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Collecting Leaves in Kenwood

The maple trees in my yard have been confused this year; our autumn was so unseasonably warm that they have been reluctant to give up their lovely leaves for the winter. With the recent burst of crisp cool weather the trees have suddenly burst forth in bright colors, losing their leaves in a flurry. It [...]

By | November 24th, 2011|Sonoma Valley|1 Comment

Blooming Wildflowers at Bouverie

The tenacious existence of wildflowers is something worth admiration. Without the coddled manicured care of a garden flower the wildflower exists on its own temerity; unruly and independent. Our erratic spring weather gave us plenty of rain but less sun and late chills. Still, the wildflowers arrived to bring us their bright and transient beauty. [...]

By | June 23rd, 2011|Parks, Sonoma Valley, Walks|0 Comments

Asian Botanical Bounty at Quarryhill

Sunny spring weather has certainly been elusive this year, grey days and intermittent drizzles persist, but the fresh leaves sprouting on trees and the abundance of flowers blooming provide a bright reminder that spring is here. When I think of the change of seasons I always remember my time in Japan; the Japanese celebrate the [...]

By | April 22nd, 2011|Family, Sonoma Valley, Walks|1 Comment

VIP Wine Tasting for Two

For people who live in a wine growing region, my husband and I do embarrassingly little wine tasting of late. (Chasing a toddler around a winery tends to undermine the urbane experience.) We acknowledge this shortcoming and have resolved to get out and imbibe in more of the local wine culture in 2011; not mention [...]

By | April 7th, 2011|Sonoma Valley, Wineries|1 Comment