Borgata Malpertus – be part of the project

One big thing I've been working on is a new site dedicated to the restoration project here at Borgata Malpertus. This year we are looking to continue with the restoration here in the Borgata. We'd love you to come and join us in 2016 either here at the blog, over at facebook or with a […] Read More


Celebrating my Christmas Blues

Being so far away from family as Christmas approaches is always hard, this is our third since leaving Australia and I'm feeling the Christmas Blues. I miss my mum, our traditions, family weddings, newborns, my girlfriends, and although mum and I Skype almost daily it's just not the same. I'd love to get home for Christmas. Another year […] Read More


The World comes to stay at Borgata Malpertus

stay at borgata malpertus

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


Savor Life – 5 lessons from the orto

lessons from the orto

" 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


A Year of Leo – #1

portrait in paris

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


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


Completly Clueless – living like a local in Piedmont

  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


Loft Apartment Opens – discover Bobbio Pellice

stay at borgata malpertus

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


The Simple Life can become Complicated

simple life

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


Create your Move to Italy Checklist

move to italy checklist

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