Monday, April 23, 2012

a time to relax

I spent a wonderful week at the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Every morning I could wake up and see Giraffe, zebra and many more animals walk past our balcony. To my surprise We were there during the spring flower show.  Even though we had a mild winter  it is still great to see flowers in full bloom. I will need to wait another month before they can be safetly planted outdoors at home. The Disney gardeners do a spectacular job with the gardens in all the theme parks.However,  EPCOT seems to have the most flowers and special gardens to see..
They look like a colorful carpet lining the lake. I do not have a great sense of smell,but because there were so many flowers even I could smell them. They even had an enclosed butterfly garden, full of garden paths, plants, and of course butterflies, I even ran into a few Disney friends in the garden to add to the festivities. 
Thumper, Flower and Bambi are all made from flowers. Well I got to bounce Tigger calls.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Retired but still useful.

why not use some of the farm implements we use to grow the grapes as functional art work to look at while we enjoy the wine they help bring into the world.       Some of them have been part of my family for years, rakes, hoes shovels used by my grandfather. when I look at these tools I can remember days where we worked side by side in the hot sun weeding, planting, pruning and  harvesting the fruits of  our labor. Its only fitting that they hold a place of honor in the tasting room.
I can lift a glass of my favorite wine and toast the work of my father and grandfather. A wine will take on flavors from it surroundings. I can feel the sunshine, smell the scent of flowers from around the vineyard and remember actual conversations I had with both of these men in every glass.