The “Muratore” Arrives to Set the Tile

As expected, the muratore (“mason”) came about a day after I had finally gotten the house back in order from the plumber and his mess. This is “the closer,” the man who fills in the open trenches in the walls, repairs any wall damage, and also sets tile (“muro” is the word for “wall”). . . . → Read More: The “Muratore” Arrives to Set the Tile

A Fall Walk on Mount Subasio

When the choice between cleaning up the mess of the idraulico and taking a walk on one of the first sunny afternoons in November was presented to me by Paola, I had my walking shoes on in a heartbeat. She is a regular walker, most often with her cousin, Giuseppina, and often goes alone . . . → Read More: A Fall Walk on Mount Subasio

“La Raccolta”—the Harvest of the Olives

The olive harvest (“la raccolta,” or “the collection”) is the focus of most of the activity in Spello at this time of the year, and the basis for the agricultural economy of the village. A few of the trees are harvested in late October, for the fruitier flavor of green olives that have not . . . → Read More: “La Raccolta”—the Harvest of the Olives

The “Idraulico” Arrives to Plumb the Gas Line

Thanksgiving is finished (“Il Giorno di Ringraziamento”), the kitchen has had its first big test and passed, and I’m weeks behind in blogs. I’ll be flying home in 8 days, and I’m going to do my best to catch up—for those of you bugging me for kitchen photos! Aspetta! (“Wait!”) I’ll try to race . . . → Read More: The “Idraulico” Arrives to Plumb the Gas Line

Just “Plugging Away” on the House

No big news, no dramatic photos—I’m just trying to keep up with the dust from the visit of the electricians, waiting for the plumbers to show up, and continuing with projects in the house that will never be noticed. Apparently, the whole place got a coat of white paint before it went on the . . . → Read More: Just “Plugging Away” on the House

A Day Trip to Siena to See “The Brits”

I was surprised to get a call from Colin Norris, from London, saying that he and Pamela, and their friends Christina and Derek Sagar, were coming to Siena for a holiday together. I was invited to join them for a day in Siena, and quickly agreed. Later looking into the train schedules, I realized . . . → Read More: A Day Trip to Siena to See “The Brits”

“Elettricisti” Arrive: Preparation Begins for the Kitchen

I was beginning to worry that the preparation of the kitchen space would not be finished when the cabinets were done and ready to be installed. First, the electricians needed to close an outlet located directly over where the new sink will be located. Outlets for small appliances were needed near the countertop, and . . . → Read More: “Elettricisti” Arrive: Preparation Begins for the Kitchen

Slowly, the House is Coming Together

There have been a few big landmarks in the process of getting this house together, and many smaller ones. First was undoubtedly the day I signed the deed and got the keys, and Birgit, Pall and I got to get IN and finally have the place without Signor Cocchini breathing down my neck, trying . . . → Read More: Slowly, the House is Coming Together

The “Passeggiata” on Monte Subasio

Spello is located on the southern end of Mount Subasio, with Assisi and the basilica of San Francesco on the north end. Both overlook the Valle d’Umbra Nord, and Spello is on the walking trail that many Franciscan pilgrims travel on foot to Assisi, following in the steps of St. Francis. Through the olives . . . → Read More: The “Passeggiata” on Monte Subasio

My New Friend and Neighbor—Signor Antonio

My little home here is hidden from view, and few people in Spello know that there IS a house here, tucked in behind the storage “garages” of the other residents above me in this building. The outer door to the street was once the entrance to the stables for the animals, and the “garages” . . . → Read More: My New Friend and Neighbor—Signor Antonio