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These Dutch ovens are filled with bread dough, set out to rise before popping into a wood-fired stove. I’ve been interested in Basque culture, especially sheepherding in the U.S., since I was a kid when my dad bought a copy of the Basque Sheepherders’ Cookbook. This photo was taken in June 2010 at the annual “Burning Lamb” celebration in the Sierra Nevada at an old Basque sheepherding station. For more comments, see my post Burning Lamb.

In April 2009 I spent a week exploring in North Carolina. A few friends dropped in while I was in Asheville and we toured the Biltmore Estate, where I took this picture in one of the many gardens.

I’ve been exploring the North Bay area of Napa and Sonoma Counties lately, and have been enjoying springtime in the vineyards. This photo was taken in March 2010 on Highway 12, between Petaluma and Napa.

Hi Robert,
Lovely photo here. Very close to where i grew up. We called it sonoma highway back in the day. cuttings wharf and hwy 12 is where my families land was (yep, a 53 acre vineyard that sold in 1977 when my parents divorced). I love your travel blog and your photos as well. Can’t wait to talk to Isabel this weekend while you are in the galapagos. wishing you a safe journey and maybe someday when i make it back to the napa valley i’ll get to meet you.

Linda Flanagan (Isabel’s friend:))

By: Linda on March 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Glad you are enjoying my blogs and photos. I appreciate getting a little personal history from the area where I took the picture!

By: ramblinrobert on April 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

This photo was taken in April 2009 while visiting family in Pennsylvania at the farm where my mother grew up. This was simply a shot across a field, taken while several of us were in the front yard talking. The Amish have lived in this area for over 30 years. I am fortunate that my cousin knows many of them. When I saw a sign about woven rugs, I said I would like to see some of them. A half hour later I was inside an Amish home, viewing a sample of rugs by kerosene lantern and seeing the loom on which they were woven, a two-harness counterbalanced floor loom they picked up used for $80. I’d like to spend more time with them, to learn more about their farming practices.

What a fantastic photo. You should submit that to a photo contest, or make a large print, frame it and hang it in your house.
By: Anne on May 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm


The background photograph is of the Eel River at Basin Creek, taken in June 2008.

The background photograph was taken in April 2008 on a hill just outside Insch, Scotland. It is an ancient hillfort, used by many successive generations of local people as a defensive promontory and village. While dating the site is difficult, it is estimated to be 1,000 to 3,000 years old.

The background photograph was taken in April 2008 at the Lochcarron textile mill in Selkirk Scotland. It’s a shelf of bolts of tartan fabric woven at the mill. As soon as I saw the shelves (the shelves went from floor to ceiling with about 8 shelves of fabric) I thought I could use one of the shelves as this blog’s header photo to represent my trip to Scotland. It seems to capture the essence of my trip: Scotland with a focus on weaving.

Owyhee River, Oregon.

This background photo was taken in May 2002 while rafting on the Owyhee River in eastern Oregon.


  1. Hi Bob,

    I’ve just been enjoying spending a little time with you via your website. Fun!

    I’m going to experience my first Scottish Country Dance “Social” this Tuesday. I even hemmed a skirt! My legs haven’t been out in public for a long time (wink). I am enjoying the classes so much. Thanks for inviting me. I’ve invited a friend to come and observe on Tuesday, too. Perhaps she’ll consider it for herself.

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