Tag Archives: Città della Pieve

21 May 2020

We had lunch at the Café degli Artisti on Tuesday. I was less than enthusiastic, but L was keen, and helping the owners of a place we like to get back on their feet was a big enticement. The tables … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down V

The Acer campestre (field maple) at the south end of the house is humming. In certain lights, from certain angles, it’s a shimmering, murmuring mass. There are unfeasible numbers of bees zipping between the almost-invisible flowers. Sitting below it (we … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down IV

Have any of the number crunchers whose dreadful, mesmeric coronavirus charts I pore over daily ever turned their thoughts, I wonder, to sourdough? Someone surely must have tried to concoct some baking-tracking algorhythm to ascertain the state of mind of … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down II

This being confined to barracks does the funniest things to my emotions and perceptions. Everything is in very sharp focus, but nothing seems particularly real. When a plane flies overhead – something that, granted, is fairly rare here even in normal … Continue reading

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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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