Therapy Thursday, Throwback Thursday

Rockridge, A District in Oakland

We lived in Rockridge, a district in Oakland, just two short years ago. We loved living in Oakland. I know, I know, people say that it is dangerous, and it is the ugly step sister of San Francisco. Oakland has some great restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Rockridge area is beautiful, in the hills, there are staircases that lead all around the hillside. Zachary’s Pizza is one of the best pizzeria”s in the country. One year it was part of the top ten in the country. Barney’s is one of the best burgers in California, I prefer the pesto chicken, but the rest of the family always ate the burgers. These are only two of the establishments that are on College Ave.

We often would walk from our house to College Avenue to shop at Rockridge Kids, or the antique shop. There are a couple of book stores that we would browse. I don’t recall ever going home without a book. We would stop every time at Market Hall, which is like an old fashioned market. There is a flower shop, bakery, fish market, butcher shop, and small market. The children were allowed to chose one cup cake before we walked back home.

Living in the city was a great experience for the children, walking to each of our destinations. We visited the zoo’s of the Bay Area every Friday, went to a park every Thursday. We are grateful for our experience of living in the city of Oakland. I know there are many people that love the city. Maybe someday it will get the respect that it deserves. Rockridge

Fountain of Youth, Happiness Project

One Year

I have been a country lady for a year now. How does it stack up to living in the city? Oh my gosh, I wouldn’t change a thing. It has been hurried at times and crazy. I just love going outside when it is quiet, and being thankful for the life I have. In this year we have purchased lots of property. We are now owners of 500 acres. We live on our forty acre plot of land that we have named Terreni D Oro Estate Farm, since the big ranch is Terreni D’ Oro we had to branch off the name. The farm has grown we have 5 chicken coops, a pond with 12 ducks, and 2 geese. We also have three worm bins of red wigglers. Three bee hives, and about 75 trees in our orchard. We have some trees that have not been added to the orchard as of yet. We want those to get a little stronger before they go in the field.

Diversity in agriculture is what we are striving for at Terreni D Oro Estate Farm. Soon, we are going to grow a crop of chamomile, and we will also have plant one of the fields in Lavender. We want to add goats and sheep to the mix. First, we have to find the right breed for our farm. Farm harmony is very important to us. This is why we have the bees, and the worms. We want to make sure that our farming practices are more like the farmers of days past.

I am in awe of Cicero, Thomas Jefferson, and early monk farmers. Being a diversity instead of a mono farmer we are allowing more beneficial insects, wildlife, and humans to prosper. The bee’s must have food throughout the year for their happiness. As we continue to learn more about how the old ways of farming were more beneficial to the environment we also learn that there are many crops that fit different areas better than others.

Being a farmer is something I enjoy, but it is hard work. Farming takes a lot of money to get off the ground. We are taking baby steps, and work other jobs to make ends meet. From the early morning hours, until sundown we are busy. The weekends, we play even more catch-up. Going through the orchard to make sure the trees are doing well, and se what trees have fruit. It will be a while before we have honey, but we will more than likely add more hives.

This time last year we left our house in the city for a life on the farm.




The New Chapter

The new chapter of our life has pages being added by the day. This week, I have been really busy with the property. We have had the record breaking cold here in our area. So, heaters have been checked, water checked, and then I also have a remodel underway as well.

In addition we have three birthdays, and Christmas to take care of too. This week we have furniture that is being delivered, so we have to organized more rooms. Which in turn means that I have more rooms that look like home, instead of boxes still waiting to find a place to call home.

Today we went to the gun show, yes guns. I love Barretta’s! I like to look for the antique ones, or the Ducks Unlimited shotgun. I like to target practice. We have a little range for practice.

We loaded up our chicken coop from Cal-Ag, in the back of our pick up truck. We unloaded it with the fork life. So, in the spring I will have some “subjects”. LOL! We are going to have a little chicken community and name our little community “Rockridge”, the area where we lived in the Bay Area.