The Spring is always a busy time for us at Tre Cancelle. There’s always the Spring cleaning of the apartments to do and generally tidying and sprucing up around the place.
This Spring was extra busy as we had had a fair bit of pruning carried out on the olive trees over the winter months, and there was a large amount of wood from the severed branches to be sorted and cut to size ready for the wood-shed.
Some of the dogs didn’t waste time in making themselves cosy little nests amongst the leafy branches or frasche.
Our builder friends very kindly lent us a hand by helping to transport some of the wood from the lower sections of the olive grove to the car park area in front of the house.
We purchased a new chop-saw to help with the task of cutting the wood into manageable lengths.
This may seem like an awful lot of wood but our wood-burning stoves are hungry beasts and consume huge amounts of firewood over the winter months to keep us cosy. There are still several piles of firewood to be gathered and chopped, so hopefully we will be well stocked up for next winter.
Italian winters can be cold and damp, however we rarely get a frost. This year however was an exception, as we were hit by an icy cold snap, which killed off most of my geraniums and also burst an underground pipe. At first we didn’t understand what had happened. It wasn’t until we received a phone call from our local water supplier asking us to pay our bill. When Paul asked how much it was, his jaw dropped !!! – It was far higher than normal. It was only then that we realised that there must have been a leak !!! Not good news !!! Not good news at all !!!
During March our friend Kay came to stay and she is always willing to help with many different tasks around the place. Some of our other friends, Pauline and Filippo who also live in Itri, also came to lend us a hand in the groves. Heartfelt thanks to them all !!!
By then the olive groves were gaily decorated by delicate wild flowers and blossoms.
The astounding beauty of nature !!!
At this time of year the people from Itri also roam the countryside to collect the local delicacy of wild asparagus. It grows freely on our land.
Unfortunately the horses also love to eat it !!!
Photos by me – Louise, Paul, Kay and F. Agresti
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