This pink oleander bloom smells as good as it looks.
The oleanders are in flower now, all down one side of the drive.
A Niagara Falls of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream hides a rock structure of Savoiardi Lady Fingers soaked in coffee.
This is a treat made by Giovanni’s mother who used toothpicks to keep the cling-film from dipping in the cocoa powder on the top.
A really delicious way to get picked up!
This bee must have visited quite a number of flowers to have accumulated such a load of pollen.
The pollen doesn’t simply adhere as the bee passes. It actually gathers it with its tongue and puts it in ‘baskets’ (concave areas surrounded by coarse hairs) on its legs.
The flower is not fully open – the centre ring is folded over the stamens.
It’s also sprinkled with drops of rain from a brief shower.
The house looks as if it’s very badly diseased.
Here Giovanni (on the right) and his friend Franco (on the left) sponge over where they’ve recently applied patches of rendering.