Winter at Last!

Winter 2011 has been very unusual. The drought from the summer (no significant rainfall since the beginning of July!) continued through until now, along with very warm days.

This photo was taken on Jan 12th

I love this thermometer…Celsius and Fahrenheit. My mother brought it in a suitcase…perfect since I still can’t wrap my [...]

Lavender Harvest in July 2011

Our lavender plants are young. We planted them in summer 2009. That’s another story for another day…

Lavender grows to its full size in about 3 years, so last summer (2011) they were only 2 years old, and fully mature. Regardless, they yielded an amazingly large quantity of flowers!

We harvested in 2 separate weeks, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]