Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


Report from the field…

I am happy to report that despite the drought, the grape vines in Healdsburg are in good shape…


At Preston Winery and Farm Stand, all is well…

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and I learned that Butterfly Bush flowers make a lovely addition to a flower arrangement. Who knew?


The winery cats are good-looking and do not like to move. (This may be the biggest cat I have ever seen.)

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Over at the Pedroncelli Winery vines are climbing into the sky…

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The really good news is that the peach stand is open earlier than ever (and the peaches are fabulous).

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So get up there and remember as you drive that one side is the passing sideĀ  and the other is the sui-side…


When I got home I took the armload of clarkia flowers that I got for $5.00 at a roadside stand and added a few of my own Butterfly Bush flowers. Nice!


and my Butterfly Bush just keeps on attracting butterflies…and the flowers are going to be brought inside for good use.


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Recently we drove to Preston winery and farm stand so we could have lunch in Healdsburg and pick up peaches at Dry Creek Peach and Produce. Here are some images along the way. Lots of dried, aged, and organic things, processed by Snapseed app.









Just to prove, it’s not easy being pink with polka dots. Takes a lot of hard work and naps to get you through…


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iPhone Photo Friday…

Lovely summer’s day for a quick trip to Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Peach and Produce stand. Came home with two flats to eat, turn into jam, eat, and let juice dribble down my chin.
Here are some shots I found interesting. Mostly using the native camera of the iPhone and final processing with the Snapseed app on the iPad.






Starting August 1, I will be participating in Susannah Conway’s August Break. A Photo each day, few or no words. Should be fun, it was last year. Read about it here.

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iphone Photo Friday…

Mondrian cake, SFMOMA, June 20, 2010

Taken with the camera in the iphone and then processed with TiltShiftGenerator. Last image also uses layers with DXP (copper finish of a mailbox, window in San Francisco that has the word artisan on it, a doll in a winery in Healdsberg) and LoMob filter.

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Last Sunday’s day-trip had terrific, clear weather and the theme of the day was organic and sustainable, even though we had to drive in a car to get there. We were off to have some fun. First needing to eat, the choice this time was Barndiva Restaurant. The space of this restaurant is very intriguing because of the care with craftsmanship and the sparks of art. We have only been here early in the day, but it seems like light must have been part of the architect’s plan. Do architects know what the light is actually going to do before they build the building, or is it a surprise for them, too?

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it seems very plain, but then you start looking at the details


This is one of my favorite rock walls of all time, with thyme and native grasses

Gottta admit, white roses at the base of the entrance sign are a nice touch:IMG_7007

Light is really a feature in this room, along with art and the sense that a craftsman has been there before you. Handmade vases with toyan and wild roses on each table


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the strange shapes are on window sills behind my head. They are being reflected in frosted glass panels in front of me. Behind the glass panels is faintly seen wine storage. A cool visual feast.


Glass sculptures which are light fixtures on window sills


The logo of the restaurant inlaid in wood on each corner of the table.

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and food:The Reuben omelette bit the dust, but my heart was palpitating because of the handmade plates.

Then we walked up to the plaza of Healdsburg in order to stop in the fabric store (definitely not a version of Joann’s) and the bookstore (best selection of magazines ever.) The planners of this town were so smart to put a center park in the middle of it (and then to preserve it for more than 100 years). Then drove toward Geyserville to Quivira which has developed a garden to supply restaurants around Healdsburg with organic produce..

We had to check up on their chickens, raised beds, water features, and garden art.

Some people may look at this chicken as a dinner or an egg producer, I want to make it into a fabric design, hmmm…

Some are required to work when they go on day trips. Don’t cha know the jacket would definitely not be touched. This lovely pet did a regal job of protection. Terry picked up some Steelhead Red, a zin, from this winery. It is named for the restoration of their creek. So a toast to the fishes!

Then on to the best winery ever, Preston of Dry Creek. Organic wine, farm stand, olive oil, fresh-bakesd bread, olives, and nice people;

Sundays you can pick up some Guadagni jug wine.

Some who work, must rest during the day, since their organic rodent abatement lasts all night.An image, through the olive trees out to the grape vines at Preston. And it was a lovely day…one last picture inside the restaurant: