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 [...]

Lavender Festival!!!!

Wow, we have been busy lately.

This Sunday, along with others, mainly our friend Roberto who also grows lavender, we’re organizing a Lavender Festival at our beautiful local castle, the Rocca Montevarmine.

Well, organizing…that’s an interesting concept here in Italy.

Italians in general I think can safely be described as spontaneous and last minute. That [...]

Honey Bees

We have been so busy here at Lavanda Blu, between farm chores, the kitchen garden, guests coming and going, Hans repairing damage to the roof from the snow, my mother visiting for a few weeks and now Hans’ mother visiting, getting the items for our farm shop ready and some really big things coming up [...]

Ooh…we are featured in a magazine!

A few months ago I was contacted by an independent journalist, Marina Meneguzzi who wanted to propose an article about lavender growing and tourism to one of our favorite magazines: Vita in Campagna.

Her proposal was accepted and the article features us and our friend Roberto who we do so much with as we’ve [...]

Early Spring and a new video

apricot-blossoms

It’s now officially Spring, but about 3 weeks before the calendar folks said it was so, our little corner of the world burst into spring; flowers popped up out of the mud, fruit trees budded, bees started buzzing about and all sorts of birds have returned, including one of our favorites, the civetta (a [...]

February, the Shortest and Longest Month of the Year

our-greenhouse

The days are getting noticeably longer, the birds are waking earlier and are singing more, the trees are beginning to bud, and the almond tree is starting to flower.

This is the month where I get itchy to be doing different things, to be outdoors more, and mostly wanting [...]