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Happy New Year – and an update on Vada.

On November 19th I wrote about the shooting of Vada Vasquez in the South Bronx. For those who read this entry, please note that our daughter reports that she made a great recovery and was home for the holidays. I apologize for not writing for the past couple of months and especially for not letting…

The Weather

Pier at Matlock at Dusk Matlock – It is cooler here this summer than any in recent memory. Unlike last summer, the mosquitoes aren’t instantly dehydrated in the sun – too bad for us; good for them. There were no mosquitoes this winter in Mendocino. But there was heat. Some afternoons the temperature in the…

Travelling and Robin Anomalies

Ironically, we go home to go on vacation – we have a “rustic” cottage which hasn’t changed much in 103 years, with the last remodeling nearly 40 years ago. For being our only home – in California we live literally in the business – the cottage is not suitable for cold weather – there’s no…

Life Goes On…..

We have had a series of small miracles. It is so beautiful here, the depths of greens the thousands of blooming plants – the shapes and textures. The joy of animals running through the grounds, of birds circling over the gardens and of our guests who find themselves surrounded in beauty. All of this is…

Cardy 1974-2009

Cardy died last Thursday, She was surrounded by those who loved her: Dana, Skye and Ryan caressed her while Mark, Barney, Mark’s dog, and I watched. Mark, his wife and dogs are regular guests and had returned to the Inn the night before. Mark has always felt a special connection with Cardy and happened to…

Rescued Horses and the Miracle of Human Attention

Last week Cardy, our rescued 35 year old New Zealand trotter, began slowly spinning in a meandering pattern in her paddock. Her movement reminded me of the teacups in Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” ride. When Cardy was still, which wasn’t often, her hip was not over her stifles, but shifted to the left –…

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A Question of Sustainability

An association to which we belong, Johansens, wrote to ask if we qualified for being considered “green.” The writer knew we did, however was following protocol. She provided a list of eight activities/policies. Any three of the activities/policies would assure that we are green. We are doing all eight, plus substantially more. The inn and…

Inn’s Kate Frey Wins Gold for Fetzer Vineyards

This spring, master gardener Kate Frey took a six week leave of absence from the Inn to create Fetzer Winery’s sustainable wildflower garden at London’s annual Chelsea Garden Show. She was awarded gold! Until last year when Fetzer Winery’s owners closed it, Kate ran Fetzer’s Valley Oak Gardens. Kate is also a superior garden designer…

Violence, Mouse Abuse and VH1 – MTV

This morning, some of our staff turned on VH1 for background music. I walked in when Criss Angel was introducing Ozzy Osbourne during the Rock Honors Awards show. He carried a small terrarium with a white mouse exploring his plastic house. Angel reached in grabbed the mouse, put it to his mouth and bit the…

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