The Reluctant Teacher

My crazy Italian life continues… The Reluctant Teacher Willie, originally from Peru, sits on my left. He has been in Italy for ten years and wants to learn English. Samba, a refugee from Mali, sits on my right. He speaks a kind of French dialect and he’s here to learn Italian. I volunteer twice a […]

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Winter Is Coming to Tuscany

The new oil is worth all the work  

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Arrivo!

Somebody is happy to see me! and these guys too I think! But here I am: I can see the Cross at Poggio Alla Croce from Elettra’s house My flight over was way longer than usual, with the baggage handler strike in Toronto making me late for my connection in Paris and then windy conditions […]

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Fall 2017 Travellers! Our homes, in Poggio Alla Croce and in Firenze

Our home at Agriturismo Il Colle, in Poggio Alla Croce. We stay here for two reasons, one is the setting.   Our country house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms with a complete kitchen, dining room and living room.         And the other reason we stay here is Giovanni, our host at Il Colle. Whether […]

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Meet Nancy Johnson, Guest Photographer

I was very fortunate to have Nancy Johnson, a superb photographer from Santa Rosa California, among my guests at Il Colle in April.   When I look at her photographs, I re-visit the beauty, peace and excitement of our time together in Tuscany. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing some of your photos with us!   […]

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