We have been so fortunate over the last few weeks with record breaking warm weather. It’s been this way for such a long time that some of us, me included, are convinced it will stay this way until Summer. Alas, our local meteorologists tell us it’s coming to end very shortly, like Monday.
So yesterday, Bill and I decided to get out and enjoy the sun while it’s here. We went for a hike in the nearby park. It had been a long time since we had done that together. And I realize how much I miss being out in nature, especially when I’m enjoying it with him.
Normally, February is way too early to consider picnicking. But yesterday was so warm (low 70’s), we couldn’t resist the shining sun and blue sky and decided to eat our lunch al fresco.
I quickly made a Jarlsberg swiss, scallion and bacon quiche, got dressed and packed a proper picnic to take to St. Francis Winery just one mile up the road.
|Statue of St. Francis in the courtyard|
We walked to the back patio and unpacked our picnic basket.
Then we visited the tasting room to pick out a bottle of wine to enjoy with lunch. We selected Intatto Chardonnay. ‘Intatto’ means ‘untouched’ in Italian. This wine was fermented in stainless steel only – untouched by oak – and had a crispness to it that went with the crisp February air.
This was our lunch – delicious and inexpensive.
|Quiche, homemade three-bean salad, tangerines, carrot sticks and olives.|
One big advantage of going on a weekday – no crowds.
While we ate, we took in the beautiful views…
and watched jack rabbits hop across the vineyard rows, too fast for us to capture with the camera.
For dessert, we had a few nibbles of dark chocolate. This brand may be my new favorite.
Here’s a few more shots of our afternoon.
Today is another gorgeous day out. I’ve published this post, made my homemade Valentine’s Day card (which I will show you once my Valentine sees it first) and now I’m off for a quick walk.
Although I’m sad our sunny streak is ending, part of me is excited to start wearing my wellies and trench coat and carrying my ‘oh la la’ umbrella again!