Spring Trip

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In IL visiting the siblings. We have great plans for my weekend. Of course some of our plans involve a bit of wine.

Everytime I come to visit we try to hit a new winery. This time we visited Star View Vineyards. They have beautiful grounds surrounding their events/tasting building. We tasted five of their sweet wines which were all quite tasty. We left with souvenir glasses and a bottle of wine for later.

While shopping in town we got more scrapbooking supplies. Beth and I have decided that our distant descendents will likely be putting the final touches on our wedding scrapbooks long after our deaths.

We also stopped by the international grocery to grab a sushi mat. I hope you’re looking forward to see photos from the sushi rolling tonight. I expect a delicious train wreck.

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After shopping we hung out at Rustle Hill Winery with a pitcher (or two) of their white sangria. Tom opted for a Gunslinger beer. After getting sufficiently spiffled we came home so Tom could catch up.

Beth and I slowed our boozing down with chocolate chip cheesecake dip, graham crackers and port. I made the sweet dessert dip earlier yesterday. It is so completely worth the 10 minutes it takes to put together. Want the recipe? Stay tuned.

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Hope your week is going just as well. We’ll be hitting the Giant City State Park trails midmorning and picnicking in the woods.

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Day 155: Needlework Owls

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I’m not really sure wwhat to call this piece of art. It is made with yarn but the stitches look to be embroidery style. Is this tapestry work?
It’s pretty neat to be sure. They used a fuzzy wild yarn for the fluffy feathers around the eyes.of he owl.

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The second owl was made using the same method and has quite the intense look.

I wandered around the lodge taking photos of all their wall art and I think I made the lady running the bar a little nervous.
I wonder if people just give random owl junk to their winery. It wasn’t tacky decorating just lots of cool owl pictures created using many different mediums.

A couple more owl best of’s that I will share in the next blog.

Day 154: Flat Bed Concerts

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Owl creek vineyard has a three tiered wooden deck behind their building. At the bottom of the triple decker is an old flat bed farm truck.

They use this as their stage and every Saturday they have a free concert. You are encouraged to buy wine and food but they gave me the impression they were just creating an awesome hang out zone.

Better yet, there is no smoking on the decks or property so you don’t have to worry about being downwind of smoke while you’re enjoying the concert.

Next up, some of their owl decor they had in the lodge.

Day 153: Owl Creek Vineyard Intro

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Our visit to Owl Creek Vineyard was a very enjoyable experience. I highly suggest it to anyone traveling in the Southern Illinois area.

The next few posts and pictures I share will be from some highlights I saw while at the vineyard.

Please take note of the owl. You may see a reoccurring theme in the next couple of posts.

I am not a pro wino. So I will be offering no pro tips on how to attend a wine tasting or enjoy the full bouquets of the wines.

In fact my go to wine comes from a screw top $9.00 wine bottle of blackberry Merlot. High class I know.

I don’t put on airs but I loved the atmosphere created at this vineyard.