Verdemura, Lucca garden event

Verdemura, the annual garden show started today on the wall of Lucca. It is in a new spot near Porta San Donato and Porta Santa Anna.

Verdemura 2018

There were not quite as many plants as last year. I think this cold spring has held back plant growth. There is still plenty to see and buy and it was a glorious day…perfect for some time on the wall.

Verdemura 2018

Verdemura 2018

Verdemura 2018

Of course there is also food…cheese, salumi and a happy face.

Verdemura continues tomorrow and Sunday. Entry is €6.

Verdemura 2018

It’s freezing!

“The Beast from the East” is certainly making its presence felt in Bagni di Lucca. It was below zero on my balcony at Ponte a Serraglio this morning.

We don’t have deep snow like Rome. There were a few flurries the other day and fierce wind, but no snow on the ground.

After being shut in the house for a couple of days I decided to drive up to Montefegatesi, the highest of the Bagni di Lucca villages at around 840 metres above sea level, in the hope if finding some snow. Apart from a few patches of snow in shaded areas the village was clear. The temperature was -7!

Montefegatesi looks wonderful whatever the weather. Here it is with its winter coat.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

There was little snow, but lots of frozen puddles.

The surrounding mountains are covered with snow.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

I visited when I was here in autumn, a beautiful season in Montefegatesi.

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Montefegatesi

Soon it will be spring and everything will look different again.

 

The end of the Tiglio tunnel?

The drive into Ponte a Serraglio from Fornoli beneath the gorgeous Tiglio trees is a delight. It is a wonderful introduction to the villages of Bagni di Lucca.

In winter the bare branches form a dramatic arch against the winter sky.

In spring the new leaves appear as if by magic and a beautiful tunnel appears to filter the sunlight.

Tiglio trees

Tiglio trees

In autumn the leaves turn gold and fall to the ground. I love driving or walking through with the golden leaves falling around me.

Tiglio trees

Tiglio trees

Tiglio trees

Tiglio trees

Now it seems they might be cut down. The trees are old and some may be diseased. I really hope this doesn’t happen. This Tiglio tunnel is one of the loveliest things in Bagni di Lucca.

I hope a better solution can be found than removing all of the trees. Surely the best trees can be retained and some new ones planted? It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

Babbo Natale

This year in Bagni di Lucca a wonderful team has created La Casa Di Babbo Natale in Villa Web, the villa famous for its part time resident, Lord Byron. My friend Paola kindly visited to take some photos so that we can all see Santa’s house.

Walk up from La Villa, past the Terme, and up to Villa Web.

La Villa

Babbo Natale

Villa Web

Open the front door…

Villa Web

Villa Web

Santa was out, probably discussing travel arrangements with his helpers and getting the toys sorted. His chair was waiting for his return.

Babbo Natale

Santa’s green helpers were on hand to show Paola around.

Babbo NataleBabbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Santa’s bedroom looked comfortable and inviting. He needs his rest before the big day.

Babbo Natale

The fire was alight, waiting for Santa’s return.

Babbo Natale

The kitchen is looking festive and the table is set ready for Christmas.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

There is a desk where children can sit to write letters to Santa. Several years ago we visited Santa’s home in Finland where we saw the post office where their letters arrive. There are more letters from Italian children than from other countries.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Paola took a look a Santa’s list. I’m sure our names will be on it.

Babbo Natale

Well done to all those who set up Casa di Babbo Natale! Thank you Paola for sharing it with us.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and an excellent 2018.