3 October 2015
The nighttime temperatures here are in the high 40s (F) and the daytime temps in the 70s. Most days have been sunny or partly sunny, although our forecast calls for rain beginning midweek. We're enjoying the fine days while we can.
Today our local pub, The Bitter Monk, is hosting an "ORtoberfest" in conjunction with McMinnville's Heater Allen Brewery. We will sit outside on Cowls Street, tasting Oregon craft beers (fresh hops! fall beers!), and eating currywurst and weisswurst. Looking forward to that, for sure.
It has been a busy few weeks since I last posted. We made a flying trip to Ridgecrest for the Maturango Museum Annual Dinner and Auction. Meet Custer, our new sculpture by Milt Burford. Next year he'll come to McMinnville to live.
It was good to see Adam and greet lots of friends, but travel days are long even when you fly. Does anyone remember when flying was an adventure? Sure has changed.
Our friends Bill and Kay from Adelaide were here for a few days, their first visit to MAC. We ate at Pura Vida and The Blue Goat, fixed lots of tacos and a pulled lamb shoulder at home, tasted at Brittain and Lange, walked in Willamette Mission Park, tasted chocolate at the Briggitine Monastery, visited the Trappist Abbey, walked through the park into town, made a trip to Newport where we toured the Yaquina Head lighthouse and lunched at Local Ocean Seafood.
Kay shopped at Boersma's quilt shop while Bob and Bill walked to Pierano and Daughters to buy lovely anchovies for pizza that I still haven't yet made.
I invite all my quilter friends to check out the Boersma's link -- might entice you to visit us here. Good good, fine wine, great downtown, fabulous quilt shop ... what could be better?
The highlight, perhaps, was our picnic at Lange, high in the Dundee Hills, where we sipped light, crisp Pinot Grigio with our baguette and smoked salmon. We ate and laughed and talked for a long time in the balmy air, enjoying the view.
Bill and Kay have left for Vancouver, BC, to see the grizzly bears fishing for salmon. Polar bears last year, grizzlies this year ... what next?
Bob and I have been enjoying Miller Woods. It is so airy and spacious now. And the undergrowth is beginning to burgeon with more sunlight. I look forward to seeing it in the spring.