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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American writer 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.
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photos Frank Simpson Renovations are underway and expected to continue through the summer months for the conversion of the old Cavanagh Center, former West Petaluma home to the Boys and Girls Club, into spiffy and spacious new digs for the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” Abraham Lincoln Thousands of revelers stepped... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Berkeleyside proudly announces the initial program and speaker line-up for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014. This October 24th -25th, 2014, Uncharted brings you together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A $4-million gift to the University of California, Santa Cruz has established an endowment to support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the nation's first hands-on training program for beginning organic farmers at a public university. The apprenticeship is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What a gorgeous evening for Timo's newest listing photos. And what a lovely home to catch more sunsets like this one. Click here for the website for this secluded hilltop reatreat in West Petaluma. This delightful home at 28 Halsey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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News that British actor Emma Watson has signed up with Warner Brothers to play the part of Sonoma County debut author Erika Johansen's fantasy adventure heroine, Kelsea, in the movie version of her brand new book, has catapulted The Queen... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This dashing lime green fire truck from Marin County's rural Hicks Valley station on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties, bolstered firefighters from Point Reyes Station for a pre-Fourth of-July roadside session with hose and blasts of water, teaching... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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From every mountain side Let Freedom ring. ~Samuel F. Smith, "America" My image of the quintessential Fourth of July is a curious mix of East Coast beachside celebrations and mid-west parades. Somehow the far western reach of the United States... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Have you been thinking of volunteering? Maybe you have found yourself with a few extra free hours here and there for the first time in your life. You might be a seasoned stepper-upper and know how good these acts of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Staycation out West this summer, plan a retreat or share with friends and family visiting the area - this gorgeous West Marin vacation rental offers a slice of Northern California ag heritage along with luxe comfort and scenic surrounds. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Kind Self-Healing Book is a 200-page self-esteem boost that contains 35 activities, tools for self-reflection, writing, and insights. Crowd sourcing for indie publishing is something I'm about to try myself, so I'm particularly keen to help a fellow author... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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American writer and literary critic, Alfred Kazin said that the "greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” A Jack London Book Discussion Group at Jack London State Historic Park, has been designed by and for people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There's a change of guard at The Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF). How great to be one of the first to report that long time Petaluman Maureen Highland (pictured above, seated) has been promoted from Developement Director to interim Executive Director,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Seventeen years ago, on June 28th 1997, Upstairs Art Gallery at 306 Center Street, in Healdsburg held its grand opening reception. At the time it was the only gallery in Sonoma County to be run by artists, a business model... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I thought of you, Frank and your penchant for a good piece of chocolate with red wine! Maker's Mark tops it off!
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"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Take a break from technology this summer. It's time for some outdoor fun. That's what PlugOut, a new Petaluma-based active lifestyle brand, is doing with its inuagural line of gear, accessible at www.plugouttoday.com. PlugOut offers eco-friendly t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tickets are available now for the best food and wine event celebrating the bounty of West Sonoma Coast. West of West Wine Festival is a weekend of winemaker dinners, unique seminars, a premiere tasting with acclaimed producers and a closing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The world's top soccer players are on parade this June and July in the sweltering heat on Brazil's home turf. It can't be denied, these sportsmen boast some of the most spectacular physiques in international sports. It's not surprising that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Kudos to Rivertown Revival folks for scoring a shoot with globe-trotting photographer Stephanie Rausser for this year's festival - July 19th, 2014. Petaluma looking out for its own. Awesomeness! Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Beat the crowds by booking out your calendar with tickets to kick off Labor Day Weekend – and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend -- at the spectacular Sonoma Starlight evening, Friday, August 29th, 2014 at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Enjoy an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Miigle - The Social Network for Innovators from Miigle on Vimeo. Miigle, a Los Angeles-based startup that aims to make entrepreneurship more accessible to the world, not just those with connections in Silicon Valley has launched an exciting new platform... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer's gradual arrival here in California is a slow and steady affair and one we take for granted. But for Danish American communities, the idea of summer season remains a warm and welcoming concept worthy of the merriest of celebratory... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life