Showing posts from June, 2018

a day at an Organic Citrus Farm

On your trip to Sicily if you are flying into Catania airport and are lucky enough to have a window seat as your plane starts its descent you will get a remarkable view of Piana di Catania (the Plain of Catania) which is completely covered in citrus groves like a fertile carpet at the foot of Mount Etna.

Citrus fruits have been cultivated in Sicily since ancient times and cultivation has been documented since the time of Moorish rule. There are around 67,000 hectares of citrus orchards on the island.

Earlier this year I received a lovely email from a best selling British author, one of her questions was "Did I know a lemon farmer?"

I know friends and neighbours who have lemon trees in their gardens or on small plots of land but I did not exactly know of a lemon farmer. The benefits of having many wonderful Sicilian friends in both Sicily and London is that you are always only a click and a tap away from finding the information you need.

Our friend Andrea, manager of the res…

14 Things I have Learned Living in Sicily

This year we are celebrating ten years of our Sicilian house.

Sicily is an island full of outstanding beauty, delicious food, wonderful history and culture and the Sicilian people, who are amazing, who have their own way of life making island life completely unique which is another reason why we fell in love with the island so much so that we decided to buy a house there.

Coming from London we are used to a fast pace of life. Over the past ten years we have learned to live like the Sicilians do. People now say "she is now more Siciliana than Inglese", I have been told I dress differently and I even gesture like a Sicilian when I talk and eat.

In Sicily I never watch television, well why would I need to when I have Mount Etna as live entertainment?

So with all this in mind here are fourteen things I have learned from living life the Sicilian way.

1) Local Shopping and Markets

In London we are most likely to pick up our produce, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish from the lo…