Archive for March, 2007

Artist Friend

Monday, March 12th, 2007


I have this artist friend, Gary Dinnen, and he always has something interesting to show me. We were over at his storage area, near his art studio, and as he rummaged around to find a painting he wanted to show me, I spotted this little jewel. Must be getting ready for shipping.

La dolce vita

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

I always liked this property, which is between The Apple Farm and Navarro Vineyards.

150 acres and a mile of river front for sale at $12,900,000.

Without counting the improvements, I can remember when one would have had trouble getting $100,000 for a piece of land like this.

It takes a lot to live in one of the last unspoiled places in America.

Overheard Recently

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

“My dad said if he makes it to 70 he’s going to start smoking again.”


Mountain Lion

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


There is a mountain lion that is wandering around my house lately. I see his fresh tracks daily. I am going to be giving him the “get out of Dodge” signal real soon.

Has anyone else seen one around Boonville?

Remembering Don

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


I was very sorry to learn of the death of Don McMath as reported by Bruce Patterson in the AVA. I met Don when he surveyed my property in 1990, but lost track of him until about a year ago.

One day recently Don sat down beside me in downtown Boonville and said, “Do you still work in the movie business?”

“Just a few private clients now”, I said, “How do I know you?”

When he reminded me that he did my survey I remembered how impressed I had been with him. (more…)

Stanford University

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


This is the bookstore on the Standford University campus. If you haven’t been, you should make the journey, it is worth it.


You can also walk the quad.


And stop for lunch at this cafe in the Stanford Museum

A Place To Park

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


Here is another example of a fine dirt road.

Recently I helped chain off a dirt road near me. I hated to do it but kids were parking to drink beer and creating a mess.

The reason I hated to do it was because we used to search diligently for places we could park with our girlfriends and felt the loss of any one of them deeply.

I remember that Russ Clow shared a beauty with me but I can’t find it anymore. It was somewhere near the Boonville end of the Grange Hall Stretch.

Thanks Russ, where ever you are.


Dr. Pierce’s Medical Discovery

Saturday, March 10th, 2007


We all know this barn on the edge of Highway 101 near Alexander Valley. Anyone know what the owner is doing will all that rock he is adding to his buildings?


Saturday, March 10th, 2007


This used to be part of the old Rawles Ranch. It is also called The Peachland. Seems they tried to grow peaches up here long ago and the local wags remarked, “Peachwood more likely”.

So the Boontling name is Peachwood, which I much prefer.

Late Yesterday

Saturday, March 10th, 2007


Late yesterday I lit a fire and just watched the sun on the bay.