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Archive for August, 2011

In addition to the cast iron bathtub that we turned into a planter for horsetail ferns, we also found ourselves with a double concrete laundry sink. It spent a year overturned in the yard, creating shelter for black widows and centipedes, but I’ve always had my eye on it for a planter. This week I […]

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Our favorite route to Monte Rio from the Bay Area is out through Petaluma, Valley Ford, Freestone, and Occidental. It’s a gorgeous drive and when Friday night traffic’s heavy  it’s the first place you can jump off 101. More than a year ago, we stopped at a little store in Valley Ford called Gabby Girl […]

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“They’re writing songs of love, but not for me” is an old Gershwin song that’s been a hit for singers ranging from Judy Garland to Ella Fitzgerald to Chet Baker to Elvis Costello. I first heard it in the 1943 movie Girl Crazy, one of the zillions of old movies I watched late at night […]

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This is a quote from the poet G.K. Chesterton, which I’ve always loved because it is so improbable. It does not have much to do with this post – the poetry part, anyway – but this is about a cheese that’s worthy of poetry, and of a stop if you’re touring Sonoma County. St. George […]

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