Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THOUGHTS FROM IL BUCO - GULCH RANCH-SU PER LA COSTA

THE 'OLD RANCERE' IN IL BUCO. THE OLD SHEDS IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE ORIGINAL (ALTHOUGH MOVED AROUND).

VIEW OF 'IL BUCO' FROM THE COAST ROAD. THE OLD BARN IS ON THE LEFT. THE PATH UP THE HILLSIDE FOLLOWS CLOSELY THE PATH THAT MY FATHER, GERVASIO "BRONCO" COMELLI TOOK EVERY MORNING FROM OUR HOUSE AT THE TOP OF THE HILL (NO LONGER THERE) TO THE RANCH 'COOKAHOUSA' (NO LONGER THERE)

PILE OF LUMBER INDICATING THE LOCATION OF THE 'OLD COOKAHOUSA' BEFORE IT BURNED DOWN, c. 2002.


THE 'OLD RANCERE' WITH JEAN AND ANDREW HSU, CURRENT OWNERS OF 'IL BUCO'
IVANO SAYS: Received the below e-mail from Michael Feldman, current resident of 'Il Buco'
Dear Ivano,
I am currently reading your book "La Nostra Costa (Our Coast)" and am so intrigued that I had to e-mail you before I could even finish. My roommate Scott lent me the book after he read it and was equally inspired. As you know by now we both live in your former residence at 'Il Buco' and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here over the past two years. This property is truly one of a kind, given its beautiful surroundings, proximity to the ocean (all of us happen to be avid surfers by the way) and relative isolation.
Reading your book and gaining insight into the surrounding history of the property, along with other areas of the North Coast, has made our stay in il buco so much more rewarding. I can honestly say that we are tending to the land and property as best we can, planting a large organic garden, adding an herb garden in the front of the house, keeping the house in prime condition and maintaining the qualities that have made our stay so special. This place has felt like paradise from day one and the feeling has not been lost in the time between. I hope you know that you have an open invitation to stop by anytime you'd like to meet us and reconnect with the property that has provided you with such a rich and lively upbringing. I'm sure you'll be surprised to see how its changed, as well as how much it has remained the same. I look forward to meeting you someday and receiving a tour of the place that has continued to give so much to all of us. Much thanks to the history and inspiration you've provided. -Michael Feldman

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4 comments:

Ivano Franco Comelli said...

Michael: Thanks so much for your e-mail. It's comments like yours that keep me going. Yes indeed we are planning a trip 'su per la costa'.
Alverda Orlando 'Davenport-Coast Road' Historian would like to film a "Back-Roads" type episode for Santa Cruz Public Television. A stop in "Il Buco" is definitely on the agenda. Right now we are in the planning stage trying to work out the schedule and other logistics. Also the weather needs
to cooperate. We will keep you informed. Sempre Avanti ivno

reno cantarutti said...

IVANO

Read and saw Michael Feldman's letter and your comments re: "Il Buco. Really enjoyed comments from Michael Feldman about how much he enjoyed the place....its beautifull
landscape, the ocean he was able to enjoy ...and most of all his thoughts on how he wanted to help preserve the area. That was really powerful for me to hear. I am sure
that his thoughts must have touched you in more ways than one .

In your comments I saw that there is a possibility of doing a "back road" type program "su per la costa" with Alverda.

Please let me know because if at all possible I would like
to be there.

Just have to make one comment about what happened (Police killings) in Oakland in the last few days . What a terrible tragedy of these four young men being gunned down by this one person . Especially terrible to me was his shooting in the back of the head of the one Officer who was already lying on the ground. (Terrible, just terrible.) Amen.

Take care. Reno

Anonymous said...

Dear Ivano,

Thank you for keeping us in your dear mind. Please keep in touch. If you need help, we are always there for you.

Best Regards, Jean & Andrew

F. John said...

Ivano,

Last Sunday my wife and I ate breakfast up in Davenport.
We took the opportunity to drive down to the former cafe/bar & gas stop at Laguna.
Something that I've been meaning to do for a while. Neat old place. Lots of history. ( per. your recollections ) F.J.