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Napa Valley Horses .......Napa Valley Photographer

I often get asked , "Do you ever get to take pictures for you?"  Why yes I do ! I have volumes of pictures but I don't find  much time to share them  with you.   One of my goals is to do this more often and let you see some of my personal photos I create for myself . One of the things I love without a doubt  are horses.  So when my husband and I were in Napa Valley for my 40th Birthday  , I saw a small heard of those majestic animals off of the road . I wanted him to pull over so I could pet them  and take some pictures.

I tend to do this a lot ... randomly exclaim any of the various outbursts in no specific order:  " Oh look ! Wait ....stop.....  can you pull over ?! " Sam's always such a sport and does of course . I can't count the times we've made numerous u-turns all legal I'm sure ;).

So here are a few that I took right off the road in beautiful Napa Valley   on our way to Calistoga .

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San Francisco Random Trip photos

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Here are a few random photos of my surprise trip to California  for my 40th .  These snapshots are from San Franciso seeing some of the sites in and around the Bay area from Fishermans Warf to the Golden Gate Bridge . San francisco  Golden Gate Photographer

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Favorite Things: St. Helena Olive Oil Company Best Olive Oil In Napa Valley

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I have to share one of my favorite things.  While in Napa last September, my husband and I were admiring the side shops in St. Helena  when we spyed this rustic old building with  lots of character . We had to go check it out  and I must say I am so glad we did ! Truly , it is a gem, featuring  flavorful olive oils called St. Helena Olive Oil Company. From the outside it looked average size but as you opened the door we saw it was a huge warehouse that smelled of sweet fragrant olive oil. Aaaahhh. Everywhere I looked it was full of barrel like tables of dark Italian shaped bottles  with paper tags hanging from their necks.  Each label listed its name like a badge of glory.  The aroma was simply amazing and the decor or old timeless items fit perfectly. The front of the store had warehouse wide windows  to spill in with tons of light. In the back was a draped velvet curtain to separate the dimly lit area bar  for special oil tasting parties I believe .  There we found   a row of old velvet theatre seats that were actually comfortable .

We tasted everything we could . My favorite was the flavored olive oil . It was not too strong but just enough flavor .  Lemon, Basil , Rosemary , to name a few but the one that won us over with the fresh artisian  bread chunks for dipping was the Jalapeno. St Helena Olive Oil Company works with local organic olive farmers to create the best extra virgin olive oil. We also love the lemon . We gladly made our purchase and have savored  every single drop . We  recently ran out in which it was an oh so so sad day ..... My husband says his  eggs haven't been the same since.

But I have good news! As luck would have it I received a message from the owner at St Helena Olive Oil Company two days ago  and she is running a sale. Today is the last day  so hurry and use the code Meteor to get 30% off.  She also has jams , balsamic vinegar and other treats so take a look!

 

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 This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky and much hard work. · May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. · May we transform our own unskilled states of mind and learn to eat with moderation. · May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. · We accept this food so that we may realize the path of understanding and love.

-- Thich Nhat Hanh