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Tilted land

November 3, 2016 2 comments
Too steep to walk on easily

Too steep to walk on easily

Our olive grove is on a steep slope.

So steep that it’s difficult to walk on and I tend to go down it on my bum (hmmm).

But now it seems land could tilt any which way, because of the earthquakes.

I’ve seen helicopter photos of the mountains near Castelluccio with great cracks running through them.

Last night, at about 1.40 am when we were on the point of going to bed, there was a great jolt like when a vehicle slams its brakes on. That one was 4.8 on the Richter scale and nearer than any of the others.

Landslip

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment
Landslip with dogs

Galileo and Florence explore the new lay-out

“There’s been a landslip!” Giovanni called.

“Oh that’s old,” I said, thinking he meant the grass-covered amphitheatre-shaped hollow a little further down.

Then I got nearer and realised it was brand new! It must have happened in the last few days!

The dogs had a wonderful time clambering over it.

Landslips are a common feature on these steep slopes with their shallow soil.

Siege

February 4, 2012 3 comments

View over the valley

I’m mesmerised by the falling snow: I could watch it for hours.

It’s now about 10 centimetres deep, I suppose. Any footprints are quickly covered by new snow.

Our nearest neighbour phoned this morning and asked if it was all right for him to clear the road because the Comune had seconded him to do it.

I told him it was fine, but please to be aware that we had oleanders along the drive …

“Oh I won’t be doing your drive,” he said.

“That’s OK, don’t worry about it,” I said. “It’s just that the people who’ve done it before have come as far as the big oak by the house and turned round there.”

“The big oak, eh?” said our neighbour.

So we waited for a snow plough to appear, but it never did.

Finally I put on my hat, coat, wellington boots and mittens and went to look. The road had been cleared, but only just our side of the neighbour’s house – in fact as far as the turning place there (which had been used – you could see the tracks of the vehicle).

He hadn’t even cleared all of the public road before our drive begins. If he had, it would have helped quite a bit because it includes a steep slope.

So it looks like we’re not going to get out in a hurry.