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 [...]

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 [...]

Porrà…a local butcher and beef farmer.

Here in the province of Ascoli Piceno we are so lucky to be able to purchase meat directly from the farmers.

The supermarkets are of course full of meat from goodness knows where, animals raised in different countries, with all sorts of hormones, fed all sorts of strange things, then trucked many kilometers to be [...]

Roses

It’s 17:30 and I’ve just come inside from planting roses. Very old varieties of scented roses which I hope will become a hedge.

It gets dark around 17:30 at this time of year. The days have been warm and sunny with the damp air of autumn. Perfect for planting, not too hot, not too cold.

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