Christmas is a time to think of those less fortunate than yourself. How are you all? That was from Rory Bremner on last week’s Now Show. Being down here in the south of Europe doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the best of British radio and TV, care of Rupert Murdoch’s FreeSat service. It was most […]

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Buon anno (happy New Year) and tanti auguri (best wishes) to everyone. Christmas and the New Year are pretty busy round here as all the part-time residents are in town, arriving just before the holiday starts and staying until early in January. For us, Anna’s Christmas Eve party was the start, with sixteen guests, mainly […]

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As promised, I can confirm that my observations about the asymmetry of sunrise and sunset around shortest day are indeed correct. One of my readers was kind enough to confirm it and when I chanced to look at one of the free calendars I was given by a local shop I discovered that as well […]

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After we came back from England in the middle of January if was well over a week before we saw a full day of sunshine, so winter sadness was getting a distinct possibility. Houses with stone floors can never be described as cozy unless a huge amount of heating is applied. I hear the cries […]

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Now the days are getting longer there are some definite signs of spring. Trees and shrubs are starting to develop buds, the weeds are growing strongly and the birds are singing. But most noticeable is the mimosa, which in this part of the world is a cash crop, and dotted about the hillsides are brilliant […]

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With the arrival of March things are now definitely warming up. February was mainly cloudy but the new month has started with much more sunshine. Still quite a lot of cloud but when the sky clears it feels like a fine June day in England. This is the only thing I can use for comparison […]

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March has been a month for working in the garden. There’s the gas tank enclosure to complete – the fence is up but I have yet to build and hang the gate. Other than that it’s plants that have been the main focus of activity. Early in the month I went on an Internet hunt […]

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Looking back over my diary pages I’ve noticed a heavy emphasis on all things meteorlogical and horticultural, but the truth is that much of our time is spent outdoors, mostly in the garden either (mostly) working on it or (less often) simply lying in the sun. I think moving here may have awakened a dormant […]

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May was a pretty busy month here, with visitors coming and going, and I seem to have taken a lot of photos. Most of them are the same views of the area but with different people walking up and down the paths or gazing over the village, of interest mainly to the people in the […]

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So July has now arrived, and with it the gran caldo (great heat). Er… no. Along with the rest of Europe – and for all I know the rest of the world – the weather has been unpredictable at best, evil at worst. From Sky TV we see reports of large areas of northern England […]

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