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

rustic lounge room

Rustic Lounge Room  'The longer you are in a place the more you get under its layers'  Frances Mayes   Our rustic lounge room is starting to take shape, this is the room I long to see finished. The one we will live in, the place to read and write, to sit with friends and […] Read More

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home” ~  Matsuo Basho Our journey has taken an unexpected temporary detour, from the Italian Riviera to the wild mountains of Piedmont and the village of Bobbio Pellice, yet I am happy. We seem to be finding our rhythm, a closeness that was somehow missing […] Read More

changing your life

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney   It feels as if we've never left Italy and in less than a week we've already done a million and one things. I am in a total whirl. Totally changing your life is a big task. Today […] Read More

I can't remember how I came across Borgo di Vagli, now a touchstone for our dream Italian village.  Instantly wrapped around my heart I fell in love. Not only with the stunningly restored 14th century hamlet but with the abandoned broken buildings that held the original promise of renewal. It was architect Fulvio Di Rosa […] Read More

Returning to my tale of Borga Nari, it's late Autumn. The air has a chill straight from the mountains. Leaves are blanketing the path and soon there will be deep snow. We are yet to meet our neighbors, the French people. We've been told they come in Summer and I can't wait to meet them. […] Read More

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project Day Four:  Kindness Arriving in a new country  can be a shock, although we planned and my husband spoke fluent Italian things were still difficult to […] Read More

A few nights ago I came across the video we took during our time at Borga Nari. I thought I had lost it all, so I have been happily reminiscing with Sam. Carina is of course much older now but she loves watching herself in these video's. I thought I'd share them with you  (hopefully […] Read More

I thought tonight I would share with you all a little video from our time at Borga Nari, now you just need to bear in mind the following things Big number one - this is not a professional video I created this to send home to my family if you wish you can forward to […] Read More

There are community farmhouses (rustico borgata) all through the mountains around Gambasca. Ours is called Borga Nari, and we’ve found five others within easy walking distance of our house. We’ve been told by our friend Piera that when Autumn comes they pop up like mushrooms and then we’ll be able to see them all through […] Read More