British expat renovates ancient stone house in deserted village overlooking Italy's Lago Maggiore. This blog details her daily adventures with two children half way up a mountain with no vehicle access.

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  • Capodanno 2011A cloudless blue sky, and warm sunshine on heavy frost greets us this New Year's Day. By lunchtime it's such a beautiful day we're picnicking on the churchyard with all of Lago Maggiore shimmering at our feet. I may have mentioned before that in a...
  • Book notes No. 39 : In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant
    on Dec 30, 2010 in Books Sarah Dunant
    Blue skies veiled in haze. The communal water-tap is frozen solid. I must have read hundreds and hundreds of novels. Hundreds. I've leant my interior ear to narrators male and female. I've heard stories from school teachers, paedophiles, butchers, b...
  • December sunrise...
    on Dec 29, 2010 in Images
    ...Turner style.That sunrise I mentioned yesterday.
  • And a good time...
    on Dec 28, 2010 in Wine Images Food and drink
    ...was had by all.  The Christmas roll call was (left to right): Michel Lafarge 2007 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain; Louis Casters blanc de blanc champagne; Lafarge 2002 Bourgogne Pinot Noir; Burmester 1992 LBV Port; Lafarge 2007 Meursault; and Lafarge 19...
  • Luce scribimus
    on Dec 27, 2010 in Images Lago Maggiore Cannobio
    A bright, sunshiney day. A bit parky, though. Scribbling with light.Porto Lido Cannobio.
  • Motherhood means ... No. 27
    on Dec 26, 2010 in Mother and child Snow days Christmas
    One degree at 8am. After snow overnight, rain all day, with slush ankle-deep going down the hill. Motherhood means ... ...feeling free to try out some Christmas crafts, knowing that you can blame your disasters (about 99% in my case) on the childre...
  • One season ends, another begins
    on Dec 26, 2010 in Hunting wood Winter
    Mild, grey, still.  As the hunting season comes into its final day, the tree-cutting season begins, and already the battlements of Carmine Superiore are ringing with the roar of chainsaws. Strikes me the men need a reason to fly the too-warm, too-c...
  • A Christmas wish from Carmine Superiore
    on Dec 24, 2010 in Days of the year Christmas
    Warmer now. Mist and rain. A damp Christmas for Carmine Superiore. The other day I wrote about the silence that follows the snow in Carmine. A friend stopped me in the street a day or two later and amid elaborate Italian Christmas greetings mentione...
  • Christmas eggs
    on Dec 23, 2010 in Chickens 2010
    Three degrees at 8am. Raining continuously. But at least with the warmer weather, the hens have called off their strike and today produced their first eggs in what seems like months. Just in time to have decent eggs for Christmas!
  • Weather report
    on Dec 23, 2010
    Three degrees at 8am. Raining continuously.
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