Celebrating a Birthday at Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Today I want to tell you all about how I spent my 50th birthday, celebrating at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Russian River Valley, about a 30-minute drive from our home. My original birthday plans included a 17-day trip to France with my husband. But the fires began three days before our flight to Paris was to leave. Needless to say, we canceled our trip. By the time my actual birthday arrived, the fires were…

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Weekend in Healdsburg: Madrona Manor and Valette Restaurant

My husband and I both love travel whether it’s a local getaway or to faraway places. So when celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, we always choose to travel as our gift to each other. Bill’s birthday this summer was no exception. We decided we would stay in Wine Country but wanted try somewhere we haven’t yet experienced – somewhere quiet, with a great location and a beautiful pool. Madrona Manor in Healdsburg seemed like…

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Celebrating Four Years

On this day in 2010, I published my first blog post here, on what was then known by the two people who read it as “Un Peu de Tout”. Four years, a different name and 713 posts later, I am still surprised by my continued commitment to it, by my drive to make it the best I can, and by you all –  my supportive, kind, articulate and intelligent readers. I mulled over a few…

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