What???….!!!! Jim Morrison’s group is giving a concert at Ancora del Chianti???? How can it be? When? How to book, I want to be there…….
No, Jim Morrison’s group is not having a concert at Ancora del Chianti (I wish they could). We are talking about real doors with handle and key….the doors of the B&B.
Last year I got the idea of painting the doors by myself for the first time in my life. You know my passion for watercolour painting and I took the challenge under the assumption that it should not be so different painting door or painting watercolours: it is always a matter of brush and colours. Actually it was NOT.
First of all, I had to remove 2-3 layers of old hard paint as we bought these doors at a second hand shop. It was not easy nor harmless. I tried with a paint remover and it turned to be toxic to me: my skin had red itchy spots. It lasted for a few weeks. Horrible situation……. I felt miserable because time was running out fast with little result. Plus absolutely no fun at all!
So I decided to remove the paint mechanically with a smoothing tool. My father could help me. He started laughing when I told him the whole story and he replied “Next time, call me from the beginning: you’ll save time and health!!” He did a great job and the doors were clean in just one day!
Black clouds in my head started to disappear when I first touched a brush and painted the first white coat. The best of it arrived with the colour: a happy gold yellow! I felt the pleasure of distributing the colour on the surface trying to press the brush more or less considering the effect I wanted. The right proportion of water for the proper covering and seeing how the coat absorbed it depending on humidity in the air on rainy or sunny days. I loved to manage and to be led by so many elements. In the past I called it ”the struggle” now I prefer to say “the dance” of life.
This year we decided to repeat the pleasant experience starting with the right step: first of all a smoothing tool in my father’s “office”; my father’s help; a generous layer of coat and then bright colours.
This is us today. To be continued……
We receive today a lovely postcard from Egypt, sent by Paul and Birgitta. They live in Sweden and apparently they escaped from cold, snow and rain flying to sunny Egypt. Good Idea!!!
Have a look at the lovely surprise we got last year after sowing some seeds 2 years before.
This plant is amazing: it can grow high, with beautiful colours and a long lasting blossom. And now I can add: easy to reproduce. So why not try?
We were having a short holidays in South Italy and one day we discovered a tiny road with 2 magnificent lines of tall and colourful hollycocks on both sides of the street, with very little space between the street and the walls of the buildings. I asked some shopkeepers if they watered the plant and they answered: “Of course, we don’t”. I jumped at the idea of having hollihocks in my garden: beautiful flowers, low manteinance and basically no water. Sounded perfect!!!
I took some seeds in each colour and I kept them separated, writing each colour on the packet: white, pink and burgundy. When spring arrived, 3 different spots were ready for hosting the little plants . When they were strong enough, I found a place in the garden, taking into consideration the roses and the other plants around and tried to give contrast.
But the following year……..what a surprise! When the hollyhocks opened, I found that they were all different colours…..also in colours that I am sure I did not take (i.e. yellow, for example)!!! And as a result, the garden was even nicer, with a spontaneous touch.
It was a lesson to me: stop organising and planning. Let it be!
Nature has always an answer: stop, sit and just admire!
More photos on our Flickr Page
Thank you all for the beautiful Christmas Cards you sent us!!
Starting in mid-December, the post man of Ancora del Chianti has a heavier bag to carry and more mail to deliver. This year due to strikes in UK and France the extra job continued untill Mid February when his yellow Panda Fiat could finally have a bit of rest. Usually he arrives at 13,30 and it could be 1 card, 2 cards and even 4 cards a day!
His arrival is such a joy for us! I can see immediately from the envelope who is writing: country, city, name and of course…..the stamp. This is important because we have several stamp collectors in the family, both kids and adults. When it happens that the same stamp appears on different envelopes, it is a real blessing: everybody is happy because everyone gets a copy.
This year we had lovely cards from Italy, France, England, United States, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Holland, and Austria and more. We got fund-raising cards with humanitarian purposes, hand made collages and beautiful watercolours (….someone knows my passion!!). We had also a wonderful calendar from the author and a lovely video in dvd!
Where is yours? Search on our Flickr Page for cards and stamps.
So Thank You all again for remembering us on the holidays and for your lovely Christmas Card!
Have a look at what I received today in the mail just after posting the article SNOW AGAIN in the blog. Snow again at Ancora del Chianti today and someone already new from the other side of the world! News go really faster than facts!!!
I opened the mail and I was litterally astonished to read the message below from Jean-Pierre, Quebec, Canada:
- From: Jean-Pierre
- To: Ancora del Chianti
- Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:59 PM
- Subject: Le monde à l’envers
Bonjours Laura and Filippo,
Je viens tout juste d’apprendre que l’Italie connait sa pire tempête de neige depuis longtemps…bien sûr, ici à Montréal, on parle surtout de la tempête à Rome, mais je suppose que la Toscane est aussi touchée. Je veux simplement vous dire que je sympatise beaucoup avec vous, même si je sais que toute cette neige va fondre assez rapidement.
Ce qui étonne le plus, c’est que nous à Montréal, on manque de neige…il ne neige pas depuis le début de l’année 2010. Pire encore, bien qu’elle se situe à six heures d’avion de Montréal, Vancouver, qui accueille les Jeux Olympiques d’hiver 2010 (ouverture officielle des jeux aujourd’hui), s’inquiète d’un manque de neige pour les compétition de ski…certains croient que de la neige devra être transportée sur les sites de compétition.
C’est un peu spécial n’est-ce pas?
Bon passons. Je vous souhaite de très Joyeux Saint-Valentin à vous deux