For all those who like to "do it yourself" (), here is a fantastic man who built his house, a micro-hydro plant, a road and lives in his paradise in .

The micro plant:
ludens.cl/paradise/turbine/tur

and its water intake:
ludens.cl/paradise/turbine/int

Home page:
ludens.cl/paradise/paradise.ht

Although the is now almost empty, today's lunch was entirely home-grown: salad, celery root, chard, lemon and even the olive oil. How satisfying!

In the afternoon and evening we will be back with a friend on two free software projects sponsored by (nlnet.nl/).

Our guests have the garden at their disposal too, but now is not the best season for that.

Today we cleaned up the vegetable garden and planted field beans to enrich the soil with .

These beans, called "favini" in Italian, are sacrificial: Next spring, during flowering, the plants will be cut and left on the earth (). The roots, rich of nitrogen, will remain in the ground.

This is an old technique which has been used in this region to fertilize olive trees, but we will try it for tomatoes.


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Today we harvested the last tomatoes and made the Italian tomato-sauce "pomarola".

The tomatoes are cut in half and cooked for 10 minutes. Fried onions, celery and carrots are added. The skin is separated from the pulp with a special machine -nearly every family has one in our region. Finally the jars are filled and sterilized in boiling water.

Few days ago we harvested the olives under a beautiful sun.

Because of the dry summer, this year we had just 87 kg of olives giving 15.5 litres of oil. Last year was exceptional with 350 kg olives and 47 litres of oil.

Do you want to harvest with us next year? Fun assured and oil tasting included!!

Would you like to learn the secrets of goldsmiths? Would you like to craft coloured glass? Are you passionate about pottery?

Be an apprentice for one day!

italianstories.it/en/home

Are you looking for a charming location in Italy to spend an unforgettable vacation?

Charmingly.com is an alternative website to choose your destination. Nothing to do with airbnb or booking.com: only small and handpicked places with history, art, food and traditions.

charminly.com/

As the fall begins, the morning view is spectacular, with fog in the Arno valley (Valdarno), crisp air, and a blue sky.

This is one of the best times to be here... treat yourself to a vacation!

We offer 30% discount to whoever books an apartment and arrives here in Tuscany by September 2021: Starting from tomorrow we have no longer guests for one week.

30% is the commission that Booking.com (which we refuse to use) would take, and we prefer to give that to people on the Fediverse instead.

Finally the first rain of August! The plants were thirsty and the underground water level was low.

After few hours the sun is back already.

As soon as the rain is over, Cassio the kitten prepares a new attack to Enzo who escapes despite weighing over twenty times more... 😂

Getting ready to cook the "pomarola" (the Italian tomato preserve) for the winter. Those tomatoes smell delicious!

...and this is Cassio, our two-month-old cat, who loves to play non-stop and to ambush our big dog.

This is Enzo, our 51kg dog who should keep our home safe. In reality he is afraid even of cats...

But he loves giving the paw and getting rubbed on the belly!

we are a young couple of scientists who moved to the countryside to live in a more sustainable way and to realize our dreams.

We offer beautiful apartments in an historical tower in . We want to avoid platforms like Booking.com, Airbnb or Google for advertising.

We have also a big vegetable garden at guests' disposal where we experiment .

Check us out on morgiano.it/

@Gargron is this the right way to introduce an isolated instance?

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