16 April 2014

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corner view :: something to celebrate


Soon, this lovely girl of mine will celebrate her First Holy Communion at the little church in the paese.



Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.

*More on the origin of that beautiful photo in a upcoming post. I promise. 


11 April 2014

a poem... sort of









There is nothing like spring in the paese.
Okay.
So maybe there is.
It's fall in the paese.

But in the fall there are no peas.
And no cherries, blossoms or lip-staining fruit.
Or wisteria.
Or hills dotted with trees rich with purple.

No eager vines already bursting with this fall's harvest.

No glorious fields of gold.
(Think Sting was referring to rapeseed or wheat?)

So.
There is nothing like spring in the paese.
No place with as many dandelion wishes, for sure.

Nothing that gives me quite the headache,
Or causes quite the itch in my throat.

Ah, such is spring in the paese!

And there is
Nothing
Like spring
In the paese.


.........
And that is as close as I am going to get to poetry, my friends.
Don't forget, April is National Poetry Month. Have you selected a poem to share on Poem in My Pocket Day? April 24.




03 April 2014

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corner view :: inspiration

April is National Poetry Month, so I'm sharing one of my most loved poems for today's Corner View. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration to spread the love for poetry on Poem in Your Pocket Day later this month (April 24)...or leave a poem taped to your icebox, too.


This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

William Carlos Williams


PS. I grew up calling the refrigerator an "icebox." Did you?
PPS. Williams also penned this little gem of a poem.

01 April 2014

and we're done, just as we start again


go, Baby Girl, go


We are done with the snow-covered mountains of Folgaria until next winter. Young One completed the season with a noncompetitive "race" Sunday, and we said our farewells to the good people at Scie di Passione.

And now that we will be spending more time at home...we have a long list of fun and exciting things planned:

1. Prepare the garden.
2. Pressure wash the patio.
3. Stop ignoring the dust.
4. Remove the snow tires.
5. Attack the spider webs.
6. Clean out the fireplace.
7. Rearrange the closets for spring.
8. Wash and store the snow gear.
9. Put away the winter bedding.
10. Tune up the bicycles.
Okay. I'll stop there as this could be the list that never ends...

But most importantly...
11. Open the grill!

 How is your week shaping up?


26 March 2014

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corner view :: close by

Even though we live out in the country, right in the middle of fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards, we do not have a yard. It's a bit odd to consider...country living with no yard...but it is our reality.


We do have a couple of postage stamp-sized plots of land just behind our house, plots just the right size for an olive tree in one and for attempts at gardening in the other. And we have a lovely outdoor patio in the front where we spend lots of time in the warm months. But no yard or giardino. Our child plays in the blacktop public parking lot behind our house.



Even so, we never, ever lament the fact that we don't have a yard. Okay...at times, when I dream of having a dog, I do wish we had a yard...and then I don't adopt that dog that we don't have time to take care of anyway (or so I tell myself) because we have no yard for him. And all is well that ends well. Without a yard.


What we do have, though, is access to all that you see pictured here real close by, as in a minute from my lovely patio gate. And for us, this has proven to be a much better deal than a yard, a yard with a fence and a ton of grass to mow.

Now, my daughter, she has a different opinion about this, without a doubt: Grass, Mamma, I just want grass at my house!

Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.