Saturday, September 23, 2017

My new best friends..........

Yes they taste awful but they are good for you.  The Buckley's not the McCafe coffee.

I am at the "I want to die," stage now.  My throat is so itchy and scratchy and I feel like death warmed over.

What is your go too remedy when you have a head cold?

I'm now off to feel sorry for myself๐Ÿ˜ท

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mixed bag of things for the week......

This has been dh's last week of vacation.  He will be back to work on Monday and I know I will miss him.  However it's been a miserable three weeks of vacation as I have been sick the WHOLE time.  Seriously I have no idea how this happened.  On Wednesday I came down with a head cold and stomach flu to add to everything.  I think I am that run down that I am catching everything going.

Although I take an iron pill everyday I decided to start taking a multi-vitamin to see if that helps.  I asked the pharmacist and he recommended this one:

We will see how it goes.  I am back at the doctor's next week for a follow up, so hopefully will feel a lot better by then.

It was dh's birthday this week.  I took him to Ikea for the $1 breakfast only to discover it has gone up to $2.99!!๐Ÿ˜‹  Haven't been to Ikea in ages, so it was nice to have a look around.  By the time we had done that I was exhausted, so had to come home, so a rip-roaring exciting time dh had on his birthday.

The weather is stinking hot and humid at the moment, which I am hating it just tires me out more.  Tomorrow will be 39 oC with the humidity, so I will be hibernating again.

Dh signed up for Sports Net World again so Saturday morning we will binge watch the British Soccer games.  I will read the Toronto Star newspaper and continue knitting my hat.  It's for a prize for a United Way fundraiser that dd is organizing at work:

Loving the yarn I am using, it's Sidar Freya, which is 55% Cotton, 31% Acrylic and 14% Polyester and so, so soft.  I got it from The Knitting Basket.  I used this pattern, it's free from Raverly.

I think dh will be glad to go back to work as I haven't been the best company these past three weeks.......

I hope you had a better week than we did?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bits and Bobs

When we were away I picked up a couple of business cards of places/sites I wanted to visit online when we got back home.

Saw this woman at a Sunday market; P.Carter Carpin

It was the bright colours that first caught my eye, but I loved the name banners.  They are made with felted wool, which is something I would like to try.  The link to this lady's Etsy store is above.

King William Alpacas was also at this same market.  Not the Alpacas but their human owners!!!  I hummed and haa-ed over their yarn as it was to die for but ultimately I didn't buy any, which was a mistake on my part, and I am sad that I didn't.   They did say if you call first to make arrangements they will show you the alpacas, which I thought was nice.  Here is one of their Alpacas Flash:

You can buy yarn from Flash's coat here:

One store I sought out while in Williamsburg was The Spice and Tea Exchange.  That was a store for all your senses to drink in.  It was a delight and the lady that was working that day was a joy to deal with.  We picked up some spices as a gift for someone and it included their own Signature Spice Blend.

Everywhere you turned though there was something new to see and look at.  If you are in the area you should check out these places.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reading and reviewing books.............

I have been catching up on my reading since we got back.  I had three books to read and review.  All were good in very different ways.

The first All Saints was about the Karen people from Burma who came to live in Tennessee and how they helped revive The All Saints church in a small community.  Very interesting and I learned something new.  You can read my review here.
The second book I reviewed was Gracelaced and you can read my review here.  What attracted me to this book was the artwork and photography, as it is gorgeous.  However once you start reading the book it's words make you think and reflect and that in itself is just as lovely.  Ruth Chou Simmons, has a lovely website and blog with many other things on it and it is well worth a look: Gracelaced  I would love to have some of her art work hanging on our home walls.
The last book I read was a Lauraine Snelling book.  I enjoy her books and did enjoy the detail of day to day life in this book.  This was a book about Norwegians emigrating to America and the hardships they endured.  You can read my review here.

I do try to read at least two books a month.  I don't review them all; although I know I should.  Not sure about you but I tend to go through phases of reading about one particular subject all the time, then never pick up that subject for ages?

All the books I reviewed here are from a company called Graff Martin and I have been reviewing for them for a number of years now.

Are you a reader?  I have another blog specifically for reviewing books: That British Woman's Book Review Blog; please feel free to check it out. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, September 18, 2017

Grayhaven Winery

On our way down to Williamsburg, Virginia, we took a side trip to visit Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, Virginia.  We bought a Groupon for a Winery Cellar Tour, Artisan Cheese Board, And Souvenir Wine Glasses For Two.

First let me say this place is in the middle of nowhere ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, this isn't that strange for us to go to somewhere using the GPS and it taking us along the minor roads to a far away place!!  I will say we were relieved to discover that Grayhaven Winery did exist and what a lovely place it was, run by a very lovely couple.

As many of you know I don't drink alcohol, or at least very little alcohol, but wanted to treat dh  to a tour and as we were only 90 minutes from our destination, I knew I would have no trouble driving the rest of the way.  We got there just before 1 pm I think and we were joined by another couple shortly after who had also bought a Groupon for the same thing.  We got to taste a number of their wines; though I declined most of them, as it turns out I only liked the super sweet wine, that was called Jam Jar and their Port/Desert Wine.  I could have drunk those by the gallon............but remember I was driving!!

The owners of the winery were super friendly; I forgot their names, sorry!  The husband guided us through the wine tasting and the wife gave us a tour of the winery and explained how everything worked.  They are a small winery who make under 5,000 cases of wine per year.  They only sell through the winery, not in any retail stores and everyone is hands on in the growing, processing and distribution of their wines.  Making it a small boutique/indie type of winery.  After the tour we were treated to a cheese and cracker board that was just lovely.  Dh enjoyed his with a glass of wine.

Here are some photos from the day:

The selection of wines we tasted.

 The owner of the Winery, again sorry I forgot his name, but he is originally from South Africa.  
The lovely Jam Jar wine, which was infact the cheapest wine they sold!!! 
 A view from the patio where we sat and ate our cheese and crackers.
Another view from the patio. 
 Our yummy cheese and cracker plate, there was olives also, but neither of us like them.  See the napkin on top of dh's wine glass, the wasps were out in force as they had just harvested the grapes.
 The koi in the pond were huge.
Dh's favourite wine was the Rendezvous Cabernet Sauvignon 

" Flavors of black currant and tobacco flow smoothly over the palate in Grayhaven's Cabernet Sauvignon. While delightful on release, this medium bodied wine is supported by a healthy tannin structure, making it a great choice for home cellar aging. Serve Grayhaven Cabernet Sauvignon with zesty Italian dishes, veal with porcini cream sauce or prime rib with red wine demi-glaze. "

If you happen to be in the area, it is a worthwhile place to visit and you will be made very welcome; I know we were, and do have their cheese plate it was so, so good.