than spend the money to haul them home. This grower is one of our customers, and he let me take the plant early, rather than get caught up in the near riot at the end of the show. Everyone wanted a bat plant, and they were the only grower there that had them. I bought two of these, plus two small orchids, a bromeliad/air plant attached to a volcanic rock from Hawaii, and two ceramic orchid pots.