View from office windows
So You Want to Live in the Country?
Lots of things happened since 7/11/2001
after I moved in..
Finally the road is paved and it is
wonderful to be able to drive on
a nice paved road instead of the
dusty and sometimes muddy
And oh Guess WHAT ???
I discovered all these wonderful country living
benefits and uh........
Living in The Paradise Tri_valley Wine Country..
Oh, I also discovered Noises POLLUTION!!!!!
1) Cannon gunshots in one of the vineyards.
During the late summer when the grapes are riping
and ready for the birds to pick ... well, some vineyard
owners have to have some kind of devices to
protect their grapevines!!!!!
TO scare the birds away they have a device that
creates the shooting sound every 5 minute apart.
This bother me so much that I placed a call
to the city, who directed me to call the county.
These are the responses I received mainly from
my calls to the county sheriff's office.
"There is noting you can do about it."
"They are allowed to start at 7am to 10pm at night"
"If they starts before 7am, you should go over
and talk to them and tell them about it"
"They will be picking soon - the noises
should stop afterwhich, then!"
"I live in the winecountry too and yes, I hear
those booming noises"
(YEAH really, but you are at the office all day and
you don't get home until after they finish the
I also have an uneasy feeling about
pesticide spraying of the surrounding
vineyards to eradicate the Pierce's
The disease caused an estimate of
about $40 million in damage of vineyards
in California and about $14 million in
damage to this area vineyards.
2) Neighbors' dogs barking incessantly in
the middle of the night...
(Well, a trade off - instead of the car
& truck traffic and police and fire
engine siren noises WAILING....)
3) There's a Chicken who loves to
get up and does his cock-a-doo-dee-doo at
4am in the morning... seriously.... lol...
5) Small airplanes and helicopters
flying all over the sky above our house.
(The French Valley airport is 15 miles
6) A Dare-Devil lady practices her
airplane flying stunt!
Top Gun lady loves to fly her
little airplane practicing stunt flying over
the ranch and her show is on almost
She disappeared for a while after Sept. 11 but
in the end of October she started again.
ANNOYING and the STUNTS look scarey for me!!!
First she fly up in the air, makes a U and then
she does the free-falling all the way down..
and swooshes up again......
5) Motor-cycles riders on offroads & dirt hills
this is noise pollution as well as endangered
to the enronvironmental and endangered species
that lives in the fields.
6) Grapes picking machines and trucks during
the night and early morning hours.
7) Dust from surrounding hills and dirt roads.
8) People living in mobile homes with unsightly
junks in their yards.
As well as inconsiderate people from the city
who drove out here and dumped junks in the empty
fields and by the side of country roads
near Eucalyptus grove and the empty fields!!!!
9) People driving 70 miles per hours on country dirt road.
and spewing dirt and mud and scaring horses and dogs..
10) Inconsiderate drivers who drive so fast leaving
the plume of dust behind ..
I read in the local paper about a driver
who knocked down a jr. high school
boy riding on a bicyle toward his home.
The unknown hit and run driver kept
going and didn't stop for the boy who,
fortunately enough not to have any
11) Coyotes, wolves and dogs running around loose..
A neighbor's dog attacked Barney the cat.
$350 for stitches from Vet's Bills.
(Barney went into neighbor's yard and his dog was trying to
protect his territory)
12) A BIG GIANT Fans in the Citrus grove usually
run early in the morning or in the middle of the
night to ward off the bitter cold air so the
oranges will not freeze... GRRRR I felt like
I was in the Vietnam War... they sounds like
10 helicopters flying around your house.
(*I would not mind the windmills sound that
generate electricty. That would be cool to
have so we will be depending less on import
13) I also encountered the Santa Ana winds!
(Hot air but ferocious winds howling in the
afternoon or sometimes, all night long,
A Santa Ana wind knocked out the electricity,
Fortunately that the wind was not as
strong as in the hills where most of the
avocado grove is situated. SO, there were
not many avocadoes fallen off to the
ground because of the wind. In that case
if the winds damaged those trees and
knock the avocadoes down, the price would
plummet tremendously, FOR US THE GROWERS,
OFCOURSE! Do not think it affect the fruit
prices at the market at all!! HMMMMMMM
14) Currently we have the possibility of
190 ft. electric power towers and lines
running along Anza Road which is about 2/3
miles from our ranch.
(Aaarrrrgggghh, I have the 'NOT IN MY
BACKYARD" syndrome!!!!! - YEAH, we might
need the electricity BUT put the lines
and TOWERS somewhere else .. OUT in the
BOONDOCK where there's no one living
My son drove us to the vineyard area to
meet his wife. He drove the Jeep slowly
over the country road behind one of the
I could see cloud of dust flying all over
the dirt road.
