• Murazzano and Alta Langa: among woods, vineyards and legends

    Luigi Veronelli used to say “you have to walk the earth”. Walk to learn, to live in perpetual movement and for the joy of progressing step by step.

    So that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago, with my kids Clara, 8, and Giovanni, 7, in the village of Murazzano: 749 metres above sea level, woods, animals and an impressive medieval tower which rises 33 metres above the houses. The village is known as the “shield and key of Piedmont” due to its strategic position, and is part of the Strada Romantica of the Langhe and Roero.

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    Have you ever been to Alta Langa?

    I’m in love with it. I love that wild feeling that the part of the Langhe where Barolo grows has lost. If I close my eyes, I feel as though I’m breathing in the sea air. This is where my I’m going to plant my new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, to make my Alta Langa docg.

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    Together with Clara and Giovanni, we walked and learned about the history of Murazzano, as though it were a fairy tale.

    The village was once devoted almost exclusively to goat herding and is home to a much-loved DOP cheese named Murazzano after the village. Half way between a robiola and a toma, it’s made in small quantities using Langhe goat’s milk. It is also a Slow food presidio.

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    There is a legend about this cheese and I told it to the children, who like stories that are a little bit scary.

    A young boy from Murazzano, called Giovannino, had been given the job of watching over some Murazzano cheeses but he became distracted and a big black crow swooped down and stole  some of them. Frightened that his mother would be angry with him, Giovannino followed the crow as fare as Ceva, known as a meeting place for witches and devils.  Giovannino was tired and hungry, so he decided to rest in a hut. When he entered the hut, he found a surprise: a table laden with all kinds of delicious things to eat. So the boy ate! All of a sudden the devil appeared and accused him of stealing his lunch. He ordered Giovannino to follow him to hell. The crafty young boy asked the devil to grant him a last wish: to drink some cool water from the well. Upon reaching the well, the devil leaned over it to see whether there was any water and Giovannino pushed him in. He promised to help the devil out but only if he returned the stolen Murazzano cheeses. The crow was actually the devil. And this goes to show how valuable this cheese was, so valuable that even the devil loved it (source: DOC cheeses of Italy, pp. 71-72).

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    Murazzano is a village known for its food and wine too.

    Cafe Gianduja does excellent aperitifs (tel. +39  0173 798013): they have a list of very important and well-selected wines, including some very rare native grapes. If you want to have lunch or dinner in Murazzano, I can highly recommend Trattoria da Lele (tel. +39 0173 798016), a welcoming restaurant with a family atmosphere and a strictly Piedmontese menu. A great place to eat!

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    I’m going to close with some words from Veronelli: “Those who walk the earth know that the important thing is not to arrive, but to progress, step by step. Walking the earth is about expressing our lives in constant movement. Sometimes you have to stop to rest or think and to rejoice or cry, and then start walking again. Stop also to remember and relive the road you have travelled”.

     

  • «Weeping of the vine»: the emotion of seeing a vine «weep»

    Have you ever seen a vine “weep”? It really does happen. If you find yourself driving past a vineyard in March, stop the car and get out.

    Walk up to a vine that’s been pruned and observe it carefully: every 30 seconds, a little teardrop forms on the incision where the vine has been pruned, and drops. This extraordinary phenomenon is something not everyone is aware of. We call it «weeping of the vine». Not tears of sadness, but a proclamation of life.

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    Let’s see what happens.

    The plant reawakens from its winter sleep and recommences its lifecycle.  The “tears” are little droplets of sap, rising up the stalk of the vine and seeping out. This happens when the roots start working again, when the sap begins to rise up through the wood. It’s as though the vine is taking a deep breath before the birth of the new buds.

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    But what happens to the vine to make it weep?

    The vine is explained clearly on the website www.agraria.org: “The budding phase is preceded by a typical phenomenon of the vine called “weeping”, which is actually the release of fluid from the xylem vessels where they have been pruned. This is due, on one hand, to the reactivation of the sugar metabolism – the transformation of starch into simple sugars – and the consequent reactivation of cellular respiration, and, on the other, the high level of absorption that characterises the roots, which peaks during this phase”.

    But what are the “tears” made of?

    This varies from one grape variety to another, but as a general rule they are a combination of mineral elements, organic compounds, sugars and acids.

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    How do we know when a vine is “weeping”?

    Good question! It’s impossible to know for certain but, according to some agronomical studies, it always happens just after the middle of March. Fortunately, it lasts a few days. Don’t miss it this year: it’s an emotional experience! This is another aspect of life as a winegrower!

