Posts Tagged ‘view’

Magic Valley

November 8, 2016 Leave a comment
The so-called Magic Valley

What we call the Magic Valley

This is the view from right behind the house looking down towards the ravine.

I never get tired of looking at it, particularly in autumn.

Familiar view

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment
Familiar view

Familiar view

I don’t normally notice this view.

It would greet anyone arriving by car but not swooping round to the house.

All I tend to see are landmarks and activity in progress:

  • the flowerbed I’ve been weeding
  • the grass Giovanni has just strimmed
  • the new manure pile fenced in with pallets
  • the little ‘house’ round the mains water
  • the bench made from a railway sleeper
  • the two hoses trailing across to fill the swimming pool which we uncovered today!

New view

May 2, 2016 Leave a comment
Clive's new view

Clive’s new view

We had a big reorganisation today.

Clive’s hospital-style bed, instead of being in front of the stove, is now in the next-door room adjacent to a bathroom.

He will sit there of a morning, writing on his laptop.

I’m quite envious. He has one of the best downstairs views, of roses and peach trees with Mount Subasio beyond.


February 23, 2016 Leave a comment
Reflection and reality

Reflection and reality

Clive was back in the kitchen this morning, but instead of using his walker as before, this time he pushed an ordinary chair in front of him.

He doesn’t feel safe with the walker. The brakes consist of little flaps which supposedly grip the tyres, but the tyres have less tread on them than a snakeskin. Wheelchair ditto.

The bed will now only go down but not up, and the arm that projects over the head of the bed has come out of its bracket.

Nonetheless, Clive is getting new views and perspectives every day, and so am I. Today, sitting in an unaccustomed place at the kitchen table, I noticed that the view reflected in the kitchen door glass looked like it was the continuation of the actual view in the doorway. Even to the mountain slopes matching up!

Gilding the lily

July 13, 2013 4 comments
Foreground for the view

Foreground for the view

Our house has, quite literally, 360-degree views.

Sometimes I’m hard put to decide which prospect is best.

Clive’s favourite, a row of distant blue mountain peaks beyond the gulf of the olive grove, is actually my least favourite.

As I swim the length of the pool, I’m not sure which end holds more interest.

My point is this: we already had a lily, so why did I try to gild it?

We could have just had a lawn (doubtless not a very nice lawn in the hot summer) but somewhere to put deckchairs and for the dogs to play.

Why did I plant roses, lavender etc and why do I spend hours extracting thistles and bindweed?

Looking at the garden now, shining as it is after recent rain, I know why.

Framing the view

May 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Wisteria arch and belvedere

Wisteria arch and belvedere

This part of the garden is my very favourite but it came together by accident.

I planted the wisteria half way up the steps in the picture imagining it would grow both upwards and downwards.

Naturally it only grew up, so to channel its ebullience when it reached the top, I made an arch for it to twine over.

The white balustrade, rather than a romantic feature, was conceived originally as a safety barrier round the roof of a water tank which should have been buried underground.

It all happened as if an artist had taken charge and was turning our mistakes to advantage.

But with the green hills and blue mountains beyond we couldn’t have gone very far wrong – everything we created made a frame for them.

House arrest

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Galileo in a patch of sun

Galileo in a patch of sun

Galileo spent the last 9 years of his life under house arrest at the decree of the Inquisition.

All in all, I don’t think house arrest can have been that terrible, particularly if there were 360 degree views from the house and he was allowed to sit in the garden.

He would almost certainly have been excused from going shopping which, if he’d been anything like me, would have been a great boon.

Our little Galileo Galilei (to accord him the full name of the famous scientist) is finding the house gives him ample scope for exploring.

He has truffle-hunting in his ancestry, apparently, and often seems to be looking for truffles in the most unlikely places, working his way over the floor like Dougall from ‘The Magic Roundabout’.

In the photo, he’s found himself a nice little spot in the sun.