It feels like a new phase of our life here in the valley is underway at the moment.
A positive feeling of accomplishment, moving forward and creating new dreams.
Most of our concern to date has been creating an income of some kind. We are living on the funds from the sale of our last renovation in Australia, this won’t last much longer.
Our aim is to create a way that we can travel and enjoy our life here in the valley using the internet to build an income.
I’d love to build a community of fellow dreamers, those who want to take the dream to reality.
I never thought we’d be able to come so far so fast, and with such little funds.
We finally got to view our episode of House Hunters International.
The DVD arrived last week on Sam’s birthday which was perfect timing.
It’s such a strange experience seeing yourself on TV, we had no idea how they would edit the five days worth of filming into a half hour show. I’m happy to say they did a brilliant job, not missing anything and showing us in a good light.
We all cracked up at the end with Luca’s catch cry, just brilliant.
If you didn’t get to see the episode leave a comment below and we’ll try to work something out.
Although it’s been messy it looks fantastic.
Work has progressed on ‘Casa Bianca’ and so much has been happening here in the Borgata. Sam has removed the front of the building on one side. It was an awful job and parts were falling off, just tapping the surface showed how easily it would come down. Now the face of the building looks more authentic. Claudio is going to sandblast the remaining concrete away to expose the original rock.
Our lovely ‘Turin Guy’ who has bought part of the Borgata (including the small house directly opposite our big double gates) plans to take the exterior wall down and have it rebuilt in September. The original road will be closed for a short time while the work is done. At the moment it bows out a bit and needs some TLC.
It seems like the Borgata is coming to life, getting a little facelift and gathering new people.
In the meantime we continue cleaning out the sheds, the house and getting ready for future visitors.
We hope one day you’ll be able to stay with us.
Why did we wait so Long?
Recently we bit the bullet and created a Host Page on Workaway. If you haven’t heard of Workaway it basically links up those wanting to work in exchange for three meals a day and a place to sleep. Our very first work away person arrived last Friday, we picked him up from the train station after having a brief conversation on Skype the night before. He will stay with us until September.
He’s been fantastic, he and Sam have been out each day working in the borgata. Together they have built a wall, and pulled the front render from ‘Casa Bianca’. They have also done some cleaning inside ready for later painting, and done a bit of renovation work in the entrance. I wish we’d done this when we first arrived.
Workaway is a brilliant idea
One I would have used back in my 20’s when I was backpacking if only it were available then. I wonder how many people would like to stay with us here through Winter and experience the snow, celebrate with a white Christmas and really get the full idea of life in the mountains.
Our Workaway chap (I’ll pop his name in once he’s okay with that) helped Sam ‘dispatch’ the rabbits ready to go into the freezer. Funnily enough he adores animals and our cats and the dog just radiate towards him.
It’s been great having someone to chat with in English, and the locals in the Borgata are a bit perplexed by the whole idea. I can envision a whole team of Workaway people coming to stay once the locals cotton on.
We’ve got more done in the past few days than in the last six months.
It just helps to motivate us having someone here, Sam loves the company and I love the conversations at meal times.
I’ve also continued with my love of ‘personal development’ and I’ve been rethinking how much time I give to the most important aspects of my life. Where I need to spend more time and where my passions are.
Now it’s more time for the kids
We take a walk together most days and I’ve been cutting back my time online. I now try to check in on our Renovating Italy Facebook page (my big passion) only a few times through the day. I’d rather be out living life here with my family, creating new projects, and then connecting online again in the evening.
How about you?
are you heading towards or away from your dreams?
What are they…… Carpe Diem xx
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