     

  • 5 reasons to visit my cellar (even when it’s cold)

    Here I am at the end of a long day, as rich as ever of so much work in the management of my farm and beyond.

    I often tell friends about my days and their question is always the same: “Sara, how are you doing everything?Yes, good question! Sometimes I ask myself how I do it. I talked about it some time ago in my blog: my company, 4 children and a husband represent in reality my energy to face with joy and serenity all my daily challenges

    Precisely with the arrival of the cold season, when the long summer, which culminates with the September harvest, is now behind me I like to rethink all the work of the last months and the many people who visited my cellar during the beautiful season.

    Each tasting is a unique moment

    Every person, every tasting is a special moment. I welcome winelovers (… and not only) from all over Italy and the world in a moment of meeting that goes well beyond the simple wine tasting. They are moments of exchange in which my desire is to build a community. A group of people that increases year after year, which is a first time and then a second until, almost without realizing it, a friendship is established and the tasting becomes a fixed appointment year after year to rekindle and tell a lot of things with a good glass of wine.

    I thought then to share here with you 5 reasons why visit my cellar, (even when you are in full autumn or winter) that for me are really very important:

    1. Drink wine, an excellent wine. It seems obvious but it is not. A visit to the cellar must have as a central moment the wine tasting! If this is not good, you risk losing much of the magic of the moment. The wine I produce is the result of the work and passion of all those who work in my company. Thanks to this commitment we have received many international awards that give us the incentive to improve and always offer a better product.
    2. Know the history of my company. Starting from my grandfather Ernesto Saffirio up to me, we have been cultivating the vineyard for more than two centuries and telling this territory through our wines. I love to describe this story as a marvelous adventure in the land of the Langhe, made of passion and love. A story that excites me every time I tell it to those who want to listen.
    3. Enjoy a unique territory. My company is in Monforte d’Alba, we are in the Langhe, a UNESCO heritage. I am proudly part of this territory and if you come to find me you will discover not only unique wines but, also, postcard landscapes. During the last summer I proposed some itineraries in the area that can also be done in autumn or winter. Every season in the Langhe has its own peculiarities that deserve to be seen. Discover my itineraries:
    4. Discovering my eco-sustainable winery. A very important project that I realized is the modernization of my cellar, a structure designed to integrate into the rural landscape and reduce the environmental impact. The entire building has been designed to optimize work and resources. A winery in harmony with its territory that blends with my idea of sustainable viticulture
    5. Participate in my projects. I have always understood my activity as a wine producer as something that goes well beyond the vineyard. It means for me to take care of my territory. I do this by always investing in new projects. One of the initiatives I am particularly proud of is Adpot a row, I talked about it in my blog in October. By joining this project you will become part of my community of adopters, who take care of a precious row and you will contribute to participate in the preservation of a unique environment, protecting the traditions and practices necessary for the birth of a true Barolo DOCG.

    If you wish to book a tasting session in my cellar, click here and you can experience the 5 points that I have just told you in person! If I think back to what I just wrote now I can explain how I can do everything. The passion for everything I do allows me to face with a smile the myriad commitments of my mother’s day, businesswoman and wife and a part of the merit is yours! With your visits to the winery, at meeting times with my adopters, I understand that everything I’m doing makes sense.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • An itinerary for the summer: 3 castles in the Langhe

    Welcome back to the now usual summer event dedicated to the routes of our territory. In June and July I had focused on two itineraries to discover Alta and Bassa Langa, today we see a new thematic itinerary dedicated to 3 important castles in the Langhe. In the sinuous intertwining of rolling hills and vineyards, these imposing medieval fortresses dominate the horizon, which are a heritage of our cultural landscape.

    Castle of Monticello D’Alba

    Our itinerary starts from here, a few kilometers from Alba, we find the castle of Monticello, one of the best preserved of the whole area. Its origin is very ancient and dates back to the year one thousand. The castle is owned by the Roero family of Monticello since 1372.

    Today the Castle is structured on three floors, each with a hall to visit. We have an arms room, where you can see an exhibition of weapons belonging to different historical periods, then we find the room dedicated to paintings with portraits of the Roero family, finally we have a large billiard room. You can also visit the garden that preserves its original fourteenth-century structure.

    The architectural peculiarity of the castle is the presence of three towers that have a different plan: a tower has a square, a round and an octagonal shape.

    To visit the castle here you will find all the informations.

