May Plans

Floor Plan for the new winery building

Dumpster
Hi all!  Well I’m back this month with lots of updates and better news than I shared last month.  The first bit of good news is that cleanup of the old winery site is slated for this week.  Here’s the dumpster that’s been brought in to hold all the ashes/metal/trash from the old site.  Hard to believe it will all fit in there, but the bin folks tell us it will, so we’ll believe them for now.

Secondly, after many evenings of trying to come up with the “perfect” structure to rebuild, we finally settled on the following layout for a new building which will be located closer to the road:

FloorPlan
So that’s the upstairs and I just have to say – did you see all those bathrooms?!!!   🙂 That’s been a big request of mine from the get-go, so I’m glad we have lots of space for that amenity now.  Clyde’s big request was a loading dock.  He’s got his wishh too, locating one just below the back deck.

A big request from you all out there was food, so we are planning on installing a kitchen and providing some type of a menu for you when we re-open.

The downstairs is laid out with the same L-shape.  The larger section below the tasting/kitchen area will be dedicated to wine making, and the section below the storage/bathroom/office spaces will be for beer making.

Yes, we hope to make our own beer once we are back up and going again!

Winery Plan
The outside will be laid out to enjoy wine-gardening since we know you guys like spending time in the great outdoors when you swing by.  A covered front porch (above) and back deck will protect you from rain. Plus, we’ll have a large patio-style winegarden on the side of the building where we can enjoy our firepits and picnic tables.  The patio and back deck will have fantastic views of the sunsets over our hay field. I’m thinking I’ll want to enjoy thoses views with you when you visit!

Unless you want to be left alone. 🙁

So when is this all going to happen?  Well, I don’t quite have that answer yet.  Currently, Gerald is finalizing the bid for us, so I’m not sure when we’ll get started on the new building, but I’ll be sure to let you know here, on Facebook, and on Instagram when we do.  Also, as we get closer, we’ll host a live facebook ‘groundbreaking’ event, so keep an eye out for that and join us online when we go live.

That’s it for now, but I’m looking forward to hearing from you AND especially to when we can get together again.  I’ll be back soon – Cheers!

Doing A Little Dreaming

Clyde has been spending time on google’s program called sketchup dreaming up the layout of a new building for production and entertainment here at Peaceful Bend.  Who knows what we’ll end up being able to do, but I thought you might like to see what our ideal building looks like at the moment:

Posted by Clyde Gill on Friday, January 6, 2017

As for layouts, here’s what we’re thinking for the top floor where the tasting room would be:

Possible new tasting room layout

 

And here’s the layout for the production area below the tasting room:

Possible layout for the production area

Of course, we’re still a long ways off from whether we could ever do this, but it’s good to dream, right?!?

Missouri is predicted to receive a bunch of freezing rain tomorrow and Saturday, so we are getting our chores done and hunkering down for the weekend. I hope you all are staying warm!

Year-End Favorites and New Year Hopes

Clyde and I have spent this holiday season on the biggest emotional (not to mention daily living) roller coaster ride we’ve ever experienced.  I kinda shut down for a few weeks, but here on New Year’s Day I want to remember the goodness that we experienced last year.  So here are a few favorites from 2016’s blog – I hope you remember these times as fondly as I do!

brand new grandson

Top of the list, best thing that happened this year was this little guy, Micah, being born.  He is super sweet, healthy and happy so far, and we couldn’t be more tickled to have a new family member!  Read more about it here (and, fair warning, the end of that post shows off the ‘new’ tasting room we worked on this spring – sigh).

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play in the winegarden

So many talented musicians played on our stage this year, but I think the highlight was that we had a house band this year.  Karl Eggars and Lukas Simpson came back repeatedly this spring, summer and fall to play music and help us dip our toes into evening musical events here at the winery.  They are both great musicians and super kind-hearted.  It was a true pleasure to listen to these guys entertain us regularly!

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This year’s cellar party was one of the best ones in recent years. As you can see we didn’t need to stay in the cellar since the weather was perfect to enjoy fire pits and fun outdoors. We got to catch up with friends old and new, enjoy lively music, and eat really well to boot. Good times!

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Pepe will always be a favorite photo around here. He has certainly made a name for himself, and sometimes I wonder if people come for the wine, or just to enjoy a picnic with Pepe! 😀

Shortly after the cellar party, Clyde and I took his Mom on a bucket-list trip to California.  Here’s more info about that trip, but I ended up loving this selfie we took in Napa.

lilac bush at peaceful bend

And finally, this spring was a gorgeous one around here, with lots of beautiful flowers and lovely weather.  Click on over to remind yourself what is a few short months away!

So there are a few of the good highlights of 2016.  Thank you to everyone who has shared photos of PBV on Facebook, Instagram, and through email – it’s been great to see what memories you love from Peaceful Bend!

Clyde and I continue to wait on our insurance company to finish the fire investigation at this point.  Clyde has been clearing out junk from the barn across the driveway from the cottage and I have been focused on caring for his Mom.  We are trying to formulate what type of long-term plans we want to work towards, but are still debating and thinking of options.  So I guess you could say we are dormant, but quietly working on regeneration, much like a grapevine in winter.

May you enjoy a wonderful 2017 filled with love, peace, and wine of course!  Please stay in touch, and I’ll be back here on the blog as we have updates for you all.  Cheers!