February, the Shortest and Longest Month of the Year


The days are getting noticeably longer, the birds are waking earlier and are singing more, the trees are beginning to bud, and the almond tree is starting to flower.

This is the month where I get itchy to be doing different things, to be outdoors more, and mostly wanting [...]

Scarf Collection Spring, 2012: a Peek Behind the Scenes: part #1

I recently returned from a scarf purchasing trip in Como for the spring collection. The trip is long, about 6 hours by car if there is no traffic.

Every time I take this route I reflect on the fact that I’m traveling along ancient roman roads. Starting from home I take the last section [...]

And Even More Winter

We are now 6 days into this winter storm that has gripped most of Italy.

The news is grim. There are the usual predictions of hardships for agriculture as crops are frozen, price increases for all basic food stuffs, the increase in energy consumption and the heartbreaking tragedies, people stuck, isolated, even some deaths. [...]

More winter and contraptions

The other day I wrote about winter arriving at last. Now 3 days into it, boy oh boy are we having winter. You’d think all those years in Wisconsin would have toughened me up. Nope. Not even a teeny bit.

Most of Italy is having the storm we’ll be talking about for years. Many highways [...]

Winter at Last!

Winter 2011 has been very unusual. The drought from the summer (no significant rainfall since the beginning of July!) continued through until now, along with very warm days.

This photo was taken on Jan 12th

I love this thermometer…Celsius and Fahrenheit. My mother brought it in a suitcase…perfect since I still can’t wrap my [...]

Slideshow of our agriturismo

I’ve just made another slideshow of photos from our agriturismo, some B&B rooms, the apartments, the campsite, the farm.

The first frame is a sunrise from just a few weeks ago. We have stunning sunrises and sunsets here!

Here it is:

Take another look at our agritusimo in this first slideshow of wonderful scenes [...]

Making a youtube video for the first time

I’ve been spending the last few months re-making our Lavanda Blu website (would somebody please remind me next time I get this idea to re-make a website to think carefully, my goodness what a lot of work!)

Well, sifting through hundreds of photos in an attempt to choose some for the website, I thought why [...]