Sunday, February 16, 2014


Today we had a great visit with our good friends Dieter and Helen Kedrovitsch.  Dieter is actually family, once the partner of my older sister Ronda.  Since my sister's passing he has been with Helen, an absolutely lovely lady that Rich and I have come to consider family.  It's been a while since we've seen these two, with one thing or the other preventing a visit.  So today was extra special.

Dieter and Helen have a lovely home in Columbia Crossroads, PA, and a winter home in Venice, FL.   They arrived mid morning and we spent a while just sitting, talking showing them our new home and just catching up.  We enjoyed a nice lunch with a variety of cold cuts for sandwiches.  And I had also made a macaroni salad and some fresh brewed iced tea.


After lunch we took a walk down to the boathouse and checked out the water..... and then we had our dessert!  Our Valentines Day Chocolate Chip cookie and some Cherry Cheese Danish.  Delicious!   We sat on the lanai and talked a while and then we decided to show them a little bit of Lake Placid.  We took a drive around Lake June and downtown Lake Placid and then headed out Henscratch Road to check out Henscratch Farms and Winery.   Krystal and I had made plans a couple of times to visit the winery, but had not yet made it.  It's less than 15 minutes from town so we took the back roads.  Not as large as we thought it would be, but it was a nice place to just stop for a few minutes and check out.

Today was their second annual Strawberry Festival with a Fiddle Pickin Band and the Snack Shack serving everything Strawberry!!   We didn't know that when we headed over and unfortunately we were a little too early for the band. Our first stop was at the Country Store:  The sign below describes it best.  Lots of country kitchen decor and tons of home made jellies, jams, pickles........ and Wine!

 Next stop was the large circular building where the wine is made.  Foot Stomped Wine!   Actually they have a special day every year and this year they claimed to have stopped over 2,000 lbs. of grapes.  Thanks to the record number of people who came and did "The Lucy".  This is where we got to sample some of the wine. 

And you can't miss the Hens!  They claim to have more than 200 Hens that are all "free range".  They are everywhere.  Not hard to tell that everyone feeds them.... they are HUGE!

It was a nice visit, nothing fancy, but I'd go back.  Check out the website and watch their calendar of events.  If you're in the area it's a nice place to stop...........especially for pickin fresh strawberries, blueberries and  Muscadines & Scuppernogs during their "pickin seasons".  

Dieter doesn't like to drive after dark - so he and Helen headed back to Venice about 5:00.  The last time we visited them they had just bought their new home along the canal in Venice and it was have some remodeling done.  So our plans are to visit with them sometime, probably in April, before they head back north to PA.  Since we have plans to head north for a month of so this summer - we may even stop and pay them a visit in Columbia Crossroads!

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