Wine tasting at Altemura Winery, Torre Santa Susanna

View from winery to masseria

View from winery to masseria

Altemura = High Walls

Altemura = High Walls

Getting the story of the Masseria

Getting the story of the Masseria

Sparklingly

Sparklingly

Oak Barrels in the beautiful wine cellar

Oak Barrels in the beautiful wine cellar

Loverly tasting of great wines with nice nibbles!

Loverly tasting of great wines with nice nibbles!


Sneak Peak….

During the last couple of weeks we’ve been anticipating to start quite a big renovation project. The wait has been long for the building permits to arrive but finally it is here and we can start.
Here is a small improvement:

New gate into the courtyard

New gate to the courtyard


Easter at Rossi's 2014

Easter at Rossi’s 2014


Easter at Villa Ottilia 2014

Easter at Villa Ottilia 2014. Swedish Style


Easter at Villa Ottilia 2014

Easter at Villa Ottilia 2014


Il Piacere cake and homemade limoncello in the sun

Il Piacere cake and homemade limoncello in the sun


Dreaming of a life as a full time gardener…

Stolen Goods

Stolen Goods


Mother of the stolen goods

Mother of the stolen goods


Would you blame me for picking a hand full of seeds from that beautiful beast of bougainvillea? Let’s hope they all sprout and I will believe in the old Swedish saying: Seedlings should always be nicked, never ever ask for permission or the plant will not grow well!
Adding a bit of color to the front

Adding a bit of color to the front


After 3 years of fruit less lemon trees I just couldn't help buying this little beauty with a giant lemon ready to harvest

After 3 years of fruit less lemon trees I just couldn’t help buying this little beauty with a giant lemon ready to harvest


Tourist in Ceglie Messapica for a day

We admit to being about as lousy as possible on getting to know the surrounding area, but this week we ventured out to Ceglie Messapica. We remember having visited this beautiful town as we were looking for a house but haven’t been back since then. It was a “girls day out” including a visit to a local Ceglie girl, a walk around the old town and a great lunch at “Osteria Pugliese”.

Should do this more often!

Stunning views of Ceglie countryside

Stunning views of Ceglie countryside


Love the details of these old Pugliese houses, L O V E

Love the details of these old Pugliese houses, L O V E


Always keep one eye up & one down not to miss any beautiful balconies as well as the undocumented doggie gifts on the streets...

Always keep one eye up & one down not to miss any beautiful balconies as well as the undocumented doggie gifts on the streets…


I'd love to live on number 11...

I’d love to live on number 11…


Why can't we build houses as beautiful nowadays, I wonder....

Why can’t we build houses as beautiful nowadays, I wonder….


The ever present blue Ceglie sky

The ever present blue Ceglie sky


The stairway in number 11 is almost beautiful enough to make me say that I'd stride down all in white... Almost!

The stairway in number 11 is almost beautiful enough to make me say that I’d stride down all in white… Almost!


Mosaic Planters

Day 2

Day 2

Day 4

Day 4

Welcome committee at the Garden Center, makes it even more fun to flower shop.

Welcome committee at the Garden Center, makes it even more fun to flower shop.

Bought too many, but can there ever be too many roses in a garden?

Bought too many, but can there ever be too many roses in a garden?

As the sun sets on this beautiful spring day the project is completed.

As the sun sets on this beautiful spring day the project is completed.

 

 

 

 


Ticking off the projects, one by one.

We have been battling way too high electricity bills for a long time, not being able to figure out how we can bring it down.  So now we decided to bite the bullet and change our water heaters to gas, something we were recommended to do from the beginning and we made the wrong decision.  Said and done, yesterday the heater got installed and now we anxiously await the electricity bills in the future, will this work?

Bye bye high bills?

Bye bye high bills?

Today the tubes will be covered and a box to cover the gas “bombola’s” ordered.

Another project which has been in the pipeline is of a much more artsy type.  3 years ago I bought these big cement planters and painted them white, just a few months later the paint had come off and there was no point in painting and painting…  Since then I’ve been contemplating to cover the pots in mosaic, said and done the project has started:

Day 1

Day 1

 

 

 


It’s not ALL flowers, but almost…

In order to even out all the wonderful signs of spring we decided to empty our sewage tank the other day, not because it was full but we’d rather have it done before that happens during peak season… As we’ve been here for three and a half year now we figured it had to be done and made the call.  We told them that it is not urgent so tomorrow is fine if possible.  20 minutes later the truck arrived and in pouring rain our sewage was emptied and cleaned by a man that wouldn’t stop smiling.  I cannot help wonder how quick he’d come if it was urgent?

Not a bad experience, at all .

Not a bad experience, at all .

Beautiful Sunday kept me in the garden all day and one of the results is this new lavender flower bed.  I just love these colors together; Lavender flowers and leaves, Lime stone, Sage & Olive trees.

Lavender & Lime stone

Lavender & Lime stone


Time to de-hibernate

This winter has skipped us all in all, and here we’ve been anticipating and preparing for it, for nothing!  But we’re not complaining as the “Tramontana” (Northern wind) can be strong, wet, cold and penetrating for an old summer house during the Mediterranean winter storms.

As a walk around the garden displays this, I have to gladly realize that spring is here:

flower12

Plum

flower11

Almond

Flower flower1 flower2 Flower3 flower4 Flower5 flower6 flower7 flower8 Flower9 flower10

Clover & flowering Rosemary

Clover & flowering Rosemary

Irises undermined by naughty dog

Irises undermined by naughty dog

Luckily she is extremely cute, otherwise she'd be in greater trouble!

Luckily she is extremely cute, otherwise she’d be in greater trouble!

Nice surprise in the mailbox

January 15th and the mailbox surprises us with this nice load:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to us

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to us

I feel that receiving Christmas cards 3 weeks late should be the norm, in the middle of the holidays there is so much going on that these little signs of wonderful friendships easily get lost in between all the food, drinks and jingle bells la la la la.   As I was bringing out the recyclables this morning I spotted a full mail box, ran back for the key and all of a sudden the morning felt a lot brighter than before.

Isn’t it amazing how Karma works, I spend a lot of my time trying to help people who needs it and get a lot of crap back…  Then… People who I feel I’ve not really done anything special for, returns all that love and care which makes it all worth it again.  Most of you know that I am not a believer of any religious sort, but I believe in these things, Strongly!!!

Lesson for today:

Keep giving and it will come back to you in one way or the other, most probably not the way you think but there is a lesson in that too.

Thank You for the cards Jallows, Stenströms, Törnbloms, Moberg, Selanders & Axelssons!

 


Brokeback Grove

For 3 days we have been gathering, chopping, cutting, burning and bringing home olive wood from a friends olive grove.  It’s been 3 wonderfully sunny days, +16 – 18c and no wind.  So we of course should not complain but…  Sitting here on the sofa with a G&T in my hand celebrating Friday… My back hurts! My hands hurt! My butt hurts! Anyway, just wanted to say to all of you who are experiencing a terrible winter up north;  La Dolce Vita is here but we also have some pains in case that makes the winter feel more bearable to you 🙂

With my brand new Husqvarna chain saw in my hand there is all smiles

With my brand new Husqvarna chain saw in my hand there is all smiles

Doggies examining the load

Doggies examining the load