We rarely get any snow even in winter, so when I started reading about a possible icy cold weather spell after Easter, with likely snowfall, I was extremely sceptical. After all, about a week earlier it was warm enough to be outdoors without a jacket… But the weather forecast was spot on, and I got […]
The new year started on a low key and it’s almost the end of its first month. Covid-19 is still disrupting our lives, and nature gives us the chance to distract ourselves. I find getting lost in little details very rewarding. It takes some practice to start noticing little details, but nature’s textures and patterns […]
Nature nurtures, nature calms, nature heals.When I walk in nature and enjoy its beauty, worries fade into the background and temporarily disappear. This has been a tough year, and being able to retreat into nature has helped me carry on. Italy is awaiting a new announcement about new measures that will be adopted on Thursday […]
This year has been very demanding and draining. Spring was ‘cancelled’ because of the pandemics, we were -rightfully- forced into a lockdown that prevented us from going out and enjoy the season. In summer we were allowed some freedom, which, in hindsight may not have been such a great idea, as we are now in […]
Summer is my least favourite season, and come mid August, I become impatient, and start looking for signs of autumn. It will be at least another 6 weeks before we see any consistent colour changes, but at least summer is on its way out.
I hesitated posting these photos because they were taken with my low-end smartphone. For weeks we were not allowed to go out except for essential shopping, then we were allowed to do physical activity within a 500m range from our homes. Recently this rule has been lifted, and we can even drive to locations where […]
Life goes on. Not long after my last post, Italy went into lockdown to try stop the spread of Covid-19. Within days we were told not only to stay home but we were also banned from doing any physical activity outdoors, which means my rural hikes came to an abrupt end. We, like most countries […]
I suspect it might be because I bought a pair of snow boots that we got no snow so far, and the chances of getting any in the near future are quite thin. Still, I am fully enjoying my walks in the countryside. With the coronavirus panic spreading around, it’s good to retreat away from […]
Every time I have some time I try to go for a walk. The countryside is crisscrossed with paths, I have my favourite routes and favourite times of the day, but I always try to make small detours in the hope of discovering new trees, new views. That heart shaped ivy climbing on a tree […]
That fine line between autumn and winter usually gets crossed in early December. One day foliage is showing off in all its glory, the next day it has been scattered around and covered with frost. Temperature drops and reminds us that winter is indeed coming.