Tuesday Tunes: Caledonia

Scotland 2012   Every day, I walk/run on the dreadmill–I mean treadmill and listen to all kinds of music; however, lately, I’ve been listening to Pandora’s 80’s station. And, the song, “In the Big Country” by the Scottish rock band, Big Country kept popping up. ¬†I liked it, especially the bagpipes, so here it is along with some of my favorite quotes by Scottish novelist and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson. ūüôā   “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.”   “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”   “Wine is bottled poetry.”   “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”   “The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.”     Wishing everyone a beautiful day!   *Many thanks to friend and talented photographer, Doug Frassa for his lovely photographs.

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Tuesday Tunes: The Grapevine

Meadows of Dan, Virginia¬† Blue Ridge Parkway   Recently, Farmguy and I participated in the grape harvest at a local winery just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwestern Virginia. ¬†Located in the¬†Rocky Knob American Viticultural Area (AVA),¬†Chateau Morrisette Winery sits at an elevation of nearly 3500 feet. ¬†Boasting spectacular views, it’s amid one of the most rugged and mountainous parts of the state. ¬†Although the winery is at 3500 feet,¬†most of its vineyards are down the mountain at 1600 feet. Chateau Morrisette Winery was founded by David Morrisette in 1978, making it among the oldest wineries in Virginia. ¬†It has 13 acres of land and produces approximately 70,000 cases of wine each year. Chardonnay, Viognier, Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Petit Manseng, and Vidal blanc are among the varietals used in making Chateau Morrisette’s wines. ¬†Besides growing many of its own grapes, the winery also buys grapes from other vineyards in Virginia. ¬†Due to the state’s climate and growing season, Viognier and Cabernet Franc are some the winery’s most successful varieties. In the photos, Farmguy and I are harvesting Niagara grapes—a variety of the North American grape species Vitis labrusca. ¬†Niagara grapes are one of the few grape varieties that can grow at such a high elevation. These green grapes are table grapes and are also used in making jams, juices, and wines. ¬†They are mainly used in Chateau Morrisette’s sweet/dessert wines—Sweet Mountain Laurel and Red […]

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A Hard Rain

Sheep heading towards the barn as a storm¬†brews on Green Hill Farm     “You are never alone or helpless. ¬†The force that guides the stars guides you too.”   ~Shrii Shrii Anandamurti; Indian philosopher     Praying for all of those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence.  

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Ruin Is a Gift

  Our new lambs–Tino, Sweet Pea, Butterbean, and Truffle Spring 2018   Please bear with this somewhat stream of consciousness post. ¬†I kept going around and around about what to say, how to say it, and whether to even say it. ¬†But here it is. ¬†Suffering at the hands of someone you love and who is supposed to love you, […]

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Tuesday Tunes: You Learn

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway Meadows of Dan, Virginia   ‚ÄúYou may encounter many defeats, but you must NOT be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.‚ÄĚ ~Maya Angelou       Happy Tuesday!

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Tuesday Tunes: Drops of Jupiter…And a Little Bit of Heaven

Fattoria della Talosa–Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Ornellaia–Super-Tuscan, Cordella–Montalcino   Last month, I spent a delightful week in Tuscany. ¬†I wasn’t alone, though. ¬†Melody, author of the blog, Meals With Mel accompanied me on this little adventure around Florence and the Tuscan countryside. ¬†We had a fabulous time wandering around the beautiful city of Florence and marveling at the many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture—including the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. We visited The Galleria dell’ Accademia which displays Michelangelo’s, “David” sculpture as well as the Uffizi Gallery which exhibits Botticelli’s, “The Birth of Venus.” Once in the countryside, we enjoyed lots of sunshine and blue skies while truffle hunting at a beautiful farm and vineyard called, Fattoria Santa Vittoria. ¬†And, of course, we had some of the most beautiful wines in the world—mainly, but not entirely, comprised of the¬†Sangiovese grape, an Italian red grape variety that derives its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis, “the blood of Jupiter.” For those of you who may not be familiar with the wines of central Italy,¬†The Apennine Mountains, which run the length of the Italian Peninsula, dominant the wine regions of this area. Grapes are planted in the hills and valleys of this mountain range with altitude providing a moderating influence on the hot climate. ¬†It’s also important to mention that the coastal areas on both sides of the country benefit […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Freedom…And Happiness

Farmgirl and her Farmguy September 2017     “Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.” ~C. JoyBell C.   “Sometimes the road to freedom lies in deciding you’d rather be happy than right. ¬†Is it really worth lugging around all those foul feelings just so you can be right? ¬†Think to yourself, ‘What do I have to do or not do, or think or not think, RIGHT NOW, to be happy?’ ¬†And if the answer is ‘let the jackasses think they’re right,’ then so be it.” ~Anonymous   “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~Toni Morrison   “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ~Erin Hanson   ¬†Happy¬†Independence Day! ūüôā

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