Harvest ~ Sonoma County Pinot 2014

Pinot Harvest 2014 Sonoma County-©countrywomanpaints

2014 Pinot Harvest Dawn

 As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, our 2014 pinot harvest is finally in the crusher, despite farmer suddenly bursting out in shingles a few days before!


Pinot Harvest 2014 Begins

Fog hangs heavy over vineyard and hills

  I love this photo taken by farmer at about 6AM. He is an excellent photographer, especially with his “real” camera.

Someday perhaps he’ll again “focus” on his gift of seeing thru the lens!

Grape Picking Begins - ©countrywomanpaints

Grape Picking Begins ~ Harvest 2014


Pinot 2014 Harvest

Pinot 2014 Harvest


Pinot Harvest 2014

Pinot Harvest 2014

 Notice the dripping wires from the cold, foggy night?
Our nighttime temperatures are starting to dip into the low 50’s while shooting up close to 90 during the day. Perfect pinot weather!

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

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Peace Roses Play Hard to Get

peace rose in fall

“Peace” roses in fall

Of all the roses I grow in my gardens, this is my favorite. That’s hard to be absolute about since whenever one of my rosebushes is looking outstanding and blooming her head off, I think she’s the one.

However this old rose, a grandiflora developed following the end of WWII, if kept “clean”, blooms beautifully and fragrantly all summer long. When I mention “clean”, I mean sprayed for all the fungal possibilities, watched for bugs but usually leave them be, deadheaded religiously, watered well and kept away from crowding from other neighbors that, in my garden, inevitably crowd anyway!

See more roses here


Painting a Puppy

drawing of a beagle puppy

drawing of a beagle puppy

I want to paint Sophie, our beagle puppy.

But Sophie doesn’t sit still unless she’s sleeping. I take dozens of photos of her and mostly, she’s just a blur as she zooms by.

Here’s a few

Sophie Beagle

Sweetie Beagley

Isn’t she a cutie?

And it’s extremely doubtful that I’ll paint her in blacks and browns! Except maybe those lovely caramel eyes of hers…


Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
~Pablo Picasso


September 8, 2014


Breath and Flowers, Harvest Upon Us


Written and Published by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

Not a pretty sight.
Smog pressing down into the valley from a stubbornly stuck inversion layer.
It does make a pretty sunset!

My problem is I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities{MCS}.

I’m especially sensitive to VOC’s and air pollution caused by cars.
The cause of that haze in the valley~
Too many cars… everyday.
It’s time for a train!

highway 101

Highway 101

 And then there’s the continuing drought.


Dead oak tree(s)

It’s so dry, everything in my house is constantly covered in a thin layer of dust.
You don’t dare “fluff” a pillow unless you want to choke in a billowing cloud!
We worry about our water, conserving as best we can.
We are fortunate as we have a spring for watering the gardens…

There are worse things I suppose.
I just need to open my eyes;
beauty is everywhere ~

Please come see!

September 2, 2014


How Wolves Change Rivers


A moving and inspirational offering… please enjoy.

Originally posted on THE BARDO GROUP:

Thanks to Gayle Walters Rose (Bodhirose) for sharing this with us for Wilderness Week.

“Wolves will travel to drink from a river. But could the presence of wolves lead a river to change its behavior?

George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world In his TED Talk, George Monbiot poetically explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence set off a “trophic cascade” that altered the movement of deer, sent trees soaring to new heights, attracted scores of new animals to the area (think: beavers, rabbits, bears, bald eagles and more), and stabilized the banks of rivers making them less susceptible to erosion. Above, see that story set to music — and howls — by, who took the audio track from the talk and laid it over beautiful nature footage. It’s a glorious glimpse of how deeply the natural world is interconnected.

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farm dogs-Bella

August 28, 2014


Sometimes the Earth Moves… Such Fun

earth explodes

earth explodes

Artwork by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

I am here, waking up but not yet sleeping. A long week of family and all that means to my heart, kept within for now.

My gratitude to those who’ve enquired of our earth quaking beneath our beds on Sunday morning. It was quite a jolt!

Shouting, barking, chaos and flashes of blue light ensued along with that sound only our moving earth can make!
Everyone but one, {who needs his ears checked}, making their way to the great room, the chandelier swinging a 45 degree twirling dance for another 20 minutes. Continue Reading~


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