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 [...]

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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Edible Wild Herbs and Greens

The last day of March was a glorious sunny day, and both Hans and I decided to play hooky and spend it with our good friend and colleague Roberto.

Roberto owns a countryhouse on the next hill. A countryhouse in Italy is basically an official classification of a “struttura ricettiva” which means a place where [...]

Carnival and the Bove Finto of Offida

offida-carnival-costumes

Offida is a beautiful medieval town just 20 minutes from us, and is also the home of our friend Dwight who makes great wine.

On carnival Friday this year we went with Dwight and his dog (aptly named “Bacco” after Bacchus the roman wine god) to see the Lu Bov Fint (the fake bull) [...]

Pizza Day, Summer 2011

We are so fortunate to live nearby one of Italy’s greatest pizza joints, Pizzaria Mamma Rosa.

Marcello, the owner and fellow who makes the pizzas is a bit like me, what my sister has rightfully described as a food snob. He only uses local fresh ingredients and his dough is made with a natural starter, [...]

Planting trees late Fall, 2011

Hans and just came home with quite a few large trees and shrubs to plant.

Look, our good friends Paolo’s “furgò” filled with trees and shrubs.

 

In Italy we have several different law enforcement agencies.

The Forestale is one of them; they occupy themselves with issues related to the land and plants.

Here [...]