Month: October 2019

A Dog Attack, a Bicycle Race, and a Threshold Crossed

Today is my 60th birthday.  60. Years. Old.  I’m a little stunned by it.  I’m not depressed about it because I don’t feel any different, but I’ve just crossed a threshold that in my mind is significant.  Every so often I’ll just have this flash in my brain –...

A Day with Friends

Our perfect weather streak came to an end today.  This morning was cloudy and foggy, then light rain in the late morning/early afternoon.  Then it got chilly.  The rain was followed by a little cold front that I hope doesn’t last long.  The cool temps are nice, but I...

Peace is Good

Tuesday was another gorgeous day in the Valtiberino.  We started the day with a long walk through the country, some chores, then a nice lunch on the terrace.  At Rosanno’s birthday party, some of the people there were telling us about some monasteries around here that were nice to...

The Patron Saint of Good Eating

There must be one.  Of all the things that Italy does well, food tops almost every list.  Certainly, it tops mine, as my ever-rounding belly suggests.  Michelangelo and Rossella brought us a huge tray of figs and plums from their garden.  This added to the things we got when...

The Etrucsans and Bacchus

Sunday evening we went to the I Giorni di Bacco Sagra in Castiglion Fiorentino with Michelangelo and Rossella.  This means The Days of Wine Festival.  Wine is actually vino in Italian, so Bacco refers to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.  Castiglion Fiorentino is about 30 minutes from here,...