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What I see from my back door

Just after the rain

Just after the rain

This is my response to the challenge issued by Cecilia in her blog ‘thekitchensgarden’.

I took the photos today in not very photogenic weather. Here our al fresco dining area is shining wet from the latest shower and Mount Subasio, beloved of St Francis, is blotted out by mist.

The plant bulging over the tiled surface on the left is thyme, and behind it, in front of the yellow roses, is one of many clumps of love-in-a-mist.

Dogs and mess

Dogs, cold frame, ‘shelter’ and barbecue

Just to the right of the door, a very different scene with the rain now drying up.

Galileo is climbing on what we call our ‘cold frame’ – spare double-glazed windows propped on crates so as to provide shelter for seedlings. You can see he’s wearing a bell round his neck – the sort hunting dogs wear. It has a lovely Alpine tinkle which we hope will enable us to find out where he goes when he runs off frightened and doesn’t come back for hours. The other two dogs are keeping him company.

Behind the cold frame is what we call the ‘shelter’ – pallets held upright by stakes driven into the ground – designed to stop light seed trays etc from blowing away in the wind. It’s got pretty cluttered over time.

To the left of the cold frame is the barbecue which we never finished  building but which we’ve used like it is, with the blocks laid dry. At the moment it’s full of rosemary prunings so that our next fire will smell nice.

Beyond the stub lamp is a glimpse of the nearest house in that direction. It’s the only one which could, conceivably, overlook us!

  1. May 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Lovely view. Is that a golden retriever on the right?

    • May 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I’m glad you like our view. The dog is actually a ‘foundling’ as they say here and we’re not quite sure what ingredients went into him. Spaniel, spinone (an Italian breed) and very possibly some golden retriever!

      • May 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

        I don’t know about the spinone part, but the other traits would make a fine best friend.

      • May 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        He certainly is a good friend – very affectionate and companionable and quite a character as well. He’s also cuddly with the other dogs – all puppies snuggle up to him! He’s experienced some health problems – hip displasia and a malignant tumour – but he bears it all with fortitude. It sounds as though you like dogs. Have you ever had one?

      • May 26, 2013 at 2:02 am

        We had a wonderful golden retriever several years ago. He was such a sweetie; we still miss him.

      • May 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Our first 2 dogs were golden retrievers. It’s a lovely breed.

  2. May 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I am so glad you joined in!

    What a lovely scene you have

    • May 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure they all say this – but it’s even nicer than it looks!

  3. May 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely, indeed. Is it walk-friendly territory?

    • May 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Nice to hear from you! Yes, it is. Our own land (22 acres) has well-defined paths and there are way-marked mountain hikes in the vicinity.

      • May 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        Wow! *heavily impressed; also envious!*

      • May 28, 2013 at 12:07 am


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