As I've often mentioned, we usually go over to Italy in February or March to do some work in the house and garden and generally take a break. This year the trip has been delayed and we are looking forward to getting there soon especially as the weather here in the UK continues to be cold and dull with the occasional day of sunshine which teases us into thinking that Spring has come at last.
Not that the weather in the mountains in our region of Italy is always warm and sunny at this time of the year. There have also been some other strange happenings recently. My sister-in-law phoned the other day to tell us that there had been strong earth tremors one evening in February which had been felt throughout the area from south of Rome to Naples and the 4.8 magnitude quake's epicentre had been near the two local towns of Sora and Isola del Liri. Although there had been no injuries and little damage to old, vulnerable buildings it had been a frightening experience despite these tremors being felt from time to time, which we have experienced ourselves when we have been on holiday or living in Italy.
Anyway, being the time for pruning trees, vines, cutting the grass, painting and cleaning, I'm posting some photos of our life in Italy when we are there in the early months of the year with apologies for revisiting a subject that I posted on my old, deleted blog.
Lambing time - views of the top field.
A few of the jobs that need to be done outside while I'm relaxing...no, not really. I'm usually doing some cleaning etc. inside.
Of course, the time away is also an opportunity to relax, see family and spend some time out and about in the locality. This is a view overlooking the town of Isola del Liri where the quake was felt the strongest which is about 10 kms from our home.