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Sensone: Gregorian Chanting Day

Sensone: Gregorian Chanting Day

Last Saturday we spent yet another wonderful day with the sisters and brothers at Villa Sacra

Firstly I have to apologise for the delay in writing this only my laptop slipped off the coffee table and I broke the LED screen.  It really is quite difficult writing when you can’t see the words.  But Rich to the rescue he has set me up with my old desktop screen, which actually I […]

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Sensone: Blackberry Picking

Sensone: Blackberry Picking

with the Brothers and Sisters from Villa Sacra

Time passes so quickly here and I wrote this little article a short while ago, when the blackberries where still in fruit and somewhere along the line I didn’t post it. On the bright side it has enabled me to taste the wonderful Blackberry and Basil Jam made from our pickings. And yes, that is […]

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Sensone: Sante Quarantore

Sensone: Sante Quarantore

Sunday 20th September, the bells rang out over the mountains at Renaio, as we celebrated Sante Quarantore. In Christianity the “Forty Hours” representing the length of time spent by Jesus Christ in his death, from the Friday afternoon up until his resurrection Sunday morning. Each year around this time Sante Quarantore is celebrated at Renaio, […]

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The trees and plants of Sensone – Sage (Salvia Officinalis)

The trees and plants of Sensone – Sage (Salvia Officinalis)

sage throughout history has been held in high regard for both its culinary and medicinal properties and its reputation as a panacea

I think I have mentioned before that I am really interested in the healing properties of plants so today whilst I was talking to Diana about the abundance of sage growing here at Sensone, she told me to make a light batter, (flour, pinch of salt and pepper and then to add water), then take […]

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Emergency Trip Home

Emergency Trip Home

It had to happen at some stage and a few weeks ago I had the dreaded Emergency call. My sons girlfriend’s waters had broken, it looked as if our granddaughter was going to arrive early, too early at 28 weeks. My son was in pieces, they had already spent a night in delivery by the […]

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Sensone : On top of the world

Sensone : On top of the world

What a busy time we are all having and although those Northern winds are still bringing the night time temperatures down, we are managing to stay above freezing. That cannot be said of the Vetrica who woke to a fresh covering of snow last night (18/04/2015) and for the last couple of days we’ve been […]

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Sensone – Gale Force Winds – The Clear Up

Sensone – Gale Force Winds – The Clear Up

I wrote this a short while ago but it is still relevant now as we are all still ploughing our way through the damage caused by those hurricane force winds.

I think we were all shocked with the amount of devastation the storm brought with it. The day after winds of up to 140 mile per hour winds hit the Garfagnana the devastation surrounded us. Roads blocked, mountainsides flattened, and you could follow the path the winds took, total carnage it looked as if several […]

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Gale force Arctic winds hit Sensone

Gale force Arctic winds hit Sensone

I have to say I felt safe within the walls of Sensone but now realise how lucky we were, if one of the trees had fallen towards the house instead of away from it, it could have had some severe consequences for the house.

Just when we thought Spring was on its way and we had seen the worst of the winter weather, we were shown how unpredictable Mother Nature can be, when Gale force Arctic Winds and Snow (we guess winds up to speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour ) batter Sensone throughout the night, with […]

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Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

I was mesmerised as I stood there, listening, watching and waiting. I didn't fear Sensone as the slides seem to be in one position, I am guessing it is because of the water soaked land, expanded to its limits with the freezing temperatures, unsettling the already destabilised ground. All is fine until the warm rays of the sun, melts the ice and then you hear it. As the land looses its grip from the mountain side.

Now that the Big Thaw is taking place, one of the most disturbing thing that happens up here in the mountains takes place in our Grotto. An area of mountain that many, many years ago had a huge landslide, I can’t find out any information on it. Diana remembers it happening when she was a […]

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Snow at Sensone

Snow at Sensone

Well me and my big mouth!  I had said “the snow isn’t as bad as in previous years” and I open my door this morning to a white out.  We now have at least two inches of snow and it is still falling and the forecast is for more of the white stuff for the […]

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The New Year and Back to Normal

The New Year and Back to Normal

Now of course when I say back to normal, I don’t really mean “normal”, because life at Sensone is anything but “normal”. After the heady fun days of Charlie’s visit back in October things started to go a little pear shaped or rather more “normal” than usual. The biggest problem by far being my computer […]

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What a weekend – White Water Rafting

What a weekend – White Water Rafting

“He’s not going to take us over that is he?” the question flashed through my mind, but all too quickly we were now riding the rapid.

How do we cap the last few days, we are surviving on a wave of adrenalin fuelled excitement?  But not to worry Rich had indeed saved the best until last, so Sunday we all had to wake up at 6am.  Rich was worried the boys wouldn’t make it because for most of their holiday they […]

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