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A Funny Thing Happened on the way BACK from St. Helena


'White car' syndrome has struck again- you know: as soon as you buy a white car, you notice all the other white cars on the road? That syndrome?

Case in point: Just back from my Color in the City trip to Wine Country, still fantasizing about what life would be like in St. Helena and beyond, I met an amazing artist, Jennifer Perlmutter, who did this en plein air painting (above) of this view (below) on Hwy 29 near Yountville...

I know! She painted exactly that area where I lived for a month all those years ago when I was first smitten by the area. In her work, Jennifer captures perfectly what I saw too- that magical sun glow on a magnificent landscape... ahhh, her painting makes me feel like I'm right there now. It's beautiful, Jennifer!

(To see more of Jennifer's work and learn about what motivates her to paint, click here)

Then my lovely friends, Nona and Derek, invited me to join them for a San Francisco Food Society event this past weekend- a tour of True Grass Farms in Valley Ford...

True Grass is a beautiful example of the food movement I described in my post about people in this region who are going far beyond growing grapes to harvesting heirloom grains, and raising cage free, cruelty free livestock, in a beautifully balanced life of modern technology and true rural living...

Meet Holly, Matt, Evan, and Guido, the founders, owners and real life russellors of the cattle, chickens, and pigs they raise on that gorgeous land behind them. (click on the picture to learn more about them and tune in here  tomorrow for my story!!)

THENNN, this morning, a lovely blog post lands in my email box (to read the entire article, click on the photo below)...

Yep, it seems that this part of the world has captured the attention of a few others besides me. I'm already calculating my next trip; where to go, what to see, who to meet... I'll let you know what I come, um, up with :-)

 

 


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