Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rosemont Winery

Looking for a warm and cozy place to visit on cold winter days?  If you are in the Southern Virginia area then you are in luck!  A visit to Rosemont Winery is just what the doctor ordered. 

Mark and I stopped in here on our last adventure and enjoyed and afternoon tasting wine and enjoying the scenery.  Being close to I 85 near the North Carolina boarder, it is really not THAT far from home for us, so we plan to visit again (and again) in the warmer weather.  I loved their red wines, Mark loved all of the wines and three lucky bottles got to come home with us. 


Beautiful day and great visit.  Can't wait to go back. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Day!

We finally have enough snow here in Virginia to make it worth mentioning!  In my line of work (medical field) there is no such thing as a SNOW DAY.  But that doesn't stop me from enjoying the white stuff when I AM at home.  And by enjoy it I mean cuddling up on the couch with a glass of wine and a blanket and snuggling with Mr. Busy Bryant. What?  You didn't think I really meant get out IN the snow did you? ;-)  

How do you spend a snow day?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Occoneechee State Park

This past weekend Mark and I marked another State Park off of "our list".  We visited Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville Virginia.  We left the kids at home with family and headed off on our own private adventure.  We soaked up the time alone with just each other as well as the laid back feel of staying on the lake.   

The park is named after the Native American people that lived in the area hundreds of years ago.  The visitor center does a good job describing the history of the tribe and then what became of them. 

The location is literally minutes from the town of Clarksville.   Even though we had been planning for the trip for a few weeks we really didn't do very much to prepare so it was a good thing the town of Clasksville had everything we needed.  We bought a few groceries so that we didn't have to eat in town for every meal.  But had we wanted to there were enough places open to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in town. 

The Buggs Island Overlook

On the second day of the stay we decided to hike part of the 20 miles worth of trails.  We hiked out of the cabin area to the Buggs Island Overlook (we took the loop).  The hike took us at least four hours, and that was with minimal breaks.  Mark was a little disappointed that the overlook wasn't more spectacular, I was just glad we had reached the end and could start the journey back.  We think that from the cabins to the end of the PMT (with the loop) was around 13 miles.  We did find a couple old foundations along the way.  There were no markers or indication in the park what the foundations were for. 

In the spring, summer and fall there is tent camping available.  They have the road closed in the winter so I couldn't really scope out the lots.  There is not a designated swimming area in the park despite being on the lake.  There are boat ramps and plenty of places for fishing though.  The cabins are pretty standard to the State Parks...no TV and no phone ;-)  We thought cabin #3 might have the best view of the lake. 


We really enjoyed the trip here.  Hard to say if it was the park, the lake or the fact that we were alone and enjoying each other so much....I'm sure it was a combination of all of those things. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Wreath

 I put up all of my winter decorations and felt like something was missing.  The front door needed a little extra pizzaz.  I figured a winter wreath would do the trick.  Within 20 minutes I had my new wreath and the just the pizzaz I was looking for.  You just need some fabric, an old wire coat hanger, scissors and maybe a tape measure.  I used pinking shears to add some fun to the fabric. 

The snow flakes really made it feel like winter

Just form the wire hanger into a circle

This measured 44 x 6 inches

And then I cut them into various size strips

Just tie the fabric onto the wire hanger


Silly teen photo bomb optional

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy 2014 everyone!  Hope your new year is starting off great.  To start off our year we decorated The Winter Tree...the warm glow helps make everything feel cozy even with the cold winter weather outside.