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November 21, 2010

Art Everywhere

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 4:06 pm

This rather attractive painting appears in Florence’s Neo-classical railway station.  The station building itself was completed in 1935 at the height of the Fascist Era in Italy and looks to me rather tired and scruffy from the outside these days.  However inside it is a pleasure of light and space, the glass that looks so grimy on the outside looks beautifully illuminated on the inside.  Of course there is some art involved, and above is an example of some of the very interesting mural paintings close to the platform for our train back to Pescia. (more…)

November 14, 2010

November

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 6:33 pm

 

Well November is here and it is the rainy season and it really has lived up to its billing in that sense, rivers and streams full to brimming with thunderous blue rain.  However though we are now lighting fires in our large cantina boiler to fire up the heating and beginning to use our winter supply of wood, there have still been a few lovely bright sunny days as well. Those kind of days that you would never get in England, so for us that is very reassuring.  We do miss the sort autumn colours of England, especially the gold and orange divestments of the Beech tree, still there are many colours in the hills here too.  Also at this time many people have begun to harvest their olives which as you can see are full of either green or black olives, depending on which variety you have on your plot.  We hope to harvest our small number of 6 trees in December. (more…)

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