About Martie

I'm Martie, born and raised in South Africa. In 2004 we (now that's me, my hubby The Dutchman, and my daughter Poplap) decided to embark on a new journey... emigration to Italy. It has been quite a trip - from the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa to the cycle paths of the Ticino park in Piemonte, Italy.

Christmas then and now

Christmas then and now THEN:   Christmas was family time, a time when we would get together at our home “190” in Pietermaritzburg and have one very big celebration.  Family and friends would come from near and far to join in the festivities. I remember how Gran, Mom and our aunts, cousins would get together in […]

Chiavenna, Italy

Chiavenna, in the Province of Sondrio, Italy is a beautiful town high above the Como Lake and is surrounded by very high snow capped mountains. When we saw this place for the first time in the summer, to be exact the 2nd of August 2011, we were stunned by the beauty of the majestic mountains […]

Irresistable Milktart

Milktart! Something that forms an important part of our life are the things we love to eat, the memories of who made it, where and with whom we shared those things.  Milktart is just one of the traditional teatime treats in South Africa.  I’ve made many using this recipe, don’t know where it originated but […]

One very tired but determined Dutchman!

He set out to do one thing and then went the extra mile or should I rather say many more km’s…. The Dutchman decided to take his bicycle and ride to Milan along the path next to the Grand Canal, it’s real name is “Naviglie Grande”.  It’s about  40 odd kilometers, from Turbigo  to Abbiategrasso, […]

Out Cycling Around Galliate

The Dutchman and I often go cycling on the farm roads around our town and then also in the Ticino Park (bordering our town) there are special cycle/pedestrian paths among the trees which also lead to the banks of the Ticino River. It is such a pleasurable outing, young and old make use of these […]