Monday, July 8, 2013

From our Italian Farm, to our American Home

I know, we have been back to US for a month now, and I still have more things to show you that I found at our Italian family farm.
Some of you have asked how did I fit all that stuff in the suitcases, I am going to tell you at the end of this post.
For now, here are the last things I brought back.
These are some old tools, an other various rusty things.

Then here are a couple of pails that have been used at the farm.
This one was used to get water from the well.
Yes, the farm does not get water from the city, so we have a cistern to collect rain water, and a well.
The rain water is used for watering plants and for everything else.
Yes, the water is clean (the "debris", if any, collect at the bottom of the cistern).

I also brought back this damigiana.
It was used for wine. 
When you go and buy wine, you bring your own containers...
see, recycling and reusing has been around forever.
I only brought back one...

So here is how I brought back all this stuff.

We are a family of five, so we get to check in one suitcase per person. 
When we go to Italy, I fit ALL our stuff in 1 1/2 suitcase...yes, I like to travel light and bring only the essential things...
but I am a no frills kind of person in daily life too.
I still bring the five suitcases, because I buy things for my family and friends to take them.
So, when we come back, I have 3 1/2 suitcases that can be filled with things and food.
I am also a creative and efficient packer, which does help.


The above picture shows you how I packed 2 pails and a glass damigiana.


Stay Frugal,


12 comments:

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

How wonderful to have brought back all this personal history with you in all those lovely rusty, crusty things. Love the colour of that dimagiana!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I was planning on carrying one on and checking another one half full. That is my husbands. Do you thing I need more? lol

Revi said...

Wonderful! Love the damigiana! My daughter would want a lamp from it...
-Revi

Kelly said...

Your creativity paid off! Love the items you brought back. The wine bottle is especially nice!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

You are awesome!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

What must the people checking bags think when they scan your luggage and see rusty tools :). Regardless, you brought back some treasures. I love the wine bottle. And, I am really impressed with your smart and efficient packing skills.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
That's exactly what we always have done. Very few clothes and we also keep things at our friends for wearing there, even shoes. That creates more room for bring-back items. We've carried so many pieces and you do become very efficient by fitting things together. Only too bad that they have changed the maximum weight so drastically. It used to be 32 kg and now 23... reversed and not two anymore but only one...
But we never give up; this is far more economical than having things shipped.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

What an awesome packer you are indeed. That wine jar is beautiful.

XOXO,
Meredith

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So that's how you do it. Love the demijohn.

Debbiedoos said...

Very cool!~ I love the demijohn and yes of course Kim would too:) Loving your treasures and your way of transporting them back. Very clever!~

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Fantastic! I would be doing the same thing.
Sherry

Libby said...

Genius!