Monday, 15 August 2022


 The shutters open and close using clever black clips that catch the shutter as you push it open.

To close, you simply press down firmly on the thumb-shaped indentation at the bottom of the clip.  This releases the clip.

Please please never twist the clips in the wall.  This weakens them and is completely unnecessary.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

After the rain

Lovely to see this little cloud hovering over the water. All that remained of a spectacular storm. 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Fresh figs!

We love fresh figs, and these were just gorgeous.  There are lots of fig trees around the village, growing out of stone walls.  The figs never seem to be ripe when I am looking, so these probably came from the south of Italy. But the leaves came from the village!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Il campanello - the little doorbell

This is the original brass doorbell that we named the house after. This is because we think it's the very last one left in the village. Just a tiny touch of the old days that lends a special character to the house.  We have recently had the entrance renovated, but have kept the old door and the bell as a reminder that the house is actually over 300 years old.  Thankfully, there shouldn't be too much else that does that!

And here it is polished up.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Sunset shadow

Sometimes, when the air is very clear, we see the shadow of the mountain behind us projected onto the mountain in front.