We've just got back from our time in Italy and it's been good to find the promise of Springtime in both countries with much better weather than previous months.
The outward journey by plane and train to south of Rome was uneventful (in contrast to the journey back because of cancelled trains to Rome when we had to find an alternative transport i.e. bus and metro) and it was good to see the familiar mountains and villages of the Ciociaria region.
It doesn't take long to get back into our usual routine once we're home in Italy, but since we're limited for time and there's a lot to do, especially in the garden, we always hope that the weather stays dry in the early months of the year. In fact, we arrived to cold, wet weather and it was important to get the fire on and warm up the house in the upstairs apartment. (We have two storeys in our family home which is now split up into identical apartments and these days we use the upstairs apartment which can be heated by wood-fired central heating or gas). We're very fortunate that relatives look after the accounts and the maintenance of the house when we're not there and do everything to support us when we are. Consequently, we do spend a lot of time being entertained by family and entertaining family and friends and this time was no exception. The weather soon improved, so it was a pleasure to look out over the garden then enjoy what was growing and coming into season. It was also good to see the various insects coming to life in the sunshine.
DH soon got to work in the garden pruning the vines and the fruit trees - more about that another time. Some old wooden pergola poles, originally cut from our trees in the wood on the opposite hill to the house, had to be replaced. They needed to be chopped up and stored for future firewood.
At the end of a sunny day the snow on the distant mountains seemed to turn pink as the sun set.
I'll share some more of our trip to Italy soon. Meanwhile, I hope that everything is going well with you where you live and you have a good week.
We're enjoying the Spring flowers that are blooming in our garden and neighbourhood. DH has lots to do bringing his plants on in the UK garden plot.
A view from the kitchen window this morning - lovely blue skies, although quite windy out.
A happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!