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September 25, 2023 · Posted in Family Meals · Comment 

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Signorello Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA
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History of the Signorello Estate Winery:

Starting the Venture
Ray Signorello Jr. began his journey as winemaker and vineyard owner in the Napa Valley during the mid 1980’s. Ray, born in San Francisco, California, moved to Vancouver, Canada where the Signorello family continues to maintain a home. Ray divides his time between Napa, San Francisco, Vancouver and business related travel. Ray’s father, Ray Sr., initiated the vineyard project during the mid 1970’s by purchasing the 100-acre estate located on the Silverado Trail in the beautiful Napa Valley. Ray Sr. worked side by side with Ray Jr., establishing the winery’s reputation for excellence until his passing in the fall of 1998.

No Turning Back
Signorellos’ original plan was to grow quality grapes to sell to existing wineries, but the harvest of 1985 changed this plan into a new level of evolvement. The bountiful crop allowed Signorellos to custom crush the excess grapes. This opportunity demonstrated what fabulous wine their vineyards were capable of producing. The project continues to grow, as do the spectacular 42 acres planted in several different varietals. Ray’s continuing effort represents the invested energies that created this reality from a dream.

In 1986 the Signorellos began the second phase of the venture, this was the building of the main winery structure. This beautiful building is used for barrel storage, wine tasting and retail sales. Along with the building of the winery, wine production was expanded to include Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. By the end of the 1980’s the Signorello family was thoroughly committed to making wine as well as growing grapes.

The decade of the nineties proved to be pivotal for Signorello Estate. In 1990 the first planting of red varietals began on the property- Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.

What brought the Signorellos to the Napa Valley was the romantic side of winemaking; growing grapes, working the land, and enjoying the wine country lifestyle of camaraderie, good wine and great meals. While the Valley lifestyle is a very real part of the business, there is a serious responsibility to making a dream become a reality, both father and son realized this fact early in the endeavor.

This venture was a dream; now it is reality.

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Employees for John Deere Ag & Turf Division in Cary, N.C., donate more than 560 school backpacks for North Carolina National Guard Family Programs, Aug. 21, 2015. The employees of the military appreciation group lead by Gail Dawes, wife of NCNG Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Dawes, carried, drug and tossed the packs in the back of a NCNG Medium Tactical Vehicle for transport to Guard HQ and later distribution to Guard families during upcoming drills. The employees continue a commitment began by the company in 2005 supporting various family programs events including Christmas meal donations. “It is important to walk the walk, it is everything to us,” said Denver Caldwell, manager of U.S. and Canada turf marketing. The bags will be stuffed with school supplies from previous donations from Wells Fargo, Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan / Released)

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September 24, 2023 · Posted in Cook Books · Comment 

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September 18, 2023 · Posted in Family Meals · Comment 

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[1136] Epinotia immundana
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Field Trip – Hexton Chalk Pit – 09-07-16
Below is the recent report of the field trip from Hexton Chalk Pit on Saturday night.

I have heard it said that setting 20 light traps on a site is a bit of an “overkill”, but last Saturday at Hexton Chalk Pit, a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve on the border with Bedfordshire, proved this false. Whilst on site, there was a general feeling amongst attendees that we were getting “quality not quantity” as we sat by the vertical sheet, but when the results from all the traps are analysed a staggering list of 173 species is revealed, comprising 100 macros and 73 micros and including several species of raised conservation interest. My own traps and the vertical sheet were set at the far southern end of the reserve amongst the rather nice, flower-rich chalk grassland. Graeme set his traps in the northern part of the reserve and Ben set his at the edge of the wooded marginal areas to the north and north-east. Thus, we covered just about every habitat that was present and added significantly to the species list for this very important nature reserve. Five species are Nationally Scarce (formerly called Nationally Notable) and these are indicated in the list below. I have also provided some notes on five species. Species flagged with an asterisk (*) have been identified by genitalia examination. My apologies for retaining the Bradley names of the species – I have yet to get to grips with the new checklist – perhaps in the winter when it is quiet?

