Life's pleasures of living in Italy
Personal Update on the Corona Virus in Italy
25 March 2020
The past week has been quite a rollercoaster ride for many of us living in Italy with ever increasing numbers of people testing positive for Covid 19, along with deaths reaching staggering numbers each day. The stark reality of this was demonstrated in a photo of a long line of Italian Army trucks filled with coffins departing from Bergamo to the Modena crematorium, approximately 2.5 hours away.....
Celebrating in Small Town Italy
27 February 2020
This year it will be nine years since we moved to Polinago, Italy with all our earthly possessions in one 40-foot, high top container plus half a 20-foot container. Our small dog Marty was air-freighted in large container. We were full of excitement for the future with images of what living full-time in Italy would be like....
4 December 2019
Today as we strolled by the fast running stream towards the still working flour mill in the small fraction of Gombola, which is part of the Territory of Polinago I pondered the question we are asked so frequently, “why are you living in Polinago?”....
More about Truffles and Ricotta - What's There Not to Like?
24 June 2019
As we explore and learn more about the world of truffles, we are of course doing a number of taste tests along the way. I must admit that a number of years ago when we first moved to Polinago, I tasted a truffle mixture in a small glass jar, which I was given to use in the making of a frittata. From that time, I decided I didn't particularly like it that the taste was too pungent for my liking. However, I now realise that what I was given was a product which relied very little on the use of real truffles and more on so called infusion of truffle oil. This product is one which probably has price appeal to most members of the public, but very little to do with real truffles and more to do with the probable addition of an oil, which bears no relationship with an actual truffle and perhaps a scrape of truffle in it....
The World of truffles - a Unique Experience
11 May 2019
One of the joys of living in Italy is that we are constantly learning new things.
Over the past couple of months due to an enquiry regarding our property Casa Marzana (which we are trying to sell) we have been learning a great deal about truffles. Our PP (Prospective Purchaser) was interested in starting a truffle farm on our land and arranged to have soil tests done to assess its suitability for growing truffles. We became very involved with the process and certainly more knowledgeable. However, as much as we enjoyed surveying our property with the agronomist and observing how the soil samples were taken and seeing him continually shaking his head, it was not to be. Our soil, thick and full of clay is great for growing lush green grass- every cow’s delight, but it definitely is not suitable for growing truffles....
Two Countries, Two World Wars - Celebrating ANZAC Day and Liberation day on 25 April
28 April 2019
Celebrating ANZAC Day has always been an important date of remembrance in Australia, not only honouring those who served but also for celebrating the first time that Australian and New Zealand armed forces marched off to war in 1914 under their own flags, instead of that of Great Britain.
From The Mountains To The Sea
5 April 2019
Make the most of your Italian holiday experience – an opportunity to experience the uniqueness that is Italy, two very different, yet personal visits to opposite ends of this enchanting country. Stay with us, David and Winnifred, at Cherry House in Italy BnB in the Appennine Modenese, an hour from the elegant city of Modena in the region of Emilia Romagna.
A New Discovery
14 March 2019
After living in Polinago for almost eight years, there still remain new discoveries to be made. For a small town I never cease to be amazed with the number of different things which one doesn't necessarily know about, and certainly aren't widely advertised.
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