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  1. Qualified and Experienced Gardener (previously worked with National Trust for Scotland at Falkland Palace, studied Horticulture at Elmwood College in Fife, Scotland) Living in Puglia permanently with Laura my wife, we also own/property manage our own property, a holiday rental villa in Laureto by Selva di Fasano. I undertake all aspects of gardening/land management from small to larger jobs such as strimming, pruning, weed control and of course watering of plants if you are absent for a while. I also have a number of clients who use me on a month by month basis yearly to ensure their land is looking well kept,tidy and under control so when they arrive they can get straight on with enjoying their holiday. Anyone is welcome to visit us to see our own land (surrounding Trullo Falco) and see for yourself how I look after it and how I prune my own Olive, Cherry, Almond and Fig trees trees professionally, after 11 years of experience. I also own a number of grape vines both for eating and wine production and understand the importance of how and when to prune them. Lemon and Orange trees are a particular interest of mine and again I can rejuvenate older trees or simply look after existing healthy trees for you if you are absent. No job is too small and I would welcome any interested parties to email me at jgourlay7@aol.com to discuss any jobs or specific needs they may have. Or you can also contact me on 0044 7427 706677 (UK phone but we reside in Puglia) or PM me. Competitive rates. Remember Spring has already begun here in Puglia with strong weed growth is already well underway so now is the time to start the strimming and weed control before it gets quickly out of hand. Pruning of grape vines is also upon us and again its important to act quickly prior to the sap rising in the stems to ensure a strong crop of flowers/grapes. Once your land is back under control and looking ready for the year ahead I can advise on how to maintain it so it remains in a tidy state for the remainder of the summer season. Best regards Jon Gourlay PAID ADVERTISEMENT.
  2. Hi to both of you Bob and Lucretia, how exciting that you guys are planning on being out here in a few years. Laura and I are on year number 2 being here full time, we have highs and lows but hey thats a bit like back home too right.We would also be keen to meet up and help you in any way we can, or just for a quick chat or whatever. So if you fancy catching up with us contact me when you are holidaying out here as we'd love to introduce ourselves and meet you both. We stay by Laureto just 5 mins passed Locorotondo but driving to meet you would absolutely not be an issue. Warmest regards to you both Jon and Laura
  3. Hi again, Steve and Lisa - that would be great. It it would be lovely to meet you both and great to swop stories and of course happy to share any of our own personal experiences with you. Warmest regards Jon and Laura
  4. Hi Steve and Lisa, sorry we are a little late in catching your post in relation to being out here in Easter and hoping to catch up with anyone who is around on your dates. Similar to a few responses you have already received, we too would be delighted to meet you both as you suggest, my wife Laura and I have also just taken the plunge and moved here last March permanently from Scotland. Of course we absolutely wish you well in your new venture and we too would be around for a coffee/drink etc should you have any time left after your schedule. We are just starting to make a few friends now and wish we had known some folk a little earlier in our own arrival out here. All the very best, Im sure it will work out for you both and perhaps we can meet up sometime whenever it suits you both. Keep us in mind. We reside in the Locorotondo area if that helps. Warmest regards Jon and Laura
  5. This was/is incredibly useful information Patrizio, we thank you. Fortunately my wife (Laura) has her Italian passport(although born in Scotland), so we think that this may make things a little simpler in relation to residency etc but as for me (a Scotsman) we are trying to establish if some of her Italian rights are applicable to myself. We certainly hope so,but we also really sympathise with other Brits who find these times we are living in to be hugely unsettling and if Im honest quite upsetting. Either way this kind of post is what this forum was set up to do so once again, many thanks, it certainly helped to focus the mind so to speak!!! Warmest regards Jon and Laura
  6. Qualified and Experienced Gardener (previously worked with National Trust for Scotland at Falkland Palace, studied Horticulture at Elmwood College in Fife, Scotland) Living in Puglia permanently with Laura my wife, we also own/property manage our own property, a holiday rental villa called Trullo Falco in Laureto by Selva di Fasano (you can see us on Instagram, Facebook, HomeAway, Airbnb etc.) I can now undertake all aspects of gardening/land management from small to larger jobs such as strimming, pruning, weed control and of course watering of plants if you are absent for a while. Anyone is welcome to visit us to see our own land (surrounding Trullo Falco) and see for yourself how we look after it and how I have come to learn and understand how to prune my own Olive trees professionally, after 10 years of experience. No job is too small and I would welcome any interested parties to email me at jgourlay7@aol.com to discuss any jobs or specific needs they may have. Or you can also contact me on 0044 7427 706677 (UK phone but we reside in Puglia) or PM me. Competitive rates. Remember Spring has already begun here in Puglia with strong weed growth is already well underway so now is the time to start the strimming and weed control before it gets quickly out of hand. Pruning of grape vines is also upon us and again its important to act quickly prior to the sap rising in the stems to ensure a strong crop of flowers/grapes. Once your land is back under control and looking ready for the year ahead I can advise on how to maintain it so it remains in a tidy state for the remainder of the summer season. Best regards Jon Gourlay PAID ADVERTISEMENT.
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    Experience the atmosphere. Marvel at the hunters of the skies above us. The ancient art of Falconry plus full commentary in English, being held weekly in the luxury resort of La Corte Del'Astore in Alberobello.

