Scott and I are both ex aircrew – I left the Royal Air Force many years ago and have done 1,001 jobs since – I’m currently teaching English in Rome as well as in Sabina. Scott, on the other hand, retired in September 2019, and is now working full time on the farm.

Whilst Scott was serving in Brussels, we were thrilled to learn that he was to be posted to the NATO Defence College in Rome for his final tour of duty.  Having lived in Italy once before, in the 1990s, we were keen to be able to  escape to the countryside for relaxing weekends with the dogs as often as possible.  So we decided to buy a caravan.  Then we realised that a caravan was a depreciating asset, so we decided to buy a small bolthole in our favourite region, that happened to be easily accessible from Rome. Somehow, that little bolthole grew into an olive farm, with vineyard, citrus grove, nut plantation, veg plot and, oh, a 300 square metre house in need of renovation and modernisation.

Welcome to our mid life crisis …