bounty, Collections and Obsessions, country, Cucina, farming, food, Fountain of Youth, Happiness Project, organic, Terreni D' Oro Tuesday

2nd Round of Chickens

“Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn’t hiss or boo me.” James Dean

We have been country people for 5 years now. When we lived in the city we had lists of all the things we wanted to do once we lived in the county. One of our goals, was to have free range chickens. We went big too, we purchased beautiful chicken houses from the Amish. They are big, and they have room for the chickens to roost, two windows, big door, and a door to collect eggs.

We did everything the books told us to do. We raised them for the first three months in the garage. They had little waterer, and it was changed twice a day. The had a feeder that we filled twice a day, and they had a heating lamp. For the first few months the heating lamp was on all day and night to keep the little chicks warm. By the third month, we unplugged the heating lamp during the day, but turned it on in the evening.

After the third month we kept them in their new homes for two weeks, checking on the them, feeding them, and giving them water. Once their feathers were grown in, we allowed them to go outside their house. During the day, they would stay just outside the door, some of them didn’t even want to leave the house. For the first couple of weeks they would stay close to their house, and not go far from it.

As they grew, they became more bold. Since they were free range, they would go all over the place, but mostly like to be close to our house. Which created a disaster…poo everywhere on the porch. I spent so much time cleaning the front porch, and the back porch. Sometimes, we would even see the chickens way down the hill. This is 42 acres, and they have tiny legs. By evening, all of them would come back home, and get inside their homes.

Then, football season started. We would go to the football games with the kids. They were in high school, so they would hang out with their friends and my husband and I would go for romantic walks downtown holding hands. We would come home, and it was late…we would lock the chicken doors. In the morning we would let the chickens go free. Since we had 100 chickens, it was hard to tell that some were missing. It was only after a few games later we discovered…every time we go to a game, there are fewer chicken.

There was one fox that boldly came right by the house. He had the most beautiful red fur coat, and a black peak on his tail. He was super healthy looking, and just strutting right by the house. I thought to myself, honestly, if he came to the door, knocked and asked me for a chicken, I would give it to him. Anyway, a couple of times there were even coyotes that would stalk the chickens during the day.

We finally lost all of our chickens. They were captured by the foxes and coyotes. If we have raccoons near by, I have never seen one in our area. So, now we are starting all over again. We still have the houses. This time, we are building them a lovely fence to protect them from predators. The eggs that come from farm chickens are just so much better than grocery store eggs. I’m always a little embarrassed when I shamefully have to carry a dozen eggs to the check out. By July, I won’t have to carry eggs to the check out, because we will have our own eggs.

bounty, Collections and Obsessions, Design, Fountain of Youth, Galleria, Happiness Project, Museum Monday

Lambretta Scooter

“Give me a museum, and I will fill it.” Pablo Picasso IMG_0851

This is another vintage poster in our little cafe at San Marcos Creek. We have a collection of Lambretta Scooters, and wanted to personalize our little cafe so people that visit could learn a little more about us.

Roberto started collecting Lambretta Scooters when he was younger, but they became so hard to find that he held off from obtaining any more until after our children were in elementary school. Roberto would give each child a ride around the park that was right by our house in Oakland. He would even have meets for people as far away as Australia. When visitors would come they would ride over on their Lambretta, but they would also want to see Robertos’ collection. This was usually an all day event. They had lots to talk about with each of their scooters.

I loved the stories they would tell. Stories of them getting stuck somewhere in England or  Italy. We even have a scooter with personal history. The lady wanted to find the right buyer. Her and her husband had been admiring a Lambretta in the window of a department store in 1950’s or 60’s. They finally had the money to buy it, and they took off to Italy.

The couple boarded a plane with their dog, and once they arrived in Italy, they purchased their Lambretta. Their baby blue TV175 had all the extra’s on it too. The windshield, the back rack, and chrome mirrors. The two of them and their dog went all over Italy and all over Europe on the back of the scooter. They shared a few of the photos with us, and they even included the journal of their days out on their adventures with the dog and each other.

So, everyday I pass the poster at the winery I think of all those people that must have had the times of their lives on the back of their scooters. What a joy to own a piece of history that conjures up great memories as well as thoughts of how others had fun.

bounty, country, Cucina, farming, food, Fountain of Youth, Galleria, Happiness Project, Morelli Family Sunday, Museum Monday

Everyday Art

“I like to convey the idea that art is important in everyday life.” Georgia O’ Keeffe

Since the day I had our children, I have tried to live my life as though every aspect of every moment is a gift. When we linger long enough to appreciate a moment in time, it can become a work of art.

Just yesterday, I spent most of the day reading, and spending parts of the day with everyone. It was fabulous! It was also very restful, I didn’t even look at my email. Remember when email was fun? Now, it is work, and I really wanted and needed a day to disengage with the rest of the world.

