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Ranch Road

The first gate we opened we found that we could not traverse. The mud was just too much. Well, that should have been our first sign not to enter. We shrugged it off, and proceeded to enter the ranch, and up the hill. We went a little further, and felt our truck moving closer to the edge of the hill. It is too dangerous. We tried to back up, and just continued to get closer to the edge. Our provisions were water and donuts from our special little donut shop in Templeton. We had the Cane Corso’s in the back of the truck, their cages were covered with special covers to keep the warm and dry from the driving rain. The kids and our Yorkie (city dog) were in the back seat. The kids had their iPods with them to keep the busy, but we were laughing so hard about how our predicament could play out as time passed. As the rain fell harder, and we were making no progress we had to face reality.

My husband turned off the engine, and said “Call David ask him for help”. I called, and asked for help. In the mean time my husband walked down to the gates to open them for our help to arrive. The gentleman we bought the land from was the first to show up. He is our neighbor too. Then David, and several other trucks show up to help us. Since our truck was close to the edge we all got out of the truck, and allow the men to help move the truck to level ground. Special thank you to all our new country friends, and David. Having the right realtor makes all the difference in the world. We had our first “Green Acres” moment. LOL

Villa Dogs

Cane Corso (Italian Mastiffs)

Our Cane Corso (Italian Mastiffs) are sisters from the same litter. We went to pick them up at the breeder 3 years ago. He told us that the two we have were born to be buddies. We did our research and debated about which breed we would choose as our “big” dogs. We already had a Maltese, and a Yorkie. Everyone had a different breed of big dog that they had in mind. We started our search when we thought that we were going to get the first ranch. When we found the Cane Corso we thought this would be the perfect dog for us. They have been around for so long, and they were by the sides of Roman Soldiers. That was a real selling point for me. As I am a real history buff, especially Roman. *sigh*

The Medici had Cane Corso too. They are represented in many Italian paintings too. Not only did they protect the Villas of Italy, but they are loyal family dogs. They love to do what you see here. When they are in the house they love to sleep in the family room with the family. I have read over and over that they love to be with their family and are not the kind of dog that is left outside. Training them early also helps. They are very fast runners. WOW! Our dogs play tag all day long.

They have done their share of bad things. We have gone through 5 patio screens, 3 grill covers, and saucers for plants…I stopped counting. What do they do with the saucers you ask? Well, they take the saucers and slide down the hill with them. Yes, that is right slide down the hill, and break my terra cotta saucers. I could start my own mound of clay pot and saucers they girls have trashed.

I love them! The whole family loves them. A great breed of dog!

What’s In A Name

What's in a Name?

Yesterday I wrote about obtaining our dream ranch. Since the beginning of our journey we had an idea of what kind of name we wanted for our ranch. In the beginning of of search we looked at Sonoma and Napa, but we could not get zoning for a museum in those counties. We then took our search south, and that put us in San Luis Obispo County. When we first entered the county my husband said “I don’t know where you guys are going to live, but I am living here!” We laughed so hard, knowing he could not live anywhere without us. The first name we really liked was Terra Del Sole which translates as Land of the Sun. I even had a blog for a long time of the same name. The problem was there was a town in Italy with the same name, and if my blog got too popular they could ask me to cease with the use of the name. Cosmo Medici was the founder of the town.  He was one of the people that helped to fuel the Renaissance, with artist that he patronized, and his support of Neo-Platoism. I had 400+ followers at the time, but I thought I better just let it go. Second name selection was Terra Del Sole D’ Oro. It translates as Land of the Golden Sun. My husband thought it was too long. People have to be able to remember the name. I liked it since it encompassed Italy and California. It took the Medici name and married it with the nickname of California. The nickname being the “Golden State.” We went back and fourth with a name, and then compromised with Terreni D Oro. Which translates as Lands of the Gold. Since we own several parcels it is more fitting. My husband even came up with the design for the logo. I can’t wait to make coffee cups with our logo. The logo edges are the rays of the sun, so my addition is there just not in the actual name. I think he did a great job. What do you think?

Dream Ranch

Majestic Oak on Terreni D Oro

Since 2008 we have been looking for our dream ranch in San Luis Obispo County in Southern California. Our third attempt got us exactly what we wanted. The first place was exciting, and we would visit every week. The land was so beautiful. The house needed lots of work, but it did have it’s own indoor pool. After eight months of visiting every weekend the seller pulled out of the deal. We were heart broken, and felt like we let down all of our family and friends. We told everyone, and everyone asked us for updates when we saw them. Seeing our family and friends with their hearts broken over our loss was so painful.

The second place we went into escrow, I was secretly longing for it to fall apart. I just did not like the frontage of the property at all. It ended up falling apart. There were several beautiful places we saw between the second and the third, but my husband wanted to have a passion for the land. Our poor realtor David Crabtree was so patient, and really listened to what we wanted. He found us our dream place, and we are so happy with our location! I am so happy that things happened the way they did.