    Castle of Grinzane Cavour

    Not far from Monticello we find Grinzane with its famous castle. Its position between vineyards and hills makes it even more impressive, a bulwark to protect the territory. He hosted Camillo Benso Count of Cavour, who transformed it into a center of excellent wine production.

    The castle, in addition to the undeniable architectural beauty that fits perfectly into the landscape, is worth a visit because it is home to many attractions. Inside you can find:

    • The Piemontese Cavour Regional wine shop: in addition to local wines and spirits, there is a rich selection of local products ranging from jams to muscat vinegar.
    • Langhe Museum: a museum dedicated to the territory. The visits are conducted by the same Count of Cavour who will guide you to discover the manor. If you are nearby in August here find the dates of the month in which the guided tour is planned.
    • Restaurant: if you want to give yourself a gastronomic experience, the castle has an exclusive restaurant inside edited by Chef Marc Lanteri in which seasonal flavors are paired with fine wines that only the Langhe can offer.

    In addition, since 1999 the castle has been home to the now traditional white truffle auction worldwide. An event that sees the participation of fans from all over the world to win the best truffles of the season.

    Do not forget this castle because, in addition to being a UNESCO heritage, it is truly a gem, for information on contacts and visiting hours here you will find all the information to organize at best your visit.

    Castle of Barolo

    10 minutes from Grinzane, here is another suggestive fortress: the castle of Barolo. The manor stands in the beautiful village of Barolo which gives its name to the famous Piedmontese wine famous all over the world. The castle has a very ancient history dating back to the tenth century. Currently it is home to WIMU, which is the wine museum. An original immersion in the culture of this product that will involve you from the panoramic terrace up to the historic cellars of the castle. The wine is discovered in a thematic path that ranges between art, culture and local traditions. The tour winds through 25 exhibition rooms divided into 5 floors.

    If you visit the castle, do not miss the opportunity to take a fascinating tour through the streets of Barolo, in addition to the beauty of the country surrounded by hills and vineyards, you can find the Corkscrew Museum. A journey that tells the story of an object as small as it is essential to taste a good bottle of wine. In the visit you can see up to 500 corkscrews from all over the world ranging from 1600 to today.

    Visit our cellar

    At the end of this tour of 3 wonderful castles just 10 minutes from Barolo you can visit us. The Josetta Saffirio farm is located not far from Monforte d’Alba. We will be open until August 19th and we are waiting for you for a tasty langarola snack: our best wines accompanied by local meats and cheeses. A moment of relaxation in which you can tell us about your trip and visit our cellar. I like to create an authentic relationship with those who decide to visit my company, listening and telling the many projects that we see as protagonists. I love my territory and I love to tell it and share it with those who want to find out.

    If you would like to find out about our company you can contact us directly at info@josettasaffirio.com or click on the button below

  • An itinerary for the summer: from Montelupo Albese to Monforte d’Alba

    After the itinerary I proposed to you in June, here is another route to visit our territory and discover new locations. In July I thought of a tour of Alta and Bassa Langa, where history, art and culture blend with vineyards and postcard views. Yes, the Langhe are all this!

    From Montelupo Albese to Rodello

    You can start from Montelupo Albese, a small village situated above the mountains and placed on a hill. Its name seems to derive from the wolves that, according to an ancient legend, lived in this height. The country is characterized by the beauty of its landscape. Located about 600 meters. above sea level allows you to enjoy enchanting views: from the western alpine arc where Monviso stands out to the green hills that surround it. Going up further you can visit another picturesque village called Rodello. It stands on the crest of a hill, is characterized by healthy air and here we find a generous and refreshing view. The church of the Immaculate Conception is now home to the Museum of Contemporary Sacred Art “Dedalo Montali”. A museum of modern and religious art that is unique in the local and national scene. If in addition to loving the breathtaking views you are passionate about art I suggest you do not miss the opportunity to visit Rodello.

    Sinio and Roddino

    Descending towards the Talloria Valley we meet Sinio. Small village perched on the green hills. Formerly called Sineum today is a rural and tourist center. It stretches over the hills of the Bassa Langa and is surrounded by vineyards and hazel groves. I point out that the pro loco in the summer season organizes night walks and on August 14th there is the “Notte delle Masche” party not to be missed if you’re around! The village is transformed into a magical village.
    Continuing our journey we arrive at Roddino, between Alta and Bassa langa, where the ancient salt route used to pass. Immediately striking the eye is the wide expanse of vineyards of Dolcetto and Nebbiolo that surround the village and make it a place of absolute charm from which it is worth passing.

