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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 and other top flight destinations around the world.
Interests: Lifestyle writer and author of Fog Valley Crush, Fog Valley Winter and Big Green Country.
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REBUILDING TOGETHER PETALUMA'S SPRING VOLUNTEER WORKDAY APRIL 18th, 8:30 TO 3 PM. TO VOLUNTEER: REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.RTPETALUMA.ORG REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AS SOON AS IT IS FULL SO DON'T DELAY! photos: Frank Simpson/Rebuilding Together Petaluma Home is where the heart... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When I wrote my novel, Big Green Country's timeline with road trip action at the start of the book taking place during the month of February, I never imagined blue skies as bright and clear as the February day I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Here's something special for my writer friends here in Sonoma County and reader/writers elsewhere in the world. Who wouldn't love to find themselves in a writing class deep in the Tuscan countryside for a week, this fall? This wonderful retreat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Pleased to release a book trailer featuring yours truly reading from Chapter 22 (Maggie) of Big Green Country — my newly released novel. Thanks to trailer director/producer Rocco Rivetti for making this happen at the tail end of his busy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was fun to attend celebrations with winemakers and friends of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance in the ballroom at the Petaluma Hotel this week. There are so many terrific Pinot Noir wines and Chardonnays especially coming out of our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos via Pinterest One of the main and most important themes of my newly released contemporary suspense novel Big Green Country is that of raising awareness of the very real and present crisis that is human trafficking in Northern California,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tickets are now on sale for the country's premier cheese festival, the California Artisan Cheese Festival, March 27-29, 2020. This year’s weekend-long Festival takes place in and around the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa’s historic Flamingo Hotel, and at various... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos via Pinterest “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...” Alfred Lord Tennyson “Each age has deemed the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer.” - Sir Walter Scott “I hope... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos via Pinterest “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope “He who has not Christmas in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Are we ready to wrap up the holiday shopping? Yes, please, I know I am. No matter how streamlined and simple we try to keep things, if we've a lot of good people in our lives (which we all need)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There's something so nostalgic and reassuring about radio in this fast-paced, instant news era. I'll be back on air on our local community radio station Friday December 13th between 11am and noon talking with Inside Petaluma presenters Cindy, Jason and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Marigold Apothecary teas and herbal products are super great and I can't think of anyone on my list who wouldn't appreciate an all-natural herbal tea blend from this increasingly popular local purveyor. Marigold Apothecary has an easy-to-use online store... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Stuck for gift ideas? Who doesn't love a beautiful piece of original art? And these are small enough to squeeze into any ample art collection. I always look forward to the annual Small Works Holiday Art Show at Aqus Cafe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My goodness, what a fantastic day of festive cheer and entertainment and customer appreciation and incentives for the annual Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House in the historic boutique district of Petaluma this Saturday, December 7th, 2019. Thanks to Marie McCusker... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The much loved annual Letters to Santa mailbox is open at the Mail Depot on Fourth Street in Petaluma. Mail a letter with a return address by 12/20 and super Santa will respond in time for Christmas. For any readers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) is accepting donations of new items for its annual Holiday Free Store. Drop off gifts for COTS clients experiencing homelessness, and later this month, COTS clients will be invited to shop for free for their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Now that I'm coming up for air after getting my novel Big Green Country out into the big, wide world, I'll be posting a little more frequently here on Southern Sonoma Country Life and in the run up to Christmas,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This year, for the first time, Shannon Abbey of Southern Sonoma County's Studio Shannon is offering a more affordable option of her pet portraits. Just $200! And it is so easy to get started. Shannon celebrates and elevates the Art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rain is falling heavily over our beloved Sonoma County and neighboring regions. It's colder than usual for this time of year and nights close in early. Perfect timing for a gripping and gritty new novel. Big Green Country is published... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is." Ernest Hemingway Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Looking for somewhere you and your family can go after Thanksgiving? Explore the wineries along Taste Destination 128 for a day of family fun. Fifty % of all ticket sales will be donated to the United Way of Wine Country... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Big Green Country is now available to order! If you're in the States and you'd like a signed copy or multiple copies by me, the author, then please do order directly from me by clicking on the home page of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This December, Petaluma Shakespeare Company presents a Christmas musical animated story time, The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, a classic, heartwarming experience that brings more than a snowman to life for the whole family. Guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer and childlike... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm inordinately proud of my dear friend Suzanne Maggio as she celebrates her debut book launch this week. Her first book, The Cardinal's Club, A Daughter's Journey to Acceptance — published by Adelaide Books, is an extraordinarily vivid and riveting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life