Monthly Archives: August 2012

QUIET LIVING

The wild Pear Tree

The trompe l’0eil on this ocher wall reflects the meaning of a quiet and simple living. My husband painted it twenty years ago. The bottle and the glass are both half empty, or half full, depending on  your point of view.

Every time I look at the little stone house I get hungry. One hundred years ago there was an old bakery serving bread to the village. The stone oven was’t very big  but was always on.  I can almost smell the inviting fragrance of bread and freshly baked cookies. Here below you can see the door’s entrance of the bakery. The place was a daily opportunity for people to meet and  gossip, of course!

Thirty years ago my father in law transformed it in a lab where wine is produced for friends and family. Once this place was sacred to the bread as it is today for the wine.

This wood sculpture was found in an old Venetian Villa. It dates back to 1600 and it is an allegorical figure. It rappresent “Bacchus”. It was  placed in a corridor above an arch in auspicious sign of abundance. Now is in the cellar to guard the wine.

This is Misi, the Certosino cat who is always quick to steal some milk, or a cuddle.

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OUTDOOR ROOMS

The African Palm

The Pear TreeThe Door Bell

Tool Shed

 Plastic Buckets and Garden Equipment

The old Bird CageThe AgaveThe old Wide-Mouthed Frog, called Galileo, is gazing at the stars.

“ROSES” my favorite flowers

The Historic Italian Roses

” Le Champagne Roses”

“The Passion Roses”

“The Modern Roses”

Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably  in China. During the Roman period, roses were used as confetti at celebrations, for medical purposes, and as a source of perfume.

Sometimes we see gardens that are so out of this world beautiful that we are left speechless, this happens to me especially when I am in front of some roses. It is possible to make a sublime garden with roses. I come to think of a quote from  the movie “American Beauty”; it helps me remember…and I need to remember…Sometimes there is so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, my heart’s is going to cave in.

During the winter a roselover like me longs for the summer where the sweet fragrance of roses fills the air. I hope these pictures will inspire you when you’ll plan your garden.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.  (Roald Dahl)