Farm Life In Italy

by Susan


It’s Susan here… logging in from a little farm in Northern Italy.

My husband, daughter and I are staying with my husband’s family on their cute little hobby farm near Venice. All of Rob’s immediate family and most of his extended family live here, and so we try to visit as often as possible.

But this is Julia’s first time here. And she loves it!

Although I have to admit, it’s probably not so much ‘Italian life’ she’s in love with as it is ‘farm life’. She can’t get enough of feeding the animals and watering the garden. And eating fresh cherries and strawberries plucked right before her eyes is another of her top-rated activities.

Come with Julia as she shows you around a little…

Here I am walking with my Nonno to feed the animals.
Julia with her Nonno

There are lots of fun animals here on the farm… like Hugo the Goat and this mommy peacock. Hugo’s the daddy and granddaddy of all the other goats here and wow does he SMELL!!!
Hugo the Goat Female Peacock

And you gotta watch out for Peter the Turkey — He’ll charge you if you’re not careful. He’s not very good at sharing his territory.
Peter the Turkey

But my favorite animals are the baby goats. They’re soooo cute! I love to feed them corn with my Nonno.
Nonno and the Goats

Okay, let’s go for a walk to the garden. I help my Nonno plant and water lots of veggies… it’s too bad they take so long to grow. Mom says we’ll be gone before we can eat them.

Walking by Field

But I love to smell all the flowers that are already here.


Here you can see my Nonni’s house where we’ve been staying.


Well, that’s all for now… I’ll walk you out… thanks for visiting!

Julia Walking By Garden


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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Heather (Heather's reality show) May 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for sharing with us Julia! That was too cute Susan. I have always wanted to go to the European countryside and you just gave me a little piece of it with these pics!


2 Adventures In Babywearing May 3, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Gray is going to LOVE these pictures when he gets up from his nap! Ah! Looks so amazing. I hope you are having a wonderful time!!!



3 Humble Housewife May 3, 2007 at 4:40 pm

What a wonderful time you are describing! The photos are beautiful… Julia is a doll! Hope her schedule is adjusting! ;-) Know just how that goes when we go back to the states!


4 ChupieandJsmama May 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Great pictures!! It looks so beautiful, I wish I were there with you. Julia looks adorable and like she’s enjoying her visit. Keep the posts coming :)


5 The Wooden Porch May 3, 2007 at 5:17 pm

That is just too cute! I love baby goats too. I used to help breed/birth them.


6 Michelle in MX May 3, 2007 at 5:42 pm

That’s adorable and it looks wonderful, not to mention that your little one is gorgeous in her dress!


7 tanyetta May 3, 2007 at 5:47 pm

perfect. i love it. she’s so polite to even walk me out! :)

toooooo cute!!!


8 military mommy May 3, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Absolutely beautiful. I hope it is rejuvenating to your soul. The country does that for me.


Love, Michelle


9 Faerylandmom May 3, 2007 at 6:08 pm

These are gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing.


10 Sarah May 3, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Beautiful pictures!


11 Carey May 3, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Looks like a lot of fun. Shes so cute! Your in laws place looks nice. I hope your enjoying your visit.


12 Heidi May 3, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Oh, that was so neat! We spent 5 months in Italy (Crema) when I was only 5 years old~ my dad was on business with the Olivetti corporation. I would love to go back one day and see it through “adult eyes”. I have memories~ I can still taste that hard bread and the pizza from the pizzaria. Yummy!
Enjoy your visit!


13 oh amanda May 3, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for sharing your visit. How fun & beautiful!


14 Jana May 3, 2007 at 7:10 pm

The pics of Julia are too cute! Thanks for the tour. :-)


15 emilyhope May 3, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Such adorable photos. Thanks for sharing.


16 Jenn May 3, 2007 at 10:07 pm

That was soo much fun! She is soo cute, what a little hostess! The pictures are so wonderful!


17 Sallie May 3, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Oh, Julia is so cute leading us on this little tour!! I love farms!! God bless!! Oh, are your allergies better? I hope so :-)


18 annaliza May 3, 2007 at 10:21 pm

beautiful, Italy is too! hehehe. stay well!


19 MikkiatUnderHISConstruction May 3, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Oh, I’m so jealous. But happy for you. I would so love to go to Italy.. one day.

Enjoy and cherish your time! God bless.


20 Nell Taliercio May 3, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Takes my breath away! We have family over there…I want to visit now!


21 The Preacher's Wife May 3, 2007 at 11:49 pm

oh shut up! an Italian Farm?? I am sooo jealous and that is completely against The Preacher Wife Code. :))

Hope you are having a wonderful time!!



22 Mira May 4, 2007 at 12:41 am

How wonderful for your family. Looks so relaxing and fabulous.


23 Brooke May 4, 2007 at 1:23 am

How precious! Thank you for showing us a bit of Italian farm life. :)


24 jen May 4, 2007 at 2:53 am

I love the photo of Julia and the dandelion best
wonderful post


25 Krista May 4, 2007 at 8:32 am

I am so jealous! I would love to have family in Italy and give me an excuse to go visit! Pictures are beautiful! Have fun!


26 Lauren May 4, 2007 at 12:28 pm

My grandfather’s family is from Northern Italy, but I don’t know any of them. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!!! Glad you are able to spend time over there. We’ve been at my in-laws’ the last 2 weeks while hubby works in theire city, and they have loved every minute of having their grandaughter here.


27 melody May 4, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Oh, what a beautiful place! I completely love the photos of Julia living her dream life on the Italian farm. Such precious memories. Thanks for posting.

How are your allergies?


28 Laura May 4, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Those are some dreamy scenes (and isn’t your darling girl dressed so perfectly for the occasions!). My hubby and I honeymooned in Toscana, and we’d go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing your wonderful time with us here!


29 Susan May 4, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

I’m so happy you liked the photos. Yes, it is very beautiful here and I’m so happy that Julia’s schedule has finally adjusted and she’s able to really enjoy herself.

And thanks for asking… my allergies are doing a lot better thanks to the nasal spray I was able to get. But I still spend most of my time inside to stay away from the pollen.


30 dexie May 5, 2007 at 8:38 am

thank you so much for sharing. lovely photos and lovely place. not to mention how beautiful Julia is.


31 Amy R. May 5, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Looks like you are having a Wonderful time!! Thanks for sharing all of the lovely pictures and for letting us experience your trip with you! :)


32 mira May 7, 2007 at 4:37 am

there are two “mira”‘s? really?

such idyllic photographs. simply beautiful.


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