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Three Oddities: Thousands of Birds, a Summer Truffle in March, and a Red Mushroom

More winter experiences: One late afternoon in February, my attention was drawn away from preparing dinner to the sound of many bird wings outside.  When I emerged out of the house to the front terrace,  I realized that many thousands … Continue reading

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Winter 2014: Planting and Pruning

This winter has been extraordinary:  I have not seen so much water come down our little Monte Calboccia!    Yes, there was lots of rain until early March, so much so that the Niccone River, which is usually hardly more than … Continue reading

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Lavender harvest

We’re keeping the bees, butterflies and hawk moths (they look like tiny hummingbirds!) happy by letting the lavender flower out before harvesting it.  When the blossoms dry up, we’ve been picking them, and letting the houses fill up with their … Continue reading

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We got adopted

Our friends here keep telling us that no Umbrian farm house is complete without a cat.  Well, this guy finally found us.  He emerged out of the woods one day in April and hasn’t left since.  Really the perfect outdoor … Continue reading

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The Wettest May Ever!

Waking up in the morning to the sound of the spring flowing its way down the seven levels of the old, defunct sheep “bevatoio” in the backyard is a new experience at Calboccia. It has been an unusually rainy May, … Continue reading

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Black Summer Truffles at Calbboccia

I am just getting around to posting a photo of some of the black summer truffles that our neighbor’s truffle dog Dea found below our oak trees last August.  We washed them carefully with a dish brush under cold running … Continue reading

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News and Updates

Hi!  We’ll try to keep out guests posted as to what’s going on at Calboccia.  We plant trees, harvest olives, design new furniture, and make jam.  Thanks for stopping by. Please contact, if you would like additional information. Thank … Continue reading

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