"Someone just drove over here", I told my son
No sooner then, we heard the thundering
sounds of the Offroad vehicles.
As we turned around the corner we saw
another clouds of dust and nearly ran into
one of the motorcycles that swerved and
barely missed us. Another 2 followed him and
they all drove so fast, straight down the dirt road.
As soon as we saw Jess (my daughter-in-law)
riding on her horse we turned into the field
and joined her.
"They have been racing each other up and down the
road and they barely missed us" She was on her
horse "Bella" and she had a miniature horse "Flicka"
and their dog "Thaili" with her.
As we talked, a young woman motorcyclist came
roaring by again with her friends in the offroad
vehicle. She nearly ran "Flicka" off the road.
Several of the other kids are up on the small
hills and roaring their engines, racing up and
down the dirt roads that they carved on
from their daily runs.
We were furious and had a confrontation with
the two and we told them that we would call the
"Go ahead, the number is 911 - don't forget that"
WOW, these countrywomen - they are WILD!!!
Well, I tried to use my cell phone but I
didn't remember the Riverside county
sheriff's non-emergency phone number
so I waited until I came home and
called and reported them.
I don't know whom these kids are but they are
revving up their motorcycles and riding up and
down on the small hills.
Some day, we can hear them every afternoon and
see them in the distant on those open fields.
That particular day we definitely saw them racing up
and down on the dirt roads behind the vineyards
I am not mean and was very patient with them
since they are mostly teenagers and young people.
but when they are endangering our lives and our
animals - I had to act.
Neighborhood dogs attacked Sacha, Brian's
Dog. $500 for stitches on her tail and body.
There are lots of good by products of
living in the wine country and I
enjoy it... continuing... LOL....
15) Music or band playing Friday or Saturday night..
I love it.. I could dance to those musics.
16) Hot Air Balloons... especially weekend..
I don't mind them - only when they are flying too low...
HEY, Get off my roof .... LOL....
17) Proximity to many of the big cities such
as Los Angeles and San Diego without having
live in them.
Small town values..
14) Local newspaper still print local school lunch menus
local grade school students ran lap and raised $13,030
for the $13,000 the school needed to keep
computer lab technician staff for the school year.
There is plenty of local news, school news and
there are lots of activities for all ages - great
communities events and spirits....
When one read the local paper, one can feel
more of the community spirits here as well.
Placed another call about the Satellite
DSL to Henrey's company.
He said that I should hear from him by the
end of next week.
So...in a nutshell...
A CONTINUING SAGA...
So you wanna live in the country????
Alright, I am sure will get in trouble for
this one.... hahahaha...
Well, let me tell you .... The welcome sign
on Rancho California stated clearly!!!
Welcome to The Wine Country!
This is clearly the OLDER Yuppies' Valley.
On the wine country, there are minimum
acres to your house.
There are many, many and probably over 100
of million dollar homes and horse equestrians
built around these hugh country estates.
This is where there are 19 (most well worth
over several million dollars) wineries serving
thirsty weekend wine tasters from Southern
California regions. Another 3 wineries just
Welcome to the Tri-Valley Wine Country!!!
GOODIES!!! My daughter-in-law told us that
there were signs posted all over the vineyard
backroads and on the empty properties.
The signs indicated that motor-cycle
riding is prohibited in the area.
NO, NO, NO - Not my house
Thornton Winery - down the street!
Delicious B-B-Q dinner on Monday Night
Oh, $36.00 per person !!!!! LOL
Ok, here's more like it....
That's the back of the house,
and the pool.
View outside my office windows.
All and all... Today is supposed to be
a BLUE MOON night.
Beautiful Blue Moon hung over the hills.
Georgeous sight to be seen and not one
that you can see to appreciate when you
live in the city.
Fresh air after the rain. You can see for
miles on a clear day. All the way over
the hills and valleys.
Bright sun shine and clear blue sky.
Nature and vastness of the open country
is good for the soul and spirit.
Bright stars when there's no moon
that is one of the greatness of
living in the country.
I can think of many other lovely
feelings when you are living in
The only thing left to make this
picture perfect if your country
home is also in the distant of
or near the beach!!
The perfect picture on my mind
is of the picture of the barn
that I saw in Morro Bay.
It has the meadows and mountain
on the east and the Pacific Ocean and
the beach on the west side!
There are areas in California that
you can make this picture come true
...If you can affoord it then
you can still have a place in Ventura county,
North of Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Cambria,
Big Sur, Central Coast, Sonoma and
Living In The Country 3- Continued...
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