It’s the beginning of the year. It’s also been more than 13 months since we moved across a continent and an ocean. It should be a time for reflections but I’ve been refusing to do it. So many friends and family have been asking for updates and I don’t want to disappoint them, but mainly,… Read More Expecting Good Humor and Good Luck
Italy is pretty famous for its malfunctioning bureaucracy. Nobody can really get used to it but I thought I could quite properly handle, or at least cope decently, with the system. I was wrong. It’s been a little over a week since our arrival and I almost lost it. We simply need to transfer our residency, an operation that… Read More Home sweet home?
When we started to plant in the greenhouse in April we knew it was going to take a while, so we decided in the meantime to buy some plants to start the garden. When I explained that we wanted to try a synergetic garden, the seller was pretty excited and gave me 15 small extra… Read More It’s Cucuzza time!
Despite the rainy Spring we’ve been having so far, there are two signs reminding me that the season is slowly moving forward: fiori di Sambuco (Elderberry flowers) and Stridoli (a spontaneous herb). I remember, growing up, collecting herbs and fruits with my uncle Ilario. He was a sailor for many years and loved to tell me stories… Read More Fiori di Sambuco e Stridoli
We took a walk on the beach in Marina di Ravenna. It was quite cold, but Evan really likes to watch fishermen, so we decided to go near the capanni da pesca (fishing cabins). My mom’s side of the family comes from the coast and many of them are gente di mare (people of the sea). I have memories of… Read More Ospitalita’ Romagnola (Hospitality in Romagna)
Today we worked in the orchard, one of our best south facing fields. The orchard is full of various “forgotten” varieties of fruits and nuts. Because other varieties were more marketable, or the fruit itself is somewhat unusual, or for various other reasons many of these trees are rare. Unfortunately they were planted with property… Read More Finding contours
Today we went to a fair called the “Hobby Farmer” and found a young woman, originally from Holland, talking about permaculture and synergetic gardening. She lives in an ecovillage in Marche (a region close by), and she spoke about how to plant a garden in a synergetic way: not tilling the land and not compacting… Read More Synergy
Nothing can stop my mom! Neither a broken ankle nor a ripped shoulder tendon! Here she’s showing us that it’s always possible to do some gardening… Mia mamma si puo’ definire una vera forza della natura, nonostante una caviglia rotta e i tendini di una spalla strappati, insiste nel voler dare una mano a toglier… Read More Mila’s Power!