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Geyserville Grapevine by deTraci Regula

Geyserville, California

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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - March 2017
March 1, 2017

Is it just my imagination or has it been a bit moist lately? The bottom of our alpaca paddock is no affectionately called “Lake Oasis” and at one point looked deep enough to kayak across. 

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Sculpture Trail in Cloverdale, Geyserville “Call for Artists” for the Cloverdale-Geyserville Sculpture Trail
February 1, 2017
“Call for Artists” for the 2017-2018 Sculpture Trail, a year-round outdoor exhibit of sculptures in the Northern Sonoma County communities of Cloverdale and Geyserville, is now available.
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - February 2017
February 1, 2017

Our wet and beautiful winter in Geyserville is not disappointing. I miss  the sound of rain now and a day without a rainbow is somehow lacking in color and charm. The infrequent sunny days are treasures when the air is sparkling and feels alive, promising an eventual spring.   I enjoyed seeing  a lace of snow streaming down the  top of St. Helena the other morning, but I missed the skullcap of snow that briefly adorned our own Geyser Peak – it vanished very quickly. The cold and wet seems to have had little effect on our birds here at Isis Oasis Sanctuary – they seem to be taking it in stride and everalspecies are  demonstrating mating behavior, including our Crested African Cranes.Winter is definitely upon us with chilly nighttime temperatures lingering in the 30s as I write this. The clear skies contribute to the cold, but at least provide us with sparkling stars above to distract us from the low temperature readings.

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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - January 2017
January 4, 2017

Winter is definitely upon us with chilly nighttime temperatures lingering in the 30s as I write this. The clear skies contribute to the cold, but at least provide us with sparkling stars above to distract us from the low temperature readings.

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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - December 2016
November 25, 2016

Here at the Isis Oasis Sanctuary the recent rains have given us the greens of spring along with lower temperatures. We are replacing heat lamps for our birds and beasts and otherwise weatherizing for the coming season. My prediction? A colder winter, so we are carefully making repairs, adding insulation, and increasing the amount of straw for the dens


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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - November 201
October 26, 2016
Ah, the first rain of the fall. Our Great Tree welcomed the start of the rainy season, and the breezes that followed have shaken loose a second “rain” of dried needles. These fall in great spinning clouds that show every tendril of wind as it moves across the lawn at Isis Oasis. 
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - October 2016
September 28, 2016
Living in Geyserville you can set your watch – or your calendar – by the grapes. Earlier in September I stood at my doorway late one night and could smell the rich scent from grape must wafting past me on the midnight air. The romance of being a relative newcomer to the Alexander Valley wine country is alive and well. After all, Geyserville’s official description is “The Wine Capital of Sonoma County”
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - September 2016
September 1, 2016
Driving east along Highway 128 recently on the way to Calistoga mid-August, I noticed that the grape leaves were already beginning to turn in spots. The handfuls of orange leaves against their still-green companions made for a beautiful contrast.
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - August 2016
August 1, 2016
We’ve had some hot summer days ushering us into August, with no sign of the occasional light rains that persisted until a few weeks ago. The grasses and plants lining the roads are definitely putting on their pale golden beige summer colors.
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - July 2016
June 29, 2016
Now we are moving into the hot heart of summer here in the Alexander Valley, though a late June rainstorm broke up the heat for a couple of days and revived the last of the spring wildflowers. July also brings the return of summer holidaymakers who seem to be springing up in every nook and cranny – or at least in every possible parking place. 
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - June 2016
May 27, 2016
Driving around Geyserville this late May is a beautiful experience. The grapevines are feeling brave after the winter rains and their springtime companions. I couldn’t quite understand what was making this seasons’ vines look different, so I stopped my vehicle one afternoon and wandered through a vineyard.
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Sculpture Trail Exhibit Sculpture Trail Exhibit - Geyserville to Cloverdalev
May 25, 2016
There is much anticipation in Cloverdale and Geyserville as new sculptures will be installed on May 4th in Geyserville and May 5th in downtown Cloverdale for the 2016-2017 Sculpture Trail. The Sculpture Trail, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and the Geyserville Community Foundation, is a year-round, outdoor exhibit with sculptures changing every May.
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Sculpture Trail Exhibit Sculpture Trail Exhibit - Geyserville to Cloverdalev
May 1, 2016
There is much anticipation in Cloverdale and Geyserville as new sculptures will be installed on May 4th in Geyserville and May 5th in downtown Cloverdale for the 2016-2017 Sculpture Trail. The Sculpture Trail, produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and the Geyserville Community Foundation, is a year-round, outdoor exhibit with sculptures changing every May.
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - May 2016
May 1, 2016
A few downright hot days this past week has reminded us that summer is coming. While we all still hope for a little more rain, the skies may not be cooperating. Will the drought  return this coming fall and winter?
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - April 2016
April 1, 2016
Our wonderfully wet March has swathed the hillsides in an even richer array of greens, now spotted with wildflowers of blue, yellow, white, and orange
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - March 2016
March 1, 2016
Geyserville has gone green – at least chromatically. The seasons’ rains have covered everything with fresh, vigorous green growth which will provide a perfect Ireland-like backdrop for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities this month. The mild weather has encouraged the plum trees to bloom, and the misty mauve blossoms are dressing up the byways.
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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - January 2016 Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - February 2016
February 3, 2016

The recent rains are preparing us for a fabulous display of wildflowers as the highways start to green up at the road edges and in our gardens. In Geyserville, I’ve been enjoying the mist obscuring the hillsides which give everything a  magical air of mystery. 

One day driving north from Healdsburg along the 101, all of the hills ahead were covered with mist except for one curved swath of dark mountain far away. It looked like a bridge had suddenly appeared in our landscape, leading to an unknown destination. 


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Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - January 2016 Geyserville Grapevine - deTraci Regula - January 2016
January 1, 2016
The grape leaves have dropped from the vines along Route 128, abruptly leaving the bare wintry vines and the spindly branches of the plum trees lining part of the route. While this season is less colorful than the time of turning leaves, it has a more austere, stark beauty offset by the rapidly greening earth. We have some of the color of spring but the temperatures of winter. 
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deTraci Regula - Geyserville Grapevine Geyserville Grapevine - December 2015
December 1, 2015
December also brings one of our favorite events here at Isis Oasis Sanctuary, the return of the annual Winter Solstice Holiday Harp Concert on December 19th featuring Diana Stork and  the young harpists from the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble (BAYHE) playing Christmas, traditional Celtic, and other holiday tunes from around the world.
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deTraci Regula - Geyserville Grapevine Geyserville Grapevine - November 2015 - deTraci Regula
November 1, 2015
With the advent of fall, Geyserville is enjoying clear skies at the moment - keeping those wishes for rain alive. But those cloudless skies make a beautiful backdrop to the acres of turning leaves on the grapevines, even as we continue to hope for a gentle end to the drought as weather prognosticators promise the return of "El Nino" conditions. Will those weather wizards be right? We hope so!
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