Where Am I Again?
Jul17

Where Am I Again?

After a month’s hiatus, I’m back to the blog. It wouldn’t exactly be correct to say I dropped the blogging ball because I’ve been busy. In truth, half the time this past this month, I just haven’t known where the Hell I am. As I mentioned in an earlier post, for various reasons that were not necessarily well thought out, we now find ourselves with three places — the house we’ve had in San...

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Sweet Honey in the Barn
Mar11

Sweet Honey in the Barn

Have I mentioned that we have a little bit of a bee problem? Not really a problem, but, let’s say, a challenge. As we’ve been restoring and fostering the native habitat here on our 40 acre spread, we’ve seen so many Northern California flora and fauna move in and declare the place their own. From Monarch and Checkerspot butterflies to Pacific Pond Turtles to Red Tailed Hawks and Mountain Lions, animals are finding...

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In Which the Asylum is Taken Over
Jul30

In Which the Asylum is Taken Over

While I’ve been gone in Mexico, there have been some big changes back in Sonoma at Two Terrier Vineyards. It’s taken me a week to get the full measure of those changes, perhaps because my man John the Baptist has been feeding them to me slowly — perhaps to ease the shock. One of the greatest changes illustrates why I needed to go to Oaxaca to learn Spanish. I had a conversation with Hector Alvarez, a famous local...

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Bee Cool
Jun09

Bee Cool

As befitting a farm started by two city slickers, we’ve got another possible town/country rivalry set to start. This one is about bees. Remember back in late March I told you Hector Alvarez of Hector’s Bees had decided our lavender fields were a good place to place some of his hives. Hector’s a bit of a local legend around here. He arrived in Sonoma as a young man with little English but a great interest in bees. He...

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Nature Photo Smack-Down

I’ve known for awhile that my photography has been slipping. Back when I was taking courses, I used to fuss with aperture, speed, lenses, filters. Anything to get the right picture. Now, I tend to keep the camera on the semi-automatic Aperture Priority mode, doing not much more than pointing and clicking. But a few days ago, I decided to take my tripod out of its dusty corner, replace my trusty kit lens with either the telephoto...

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Miscellanea: Kitchens, Carrots and Sweet Honey in the Rock
Mar27

Miscellanea: Kitchens, Carrots and Sweet Honey in the Rock

This post contains a bit of real news and some wrapping up of recent loose ends. First of all, the kitchen back in the house in San Francisco. It’s going through a complete overhaul. Yes, we do it once every 27 years, whether it needs it or not. Beside the Spring chores, this overhaul is one of the reasons I’ve fled the City and am living up in Sonoma outside of harvest time. Why, through all the room remodels that...

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