It’s spring, and in spring, we are always incredibly busy. The farm is springing in to life, and we still have around fifty trees to prune before the olive blossom appears, which could be any day now. We have mowing … Continue reading Don’t Worry, Bee Api. The art of getting things done…
This week I went into Rome on my little train, for the first time in over six months. To my amazement, my little train has changed beyond all recognition, and is now an upgraded version of its former self: a … Continue reading Work in Progress….
A little over three years ago, we decided to become olive farmers. Of course, being middle aged Brits, we had no idea how to do this, but we knew a little bit about pasture maintenance, and a little bit less … Continue reading The Taste of Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I haven’t written a blog post in AGES, because recently I haven’t felt as though I’ve had anything to blog about. The truth is, we now live in a very nice, but perfectly normal house. No more building site living. … Continue reading Normal, but Counting Our Blessings
Once upon a time, I had my own business. It was the perfect business for a military wife and “single” mum – Scott’s service often saw him away from home for weeks, even months at a time. It was the … Continue reading Casa Dolce Casa: Home Sweet Home
Three years ago, in July 2017, we were very busy. Our week days were spent working in Rome, and our weekends scouring the Sabina countryside for the perfect home. Our search had commenced a year previously, even before we had … Continue reading Three Years Later
Spring 2020. This time six weeks ago, we were unpacking our suitcases, and unpicking the various hotel bookings, appointments and social arrangements that we had planned for the following two weeks, which we were to have spent in the UK. … Continue reading A Spring Like No Other
I normally write my blog posts from my little commuter train. Once a week my work as and English teacher takes me right into the centre of Rome, rather than the language school. The hour I spend on the FL1 … Continue reading Keep Calm and (Don’t) Carry On …
We spent a lot of time, effort and angst finding our home in Italy. We were quite forensic in our search criteria, demanding a gorgeous view, with neighbours (but invisible ones), no further than an hour from Rome, less than 500 metres above sea level, with easy access to trains, motorways, shops and doctors etc etc. One thing that we didn’t consider, however, was access to friends, and to a social life. We hoped to make a few Italian friends, but assumed that, apart from occasional visitors from Rome and from home, we’d be alone most of the time. Wrong. … Continue reading An Absence of Loneliness
November is here, and we’re all obsessed with olive oil. Whenever we see friends, neighbours, colleagues, strangers in the bar, it’s the number one conversation subject here in Sabina at this time of year. “Did you make oil this year? … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Olive
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