Thanks to Ben (Sale) for organising and leading this field trip.



0020 Ectoedemia decentella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Nb
0424 Yponomeuta evonymella (Linnaeus, 1758) Bird-cherry Ermine
0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (Scharfenberg, 1805)
0450 Scythropia crataegella (Linnaeus, 1767) Hawthorn Moth
0464 Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1758) Diamond-back Moth
0516 Coleophora trifolii (Curtis, 1832) Large Clover Case-bearer
0518 Coleophora mayrella (Hübner, 1813)
0530 Coleophora lixella Zeller, 1849 Note 1 Nb
0640 Batia lunaris (Haworth, 1828)
0641 Batia lambdella (Donovan, 1793)
0642 Batia unitella (Hübner, 1796)
0698 Agonopterix kaekeritziana (Linnaeus, 1767)
0709 Agonopterix liturosa (Haworth, 1811)
0724 Metzneria lappella (Linnaeus, 1758)
0726 Metzneria metzneriella (Stainton, 1851) *
0731 Eulamprotes atrella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) *
0765 Teleiodes vulgella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
0787 Bryotropha terrella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) *
0844 Syncopacma larseniella (Gozmány, 1957) *
0847 Syncopacma taeniolella (Zeller, 1839)
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella Rebel, 1940
0886 Mompha ochraceella (Curtis, 1839)
0892 Mompha subbistrigella (Haworth, 1828)
0905 Blastodacna hellerella (Duponchel, 1838)
0937 Agapeta hamana (Linnaeus, 1758)
0938 Agapeta zoegana (Linnaeus, 1767)
0954 Eupoecilia angustana (Hübner, 1799)
0970 Pandemis cerasana (Hübner, 1786) Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
0972 Pandemis heparana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
0980 Archips xylosteana (Linnaeus, 1758) Variegated Golden Tortrix
0994 Clepsis consimilana (Hübner, 1817)
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus (Geyer, 1830)
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (Fabricius, 1775)
1020 Cnephasia stephensiana (Doubleday, 1849) Grey Tortrix
1021 Cnephasia asseclana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Flax Tortrix
1031 Eana penziana (Thunberg, 1791) Nb
1064 Celypha rosaceana (Schläger, 1847)
1076 Celypha lacunana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1082 Hedya pruniana (Hübner, 1799) Plum Tortrix
1083 Hedya nubiferana (Haworth, 1811) Marbled Orchard Tortrix
1097 Endothenia gentianaeana (Hübner, 1799)
1115 Ancylis achatana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1168 Gypsonoma sociana (Haworth, 1811)
1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (Linnaeus, 1758) Bramble Shoot Moth
1197 Eucosma campoliliana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1201 Eucosma cana (Haworth, 1811)
1202 Eucosma obumbratana (Lienig & Zeller, 1846)
1234 Pammene regiana (Zeller, 1849)
1259 Cydia fagiglandana (Zeller, 1841)
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus, 1758) Garden Grass-veneer
1301 Crambus lathoniellus (Zincken, 1817)
1302 Crambus perlella (Scopoli, 1763)
1313 Catoptria pinella (Linnaeus, 1758)
1331 Acentria ephemerella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Water Veneer
1333 Scoparia pyralella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1334 Scoparia ambigualis (Treitschke, 1829)
1336 Eudonia pallida (Curtis, 1827)
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata (Panzer, 1804)
1371 Sitochroa verticalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
1374 Paratalanta hyalinalis (Hübner, 1796) Note 2 Nb
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (Linnaeus, 1758) Small Magpie
1392 Udea olivalis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1417 Pyralis farinalis (Linnaeus, 1758) Meal Moth
1424 Endotricha flammealis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
1428 Aphomia sociella (Linnaeus, 1758) Bee Moth
1457 Hypochalcia ahenella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Note 3 Nb
1462 Pempeliella dilutella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Note 4
1474 Ephestia parasitella Staudinger, 1881
1481 Homoeosoma sinuella (Fabricius, 1794)
1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (Haworth, 1811)
1509 Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Linnaeus, 1761)
1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) White Plume Moth
1524 Emmelina monodactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766) Buff Arches
1666 Geometra papilionaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Large Emerald
1669 Hemithea aestivaria (Hübner, 1799) Common Emerald
1699 Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967 Least Carpet
1702 Idaea biselata (Hufnagel, 1767) Small Fan-footed Wave
1705 Idaea fuscovenosa (Goeze, 1781) Dwarf Cream Wave
1708 Idaea dimidiata (Hufnagel, 1767) Single-dotted Wave
1713 Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758) Riband Wave
1726 Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata (Clerck, 1759) Large Twin-spot Carpet
1732 Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758) Shaded Broad-bar
1736 Catarhoe cuculata (Hufnagel, 1767) Royal Mantle
1738 Epirrhoe alternata (Müller, 1764) Common Carpet
1739 Epirrhoe rivata (Hübner, 1813) Wood Carpet Note 5
1742 Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758) Yellow Shell
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata (Linnaeus, 1758) Purple Bar
1758 Eulithis pyraliata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Barred Straw
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Small Phoenix
1765 Cidaria fulvata (Forster, 1771) Barred Yellow
1781 Horisme vitalbata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Small Waved Umber
