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Revamping of the Tasting Room

“You do not sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement. You aim at peoples hearts, not their minds.” Dorthy Draper

We have opened our bed and breakfast at San Marcos Creek, we have opened the villa on the hill, we opened our hall, and now we have revamped the tasting room.

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Seating area for guests that want to lounge. Copper topped boxes that were repurposed as little tables for drinks and magazines to look through while relaxing in the beautiful tasting room.

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This reception area will be replaced by a fridge that showcases scrumptious cheeses from our area, and homemade salami made by an Italian chef.

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Our beautiful Wine Goddess is a new addition, which was done by Anne Meyrick  She is a local artist that does some of the most magnificent works of art. The mural was preexisting, and we really like it. The furniture is new, as we wanted to add more of a classic look rather than a country look. We are pretty happy with the outcome. We are just finishing our outdoor lighting project, and the island is all done. The gardens area is next, and then our SMC Members Lounge. We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our members of San Marcos Creek.

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Another Set of Twins

“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really seperate the sheep from the goats.” Sue Grafton

Starbright had the last set of twins for the season. This is the first time we have ever had goats so late in the season. One male and one female. The male has coloring like his mother, and our little female has coloring like her father. We named the little male Goofy, and the female is Belle. Since we have named all of our goats after Disney characters.

Belle is the little brown one all alone, and Goofy is going up to his mom, Starbright. Starbright is not loving to Belle, so she has to be fed by a bottle. We have to milk Starbright to feed Belle. We bottle fed the triplets earlier this year, and gave them formula, but they were just so damn small. The other goats that were getting their mothers milk were almost three times larger than the formula goats. It’s an experiment that we don’t want to repeat.

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Turkey Roast

Owning a winery means working all the time. My husband and I work 7 days a week. We love good food and good wine, so we always make time (at least on Sunday) to share our meals together. Last Sunday, I made a turkey roast. Having a crock pot is like having a helper in the kitchen. I can’t even tell you how often I make use of mine.

I have the All Clad 7 Quart Deluxe I like this one because you can brown the food before slow cooking the food. With this one you will need some high quality olive utensils. You don’t want to scratch the inside of the crock pot.

Anyway, I start my process by adding all the herb and spices I want on a plate. IMG_9660

I use about a teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt, garlic powder, coarse ground, oregano, parsley leaves, cumin, and basil. Add your turkey on the top of the herbs and spices and roll it over them.

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Keep in mind that you can edit the herbs and spices that I have added, and add your favorites. After you are done, you want to brown the turkey, add olive oil in the crock pot, and the brown should be at 400 degrees. Make sure you give the crock pot time to preheat. Add your turkey roast, and wait for it to brown on each side. You will want to flip it around with your wooden utensils.

After it’s brown, you can add the gravy to a measuring cup, and add a cup of white wine. I usually add wine to my crock pot instead of water, because it adds more flavor. Now, you are going to leave it to cook. I set mine on low for 6 hours, and then it will automatically turn to “warm” for you.

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When I got home I made rice, and peas to go with the turnkey. We had a French Viognier to complement the meal. I was too hungry to take a photo of the plated food. LOL! Enjoy!

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Fun Photo’s

Here is a little gallery of photos that I have taken recently…

 

Here’s how Luna and Stella are growing. Our mother and daughter cows are really getting large…IMG_9521

I poured wine at the Paso Robles Horse Park…

Timed the jump perfectly…

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Spent a whole day looking for matching fountains, found the fountains, then dropped them off at the winery.

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Got all the decorating done for the hall, and was very happy about it…

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Graduation weekend was beautiful, started with a Mass, then my son was so sick in the morning that he thought he might not make it to his own graduation. I had to serve him chicken noodle soup in bed, but he made it to graduation.

The view out of the window at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA.

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My girlfriend invited me to the Styx and REO Speed-wagon concert…

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Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland

“History remembers the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.” Laurence Overmire

My 16th Great Grandfather, starting from my grandfather and his mother, Alda Tribble.

 

HENRY PERCY, fourth Earl of Northumberland (1446-1489), was the only son of Henry Percy, third earl. On his father’s attainder, Edward IV committed him to safe keeping, and three years later conferred the forfeited earldom of Northumberland on John Neville, lord Montagu. Percy’s imprisonment cannot have been very strict, for in 1465 he was confined in the Fleet, where he made the acquaintance of John Paston (1421-1466), a fellow-prisoner (Paston Letters, ii. 237,243).

His subsequent transference to the Tower may be attributed to the Nevilles when they held the king in durance after the battle of Edgecott in 1469. One of Edward’s first steps on shaking off this constraint was to release Percy (27 Oct.), merely exacting an oath of fealty. When the final breach with the Nevilles came in the following spring, and the king drove the Earl of Warwickout of the realm, he took the earldom of Northumberland from Lord Montagu, and restored it (25 March at York) to Percy, who had accompanied him throughout the campaign. The new earl also superseded his disgraced rival in the wardenship of the east march towards Scotland, which had usually been held by the head of his house. This he lost again in the autumn, when the Nevilles restored Henry VI, and though Northumberland made no open resistance to the change of government, and could not very well be deprived of his newly recovered title, the Lancastrian traditions of his family did not blind him to the fact that for him it was a change for the worse.

