Thank you 2011

It has been an amazing year.  We have loved it.  We have been living in Hong Kong for the most part of it; Thailand for a month, Italy over the summer and autumn.  Our boys have accomplished great things, placing their feet firmly on their journey and our art has thrived and we have someContinue reading “Thank you 2011”

The Bernabo Thermal Spa of Bagni di Lucca

Today the old Bernabo thermal baths were open to the public for viewing, completely refurbished with all the massage tables and oils and candles and gently running water into ancient marble baths. I wish I could ‘write’ smell and sound.  All our senses were cocooned in the perfumes of oils and music that wrapped themselvesContinue reading “The Bernabo Thermal Spa of Bagni di Lucca”

Our roof festa in Pieve dei Monti di Villa

This summer has been busy for us renovating our old properties.  One of the loveliest things we have done is to put a new roof on our little Pieve dei Monti di Villa village house.  The roof has been leaking gently for the last 8 years since we had had it repaired the first time(!),Continue reading “Our roof festa in Pieve dei Monti di Villa”

A Bohemian Collective at San Rocco in Benabbio, Bagni di Lucca

This area is really interesting culturally.  There are people starting to gather here with their marvellous gifts, proffering events that are supporting contemporary musicians and singers and acrobatic performances and visual artists and writers who are all possibly great.  Bagni di Lucca is attracting not just artists but also sponsors and patrons and lovers ofContinue reading “A Bohemian Collective at San Rocco in Benabbio, Bagni di Lucca”

Michael and Shona in a hidden Tuscan valley

We have an amazing life.   Here we are now, living in a little town in the mountains of Tuscany, a town that people for centuries have been coming to, to bathe in the thermal waters and enjoy a summer that is cooler than down on the plains.  All around us, gracious old villas withContinue reading “Michael and Shona in a hidden Tuscan valley”

Snow In Bagni di Lucca

  Today it is snowing and snowing and snowing.  We drove off for Lucca this morning to do some Christmas food shopping, but had to return home half way there, the road was so quickly built up with snow.   We were drifting all over the place till we got stuck behind two trucks who couldn’tContinue reading “Snow In Bagni di Lucca”

Siberian Cold

There’s a deep cold coming down from Siberia.  Homeless people are dying in Poland.  Already it has been a cold winter and it has only just begun.  The mountains around us are white and in the woods you get startling images of black trunks against the snow.  Yesterday there was sun in the sky, notContinue reading “Siberian Cold”

Lord Byron’s Villa Webb in Bagni di Lucca

Today after another wonderful lunch at the Borghesi restaurant, ravioli arrabiata, verdura sformata, insalata mista, mezzo litro di vino rosso, some tough grainy bread and a cafe simplice, Shona and I were whisked off in the rain to see the Villa Webb. It is a spectacular Villa built in the 16th century, where Lord ByronContinue reading “Lord Byron’s Villa Webb in Bagni di Lucca”

Rosi’s horse farm in the mountains

            This last weekend we went up to Rosi and Adriano’s horse farm to visit the horses and to observe a horse whisperer who had come to visit. It was a beautiful experience. The little ranch is set up in the mountains amongst the trees. Its peaceful up there. WeContinue reading “Rosi’s horse farm in the mountains”