I have left the thunderstorms and lowering clouds of Sedella for the sunshine of the Abruzzo region of Italy. Long walks along the beach, gentle strolls up to medieval villages along tree lined roads and lots of strong coffee. Bliss! Unlike in Sedella, the trees here lose their leaves so I have not had to completely forfeit the joys of kicking through crisp leaves this autumn. And the drive from Rome to Pescara, along the spine of Italy afforded me the views of forests of trees in various shades. This is the life!


4th November

We had rain all night last night. And today while the sun came back out a bit, it is damp and windy. Our leaves are at Fall peak color - but this stiff breeze is bringing them all down! I suppose that I'll be raking leaves this weekend!

Along our driveway - taken last weekend before the rain came in.


3rd November

Its pouring.
And we have thunder.
Lovely :-/


2nd November

cold wind today here in London. This will bring the leaves off the trees I expect. Must think about moving all the fragile plants into the greenhouse soon :-(  hate doing so as many of them are still in flower & they look so lovely in the garden.


November has arrived

...and so have I!

The morning was spent pottering around as the sun warmed the air enough for me to venture out. The dogs were occupied by the neighbour's mutt who had popped over for a romp.
Finally a comfortable 20C was hit by the mercury and I sat in the sun, listening to the bells from the goats on the hillside opposite, lifting my head occasionally from my notebook when the Peregrine Falcon's shadow cast itself across the page, and warming my bones.

The 1st November is All Saints' Day in the Christian calendar and here in Spain is also known as the Day of the Dead. In what I think is a lovely tradition families pay their respect to departed family members by decorating their grave with flowers and then spend the rest of the day with the living family. I gave the villagers long enough to pay their respects before trotting up to the cemetery. The sun was bouncing off the white washed walls and the heady smell of pollen hit my nostrils as soon as I entered. It was a beautiful sight each memorial framed by beautiful flowers.

I am now sat back on the verendah in the late afternoon sun, snoozing dogs sharing my blanket. Rain is forecast for Thursday, but I will be winging my way to Italy for a few days, where I hope the rain stays away.  So the next update is from Italy. Ciao for now.


30th October

I'm confused. Yesterday at 6 pm it was just getting dark. So dusk = 6ish.
last night the clocks went back an hour. 6pm becomes 5 pm.
So it now gets dark at 5 p.m. not 6 p.m.
So how come it was getting dark at 2.30?

I don't know, a weird day all round, which seems to have lasted forever - this morning seems years away! The sky was a slate grey - quite high - with puffy grey clouds wandering about beneath. anot the usual dark gloom of rainy days - just dusk-dark.

I can only conclude that someone forgot to change the Great Clock In The Sky .
The chickens weren't too amused at being shut away earlier than usual - but we've had foxes on the prowl. Can't take chances.

30th October

While out yesterday evening, I happened to have my camera with me. So I took a nice photo of the crescent moon!