Hello from Maria.
Hi I'm Maria. I'm originally from Ayr (scotland) but I've spent half my life in Tuscany as a result of meeting my husband Luca. We live in what used to be a dilapidated old farm house, that we moved into right away despite the fact that we had none of the usual comforts like a water supply or floors!! Anyway, it has taken us 16 years but we're at the final stages (of a nervous breakdown!) of renovating - we're getting the roof done at the moment, (a ventilated roof -wow!!)(our house has never been on the priority list 'cos my husband is the builder and he's always been too busy doing other people's houses to get the money to do ours.I'm interested in cultivating our own organic fruit and veg and the best part is that our soon to be "villa" came with an abandoned olive grove that is now producing great organic olive oil. I take care of all our 3 acres of land myself and I love it. Luca helps me with wood-chopping as we need loads for the heating and hot water. I help my husband who is a builder run his business and together we try to get people interested in using ecological materials building as well as techniques that save fuel.I've never been on a forum before ( didn't get broad- band until a few months ago) I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to write .Please forgive the hideous punctuation and I'm glad to use the spelling check as I sometimes can't for the life of me remember the correct spelling of words . Does that happen to other people who have been in Italy for ages? Better go , my husband thinks I'm writing an autobiography.ciao maria