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The Verdmont Picnic experience

After a few requests we have finally organized location and more importantly food and wine.

We suggest you visit the monumental Oak just outside Acqui, gps location provided. This beautiful Oak surrounded by vines from the Winery Araldica is an enviable spot.

The Oak has been there for at least 100 years I suspect longer! The cool shade is perfect for relaxing for a moment and taking in the panoramic views. While you are there we provide you with a handmade (local artisan) basket packed with a local Acqui DOCG prosecco and a lunch which features fresh local produce and no waste. You will not find any plastic or throwaway items. Real cutlery and glasses wooden plates. So you can enjoy your lunch knowing you are really helping the environment.

So ask us the basket is available for daytime or early evening picnics.

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The Big Bench, The Red Bench Cascina Garitina

We are wandering in the baking heat through the vines to find the Big red bench it was a little hike from the signpost but as ever the views were worthwhile. The Bench is situated at the top of a hill covered in vines, in the Nizza Docg zone. Right in the heart of Unesco.

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The Big Benches Green bench Fontanile

Close to Verdmont there is yet another panorama to enjoy by sunrise or sunset . The big green bench boast views from the cute town of Fontanile who has a rather talented local artist as you can see from our fun photos below. Head to Fontanile it is a short 15 minute drive from Verdmont and the views well, let’s just say they are better in real life.Come and see for yourself, Piemonte never disappoints.

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Ecological living

In these days of climate emergency I like to take a step back and really look at what one human, or one family can do one step at a time. But not only that something you can do today right now a choice that can make a difference.

It is all too easy to say the problem is too big, nothing I do will help. I prefer to think of the flip side of this, and imagine a lake and you are a pebble, can you see where I am going. Your action small as it may be may be just enough to have a ripple that grows and spreads.

So what action can you take right now that will make an impact?

The main guiding principle is to buy and use and consume as little as possible but this need not be boring or mean discomfort. Let’s have some examples.

Ditch plastic, no plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic bottles, say no!! You won’t miss it. Cling film can be replaced with beeswax wrap, what about baking paper it is not recycled select a reusable sheet.

Take a thermos instead of buying plastic bottles

No plastic toothbrushes, you know they are 100% new plastic, packed in plastic and non recyclable. What about switching to Bamboo? You will not even notice the difference! If even a few billion on this planet did that you can imagine the difference.

Whilst in the bathroom we can also toss plastic cotton buds there are paper and reusable alternatives.

We can also ditch sanitary pads for bamboo reusable ones or a diva cup, they work they are available you save money.

Shun clothing, really buy the minimum and make it last, by the way restyling clothes is actually a thing and its enormous fun. Swap, exchange clothing.

You can do the above with furniture too, can notice many hand painted and recycled items at Verdmont it breathes new life into old pieces.

A major contender would be to reduce meat consumption especially beef.

Buy less meat and buy local where possible.

There are so many things you can do the list goes on and on once you start thinking there are many creative changes you can make, in fact I would like to hear some ideas. So message us via twitter, instagram or facebook.

Think R

Reuse

Recycle

Rot

Before you buy, think can I get a less package alternative. Do I need this at all? How long will it last?

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2019 a year of Change, Climate change

No sooner we opened the new extended Glamping it was swept away quite literally. The November storms that hit Italy wrought devastation to our new nature zone. Taking the entire A frame around 29m downhill in a huge landslide.

We have manage to dig most of the structure out and have already started to rebuild in another location.

On a negative note this shows the destruction possible in a very short space of time, on a positive note it allows for renewal and rethinking and reusing.

We are of course disturbed by this setback but we must also recognize that it was due to extreme weather caused by climate change. This is not the first time we have had flooding in the region, but each time it happens it is more water more extreme.

Far from being discouraged we are redoubling our efforts both personally and on a business level to combat climate change and we will be sharing those ideas with you.

We will be back better than before …watch this space.