Well, ok, this one is not a murderer that I know of, but this is the face of what took our flock of chickens. I know it’s so darn cute, but 100 chickens over two years? C’mon! It’s pretty cute…I might give it a chicken…nah! I only have one left. YIKES!
My sister purchased these two pieces from a flea market about 20 years ago. They are black and white photographs. One is of the Holy Trinity, that was done by Masaccio. He was one of the first artist of the period to incorporate the illusion of space in a painting. This painting is in Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy.
The second photograph is of the sculpture of the Virgin Mary and saints by Mino Da Fiesole, which is in the Fiesole Cathedral. He was an artist that was believed by the Medici family. He sculpted Piero di Cosmo de’ Medici.
I met Judy Cox (co-owner), as she was in between doing the many other jobs that she has to do. As many people know, being a boutique winery owner requires much versatility. I just happened to catch her at the right time. She is such a warm person, and so sweet! She had the table full of displays…
She was ready for my arrival. Honestly, their winery location is perfect for their history. The rolling hills in the background of the Oscar that Joel Cox won for “Unforgiven”, an old fashion Cowboy movie starring Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.
Joel is a film editor, then in 2008, he and his wife pursued their dream of having a vineyard. They started off with 14 acres of land in San Miguel, California.
Shortly thereafter, they planted 9 of the 14 acres with Red Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. They then met their winemaker, Keith Roberts, while planting the vines. He has such passion for wine and growing grapes it is astounding, and they connected immediately. He has had his hand in the winegrowing and winemaking process for 39 years and when he agreed to help them. They knew their dreams become reality! They feel very blessed with the right soil and weather for a Bordeaux wine, and, since Cabernet Sauvignon is Joel’s favorite, they couldn’t be more excited.
In 2013 they purchased a second piece of property, nine acres, just a very short drive around the bend from our original land. They already have ideas about what grapes to plant and are thinking about making a white Bordeaux blend.
They recently won Winery of the Year for Monterey County. The 2013 Rosé was awarded a Silver at The 2015 Rosé Competition at SIMI Winery in Napa. Mystic Hills Vineyard’s 2011 Unforgiven red blend was awarded a Gold Medal, while the 2011 Sequel red blend and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon both received Silver Medals.
Mystic Hills in located in San Miguel, California. At this time, they are in the process of developing a tasting room facility. For a private tasting with the wine makers, please call email@example.com email
My 11th Great Grandfather from Grandpa Gray. Robert was born in 1558 in Shalford, Essex. He was married several times, but his first wife was Bridget Allgar on June 24th, 1585, in Shalford, Essex. the two of them had seven children. His Will is included here, as well as history relating to him from his great, great grandchildren. He was 59 when he passed away, and is buried in Essex. His coat of arms.
Here is a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Robert White…
Will of Robert White of Messing, from page 68 of “The Goodwins of Hartford, Conn. “
[27 May 1617]
In the name of God Amen. May the seaven and twentyeth in the fifteenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James by the grace of god Kinge of England france and Ireland defender of the faith etc and of Scotland the fiftyeth. In the yeare of our Lord god 1617 Robert White of Messing in the countye of Essex yeoman, beinge of good and pfect remembrance, doe make this my last will and testament, in manner and forme followinge.
Imprimis. I commend my soule unto the hands of god almightey my most faythfull creator redemer and sanctifier and my bodie to be buryed in the parish church or church yeard of Messinge, at the discretion of mine executors.
Item I give and bequeathe unto the poore people of Messinge fortye shillings of lawful mony of England, to be distributed amongst them at ye discretion of mine executors and the minister of Messinge, within one monthe next after my depture from this naturall life.
Item I give and bequeathe unto Mr. Richard Rogers preacher of gods worth at Withersfield in Essex aforesaid; and to Barthlemew Scrivener Minister of the church of god in Messinge aforenamed to each of them the severall summe of fortey shillings of like lawfull monie, to be payd unto them within two monthes next after my departure.
Item I give and bequeath unto mine eldest daughter Sarah. the wife of Jeames Bowtell of little Salinge, the summe of fifteen pounds of lawfull mony of England, to be paid unto them within fower years next after my departure.
