I met some new animal friends and enjoyed the start of the colors of fall, the pinks, oranges, and golds. I tried a new type of date and discussed dates and figs with Tatiana. She is the curator of the local museum and the mother of my PC work partner, Liliana.
August 16th marked one year in my village. I have learned so much and have come to love living in a village. I appreciate even more the beauty of nature, the cycle of life and death, living in the moment and enjoying everyday meals with friends and family. I very grateful for my M32 cohorts … More One Year of Service
Tudora’s peach festival was on Sunday July 15th and I was honored to be a part of the team to help organize it. During the festival, I was part of the group that welcomed people to the festival and handed out peach scarfs and peach compote. It was really fun to great all the tourist … More Hai La Piersici! Peach Festival 2018
For the past two years, my village has held a Peach Festival, to promote the peach growers in the region and to promote the area as a place for tourism. This event was the idea of one of my partners, Dorina. She is amazing entrepreneur and through a team of volunteers, this event continues to … More Preparing for the Peach Festival
As the Irises and Peonies died off, the poppies, roses, daisies, marigolds and clematis bloom. From this time forward the flowers go through several blooms. I didn’t realize that on a rose plant that if you pop off the dying rose, another rose will grow in its place shortly afterwards. The variety of color makes me … More May Flowers
More Green!! The potatoes, grapes, onions, garlic and beets have turned the brown to green in the gardens. The cherry trees have fruit and peaches are starting to grow. Bright yellow squash flowers are showing up and tomato plants now have stick tripods to grow on. Baby turkeys arrived, nine and counting.
More photos from late April and Early May. The fields are busy with people harvesting alfalfa and watering other crops. Lilies and wild roses are blooming. The cherries are beginning to ripen so mornings and evenings are spent picking a few to eat. New bunnies are born and baby geese are growing up. Spring clouds … More Spring Views 3
Some more photos from the village this spring. One of our cats had kittens and my host mom used an old tv as the box for them; it’s so perfect. Every day it seems a new flower pops up that I haven’t seen before. This time it was the Clematis flower that I found near … More Spring Views 2
Host family and neighbors collected Alfalfa the first week of May; it is used to feed the cows. (probably the goats too). As I was off for my morning run, I caught my Host father driving his motobloc filled with Alfalfa back to the house from the fields. Spring Green is here; so much new … More Spring Views 1
The first of the spring flowers included tulips, peach blossoms, cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, chestnut blossoms, lilac trees, and lilies.