    Monforte d’Alba

    The route ends in Monforte d’Alba, the area where our company is based. We are located in the Langa del Barolo. As we saw in the June itinerary Monforte is a small pearl of history in the heart of this territory. The town square, thanks to its particular shape, during the summer turns into an auditorium which is home to cultural events. In particular, I would like to point out that there are numerous music concerts during the months of July and August . If you happen to be in the area during one of these I suggest you do not miss the chance! A unique setting in the world that becomes even more magical in the summer months, creating a unique atmosphere linked to the landscape.

    Visit our cellar

    A few kilometers from Monforte you can find our cellar, where you can enjoy a sweet break. It will be wonderful to welcome you in the barrels where we slowly refine our wines and talk with you about the beauties you have visited during your journey, giving you new ideas for your trip.
    The visit to our cellar will be a complete sensory experience, tasting our wines accompanied by tasty platters of local meats and cheeses. It will be an opportunity to combine the beauty of the landscape with the pleasure of tasting, an ideal union of all that this beautiful area can offer our visitors. So you can keep a vivid memory of your experience.

    For more information you can write to info@josettasaffirio.com or directly click on the button below.

     

  • An itinerary for the summer: from Sale San Giovanni to Monforte d’Alba

    Summer is coming! Despite the rains, abundant precipitations in May, the beautiful season is finally here. The Langhe are a marvellous territory rich in landscapes, food and wine and historical-cultural beauties. These characteristics make it pleasant to visit at any time of the year.
    In particular, summer allows you to fully enjoy all the local beauties accompanied by a pleasant climate that will make your visit unforgettable. For this reason I thought of some itineraries that I will recommend here in my blog throughout the summer to discover villages and seductive landscapes to make your visit in our territory unforgettable.

    Sale San Giovanni

    The first step of our route is Sale San Giovanni, located on a hilly area about 600 meters above sea level. The village is famous for being the “Provence of the Langhe”! Yes, the small centre of the Alta Langa is famous for its splendid expanses of lavender. If you want to take a tour, here you find a map with all the plantations that can be visited. I recommend a visit just in June because in this month you will witness the flowering of the plants and you can enjoy a unique naturalistic spectacle. Also from 22 to 24 June 2018 Sale San Giovanni hosts “Not only Herbs” an exhibition dedicated to medicinal plants and aromatic herbs that animates the country of events and guided tours. Here you can find the program of the event..

    Murazzano

    Going up from Sale San Giovanni we are in Murazzano, about 700 meters above sea level. The town is famous for its medieval tower, 33 meters high, which dominates the town. For those who wish it can be visited. I recommend a visit because from its top you can enjoy a truly incredible panorama. From the tower you can also see the land that has recently become property of our company to develop an ambitious (long-term) project on bubbles and whites. It is a unique body of 16 hectares, really impressed!
    Not far from Murazzano there is the Safari Park of the Langhe. Along a 5 km trail, which can be run across by car, you will be able to see many species of live animals (there are about 350) guests of the park. If you get hungry at the end of the path, take a trip to the Trattoria da Lele, where you can find a familiar atmosphere to taste the authentic flavors of the Langhe.

    Dogliani

    After Murazzano, going down, we find Dogliani. Little center of the Bassa Langa famous all over the world for its Dolcetto, it is absolutely worth a visit. Today the country is characterized by the presence of two distinct historical centers. On one side there is the castle and on the other one the village. I suggest you to take a walk along the streets of Dogliani you can admire the clock tower and, among the most interesting buildings, there are the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie and the Church of the Immaculate. Do not miss the “Dolcetto Wine Shop of Dogliani” located in the medieval basements of the Town Hall and group the best of local production of Dolcetto di Dogliani Winery I recommend not leaving Dogliani before having tasted a good glass of Dolcetto and admiring the view from the wonderful “Piazza del Belvedere”.

