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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Who is Robert LeRoy Parker?



Who hasn't heard of Butch Cassidy.
April 1866 - November 1908

The Robin Hood of the West
Put your hand on his shoulder and become an Outlaw.




This was his home when he was a young boy. 
He was the oldest of 13 children. 

He went to the country store on a Sunday to buy a pair of Jeans. 
The store was closed.  

He helped himself to a pair of jeans anyway. 

He left a note promising the shop owner that he would be back to pay.  

 The outlaw was born.  




This is his childhood home.  He lived there for 4 years.  




Cassidy's childhood home was  restored this past Summer by our good friend Craig Paulsen who has won many awards for restoring and thereby saving many important and historic structures. 

It was completely rebuilt.  Originally the cabin had no foundation. It was listing to one side and soon would crumble into dust.





Every log was carefully taken down, a foundation was built.  And one by one each log was placed into its original slot.  





The cabin is located in Circleville Utah, about a hundred miles south from our home in San Pete County.





Would you drive five hours just so you can eat lunch at a little French restaurant? 





Well, you would if you have heard how good and authentic the food is. 


Last summer, friends, Patricia and Wayne Johnson  stopped by our house to tell us that they had opened a French Restaurant in a small Utah town.   




The Granary Cafe is located in the charming little town of Santa Clara, just west and north of St. George, Utah.  

And, yes, the food is delicious.  





Nearby, in the Santa Clara valley, live a band of 800 Shivitz, 
the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. 





The next morning we were treated to one spectacular sight after another.  





Kolob Terrace road gives you an opportunity  to see Zions Natural Park from a different angle. 





Every bend in the road surprises one with another imposing view. 





And then it is 5 hours back.

A lonesome road where you will only see traffic going to and coming from Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Not much has changed along this stretch in the last one hundred years. 





It was great fun to be with friends and get away for a few days, but home is home. 

Safe travels to you and yours, 

Gina 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday to me.




Happy Thanksgiving my dear Blogging Friends



My friends have accused me of celebrating my birthday a month before and still a month after my birthday. 





 A few (not my friends) have asked if my birthday always falls on
Thanksgiving.  No, Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. 

my Birthday is always on the 25th. 




  Here is wishing you a very special Holiday with Family and Friends

Gina

https://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Should one try to relive a perfect experience?



Would we be disappointed?  


It's been a year and it was Spring then. 
Now it is Fall. 


Would it be as perfect?




Yes, Relais Sant Elena, Bibbona, Tuscany, Italy is perfect.



After hugs all around, Moira, the owner, told us that our favorite suite was available after all. 
  



We visited last when Spring had not yet arrived.




Every single morning a sumptuous, delectable, abundant and beautiful breakfast awaited us.  




Nothing is missing.  From Blintzes to cheese cake, from poached eggs to exotic fruits, from fine cheeses to champagne...
it was all there. 

Be sure to be back for dinner.  So delicious and so wholesome.  




Nothing has changed. It is all so perfect.  Same familiar faces and same open smiles. 



You wonder why we would  want to be away from this gracious place.  But explore we did. 



Splendid medieval villages whose origins date back to before the year 1000




To name only a few. All within a very short distance. 

Casale Maritimo, Bolgheri, Bibbona, Suvereto,  
Castagneto Carducci.



Rich in history and art.



If you come from the sea you will soon come on to the famous avenue of cypress trees planted in the 1800s .  It is a breath taking experience, venerable trees stretching for 5 km and culminating at the city gate of Bolgheri.



Bolgheri



Guiseppe Moscato, Italy

And only 15 minutes west of Bibbona is the Sea, the Tyrennian Sea, 

where you will also find a fishing shack, 
 a one michelin star restaurant "La Pineta".   





And after you have spent the day climbing ancient walls, 
Relais Sant Elena is a welcome oasis. 



Maybe a dip in the pool will refresh your senses. 




The staff even remembered, without being reminded, that we like a little snack in the afternoon. 

I love these arugula and prosciutto tea sandwiches. 




You can see this image in the swimming pool (above) photograph.  I don't think that there is a guest of Sant Elena who has not climbed this little hill.  



And looked down on this lovely scene without thinking that this must be the finest spot on earth.  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and maybe a trip to this fabulous part of the world is in store for you. 

Gina 

https://normandylife.blogspot.com/
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beets are in the news these days.



BECAUSE THEY DESERVE TO BE.


A real taste treat,  beet crisps (recipe follows).






This is how they grow in my garden.  
Did you notice something unusual about them?
They are cylindrical and not round in shape. 

How many children, would you say, would recognize the lowly beet and know how and where they grow? 





Perfect for slicing evenly sized beet thins. 






Which when baked make the most delicious treat, 
the new beet sensation, the beet crispy chip. 






Normally I like to bake my beets and many are still growing in my garden,  waiting to be preserved for winter meals. 

Beets provide health benefits not readily available from other food families. 





Scrub beets, thinly slice with mandolin (or sharp knife) leaving skin on.  Place on lightly sprayed, with olive oil, cookie sheet. 
Sprinkle with bits of Rosemary, Sage, or Thyme. and 
Real Salt (from the Redmond Salt Mine).
Lightly spray again with olive oil.

Bake in oven @375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  






Isn't this the perfect time to harvest a garden you planted in April. 

Have a lovely weekend my dear friends. 


Gina 

http://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Monday, October 9, 2017

A treasure in the Italian countryside



It's wonderful, it's marvelous and 
it's just a little quirky. 


In the Mattarello Countryside, just south of Trento, Italy, sits a 17th century country villa, surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills.   




Villa Bertagnoli has lots of character.




Rooms are filled with treasures that will eventually find their proper places. 




A handsome Kachelofen warms a cozy corner.




Guests are welcome to explore the villa which  holds collections of ceramics, books and paintings.  




All are colorful, everyday pieces. 




Four walls were fitted with cabinets to hold a colorful collection of Italian hand painted ceramics. 




A happy jumble of recently painted pieces.





Time has been very kind to this cobbled courtyard centerpiece.




The courtyard, the villa on the left and the old stables to the right.

It is the stables which have now been converted into guest rooms and restaurant.  




The second story balcony connects the villa section to the old stables.  




Our room was very comfortable. 
There wasn't a space left on walls for even one more painting, all of flowers, mostly roses.  




  Villa Bertagnoli is run by a charming young woman whose Father has been sailing the seven seas for the past ten years.  

Her Mother lives in Trentino where the Bertagnoli family operates the oldest family-run distillery, producing award winning Grappas and Brandies.




These two act just like our Lola and Clyde.  
They just had to find out who was leaving.  

Have a great week, dear friends. 

Gina 


http://betweennapsontheporch.net/