A cold and frosty morning 1st December 2016

Last weekend we walked by Lake Vico, a volcanic lake just south of us.  As we were driving I saw a huge tree covered in red berries – surely not a Holly, but yes that’s what it was.  I have never seen so many berries on a full size Holly in my life.  They say that large numbers of berries mean that the winter will be hard; our forecast has also been predicting that this winter would be colder than average and would begin early. Continue reading

Tuesday View(s)

It is windy today, VERY WINDY.  It is also the coldest it has been since last winter.  At 2 pm it is 4.7°C according to the forecast on my phone.  Having just been for a short walk I’m sure that’s right, especially if the wind chill is factored in.  The wind speed is between 33 and 44 km/hour; almost all the remaining leaves from the trees in the garden are now on the ground. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Homage to autumn

Another bright and sunny day here in central Italy, that said there was rain for a lot of the weekend and very heavy rain through the night.

But there is no denying that autumn is in the air, I therefore decided that I would celebrate the season with a vase of seed-heads and fruits. Continue reading