1782 Horisme tersata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Fern
1784 Melanthia procellata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Pretty Chalk Carpet
1791 Philereme vetulata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Brown Scallop
1792 Philereme transversata (Hufnagel, 1767) Dark Umber
1807 Perizoma albulata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Grass Rivulet
1813 Eupithecia haworthiata Doubleday, 1856 Haworth’s Pug
1834 Eupithecia vulgata (Haworth, 1809) Common Pug
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1852 White-spotted Pug
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata (Haworth, 1809) Grey Pug
1840 Eupithecia subumbrata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Shaded Pug
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (Haworth, 1809) V-Pug
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (Linnaeus, 1758) Green Pug
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Haworth, 1809) Double-striped Pug
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria (Hufnagel, 1767) Small Yellow Wave
1887 Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758) Clouded Border
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758) Brimstone Moth
1921 Crocallis elinguaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Scalloped Oak
1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Swallow-tailed Moth
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Willow Beauty
1941 Alcis repandata (Linnaeus, 1758) Mottled Beauty
1955 Cabera pusaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Common White Wave
1958 Lomographa temerata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Clouded Silver
1961 Campaea margaritata (Linnaeus, 1767) Light Emerald
1976 Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758) Privet Hawk-moth
1981 Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758) Poplar Hawk-moth
1991 Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758) Elephant Hawk-moth
1992 Deilephila porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758) Small Elephant Hawk-moth
1999 Stauropus fagi (Linnaeus, 1758) Lobster Moth
2043 Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766) Orange Footman
2047 Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758) Scarce Footman
2049 Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787) Buff Footman
2050 Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817) Common Footman
2069 Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758) Cinnabar
2077 Nola cucullatella (Linnaeus, 1758) Short-cloaked Moth
2088 Agrotis clavis (Hufnagel, 1766) Heart and Club
2089 Agrotis exclamationis (Linnaeus, 1758) Heart and Dart
2098 Axylia putris (Linnaeus, 1761) Flame
2102 Ochropleura plecta (Linnaeus, 1761) Flame Shoulder
2107 Noctua pronuba Linnaeus, 1758 Large Yellow Underwing
2109 Noctua comes Hübner, 1813 Lesser Yellow Underwing
2110 Noctua fimbriata (Schreber, 1759) Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2111 Noctua janthe Borkhausen, 1792 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2120 Diarsia mendica (Fabricius, 1775) Ingrailed Clay
2122 Diarsia brunnea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Purple Clay
2126 Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758) Setaceous Hebrew Character
2128 Xestia triangulum (Hufnagel, 1766) Double Square-spot
2147 Hada plebeja (Hufnagel, 1766) Shears
2155 Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761) Dot Moth
2160 Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758) Bright-line Brown-eye
2171 Hadena confusa (Hufnagel, 1766) Marbled Coronet
2192 Mythimna conigera ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Brown-line Bright Eye
2193 Mythimna ferrago (Fabricius, 1787) Clay
2198 Mythimna impura (Hübner, 1808) Smoky Wainscot
2199 Mythimna pallens (Linnaeus, 1758) Common Wainscot
2302 Rusina ferruginea (Esper, 1785) Brown Rustic
2305 Euplexia lucipara (Linnaeus, 1758) Small Angle Shades
2321 Apamea monoglypha (Hufnagel, 1766) Dark Arches
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Light Arches
2326 Apamea crenata (Hufnagel, 1766) Clouded-bordered Brindle
2327 Apamea epomidion (Haworth, 1809) Clouded Brindle
2330 Apamea remissa (Hübner, 1809) Dusky Brocade
2337 Oligia strigilis (Linnaeus, 1758) Marbled Minor
2339 Oligia latruncula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Tawny Marbled Minor
2343 Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758) Common Rustic
2350 Chortodes pygmina (Haworth, 1809) Small Wainscot
2381 Hoplodrina alsines (Brahm, 1791) Uncertain
2382 Hoplodrina blanda ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Rustic
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Vine’s Rustic
2387 Caradrina morpheus (Hufnagel, 1766) Mottled Rustic
2410 Protodeltote pygarga (Hufnagel, 1766) Marbled White Spot
2422 Pseudoips prasinana (Warren, 1913) Green Silver-lines
2442 Autographa pulchrina (Haworth, 1809) Beautiful Golden Y
2443 Autographa jota (Linnaeus, 1758) Plain Golden Y
2450 Abrostola tripartita (Hufnagel, 1766) Spectacle
2466 Lygephila pastinum (Treitschke, 1826) Blackneck
2470 Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759) Small Purple-barred
2473 Laspeyria flexula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Beautiful Hook-tip
2474 Rivula sericealis (Scopoli, 1763) Straw Dot
2477 Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758) Snout
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (Treitschke, 1835) Fan-foot
2492 Herminia grisealis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) Small Fan-foot


