The highlights and pitfalls of one girl and her dog going to start a new life up a mountain in rural Italy, rearing chickens and growing food.

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  • Selling up...
    on May 17, 2011
    The kennels idea has sadly met with too much red tape to be viable and after much consideration I have decided to sell up here and move back to the UK. It hasn't been that easy here on my own, and as nice as the locals are, I don't have very much in...
  • Money money money....
    on Feb 16, 2011
    Finding a way to earn some money here has been difficult. One of the things that I am probably most experienced at and most comfortable with is looking after dogs, so the idea of a boarding kennels has always been at the back of my mind. A few weeks...
  • Another snowy update..
    on Jan 30, 2011
    Have been meaning to update for a while and just never got round to it! Here I am at last...We have had some lovely sunny warm weather since the last snow dollop and then last week we had a big snow storm and a LOT of snow! The dogs loved it, my phon...
  • More snow..
    on Dec 18, 2010
    We had lots more snow over the last couple of days. The dogs really enjoyed playing in it and it tired them out bouncing around in it (especially looking for stuff I had buried in the snow for them to find!)The snow did bring it's own problems though...
  • SNOW!!! (finally)
    on Dec 14, 2010
    After weeks of being jealous at all the snow the UK had, we finally got some of the white stuff for ourselves today! The boys were both really excited (although Kofi spent a lot of the time eating it)Weeeeeee snowwwwwwwwwwww!On our forest walk..Being...
  • First trip to the vets..
    on Dec 2, 2010
    We had our first experience with an Italian vet this week. Kofi managed to rip his dew claw, which doesn't sound like a big thing but is really painful as the quick is exposed. I phoned the vet (hate talking on the phone in Italian, but he understood...
  • Happy things and sad things..
    on Nov 20, 2010
    Sad things first. Fonzie the cockerel got eaten by something. :-( I let all the chickens out one morning and then around 11am I went down to the chicken area and there were all his white feathers on the ground. The wolf/fox just came in daylight...
  • Anyone for some olive oil?
    on Nov 14, 2010
    My friend Chris is here from England so we have had a lovely couple of days. We went up to the mountain plains today to see if the sheep and the dreaded Maremma (live stock guarding dogs) have gone down to lower pastures and they had so we were safe...
  • Birthday boy
    on Nov 5, 2010
    Kofi turned ONE last week, I don't know where the time has gone as he still seems (and looks) like a puppy to me! :-)Trying his grown up pose..I decided to take the boys to the beach for Kofi's birthday as he has never seen the sea and Shilah loves i...
  • Forest colours
    on Nov 1, 2010
    Just a quick post as I need to take the dogs for a walk before it gets dark, but I wanted to share some pictures of the lovely Autumn colours of the forest.It changes daily and there are some really vivid colours that the camera hasn't quite captured...
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