We finally started a vegetable garden! But this isn't it.
This is Babbo's beautiful garden, or as I like to refer to it, the land of the giant produce. We got a late start on our garden this year because of our higher elevation and colder temperatures, but I hope to post some lovely photos later in the summer!
The dogs and I have been taking walks around the property. So many lovely flowers! And some insects.
And lots and lots of wild primrose growing everywhere, even in our lawn!
Do we have this specific gorgeous wildflower in California?
And wild strawberries abound! They taste like tiny Sweet Tarts candy.
And we had cherries! I say "had" because they came and went very quickly.
And I've been planting flower seeds and bulbs. This was a success. Not all are.
We have three large lavender bushes filled with bees and butterflies. What to do with all these buds?
And we had visitors! This is my brother Dan and his wife Kathryn. He's mapping out their trip and she's putting together a wildflower bouquet outside on our porch.
It was a short visit, but really enjoyable! And I'm not just saying that because we got to do a blind wine tasting.
And my mother visited! She has been to visit me several times here in Italy, but it was her first time seeing our lost paradise found. A big thank you to my sister for delivering my mother safely!
And this is my dear sister. She has already seen the house more than once. In fact, she and her husband were with us when we first viewed the house! They'll be returning in the fall for their yearly pilgrimage and I can't wait! In the meantime, I hope to do some more posting. Hope? I promise!
And this, my friends, is the biggest reason why time got away from me. Her name is Sweetie and she's a cinghiale or wild boar. She was about a month old when she joined our brood and requires a lot of care and attention -- which we give her freely because she has the absolute longest eyelashes. Recall, I'm a sucker for a pretty-eyed pig!