After the rain…

After three days of puring rain it was time to go for a walk. It normally never rains this much during wintertime, but lately the weather seems to behave a bit crazy. There are actually two rivers crossing underneath the famous Devil’s Bridge. I love watching the water flowing down the river while walking my…

How to clean your saddle gear

  The most boring part of horse riding might be the maintenance part… This involves cleaning your horse, the stable, the box and not to forget your saddle gear. We often clean our horses until they shine as a Barbie doll horses. But that doesn´t help if we throw a filthy-looking saddle on top of…

Back in Italy for New years eve!

After a very relaxing week in Norway, I’m back in Italy – just in time for New years eve. We arranged the party in my mother in law’s basement. In Italy many people have a “tavernetta”, which is an underground dining room. Since she is seldomly using it herself, I think it’s nice to keep…

The difference between Northern and Southern Europe

After spending almost a week in the middle part of Norway, I start to feel the need of daylight! The difference from Italy is notable. In Averøy it’s getting light around 9 in the morning, while in Lanzo we have bright daylight at 7 o’clock. The biggest difference is that it’s actually never bright light…

The Atlantic Ocean Road

I’m back on my island for Christmas with my family. This morning we went to have a look at the famous Atlantic Ocean Road! This road goes from Averøy towards Eide, and is really close to my childhood home. Every time I go to visit, the weather is cold, grey and windy. It’s actually one…

Christmas dinner with horse people in Rivara

Last Saturday we arranged a Christmas party for our horse friends. We went to a nice place in Rivara where you might use the swimming pool in the summertime. But this night was freezing cold and the pool was covered with snow. In the spring time we might go there by horse and take a…

Eating Paella made by a Spanish horsewoman!

I’m really happy to have been visiting this lovely Spanish horsewoman that lives on a hill with all her animals.   The equestrian center lies on top of a hill with a 360 degree view of the mountains. Here lives the Spanish lady with her dogs, chickens, mini pigs and horses.   Rachel has reconstructed…

Riding through Winter Wonderland

I just love riding in the snow! Having a barefoot horse has opened a new world of freedom. Many people think it´s the opposite, but I only find it more and more useful! The weather has been good to us lately. The first snow lasted a week until the next layer came on top of…

Christmas Market at the Castle of Stupinigi

Last Sunday afternoon I took my son to visit the big Christmas market at the castle of Stupinigi. We also went to see the museum inside. What a spectacular place!   This castle, that is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1997, was one of many places where the royals could spend their free…

A biological vineyard in Monferrato

Yesterday we went to a small town called Canelli in the middle of the wine region of Monferrato. We did some wine tasting in a biological vineyard together with our friends. Marco is a friend of our friend Roberto. He is the fourth generation (or more) of wine producers in the family. The name of…

A trip to Santa’s Christmas dream

  Just like last year we decided to visit the workshop of Santa Claus. This year they’ve moved the whole village from Turin to Venaria. The surroundings are more magic this year, since it’s placed in the garden of the castle. But the atmosphere seemed to be different. It was much more focus on how…

Riding barefoot in the snow

If you have a barefoot horse you’re also able to enjoy the snow together. Imagine no snow getting stuck under the hoofs or not being worried about sliding around. These are some of the benefits from not putting horse shoes on. I was actually the only person riding that day. We’ve got a lot of…