A New Doorway

Journey through Time

Sam decided to have a go at a spot of Fai Da Te (DIY) today which involved removing the rock doorway leading onto the balcony (if there was one).  Although I am in love with the tiny doorway there is little we can do to stop it from crumbling.

So the plan is to replace the original doorway with a glass door to allow us to see through into the valley beyond. The house has the most beautiful views and I can imagine standing on the balcony sipping my tea in the morning and just taking it all in.

new doorway

As he removed the rocks from the doorway we found that the wall cavity has been filled with chestnut casings and dozens of tiny glass bottles which completely intrigued me. We are guessing that the house was built 200 – 300 years ago, so who knows when these miniature bottles were placed in the walls.

I wished who ever placed them there had written a little note for us to find. Our rustici farmhouse is full of surprises and the spirit of the people who lived and worked here so many years ago.

new doorway

We finally got the door frame in with the help of expandable foam. You can see the difference in the gap from the bottom of the door to the top. There is not a single straight line in our house.

Coming soon … a balcony!








and the gang x

3 replies
  1. Caterina B
    Caterina B says:

    Just discovered your blog while reading, reading, reading and dreaming of Hmmmm……which country, Spain (I speak, read and write Espanol) France or Italy? You have amazing courage to move to Italy with two small children. Your hubby “Sam” seems to be such a good sport, too. I am going to show his video of your house and beautiful valley to my hubby. It will be fun to see what his remarks are! Now…I am going to read some more of your blog to see if I can figure out how this all happened! Good luck and I’ll be back..

    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      Hi Melissa,
      When you get to Italy we’ll take you and show you the view! Don’t know how Sam always manages to look good in photos.
      ciao bella


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