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Three Day Weekend

We are off on our last road trip before Fall arrives to visit family in Spokane, Washington. Although a lot of the six-hour drive is pretty desolate, there is some amazing scenery through the Columbia River Gorge past Multnomah Falls and steep forested cliffs. I’ll try to take some pictures to share along the way. Hope all of you have a safe and fun three-day weekend!

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As I start my work week in a trendy converted warehouse office and sit down at my dual-screen computer, this is the usual morning greeting I see waiting for me in my inbox from a colleague on the other side of the world in India. Somehow the years of British colonization and translation from Hindi to English makes this an awkwardly formal yet endearing title for an email. The background on my desktop is a beautiful grassy vista of rolling hills and trees. This and the few potted indoor plants on my desk will most likely be my only connection to nature until next weekend. Most days, no matter how sunny, appear to be grey and rainy through my 2nd floor office windows with a view to the loading dock across the street. Add in the seemingly never-ending blast of cold from the air conditioner above and even on a 90 degree day I’m wearing my winter jacket!

Long weeks in this office, commuting from my high-rise apartment with hundreds of others on a smelly streetcar, make the weekends I spend in Dundee wine country seem like heaven. The rolling hills of pinot noir grape vines ripe with fruit seem to cascade like a roller-coaster into forever. Here in this paradise of Oregon countryside, it’s easy to forget the stresses of my work week, breathe in the crisp clean air, and sit down to enjoy a conversation with friends.

Dressed in gingham plaid with a glass of Oregon’s most delicious wine, I’m here to share with you the tools and products essential to a simple, stylish country lifestyle. Like a General Store in a small town, this is the place to find suggestions for anything and everything you need including clothing, dishes, art, furniture, plants, and of course food & wine! Together we can let go of our city life stresses and depart to a viticultural paradise just a few miles away!

Stay tuned for my first official post on an essential to any gardener or farmer in the country, the classic Hunter wellington boots.

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