Friday, February 27, 2015
Post image for Move to Italy – it is possible

We made the move to Italy looking for a better life for ourselves and our children, we have never seen ourselves within somebody’s timetable. Today on Valentines Day it seems the perfect time to recommit to all we are creating here in Italy, to each other and to our children who are the inspiration for […]

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Post image for Fiume – a dog lost, our hearts broken

Fiume loved to prance. In the afternoons I’d play with him on the ancient road outside our house. He’d pick up a stick and I’d chase him about, letting him race past me, growling at each other when I finally managed to grab the stick. The last time I saw Fiume he was prancing. We’d […]

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Post image for Why move to Italy? – Reflecting on 2014

    ‘Your life is made up of little moments, little efforts, little changes, big smiles, and all your hopes and dreams.’ Ritu Ghatourey Last night sitting in bed with Luca asleep beside me, (he was having a nap to make it till midnight) I was reflecting back on the year past and our move […]

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Post image for Life in the Borgata – an update

Such a lot has been happening here in the Borgata since I posted last. A New Project – the Loft Rooms We have been keeping busy in the lead up to Christmas with work on the guest accommodation in the main house. Sam has been working non stop pulling out the old bread oven, creating […]

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Post image for Courtyard Work – removing the original bread oven

Entering the large double wooden gates to the the lower courtyard the first thing you see is the original bread oven. Dating to 1916 (the date carved in the rock oven door) and with a large area underneath used for the pigs we are told. Sadly the interior of the oven was beyond repair and […]

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Post image for Living Italy – a day at the fair

What a difference a year can make, now the faces smiling out of the crowd are friends, people I am slowly coming to know. We came to the fair in our village last year and I felt like a tourist, with no real understanding of the lifestyle, heritage and traditions around me. This year at […]

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Post image for Beauty in Simplicity – the little things

  Our mountains are blanketed in the first powder of snow, the sun warm but weak, a bit like the cappuccino I’m sipping. A large yellow tractor goes by, stopping for an elderly lady walking with a stick and large white shopping bag. The tractor parks and the driver swings down heading to the café, […]

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Post image for Hospital by Helicopter – I love you, I don’t want to die

  Those moments in our bedroom waiting for the ambulance as Carina struggled to breathe, tried to write ‘I love you’ and repeated over and over ‘I don’t want to die, I love you, I don’t want to die, get Daddy, tell Daddy I love him’ slurred like she was drunk, not knowing we were […]

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Post image for Casa Bianca – renovating Italian houses

  Renovating Italian Houses has become a little like renovating our lives Slowly stripping back to the essentials. Finding the bare bones. Seeing what can be done with what you’ve got.   Renovating Italian houses means removing the signs of a life hard lived. A fresh start, enhancing the beauty, removing the barriers. Finding what […]

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Post image for Creating a Simple Life – tantrums dinosaurs and the rude finger

today walking to school Luca and I dodged Dinosaurs, sadly one of them ate the rather large dog that was barking at us. today my girl burst into tears, school is really hard, she has Italian grammar homework, she doesn’t know why she gets so angry. she climbed into my lap just like she did […]

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