Who needs a bouquet of flowers when a sprig from an elderly neighbour, a single daisy or RaRa flower from your toddler can say something more
Hung out to dry, one of those verbs and idioms that means so much more to farmers and foodies and the drying season has begun in earnest in Abruzzo
An Aladdin’s Cave of multicoloured delights & weekly changing cornucopia of beans & dried things to stumble into which show local can compete with the big boys
“And the smell of Fire-Roasted Peppers Began Licking round the Door” an extra temptation to the colourful noises and smells of village life in Abruzzo
Beanz Meanz Barrowfuls of Fagioli, sweet & creamy, beautifully dapled Borlotti Beans to give them their real name, to shell in September.
Well this Christmas Day in Abruzzo has to be our strangest yet, courtesy of a 130 km/h hot blasting scirocco, that left us feeling we were celebrating Easter
Life in Abruzzo have created a set of Christmas cards to raise money Bascianella whose church was damaged after the L’Aquila earthquake of April 2009
Creepy Crawlies, Boar, Bears & Wolves in Abruzzo: Although no mosquitoes up in the mountains there’s little things to watch out for whilst on holiday in Abruzzo
The very best place to food shop in Abruzzo is our own village of Bascianella; most small mountain villages in the Gran Sasso Mountains have a daily delivery
For those that do not go to church at home but are planning an Abruzzo Christmas, do try and go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (Vigilia di Natale) in Italy
October in Abruzzo, still Autumn but cold. Skies that held a low warm sun in the day, twinkled with stars at night and arrived with a sharp morning frost
Our local town hall in Colledara lists Bascianella as having 92 residents, most who have silvery hair, false teeth and aching hips but all manage to still farm!