More beautiful and natural outdoors space at Villa Nuraghe.

Malc and I had always planned to open up our land and woodlands at the back and side of the villa. If not immediately for the clients ‘ pleasure, at least to allow us to walk around and harvest useful fire wood.
Those plans for the land and small forest had to be put on the back burner for a couple of years as different priorities were establised (repair and increase the height of the stone walls at the front of the villa, put in the swimming pool etc).
Malcolm always wanted to make the most of the land and existing forest to plant and harvest more fire wood. Free renewable energy , you see 🙂                                                  With that in mind, he bought and seeded 500 eucalyptus in May last year (the“ Sydney Blue Gum” variety for the tree geeks amongst us 😉 ) . My , my … Did they grow !! By September, they were nearly my height (a diminutive but strong 1.60m, lol).

Come the end of October and November, we worked like dogs !!!

I actually forgot to take different pictures of the land at the back of the stazzu before we set off to clear it, but the back left corner was full of trees , shrubs and massive granite stones; all of it covered in thick brambles and vine like weeds.


What I presumed would take 2 weeks took  4 weeks plus of full on work. Malc was on the strimmer and chainsaw. I was dragging piles of cuttings and burning as well as taking down and piling the wood with Malc .

That might have taken us 3 weeks just clearing the site but our neighbour Martino was chomping at the bit to get the stone walls between our 2 properties repaired. The thicket had prevented the sheep from straying into our land but with the now apparent gaps in the walls, Martino was keen to repair them . And ” sooner rather than later” was his motto. So in between 2 or 3 fires on the go, dragging mounts of cut branches and gathering of useful stones, me and my sprightly 93 years’ old neighbour got to work …


I am really glad we did all this clearing and planting. The real pleasure was in uncovering trees and truly stunning stones that hadn’t seen the light of day for nearly 3 decades….

And our clients can now benefit from more unspoilt space to discover in our small woodland … and enjoy a different panorama too.

And in January this year, Malc planted the eucalyptus trees ( you know, the ones grown from seeds .. nearly 400 of them !!) . Free and renewable fire wood forever as well as a different kind of forest to walk through …

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Glorious May

I took the following serie of pictures Mid May. The villa was free and I asked my parents and Malc to “play photoshoot” by the pool. I found some of the colours rather washed out as it was such a sunny and bright day. But you’ll get the flavour anyway 🙂

The front garden was so lovely with with the  newly cleared nuraghe (we cut back the undergrowth to show its impressive structure better)  and the  elderflower tree in all its glory. This year, poppies made their first appearances too. And much to my happiness, my elderflower hedge is growing strong too.

 

 

Spring is seriously early this year …

And by this, I mean the countryside is in full bloom by mid February. Our almond tree is gloriously ladden with flowers, lizzards play on the terrace, wild flowers everywhere, bees…  I even saw 2 buterflies frollicking the other day.

Whilst the temperatures of 24 degres sent all the locals to the beach yesterday, this is not normal at all. Whilst back in UK one considers building an arc, here I am worried that a sudden cold spell (which will surely happen at some point) will kill off this year’s fruits and wreck havoc amonsgt the wildlife.

In the meantime, we have been picking wild asparagus. This is our second collection in just over a week and there is more to come.

P1030487I am also planning to grow some ginger and make ginger beer. Luckily my partner has brewed that before and we are equipped. And as every year, I will be making some elderflower cordial and if there is plenty to share, I shall leave some for our guests at the villa too.

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Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia

Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia.

This above link is another courtesy of Jennifer Avventura’s blog.

There are a couple of places we haven’t been to ourselves like Dorgali, Tavolara or the Asinara island. And just one I wouldn’t bother with again (Costa Smeralda. Well,  Porto Cervo at any rate)

Jennifer’s explanations are great … I would add that I would also recommend a day trip from Santa Teresa to go and tour the Maddalena islands. Boats to do so come in all shapes, sizes and price brackets. But get to Santa Teresa’s port before 9am to choose your boat .

Dog beaches in Sardinia

We have just decided to rent our villa to people with a dog too. After all, we have a lovely dog ourselves  and know how difficult it is to stay in a nice place that also accept animals.

And the other good news is that they are constantly new “pet friendly” beaches in Sardinia. They were barely any 2 years ago, they are now 24 of them at the time of writing.

For the full article in Italian  : http://sardegna.blogosfere.it/2013/07/spiagge-per-cani-in-sardegna-2013-ecco-la-lista-aggiornata.html

And for the beaches closest to us :

In Gallura:

San Teodoro – Spiaggia per cani in località Costa Caddu

Olbia (doppia): Spiaggia per cani a Le Saline (Punta Calvone) e a Cala Razza di Iunco

Caprera – Spiaggia per cani di Porto Palma

Palau – Doggie beach di Punta Nera

Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Fido, presso la spiaggia di Porto Quadro

Badesi – Dog friendly beach in località Baia delle Mimose

In provincia di Sassari:

Sorso – Spiaggia per cani alla discesa a mare n°4

Sassari – Spiaggia per cani a Fiume Santo

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Nudist beach anyone ?

This is another great article from Jennifer Avventura in her blog “my sardinian life / la mia vita sarda” about the few nudist beaches in Sardegna.

For the complete article, read the following 12 beautiful beaches to wear your birthday suit in Sardinia, Italy.

Since Jennifer first published that article about a year ago, I notice 3 beaches have been deleted from that list, leaving Porto Ferro in Alghero as the only local nudist beach ( 1H00’s drive).

For info, all beaches are legally topless in Italy…. But you shan’t see that very often either compared to mainland Italy.

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