Two sides of Sicily

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in Holidays, Italian nature and wildlife, Italy, Leisure, Sicilia
Two sides of Sicily

When we visited Sicilia (Sicily) in early March this year (2017) we immediately fell in love with it and promised ourselves that we would return again soon. So it was that we found ourselves back on the island in the October of the same year.

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 5. Nothing is Black & White

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 5. Nothing is Black & White

When White Admirals rest, you get the opportunity to see how even the black on the upper-side of their wings is actually an iridescent inky colour but it is the under-sides that are truly striking. In the images below, I have tried to show the progress from revealing only the upper-sides to displaying the full glory of the under-sides.

Mangialonga comes to Terenzano

Posted on May 3, 2016 in Lunigiana
Mangialonga comes to Terenzano

It may often seem that our village is devoid of any people, as in the photos below, however, that would be a far cry from how busy it can really get, especially when there are festivities to be celebrated.

Our village – Terenzano

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Italy, Lunigiana, News and Views
Our village – Terenzano

We have a number of local events coming up that will feature Terenzano, the village we live in, and I was asked whether I could provide some photographs to help with the publicity. Needless to say, I was only too delighted and thought it would be a good idea to share them here as well…

C’era una volta… Albiano 1266

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Italy, Leisure, Lunigiana, News and Views, Toscana
C’era una volta… Albiano 1266

On Saturday (June 27), we had a concert to go to in the evening and, as Albiano was on our way, we left early so that we could attend the reenactment of the 1266 decree of Vescovo Guglielmo di Luni that granted the inhabitants of Belvedere permission to establish the new city and castle of […]

“Make hay while the sun shines…”

“Make hay while the sun shines…”

By mid to late June, our wildflower photography hits something of a hiatus – partly because the first flush of spring colour has come to an end; partly because butterflies have now become the focus of attention; but, mostly because it is time to cut the meadows and terraces for hay – all of which […]

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 4. Fire & Brimstone

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 4. Fire & Brimstone

As we hit the summer solstice, the number of butterflies on the wing has increased exponentially but many of the species that we are regularly seeing are proving difficult to capture on camera, either because they are not interested in our lavender or because they are simply too restless. One such candidate is the Lesser […]

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 3. More skippers & friends

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 3. More skippers & friends

As usual, our lovely long lavender hedge is proving to be a magnet for bees, butterflies and all kinds of other invertebrates. It has been quite breezy these last few days, which makes macro photography more difficult but I have managed to capture enough images to post this third article in our Lunigiana butterfly series. […]

Riviera di Levante series – 9. Le Grazie

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 in Italy, Leisure, Liguria, News and Views, Riviera di Levante
Riviera di Levante series – 9. Le Grazie

If you are a visitor to our part of Italy and should want to visit the coast then there are two general areas that seem to be on everyone’s list – le Cinque Terre and il Golfo dei Poeti (Gulf of Poets) – and, along with Lerici, the most popular destination on il Golfo dei […]

DEIR – possibly the best red wine in Lunigiana?

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in Lunigiana, News and Views
DEIR – possibly the best red wine in Lunigiana?

…perched high above the torrente Lucido in the foothills of the Alpi Apuane, can be found the picturesque medieval village of Monte dei Bianchi. Only a few remnants of the ancient castle are visible today but the monastery and church of San Michele still contain traces of the original romanesque buildings. A monastery is known […]