bobbio pellice

So much has been happening here in Val Pellice these last few weeks, our Italian Life has been interesting to say the least. Of course we've had the big Fair in the village held to celebrate the animals going up to the high pasture for summer. We ate fairy floss, watched as the road transformed […] Read More

  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

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

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 […] Read More

  ' The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, -- to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills.' Philip Connors A small visual glimpse into our life in the mountains on […] Read More

italian rustic decor

Italian Rustic 'The measure of a life, after all, is not it's duration, but it's donation...' Corrie Ten We almost didn't enter, even though I've been wanting to visit this shop since we arrived in the valley back in April. The double doors open onto a small workroom and as we peered in a man […] Read More

our house hunters international episode

 All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players ...  William Shakespeare During our first skype conversation with producer Ethan, we asked him if we would be right for House Hunters International. Our house isn't grand in fact quite the opposite. We are closer to fifty than thirty and have two […] Read More

italian renovation

Italian Renovation 'Remember why you Started' ~ Some days our Italian renovation,  even the dream home in Italy, has an overwhelming feel to it. Every single place I look something needs to be done. Where to start, what needs doing first, how's the budget going? I find the best way to start is to visualize […] Read More

 'All the windows of my Heart I open to the day' John Whittier Warmth and light.... these two simple elements now grace our home. The old discarded windows lean against the walls waiting for their fate. A reminder of the past and the many lives this house has seen come and go. My favorite place […] Read More

italian journey

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 of the alps , church and village trying to write 'the book', when two trucks […] Read More