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April 23, 2010

The New Apartment. At last!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 5:46 pm

After four weeks in which we have moved lock and stock to Italy; after four weeks of shifting, moving, shopping and painting; our new apartment is ready for our first guests.  We include a few pictures here to show you but there will be more on the website soon.  (You can also view these on www.flickr.com/people/houseatvellano.)
The weather here has been lovely for a few weeks now though it has rained all day today.  The wisteria is coming out on the terrace, the buttercups and fresh green grass decorate the raodsides,  and the trees are nearly in full leaf in the woods.  All across our valley are many other ancient hamlets such as Fibialla, Aramo, Sorana and Castelvecchio.  All of these are worth visiting and have charms of their own and always fantastic views of the olive groves and terraces that patchwork the valleriana above Pescia.

We look forward to many friends visiting us and many other guests in the new apartment that has it’s own great views.

April 9, 2010

Mezzogiorno

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 6:21 pm

At midday (mezzogiorno) the bells of the local church in Vellano sound a wonderful tune that echoes across the valley on these warm sunny April days. The cherry blossom is out in the garden of Casa Verde and the light on the hills sparkles with colour and resonates with the sound of many birds. Looking out from the house down the hill the main excitment is one man on a machine, who is painting a new white line down the road into Pescia.

Talking of painting we are here now permanently at Casa Verde and we preparing the holiday apartment ofr our first guests in May. We are knee deep in paint and plaster but already the new rooms are looking fresh and clean, we have put in a lot of furniture that we think will look great under the chestnut beams and add to the rustic atmosphere of the house and the village.

This summer is going to be a splendid one!

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