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Eat Your Greens

Olives infested with olive fly still on the tree during the last snowstorm here (Photo credit: Amanda Roelle).

Olives infested with olive fly still on the tree during the December 31, 2014 snowstorm here (Photo credit: Amanda Roelle).

The temperature here is dropping as I write. Snow flurries and high winds blew in last night, but today’s snowfall is almost an afterthought, with patches of brilliant blue sky behind ominous clouds. Maybe it’s counter-intuitive, but we welcome the chill if it will lay waste to the olive fly larvae that burrow in the soil of our olive grove. There’s little else to do but stay inside and cook while entertaining visions of insect death and destruction, hoping the incongruity of these two activities doesn’t indicate something troubling about my state of mind. Read more

Making Our Way

We’re not out of the woods yet. After a brilliant, blue sky morning that brought our town’s residents to the piazza to revel in the bright sun, dark clouds rolled in yesterday afternoon with wind and rain aplenty. While winter has been pretty mild in Puglia this year, it isn’t ready to give up its hold, so we’re still dodging rainstorms and scirocco-fueled gusts from the south. Read more

La Scampagnata

Bella and her newborn baby lamb in the countryside near Cisternino, Italy.

Bella and her newborn baby lamb in the countryside near Cisternino, Italy.

Easter has come and gone, and so has our scampagnata (holiday outing) in the country just outside of Martina Franca. For the past week, we’ve been taking care of our friends’ home and land in the rolling hills of the Valle d’Itria while they were away in England for a quick visit with family before the busy summer season here. Although we live just five miles away in the not-so-big city of Martina Franca, the countryside here feels worlds away. Now we’ve returned to our house in the centro storico with a new appreciation for the pleasures and the rigors of country life. Along with the exquisite serenity and endless night sky, we learned that a pastoral existence is anything but indolent. Read more

Unexpected

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d'itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d’itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

A little more than six months have passed since we changed everything about our lives. It’s easy to identify the radical differences—we aren’t working for other people or institutions, we don’t drive everywhere, we’re speaking another language—but the subtle, under-the-radar changes are the ones that sneak up behind us and let us know that this nuova storia isn’t business as usual. And it’s the small things, the unexpected surprises, which have truly changed us. Read more

Herbaceous

Wild mentuccia grows abundantly on our property.

Wild mentuccia grows abundantly on our property.

The first time we saw our land in Puglia, we were immediately seduced by its olive trees and the stone walls that contained them. It wasn’t until much later that we came to appreciate its more subtle charms. They were, quite literally, underfoot. Thanks to especially kind local senior citizens and a much younger herbalist friend from nearby Locorotondo, we now know that we are possessed of a spontaneous greengrocer and virtual herbal medicine chest on our five acres. And it’s all for the gathering, almost year round. Read more

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