    Monforte D’alba

    After visiting Dogliani I suggest you take the road to San Luigi to reach Monforte. It is a road located on the crest of the hill that allows you to enjoy a priceless view. Last stop of this itinerary is Monforte d’Alba, territory where our company is based. We are located in the Langa del Barolo. The medieval structure of the old town that develops around the castle is characterized by very narrow streets and features that invite you to a short walk. The noble palace of the Marquises Scarampi of Cairo has been built from the ancient castle. We also find the mighty Romanesque tower that is what remains of the ancient medieval church, demolished at the beginning of the 900. The unique feature of the central square of the village is its amphitheater shape. Precisely because of this configuration it has been transformed into a summer auditorium named after the Polish pianist Horszowski who inaugurated it in 1986. During the summer season, it hosts numerous events from music concerts to theatrical performances and film screenings. In the evening you will be submerged in the soft light of a timeless stage.
    Then you go down to the village taking the underpass to the right of the square, a characteristic tunnel for a popular legend that, according to tradition, would be animated by ghosts, moans and moans. The souls of the Càtari that populated the hill many years ago. Precisely the castle of Monforte, built in the Middle Ages, was a center for preaching the heresy càtara. The fortress was taken and burned around 1208 by the Archbishop of Milan.

    Visit our Cellar

    Also our company is located in Monforte, one of the 11 Municipalities that produce Barolo. We have been winemakers for five generations and with great passion we produce wine, with attention to quality and profound respect for the land we grow. In a few minutes you can reach us and visit our company. We will be happy to welcome you and tell you about the history of our winery, guiding you through the curiosities of our production, from the harvest to the labelling phase. It will be a great pleasure to have you with us on the farm and to walk among the barrels, among which the wine is silently matured. Immersed in the nature that surrounds us you will taste our wines accompanied by tasty platters of local meats and cheeses. It will be an opportunity to talk about the places you have visited and suggest new destinations in our wonderful land of Langa.
    For more information and for reserving your spot you can write at info@josettasaffirio.com or directly click on the button below.

     

     

  • ReWineD. My idea for IED students

    ReWineD. My idea for IED students

    ReWineD: a new life for cellar stuff

    In wine-making process have always been used many different packagings such as glass bottles, of course, barrels, cork tops, big and small wood boxes. Manytimes I asked myself “How can I reuse all this stuff?”.I was sure there was a way to give a new life to all these unused things, and to make the production of my wine more virtuous, let’s say more sustainable. I wanted myself to lead a project focused on recycling, strongly connected to another very important matter: environmental sustainability. I have always look at my job of wine-maker as a part of a wider framework; it is not only about my farm but also about take care and respect of our territory. I love to say:

    “Being a farmer is about feeling the hard responsabilty to the land we have inherited from our fathers and that we will give to our children.”

    Why I have chosen IED

    I decide to involve in my project the designers-to-be that now are studying at IED School, in Turin. Who can give me the right answer, if not them? And so the ReWineD! Recycled Wine Design project was officially born. The project is about giving a new life to unused stuff lying in our cellar, transforming objects that are no more useful in our production process into new objects useful in other fields. In cooperation with IED I have funded a scholarship to reward the best idea. The project is addressed to 9 students at the 2nd academic year of IED Product Design course. Professor Giorgio Ceste will lead them. The winner will be chosen by a jury composed of designers, architects and journalists expert of the matter.

    I strongly wanted this project

    I had this idea in my heart for a long time, and I am very proud of it. In 2004 I have converted my farm to organic standards and I am really interested in whatever action can be usefull to achieve a higher level of sustainability, both in my wine-making process and in the recycling of our equipments. There is another fact that makes me really satisfied. A new cooperation network has risen on the territory from this project, for example Italia Bellissima has become partner of ReWineD. Italia Bellissima is a project created by Architect Andrea Capellino, from Asti, and it is a network of Italian architects and craftsmen working in interior design and in the construction sector. Why is it so important? The growing of ReWineD project gives the evidence of a new awareness about these subjects and it shows how sustainability can become a driver for the development of vituous networks.

    The Winner

    This project is my challenge to young designers. And I am preatty curious about the winner, about which will be the most beautiful and functional project made from my cellar stuff. Transforming the raw idea into this well-defined project means a lot to me: it is not so important who will be the winner, the most important thing has been starting a process able to involve big partners and that can bring beneficial effects.
    Do you want to know who will win the call? Follow me on my blog and you will see it! The award ceremony will take place on 4th May at my Winery!

  • At Dinner, in Winery with the Wine Producer

    At Dinner, in Winery with the Wine Producer

    Friday February 23rd, 6 p.m.
    Azienda Agricola Josetta Saffirio
    Località Castelletto, 39 – 12065 Monforte d’Alba (CN)

    A dinner and a unique experience

    On Friday February 23rd at the Josetta Saffirio Winey will take place a special dinner led by the chef Matteo Morra to whom my special thanks for the tasty menu, that purposes to exalt our 2014’s Barolo, Vintage 2012 and 2014’s Barolo DOCG.
    From the very beginning my desire was to give a unique moment to our guests.
    An encounter between our winery and the Chef’s tastes not only appetizing but a complete tasting experience. Adding the winery discovery and our wines to a highly elaborate menu able to exalt its matching, is what we would like to give to participants.

