life in italy

the reset button

  At this time of year the online white noise becomes almost unbearable, 'set goals' - 'choose your word for the year' - buy buy buy - competing, selling stuff, networking, it's all so 'driven' and I am giving myself permission to opt out, to press the 'Reset Button' as one of my favorites online  […] Read More

A Taste of the Good Life

the good life

A Good Life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how lucky you are!   Oh the Good Life Having lived now in our beautiful Valley for three years I have started to take the Good Life for granted. Most of our fruit and […] Read More

fair may 2016

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

hospital by helicopter

  Those moments in our bedroom waiting for the ambulance as Carina struggled to breathe, tried to write 'I love you' and repeated over and over 'I don't want to die, I love you, I don't want to die, get Daddy, tell Daddy I love him' slurred like she was drunk, not knowing we were […] Read More

creating a simple life

today walking to school Luca and I dodged Dinosaurs, sadly one of them ate the rather large dog that was barking at us. today my girl burst into tears, school is really hard, she has Italian grammar homework, she doesn't know why she gets so angry. she climbed into my lap just like she did […] Read More

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  ' 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

simple life in italy

This time last week I was in total overwhelm......writing, blogging, tweeting, facebook, B-School, linked in, pinterest, family, kids, house work, renovations, health issues, tired....run down.....and constantly close to tears. Ridiculous right...here I am creating a 'Simple Life in Italy' and falling into the overwhelm trap. Throw in B-School with Marie Forleo and it's incredible online […] Read More

a simple life in italy

Simple Life 'Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things' Robert Brault When I first met Sam his prime goal in life was to be a Millionaire by a certain age, he announced this fact to all his friends and family. I like that about […] Read More

our italian life

A simple life   'Have you ever longed for something, I mean really longed for it? Every part of me aches to be wandering cobbled lanes with antique doors and ornate lions head door knockers. To be soaking up the sunshine in a tiny piazza, while Carina and Luca splash each other in the nearby […] Read More

the orange house

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. She just glows on the hillside now like a brightly lit fire […] Read More