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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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Michael's Honey From Thistle Meats Stocking stuffers unite. It doesn't have to be a last minute nightmare scramble to fill those floppy red socks. There have been Christmases past in which family members here on Rivetti Mountain have completely forgotten... Continue reading
Posted 3 minutes ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Just in time for Christmas, Fog Valley Crush illustrator extraordinaire and dear friend, Nicky Ovitt has released her latest Pride of Petaluma tea towel in gorgeous orange and mustard hues to brighten our rainy winter days. Though Nicky's textile work... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Umbrian cookbook author Suzanne Carreiro and photographer Murray Rockowitz invite you to join them on a one-of-a-kind Photography, Food & Wine Tour in September 2015. This is the only tour that we know of in Umbria lead by a master... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Oh What fun it is to ride on a four wheeled closed-top sleigh! Weather reports are looking good for a West Country foray out to Valley Ford on Friday, December 19th, for last of the pre-Christmas book signings for "Fog... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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via Pinterest “If it takes the entire army and navy to deliver a postal card in Chicago, that card will be delivered.” Grover Cleveland 'Tis the season and all and I've been spending more than my usual time allowance for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Dominic Rivetti Correct me if I'm wrong, but the abundance of these magnificent, orange-colored mushrooms on Rivetti Mountain this December appears to be a bounty of Bay Area Jack-O-Lantern Fungus, Omphalotus olivascens to be precise. According to the Bay... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for this lovely event out in Valley Ford. If you haven't yet visited the best little Mercantile and Wool Mill in the west (opposite the Valley Ford Hotel/Rocker Oysterfellers), Friday, December 19th is the perfect pre-Christmas time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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During the intense thunder and lightning storm in the area recently, Rebuilding Together Petaluma team was relieved to know that the elders in the 53 homes it was able to repair this past year were now safe, warm and dry.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Imagine an event not unlike being in studio at the Food Network: a high profile chef demonstrates his or her signature craft and you eat the food! Students at Homeward Bound of Marin are studio assistants in such that they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photographic portraiture is a collaborative art form, a blending of style and perception with the needs and expectations of the people to be portrayed. "Bringing forth the essence of a person is the ultimate challenge in photography," says Petaluma-based photographer,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of my staunchest supporters in my first foray into book publishing is the Redwood Cafe, Cotati (as well as sister cafe, Aqus, in Petaluma). The first stack of "Fog Valley Crush" to fly out into the world from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Several friends Stateside have boycotted Downtown Abbey in episodes since, but I'm still a fan, if nothing else for the much-needed dose of seasonal spirit, splendid outfits, stiff upper lip and sumptuous scenes from the old country! Bit of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Artist and weaver Karen Spratt's beautiful obession with tea cups, coffee and tea pots brightens up any space in this wintery time of year and none more so than in the current Holiday Art Show at my favorite Aqus Cafe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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McEvoy Ranch annual holiday open house is as good as it gets in this part of the world when it comes to ambiance, setting, olive studded hillside backdrop and convivial visitors and staff alike. Many thanks to the McEvoy team... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Come clean with Petaloofa Art Scrub, a clever, round soap with a loofa in the middle. A lovely little gift for stockings, office, friends and everyone on your list. For hostess, friends, office, stockings and YOU! Every bubble benefits the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Purchase $25 Adult Admissions through this Sunday, December 7th only! Adult ticket prices increase to $30 next week. Order tickets now and save! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Artists, musicians, writers, freelancers in the creative fields and lots of other people I know live without health insurance. The Petaluma Health Center is an extraordinary resource here in the south county. Don't miss this essential fast pass event for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” Erma Bombeck Same could be said of a holiday shopping refreshment stop at Free... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of the fascinating findings I've had since launching into print this Fall is the basic nuts and bolts of each book's journey into market. Now that almost all of the Kickstarter pre-orders are in hands, on bedside tables or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This Foxy/Festive Fundraiser for Petaluma's splendid little Arts Center Event from 7pm to 11pm, Saturday, December 6th, 2014. Food is free: pizza made on site, pasta, salad, desserts donated by local restaurants. Beer/Wine/Sodas for sale: Beer by HenHouse Brewing Co,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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McEvoy Ranch annual Holiday Open House is this Sunday, December 7th. I'm very honored to be signing books, al fresco against the foggy, scenic backdrop that truly is one of the most beautiful ag-enterprises featured in Fog Valley Crush. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Hot on the heels of yesterday's tea time post, here are two more sweet teas to consider attenting this holiday season in SoCo. I'm a fan of the marmalade-loving bear that made the top of the British box office this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Sonoma County's own Stephanie (photography), Jess (dolls), Nina (author) and Lulu and Pip their lovely selves for tea and storytime at Copperfield's Book Store in Healdsburg this Sunday, December 7th, at 11 am. My nieces (and their mummies) have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life