Hanging pots for Ponte a Serraglio

Our little garden group at Ponte a Serraglio has purchased 10 new hanging pots for the lamp posts along the street beside the river. We have planted petunias. I hope they do well.

Ponte a Serraglio flowers

Ponte a Serraglio flowers

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Ponte a Serraglio flowers

We are always interested in help to water the plants on the bridge and now in the hanging pots. I am not here in summer, so it is up to others to keep the plants alive and thriving…and Ponte a Serraglio looking beautiful.

If you walk past and see them looking droopy, grab a bottle and give them some water. We are working on having a a tap beside the bridge. I will let you know about that one.

The pots we planted at Villa Fiori are doing well. I replaced the stolen lavender and it will soon catch up to its mates.

Ponte a Serraglio flowers

Ponte a Serraglio flowers

Mille Miglia comes to Ponte a Serraglio

It seems the Giro d’Italia has just whizzed past and another iconic road race came to Ponte a Serraglio. The beautiful Mille Miglia included Bagni di Lucca on its way to Parma for the night on the third leg of the race.

The weather was a bit ordinary for the beginning of the race, but there were plenty of spectators to welcome the cars through our little piazza. The first to arrive were the new, fast sports cars…Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes Benz, etc.

Mille Miglia

Their engines roared as they sped off past the piazza through the narrow street up to La Villa.

Mille Miglia

The beautiful old cars were hot on their heels…to everyone’s delight. Here are just some of the gorgeous vintage vehicles.

Massimo joined in with his Lazzi bus.

Mille Miglia

The Caribinieri kept everyone in check. ( Except for the idiot who stopped their car in the narrow street, put their hazard lights on, left their doors wide open and unloaded their shopping.)

Mille Miglia

Our own Francis Pettitt was there in his wonderful old Fiat Cinquecento…not officially of course, he was on his way home to Longoio…but he got a big cheer anyway.

Mille Miglia

The weather did get better as the race went on and it was a beautiful evening in Ponte a Serraglio.

Mille Miglia

Ponte a Serraglio

Things may seem a little quiet around here for a while.

Take a look at Bagni di Lucca and Beyond for more cars.

Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia is a big event in Italy. There was great excitement in Bagni di Lucca today…the race came right through our villages.

My balcony provided an excellent vantage point to watch it all unfold. Our little piazza at Ponte a Serraglio was packed with people waving flags and waiting for the cyclists to appear.

Sponsors’ cars sped through first.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

The first bikes appeared after endless official vehicles.

Giro d'Italia

The crowds were waiting to cheer them on.

Giro d'Italia

A little while later the bigger group of cyclists appeared along the river.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro of d'Italia

Here are some photos from the bar, thanks to Belinda.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

A helicopter flew overhead to follow the proceedings.

Giro d'Italia

More official vehicles brought up the rear.

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Giro d'Italia

…and it was all over. The whole event went through Ponte a Serraglio in a matter of minutes, but it was great fun and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Go to Bagni di Lucca and Beyond for a bit more on the race.

 

 

 

Goodbye pansies, hello geraniums

The pansies on the bridge in front of my apartment at Ponte a Serraglio this year have put on a fabulous show. We have had little rain or wind since they were planted and they have thrived.

pansies on the bridge

They were still looking great, but they won’t last through the summer and it is now time to plant the geraniums.

This year I have had help to plant the flowers on the bridge. It has been great. There are lots of pots and dragging the bags of soil, carrying the plants and digging up the old ones takes time, so having 2 helpers made a big difference. Thank you Paul and Sheila.

pansies on the bridge

 

Paul on the bridge

Sheila on the bridge

Paul also cleaned out and replanted the large pots beside Villa Fiori. (Somebody pinched one of the lavender plants almost immediately, which is a bit disappointing).

We are now thinking of buying some new hanging pots for the lampposts along the river and planting more geraniums. There is a reasonable amount of expense involved in this, so if anyone would like to contribute it would be appreciated. Please email me at debrakolkka@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.

 

British food at Catene Cafe

This is good news for the British expats in Bagni di Lucca…you can now get your British supplies from Paolo at Catene Cafe in Fornoli.

Catene Cafe

You can order online at Richmond’s British Food Shop and your goodies will be sent to Paolo, saving you a trip to Viareggio. He has a few supplies at the cafe.

Catene Cafe

Catene Cafe

Call in to see Paolo and he will tell you all about it.

Paolo at Catene Cafe

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Road work for a reason

Roads are being resurfaced all over Italy, including Bagni di Lucca.

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…the reason? Giro d’Italia is about to happen. The 98th running of the road race will begin in San Lorenzo al Mare on May 9th and conclude in Milan on June 1st.

Giro d'Italia route

Most importantly, on May 13th the race will come through Bagni di Lucca on its way from La Spezia to Abetone, and it will go right past my balcony in Ponte a Serraglio.

Giro d'Italia route 2015

Whether it will match the excitement of the race between Mao and Collodi is a matter for discussion.

Bike race in Ponte a Serraglio

Bike race in Ponte a SerraglioBike race in Ponte a SerraglioClick here for more on this exciting sporting event.

A few days later the cars in the Mille Miglia will go by in the afternoon ( at 16.31 according to the programme)  of 16th May on their way from Rome to Parma, on the third day of the race.

Mille Miglia route

The magnificent Mille Miglia began in 1927. Beautiful old cars follow a beautiful route through Italy. I saw some of the cars in Florence a few years ago.

Mille Miglia in Florence

Mille Miglia in Florence

Just as well we had the balcony upgraded last year, there may be a few people gathered there soon.