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Fall in the Valley

November 3, 2011

I’ve been promising to send more pictures of the surrounding area, so I decided to do a quick photo post.  And just in time because, although it’s arrived a little later than I’m used to, fall is finally coming to Napa.  Here you can see the grapes with just a tinge of yellow on their leaves.

For the leaves here, there’s not necessarily an intermediate step between green and dead… however, those dead leaves on the ground do prove that it’s not summer anymore.  Plus, in traditional fall fashion, they make for good stompin’.

These are not leaves but rather rose petals that were left over from one of the many weddings we host here at the CIA.

On the walk into town, you pass many cute houses, a few redwoods, and–this time of the year, at least–some really nice pumpkins.

After some good searching, I did find some beautiful fall leaves.  There aren’t many of them yet, but they’re getting there.

Even though I took this picture of the de-graped, yellowing vines just a few days after the above pictures, I think you can really tell the difference in the weather.  Fall is finally underway!

You know what that means.  Time to hunker down with your winter comfort food of choice, which for me is pretty much anything including the warm spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, mace, and even ginger make me want to cuddle up in front of a fire while the snow piles up outside.  Okay, so maybe it doesn’t snow in Napa, but that’s not the point… what’s your fall/winter standard?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Peter permalink
    November 3, 2011 8:55 AM

    To be honest, this seems like a reach for “Autumn”, Jamie 😛

    But as for my staples… right now, there is mulled cider and pumpkin bread/pie/everything. So good.

    When winter comes, I’ll probably break out some heavier chocolate (and maybe mulled wine!)

  2. Wendy Sherman permalink
    November 4, 2011 1:12 PM

    As a matter of fact Jamie, this weekend I will be making pumpkin rolls and giant ginger cookies for a family get together on Sunday. Apple pie and apple crisp will probably
    be in the making next week. How I love the Fall!!!

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