The promise of peach wine

Peaches


I like lazy days.

They don’t happen very often. Especially in light of wedding prep (four months to go! Holy cow), so many weekends brim with schedules and plans and checklist items that must be marked off. I’m not spontaneous, preferring my days to maintain a sort of predictable order that might be off-putting to some, but . . . I don’t know. I like knowing what I’m going to do before I do it.

Sometimes.

On Saturday, Spencer and I left relatively early to go check out a local Amish farmers’ market (photos coming tomorrow). I say “relatively” because, you know, early to my fiance means 5 a.m. and early to me means . . . oh, maybe 8:30-ish? I get the sense that our marriage will be one long negotiation on when and how much to sleep, but I’ll work with it. Relationships are all about compromise, no?

So, we left “early” to check out the local produce and came home with all sorts of goodies. I couldn’t resist the allure of green tomatoes — and can’t remember ever actually seeing them in person before. I sliced one, gave it a healthy dash of pepper and salt and promptly fell in love with its firm texture and fresh taste. Way better than those common ol’ red ones, especially given how mushy they become. Love at first bite.

I took my camera with me because, once upon a time, Spencer and I often spent lazy Saturdays wandering around Southern Maryland just looking for places to stop and snapping pictures. I’ve missed that aspect of our relationship — mostly because, as the years have gone on, we’ve gotten busy and life is chaotic and weekends once spent getting to know each other and wandering around holding hands have morphed into photography club meetings, wedding vendor meetings, scheduled events, family functions.

I love that — and I love our lives, and our life together — but it’s nice to have a down day, too. So this rare Saturday was not one to be missed.

So we looked at pies (but didn’t buy — victory!), bought zucchini, admired bunches of sunflowers with the light hitting them just so. The sky was unusually clear for a late June day around here and the humidity, miraculously, was low. Now that I’m 25 pounds down and fully committed to healthy eating, I was entranced by all the vegetables and fruits just ready to come home in our eco-friendly green bag (what grown-ups we are). I felt . . . at peace. Adult. Happy.

And the cartons of peaches Spencer bought from one of the Amish families will, in a few months, morph into some of his sweet, delicious homemade wine.


Peaches 2


Peach wine. My 28th birthday. A double bridal shower. Finishing three major work projects. A visit from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. My first dress fitting, stamping our invitations, getting ready for my sister’s wedding in three short months . . .

So much to look forward to — and how sweet it will be.


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11 responses to “The promise of peach wine

  1. What an exciting time in your life! I have to tell you, though, that everyone knows the best peaches come from South Carolina. ;)

  2. I love peaches and particularly when bought in the French markets. I haven’t tried peach wine, a new one for my taste buds. Good luck with all your plans hoping everything goes well :)

  3. The road ahead sounds sweet like peach wine :)

  4. Haha my boyfriend and I are the opposite. Morning to me is 8:00 am. To him, it’s 11:59 am. I adore peaches, but unfortunately can’t drink alcohol very well.

  5. Such a great idea:) my husband and I are going to our lake cabin for the fourth, and peach wine will be the perfect accompaniment to the weekend- thank you!!

  6. Peach wine sounds like heaven. Pure heaven. So many good things on the horizon for you!

  7. Peach wine! That sounds so wonderful. Also: there are Amish in Maryland?! I want to learn more. :)

  8. This is all so exciting.Congratulations,am so happy for you.

  9. What fun. I love days like that too. Don’t worry. After the wedding, things will slow down. You’ll get to wander and enjoy calling each other wife and husband.

  10. yeah for 25 pounds down and healthy eating. My goal is 25, just set yesterday! I love reading about your day at the market. I’m hooked now, on your blog!

  11. this sounds so wonderful. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this time in your life. And Congrats, as I’ve dropped a bit out of commenting, but am back now.