Life is a jigsaw puzzle. Every segment of the puzzle is formed by different elements of life. I cherish all my felicity elements, what about you?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Williamsburg Winery

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil." ~ Lord Byron

When we visited San Francisco in the month of April we actually drove to Napa Valley, home of many great wineries in California. I was really excited then as I thought I would get to see the grape vines, only to realize that the plants had not leafed yet. Consequently, we were welcomed by uncountable grape vines that were just pruned, definitely not a sight that I once imagined. Having said that, we were really happy that we made the trip (approximately 40 min from San Francisco) as it was still a bliss travelling across the valley, from one vineyard to another.

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." ~ Ernest Hemingway

We left San Francisco feeling a bit unaccomplished because we thought if we were not able to observe a growing grape vine during the trip, we would hardly get the chance anymore unless we fly to west coast again. Little did we know that we reside in a state with many wineries too! Oh, how shocking. We were eager to visit one, especially close to the harvest season. In these few months we had been patient, waiting the arrival of a weekend with nice weather (a few weeks ago it was boiling hot out there as the temperature was up to 48 Celsius). Last Sunday was the day we had our dreams fulfilled.

"Good wine is a necessity of life for me." ~ Thomas Jefferson

After doing some survey on the internet, we had our hearts set on Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, roughly an hour drive from Richmond. Claimed to be the largest winery in Virginia, we figured that we wouln't be disappointed. So, off we went after we had the map googled.

After an hour of driving, we finally found this gem hidden in the suburb. We are welcomed by rows of grape vines.

Upon arrival, we immediately signed ourselves up for tour-and-taste, a guided tour offered by the winery followed with 7 wine tasting. The tour cost $7, inclusive of the etched wine glass after the wine tasting session. During the registration I was asked to show my photo-ID but not Tomato! Oh I was so flattered! (In US no one under the age of 21 is allowed to purchase and possess alcohol) That really made my day, ha!

Due to the fact that it is not the harvest season yet, we did not really see the process of wine-making. So the major highlight would be a stroll down the barrel cellar. (this shot was taken with flash)

I tried to capture a shot without flash. The wine cellar sure is a dim room. The temperature is set to around 55 Fahrenheit for fermentation so it was kinda chilly to walk through when everyone was wearing shorts and short-sleeves shirts.

Each barrel is labeled with the name of the grape, or the type of the blend. It sure was fun walking through the cellars.

Then came the wine-tasting session...

Types of wine offered by Williamsburg Winery.

Wine tasting with crackers and cheese. Wine and cheese ... life doesn't get better than this ...

The wine glass with the winery's special monogram for us to take home as keepsakes.

How could one leave the winery without bringing some wine home? We bought some of the best-selling wines. $22 for three bottles of decent wine, not a bad deal at all.

The trip ended with two adults in their mid-20s running freely in the vineyard like small kids ...

A typical grape vine. See the grapes? I bet the fence is set to prevent people like you and me who would try to sample a grape or two from the vineyard. Hehe!

Beautiful grapes that will soon be harvested and turned into great wine ...

"A man not old, but mellow, like good wine." ~ Stephen Phillips

A shot to share with everyone ... cheers!

"A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, August 19, 2006

one year old.

I can't believe I have already owned this cyber felicity corner for a year.

h-o-w t-i-m-e f-l-i-e-s!

I created this space for myself to jot down my felicity moments, after a year I don't think I've adhered to what I used to set for myself. I certainly love to type something here to share, but let's face it, blogging is also a commitment.

Will try harder. I will.

To my dear corner, happy 1st. May you have more felicity birthdays to come.

Cheers. =)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I miss this place ...

I call this place heaven on earth. Revisited this place last year when I was home. Where? Redang Island it is ...

How I miss this blue water ...

So clear ... so bluish ...

Sandy beach ...

So serene ...

Stayed in this place 5 years ago when I first visited Redang ...

Stayed in Berjaya Redang Resort with my mum and my lil' brother last year.

It was a great trip.

I miss great view like this ...
Imagine sitting on a reclining chair, having a book on your lap, enjoying the sea breeze and the sound from the ocean waves. Occasionally when you elevate your head you get a view like
this ... divine, right?

Next time when I ever visit Redang Island again, this is the place I will wanna try ...

Looks like a nice resort. What's more important is that the long stretch of white sandy beach is a view you don't get in Berjaya Redang Resort, which occupies another end of the island.

A meal here in this patio perhaps, on Laguna Redang Resort.
Tell me, what could be better when you're sitting at this romantic spot, overseeing the blue ocean and sky ...

A lively island indeed.

Something I did on the island ...

Man I need a vacation ... !


p/s: something to share when I was there last year. Pay attention to the words on the [upper] board. (especially the last line. heh) may you have a giggle. =)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Random shots taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. Given the fact that it's a botanical garden, there are varieties of plants in the garden, together with many impressive landscaping. Click on for more info. We went there for a picnic event, so we didn't finish touring the entire garden. Might return to the garden in the near future when the heat dissipates.

flowers ...

flowers ..

flowers ...
(i think they're highly photogenic)

this is a nice shot for ppl who would like to study the anatomy of the flowers, ha!

giant white Hibiscus.
surprising hibiscus can be seen widely here.

a plant that could trap insects.

there is a greenhouse in the garden, but we didn't go in during the visit.
next time ... we'll make it.

a pond, with some lotus plants, with lotus flowers ...

and lotus seed head!

it's BEE-utiful!


Sunflowers ...

You're my sunshine ... !

Don't-know what flower ...

Apple trees!

I think this is Granny Smith. My guess.

Oh how I love these basil plants ...

Corn plant.

Tempting ... isn't it?

There is a Children's Garden in the Botanical Garden, where many hands-on activities, plays, adventure pathways, farm gardens, and etc are featured. The basil plants, the apple trees, the corn plants, and many other herbs and vege plants like tomatoes can be found here. It was so fun to walk around. I am sure kids will love it here.

This spot is designated for the parents while the kids have fun exploring the garden.
Was told that I am not eligible to be at this spot yet. Bleh. I better run away ... ha!


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