Driving on toward St. Helena in the Napa Valley, signs of Spring were everywhere. Blossoms of the softest pink on the almond trees, brilliant yellow flowers carpeting the rapeseed fields, and lots of sweet flowers filling the rows between the wizened root stocks of the old vines as they awaken from dormancy. Ready to start putting out new growth as the warmer weather arrives, the vineyards were beautiful, spreading out from the roadsides and climbing steadily up the gentle California hillsides.
Along the way were many beautiful vineyards. Elegant homes, outbuildings, olive and cypress trees scattered on the hillsides were reminiscent of Tuscany and the South of France.
Wouldn't you just love to have a back yard like this? My friend Paula's friends live here in a beautiful house. Beyond their garden is acreage which encompasses a fine vineyard in the Oak Knoll appellation.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR is a fresh version of my former three year blog ACROSS THE POND which can still be accessed by clicking on the title above.
I'm a transplanted Brit enjoying life in North Carolina. 50 years journeying back and forth across the wide Atlantic Ocean have kept me busy.......and made my life very interesting! I'm still traveling often - look forward to sharing many new places during the next couple of years.
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