photos of “the farm”

A few photos:

One of the naughty donkeys (this is Spock):

terry and donkey

and here’s the vineyard.  (It doesn’t look like much now, but the grapevines are leafing out.) We’ve planted some varieties that are amenable to our climate including Traminette, Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, and a Muscat grape.  Plus a “reach” grape for us: Cabernet Franc.  I’ll let you know if they survive their first winter!


And my first season’s blueberries, picked from our own fields!


13 replies
  1. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Your ass is very cute, Tess. 😉 Tell me, when are the bookmarks going to be hot of the print?? Ohhh it’s so nice to have you back blogging!

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    yes, it is indeed optimistic! But there are two working vineyards in our area and they’ve been producing wines for several years now. Of course we can’t grow the really wonderful rich reds they can in California. But we can grow some decent whites here.

  3. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    One question. How did you get younger-looking? I guess working among the grapes has given you lasting beauty.

  4. koregonbeads
    koregonbeads says:

    We have a lot of muscat grapes here in Oregon in the valley. I remember Maine as a child, haven’t been back since I was 14…a looooooooong time ago 🙂 someday I will have to come back for a visit to Sleepytown in Wells, it’s where I grew up.

    My parents picked the Oregon coast because it reminded them of the Maine coast in many ways. Except for the snow part LOL

    I envy you the farm! and blueberries…yum!

    ok, off to enjoy more of your book…its to hot here today to torch…unless I want to melt making beads LOL

  5. therese
    therese says:

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing. On a recent author blog the topic was how rare it is for promo pictures to actually look like the author. Instead, you look just as great in the field as posing for a professional photographer.

    Congrats on the blueberries – many years and bountiful harvests to come.

  6. lucybomboosie
    lucybomboosie says:

    I luuuuuurve donkeys! Wonderfully stubborn creatures!

    We have the makings of a small vineyard here in our home in Herefordshire UK, albeit one vine. It’s doing well though! Not expecting a vintage anytime soon.

  7. maatlockk
    maatlockk says:

    hey, good to see that you’re blogging again!!!

    a whole container full of blueberries!!!! i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    missed you, tess!

  8. l.c.mccabe
    l.c.mccabe says:


    If you can believe it, the crush has already begun in Sonoma County. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for sparkling wines started being harvested on August 1st.

    The earliest since I’ve lived here. Usually it’s in mid-August.

    Anyway, I blogged about that the other day and included pictures of Fred Scherrer and his winery. We had the pleasure of going to an open house last weekend and did barrel tasting of his Zinfandel from last year’s harvest.

    I wish you well with your endeavors in viticulture.



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