simple life

borgata malpertus

    By Anna Lebedeva International Living Magazine Looking from our balcony I can see the valley with it's green mountains that touch the clouds in spring and summer. Our village below has stood through time and the fields above our house are filled with Alpine wildflowers of every colour," says Lisa Chiodo, who, together […] Read More

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

When I out of the blue mentioned to Sam that I wanted to go to Australia and see my Mum he blurted out ‘Oh are you going back to work out how to divorce me?’ …. you could say that we’ve been having some relationship problems! Rather than loving the simple life we’re creating together […] 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

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

off on a tangent

I've been off on a tangent, and finding my way back to being here with you has been difficult. Everytime I sit down to write a post it feels like I've been away too long, how will I catch up, what will I share, yet like an old friend here you are. Thank you for […] Read More

lessons from the orto

" Grow your Life from the Heart "    Lessons from the Orto Do you grow your own vegetables? Up until we started growing our own food I never actually realized the lessons from the orto would make a difference. That the food would taste was so superior to any I had ever eaten. Having […] Read More

A Year of Leo – #1

portrait in paris

When did  I learn to eat my feelings, to swallow them whole before they flew from my mouth or flashed from my eyes. We have had a tiny visitor, she is two and has no trouble expressing exactly how she feels from moment to moment. I on the other hand have long since learned it's […] 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

simple life

Creating a less complicated life has funnily enough become quite complicated (at least in my head). Ahhh the Simple Life, I have been steering clear of my blog recently, a little hiatus to gather my thoughts and refocus. A multitude of voices each with an opinion different to my own, do this, write that, less […] Read More