Cison di Valmarino (TV), Italy

A small, interesting and historical town to visit in the province of Treviso, Italy.

Castelbrando… A medieval castle built on top of a limestone rock overlooking the city of Cison di Valmarino, province of Treviso, Italy.

The streets decorated with these red Christmas trees…

An old well..

A Nativity…

A red “500” car and a sign ” Uno dei Borghi più belli d’Italia” – part of an association of towns of historical interest founded in 2001 on the initiative of the tourism council of the “Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani” with the aim of preserving and maintaining villages of quality heritage.

Article 13 “Personal liberty shall be inviolable”

Article 11. “Italy rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of people and as a means of settlement of international disputes…”

Article 4 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Article 3 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to read everything but I took some pictures of some articles of the Italian Constitution written on wood.

Oh! I actually saw three houses with slogans during the fascist regime in Italy which really made me think…was it really important to restore (making it legible) those slogans? What was the true purpose of making those slogans clear and easy enough to be read by anyone? 🤔

It’s already January 6 here in Italy and it’s a national holiday. Epiphany – the feast of the Three Kings, “La Befana”- the old Witch who brings toys/goodies to children who have been good during the year and “Carbone”- a candy which looks like charcoal for those who have been naughty during the past year.

and…

“Panevin”- Bread and wine (celebrated on the 5th of January). A tradition in the Veneto region who used a bonfire to evoke the sun. Another tradition of Panevin is a crop forecast (I think, the town of Arcade, in the province of Treviso, Italy, best represents this tradition!). “Falive a mattina, tol su el saco e va a farina – When the smoke goes east, take a bag and go begging. ” Se la falive le va a sera, de polenta pien caliera” – When the smoke goes west, the crop will be good, the pot full with polenta.

What would be this year’s forecast? I have to read the newspaper tomorrow to know it!

For those who are Christians, I wish you Happy Three Kings! For those who are not, wishing you an amazing day! 😊

Direction

It is not about having everything to start the journey through life well. I think it is most of all about where I want to be and what I am willing to pay just to reach my goal. I imagined a boat, with me controlling the rudder, I start to sail but without a definite direction, my boat, in the sea of life will just keep on moving, maybe reaching a land where I don’t want to go to, or worst, I continue to sail, looking for that “island”, but without knowing really what I want and the willingness to make sacrifices, I will surely be like a boat without a destination that when the storm comes the probability of sinking is very high. With this thought, I promise to myself to live today to the fullest with all the most beautiful and positive feelings, to reach my goal, a step at a time.

Venice, a boat and the island of Torcello. October 2019

Burano, October 2019, Venice, Italy

Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday!

A fairy garden to light up my day…

Companion plants….

I like gardening and it is really fun and very fulfilling when I can see my plants grow well even in small plots. One thing that I have discovered this summer is how the technique of companion planting (planting together 2 or 3 kinds of plants together) can really help in protecting plants from pest and keeping them healthy, meaning, you don’t need a big piece of land to have a vegetable garden and to have a good harvest. Coincidence or…

Effects of planting together: Eggplants + tomatoes + stringbeans and celery.

And…

Tomato sauce (tomato sauce + olive oil + garlic, oregano, salt. Sauté for 15 minutes) + grill the eggplants + cut in small pieces the mozzarella.

Baking tin + spread a layer (3 tablespoons) of tomato sauce + a layer of grilled eggplants + tomato sauce and mozzarella. Do this procedure until you have utilized all the grilled eggplants. Top with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Bake at 180°C for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot.

Oh! The original recipe is with fried eggplants.

The joy of sowing and harvesting…

A Mother

Who could truly comprehend the heart of a mother?

It is that sweet smile of hope, peace and love the first time she saw that little , defenseless but beautiful creature in her arms.

So how do you learn the essence of first love?

A mother’s love is never easy to define because it is all about learning the art of love itself.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Though it is not only today that I remember a very special woman in my life but I do feel so fortunate to have a mother like my mom. In her way she taught me a lot of vital things which made me what I am today (of course with the help of my Dad. My first lesson about the value of teamwork!). Though it was not always easy to understand her teachings (fortunately, I followed and improved some – evolution), the proof that she was right is in what I have sowed and harvested in these years. Time has given the answer…I am one of those lucky persons in this life to have an amazing mother!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

Peace

“Peace” is a priceless feeling . I thought of this:

P = Patience. For only time can reveal the results of decisions made.

E = Empathy. What would it be like to feel how others feel?

A = Admitting to oneself that life is too short not to be happy

C = Compassion.

E = Envy and greed for more will only lead to unhappiness. The ego is satisfied but not the spirit.

Camelia Japonica blooming in Autumn.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful Sunday!

Maayong Domingo ninyo tanan!

Sunday

A day = 24 hours

A day = 1440 minutes

A day = 86400 seconds

If I spend 44 hours/week at work this would mean:

44 hours = 2640 minutes

44 hours = 158400 seconds

I have 168 hours a week so:

168 hours – 44 (work) = 124 hours

124 hours – 49 (sleep) = 75 hours

75 hours – 65 (family and friends) = 10 hours

10 hours … Physical activity + Read a book + Meditation

Thinking about the value of every day, every minute and every second of my life in a week helps me to understand that if I organize my time I could really do a lot of things. Life is a journey and time is a precious and vital component to make it worthwhile.

New Basil plants out of ….

I thought it was easier to buy Basil plants rather than reproducing new plants out of a mother plant…

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A mother Basil plant – I cut the top part (10 cm) – put them in a transparent glass jar for a week and….Voila! New Basil plants!

I was able to reproduce new plants + saved money and I was able to share/give Basil plants to my friends