Item I give and bequeathe unto Jeames Bowtell the younger, son of my said daughter Sara Bowtell, the summe of five pounds of good and lawfull mony of England, to be paid unto him when he shall come to ye sixteenth yeare of his age.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Marie the wife of Joseph Lummis of Branetree, one pewter platter.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Willm Gooddinge of Bockinge the summe of fortye markes of like lawfull monye within one yeare next after my depture, to be paid unto hir.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Bridgett White the sum of one hundred marks of like lawfull monye, to be paid unto hir upon the day of hir marryage, provided that she my said daughter Bridgett shal not bestow hir selfe in marryage without the approbation and consent of my two sonnes in law Joseph Lummys and Willm Goodinge formrly mentioned, and of my wife Bridgett White or the consent of two of them whereof my wife to be one of the twaine. But yf it happen that shee marrye without the consent aforesaid then I give hir only the summe of thirtye pounds of like lawful monie.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anna White the summe of one hundredth markes of like lawfull mony: to be paid unto hir upon ye day of hir marriage; yf soe be she shall bestow hir selfe in marriage, accordinge to the likinge and consent of my two forenamed sonnes in law, and my wife, as is aforesaid. But yf it sow fall out, as that she my said daughter Anna shall marrye without the consent and approbation formerly mentioned, then I give and bequeath hir only the summe of thirtey pounds of like and lawfull monie.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Nathaniell White the summe of fortie pounds of like lawfull monye, whereof my will is that twentye pounds shall be paid within one yeare next after my depture, and the other twentye pounds to be paid unto him within two years next after my said depture oute of this naturall life.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John White the summe of two hundredth pounds of like lawfull monie to be paid him when he shall come to ye years of one and twentye of his age; yett provided that my said sonne John shall not bestow himselfe in marriage without the approbation and consent of my aforesaid two sonnes in law Joseph Lummys and William Goodinge, and my wife his mother. And yf it soe fall oute that this my son John shall match him selfe contrairie to the good likinge and consent aforesaid, then I give and bequeath unto him onlye as his full portion the summe of one hundred pounds of like lawful monye.
Item my mind and will is, that yf any of my foresaid children that are unmarried shall departe this naturall life before the tymes appointed for the paymt of their portions; or yf any of them shall marrye contrarye to the consent and approbation mentioned, then such summe or summes of monie (as shall remaine and accrew, eyther by their death or disobeydience,) shall be equally devided amongste the rest of my children whither marryed or unmarried, pte and parte like.
Item I give and bequeath unto my said son John White the joyned standinge bedstead wch is in the parlour, wth the featherbed, flockbed, bolster coneringe wth other furneyture thereunto belonginge: alsoe the presse cupbourd the cupbourd table and newest chest, all wch are in the said parloure to be delivered him after the death of my said wife Bridgett White, or instead thereof the summe of twenty marks of like lawful monye.
Item I constitute and ordaine my aforesaid sonnes in law Joseph Lumys Willm Goodinge supuisors of this my last will and testament and doe give unto each of them the severall summes of fortey shillings of like lawfull mony towards their charge and paines in seinge this my will executed according to my minde.
Item I give and bequeath unto Ralph Bett the younger my kinsman and servant the summe of five pounds of like lawfull monye, to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my depture.
Item I give and bequeath unto Joseph Digbie my servant, twentye shillings of like lawfull monye, to be paid within one yeare next after my depture.
Item all the rest of my goods unbequeathed I give and bequeath unto my wife Bridgett White, and to my sonne Daniell White whome I constitute and ordayne the ioynte executors of this my last will and testament, hopinge they will faithfullye execute this my will accordinge to the trust reposed in them.
In witness whereof I have hereunto sett myne hand and scale the daye and yeare first mentioned.
In presence of us John Christmas ye elders (+) marke =||=
Wlllm Levett. S T
Probatu fuit Testamentu apud Kelvedon vicesimo Die mensis Junii 1617.
Casa Dell Arte is coming along. We are getting the pavers all done, and the interior space is complete. We have an artist that is our lead artist. We are going to have our first class in August. We know we are going to be paining a bicycle, in front of a window. At our next meeting we are going to discuss upcoming craft classes too, so we are pretty excited. Here is a photo of our paver progress…
When I set out to write about the duck and her babies it was such a happy story. Our winemaker found the ducks, lost and scared by the big house on the campus of the winery. He captured them, and put them in a nice little box.
My daughter and I came over to the winery to pick up the ducks and the babies. We put them in a dog crate, and took them home. There we put the in the container above, and added some food and water. It had been about two weeks since we had them, and they were in container that was in the stable.
My husband suggested that we let them out of the container, and allow them to have all the space in the stable. The momma duck was finally starting to allow us to the baby ducks without hissing. We tipped the container on its side, and added some new fluff (pine shavings).
My daughter thought it would be nice for them to have a little more water. She left a pan of water with pine shavings all around the dish. They were swimming around, and she told us about them getting in and out of them dish. This morning, my daughter asked “You want to go see the babies swimming in the dish?” Yes, I said, first let me take this to my office. As I was coming to the stable I could see the look on her face was pure heartbreak. I went over to peek in the stall, and all the baby ducks were in the dish DEAD.
We looked at the dish, and concluded that the momma must have drank the water from the dish, therefore the babies could not escape. Farming has real heartbreak with it, sometime bad things happen. My baby cried about the whole thing, blaming herself for the accident. I told her that the momma just didn’t know there would be repercussions from her drinking the water that the baby ducks were swimming around in.