On landing in Yorkshire in the following spring, Edward is said to have exhibited letters, under Northumberland’s seal, inviting him to return; and though he ‘sat still’ and did not join Edward, his neutrality was afterwards excused, as due to the difficulty of getting his Lancastrian followers to fight for York, and was held to have rendered ‘notable good service’ to the cause by preventing Montagu from rousing Yorkshire against the small Yorkist force. Twelve days after the battle of Barnet, Northumberland was created chief justice of the royal forests north of Trent by the triumphant Edward, and, after Tewkesbury, he was made constable of Bamborough Castle (5 June) and warden of the east and middle marches (24 June).

In the parliament of August 1472, the first held by Edward since his restoration of the earldom to Percy, the attainder of 1461 was formally abrogated. Shortly after the opening of the session Northumberland was appointed chief commissioner to treat with the Scots. Two years later he entered the order of the Garter, and was made sheriff of Northumberland for life. In 1475 he was given a colleague in his wardenship, in order that he might accompany the king in his expedition to France, and his presence is noted by Commines at the interview between Louis XIand Edward at Pecquigny. He led the van in the Duke of Gloucester‘s invasion of Scotland in June 1482, and Berwick, then recovered, was entrusted to his keeping.

Richard of Gloucester, when he assumed the protectorship, was careful to conciliate Northumberland by renewing his command as warden of the marches and captain of Berwick. A few weeks later the earl had no scruples in recognising Richard as king, and bore the pointless sword, curtana, the emblem of royal mercy, before him in the coronation procession. The office of great chamberlain of England, which the Duke of Buckingham forfeited by rebellion in October, was bestowed upon Northumberland (30 Nov. 1483), together with the lordship of Holderness, which had long belonged to the Staffords, and formed a desirable addition to the Percy possessions in Yorkshire. Richard gave him many offices of profit, and lands valued at nearly a thousand a year. Parliament restored to him all the lands forfeited by the Percy rebellions under Henry IV and not yet recovered.

Next to the Duke of Norfolk‘s, Richard bid highest for Northumberland’s loyalty. But he was not more ready to sink or swim with Richard than he had been with Edward. Some months before he landed in England, Henry of Richmond had entertained a suggestion that he should marry a sister-in-law of Northumberland. When the crisis arrived the earl obeyed Richard’s summons, and was at Bosworth, apparently in command of the right wing, but his troops never came into action; and, if Polydore [Vergil] may be believed, he would have gone over early in the battle had Richard not placed a close watch upon him.

Northumberland was taken prisoner by the victor, but at once received into favour and soon restored to all his offices in the north, and employed in negotiations with Scotland. In the spring of 1489 he was called upon to deal with the resistance of the Yorkshiremen to the tenth of incomes demanded for the Breton war. On 10 April he was appointed commissioner, with the archbishop of York and others, to investigate and punish the disturbances in York at the election of mayor in the previous February. Towards the end of the month he was alarmed by the attitude of the people in the vicinity of his manor of Topcliffe, near Thirsk, and on Saturday, 24 April, wrote to Sir Robert Plumpton from Seamer, close to Scarborough, ordering him to secretly bring as many armed men as he could to Thirsk by the following Monday. On Wednesday, 28 April, having gathered a force estimated at eight hundred men, he came into conflict with the commons, whose ringleader was one John a Chamber, near Thirsk, at a place variously called Cockledge or Blackmoor Edge, and was slain at the first onset. It was at first reported that he had gone out unarmed to appease the rebels. Some affirmed that over and above the immediate cause of collision the commons had not forgiven him for his conduct to Richard, who had been very popular in Yorkshire. Bernard Andreas wrote a Latin ode of twelve stanzas on his death, and Skelton wrote an elegy in English. He was buried in the Percy chantry, on the north side of the lady-chapel of Beverley Minster, where his tomb, from which the effigy has disappeared, may still be seen.

By his wife, Maud Herbert, daughter of William Herbert, first earl of Pembroke of the second creation, whom he married about 1476, he left four sons —Henry Algernon (1478-1527), his successor in the earldom; Sir William Percy; Alan; and Josceline, founder of the family of Percy of Beverley — and three daughters: Eleanor, wife of Edward Stafford, duke of Buckingham(beheaded in 1521); Anne, married (1511) to William Fitzalan, earl of Arundel (1483-1544); and Elizabeth, who died young.


 

Source:

Tait, James. “Henry Percy, Fourth Earl of Northumberland.”
The Dictionary of National Biography. Vol XLIV. Sidney Lee, Ed.
New York: Macmillan and Co., 1895. 408-409.

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Alphabet Fun

“New friends may be poems, but old friends are alphabets. Don’t forget the alphabets because you will need them to read the poems.” William Shakespeare

When my children were young every week we worked on a different letter of the week. The letter would be the focus for all our subjects. Cooking, Crafts, Botany, Zoology, Arts, Language and Fun were all center around one letter for each week. I started making plans for 3 years, so this would give us flexibility and would allow each week to be different.

Here is the alphabet cookie cutters we used…   These are stainless steel, and can be used for cooking and crafts. A great pleasure is they come in a canister, and then you can put them away! I love that!

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Give Us The Gold

“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination” Michael Phelps

We have been giving everything we have to the winery. San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery has not even been known to the people of the county of San Luis Obispo. We have attended events, entered contests, given blood sweat and tears to every single day.

We finally got a little pay off from this journey when we entered the Los Angles International Wine Competition. We got 2 gold medals!! We scored a 95 out of 100 points, and Best in Class. Our Cabernet Sauvignon has been described as velvety smooth, fruit forward with dusty tannins.

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