A beautiful day in the Valley
I left work early one day and headed to the Valley on a beautiful Fall day.
First stop was Gowan’s, where I picked up some fresh cider and some fresh almonds.
Even though we made our own cider recently, most of it is currently hardening, so it was nice to have some fresh local cider.
It was a lovely drive through wine country, where the vines and some of the trees’ leaves had changed color:
The grape harvest was over, apples have been picked, and you could see that the countryside was heading into the quieter winter months, even though the sunlight was still golden.
Arriving in Boonville, I was sorry to see that Paysanne was unexpectedly closed, but fortunately Offspring Pizza was open and ready for business:
I gave my order to the cheerful girl behind the counter and headed to Farmhouse Mercantile next door while my pizza was being created in the wood-fired brick oven:
I chose a card for a friend who is moving (and having a difficult time in her personal life), and got a new scented candle called Forest Walk, which smells fabulous. It’s the same make as the delightful Coast Trail candle, and it seems that one has to go to Boonville to buy them, since I can’t find them online anywhere.
By then, my pizza was ready:
It was topped with porchetta, mozzarella, oregano, Manzanilla olives, and Calabrian chili oil. Just delicious!
It was a beautiful drive home. I was glad to get to the home stretch beside the mighty Pacific, near the turn off to my Ridge:
It was good to get home.
A YEAR AGO: Some updates.
FIVE YEARS AGO: Don’t look back.
TEN YEARS AGO: Enjoying the art at First Friday.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO: An innocent hairbrush can be dangerous in the wrong hands (mine).
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Both of my brain cells were aching.