The World comes to stay at Borgata Malpertus

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Come and stay at Borgata Malpertus ....we said, never expecting so many wonderful guests to arrive through the year! Summer has passed us by. It's felt like one big party with people arriving as guests and departing as dear friends. Apologies for the sporadic posting here, it's been a big learning curve for us hosting […] Read More

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Savor Life – 5 lessons from the orto

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" Grow your Life from the Heart "    Lessons from the Orto Do you grow your own vegetables? Up until we started growing our own food I never actually realized the lessons from the orto would make a difference. That the food would taste was so superior to any I had ever eaten. Having […] Read More

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A Year of Leo – #1

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When did  I learn to eat my feelings, to swallow them whole before they flew from my mouth or flashed from my eyes. We have had a tiny visitor, she is two and has no trouble expressing exactly how she feels from moment to moment. I on the other hand have long since learned it's […] Read More

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The saddest little Church – Madonna della Neve Bagnolo.

Madonna della Neve Bagnolo

It is unlike any church I've been in. The Santuario Madonna della Neve was visible from the valley floor not far from our house. Shining like a beacon on the hillside we decided to see if we could find it. A few wrong turns and some dirt roads later we arrived. Inside the chapel it […] Read More

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Completly Clueless – living like a local in Piedmont

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  It starts with the locals, with their quality of life, their ability to be happy and their respect for the land they live in. Then the tourists will find a way!" - Carlo Petrini ~ Slow Food Since moving to our Valley in Piedmont we've been up close and personal to the local livestock. […] Read More

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Loft Apartment Opens – discover Bobbio Pellice

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As soon as I heard the story of this family returning to Bobbio Pellice I was in love with the idea and even happier that they would be spending a night with us here in the Borgata. They were on a journey to rediscover old friendships and retrace family from the Valley which ended happily […] Read More

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The Simple Life can become Complicated

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Creating a less complicated life has funnily enough become quite complicated (at least in my head). Ahhh the Simple Life, I have been steering clear of my blog recently, a little hiatus to gather my thoughts and refocus. A multitude of voices each with an opinion different to my own, do this, write that, less […] Read More

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Create your Move to Italy Checklist

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If you are planning a move to Italy then creating your own Move to Italy Checklist is a Must! I have always thought of myself as a forgetful person. As a child I'd be sent to the local milk bar with a list of things to buy only to return shortly after having forgotten to […] Read More

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Move to Italy – it is possible

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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 […] Read More

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Fiume – a dog lost, our hearts broken

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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 […] Read More

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