Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The girls of RustRidge

Catherine likes trucks almost as much as horses

Catherine riding Rosie

Charlotte on Soda Pop
Sophie W at the pool

Sophie D with Holly and Lucy

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lucy is the newest addition to our family


Lucy is from a litter of seven born in Red Bluff, CA.
Here she is with her mom, who took her swimming every day!

This is her dad, looks kind of like.....me.

Swimming in the ranch pond is a daily activity with Lucy's family. Yes, Lucy is from a horse ranch, so she fit in immediately at RustRidge. She is a terrific swimmer.

Lucy already knows that this is where we like to sit outside the B&B.  All the guests are amused that we sit on the chairs. I don't know why.

This was Lucy's first walk in the vineyard. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Its hard to believe my babies are 5 years old today. Where did the time go?

Come visit your Mama and your brother. Bella came to visit yesterday, where are the rest of you:  Ridge, Bishop, Annie, Ambur, Scout, Gracie and Cali.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Who says we don't have working winery cats?

Pinot is answering the phone


Zin is supervising operations
And yawning orders

Thursday, January 23, 2014

sorry...I have been on vacation... since harvest


After harvest it is time to take a long nap.

Then go on vacation

Do some sightseeing

Come back to the ranch

Entertain guests

Then take a nap.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The end of the harvest!



The last bins of Cabernet Sauvignon arrive to be crushed
Oscar helps finish the picking of the Cabernet Sauvignon
Oscar and Miguel at the end of harvest fiesta barbecue
Wendi enjoying the end of harvest fiesta (with Oscar and Ramona in background)


The vines are changing color as the harvest comes to a close.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In Memory of Charlie: Our Chiles Valley Adventurer

Charlie was born in 2000 to Tosca and Buster. His father and his  grandfather Bo raised him during his first few years. Unfortunately Bo and Buster passed away in 2002 and 2003. Charlie had big shoes to fill. Perhaps he shouldered too much responsibility and that is why he took frequent breaks from the ranch.
He was a very loving dog that enjoyed being with our guests and even spending the night with them. Charlie began his life of wandering during a rain storm one winter about 7 or 8 years ago. He was scared by the thunder and lightning and ran up Chiles Valley Road and ended up at a neighbor's home about three miles away. The family fell in love with Charlie and soon he was sleeping on their bed. They didn't know where he came from, but they eventually found out and brought him back. A few days later he returned to their home.
 Over time he got to know all of our neighbors in Chiles Valley as well as all of the irrigation ponds and other watering holes. He loved Rustridge but he needed more room to roam. Neighbors would call and let us know he was visiting them and we would go pick him up. He enjoyed hanging out at their homes and visiting with them and their pets. Other times neighbors would see him running down the road and would bring him home.
Four years ago he wandered down the road and got picked up by a stranger. We finally got him back after 10 days of agony. He spent those ten days on Prichard Hill with a lovely view of Lake Hennessey.
He wore a collar with a name tag for years after that. The last time he wandered, (last winter) he ended up at the animal shelter (we had taken off his collar, because we thought his roaming days were over). After that he never wandered farther than the next ranch. Charlie was put to rest yesterday evening. He lived a wonderful and full life and enjoyed his final harvest with us. Charlie leaves behind Holly and nine children: Rusty, Ridge, Bishop, Bella, Annie, Scout, Ambur, Gracie and Cali.
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