During the last couple of weeks we’ve been anticipating to start quite a big renovation project. The wait has been long for the building permits to arrive but finally it is here and we can start.
Here is a small improvement:
Would you blame me for picking a hand full of seeds from that beautiful beast of bougainvillea? Let’s hope they all sprout and I will believe in the old Swedish saying: Seedlings should always be nicked, never ever ask for permission or the plant will not grow well!
We admit to being about as lousy as possible on getting to know the surrounding area, but this week we ventured out to Ceglie Messapica. We remember having visited this beautiful town as we were looking for a house but haven’t been back since then. It was a “girls day out” including a visit to a local Ceglie girl, a walk around the old town and a great lunch at “Osteria Pugliese”.
Should do this more often!
We have been battling way too high electricity bills for a long time, not being able to figure out how we can bring it down. So now we decided to bite the bullet and change our water heaters to gas, something we were recommended to do from the beginning and we made the wrong decision. Said and done, yesterday the heater got installed and now we anxiously await the electricity bills in the future, will this work?
Today the tubes will be covered and a box to cover the gas “bombola’s” ordered.
Another project which has been in the pipeline is of a much more artsy type. 3 years ago I bought these big cement planters and painted them white, just a few months later the paint had come off and there was no point in painting and painting… Since then I’ve been contemplating to cover the pots in mosaic, said and done the project has started:
In order to even out all the wonderful signs of spring we decided to empty our sewage tank the other day, not because it was full but we’d rather have it done before that happens during peak season… As we’ve been here for three and a half year now we figured it had to be done and made the call. We told them that it is not urgent so tomorrow is fine if possible. 20 minutes later the truck arrived and in pouring rain our sewage was emptied and cleaned by a man that wouldn’t stop smiling. I cannot help wonder how quick he’d come if it was urgent?
Beautiful Sunday kept me in the garden all day and one of the results is this new lavender flower bed. I just love these colors together; Lavender flowers and leaves, Lime stone, Sage & Olive trees.
This winter has skipped us all in all, and here we’ve been anticipating and preparing for it, for nothing! But we’re not complaining as the “Tramontana” (Northern wind) can be strong, wet, cold and penetrating for an old summer house during the Mediterranean winter storms.
As a walk around the garden displays this, I have to gladly realize that spring is here:
January 15th and the mailbox surprises us with this nice load:
I feel that receiving Christmas cards 3 weeks late should be the norm, in the middle of the holidays there is so much going on that these little signs of wonderful friendships easily get lost in between all the food, drinks and jingle bells la la la la. As I was bringing out the recyclables this morning I spotted a full mail box, ran back for the key and all of a sudden the morning felt a lot brighter than before.
Isn’t it amazing how Karma works, I spend a lot of my time trying to help people who needs it and get a lot of crap back… Then… People who I feel I’ve not really done anything special for, returns all that love and care which makes it all worth it again. Most of you know that I am not a believer of any religious sort, but I believe in these things, Strongly!!!
Lesson for today:
Keep giving and it will come back to you in one way or the other, most probably not the way you think but there is a lesson in that too.
Thank You for the cards Jallows, Stenströms, Törnbloms, Moberg, Selanders & Axelssons!
For 3 days we have been gathering, chopping, cutting, burning and bringing home olive wood from a friends olive grove. It’s been 3 wonderfully sunny days, +16 – 18c and no wind. So we of course should not complain but… Sitting here on the sofa with a G&T in my hand celebrating Friday… My back hurts! My hands hurt! My butt hurts! Anyway, just wanted to say to all of you who are experiencing a terrible winter up north; La Dolce Vita is here but we also have some pains in case that makes the winter feel more bearable to you 🙂