A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Drive North

As we headed northward again, we chose to take the Redwood/Coast Highway for three days.

Along the way, we drove through groves of Redwood:

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Stopped a couple of times to enjoy the ocean again:

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Even though the days were dull, it was still great to be at sea-side with the sounds and sights and smells.

One stop we watched a couple of whales at play:013

It was really hard to get a good picture, first because they were so far out, and then because they just seemed to bob up and down.

We also noticed the birds on the rocks:020

We camped near the Redwood Parks, and took a drive around.  Oh, those trees, they ARE magnificent:

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And then we found ‘The Big Tree’, over 1500 years old, it stands over 300 feet high and is 21+ feet in diameter.  Now that’s BIG:043044045

Also here is an elk preserve, and we found a small number of what is reported to be a herd of over 300:051058064

As we came into Oregon, the sand dunes glistened in the sun (yes, the sun eventually came back – with a vengeance I might add.  We went to sleep with an extra blanket one night, to wake up to 20 degrees C/50 degrees F, and the day just got hotter.)

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From Florence, OR northward, we were in familiar territory, having visited here just three years ago, and our conversation went a lot like this:

‘Oh, we’ve been there’

‘That’s where we stopped for lunch’

‘I remember that’

‘Now that’s new’

It was almost like being ‘home’ again.

And today we will arrive home, to our DD and DSIL there for a short visit.  They may even be there already, as they planned to drive through the night last night.

It’s been a great road trip, hope you’ve all enjoyed the scenery and tours along our way.             Blessings, Peg

NOT Wineries

While in the Napa Valley, we didn’t just visit wineries (just in case you think we’re total sots).

One morning, we visited the local market:

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All those lovely fruits and veggies:

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Fresh flowers:

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Crafts:

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And we were entertained:

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The day we chose to drive out to the ocean was a grey and misty day:160154

But the surfers were out anyway:159

And there was time to just sit and relax, or swim:

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The end of our days here came all too soon.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wineries III

On our second last day, we booked a tour, and Jonathan took us around to some of his favorite wineries in his Wine-a-bay-go.

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How very relaxing!  And we learned some more about the grapes and the vines – did you know that Zinfandel vines life-span is about 100 years, with peak production at about 50-60 years, where most vines’ life-span is only about 40 years.

Three wineries at one stop, one of which included tasting of olive oils and vinegars:

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Then on to DeLorimier:

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Hanna’s building had a distinctly oriental flavor, but their wines were pure California:

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Last stop Stone Creek.  By this time we were tasted-out.  The gardens were a delight in front of a rather utilitarian (but huge) winery building:206.Stone Street207209

Our host took us back outside to see the view of 5400 acres of hillside owned and cultivated by this winery:

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As you can see it was a misty, cloudy day, but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment of just being all together and experiencing California wine country.

This is the last of the wineries – a little more to share in the next couple of posts about other California adventures.

Now time to let Grizz have the computer and catch up on the news, while I get myself ready to face the day.  It’s raining here now, apparently very unusual for June in California, but we’re doing some last sight-seeing before we’re homeward bound.

Speaking of home – not our home, but our kids’ in Alberta – the High River family is still with the Calgary family. The vet clinic owned by our DDIL2 and DS1 in High River has posted that they’ll get back up and running as soon as possible, and given alternative vets for their clients to phone if they’re in need in the meantime. So if you know of anybody in that area needing a vet, they can check out Highview Animal Clinic on FB. Everybody’s still safe, and just playing the waiting game until they get the green light to return home, or at least to get there to assess the damage. We’re feeling a little anxious to get out there to help them, but right now roads are still closed, and rain is still falling, and mud is still sliding – we just have to give it time.

Oh, and all my followers and blog-buddies – I’m not neglecting you all.  I am getting and reading your comments, just not enough hours in the day to reply.  And I am skimming quickly through your blog posts, trying to keep up, but not doing a great job of it.  I’ll get better caught up when we’re home again. and try to write you all a note or two.

Happy tasting and touring!          Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wineries II

One day four of us went on a little side-trip, and, surprise, surprise, found a couple more wineries:

For Moshin Winery, we had a free tasting coupon, but I spent more time on the sculpture outside:

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Why, you may ask – well, the artists used everything they could find to embellish this Yin/Yang type piece, and posted a ‘treasure hunt’.  I found most treasures, including the peacock, horse, and swan:173.Peacock176169.Swan

The Hop Kiln Winery has an interesting history:

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And it was recommended that we stop at Armida if for no other reason than the view:

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There’s still more to come!     Blessings, Peg

Monday, June 24, 2013

Wineries I

One of the goals of this trip was that our friends were going to be able to show us some of the wineries in the Napa Valley area of California.  We visited several, not all for the tastings.

Ferrari Carano winery has some of the most beautiful gardens we’ve ever seen:

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At Sbragia, we ate lunch while sipping wine on their patio and enjoyed the unending view:

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including a glimpse of Ferrari-Carano down the hill:

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At Bella, the tasting room was in a cave:

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Mondavi winery is one of the original of the Napa Valley and the wine trail, and the architecture tells of the Spanish roots of the family:109111110

At Sutter Home wines we enjoyed not just the tasting of wines, but the samples of other wine-based products like salsas and dips.  Here, there’s a B and B where I’m sure I could relax for several days:122125

There’ll be more!              Blessings, Peg