Tiny Trullo

On a whim, I bought a plot of an olive orchard in Puglia, southern Italy, at the start of 2020. The 6,500m2 plot of land has 24 centuries-old olive trees, plus a number of almond, fig, and other fruit trees. There is also a more than 200-year-old mini-house, a perfect example of a traditional ‘Trullo’, which is only found in this region. My Tiny Trullo land is an oasis of peace and nature. I fell in love immediately and embarked on this new adventure.

Would you like to enjoy it with me?

Save my olive trees, part 2


When I found out that the olive trees on my TinyTrullo land are infected with the deadly Xylella virus, I wrote this blog, hoping I could find a solution. Many people responded with concern, others came up with possible solutions, and some helped by adopting an olive tree. Those adoptions help to finance the various experiments.

Save my olive trees, part 22022-09-05T12:52:34+02:00

Save my olive trees


When I bought my olive grove in Puglia, I had of course heard the stories about the deadly bacterium Xylella, which has already killed all olive trees in the south of Italy. But everyone in my area said/hoped that things wouldn’t turn bad, that the deadly disease would not reach our part of Puglia, or that a solution would soon been found. So I did what all the locals did, and did not think about Xylella; instead I just enjoyed my beautiful, centuries old trees.

Save my olive trees2022-08-26T11:52:54+02:00

Follow your heart – Inspiration shot May 2022


After recovering from the post-Covid energy dip (which took longer than I thought), and some other hiccups/dips, I feel like there is a new quality in my life. I have had to slow down quite a lot in the past 2 months or so, which gave me time to practice surrender and being in the moment. I want to be able to listen to my heart even more. The most important thing for me now is to live with my heart open. It has been scary for so long. Scared to be vulnerable, scared to be hurt. Yet pain is part of life. Even with my adventurous life full of great things, I cannot enjoy everything fully with a closed heart. That’s why recently, in my beloved Puglia, Italy, I got a tattoo of a small heart on my heart; to remind myself every day to live with an open heart. In this inspiration shot, I would like to share some things that may help you to follow your heart too.

Follow your heart – Inspiration shot May 20222022-08-17T20:18:37+02:00

Uncertainty as a comfort zone – Inspiration shot November 2021


After 30 years of entrepreneurship and more than 15 years of location independent living, you could say that uncertainty has become my comfort zone. For me, this means staying both alert and flexible, resulting in a more interesting life. If you let go of all expectations, there is room to be surprised. Sometimes positively, sometimes… less positive… :) I don't know what's in the air, but last month was full of surprises! Have you experienced that too? I would like to share some of them with you.

Uncertainty as a comfort zone – Inspiration shot November 20212022-08-17T20:33:32+02:00

Enjoy what is… – Inspiration Shot October 2021


More and more friends call me, anxious for some perspective. They feel like they are losing their sense of freedom. Apparently, they assume that I see the world differently and thus can broaden their perspective. Perhaps I do. When you travel as much as I do, you encounter different interpretations of the same facts and circumstances; different measures, solutions, attitudes, and therefore perspectives. I have learned that you can focus on what is not there (anymore), and what you can't or are not allowed to do, but you can also look at what is still there. The trick is to focus on everyday beautiful things. I myself am still surprised by the effect of paying attention to the little things that you might otherwise miss. A sleepy village, a beautiful FaceTime moment with my father, the complex taste of my olive oil, a beautiful nature photo or a new idea, a new opportunity. In this Inspiration Shot, I will share a few of those with you.

Enjoy what is… – Inspiration Shot October 20212022-08-17T21:21:14+02:00

Free from restrictions – Inspiration shot May 2021


On Liberation Day I traveled from Geneva via Amsterdam to Puglia. In the middle of the various lockdowns. That made me realize again that many boundaries and limitations are more in our heads than they really hold us back. In this inspiration shot, I don't necessarily want to glorify traveling, but I do want to make you think about what freedom means to you.

Free from restrictions – Inspiration shot May 20212022-08-18T18:12:29+02:00

“The best of…” – Inspiration shot April 2021


Vaak zien we op tegen het schrijven van updates, social media posts, nieuwsbrieven of blogs, omdat we denken dat we altijd iets nieuws moeten verzinnen. Zonde, want de meesten van ons hebben al zoveel goed materiaal! Maar hoe weet je wat ‘goed’ is? Dat is dan weer het handige van social media: je ontvangt directe feedback, in de vorm van likes, views, comments en shares. Ter inspiratie hierbij een compilatie van mijn meest gelezen en gedeelde posts in de afgelopen maand.

“The best of…” – Inspiration shot April 20212022-08-18T18:23:12+02:00

How it all began


Can you remember the exact moment you fell in love? I do! In this blog, I will share how it all started... On February 16th, 2020, I bought an olive orchard in Puglia, southern Italy, on a whim. The 6,500m2 plot of land has 24 ancient olive trees, as well as several almond, fig, and other fruit trees. There is also a mini-house that is more than 200 years old, a traditional 'Trullo,' a type of dwelling unique to this region. This oasis of peace and nature is a special gift to myself after a long series of disappointments.

How it all began2022-08-18T18:58:25+02:00

Uncovering opportunities in Cape Town – Inspiration shot December 2020


I was looking for an inspiring place to spend the winter, without too much time difference, somewhere with good weather and where the restaurants are open. When I saw the view from this apartment in Cape Town, I was immediately sold. Table Mountain looks different every day. And yet it is at the same time exactly the same. And that is precisely the point. If you look with different eyes, everything can suddenly seem different.

Uncovering opportunities in Cape Town – Inspiration shot December 20202022-08-18T19:04:04+02:00

My first olive harvest


When I bought the plot of the olive orchard I was told that the first week of November I would need to harvest my olives. I found out there were two choices: either harvesting by hand, using a kind of ‘shading rakes’ (which would take up to three days), or using the faster option (only three hours): a machine that shakes the trees. I really wanted to respect my centuries-old trees, and shaking did not sound attractive, but I did not have much time. Plus my neighbor, who advises me, recommended using the shaking machine, which he also uses for his own harvest “It won’t damage the trees too much, promised”. Still, with a heavy heart, I came to watch the men work, and the trees shake…

My first olive harvest2022-08-18T19:36:59+02:00
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