A Day in the Sibillinis: Marche Prosciutto, Salami, Cheese and Truffles

Not far from here is a little town in the Sibillini mountains called Montemonaco, a place we like to visit several times a year. The Sibillinis (a protected national park) are part of the Apennine range, the mountains that split Italy into East and West, the “spine” of the country.

Prosciutto, Salamis, Cheeses, Truffles, [...]

Collecting Lavender Honey

In an effort to catch up on all the things I didn’t write about this summer, today I want to share some photos of the first lavender honey, which was so good it’s all gone!

Rainer and Linda checking the bees

As you might remember, our friends Rainer and Linda, bee keepers extraordinaire put [...]

All You Need is Your Health

MRI machine in macerata

We’ve all heard it; in fact I think we’ve all said it. Thing is, cliché or not, it’s true. Last April, while clinging onto a steep hillside for dear life looking for wild asparagus, I slipped and hurt my back. I know, I know, why would I think it’s OK to be crawling through thick [...]

Acqua Santa…Looking for Water

It’s nearing the end of a HOT and busy summer season and Francesca returns to Rome soon for work and university. So we’ve been taking a few day excursions to have a few mini holidays.

The other day we went into the Sibillini Mountain National Park and took a hike that promised a waterfall at [...]

Pink Evening

Some photos of yesterday evening’s sunset. Soft billowy pink clouds in an indigo blue sky.

For about a half an hour it was if the heavens had painted our world pink, everything, the house, the gravel, the tress, all took on an intense pink tone.

Beautiful!

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The Lavender Festival

The morning started with people showing up at our house for a walk in the lavender field and an explanation of lavender, how it grows, different types, what it’s used for and so on.

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Lavender Festival!!!!

Wow, we have been busy lately.

This Sunday, along with others, mainly our friend Roberto who also grows lavender, we’re organizing a Lavender Festival at our beautiful local castle, the Rocca Montevarmine.

Well, organizing…that’s an interesting concept here in Italy.

Italians in general I think can safely be described as spontaneous and last minute. That [...]