Hanging Out!

By Cynthia Brian “Delicious autumn!”  George Elliot The harvest of grapes, pears, figs, and apples is in full swing. My Ribier grape vine has twined its way into my crabapple tree and I now have a “grape tree” with succulent bunches hanging from branches. If we can keep the squirrels, rats,...

The Grape Escape

By Cynthia Brian “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” Louis Pasteur Wherever you travel in California, you’ll witness miles and miles of beautiful vineyards. Over 90% of all the wine made in America is produced in our golden state. The cultivation of Vitis vinefera...

Outside-Inside

“I went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir As summer draws to a close, it’s natural to want to grab the last rays of outdoor living. With temperatures in the three digits, however, unless we are splashing in a...

Dancing Naked Ladies...

“Those who danced were thought insane  by those who could not hear the music.” ~Unknown Can you hear the music? Or are you insane? Dancing in the breeze, Naked Ladies are South African natives in the Amaryllis belladonna family with bare, unadorned stems that turn their faces to the sunshine....

In Praise of Farmers...

“Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” Daniel Webster With so many luscious fruits and vegetables at their peak of perfection in August, the...

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