No, I DIDN’T fall off the planet!

(23 May 2016) I’m back in Spello for a couple months, and dreadfully behind in blogs posted. When I was here in the fall, I was scrambling to post the rest of the story from the previous spring, when my friends from North Carolina purchased a home here, moved in with me while they . . . → Read More: No, I DIDN’T fall off the planet!

A weekend with Pat Hanna—and Cantine Aperte!

(May 30-31, 2015) Before my trip was about to finish, Pat drove to Spello for one of my last weekends here, and we had an adventure-filled couple of days. She had recently been hiking with friends, and managed to fit in another trip to Spello to see me before I left.

On Saturday, we . . . → Read More: A weekend with Pat Hanna—and Cantine Aperte!

Too many roosters? Solving the problem.

(May 26, 2015) One of the big disadvantages of purchasing chicks that have not been “sexed” is that the outcome of playing the odds is not always favorable. Suzanna and Phil started with ten chicks several months ago, and carefully nursed them along to adulthood, only to discover that they were rearing three hens and . . . → Read More: Too many roosters? Solving the problem.

The farm–what a difference in only seven months!

(May 25-26, 2014) Once the Trowells were moved out and into their new home in Spello, I was able to accept the invitation of Phil and Suzanna to come to their farm for an overnight visit. Suzanna was coming in to Spello to water and tend the plants in their old home, still vacant . . . → Read More: The farm–what a difference in only seven months!

In the beginning—the birth of a sustainable farm

(October 30, 2014—a year ago) My friends Suzanna and Phil have been ex-pats from Virginia living near me here in Spello for several years, and have been looking for a farm nearby to become their “forever home.” They recently found a perfect property north of Assisi, near Porziano–a small village of only about 50 . . . → Read More: In the beginning—the birth of a sustainable farm

Taking care of the final details

(May 20-21, 2015) With son Randy and his wife Brittany arriving with their family, including a baby of 6 months and a boy of 3, the pressure was on to get the house as complete as possible before their arrival. The deadline was looming when the twin beds arrived from the Spello furniture store, . . . → Read More: Taking care of the final details

The kitchen arrives for installation! (Finally!)

(May 19-21, 2015) Bill and Shelley had been waiting more than 6 weeks for their kitchen to be fabricated, after many meetings with the builders, and after making a choice for the countertop (which had included a long drive to the stonecutter near Senigallia). The cabinet styles were many and varied, and working with the . . . → Read More: The kitchen arrives for installation! (Finally!)

Ready for the kitchen to be installed

(May 17-18, 2015) Bill and Shelley had already moved into their new Spello home, taking with them all that they had accumulated here at my house. In my living room, we had been taking giant steps over big, blue IKEA bags for more than a week, and their bedroom was even more densely packed . . . → Read More: Ready for the kitchen to be installed

The Trowells’ first guests arrive from Germany

(May 13-17, 2015) Once the Trowells had operating bathrooms and showers, and the beds were delivered and made up with linens that had been waiting for the arrival of the beds, Bill and Shelley moved in, and I lost my foamy cappuccino waiting for me each morning (thanks to Shelley). They had been playing . . . → Read More: The Trowells’ first guests arrive from Germany

An impromptu spring meal, and a trip to Assisi for antiques

(May 10, 2015) One of the results of having Leonardo now managing a small 8-room hotel, as well as Paola still managing the 3-room bed and breakfast in their home, is that they are not often available to accept a dinner invitation, or leave and go out for special events nearby. They are often . . . → Read More: An impromptu spring meal, and a trip to Assisi for antiques