Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Pretty Fall Weekend in Kentuckiana

Our good weather is still holding here in Southern Indiana. It has finally turned a little cooler and we've had to start wearing jackets and gloves when riding the motorcycle. But we certainly can't complain about the beautiful fall days we've had unless it's too wish we could get a little rain.

Our road trip this weekend was a short jaunt down to the Bardstown, Kentucky area and a trip on to the Maker's Mark Distillery. We've been down there before, usually with visitors from out of state, but this is the first time we've driven the bike down through Louisville and into the Kentucky countryside. This is a shot of downtown Louisville as we crossed the Ohio on the Second street bridge. Once we made it past the city traffic, it was a very pleasant ride to Bardstown and Loretto. There must have been a fall festival in Bardstown and as we made a quick stop there we saw this aspiring young country singer performing on the corner. He was pretty good. You can barely make out his name on his little home made sign but I think it is Grant Bennett. Bardstown is a nice little town with lots of history and architecture. Of course there's the neat little shops that I like too, but we didn't stop to explore:(We enjoyed the hills and curves out to the distillery and joined in on one of the tours once we got there. As you can see, the landscaping and buildings on the grounds are very attractive but you have to imagine the aroma of Kentucky bourbon that fills the air. The tour concludes with a tasting both of the bourbon and the chocolate bourbon balls. The bourbon ball was definitely more pleasing to my palate ! Sorry Maker's Mark.
No photos of the ride home or the stop for dinner at one of our favorite New Albany restaurants, Strattos. As you can tell in the photo above, the leaves still have not changed much around here. The late summer has played havoc with the fall colors.

Today we attended our annual subdivision picnic. This is only our second year in this house so we are still getting to know our neighbors. There are a lot of little kids around and they were enjoying the inflatable jumping "thing", the hay ride, bonfire and the face painting. The rest of us were just enjoying all the yummy food!

My contributions to the food tonight included chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing and this Cranberry Broccoli Slaw. My sister made this for Christmas dinner one time and I keep forgetting to write the recipe down. I was going to try to just "wing it" but did find a similar recipe online at another blog. Here is the link to the recipe if you are interested.
That is all for this weekend. Just one final photo of Beamer enjoying himself in the sun on the patio table. We don't let him outside very often but when we do he has been pretty good about only staying on the deck. But lately, he's gotten braver and sometimes tries to sneak down the deck stairs when I'm not looking. As you can see, his size makes him pretty easy to catch!
Have a Beamer relaxing in the sun kind of week!


Martha said...

Hi Erin's Mom! I like all of your pictures & reading about your travels -- it reminds me of my internship in Kentucky! Enjoy the fall colors and relax like Beamer -- what a good ending! :) Martha

Janet said...

Nice to hear from you Martha! Glad you enjoy my new hobby. Hope all is well in LA. Don't you miss the midwest?

Pat Dugan said...

Hi Janet,

Sure wish you could have been here to see our Quilt Show, it turned out really well with more than 200 quilts and lots of visitors! Made the front page of the paper so I'll scan & send you a copy.

Dad had to rebuild about half our big racks so he stayed busy with that most of last week. He seems to get drafted for lots of those kinds of things ;)

Getting rain here so perhaps you'll get some, not too much though, it's not fun riding in the rain!

Talk with you soon,


Janet said...

Hi Pat-
The quilt show sounds great. Was this organized by your quilt guild? I have started on my cross stitch project I bought at the show but put it aside to work on my Christmas quilt right now. Maybe I'll take a picture and post it when I get more done!

Don't let Dad work too hard :) but tell him hello for us.

I hope you don't mind that I'm going to put a link in my sidebar to your shop.
Take care-

Martha said...

Hi Janet! Yes, I miss the Midwest horribly -- so I am loving everyone's stories about real fall weather & color changes & harvest things. It's cooler here, but still 70s and 80s, which is odd. I am looking forward to coming home for Christmas already!

Janet said...

We've still had 70's and 80's here too but we did get a few cool days last week. At least we had rain yesterday and they are forcasting more for tomorrow.