July 7, 2015

Visiting a Beautiful Home on the Mediterranean

It’s always nice when a business trip far from home can include a visit with friends.

During my trip to Italy last month, I was invited for dinner at the new home of yacht designer, Espen Oeino, and his lovely wife, Sabrina. They live just over the border of Italy on the Riviera, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Espen’s prestigious yacht design company bearing his name, specializes in naval architecture and engineering to design some of today’s most well-known large custom motor yachts. Espen Oeino International is located in Monaco, but holds international acclaim with multi-national employees and clients from Asia, the Far East, Russia, the US and Central America. Sabrina is also a designer, and owns a home furnishings company called Sabrina Monte-Carlo, with stores in Monte-Carlo, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, and Menton. She designs a lot of the furnishings for the super yachts Espen creates. And together, they tailored their home using many of the design influences from those same vessels.

I took the following photos to share with you - enjoy…

July 6, 2015

Summer Flowers Are Blooming at the Farm

The summer flowers are thriving in my cutting garden this year.

As you may recall, I switched my vegetable garden with my flower cutting garden a few years ago after an infestation of mole crickets decimated the vegetable crops. Since the change, both gardens have been doing exceptionally well.

This year, I ordered a large number of flowering plants to develop the new space. One of my favorite sources is Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, California. At Annie’s, they grow all of their plants on-site, without any harmful chemicals, or unnatural sprays. Some of the flowers have already bloomed beautifully in the garden, so I took a few photos to share with you - enjoy them.

July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July Weekend and Happy Harvesting

Here at my farm, it's just about time to start harvesting those small, fragrant, and refreshingly sweet raspberries - one of the most popular berries in the United States.

I grow red, black and golden raspberries, and the right time for picking is early summer when the fruits are vivid in color, and ready to fall off their stems. Although they are best eaten raw, raspberries are used in a variety of ways - as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies and tarts, or juices and herbal teas.

What are you making with your berries this holiday? Please let me know in the comments. And, please have a very safe and joyful Independence Day weekend.