Making Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It’s been a very busy time since I last wrote!

Hans has been busy first making wine (another post, coming soon) and now for the last 6 weeks, he’s been busy picking our olives and making extra virgin olive oil.

I just made live a whole new website for the boutique (You can see it [...]

Middle School Field Trip at the Farm

Recently we hosted a class of 7th graders for a day’s field trip at the farm. This trip had been rescheduled several times due the truly rotten weather we’re having this spring, but we decided to go ahead, rain or not!

Learning to plant vegetables with the math teacher.


Devoted to Roses

I love roses. I just can’t get enough of them. yes, they are work…these beautiful plants are subject to fungi and nasty critters; they need to be pruned, deadheaded and given ample amounts of manure in order to display their best. I think it’s worth it.

Pierre de Ronsard, a showstopping climber


Millet Fishcakes with a Creamy Caper Sauce for Lunch

Fishcakes…when I was a kid and we moved to England, my mother often made us fishcakes for breakfast. My mother made us all sorts of fabulous things for breakfast…baked beans on toast, kippers, sardines on toast, welsh rarebit…such fond memories I have!

I love fishcakes, usually made with mashed potatoes and fish.

Shortly after we [...]

Buying Scarves in Como, Italy. Another Peek Behind the Scenes.

Whew. I’m exhausted. We just returned from a whirlwind trip to Holland to visit family and friends (gotta love Ryan Air!) returning via Como so that I could select the new scarf collection. Hans, being the good sport that he is accompanied me, it was so much nicer than being alone!

I found so [...]

Summertime Outdoors Handmade Soap

I am hooked on making soap.

The difference between a quality homemade soap and anything I’ve ever bought in a store, including quite fancy expensive soaps is huge. Our homemade soap doesn’t dry out my skin like other soaps. Hans has been using it as a shaving cream, he says it works better and leaves [...]

Wine Bottling – A Fun Day at Our Friends Winery in Le Marche, Italy

In the old days, farmers gathered together to help each other with various big chores, chores that need a lot of people. Here in central Italy, in the Le Marche region we carry on the tradition, having fun, sharing stories and laughs together. Bottling the superb wine of the Fiorano estate is just one of [...]