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I found this snail shell on the house wall. When I picked it off, I couldn’t see any trace of the inhabitant – only the thin layer of dried mucous which had held it stuck a few feet off the ground. 68 more words

Animals And Wildlife


‘Pipistrello’ is the Italian for bat. Yesterday evening a dead one turned up on the top of a bookcase – half mummified and light as a feather. 54 more words

Animals And Wildlife

First snow on the mountains

This morning the tops of the mountains looked like blue sponge cake dusted with icing sugar.

I knew the snow would melt quickly, just like the hoar frost had already melted to pearly drops on the roses. 21 more words

Living In Italy

Pomegranate seeds

I’d always heard that it was the eating of seven pomegranate seeds which prevented Persephone from permanently leaving the Underworld and returning to the beautiful Earth. 114 more words

Living In Italy


The photo shows the oak tree whose branches spread over our roof.

There are many other oak trees nearby of a similar size, but none of them quite as massive as this one. 94 more words

Animals And Wildlife

A new proverb

I learnt a new Italian proverb yesterday from our plumber/electrician and his wife, who came about our gas heating.

Impara l’arte e mettila da parte. 64 more words

Living In Italy

Strawberry tree flowers

The weather this last year must have suited our strawberry tree because it’s produced quite a crop of its cascading, bell-shaped flowers.

The ‘strawberries’ would normally be present at the same time, but with no flowers previously, it weren’t possible. 14 more words