Early morning during our recent time in Italy. There had been an overnight frost that particular night. Thankfully, it didn't last long, which was a good thing as the night before a nephew, who lives next to us along the lane, came to give him a hand to cut up some wood for the fire and for storing.
Nearby our neighbours were doing the same and thinning out some of the patches of woodland.
Another task was to prune some of the fruit trees and vines (some of the old branches and last year's growth) and mend the wires and some of the supporting posts on the pergola.
The remaining vine branches and some young fruit trees were then tied to the wire supports using flexible young willow shoots.
The cut vine branches are bundled up, stored so that they dry out and then used for kindling.
The two bay trees by the front drive had been shaped into three balls, but as they were growing too high to trim safely it was decided to cut the top ones off.
It's always satisfying when all these routine seasonal tasks are completed and the garden looks tidy again. In between there are some simple lunches with delicious food and last year's new wine to enjoy.