    The evening’s programme

    Before dinner I will guide you to wineries. There you could watch where and how Josetta Saffirio’s wines born. It will be a pleasure to receive you in the heart of the winery and tell you our history, walking through caskes where our wine silently ripens.
    Then, at the end of the visit, there will be an appetizer directly in barrique wine cellar, in the magic peace and atmosphere where wines become better, sealing an ideal matching between winery and food.
    At the end of the appetizer it will start dinner with a selection of dishes specially invented and created by the Chef.

    The evening’s menu

    Appetizer in barrique wine cellar:

    • Frog-fish, black cabbage and potatoes mousse
    • Veal with tuna sauce
    • Sausage and ricotta cheese “capunet”
    • Russian Salad
    • Toma cheese, celery and hazelnuts

    In matching Nebbiolo d’Alba Spumante Brut Rosé 2015

    At Table:

    • Blue buffalo mozzarella risotto, chestnuts and Marsala reduction
    • Langa’s crust pork and topinambur cream
    • Cheese selection
    • Annurca apples TarteTatin and vanilla sauce

    Wines:

    Info and booking

    If you are curious or begin having drool, you must know that the dinner has a limited number of seats. To participate visit our web site or click here.

    For more informations about the event, contact us by phone or mail:

    • + 39 0173 787278
    • info@josettasaffirio.com
  • Work in the countryside, 4 children and a husband: how I survive

    It does not seem true!
    I came to the end of the day and I still have time to tell everything that happened to me. Whatever it is, you maybe think.

    Yep. It’s exactly what I thought this morning when I woke up: another day being a mom, a wife, a winegrower, a worker, a chef … whatever!

    I woke up and went to the kitchen. It was soon, very soon. It was late dawn. I prepared the coffee and looked out of the window. What peace, I thought, what tranquility. I saw the rows, I remembered the dedication of my mom Josetta, the enthusiasm in seeing growing every single grape of grapes. The chirping of the birds, the first rays of the sun, that colored flower that was not there yesterday and today is just blossoming.

    How beautiful this silence. I enjoyed it, I admit it: this morning I enjoyed the total absence of noises that could divert my attention from the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Just the calm before the storm.

    Then, at some point in the distance, here is the first thunder: I hear the noise of a door that opens, the children’s room. Here we are. 3-2-1 … mooooooooom!

     

    That’s how it started shooting the big carousel of my day. Whatever, right?!

    Today we thought of making a super picnic. Spend time with my husband and my children, see our family who grows cheerfully in nature, think that I’m building something for them just like my grandfather before, and my mom then, did with me. No, I would not have anything else.

     

    And when you learn to understand this and learn to enjoy the affections, the values of life, such as respect and trust in the family as at work, you realize that everything has a different flavor and scent. Or maybe for the first time you realize how many things you did not even see before, they give you a charge and a power never seen..but only if took in the right way.

    For example, this morning I prepared breakfast for the little ones. One of them overthrew the cup of milk and chocolate on him.

    You can deal with cases such as these in so many different ways: getting angry because your son did not pay attention. Getting nervous because you think you have to clean up the disaster.

    Or, and it’s the way I chose, you still smile at your little one who looks mortified, and you know that your conciliatory smile is enough to make it burst into a loud laugh and you and the others with you. And the sound of laughter attracts the attention of your coming husband and gives you a kiss of good morning.

     

    And the day begins, as we dress and are ready to bring the kids around looking for herbs, through the traces left by the animals that live the nature as we do, as they like to do to us. How it is absolutely right to be. See them running, be careful not to steer the mushrooms, show them the ladybirds, go looking for clowns on this sunny and hot day of the beautiful things we are surrounded.

     

    I will not tell in what conditions we went back home after a full day out! But even in this case, among the games, among the noisy cheers of cheerfulness, we made a bath full of foam and soap bubbles.

    And then, tired and destroyed, we put the kids to sleep, not before telling them the story of the gnome and his best friend, a little bird.

     

     

    And now here I am again. The quiet sound of their breaths of peaceful sleep give me all the joy and strength of this world. I know I’m doing the right thing.

    Now I turn off the light and I fall asleep happy as they are.

    Click.