Raft race

On Sunday the local raft groups raced each other from Chifenti, where the Lima River meets the Serchio River, to the gorgeous Ponte della Maddelena.

I missed the race, but Montefegatesi photographer David Bonaventura was on hand to get get some great photos.

David Bonaventura

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura Photo

David Bonaventura photo

David Bonaventura photo

It looked like a fun day despite the less than perfect weather. I think the boys in the white raft won.

Dirty rotten scoundrels

The beautiful Lima River runs through the middle of Bagni di Lucca. The water is clear and cold and home to trout and water birds. Lately it is also home to water sports, rafting, canoeing, canyoning as well as the usual swimming and fishing. These activities bring lots of visitors to Bagni di Lucca.

Local photographer Paolo Roverani took this gorgeous photo recently.

Paolo Roverani photo of Lima River

On Monday this is what the same scene looked like.

Paolo Roverani photo of Lima River

Somebody has been dumping filth into the river, usually on a Monday. The police have been notified but there are no results yet. How anyone could do this is beyond me, there must be alternative! This is just lazy and irresponsible.

Sombody must know who is doing this…step forward and rat on them. The river will thank you.

Click here to see some of the activities on the river.

Messing about in boats

The Lima River is a perfect spot for rafting. The Aguarja Rafting Company is based at the Tennis Club in Bagni di Lucca.

They offer rafting and canyoning rides and calm river trails for the more sedate amongst us.

My friend Farah shared these photos of a recent outing.

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It looks like great fun. To find out more, go to their website…www.aguaraja.com

Cool clear water

The rivers and streams are full of fast flowing water at this time of year. It is heartening to see that it is clean and clear.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

The colour of the water changes, depending on melting snow and the amount of rain. There are some amazing colours in the river on the way into the Garfagnana.

Garfagnana

Garfagnana

Garfagnana

I pass this river every time I go to our mountain house. It is always beautiful.

It is raining today, more water to fill the rivers.

Pretty Ponte sky

I was up bright and early this morning…in time to see this lovely sky over Ponte a Serraglio.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

The resident heron was up early looking for breakfast.

Ponte heron

 

When I returned this evening the sky put on another good show.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

…and the heron was looking for dinner.

Ponte heron

I hope he caught something .

Summer in Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio looks glorious in summer. I love every season, but when everything is green and lush Ponte is wonderful.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

There are often fishermen on the river, I hope they catch something.

Ponte a Serraglio

By the end of the hottest season the water level in the river drops unless there is summer rain.

This year has been very hot and dry, so it will no longer be as green as when I took these photos, but still beautiful.

Swim in the Lima

Summer in Italy is hot, especially this year. The water in the Lima River is cold…the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.

Lima River

We found this inviting place to swim near the bridge to Casoli.

Casoli bridge

Casoli bridge

Lima River

There is a path down to the river. The water looked wonderful. Unfortunately we had no towels or swimsuits so had to content ourselves with an ankle deep paddle.

Lima River

 

I would have loved to dive into the deeper water.

Lima River

Lima River

The water is clear and running fairly quickly. The photos were taken in mid June, so it may have slowed a bit.

Lima River

We saw lots of tadpoles…they are probably frogs now.

Lima River

Happy swimming.

 

Crazy weather

Summer in Bagni di Lucca has been unusually cool and wet. The crazy weather continues. One day it is warm and sunny.

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The river is calm and low.

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Then we get driving rain and storms and the river turns into a raging torrent, much more likely in winter.

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There was a huge hail storm in Florence the other day that left the streets looking as though they were covered with snow…crazy stuff.

What will autumn and winter bring?

Little fish

As I walked beside the Lima River at Ponte a Serraglio I noticed a dark shadow in the water on the edge of the river.

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On closer inspection I discovered a school of tiny fish, most likely trout.

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I don’t suppose many of them will reach maturity, but it is encouraging to see them in the river.