Where will it lead...?

12 June 2014

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

Revolution - nature does it every year; man - every third or so generation. So it's been said, though I forget the sayer, sounds like a prosecco drinker rather than an…


It was Christmas Eve, babe - in the drunk tank...

23 December 2013

They got cars big as bars, they got rivers of gold

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

Like what the comune's done to Ponte al Serraglio? Some of the older locals aren't 'sopra la luna' about it, but it does put the valley back on the map...

Weeeeell, ok, so we're in NYC over Natale (and probably speaking more Italian here than in Benabbio...) - but before you decide to pay a visit with a crow bar and…


Reclaiming All The Pieces

09 September 2013

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.

Henry Rollins

Fortunately, the wreckage wasn't too dire - a few broken garden chairs; a leaky pool pump; Raymond getting overexcited with a wheelbrace. Call it a round of 'First World Problems'.

Now we're exceeding happy to welcome back to the villa Jools and her wonderfully named Re…



12 March 2013

April is the cruellest month...

- T.S.Eliot, The Wasteland

Really? I hope not. Because it's been more Christina Rossetti here of late, with snow on snow on snow on......

Still: saves a trip to Abetone. Just break out your finest Ikea tray and see how many broken bones it takes to get down to the piazza. Then, once you're there, and Alessandro has warmed your cockles with a 'bomba' (coffee that fell i…



01 October 2012

"Take 'em on to the bridge!"


Get on up, get on up, come on - get on up!

How much more persuasive need we be? Our latest venture includes warmth, wine, winning bridge masters (take a bow, Kedagh) and San Rocco's now legendary convivial atmosphere and omnipresent bonhommie. Come with friends for fun and card-fights, or gather a group to include some serious tips and teaching - all the whi…



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