Monday, August 29, 2011

Ahhhh Scotland

My parents in law and their doggies enjoying the views of the river Spey.
this is for all you "Outlander" fans! It was really eerie to be at the actual spot of the battle.
There were new lambs every where spring time was in effect in Scotland, and I couldn't resist a picture of this hilarious beer!
This is an original hut on the grounds of the Culloden battle field.
We had a lovely lunch at this hotel, the Scottish salmon is SO fab.

I looked for Nessie at Loch Ness... but didn't see her!!!

Driving through a town there just happened to be a Scottish Piper walking down the street,  I asked if we could turn around so I could get a snap of him (I'm such a tourist!)....Rooting around outside our window one morning was this pretty lady peacock, Scotland was full of surprises for me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ta' Mena Vineyard visit

This is Joe, he is the one we were looking for. We had a lovely time asking him about how he got into making wine, ask him if you ever go to Ta' Mena.
This is George, he thinks he is a person.
One of the crazy farm dogs, he kept licking the grapes.

They are very proud of all of the products they make, but special pride is taken in this hand made Strawberry Jam.

When my brother and sister were here last month, we took a day trip up to Gozo. At the Northern tip of Malta is a small little island called Gozo. It's a much slower pace up there and because it's so small you can see much of it in a day. We had been told by a friend of my brothers, that we needed to go to the vineyard in Gozo... We weren't totally sure where to find it so we started asking around... We knew that the owner was named "Joe" and that they had baby goats... It wasn't much to go on but we were hopeful.
We stopped for ice cream as you do in Malta, cause it was SO hot. My brother asked the girl serving us ice cream if she knew of a vineyard with a guy named "Joe" and some baby goats.... I was thinking yah of course she knows someone named Joe, everyone in Malta is named Joe! But sure enough she knew THE Joe we were looking for... and she happily pointed us in the right direction....

When we got to Ta' Mena Estate, Joe's wife greeted us and made us feel right at home. She asked us if we were hungry and thirsty, which we were... she then proceeded to serve us a home made tomato paste on Maltese crackers slathered in their own incredible olive oil!!! It was divine, a small slice of heaven on earth Then we started tasting the wines.... They were awesome, My sis, bro, and I each had a different  favorite. We ended up taking home one of each of the ones we liked!

If you ever visit Gozo please say hi to Joe and his wife, and try their wines and all of their other goodies... You won't be disappointed. They are located on the Rabat Road  Xaghra – XRA 9010, Isle of Gozo, Malta On your way from Victoria to Marsalforn, on the right side of the road, you can't miss it!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Surfs up Mate

I am so happy to post this Australia surfing series...
I thought I had lost all of these pictures, and was so bummed... I mean how often do your sister and husband take a surfing lesson together. Umm like NEVER...  The conditions weren't exactly perfect, but they totally made the best of it.  My sister has been surfing at home in Kona for a while, but it was her desire to take a lesson in Australia. We ended up in Torquay just around the corner from the very famous Bells Beach! They had a really fun few hours being bashed around in the waves. I passed the time watching them from the beach as their designated photographer...

I was unfortunately too chicken to take a lesson,  the combo of wet suits, cold water, and sharks put me totally off... I know I suck!!! My sister and Hubby are SO brave...