OLD CALIFORNIA

Once I spotted this crumbling house on the hills above Scribe Winery I couldn’t resist exploring. As you can tell I had a hard time narrowing down these amazing images taken by MB Maher, which so beautifully depict this time capsule of California’s history. Every home tells a story — even when they’re almost barren of furniture or trappings — and my imagination was completely captured by this old vineyard estate; it’s unique architecture with Moroccan-style keyholes over the front windows; the drawings sketched out on the walls throughout; empty bottles of champagne on the top floor; carnival lights strung across the grand foyer; peeling wallpaper that revealed bay area newspapers from the 1950s. I climbed out on the second story deck and looked out over the rolling hills and vineyards around us and imagined all the people before me throughout time who had mimicked that gesture, who they were, and what their lives had been like living in old California.

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