In Love with France, At Home In Italy

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In Love with France, At Home In Italy
How did a life-long Francophile end up forsaking la belle France for la dolce vita in middle-of-nowhere Italy?
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  • A WARM INVITATION TO LISTEN TO ME READ "DEAR READER," CHAPTER ONE OF LETTERS TO MEN OF LETTERS 1 day ago The reading lasts about 9 minutes.  If you're a technodunce like me, the instructions that follow may be helpful. They were written by my clever husband who is NOT a technodunce. Click the Play arrow below to start. If you want to Pause, you can, by clicking the Pause sign in the same place as...
  • ONLY IN ITALY? Tools of the Trade: Who's into manual? (Part one of two) 6 days ago In Italy, when they haven't got the garden tool you want, sometimes they will offer to make it for you! Let me explain.  Cape Cod weeder? Nah, never heard of it. This is the land of MACHO power tools. Manual ones, the only kind I like, are scorned by most Italians as being "for sissies like the...
  • (NOT) ONLY IN ITALY? GARDEN TOOLS AND GRIEF (Part two) 1 week ago While appearing to write about garden tools, I’m reminded of a post I wrote years ago: REVIVAL (OR, HOW TO MOW LIKE THE QUEEN!) Although I was not grieving the loss of a dear one at the time, I think I was anticipating the losses to come. As I re-read this piece, I’m struck by how it is...
  • DREAM HOUSE "CODA" (part three) 1 week ago  Here comes a Coda—the first of many? This one comes on the heels of the Day of the Epiphany, and it feels like one: Although we do not get sunsets at our house, we do get stunning winter sunrises. I was reminded of this when from the cozy vantage of bed, I looked up and saw a most beautiful...
  • COUNTDOWN TO "THE DREAM HOUSE" WALK—part one 1 week ago Some people including me believe that I already live in a dream house. But there’s another one that until this Friday (if the weather cooperates) will have existed only in my mind’s eye. For the past 12+ years that we have lived here, I’ve been staring across the valley at a house that...

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