Life after Florence

by admin on August 19, 2009

Thank you all for your interest in our transition home.   You could probably infer by the lack of my blogging that it has been..hmm…a bit overwheming?  I came right back into our busy season with a million ideas and inspirations.  There are so many stories I could tell about the adjustment of the last month but I will let them surface as they may.  I can tell you that things are different….we are different…..we walk a lot more…..we spend more time with our friends and family…our priorities are different….yes, even the kids.  My girls have asked to cook more then they ever have in the past….they complain about ingredients….lack of flavor….expense….they don’t generate as much laundry….ha….we will see how long that lasts!  Although they have hit the ground running, there is this new bond between us…a knowing…that life is good…life is precious….and life is finite….therefore, simply LIVE.

I have to admit that I was a bit anxious returning home.  I was excited to see everyone but wondered how I would possibly replace a lifestyle that aligned beautifully with my soul.   In reflection,  I realized that our days in Italy were focused on food and family…and the people we met were passionate about their life….whether it was farming olives, owning restaurants, making wine, holding cooking classes, retailing produce….these people were inspiring… they added energy and joy to our journey.   The lifestyle was definitely in alignment with my soul…..but really,  the experience aligned my soul…and my soul would come home with me.

I learned that we all have the ability to live peacefully.  Places and people may make it more simple or more complex…but in the end, we can find peace anywhere and with anyone as long as it is within us…and although I previously had never lived in Florence nor have any Italian heritage, my journey truly felt like a trip home….I suppose it was because it led me back to my self….ergo I conclude…..home is wherever YOU are.


Beth Graham August 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

I enjoyed reading about your time in Italy. I lived in Milan from 2004-2006 but traveled the country extensively as a foodie and wino! But I always love hearing others experiences. I write a blog on specialty foods and was intrigued by your oils – I’m actually heading to Napa next month and will certainly plan to come by – assuming you have a storefront!

admin August 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

Thanks. We have two stores…our production facility and retail in Rutherford and a retail location on Main St. in St. Helena. Please email me at when you are in town..I would love to meet you.

Lauren Ames October 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

So excited… I got to meet you Peggy, at last! As I told you, I have been a long time fan of your products and LOVE visiting your beautiful store in St Helena (my favorite place in California)
My friends, family have loved having your oils and aged balsamic when I prepare a meal for them, your site has made being in the kitchen so much more fun!
I am so happy to see that you are intergrating the importance of skin care health to your product line, this has been my passion for 25 years now, being in the beauty business I am around all kinds of…… well, let’s just say “junk” Our skin is our largest organ, and everything is absorbed rather quickly, WOW! just to sit and think about that statement, how scary is that! I LOVE your new Lavender Hydrosol, Thank you for the gift! Love the earthy fragrance, and I hope this un touched, pure fragrance is accepted and not misunderstood, so many consumers are into fragrances that are are manufactured and are not true to the essential oil component. Essentials oils ARE healing and do so much good.
Peggy, I would love to have you visit us here in So Cal. take a walk through Laguna Beach and talk about business/ life….Italy (my love) let me know anytime, I will carve out time for you.
take good care, peace
Lauren ~

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