Goodbye Italy

It is time to leave lovely Italy and return to my other life. It’s time to say goodbye to Ponte a Serraglio and Casa Debbio for a couple of months.

Pruning the lavender

I have been busy pruning my lavender plants at Casa Debbio. We have nearly 200 plants as well as rosemary, roses, wisteria and other things that need a trim.

Through the mist

I drove through thick fog on my way up to Cass Debbio. As I got higher the mist cleared to reveal our beautiful mountains…

A rainy day at Casa Debbio

I love misty days at Casa Debbio. I can’t work in the garden, but it is great to watch the village below disappear and reappear from the mist.

What a difference a year makes

Our garden at Casa Debbio has come along in leaps and bounds this year because of the rain…see the difference from last year.

Casa Debbio spring 2016

The cool, wet spring seems to suit the garden at Casa Debbio. It is thriving. We have lavender, roses, peonies and much more…

Casa Debbio weather

The rain this spring has been constant. The misty views from Casa Debbio help to distract us from the rain…at least we haven’t had to water the garden much,

Progress at Casa Debbio

Our garden at Casa Debbio grew like mad while we were in Sicily. It is really starting to take shape. Filippo and Vittorio built our new pergola. Now we need the wisteria to take off and cover it.


After days of rain and wind we got some lovely snow. Even in Ponte a Serraglio the snow fell lightly. We went to Casa Debbio not really knowing what to expect…

A year of travel

2015 has been a busy year for travel. I went twice to Italy with side trips to Barcelona, Stockholm and Helsinki. I also travelled within Italy, visiting Padova, Arezzo, Cortona and many other lovely places. I can’t wait to do it all again next year.