There are some interesting things coming up in Bagni di Lucca over the next couple of weeks.
A concert at the Casino to raise money for Auser, which helps a lot of people in the community.
An easy walk in Montefegatesi and a walk to the towers in Popiglio, with a medium degree of difficulty.
Plant an olive tree.
The final street market for the year.
The river is as low as I have ever seen it under the Ponte della Maddalena at Borgo a Mozzano, on the way to Bagni di Lucca. I have been coming here now for almost 20 years.
This is the view I usually see.
This is what it looks like now.
From the other side.
From the top.
On a brighter note the vegetation is growing back on the site of the landslide.
We have had some rain recently but it will take a lot more to bring the river back to its usual level.
While it might not be great for those who are here on holidays, the recent rain is very welcome after a dry, hot summer.
I like the misty morning and the sound of the rain at Ponte a Serraglio.
The rain is needed to fill dams, the springs that feed the rivers and the poor distressed plants. Let’s hope we get good rain over the next few months.
On Friday night 29th July in the garden of the Comune building in La Villa there will be a concert under the stars.
The regular second hand market will be held on Sunday 31st July.
Ponte a Serraglio will be the star of Sunday’s guided walk. If you can’t make it today remember the date of the next one.
Anyone interested in joining the walk should go to Villa Fiori a bit before 10.00.
There is a new shop in Bagni di Lucca, Villa. It is called Flora Gioh Donatella. We are lucky to have artist Scarlaty Arribabene and her beautiful designs in our town.
She studied modern art at Moma in New York and now shows and sells her work in her shop in Bagni di Lucca. All pieces from Flora Gioh Donatella are made with love by Scarlaty. She makes jewellery with a botanical theme. Each piece of the collection represents leaves, flowers and delicate fragments of nature.
She also makes deliciously fragrant candles.
Donatella is a line of paintings that combine shapes and textures, harmony and contradiction.
The shop is bright, spacious and inviting.
I met the delightful artist recently and I wish her the best in her new venture.
Flora Gioh Donatella is in Via Umberto I, at the post office end of the street.