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Building a Yome Home

Part yurt, part dome this “home” is more spacious and open without any fence-like latticework covering the walls and windows. We purchased a “do it yourself” kit which meant that we received the covering for the structure, the hardware (like bolts and nuts etc.) and “instructions” on how to build it. Before we received the …

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Real life scary story

Last Saturday was a nice break in between storms so I decided to clear some of the standing dead trees by going out and using my new chainsaw. By the end of the day I had cut down seven trees and it was time to call it a day and get back to the house …

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Reverie: Ghost Stories

    Ramon and I purchased the property that is now Reverie Retreat from the estate of Don and Phyllis Gernes.  When Don and Phyllis bought the property in the 1960s, the only building here was an old “miner’s cabin” and an outhouse.  Yet the property has a rich history of western settlement stemming from …

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3 Must-Visit Wineries in El Dorado wine country

Living in wine country is just as much fun as you would imagine.  It’s just a short jaunt to world-class wine tasting (and we take advantage of this often), there are wine-related events every weekend throughout the summer and fall, all of the restaurants in our region have great wine lists, and we are making …

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Family and Friends 2016

  We just had our friends and family weekend and it was as always a blast.     It was a packed weekend full of AMAZING food, great drinks and lots of good conversations, yet perhaps most important, the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet and the mountain air.       And then …

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Autumn Equinox at Reverie- A Visit with Oak

      The first time I visited Reverie and walked the property with Tamara and Ramon, I noticed her- a tall sentinel rooted near the lower boundary of the land.  I knew at once that this Oak was a very special tree, an elder among the native and planted trees that call Reverie home. …

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Things you learn when you move to the country

    One evening over dinner we started talking about how hard it would be to move back to the city if we would ever need to. The peace and quiet, the stunning view from just about anywhere and anytime on the property and being able to eat outside (lunch and dinner) on the deck …

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Summer explosion

This is the time of year when the garden is producing like crazy. It’s hard to keep up! I always want several varieties of each summer vegetable, but several varieties means several plants, and at this time of year, that can mean that our garden is producing way more than we can eat. And not …

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