Dinner at MY House, for a Change

I have been working on photos for a website for Leonardo and Paola’s B&B, either spending time there setting up and taking the photos, here sitting at my laptop processing and resizing them, or there being fed–always invited to just about every meal. When we photograph the pastries that Paola produces in-house for the . . . → Read More: Dinner at MY House, for a Change

“Hanging Gardens” of Spello (a most modest display of flowers)

I cleared out the star jasmine in my 1’ by 25’ small strip garden last fall, with the help of Signor Antonio, and planted herbs for the kitchen there some time ago, where most of them are thriving. I filled the last open spaces with purple and white violas, for some color, and divided . . . → Read More: “Hanging Gardens” of Spello (a most modest display of flowers)

Finally, a chance to get started on the painting

(Real time note: I’m back in Sacramento for almost four days now, thoroughly in this time zone and buckling down to all of the work here that I missed doing while I was away. I’ve spent a couple of days weeding, pruning, and picking up tomato vines from the ground in order to tie . . . → Read More: Finally, a chance to get started on the painting

The “Procession of the Risen Christ,” Easter evening

The Good Friday procession followed the Stations of the Cross, visiting the churches and chapels in old, historic Spello, and featured pairs of paintings matching the progress of Christ toward his crucifixion with the numbered Stations. On Easter Sunday, the procession celebrated the Risen Christ, beginning at the Santa Maria Maggiore church.

I encountered . . . → Read More: The “Procession of the Risen Christ,” Easter evening

Escaping to visit Irmy and Le Marche

(In real time, I’m back in Spello for the upcoming Infiorata in June, and working more on the house, but I didn’t manage to get a single blog posted while I was back home in Sacramento for two weeks. I got to see my husband, Mike, and my kids and their dogs, plus go . . . → Read More: Escaping to visit Irmy and Le Marche

Wi-Fi Installation: Finally a Connection to the Web and Home

Pall and I managed to get back to La Spezia in time to each purchase a new phone, and we had already found a wi-fi router/modem for me in Desenzano, the first night we arrived for VinItaly, so arriving to Spello late on Saturday night was not the disaster it could have been. I . . . → Read More: Wi-Fi Installation: Finally a Connection to the Web and Home

Finally (FINALLY!) the Kitchen Arrives

In just a few more hours, I will have been home in Sacramento for a full week, and my suitcase exactly one day less (not such an issue when I am returning home, to a full closet and dresser). I am unpacked and all of my things are stowed away, the laundry has been . . . → Read More: Finally (FINALLY!) the Kitchen Arrives

Via Porta Fontevecchia

Here in Spello, my address is on Via Porta Fontevecchia. “Via” means “street,” and “Porta” is “door.” In this case, it is actually one of the old doors through the city walls, now just a one-way, one lane cobblestone street descending steeply downhill to the valley floor. The city wall runs by about three . . . → Read More: Via Porta Fontevecchia

FINALLY, the TV Gets Mounted on the Wall

I have had a big TV since a VERY good sale at GranCasa, when I first arrived, and finally got around to the task of getting it mounted to the wall and hooked up to some type of reception. I asked around here and everyone told me to go to Paradisi, the guy who does . . . → Read More: FINALLY, the TV Gets Mounted on the Wall

A Morning at the Mercatino, a Trip to IKEA, and Fiat 500s

Just passing on information about a normal day—and on Wednesday the traveling “mercatino” comes to Spello, down below the city walls. I get my “old lady” shopping cart out, and head down the hill for produce and plants for my garden. It’s not just for shopping—the retired men all collect in groups and talk, . . . → Read More: A Morning at the Mercatino, a Trip to IKEA, and Fiat 500s