IMG_0812

My daughter made me perfect eggs, biscuits, and bacon. I love my eggs with plenty of pepper, and the biscuits pipping hot from the oven. The eggs were over medium with no hint of the whites of the eggs runny. Coffee was hot, with one sugar, and just enough milk for a hint of color. If it is black, that’s fine too, but I prefer a hint of cream.

My husband wen to the hardware store to buy me some flowers. I do enjoy flowers, but they are not necessary. I appreciated that he took the time to go and buy them for me. IMG_0813

I enjoyed a cup of tea, while I read my books in the family room. Oh, it was so delightful! IMG_0814

While I spent most of my day reading and visiting chatting. My husband washed my car. I hate washing cars, but love it when my car is beautiful and clean. He even took the time to blow it dry with the leaf blower. IMG_0815

When it came around to dinner time, we had a couple of wines. With our appetizer, we had IMG_0820

A crisp clean wine with hints of lemon zest, and green apple. Just enough acidity to have you longing for more. Delicious! IMG_0821

To accompany our dinner we had Four Brix 2015 Grenache Rose”. It paired very well with our pork lion wrapped in bacon, and rolled in herbs and delicate spices, spring veggies, and Milanese risotto, and croissants.

Citrus blossoms on the nose, clean and refreshing, medium on the acidity, with a delicate finish. One glass was not enough.

IMG_0822

My Mothers Day was yet another day that was so delightful from the moment I woke, to when I retired for the evening. My children and loving husband gave me a perfect day!

bounty, country, farming, food, Fountain of Youth, Fruit, Galleria, Happiness Project, Wine Wednesday, Winery

Harvest Season

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” William Blake

There’s something magical about harvest season when you live in wine country. It’s a current of electricity that runs through the everyone and everything. I always think of Dr. Seuss. Ya know those giant machines that come in to clean up after “It 1 and 2 and the kids? Well, there are grape. Picking machines driving on the roads at this time, and Dr Seuss is at the forefront of my thoughts…I kind of giggle like a child when they get in front of me. I can take it for a mile or so, but then I have to pass them, but not without waving like a deranged lunatic. It is just exciting!!

We don’t use machines to harvest our grapes, we have to hire people. My husband as well as our winemaker get out in the field and pick with all the other people working in our fields. Just this past week we have already processes several tons of grapes, and pressed them. So, the fermentation process is already starting for the 2017 wines. I believe the Merlot for this year has already been picked, destemed, and pressed. 

These were photos of the grapes before some of the fruit was dropped. We have to drop fruit so the healthiest grapes will get the most water, and the best sunshine. Depending on the variety, canopy may have to be cut back to get the right amount of sun, or less sun. We want to pick at just the right amount of Brix, which is the sugar content in the grapes, too high, and the wine is too sweet, you want just the right amount to make great wine.

 We try to maintain a sustainable vineyard, and keep the dropped fruit for compost. Once the grapes are pressed the must will be used for more compost to mix back into the soil and boost the soil with microbes that recondition the soil.  Our ducks are always in the vineyard taking care of the slugs, and soon we want to introduce babydoll sheep and chickens. The sheep will help with the grass and cover crops, and the chickens will take care of the insects in the vineyard. The chickens will also give us fantastic eggs to eat. It all makes for better wine every year. A wine that you can enjoy and feel good about drinking. We look forward to getting closer to becoming more biodynamic! 

bounty, Collections and Obsessions, country, farming, Fountain of Youth, Galleria, Happiness Project, Photography, Terreni D' Oro Tuesday

Baby Goats

“Every mans can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The babies are staying in the breezeway until they are bigger. If I put them in the pasture, they can wiggle under the gate. We don’t want that to happen.

bounty, country, Family Friday, farming, Fountain of Youth, Happiness Project

Lady Ann Baroness Herbert Countess Pembroke Devereux

“Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honor for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imaginations,
They often feel a world of restless cares.” William Shakespere

 

 My 17 Great Grandmother, from Alda Tribble line…Anne Devereux

 

anne_herbert_295_medium

Anne Devereux (c. 1430, Bodenham – after June 25, 1486), was the daughter of Walter Devereux (1411–1459), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Elizabeth Merbury.[1]

About 1445, Anne married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469), in Herefordshire, England. He was the son of William ap Thomas, a member of the Welsh Gentry Family, and his wife Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam. Anne bore William several children, including:

  • William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.[2]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Devereux

