Happy Monday folks. I spent the day doing my civic duty – I got called for jury duty. I was thisclose to getting assigned as a juror but alas, my straw was not drawn. I’m not gonna complain about that! Even though I was pretty intrigued by the whole process since it was my first time being summoned for jury duty, I don’t particularly want to be crammed into a windowless room with a ton of people who are snoring (seriously) and without wifi (the horror!) any time again soon.
Anyway, on to a more fun topic: my weekend outing with Lori & Michelle of the wonderful blog Purely Twins! We met up at Davesté Vineyard, a little vineyard (4 acres) in Troutman, NC. It’s owned by a couple, Dave and Ester (hence, Davesté get it?), who have been married more than 40 years. They built the tasting room just a few years ago and it was really quaint. I could easily picture myself spending a whole afternoon rocking on that porch with a bottle of wine and a good friend.
Or on a hot day, spending some time in the shade with a group of friends having a picnic at one of their many tables.
But this Saturday, we headed inside for a tasting. It was pretty overcast and chilly when we arrived, which was a bummer considering the outdoor music event Davesté had planned. But, they just moved the singer, Clyde Derberry, inside (I really liked his music – he had a nice voice and did some great covers.). We tasted 3 whites and 3 reds and settled on a bottle of Chardonnay to share.
We chatted away and got through about 1/2 our bottle when we noticed the sun had come out. So we quickly made our way to their patio and continued the conversation with the sound of a small waterfall behind us.
I have loved getting to know these ladies better. We met through blogging a couple years ago and have stayed in touch. [Our last outing was at a wine festival – we love catching up over wine. 😉 ] Michelle and Lori have so much passion and knowledge about food and fitness and have been pretty instrumental in a lot of the things I’ve tried in my health journey. On top of that, they are just so nice and fun. I’m lucky to have them as friends!
I had packed some paleo blueberry muffins and some tangerines, so we munched on those while enjoying a bit of sunshine and lots of girl talk. (I stole that phrase from their post about our outing – it’s a perfect description of our convo. Sooo many great topics! :D)
It was a perfect day. Can’t wait until next time ladies! <3
You can read their blog post and see more pictures from our day here. [Side note: Looking at their pictures reminds me how much I want an iPhone 5 for the camera alone! Sheesh! Their phone took better pictures than my Nikon D40, I swear. ]
Do you have a “real” camera or do you just use your phone camera for everything? I use my iPhone 4 a lot but seriously, it takes pretty crappy pictures. I feel bad for you guys sometimes when I post them. So, I’ve been trying to use my DSLR more often but it can be a pain to lug around. I’d like something that is smaller but still takes really great pictures. Any ideas?