Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This Ottobre, October, has been an unusual one filled with humid Indian summer days and long red-tinged dusks.  Nature is a little behind this year.  The crocus are still hanging on, the bees are still busy, and the spiders are in overdrive building web after web.  Instead of normally being obsessed with olive picking, the Tuscans have porcini fever.  Not just for the delicious and highly coveted funghi, but all types of mushrooms.  It is a real malattia, sickness, around here...you cannot leave the house without hearing about who has trudged through the woods and found what and where.  However, you mustn't listen too hard, they are all telling white lies...a true hunter would never reveal where he found his stash.  We just 'fell back' and the days are now ending very abruptly with nightfall by 5:00 pm urging us to linger in front of the fire.  Just a taste of what we will get as winter comes closer.  Click on the above photo to see the entire collage of my October days.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Finding Pattern

As I mentioned here and here, it really is the simplest of things that bring the most joy.  Stepping out of the door the other morning, this beautiful work of art struck me.  
I can just imagine the time, effort and thought that went into such a creation...
pattern and inspiration bloom in every corner.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Comincia l'autunno

  A vendemmia full of promise and sunshine and laughter and gossip 
culminating in pasta and roasted meats and cups and cups of wine. 

 Days viewed through low lying clouds and smoky horizons.

Walks at dusk through the olives in rubber boots with dogs and cat and family.  
And Autumn begins again...
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