Looking back on 2018
Bar Italia has a party to celebrate its renovation. Congratulations to Annalise and her crew for a job well done.
Winter at Montefegatesi.
The chestnut forest on the way to Orrido di Botri in winter.
Spring appears quickly.
The wonderful new fruit and vegetable shop opened in Ponte a Serraglio.
Frassino trees put on a spectacular show for a few weeks.
June. Geraniums thrived at Ponte a Serraglio.
The stunning pool reopened in La Villa after extensive renovations.
People gather at Villa Web to celebrate the poet Shelley.
Chestnuts begin to ripen.
The leaves begin to change colour.
Christmas at Ponte a Serraglio.
I look forward to a brand new year in bella Bagni di Lucca.
Susanna from Bar Italia, with help from her friend Dome has created a beautiful Presepe in the old news kiosk beside the river.
It looks wonderful. I wish I was there to see it.
Thank you Dome for the photo and to Elizabeth for sharing it with us.
Merry Christmas to everyone.
Just before I left Italy in early November I drove up to Montefegatesi hoping to see some autumn colour in the forest just outside the village. I was a bit early, but I could see the changes.
It is always good to stop at the little church beside the road on the way down the mountain.
By now the leaves will probably be gone and the scene will be wintery. That is wonderful too.
We have had a dramatic change in the weather. The lovely sunny days gave way to torrential rain, howling wind, thunder and lightning in the last couple of days.
The river has turned brown and is moving quickly.
The first showers made for some lovely autumn scenes.
I hope the weather is fine for these 2 events coming up in Bagni di Lucca.
The sun is out now. Let’s hope it lasts for a while.
Spring has been odd this year, but finally everything is turning green. Frassino, or flowering ash trees don’t flower every year, but this year they are spectacular.
It is possible to see the beautiful white flowers dotted all over the hillsides around Bagni di Lucca.
It has been interesting to watch the developing leaves and flowers.
Spring is a delightful time to be in Tuscany.
Finally spring has arrived in Bagni di Lucca! Everything is turning green.
More spring photos to come.
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.
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.
Of course there is also food…cheese, salumi and a happy face.
Verdemura continues tomorrow and Sunday. Entry is €6.