house hunters international

House Hunters International Our episode of House Hunters International is set to air at last. It feels like we're almost famous, no seriously, the blog is already expanding with new readers (ciao to you if you are new here). Friends that have been reading along from the very start are sharing all over the place […] 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

Italian men

'Who would have thought I'd be dreaming of windows...'   We found our 'window guy' (his name is Sergio) through our neighbor two doors down, a relative who with one quick phone call was out to measure up and give us a quote. A little Italian haggling and a price was agreed upon, in a […] Read More

'Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...' C.S. Lewis A new friend Sarah from Birdie Hill recently  called me  'Superwoman' over at the Renovating Italy facebook page. Yet I don't feel like this cartoon super-heroine, I feel tired, cranky and ready to burst into tears […] Read More

It's only been a week since I had to leave Italy, boarding a plane and returning to Australia. Making the long flight alone and hitting the ground running. I'm heading home to Mum, she needs me and that's all that matters right now. Sam booked the flights and sat up most of a night waiting […] Read More


'I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old' Charles Baudelaire    Kindness comes in many forms, often unexpected. Anita was born here at Malpertus, she knows it's many secrets, heartbreaks and joys. A sparkling eye and an easy laugh, thick brown stockings under worn out shoes she wanders the borgata. Always […] Read More

'She knocked and waited... because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different' ~ Laini Taylor Rounding the corner a perfect photo, as if the Italian gods were smiling on us. Italian doors, each element aligned perfectly to capture that quintessential dream of Italy. Yet my eye […] Read More

"A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid" J.R.R Tolkien Our home in Bobbio Pellice has a tiny circular window high up on the crest of the roof line. Although I searched I couldn't find it inside. My husband being a little more inventive worked out that it must be […] Read More

Since starting this blog it has been you my friends who have kept our spirits up, encouraged, shared and given our family a gift I never imagined that day I wrote my very first post. This has been a long time coming yet now the time is here to finally share with you our great […] Read More