9:50 a.m. - 2008-04-17
Yesterday was a day off for us. We packed a picnic lunch, picked up the EGs and drove the back way through Lodi up to Plymouth to visit the Amador Flower Farm. The spouse and I are seriously going to have to go back up there in June or July to see the daylilies in bloom because they specialize in those and have thousands and thousands of them. Their catalog is gorgeous, too. I, of course, had to buy a daylily, but the tag does not have the name on it so I have forgotten which one it is, though it is orange. We also got a shrub with lovely blue flowers for in front of the tree out front and some poppy seeds. They have huge ancient oaks on the property with picnic tables underneath, so we ate there. We took along a tablecloth and blankets to fold for seat cushions, so we were most comfortable. The lunch menu: egg salad sandwiches for EG and spouse, plain ham for me, ham and cheese with brown mustard for Grandpa. There were also applesauce cups, chocolate chip cookies from EG, and those Snackwell chocolate mint patties (super yum). A very nice beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. The countryside was beyond beautiful and the wildflowers were out. The Flower Farm had a nursery with different and excellent selections. It is really worth the trip and is in the exceptionally beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
We stopped in Ione to take some pictures of the EGs (Ione is her middle name) which was fun since they had a huge sign over the main drag about an Ione homecoming. After we got back about 5:30 in the afternoon and dropped the EGs off at home, we went out to dinner with the money that EG had slipped us to help pay for gas. We tried out the new location of the Texas BBQ place, and they have a very nice part of the menu with smaller portions that suited us exactly.
All in all, a lovely day. Now the spouse is taking a few days off after tax season so maybe the lawn will get mowed. I am going to knit on the sock for Melissa and am heading toward the toe on the second sock so the end is in sight. Next up, Shibui!