Most houses have it - that catch-all place just inside the main door which is the dumping ground for the mail, keys and whatever else we have in hand when we get home. It can be the kitchen counter or an elegant credenza, an antique table or the corner of the phone table. For most of us, whether we like it or not, it is the first thing visitors see. It is a snapshot of our lives and it changes from week to week.
In our house - the cottage part of Rancho del Cielo - this snapshot is just inside our kitchen door and it’s a long white sideboard. Just like the Rancho itself, this is not an antique, and it is rarely elegant. But it does sum up who we are.
Which is why this page is called The Sideboard. We hope it will be to the website what the real sideboard is to our house - a place to see at a glance what is going on with us, with our guests, visitors, animals, gardens and lives. And we hope that you’ll return to check us out from time to time...