August Outtakes: Just in time

My how time flies, I nearly forgot the August outtakes, too. Here are 10 of my favorite photos from the 8th month of 2018. »»Read Full Post

Happiness is being in a pollinator garden.

If you stand still in a garden of zinnias and other flowers frequented by hummingbirds, moths, butterflies and bees, it can be a joyful learning experience.  Years ago, I became acquainted with the Gulf Fritillary (Agaulis vanilla) butterfly after growing some passion vines to provide shade to the deck on »»Read Full Post

Why the First People oppose the tunnels

  One bad aspect of WaterFix I failed to fully appreciate is the impact the twin tunnels would have on the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Northern California. I knew they ate salmon via subsistence fishing, and that water diversions have drastically reduced their catch. But salmon are actually the nucleus »»Read Full Post

Air France Apologizes..

For the 15th  time. All of them read from a script and insincere. In my last blog I wrote about how my bike and I went to Europe but never got together. The Tarmac spent the trip in various airport luggage handling areas before being returned to Brumby Road 4 »»Read Full Post

Shenandoah Valley wineries, gold rush history make Sierra foothills the place to visit!

Our out-of-town guests Janet and Patricia sample wines at Karmere Winery's tasting room, done in French chateau style. Band entertains at Helwig Winery in the Shenandoah Valley. Fiddletown's Community Center features a giant fiddle over the doorway. The old Imperial Hotel in Amador City also boasts a fine restaurant. Old »»Read Full Post