Buon Giorno Ragazzi
Welcome to another weekly blog and con piacere to all my new followers! Today I will be talking about Burning Hats, Bee Eaters, Rain, Acacia Trees, Jasmin, Silvio Burlesconi and ‘My Father, The Assassin.
The exiting event of this last week was my man setting light to his hat when he was still wearing it! He has been helping our son-in-law (genero) prune, clear and burn the debris from the olive trees. He was in charge of the bonfires. Now one has to be careful not to let the fire spread and fortunately the land was fairly damp. However, bits kept floating upwards and what goes up must come down. He smelt something burning very close at hand and could not identify it until some rancid smoke blew done over his face! Then he realized he was on fire and grabbed his hat just before the flames started on his hair. He still has a handsome crop of hair, so that was a relief! Sadly, it is goodbye to his ancient green jungle hat that he wore as a young Marine…..
Some good news. Just about all of our feathered friends from North Africa are now here, including the beautiful Bee Eater. The birdsong is fabulous, even at night. In the garden and countryside the Acacia trees are dripping with white blossom and starting to send their snow flurries of seeds drifting slowly through the air. Soon the roadsides will look like we have had an overnight snow shower. The Jasmin is particularly lush this year, and the perfume is to die for. We have had quite a lot of rain this last week which, with the help of warm sunny breaks, has encouraged every imaginable wild flower to burst through the grassy banks.
Bee Eaters in Acacia Tree
And how is our gorgeous friend Silvio Berlusconi doing? Mama Mia, his tax fraud conviction has been upheld on its first appeal! He says his conviction is politically motivated and he is expected to appeal to Italy’s highest court. Slip in a few gold bars here and there, that’s what I say…..
Back in our local village of Fiano, I am very excited to tell you that Milko, our local Stationer (Cartoleria) has placed his book order for ‘My Father, The Assassin’. I’ll start with three, he said, what cartons I asked, no three books and we’ll see how the tourists take to them! No silly comments please…. But we don’t care about that, Amazon is doing a reasonably good job. Run your cursor over to the right of this page and you can buy one now!
Well the weather is now gorgeous and it’s time to organize pranzo in the garden. Then we can look forward to the beautiful light display put on by the Fire Flies this evening.
Buona Domenica x