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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nine Gables

When I recently traveled to California I spent a few days in the Gold Country.

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The visit was specifically to the area of Plymouth a small town founded during the gold rush years.

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It has a main street of buildings that feature various lovely patinas. Many of structures have been revitalized. This gem still awaits such a transformation.

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Our destination was the Nine Gables Winery.

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There is a tasting room as well as a bed and breakfast.

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Nine Gables grows a variety of grapes but the stars of the show are the over a century old Mission Grapes.

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Mission grapes were brought over from Spain by early Franciscan missionaries so that they would have sacramental wine. Today there are less than 1000 acres planted in California.

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History also dots the property in various forms of old wine making paraphernalia.

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In addition to the vineyard other plants, such as lavender and crepe myrtle, thrive in this local soil.

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At the end of each row of vines a rose bush is planted.

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They too seem to blossom beautifully.

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Waiting for the sunset while taking a dip in the pool was delightful.

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There are also many wonderful creatures to be found on or surrounding the property.

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We had the option of fresh eggs for breakfast.

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Here are happy koi awaiting their breakfast.

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A sunbathing toad.

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As well as my personal favorite ~ Gretchen the Weimaraner.

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I saw almost every inch of the property and even got to inspect the grape growing process.

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It was a spectacular experience.

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Not every guest gets to do this. This was VERY special.

You may recognize my tour guide ~ my dear childhood friend Tracy.

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Her lovely aunt and uncle, Pam and Jerry Notestine, were longtime owners of Nine Gables.

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They spent many years transforming the barren landscape into the beauty that now graces the property.

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But the time has come for Pam and Jerry to retire to their small Oregon farm.

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The sun has set on Nine Gables Winery. It was a glorious, spectacular show while it lasted.

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Thank you for sharing your corner of heaven with me Pam and Jerry.

Best of luck to you in your new adventure!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Beautiful Segreto Vignettes

My wonderful and multi talented friend, Leslie Sinclair, has once again written a fabulous book that is a must have for anyone who enjoys creating a lovely home.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Fall Printable ~TOHOT #33

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday and the first day of fall.

To thank you for your continued friendship and support here at Thoughts of Home we would like to offer you this free autumn printable. Just click on the highlighted link below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Inspiring Ways To Decorate A Tiered Tray

Last Tuesday the Thoughts of Home gals hosted a Tiered Tray Extravaganza. There were so many inspiring trays!

By pairing stacked glass cake plates with natural elements Jenn from Loveland Lodge showcases a tray that is the epitome of Rustic Elegance.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Make Your Own Patchwork Napkins With Pizazz

Last week on my fall tour I shared a tablecloth and set of napkins that I had recently made.

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There was also a post featuring a DIY tiered tray. On the bottom shelf were some patchwork napkins.

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