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 [...]

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 [...]

Gola Fiastrone!

What to do when it’s been 40°c (104°f) for weeks on end?

Take a walk at Gola Fiastrone!

Summer 2011 was the hottest driest summer on record for…goodness knows how long.

So, towards the end of summer, right before Francesca had to return to Rome for University, we decided to take a day off [...]