Tag Archives: autumn

16 October 2019

It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that the answer to a newspaper headline that ends in a question mark is almost always “no”. This holds especially true in the very small local press. This headline is a case in … Continue reading

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2 September 2019

My endless procrastinatory musing this afternoon has been about horseflies. Gadflies. March flies. Cleggs (who knew?). There’s a point just after you take the final fork into our lane – up above Mario’s house – where, from early August onwards, clouds of … Continue reading

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12 November 2018

  We’ve had so many people staying recently that I had to resort to the industrial-scale washing and drying machines in the very purple-hued local launderette to deal with my mountain of sheets and towels. Unfortunately, because days and days … Continue reading

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22 October 2018

The other day a viper (Vipera aspis) fell on my head. I opened the french doors in the living room, then pushed the heavy outside shutters open. The top edge of these shutters is a favourite haunt for sunbathing lizards, … Continue reading

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7 October 2018 – L’Eroica

I succumbed. I always refuse to accompany L on his bike ventures. But L’Eroica is something else: a vintage cycling event through some of Italy’s most dramatically lovely landscapes. And this year, Chianti was looking particularly splendid. Not so much … Continue reading

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