Note 1
Coleophora lixella Zeller, 1849
Nationally Scarce species last recorded in Hertfordshire in the Sandridge area during the year 1890. Larvae feed on Wild Thyme – adult rather striking, on the basis of which I suggest we rename the family “Cooleophoridae”.

Note 2
Paratalanta hyalinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Hexton is the only Hertfordshire site for this Nationally Scarce moth, recorded here in 2014, 2015 and now 2016. Should be looked for on other chalk grassland sites.

Note 3
Hypochalcia ahenella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Another Nationally Scarce moth – rare in Herts and only on the better chalk grassland sites. Well-spotted by Graeme amongst all the grass moths.

Note 4
Pempeliella dilutella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Now called Delplanqueia dilutella and split into 2 species. The true dilutella might be western and/or coastal so ours might be the new species inscriptella. I have 5 males and a female and these need a closer look when they come off the setting board. They are hard to separate on “plumage”, but I have a paper in press (should be published this month) that identifies some features of the genitalia that should allow easy separation.
Note 5
Epirrhoe rivata (Hübner, 1813) Wood Carpet
Surprisingly large numbers of this usually rare species.

STEEN Jan,1673-75 – La Famille des Chats, Une Joyeuse Compagnie (Budapest) – Detail -t
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2014 Thanksgiving Meal
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Army leaders express gratitude to Service members, civilian employees and families by serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal Nov. 27. Warrior Country dining facilities were decorated in seasonal colors, baked goods and a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables.

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September 16, 2023 · Posted in Diet · Comment 

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September 14, 2023 · Posted in Family Meals · Comment 

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Just killing time (Assassin Fly)
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Also known as Robber Fly. This one landed on our wooden door to savor its morning meal :). Bon appétit !

diner no. 3 Aunty B
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Christmas lunch 2009

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