20 Nov 2016

A time in Italy (1) house and garden

Hello Friends,
We're back from a trip to Italy. This year because of health problems we were a month late in getting there, but we managed the travelling and were ready for the change of scene.
This year we missed the gathering of the grapes and the beginning of the process for making wine. The harvest was poor due to frost and hailstorms damaging the newly-formed grapes and many of our relatives bought grapes from elsewhere to make some wine for their own use.  The olives have also been gathered and pressed to produce oil for home consumption. My sister-in-law and her husband who used to live in England were pleased with the amount of oil that was produced from their olive trees on the land around their house.  These trees are relatively new having been planted some ten years ago.  As usual we were given fresh eggs, vegetables, oil, wine and other produce whilst we were there and invited for meals.  My sister-in-law had looked after the house since we were over in April, although I don't expect her to as she's not in good health.  In fact, none of us can do what we used to. (My husband is the youngest male of a large family and has two younger sisters. We're all in our late sixties, seventies and eighties). On the other hand, everyone lives nearby with a sister and a brother and their families living along the lane from our house.  Our car was a little unreliable, but it needs using and by the end of the time away it was ticking over when we needed to go out.  There were offers of lifts if necessary. 

I keep a daily journal so I shall reproduce some notes here with photos of our time in Italy on my blog. Since house and garden maintenance tasks remain mainly the same from season-to-season and year-to-year regular readers will probably want to give this blog post a miss. Other blog posts will be about some practicalities of travelling and living in Italy, the usual visit to the Abbey church and one or two posts on places in Rome's historic city centre.  




Above is how we left the grounds in April.



The vines this November, pretty to look at but a lot of work needed to
clear up the falling leaves.


The first afternoon when we arrived there was thunder, lightening and heavy rain so that the man with the tractor and mower could not come until the vegetation had dried out.  The land was once a vineyard until my husband decided to cut down the plants because gathering the grapes and producing wine was no longer viable, but the wild vines continue to grow through.  Renovating the land is not an option.





After two days of drizzly rain we woke up to frost first thing in the morning followed by sun and blue skies and the rest of our time we were thankful for good, dry weather.





Pruning the long branches on the vines and tying them back onto the supporting wires






One or two roses were still blooming.






Sundown and snow on the distant mountains




We were glad of the wood burning stove that runs the central heating and gives us hot water.
It's an alternative to the calor gas central heating system which we can also use.


the super moon 



Looking forward to catching up with your news.  Wishing you a good day,


26 comments:

  1. your home is so beautiful, inside and outside. I love your views of the mountains and even when the garden needed attention, it is still beautiful. I did hold my breath while scrolling pas the LADDER pic.. shuddered a tad... it is good to have all that work to keep him healthy.. and to have something to fill the days with.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. You can be sure that I'm watching Mr. P.closely when he's on that ladder although he doesn't attempt to use it much these days to climb up to prune the bushes!

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  2. I'm so happy that you had a wonderful visit to your home in Italy. It looks amazing with the beautiful surroundings. I too love the picture of the mountains. Have a wonderful day, Pat xx

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  3. You must have been ready for some time away in Italy after the year you've had. Lovely photos.

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    1. Thank you Jo. It was good to be able to travel and get to Italy again. It was very warm when the sun was out, but cold after the sun had set. We did what we had to do around the house and see family. Now we're happy to settle back in our cozy UK home.

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  4. You have beautiful views to the mountains from your house in Italy, also so nice to see Mr. P pruning vines and sweeping leaves in his Italian garden. You two must have been glad to stay there again together with the family.

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    1. It was a good time away. Now we are getting over the travelling and resting again.

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  5. Wow you really got a lot done and things tidied up for sure. Good for hubby with all that energy! What a lovely home and space you have. Glad you can rest now.

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    1. Mr. P. is actually in constant pain in his hips and back, but he won't go for surgery. He keeps going because he loves his Italian garden and it needs to be maintained in good order. The warm weather is also good for his general health.

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  6. I am so pleased that you have managed to fit in a trip back to your home in Italy - it looks as if you had a lovely time - Mr. P keeps himself very busy.

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    1. We were pleased too, Rosemary! Of course Mr.P. only managed to do some basic tidying up, but it was satisfying to see the end result of grass cut, the drive and courtyards fairly clean of fallen leaves. Unfortunately not enough time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside. By the way, the box tree hedges have died and need cutting down - a task for next time...

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  7. You and Mr. P have been busy! Beautiful place. What fun to go live there a while.

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    1. Hello Jody. Thank you for visiting. It's good to hear from you! I hope to catch up with your news very soon. I'm sure you've been very busy yourself on your homestead.

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  8. I'm so pleased that you were able to get to visit your lovely Italian home albeit a little later in the year than usual. It looks as if there was still lots of work to keep you and Mr P busy. Even though the weather still looks lovely you would be glad of the cosy fire in the evenings:)

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    1. There's always something to do in a garden. It would be lovely to make more of the land around the Italian house, but we have to be realistic these days and be pleased that we can keep it tidy with some help from others. The wood burning stove, which is a powerful one together with the c/h system is very welcome and throws out a lot of heat. We also enjoy looking at a live fire.

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  9. Such beauty, I scrolled back to have another look. The views of the mountains are stunning. Thrilled that you managed to get your visit in and get a lot of the jobs you wanted doing done, albeit later than anticipated. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thank you MM. I'm glad you found this post interesting. Thanks for visiting. Have a lovely day.

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  10. I love seeing your home and surroundings when you visit Italy. It is so beautiful. Oh my, those mountains for a view would be wonderful. Good to hear you had a good trip and are now safely tucked up at home in England.

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    1. Thank you Marilyn. It's staying-indoors type of weather here in Yorkshire at the moment and we're settling back into our usual quiet routine!

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  11. Lovely to see you both setting your home and gardens straight, it must be fantastic to have those grape vines. Log burners are the best aren't they? It was one of the best things I ever did, installing mine.
    Lovely photos, especially of the mountains and supermoon.xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina for visiting and for your comments. I'm sure you will enjoy the benefit of the log burner as the weather gets colder.

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  12. Your Italian home looks so familiar to me, my husband is Italian from the Garda Lake. We don't go there anymore very often, most of the family members passed away and we have my SIL and my niece still living there. But in the past when our son was little we went there each year for holidays during more than 15 years ! Now I want to see something else, lol !

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    1. I'm glad our children and grandchildren have a love of Italy through times spent in there. I'm very pro Italy and the Italian people. I would like to see other countries, but my first loves are England and Italy and I'm so thankful that I can still get there and see my husband's dear family. Wishing you a good rest of the week!

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  13. Such a wonderful house and garden Linda. It's obvious that much love and care goes into it. I think how lovely it must to be able to share in the bounty of freshly pressed olive oil and wine from your family. I am so glad you were able to spend time in your Italian home and with your extended family.

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  14. Thank you Gloria. There's much to be thankful for as I reflect on our time in Italy. I'm so grateful for a wonderful husband who has worked so hard over the years to provide this Italian house and lifestyle that we can enjoy, share with family and friends when there's the opportunity. Also for my generous in-laws. Thinking of you and those who set aside a day for Thanksgiving. A happy, blessed one to you all.

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