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Archive for December, 2011

This is my new favorite plant.   It is Tagetes lemmonii, commonly known as the Mexican Bush Marigold. I love it because it is so unlike me, with many qualities I aspire to but don’t necessarily achieve.  One of these is endless optimism.  This one went into the ground at the end of the summer […]

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Ever since we bought the Schoolhouse we’ve been collecting little bits of information. We know it was built in 1890. We know it was decommissioned in 1942, when the first private owner bought it. We wondered why it was built up on a hillside when the town (such as it is) is down below, but […]

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Lighting rules in California are pretty draconian. In shorthand, they suck. These are the lights we had to install in the kitchen to meet building codes and get our permits signed off. They are hideous, and we knew that when we bought them. But there are very few pendant lights that meet the code requirement […]

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