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  8. 2 good suggestions - Laurel seems to get used a lot in Puglia and appears to grow well. It is dense so would provide a good screen and is evergreen. Lovely glossy foliage. Another nice hedge would be a Viburnum - evergreen and produces small highly scented white flowers in Winter, followed by attractice black berries. Both easy to trim/maintain. Most garden Centres should stock these two Jon
  9. Thanks Billy. Either that or we'll cut one of our own trees down!! Is that you moved to Puglia now permanently or are you still between countries?

  10. Good luck with the wood quest - it will be pricey I expect! There's a timber yard in Latiano on the Torre road-not sure about reclaimed wood mind.

  11. This winter, we will be restoring a few more rooms of our Trullo, bringing back the origional stone and would like to install a wood beam across the ceiiling area of the trullo cone. Can anyone provide advice about where we can buy either reclaimed or new beams to install? We are out in Puglia at the end of September for 2 weeks and need to organise everything to do with the restoration project before we return home. We are near Locorotondo - so somewhere not too far. As usual any help/advice is most appreciated Jon and Laura
  12. Dont forget the antique markets - Every 2nd Sunday in Ostuni at Villa Communale - (Gardens). Also every 3rd Sunday Martina Franca Laura
  13. Billy, great to hear from you! Aplologies for delay in responding but life in Scotland so fast paced etc I,m sure you remember.

    All is really well with us, working towards our bigger plan thats all !!House really coming on now in Laureto in fact out again in next 4-5 weeks time.

    How are things with you ? You are looking well indeed !

    Good to hear from you mate,tak...

  14. Any news Neeba? You've been very quiet of late, is all OK?

    Ciao

    Billy

  15. Hi Peter, I have to say that I,m unsure what these are but have started to try find out as if they are indeed a Weevil of sort(although I,m still not so sure due to long legs etc) then they are likely to do real damage to plant roots etc although it would be their larvae prior to hatching that does the damage in most cases, so unless you have seen plants wilting with no real reason its most likely to be weevils of some sort. If nothing is untoward so far, then be grateful, as if they were Weevils then I expect you would have noticed some damage by now ! Most of us are aware of the Red Vine Weevil and the decimation they cause to the palms that are in some peoples gardens and stately homes and Parks etc(although these Palms are not native to Italy) ! My view (being organicly minded) would be to establish if they are Weevils plus what damage they are causing if any, normally, a predator will arrive on the scene to counter the excess beetles thus restoring balance. This would be too late to help however for the plants that were killed in the hatching process I agree. I,ll keep checking out though and advise you on any findings Peter. Jon Gourlay The Laureto gardener (well... soon to be hopefully !)
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