It was a day to remember replete with Spam musubi for breakfast, burgers on the grill for dinner and a beautiful birthday cake from a local Korean bakery. Sophie and Ian were gone for most of the morning preparing, and other than the text asking me "what was the name of that Korean bakery," the day was full of lovely surprises.
Not pictured is the afternoon spent on the river at Riley's Lock, my favorite place to drop a kayak in for a serene paddle. Just shy of my 5th decade and feeling grateful for my health, my family and friends, and the adventures to come.
I went to visit Maddy at the farm to continue the birthday celebration at the Abundant Seed where she is interning for the summer. I weeded, collected eggs, herded goats. We kayaked, antique shopped, had dinner in Charlottesville, and browsed at Anthropologie. Maddy bought me "Around The World in 80 Dishes," and I made the mussels steamed in Guinness for Ian and I when I got home. I stopped at the Barboursville Vineyards on the way home (my stomach nicely lined with a Waffle House breakfast) and wished I had time to enjoy a full tasting session. I came away with a few bottles for the "cellar"--2 each of the 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, 2011 Nebiollo Reserve and 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve.