Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Wine Country Weekend


We went to our house in the Wine Country last weekend. It poured rain all day Saturday and in to the evening. It had been a while since we were there and it was a good thing that we went. A door in the guest house had blown open and the drapes, floor and rug were soaking wet! Also, a mouse got in and we found him under the bed!

So after we cleaned that mess up, we lit a fire.......

Opened this lovely bottle of wine and sat in the living room listening to music and the pouring rain.

I took a few pictures here and there while Mr. A put the steaks on the grill.


I love these photographs. Three out of four of our kids with their first fish. That's Melissa on the left with a trout from the Umpqua River. Alex and Aaron with their first steelhead from the Russian River!

This dining room hutch was one of our first acquisitions. It is quite rustic; a "married" piece that has made the rounds of houses in my life.

Sunday morning the rain was gone and the sky was clear. An absolutely beautiful day! We sat drinking our coffee and planning our day. Should we stop in Healdsburg for lunch? Should we go to our favorite antique store in Sebastopol? These were big decisions! I had fun capturing the morning sun streaming in while we discussed the possibilities.



Mr. A decided he had to clean up the garden and rake the leaves from the Mulberry Tree before we went anywhere. He also was obsessed with putting in a dimmer switch! I was supposed to sweep and mop up the muddy footprints.

But first I went outside with my coffee and took more pictures. This picture is looking east towards the neighboring vineyard. I can't believe all the leaves are gone from the Mulberry Tree.

The huge pack of wild turkeys are back in the vineyard too. They are so noisy and like to get in the olive trees and eat the leftover olives.

The leaves are gone from the vines and they have turned a lovely red. Absolutely beautiful! Absolutely beautiful weekend!

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29 comments:

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
This is my first visit to your blog, so glad I found you, what a lovely home you have. And my, what a gorgeous view, what a pretty place!!
We live south of you by a few hours, we had the same rain storm this weekend. We'll spend the next few days watching the creek, and picking up downed branches from the redwood and oaks.
A glass of wine in that pretty room, and a trip shopping in Sebastopol sounds much more fun!
Stop by for a visit sometime.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Kristine said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful. I just found your blog and am going to follow along...I can't wait to check out your other posts. Thank you for sharing your pictures. They are really stunning. When can I come for a visit ;)?

Kristine

Kristine said...

Thank you for the comments on my blog...no, she is not a Tibetan terrier...a west-highland terrier in need of a haircut. She looks much better now then she did in that picture. Your children are adorable too. I love the fishing pictures with them holding their catch. Wonderful memories.

vignette design said...

They are all grown up now. Melissa is 33, Aaron is 25 and Alex is 20. I know it is a cliche, but they do grow up fast!

Carolyn Ford said...

Wine country to just awesome...I can't say anything more! Wonderful post!

Carolyn Ford said...

Sorry...I meant to say...Wine country is so awesome...

tongue in cheek said...

Stunning home! Thank you for leading me here. I have enjoyed the visit to the wine country and seeing your home and lovely photos.

mharber said...

Ahhhhhh......... I love it. Makes me happy and feeling peaceful.

Light and Voices said...

Fantastic views of wine country from your beautiful home.
Joyce, IL, USA

chubskulit said...

Wow, I have never seen a wine country and glad you shared it here.

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Joops said...

everything looks wonderful, thanks for the tour.

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Hootin' Anni said...

Whoa.....color me green!!!


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Carrie said...

Your home is gorgeous. I love wine country-- my favorite place to visit.

Blue Creek Home said...

Coming over from Outdoor Wed. and I am very glad that I did!
I have had so much fun enlarging the photos of your beautiful place here!
I'm following - I still want to do a lot of reading and looking around here, so I must go!
Rhonda

Blondie's Journal said...

Delores~~

Your home is just stunning. I love your decor!! I could spend many hours sitting in front of the fire, sipping good wine! And the view~gorgeous!! What a lovely piece of heaven!

Happy holidays! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Erica said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I just found your Blog and now I'm going to be a follower.

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Love Bears All Things said...

All of that would be just my kind of weekend.
Mama Bear

Kathy said...

Delores, you have a stunning home in a stunning part of the world, we just discovered Healdsburg this autumn and will now have to check out the shops at Sebastopol. what beautiful views you have and wonderful treasures, even the little mouse visitor would not stop me from relaxing here lol. Kathy.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of your home. The Wine country is a beautiful area with beautiful scenery. Great photos.

My Notting Hill said...

Your home is beautiful! Love the lantern in your living room. Incredible views!

Lori E said...

My husband and I love to sit and visit with a bottle of wine. It doesn't matter if it is raining, snowing or sunny. Just the act of opening the wine, pouring, tasting and enjoying it and each other is really relaxing.
You have such beautiful vistas to gaze upon. I can picture having coffee on the patio.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful - inside and out! What a life! laurie

Red River Interiors: said...

Love your home interior shots especially the comfy white couches...the exterior vineyard shots are absolutely breath taking... Fay

COCOCOZY said...

Hi Delores! Love your blog. And love your home in the wine country! May I do a post on this on COCOCOZY (http://www.cococozy.com)?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! What a beautiful view!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Glad you did not have more damage than you did.

Kerry Nichols said...

Oh, how envious I am that you were able to enjoy the storm in such a glorious home!!! It's absolutely beautiful. We live in Clovis - not terribly far from you. We are building a cottage and I was looking for design inspiration when I stumbled across your blog. I'm definitely inspired now! :)

once in a blue moon... said...

ahh, the good life... that view is my idea of heaven~

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