Pansies on the bridge

I braved the freezing wind today to plant pansies on the bridge at Ponte a Serraglio. The bridge will be closed for a week from tomorrow so I wanted to get them in first.

The magnolia tree in the background will be in bloom soon.

I am expecting several plants to be stolen, it happens every year. Last week a miserable grub chopped off some lovely little daffodils and placed them carefully in the pot.

Anyway, I love to see flowers on the bridge…spring is on the way.

Update on the landslide at the Ponte della Maddalena

A few months ago there was a landslide near the Ponte Maddalena in Borgo a Mozzano, on the road to and from Bagni di Lucca. The road was closed for sometime while the fallen rocks and soil was cleared and the road reinforced.

Here is a photo I took of earlier work on the landslide.

The work continues and recently I climbed to the top of the bridge to see the workmen on the hillside.


The view from the top of the bridge is spectacular.

I hope those men and their equipment are securely tied to something sturdy!

Ponte Christmas

On a cold and frosty afternoon Ponte a Serraglio was full of Christmas fun and frivolity.


Santa was there in a couple of forms.

Who doesn’t love a Christmas alpaca?

Fun for children.

Things to eat.

Happy faces.

Merry Christmas from Ponte a Serraglio. Thank you to the traders in Ponte a Serraglio for organising the Chrismas party.