So far the winter in West Sonoma County has been a bit on the dry side with no major storms. In spite of this a tree still fell down and missed the phone line by a few feet. If you aren't handy with a chain saw in these parts life can be very difficult indeed! The hills are green, the creeks are full, and the house is quite cozy these days. I mentioned in my last blog that Barley and Hops Tavern is a new venue in Occidental worth your attention. They have a great beer pub with an excellent selection of off beat local beers like Hen House IPA and the Russian River Pliney. The menu is solid casual Americana and the atmosphere is superb. So if this sounds like something you might like, check it out!!