Night Life

I arise in the morning with dew laden ground and greet the day, opening the doors wide to tend to my garden.

It is then, as the sun comes creeping ‘cross, that I first glimpse the shenanigans of the night before…

Wellness in Matera, Italy

The dwellings have evolved from the rudimentary caverns of the Paleolithic period to sophisticated structures with multiple rooms and elaborately carved facades. The sensuous ambiance and spectacular location perched high above the ravine make it ideal for a romantic get-away, an inspiring yoga retreat or a fairy tale wedding…  

Origin

Over the years, additional layers containing much deeper resonance have revealed themselves leading me to wonder at their origin:  

Were they always there waiting for me to see or did I somehow grow them into being?…

Reflection & Introspection

Musing on this led me to contemplate how vastly different our experiences can be based on our own filtering system. We see the world filtered through this system and live according to the reality it creates for us, mostly unaware that this is the case…

The Path

“What does the path look like?” (the child wanted to know)…

Recipe: Vianne’s Spiced Hot Chocolate

From My French Kitchen: A book of 120 Treasured Recipes by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat.) Harris encourages cooks to engage all their senses when cooking—look at what you’re cooking, smell the ingredients, mix them with your fingers, and enjoy their sounds and textures. Cooking she reminds us…

A Return to Our Roots

plural noun: root vegetables   (Italian :  tuberi)     

  1.  the fleshy enlarged root of a plant used as a vegetable, e.g., a carrot, rutabaga, or beet… Recipe: Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad…

Make It Sacred

Those times when all feels impossible to love. When no joy can seem to be found.
When you can’t muster one sincere care in your world. 
That too, make sacred. Light a candle…

Recipe: Peach Gelato with just three ingredients!

The recipe is by the Sicilian chef, Ciccio Sultano from the book “How to Pick a Peach” by Russ Parsons. The book (not just about peaches!) contains 100 recipes and tips on selecting, storing and cooking fruits and vegetables…Here’s pics of Alex showing you how we did it…  

The Grays Have It

I’ve found—as with most everything in life—it comes down to balance and perspective. Upon closer inspection (a new perspective) one sees that gray is actually prevalent throughout nature. He is the workhorse, the behind-the-scenes element quietly pulling everything together…

Leek and Thyme Soup - recipe as shared on linenlavenderlife com

Recipe for a Rainy Day: Leek & Thyme Soup

“It never rains in California…but girl let me warn ya–It pours, man it pours.”
I always crave soup on a wintery day like today.  It can be served “peasant “style” as shown or…

Less stuff, more life

As I snuggled in under the covers, I noticed moon-lit shadows from the tree outside my window were dancing and swaying in the wind back-and forth across my newly exposed wall. It seemed I had unwittingly set the stage and…

Travel Journal: If the boot fits…

Giovanni has been rubbing oil on my back and now begins making his way down each leg, whispering, “belli piedi . . . cara mia” ––something about giving me a foot massage, I think. I drowsily nod and smile, assured by his tone that I will enjoy whatever he is proposing. The sun is warm on my face and closing my eyes…

Dream Day

I love to explore another place, another culture, another way of doing things.  I always return with a fresh perspective and charged with creative energy…

about a chair

Have you ever noticed that a solitary chair
seems to have a personality all its own?…

Recipe: Truffle Bruschetta

On a six week stay in Tuscany and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across…

Chateau Domingue

Her own house was designed from top-to-bottom by the incomparable Pamela Pierce who was given carte blanche––free to select from the array of stunning building materials and antiques housed at Ruth’s 15,000 square foot warehouse…