Abruzzo’s Owl. Little – But Loud.

Abruzzo’s Owl. Little – But Loud.

About fifteen feet from our front door there’s a head-high ledge about a foot wide running along the top of a retaining wall. Piled onto this ledge is an approximation of a dry-stone wall and inside this, for the second year running, a family of Abruzzo Owls has...
Mulch Ado About Nothing

Mulch Ado About Nothing

This is the time of year we work hardest. We have villa guests arriving later today, so Pauline’s been getting their villa ready and taking care of all the other little post-winter chores that need doing in the other two villas. I get to work outside. The upside...
Olive Harvest 2011

Olive Harvest 2011

Though last year our olive crop yielded 138 kilos of olives and 18 litres of oil, the portents this year in our corner of Abruzzo weren’t particularly encouraging. A summer-long drought had resulted in trees dotted with under-sized olives. And though welcome...
A Pig’s Tale

A Pig’s Tale

Can our Abruzzo garden survive the nightly ravages of a wild boar ? Or can an unlikely improvised solution persuade piggy to pork off ? So far this year at Villasfor2, we’ve had one visitor we really could have done without. A wild boar who decided that our...

Our Abruzzo Garden Wildlife

It was only when the builders were gone and tranquility had been restored to the olive groves and vineyards around our Abruzzo villas that we began to fully appreciate how rich the area was in wildlife. We’d experienced the twinkling magic of the fireflies that...