Our friends, Jeff and Nancy, came up from California to visit us for about five days in early March. We were quite sure that we would all be sitting around the house watching the endless rain, but the sun came out and the weather was beautiful and warm. We went on a couple of day trips around the area. We hadn’t yet been to the Winchester dam and fish ladder, so we picked up some pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and coleslaw in Roseburg ( you must go here– https://www.facebook.com/pages/Neighborhood-Smokehouse-Grill/472787789449719 ) and had a picnic at the dam. There is a nice parking lot at the top and a staircase down to the fish ladder. Halfway down, we stopped at some benches and ate our lunch and watched the river go by. What a nice treat for us in the wintertime! Sad to say, March is just about the only month in which there are no fish going up the fish ladder, so that was disappointing.
We also took a wine touring trip but only went to two wineries–Hillcrest and Reustle. Hillcrest is very near to our farm and it is Oregon’s oldest estate winery and the birthplace of Pinot Noir.
Reustle winery is further away, up north near Umpqua, but still in Roseburg. We sat outside and sampled some of the different wines that they have. We decided to become wine club members (even though I don’t drink much wine) because they have a grassy amphitheater with great views and it looks like they’ll have some nice concerts in the summer. http://www.reustlevineyards.com/
After Reustle, were were hungry, so we drove a short way over to the Lighthouse Center Bakery and Cafe in Umpqua . It’s a very nice place, with a post office on one side of the building, and on the other side there is a small grocery and cafe. The cafe sells lunch, fresh baked breads, and bakery items and it is all vegetarian, but it’s so delicious that you seriously consider becoming vegetarian. You can eat inside or out and on a nice day it’s best to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and great views. Also, don’t pass up the Lentil Stew. http://lighthousecenterbakery.com/
When we weren’t driving around Bruce and Jeff worked on some farm projects. One project was the making of ten birdhouses, bluebird and wren. The birds were very anxious to set up housekeeping and wasted no time in checking out the houses. They were inside the newly hung houses as soon as Bruce moved the ladder to put up the next house. I’m not sure if the bluebirds or wrens were able to snatch any houses for themselves as the swallows were very aggressive and did not care that they were not tree swallow houses.
We hope you had a good visit, Jeff and Nancy! We enjoyed having you here, going to new places and getting some help with the projects.