I was in a very lethargic state of mind on Sunday, wanting to do absolutely nothing except hang out with Kota and Rosie Lee while laying horizontal on the sofa watching TMC all day, but the gentle breeze that blew through the patio doors brought enticing whiffs of sweet grass accompanied by chirruping birdsong. Beckoned by the warm rays of the sun that reached in through the windows and a blue sky heralding a perfect spring day I knew I couldn't waste the day by not getting some fresh air. So I grabbed my camera, jumped into Stuart, wound the windows down and trundled off towards country lanes.
I had decided to visit the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum in Winchester, still being drawn to Civil War history from a couple of weeks ago when I'd sought Stonewall's left arm, so I took the long way there, choosing narrow lanes and fields over a quicker, more direct route.
I got to the museum and after discovering that I was more than 30 minutes early I decided to pop into Alesatian Brewing just across the road. I thoroughly enjoyed their Hop Sneeze IPA and tasted their Blackness Stout while chatting to a couple who had moved to Winchester from Tennessee. They had originally come from Old Town Alexandria, VA, but preferred to now live in the slower paced Winchester. Both were very excited about the multitude of wineries and breweries that were opening up in the region, and I told them of the many beer trails they could follow as well as the new cideries and meaderies that were also picking up in popularity. I did feel a little embarrassed about my growing and extensive knowledge of the acoholic providers in the area but hey, it's a hobby, not an obsession. Isn't it?
I drove back towards home, passing a truck in Front Royal that sported a large decal in its rear window, a large silhouette of an AR-15 gun, and words declaring, 'If you want mine, you better bring yours.' I assumed the driver wasn't likely to be much of a hugger himself and was glad to reach my little house where two pussycats yowled their greetings and demanded that I pick them up, and I received yet more cuddles that afternoon.It had been a relaxing potter about the countryside this afternoon meeting wonderful personalities and even better that I could finish the day relaxing again, back on the sofa, stretched out, with my two roommates perched on top of me.