topten1Didn’t show up here every day last month? You might have missed something good. Here’s an automatically generated post counting down the Top Ten most popular posts from last month, based on comments and readership.
  • Contemplating Child Labor Laws
    Posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2009 in winemaking – Comments: (7)
    Last year in the middle of an extended harvest (which I pretty much had to handle on my own due to Andy’s sudden and suspicious business travel schedule), I hit on an idea that would help me out and reform problem children. I called it Wine Camp. Only half jokingly, I suggested here that parents of problem children drop them off with me.
  • Food Glorious Food. We See Where It Comes From
    Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (7)
    It was a food themed day today in ways we hadn’t imagined when we decided, on a whim, to run up to Santa Rosa to the Sonoma County Fair. Andy was on a mission to see goats and cows. I was more interested in burros and chickens. The Sonoma County Fair is a wonderful fair in the great old tradition, with pie and quilt making competitions, fresh scrubbed 4-Hers and their animals and good old country fun.
  • Here’s the One Sit Com I’ll Be Watching This Fall
    Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (12)
    I am NOT a sit com person. I have managed to get through my adult life so far without ever having watched even one episode of Seinfeld, Friends or Cheers. Not in first run, not in rerun, not even with the sound off on the treadmill at the gym. My life has still been rich and rewarding.But NBC is offering up a sit com for Thursday nights called Community that I’m not going to be able to resist.
  • In Which I Tell a Hawk from a Handsaw
    Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 in musings – Comments: (7)
    The wonderful thing about farming biodynamically and trying to keep this spread filled with natively appropriate plantings, is that the whole place has become one big healthy organism. When the balance tips slightly in one direction, something moves in to even things out. We started with forty acres that had apparently never been planted or had much done to it other than the addition of an access road.
  • Learning Spanish with Selena
    Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (7)
    Just finished my intensive summer course in Beginning Spanish 1A the week before last, and next week Spanish 1B is already looming. Thank Jobs for iTunes and iPods, because I wouldn’t have even squeeked out the B+ I got without access to iTunes Latino. Specifically, downloads of the wonderful Pop and Cumbia star Selena Quintanilla. Yes, she was tragically assassinated in 1995, only 23 and on the verge of her big Pop mainstream breakthrough, but go into the Mission here in San Francisco.
  • More and More Mourvedre
    Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 in winemaking – Comments: (7)
    Don’t look now, but here at Two Terrier Vineyards, we may be leading a trend. (If so, it’s going to be the first time we’ve been ahead of the curve.) Seems the San Francisco Chronicle is declaring this The Year Mourvedre Breaks Through. (Okay, the San Francisco Chronicle stopped producing anything close to real news decades ago, but they’re always one of the go-to sources for the latest in the wine world.
  • My Virtual Grandmothers in the Blogosphere
    Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (13)
    I’ve just discovered two great old broads. They aren’t my grandmothers, but I’m appointing them that title in the Blogosphere. It’s Margaret and Helen. They were born in 1925. They’re 82 years old. They’ve been fast friends for more than 60 years. Then Helen’s grandson set her up with a blog. The rest is fast becoming raucous InterWebs history. Helen, who lives in Texas, is really the blogger.
  • The Day Elvis Died
    Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (13)
    I clearly remember when Elvis died 32 years ago tomorrow. It was actually during one of my cross-country roadtrips. I was traveling from New York City to Los Angeles on a Greyhound Bus — a three day marathon that Jack Kerouac would have recognized.Around two and a half days into the trip, somewhere in the middle of Nowhere Oklahoma, the bus driver abruptly pulled off to the side of the road.
  • The Tomato Manifesto: An Unrecipe
    Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 in British husband – Comments: (7)
    Those of you who visit this space frequently know this is not a cooking blog. Even though we both enjoy cooking, I’d have to say Andy is the real cook in terms of being more adventurous and exacting with his attempts. Gordon Ramsay’s recipes give him no pause. He’d probably even be able to tackle one of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry recipes.
  • Whatsoever a Man Soweth, That Shall He Also Reap
    Posted on Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 in farming – Comments: (7)
    Far be it from me to argue with Galatians, but this is not necessarily true if you are trying to learn this whole farming thing from books. For instance, I soweth a lot of corn and I’m not sure even half the seeds sprouted into corn stalks. Nevermind, looks like we’ll have enough to keep us in barbecued corn for the month of August at least.
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