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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Traditional Bobbin Lace Making in Offida, Le Marche

Traditional handmade bobbin lace has been made for centuries in Le Marche, and most notably in a beautiful medieval village called Offida, a lovely medieval village just two hills from home.

Fortunately today there are still women who make this beautiful art, and you can visit them and buy pieces of lace. It’s a [...]

Sunset Tonight

Ah, one of things I love about winter here at our farm in Le Marche is the sunsets. I really don’t understand the physics; maybe because there is less humidity in the air (someone fill me in please) but regardless, it seems the colder weather brings us spectacular shows almost nightly.

This evening it [...]

Natural Organic Bread Making in the Sibillini Mountains

A few weeks ago, Hans and I were invited to a morning demonstration of bread making using natural yeast in the Sibillini mountains. Of course we said yes. In typical Italian style, a group of interested people show up someplace for a demonstration, then afterwards we all eat a huge lunch together. Do I need [...]

New Trees and Shrubs: Take 2

As promised, here a few photos from the forest department nursery. Wouldn’t you know it…the day before, when I forgot my camera, it was glorious sunny day. The next day, camera in hand, it was the darkest, gloomiest day we’ve had yet this season.

Dark and kind of spooky

I spent the day making [...]