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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — releasing Aug 2016.
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Bookal is a free iOS app launching this fall, born and based in Petaluma. Bookal is a home for book lovers - a social network where readers can connect and share and an easy to use hyperlocal peer-to-peer marketplace. Everything... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Fork, at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is one of my favorite foodie venues in Fog Valley, perched on the edge of the world, overlooking Tomales Bay. Fall farm tours, dinners and exclusive classes have just been announced. Jump... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Back House Gallery and Heebe Jeebe Present: "The Self Portrait Show" "...as you see your self, or your mom sees you, or maybe as your dog sees you " Art accepted through Aug 11th. Always an interesting collection of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This week I sat down with fellow Brit, Stephen Hamilton, Development Director of Petaluma Shakespeare Company, over coffee at Aqus Cafe. Stephen's stellar and extensive background with San Francisco's fabulous Shakespeare Festival makes me happy to hear that he and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This rare mid-century modern, fully remodeled, four-bed, four-bath contemporary ranch in-town in West Petaluma is on the market at 620 Sunnyslope Avenue and open for viewing Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. Highly sought after homes like this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Top pick for Petaluma, Southern Sonoma County and West Marin friends — Marin French Cheese second Summer Picnic Party, Sunday August 21st is the best value in the region for an outstanding taste of place, with live music and picnic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.” Jane Austen's Emma My sister, Lindsey and I were still scratching our heads at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste it's fragrance on the desert air." Jane Austen, Emma Visiting Jane Austen's House Museum — Chawton Cottage, in the Hampshire countryside, with my sister, Lindsey will be forever etched... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This year’s 2016 Petaluma Educational Foundation fundraising gala BASH, supporting the mission of PEF guarantees another legendary night of dancing, dining and auctions benefiting all 38 K-12 public, not-for-profit and charter schools in the Petaluma area. On September 10th, guests... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My summer 2016 visit to the UK came a couple of weeks after my 50th birthday. My London-based, youngest sister, Lindsey, celebrated her 40th birthday seven months earlier. A posh tea in town was top of our list of several... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of my favorite quotes about England, gleaned from my recent visit, this summer, came from the venerable writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, Kim and multiple other classics. For Kipling, the early motor car was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, local producer of California’s most awarded sparkling wines is searching for the tastiest appetizer recipe in the country to pair with its Sonoma Brut. Budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Time for a post after a hiatus as I traveled over the Pond to visit family in the UK immediately post Brexit. I'm still processing the experience after talking (mostly listening) to so many people with so many different takes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Marin French Cheese Company, the iconic California producer of Brie, Camembert and original French-style cheeses, today announces its second annual Summer Picnic Party on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 11am - 3 pm, on the idyllic grounds surrounding the creamery,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sausalito-based wildlife tour expert Wild Planet Adventures underscores that when you travel abroad to encounter Earth’s most exotic wild creatures is as important as the destination itself. Backed by over 25 years of experience, Wild Planet Adventures incorporates their destination-specific... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Via Pinterest Despite all of the recent upheaval, I am headed over the pond, for my annual visit to spend time with family in England and to be on home turf when Dom, my youngest of three sons makes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I gave up my right to vote in the UK after permanently settling in the States, Murray. I do vote here in the US, though, for sure. I've been fascinated by reporting throughout Europe on learning the broader implications of this week's referendum.
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Photo: Tony Ray-Jones © Royal Photographic Society/ National Media Museum If my native Britain votes to leave the European Union on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, I doubt that the present, pressing, humanitarian demands on this lovely little island will cease... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer season is a busy time in Sonoma County and during the whirl of warm weather gatherings, I caught up with my good friend Emma of Emma Gardner Designs who lives and breathes (aside from being a favorite friend to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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IceHouse Gallery Presents Past Tense, Present Tense - Paintings by Jack Stuppin July 16 through August 22, 2016 Reception for the artist Saturday, July 23rd 5:00 to 8:00pm IceHouse Gallery 405 East D St. Studio B Petaluma, CA 94952 The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life