Current Events: Burned-Up Former Home in the News

Photo above or at left: The yellow popcorn rose at the front corner of our former house. Before the Nunn Fire came to our current home, our former home burned in the Partrick Fire. We found this out by checking with our old neighbors (who live in the “Fairview” house I wrote about here). Our…

Current Events: Losing the “Mother Tree”

Photo above or at left: The “Mother Tree” amid periwinkle vinca blooms last spring. We have a bit of survivor’s guilt about the Nunn Fire because we were very lucky in that our home did not burn, and so the loss of one tree should not be that much. But this laurel (aka: bay, pepperwood)…

Current Events: In the Hills After the Fire

SUBSCRIBERS: Please click on the article headline above to go straight to the website for much better views of the images. Photo at top or at left: a fern sprouts from its roots in the middle of once was a manzanita thicket near Maggie’s Peak. More Nunn Fire Images: Here is a few images and…

Current Events: The Nunn Fire arrives

Photo above or at left is of what turned out to be the early stages of the Nunn Fire. Every bit of land and vegetation visible in this photo is now burned. Here are four short videos that show what we saw when the Nunn Fire arrived at our house around 1 p.m. on October…

Snippet: Harvard Regrets

​It long pained Rudolph Jordan Jr. that he had not been able to continue past his freshman year at Harvard University. Harvard listed its classes by the date students began attending the university, rather than by the date they graduated, so even though he had had to quit after one year, Jordan was still considered…

A Hilltop Home called “Fairview”

Even though the property is well above Browns Valley proper, “Fairview” was popularly considered to be part of it. Oscar and Adeline became fixtures in the Browns Valley agriculture community.

Snippet: How we know the adobe bunkhouse was on the Padre Trail

The destination of the Padre Trail from Sonoma for the ranchos was the adobe “bunkhouse” and ranch headquarters for Rancho de Napa and Salvador Vallejo. Above is an image, taken in 1887, from the front, from the east side, looking up at the adobe to show us what it looked like.