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solar panels in reverie retreat

Power – or lack thereof

Like millions of other people in Northern California, we have experienced several power outages in the past few weeks. But unlike most of the customers, we have not had power for a total of 10 days in October – that is 1/3 of the month! We do have a portable back-up generator, which we installed …

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a couple of influencers hugging each other in the hut tub in the middle of the woods

Influencers

“I just found this pool in the middle of the woods.” – Vivian V, Instagram Influencer with 500,000 followers. We could not have imagined, when we built our pool, how much of an Instagram magnet it would become.  People book with us just because they want to take photos at the pool and share them …

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a mother duck sitting on the nest with her new baby ducks

Easter drama

Every spring we have watched a pair of Canada geese occupy their nest on top of our potting shed, protecting the eggs they’ve laid there and eyeing us suspiciously for weeks as we walk to and fro nearby.  Yet every year they have departed without succeeding in their quest for a family.  Something always seems …

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outdoors pool in the middle of the woods

Odds and Ends

It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a blog and there is a lot to report. First of all, our pool is finally finished. It is beautiful, but goodness, dealing with the pool contractors for the past five months was a total pain in the ***. I recently heard someone compare pool contractors to …

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‘Tis the Season

You would think that owning 32 acres in the forest would mean we would never need to buy a Christmas tree. That’s certainly what we thought when we moved up here.  And the first few years Ramon did cut down smallish cedar trees and bring them inside to stand in for our tree.  They made …

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Milestone

Five years.  That’s how long ago we purchased the property for Reverie Retreat.  If you had told us in 2012 how complicated it would be, and how long it would take, we most likely wouldn’t have done it.  It’s probably best that we didn’t know. And yet, here we are, five years later, and things …

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Progress!

  We are finally starting to make progress on Reverie’s project development. We finalized the Wildfire Prevention Plan, which had to be done before we could move forward on anything else. Preparing this plan required hiring a Registered Forester to prepare a draft plan that could pass muster with two different fire agencies: the local …

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Clean Water

As some of you know and have seen we are fortunate to have a lot of water on our property.One of the best things is the “irrigation ditch” in which we have the rubber ducky race.   But when we are not duck racing we use the ditch water for irrigating our fruit trees, vegetables …

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Our first new employee

    A few weeks ago Otto, our Chief of Vermin Control, had yet another stroke from which he miraculously seems to have recovered after being on death’s doorstep for a week. This is not only really hard since he is a beloved member of our family but it also laid bare a business problem …

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Building a bathroom 2

You might remember that after I finished building our Yome I wanted to build a bathroom (outhouse) behind it so that anyone staying in the yome has some additional comforts. I also mentioned that due to the bark beetle infestation many of our big trees have died, but since our neighbor now has a sawmill …

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