I'm thinking that the fewer words the better for this particular post. The short video at the end says it all.
Photos taken from our terrace, at about 5:30am one day last week.... I love all the birdsong at this time of morning...
|Fantastic color combo here.|
|Arriving into the main Piazza of Chiusare.|
|The artichokes to be eaten raw, plus the lovely color, shows here.|
|Raw artichokes before and after being cleaned for eating raw. So pretty!|
|Crunchy, salty, yummy. Oh, kind of nutty, too.|
|A lunch fit for Kings & Queens.|
|A back "street" in Chiusare.|
|Johnny wants a nap, but takes the high road and walks, instead.|
|The view from the top of town. It was pretty windy, but the sun was warm.|
|Another great garden we found on our walkabout.|
|What appears to be a row of old chicken coops, or maybe for sheep..|
|We, too, are grateful for the wonderful Carciofi.|
|A dreamy landscape near Villastrada in Umbria.|
|I just took this today, April 28th. The greens are really changing... but the lines are still so cool.|
We drive by this casa vecchio, or "old house", several times a week, going here or there, and it is just as enchanting each time we go past it. It isn't really a ruin, but man it could be great if someone would take the money and time to fix it up... The yellow field in front is just a little icing on this old cake....
|All I need is a few more euros....|
|The classic Tuscan landscape.|
|Wow, did I take this shot...? Why, yes, yes I did. Good one, kiddo.|
Another Tuscan scene.
|The field in front was fave just a week or two ago. I'm loving the splash of yellow with the color|
of the lake....
|Panicale seen through a field of yellow....|
|Another shot from the same spot...my camera couldn't decide|
what to focus on, and I kept it. I like this.
|A green and grey wonderland|
|These moments are what remind me that I am somewhere very different than home.|
|I just love these fields...|
|Wild fennel gone WILD!|
|Some up close fennel love.....|
|Wild violets and cyclamen just starting to show up|
|These cyclamen are so tiny and sweet...|
|Ferns and moss in the crevices of the dry stacked walls.|
|I am loving watching these ferns coming on!|
|I am amazed at both the walls and the plant life at home in them. Clematis just coming on.|
|The variegated foliage of this particular clump of wild cyclamen blows my mind.|
I hope I get to see them bloom... !
|Don't know what it is, but I like it.|
|A nice clump of euphorbia.|
|This must be some relative of ajuga...|
|These little annual euphorbias are everywhere.|
|I think it may be a lily of some sort? Very tiny, and cute.|
|I know this is Lunaria, or silver dollar plant, because I have it in my yard.|
|Johnny painting near the car, while I take a walky.|
|A view of Panicale from the path I was on that day.....|
|Mondays haul from the Tavernalle weekly market. The guy at one stand threw in the (may I say rather phallic looking) carrot and some celery. They do this for your soup.|
|Tagliatelle, just enough for two servings, per favore...|
|Amazing asparagus with tomatoes and garlic...a little fresh marjoram|
from my little pot garden.
|Not fresh pasta, but a great one dish meal all the same.. toss the above veggies with|
pasta, a little parmesan, and a drizzle of Umbrian olive oil.
|My Panzanella, the way I like it.|
|Home grown chard made it super special.|
|Don't forget the parmesan!|
|Now, really, can't you just smell that?|
|PicNic on an age old stone table. Good enough.|