The Way California Does Breakfast

All these food posts are, to me, the perfect way to start the day. Having been re-reading my Ottolenghi cookbooks, I was inspired. Hence these little pots with a scoop of avocado, a few chorizo slices, baby asparagus and a runny boiled egg … drizzled with Persian lime olive oil.   And a Baked Potato…

The River Flows Through Us

After a Saturday walk through at the Francis House, Richard and I went to Calistoga Inn for lunch and passed by the Sharpsteen Museum to see the impressive cookie jar collection of a local resident. Richard’s curiosity found us meandering behind the Sharpsteen trying to find an alternate route back to the Francis House and…

Watching the Windows Come to Life

Not everyday in construction is fun. But collaborating with very talented artisans and craftsman in Napa, like Dennis Douglas here, takes some anxiety off our backs. Rebuilding these dormer windows are complicated: they are all handmade. We would love them to be installed soon so the roof work can commence.          …

Like a Vermeer Painting

Esteemed Napa Photographer Adrian Gregorutti shared some of the photographs he took of The Francis House in June 2008 :¬†Eight years before we gutted and demolished the interiors of the building. The photographer’s grasp of the place show the time -worn building which teems with contrasting shadow and light: like a Vermeer painting.    …