A Summer’s Return to Tuscany

We arrived in Tuscany, just as the vibrant red poppies began to blanket the fields outside Pianella.  It was as though Jackson Pollack, the famous American abstract artist had taken his brushes and gently flicked paint on the Tuscan fields; brilliant red for the Poppies, vibrant yellow for the Ginestra, just a bit of purple … Continue reading A Summer’s Return to Tuscany

Gioia (Joy) in a Tuscan Garden

We have been in Italy a mere three weeks and already my “life’s suitcase” is filled to the brim with lessons from Tuscany and the Tuscan people. That is the power of this country; it expertly weaves you magico (magical) memories, which can be worn like fabric for a lifetime. “What you leave behind is not … Continue reading Gioia (Joy) in a Tuscan Garden

Castelnuovo Berardenga, Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate)

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.”- Seneca It was as though energy from the Tuscan land magnetically pulled me out of bed this morning. I just needed an extra bit of help to get me moving. As I pulled open the chestnut shutters in the upper floor bedrooms, … Continue reading Castelnuovo Berardenga, Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate)

Giving Thanks and A Tuscan Mandorla (Almond) Harvest

Giving Thanks I can see Mount Amiata in the distance from the grounds of Villa Montecchio, the olive groves laying at my feet reluctantly waiting until next year's harvest. The barren almond trees having provided a robust bounty this past October, are standing proudly to my right. The unruly rosemary bushes having provided sustenance to … Continue reading Giving Thanks and A Tuscan Mandorla (Almond) Harvest

Tuscany bids farewell to Fall and welcomes Winter

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."- Albert Einstein In early November, Tuscany softly began ushering in the winter season by offering residents a steady combination of sunny and milder temperatures. By the end of November, her patience, had given way and howling winds circled our Casale's hilltop position like a pack … Continue reading Tuscany bids farewell to Fall and welcomes Winter