My new header shows the view from one of the kitchen windows on the top floor of our house in Italy. I never get tired of looking at the ever-changing colour of the mountains throughout the day even when the weather is wet. Sometimes the more distant mountains seem to disappear because of the mist.
When it rains in the mountains it rains heavily. The sound of thunder rolls around the valleys and the lightening flashes across the sky and seems very near even if it's many kilometres away. We keep a lamp powered by a gas bottle ready in case the electricity cuts out as we haven't got a generator.
We are already thinking about our time in Italy in 2013 and we shall go over in a month or two to make sure everything is well around the house, do some garden maintenance and visit family.
The branches from the vines that were pruned in the early months of last year are dried out for kindling and there's a store of wood in the garage ready for use when we need it.