I’m not very far from the horrific firestorm in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. It’s hard to believe because we were having lunch in Sausalito at Le Garage on Saturday. The bay was so very serene and calm. Fleet Week was happening in The San Francisco Bay, the jets were flying in beautiful formations overhead, and many boats were leaving their docks to sail out in the still waters. We left there and went to Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma because we’d never been there before and we wanted to check it out. The day was so lovely that we continued on and took a short walk up to Buena Vista Winery to catch the shadows and the colorful changing leaves just before closing time. It was beautiful.
View From Le Garage
Buena Vista Closing Time
View From The Park
Smoke Settles In The Suisun Valley
Sunday came and the winds started to pick up. We were on our way up to Sacramento when we saw a plume of smoke on the other side of the hills. We had dinner outside at the Center For Land Based Learning fundraiser. The wind was from the north and strengthening. Monday we went for a walk and the air was thick with smoke, but not as thick as it is today. Last night a friend spent the night at our home, as there was a mandatory evacuation put in place in his neighborhood. He only lives eight miles away. The winds are calm now but are supposed to return, but from a different direction. This is very scary and I am so sad for all the people caught up in this rapidly moving, wind-swept firestorm. Please pray for these people, their counties, and some containment before the next winds pick-up.
A couple of weeks ago we seized the opportunity to go over to Sonoma with some family members and share a day in the sunshine, which was very hard to come by at that time. We went to Corner Stone right outside of Sonoma for lunch and a little wandering through the gardens on that lovely day. The place is rather new and is a really great place to go to relax. I’d say that they have a little bit of everything there with their shops, gardens, restaurants, distillery, etc. There really is something for everyone there.
Attractive Bird Houses
As Spring approaches, we should step out and find those places that are unique and worthy of our wandering. You never know what you might find in your own backyard, so to speak.
The next blog will show you the big reveal of the kitchen remodel. It is nearly finished and I am loving the new space. It reminds me of Santa Cruz. That’s a great way to begin and end every day.
Last week we took a trip to Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. We just happened to be there while the trees were turning golden. It was quiet and slow-paced, as the summer tourists had returned home. It was the perfect Fall vacation.
From Kelowna’s Lakeside
Fallen Park Leaves
Setting Sun Across Golf Course
View At Quails’ Gate
We were staying in Kelowna, near the Lakeshore Wine Route. We didn’t have a meal that wasn’t spectacular, the locals were friendly, and the weather was wonderful. This is a place I want to return to someday, perhaps at another time of the year so we can experience it during a different season. We traveled there with friends, took in wineries, (accidentally) saw Will & Kate’s motorcade and Kate’s waving hand, sipped and painted on the deck, and played cards. We came back fully refreshed. I realized that you don’t have to go very far to find a place that rejuvenates you with its stunning silence and beauty. You just have to look and listen.
We certainly have had some amazing cloud cover recently. Last weekend we went to the Suisun Valley to listen to a friend play with his band. The day was so nice and the clouds were promising rain.
The colors in the valley were amazing and I was sure that the dark clouds were coming our way.
Illuminated Valley Hill
We could see the lightning and hear the thunder, our rainfall was about six and a half drops. They were tiny drops too. I know it’s coming someday. I just wished it was that day.
I shouldn’t forget that, once it rains, I won’t be seeing such beauty about me. It will be grey, wet, and cold and I will be hoping for views like this again with the promise of rain off in the distance.
We ran out to the Suisun Valley last evening to capture a few images of the grapes while they were still on the vine.
A Good Harvest
These grapes were due to be picked very early this morning. I don’t need to tell you that these grapes will make some luscious red wine.
Autumn is Nearing
What I do need to tell you is that the Suisun Valley is an up and coming place to go taste wine. It was just written up in The North Bay Business Journal and there are some, long established, Napa wineries that are moving into this valley.
Calm Before the Harvest
It’s not very far to go for many of us. It doesn’t have the crowds, the expensive tasting fees, or trouble with parking.
It does have friendly people, good wine, and lovely picnic areas. You’d better go try it before the word gets out. I am lucky; it’s virtually in my backyard.
Quiet Little Valley
In a few weeks this valley will be ablaze of yellows, reds, and oranges. The harvest is in and Autumn is here. Drink in all those colors that life has to offer.