  • Anne Devereux1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • F, #21885, b. circa 1433, d. after 25 June 1486
  • Father Sir Walter Devereux, Sheriff of Herefordshire & Gloucestershire, Constable of Wigmore, Keeper of Leominster1,2,3,10,5,6,7,8,9 b. c 1412, d. 22 Apr 1459
  • Mother Elizabeth Merbury1,2,10,7,9 b. c 1412, d. b 1459
  • Anne Devereux was born circa 1433 at of Bodenham, Herefordshire, England.11 She married Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales, son of Sir William ap Thomas, Sheriff of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, & Glamorganshire, Steward of Abergavenny and Gwladys Gam, circa 1455; They had 3 sons (Sir William, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 2nd Lord Herbert, Earl of Huntingdon; Sir Walter; & Sir George) and 7 daughters (Maud, wife of Sir Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, 7th Lord Percy; Katherine, wife of Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent; Anne, wife of John, Lord Grey of Powis; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle, & of Sir Walter Bodrugan; Cecily, wife of John Greystoke; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Cokesey; & Crisli, wife of Mr. Cornwall).1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Anne Devereux died after 25 June 1486 at Wales.1,4,7
  • Family Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales b. c 1423, d. 27 Jul 1469
  • Children
    • Maud Herbert+12,4,5,7,8 b. c 1456, d. bt 17 Jul 1485 – 24 Feb 1489
    • Sir George Herbert13 b. c 1457
    • Sir William Herbert, 2nd Lord Herbert, 1st Earl Huntingdon & 2nd Earl of Pembroke+14,4,7 b. c 1458, d. 16 Jul 1491
    • Sir Walter Herbert13 b. c 1458, d. 16 Sep 1507
    • Katherine Herbert+15,3,4,16,6,7 b. c 1459
    • Anne Herbert+13 b. c 1462
    • Margaret Herbert13 b. c 1463, d. b 1503
    • Cecilia Herbert13 b. c 1464, d. 1499
    • Elizabeth Herbert13 b. c 1465
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 3.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 280-281.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388-389.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 346-347.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 132-133.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 278.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 359.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 249.
  • 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388.
  • 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 250.
  • 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 579.
  • 13.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • 14.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395-396.
  • 15.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 167.
  • 16.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p729.htm#i21885
  • _________________________
  • Anne Devereux1
  • F, #158297
  • Anne Devereux is the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux and Elizabeth Merbury.2 She married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, son of Sir William ap Thomas and Gladys Gam.
  • Her married name became Herbert.
  • Children of Anne Devereux and William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke
    • 1.Lady Catherine Herbert+3 d. b 8 May 1504
    • 2.Lady Maud Herbert+1 b. 1448, d. a 1485
  • Citations
  • 1.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  • 2.[S1916] Tim Boyle, “re: Boyle Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as “re: Boyle Family.”
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VII, page 167. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p15830.htm#i158297
  • ________________________
  • Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
  • Born: 1436/42
  • Died: 1486
  • Father: Walter DEVEREUX (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth MERBURY
  • Married: William HERBERT (1º E. Pembroke) ABT 1440, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Maud HERBERT (C. Northumberland)
    • 2. William HERBERT (1º E. Huntingdon)
    • 3. Walter HERBERT (Sir Knight)
    • 4. George HERBERT
    • 5. Phillip HERBERT
    • 6. John HERBERT
    • 7. Margaret HERBERT
    • 8. Thomas HERBERT
    • 9. Cecily HERBERT
    • 10. Isabel HERBERT
    • 11. Anne HERBERT
    • 12. Catherine HERBERT (C. Kent)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/DEVEREUX.htm#Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
bounty, Collections and Obsessions, country, Design, Fountain of Youth, Galleria, Happiness Project, Photography, Wine Wednesday, Winery

Wedding Bells

We had our first on site wedding, and reception. We got some photos of how the reception area looked, so we are pretty excited to share with you all. The lovely couple are school teachers, and they decorated the reception hall themselves.

IMG_0199.JPG

This is our outside area, my husband just got the lights working that same day. The island features two matching fountains. There are several tables and chairs, and usually we have the umbrellas up, but they didn’t need them for the evening. The patio area is 3500 square feet of space.

The interior space is 1700 square feet of space. They did an excellent job on decorating the space for their reception.

We have another one on the calendar. So, we are ecstatic to help others on their way to a bliss filled life!

bounty, Collections and Obsessions, Design, Fountain of Youth, Galleria, Happiness Project, Museum Monday, Photography

Giovanni Panza

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” Leonardo da Vinci

 

IMG_9821-2.jpg

This is one of his detailed works “The Reception”, which dates from the early 1900’s. This painting is in our living room. Which is a room with no television, a room that we often use to read or converse with each other.

As each guest comes into the room that is filled with lovely architecture, they are also greeted with a room filled with music. The lady is playing the piano, and it looks as though she may have been there for some time with all the music sheets on the floor. The gentleman beside her is playing the violin, and is very focused on the sheet of music.