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 [...]

Photo of the Moment: New Barn Doors

Hans has busy this last month making barn doors. The old metal ones no longer closed. I think they look really great, not to mention they open and close smoothly, what a difference…Bravo Hans!

Looking like the carpenter he is…

And being the silly guy he is…

So many projects, so little time…

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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 [...]

Grape Harvest and Starting to Make Wine

We have a small vineyard with mostly Trebbiano grapes, a small sweet white grape that is used for making table wine and is one of the principal grapes in Le Marche’s DOC Falerio wine.

A few weeks ago along with our guests we harvested our grapes and are now making wine.

Our Agriturismo Guests [...]

New Computer

Last week my computer fix it guy (whose business is aptly called the “Computer Doctor”) built me a new computer so of course some chunks of recent days have been spent trying to figure out what programs to download, what information I really need on the new computer from the old one, etc.

 

Thank [...]

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 [...]