Elderflower foraging walk

Why collect elderflower in your back garden if you can take a gorgeous 2 km elderflower foraging walk around the farm?

There’s a big elder outside Casina Nuova, but this morning I wanted to take a walk so I decided to walk around the Western borders of the farm and pick elderflowers from the smaller […]

FORAGING wild greens

In Le Marche (and many other parts of Italy) in Spring and early Autumn it’s common to see men and women out in the countryside with big plastic bags or baskets picking something from the weedy and unkempt field. They are probably foraging wild greens, or “erbe di campo” (field greens or literally field […]

Photo of the day: a truly amazing sunset

N.B. this is not photoshopped… it really looked like this afternoon at sunset from my terrace

Photo of the day: Almost night

September is here!

The temperatures are unusually high, we haven’t had any rain for over 40 days, September is being quite unusual this year… but luckily, as we do every year in September, we are enjoying the best sunsets!

Photo of the day: Chicca on Monte Catria


Photo of the day: October landscape

October landscape around the Locanda: the fields are ploughed and the colours of the leaves have started changing.
Our house is the pink one at the bottom and you can see this view taking one of our recommended walks starting on our doorstep.

Photo of the day: September landscape

Photo of the day: perfect sunset

Calving: the biggest calf ever

I rarely talk about my cattle here, but today I started the day helping a cow calving and a massive, enormous, gorgeous calf was born, so they deserve an entry of their own!
The calf is really huge, it took 3 of us pulling like crazy while my neighbour Giovanni supervised and directed.
When a cow […]