Tuesday, October 13, 2009

First Rain of Fall

It rained for the first time in months today. Hopefully the start of something good. California has been in a drought for YEARS and if we don't get some rain this year, there will be water rationing.

It began as a few showery drops, light, fresh washing off the months of accumulated dirt and grime on windows, cars, tree leaves and roads.

Pretty soon the gutters were full and flowing the gravity pulling the water down towards the ocean and low lying patches of ground.

Puddles formed ever larger, dotted with the circular patterns of falling droplets like holes in Swiss cheese. Children in raincoats and boots find these irresistible!

And then, while driving the backroads, you come up and over a hill and out before you is the MOST beautiful site....rows and rows of wine grapes soaking up all the wet goodness, adding to the juicy sweetness of the grapes that will be pressed into wine.

And life is good.

I can't wait to buy a bottle of wine from Edna Valley Winery and savor the taste of the first rain of Fall.

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