Seasons Greetings!!!

December 11, 2013 § 3 Comments

best wishes

Danica, Sollai, Michael, Shona, Jacob, Jaqueline

We wish you the seasons greetings of love and joy and peace.

Christmas came early for us this year.  We got together in the past couple of days before Sollai and Danica flew away to Fiji and Jake and Jaqueline disappeared into a meditation retreat in the mountains.  We made haste on the roads from Ireland, the UK and France, to arrive back here in time to see them all.  In celebration, we all piled into our little mountain house in Pieve di Monti di Villa, the house like toast, the fires lit and a little table for six squeezed into our lounge.  The colours of our mountain house are so warm and earthy and the open fire crackling away, keep a feeling of a cold winter’s day, a delicious contrast.  After a simple lunch of hot bubbling soup from the wood stove, we walked up the mountain in the bracing cold but sunny air, along tiny tracks past the ancient crossifisso to Monti di Villa with its stupendous views of the Alps and the Apenines.  We sat for a time in a sunlit glade near an old ruined church above Monti di Villa, then slowly ambled home in the gathering dark to prepare a sumptuous feast.

Passing the woodcutter on the mountain path

Passing the woodcutter on the mountain path

Pausing at the Crossifisso

Pausing at the Crossifisso

In a sunny glade above Monti di Villa

In a sunny glade above Monti di Villa

These days for Christmas we have all eschewed the giving of presents, not because we don’t like them or want to give them, but because we wanted to leave behind the commercial stress and pressure of gift giving at this time of year.  Now we just eat and drink the best we can find and love being together.  Christmas is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it remains a wonderful time of year to celebrate humanity and our connection to the seasons in the cold short days of the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice, and of course in the southern hemisphere, the midsummer.

dinner time

dinner time

It was beautiful that night.  We sat around the fire after our indulgences and talked about the wonderful year we had all created.  I think this year was perhaps one of the most creative years any of us had ever had.  I begin to write about it all, but the pages are flowing and this post would be a book!   Plus, we sound so insanely proud of our talented kids and their equally talented partners, that I had better stop here!  So if you would like to see what we have all been doing, please go to all of our websites to see new art being created, new music, new performances, an art festival being created, our artist group La Rondine Gallery,  new acrobatics…. Links are following!   Our best wishes to you all!

Jake’s new album

Jake’s website

Jaqueline and Jake’s  creation the Bagni di Lucca Art Festival

Sollai’s sculptures

Danica’s new promo

Mike’s new work 2013

Shona’s new work 2013

La Rondine Gallery

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§ 3 Responses to Seasons Greetings!!!

  • Merry Christmas to you all…these are great family pics. Got to visit with Jake and Jaq a few weeks ago, so lovely! A great wek in Bagni in November, be back in June!

  • Sarita says:

    Heart Warming Blog, thank you for including me on the list.
    Sarita
    Italian Property Gallery

  • Margaret Cartwright says:

    Thanks Shona & Michael & a Happy Christmas to you, Yes we too are celebrating Christs entry into his world, and its very warm here I can tell you, am looking forward to seeing you…love Marg

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