getting to know you hello

Let's have a Coffee and Chat - getting to know you

I've been sitting here pondering what to write about, all the time aware that I have to get to bed early tonight (which means early as opposed to my normal after midnight bedtimes) and my mind is zoned out. Then Sam calls out to me from the…
christmas in italy

Christmas in Italy - your christmas cards arrive

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more." Dr Seuss What started as a little idea one night whilst feeling homesick has traveled around the globe, then all the way…
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Winter in the Valley - first snowfall

A million stars that touch the ground So many secrets to be found Amid the falling snow. Enya First Snowfall I have fallen in love with our brightly colored neighbor...she took some time to grow on me in this valley of 'nebia' houses.…

My 50th - an invitation to dream

 'She decided to start living the life she imagined...' 'Kobi Yamada' Last night I lay in bed thinking, about my big birthday next year and what I want to do on the day. In my mind I have been planning a huge bash in Paris somewhere overlooking…
italian journey

Italian Journey - circles of connection

Italian Journey People are telling us what they care about and it isn’t products, it’s their journey, their story and the meaning they can create in their lives. Bernadette Jiwa I’m sitting in a stunning spot at Forterocca with a view…
italian men

Italian Men - life in the valley

Italian men suprise me daily, they are so much more than the stereotype. The Italian men in our Valley are 'real' men, hard working, practical men that know how to fix a tractor, keep animals, provide for the family and weather any storm. The…

Our Italian Life - minus the internet

'I am lost and found over and over'.... Our Italian Life: It's still raining here in Valle Pellice, and we are seeing first hand the effect on the community. It's as if an entire season has been missed and Spring just didn't arrive. The days…

A Day in the Life - A million small moments

'A million small moments happened today, each an explosion of wonder, a tiny minute of joy' Lisa Chiodo Our Italian Life: We spent the afternoon chatting with our elderly neighbor Antonio. He lives just up the road from us in the next Borgata.…