The squirrels are not in such a hurry. There is an abundant crop of acorns blanketing the ground under every oak tree this year, so the critters aren't worried about making it through what passes for winter in Napa Valley.
The ground is also littered with another precious crop: English walnuts. Our trees are dropping them faster than I can pick them up.
The olives are starting to change color (from green to ripe purple), and there are plenty of them, too. Expect some high quality olive oil from the 2012 harvest early next year, enough to last through the year. And no, Villa Ragazzi does not make olive oil; our trees are mostly ornamental. Try Round Pond for olive oil (and wine).
All this is so different from last year, when Mother Nature cruelly decided not to play Lady Bountiful. We are grateful she changed her mind in 2012.