Summer at Lalande

Each season at Lalande has a completely different feel. It’s not just about the weather getting warmer or cooler outside our granite walls. The whole pace of life changes in time to the rotation of the Earth. To me, the thought of summer here evokes many things. People laughing, radiant flowers, intense heat, the smell […]


I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Simply by not owning three medium-sized castles in Tuscany I have saved enough money in the last forty years on insurance premiums alone to buy a medium-sized castle in Tuscany.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe