24 Mar 2017

Five on Friday

Hello everyone. We've been in Italy where we were grateful for some dry, sunny weather so that we could give the house a good airing, do some more work in the garden, see the family and generally relax. I'll be sharing more over the next few blog posts, but today I'm joining in Five on Friday Weekly Meetup which from this week onwards is being hosted by Tricky and Carly who have the interesting blog, F.A.S.T (Family Attempting To Survive The Times).
Regular followers of my blog will find my photos of the Italian garden familiar as I've been sharing the work over the years, mainly in the Spring and the Autumn.  In recent years we've been able to maintain the upkeep of the garden with outside help so that all that needs to be done is the cutting of the grass and the pruning of the trees, vines and shrubs. There's less to do in the Springtime as in the Autumn when there are the grapes to collect and fallen leaves to sweep up and as we were in Italy in November we found that the grass was still short after having hired someone with a tractor to mow it for us and, therefore,  it didn't need cutting this time.

1. views from the front garden

2. views from the side garden and drive

3. the back garden

The fig tree was pruned one  - this one is 'the mother' of the tree we have in our UK garden.

4. wild flowers and daffodils

There are wild flowers growing in the grass - grape hyacinths,
a variety of lily, flowering herbs.

5. The pruning of the vines, shrubs and trees - most of the vines were pruned in November. 
They need to be pruned before the sap rises.

pruning some of the apple trees

The twigs will be used as kindling in the wood burning stove
when they dry out.

We decided to cut down the ornamental cypress trees as they need
 so much effort to keep trimmed down to a manageable level.
So far three of them have been cut down leaving some branches
 that will be kept at a low height.

Branches were stacked in a corner of the garden. Other branches
 and logs are stored in the cantina/garage.


  1. Sorry to hear you've had a bereavement. It's always sad to lose someone dear.
    Take care of yourself.

  2. So sorry for your loss. We have had a loss in our extended family, too. Looks like Italy was a wonderful place to spend some time in the winter. I'm about ready for some good extended sunshine.

  3. I just love each time you share your home in Italy. It reminds me of Frances Mayes book on Tuscany. It is beautiful and the flowers and garden were especially beautiful. Good to hear you have help now and it was a good trip, but sad for your loss. Sending hugs!

  4. Wonderful photos & views. Your place in Italy is like a paradise on earth! I can feel the warmth of spring in the daffodil photos, oh my ❤︎ Wishing you Happy spring!

  5. Everything looks very well-kept and so very lovely. A wonderful, peaceful place to get away to. Sending condolences for your loss. Blessings, Tammy

  6. your home is so beautiful every single view is as amazing as the last one. I don't know how you stand to leave it. I would live there forever just for the views

  7. Condolences on the loss of your dear sister-in-law. Your home in Italy looks lovely in the sunshine with all those daffodils. I hope that you have a gentle and peaceful weekend to help get over your long journey home:)

  8. So sorry for your loss. Beautiful photos of your lovely home in Italy. The blue skies, views and all the flowers and trees look wonderful.

  9. Your Italian home is so beautiful, and especially in springtime -- thanks for sharing it with us. So sorry to hear of your loss of a family member. Best Wishes, -Beth

  10. All the views your shared are so beautiful. I love all the green. I'm so sorry for your loss as well.

  11. You're looking well and relaxed Linda, sitting out there in the sunshine. I hope it goes as well as it can do next week. Take care x

  12. A wonderful place to rest and relax, and prune and garden and chop down :)


  13. That sounds(and looks) like a restorative visit to your home and garden in Italy. Thank you for sharing your photos. So sorry you are returning to such sad news Linda.

  14. So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law Linda, I hope all goes as well as it can. I shall be thinking of you.
    Good though to see you looking so well, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to in Italy, your mountains views always take my breath away. I could do with Mr P and his pruners here! What a sterling job he has done.xxx

  15. Hi Linda, You look great. How are you feeling? Prayers are always with you... I admire you two for trying to keep up two homes. We can barely do ONE these days.. ha ha .... Your home in Italy is just so pretty... Looks PEACEFUL there...

    Good to hear from you.


  16. Thank you for joining in with Five on Friday, Your garden in Italy is beautiful and what stunning views you have! Sorry to hear of your loss, thoughts are with you in this difficult time

  17. Hello Linda, It seems like forever since I have seen your beautiful photos. We are still on the road with little access to email or blogging opportunities. But I connect when I can. Daffodils have always been one of my favorite flowers and the ones in your garden look so cheerful. I am glad you had a chance to visit your second home in Italy. It really is a beautiful and peaceful place. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a family member who was and is so dear to you. May God's grace be with your family as you say goodbye.

  18. Sorry to hear about your sad loss ... thinking of you at this time.

    I enjoyed looking at and reading your blog post.
    Your garden looks lovely, it must keep you busy.
    So nice to pictures of you and Mr.P

    All the best Jan

  19. Dear Linda,

    Your home and garden in Italy is gorgeous and can see why you love to go and spend time there. So much work in the garden with all the pruning, but must reward you with the figs, apples and fruit. Love the pretty daffodils.
    Sorry to hear about your sister in law, sending my sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Have a lovely weekend

  20. Hi Linda! Glad to know you're back safe and sound. Sounds like you had a good and productive time in Italy. Love the view of the snow-capped mountains and the photo of you in the sunshine! Pretty flowers, too. Just curious, do you eat quite a bit differently while in Italy? My sympathies in the loss of your sister-in-law. Bess

    1. Thank you Bess for your kind comments. We eat the same sort of food whether we are in Italy or in the UK, but I prepare more simple meals(mainly pasta dishes). The quality of food is better in Italy as I use basic ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes, fruit and vegetables that are organic and home produced that have been given to me by in-laws, although we do supplement our diet with home grown vegetables in the UK also.

  21. Love pasta dishes. Just popping in to wish you and yours a very Happy Easter! God Bless! Bess

  22. Happy Easter, Linda. I am so glad to catch up with you. It's gardening time here and I'm getting outside help for the heavier work!


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