A new exhibition

Don’t miss the new photography exhibition at the Comune in La Villa.

Art exhibition

The inauguration is this Saturday at 11.00am.

There was a mistake with a post on Sala yesterday. It must have been a little glitch with WordPress. It appeared and quickly disappeared. I will post it again soon. Sala is one of the beautiful little hamlets that make up Bagni di Lucca.

Birds of Bagni di Lucca

These gorgeous birds were spotted by a friend in their vineyard recently…not these 2, the photo is courtesy of Google, but a pair just like them.

Bee eaters

Have you seen some interesting birds in Bagni di Lucca or nearby? If so, send me photos and I will put them on the blog. It would be fun to see which birds we have here.

I have heard woodpeckers, but I don’t see them. We have swallows and swifts on the river, but they are a bit difficult to capture on film.

Send any photos to debrakolkka@gmail.com.

Rain, rain go away

May has been a very wet month in Bagni di Lucca…and it is enough now. We long for some sunny days.

Having said that, I think these wet misty days are beautiful. See what you think.

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

…and from above.

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca rain

The rain was so heavy for a while Ponte a Serraglio and Bagni Caldi almost disappeared.

Bagni Di Lucca rain

Bagni Di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca manages to look gorgeous whatever the weather…but some sun now please.

Inaugural Ponte a Serraglio meatball competition

Today Paul Stoker, local resident, hosted the very first Ponte a Serraglio meatball competition.

There were 14 competitors and three worthy judges.

This is the trophy awaiting the lucky winner.

Meatball comp

Here is Paul registering the competitors.

Meatball comp

Each competitor was given a numbered plate on which 2 meatballs would be presented to the judges. Here is the criteria for the judges…serious stuff.

Meatball comp

The meatballs were heated in the kitchen and placed on the plates and taken to the judges…not by the competitors, it was all anonymous.

Meatball comp

Here are the judges setting to their work.

Meatball comp

The competitors and other guests waited patiently for the judges to complete their task.

Meatball comp

Then it was time to eat the meatballs.

Finally it was time to announce the winners. Third prize, I am happy to say, came to me. Teri came second and the winner…Paul Stoker.

Meatball comp

Meatball comp

Meatball comp

Meatball comp

Meatball comp

This may seem a little unusual, but Paul’s meatballs were delicious and the judges had no idea who made them.

It was a fun afternoon…and we will all be practising to beat Paul next year.

Ponte Maggio

There are several bridges crossing the Lima River in Bagni di Lucca, but Ponte Maggio which crosses to Casoli is probably the prettiest.

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

The river looks very inviting from the bridge. I went down to the water here last year and dipped my toes in. I was very tempted to dive in.

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

Ponte Maggio Bagni di Lucca

It was a bit cool on my recent visit, but I’m sure this bit of the river will be popular when the weather warms up.