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Late summer

As I wrote in “The Last Firefly”, the season continues to move on. And since both the lavender and fireflies are gone, I’ve said goodbye to that header photo and replaced it with a late summer one.

This summer has been beastly in Italy. Our hottest since 2003. We’re watching the crops dry up and die, animals that don’t normally come down this far into the valley are desperately searching for water, and we’re living like cave people inside our shuttered house every afternoon. I don’t dare venture out until early evening.

In spite of the intense heat this year, late summer brings its own beauty and gifts. Local garden ingredients for making Ratatouille and glazed apples for desert.

My basil looks like a forest this year as it laps up the sunlight and heat.

The fields are rolled, leaving tracks that look like waterfalls…I can’t get enough of this scene in our little valley.

The sunflowers enjoyed the heat a lot more than I did!

And the biggest gift of all: a second blooming of my white roses.

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Sunflowers and wheat rolls

New friends

I’m not a big sunflower fan, but for some reason this summer, the sunflowers have crept into my life. Maybe because every field around us for miles is covered with them. They’re obviously the crop of choice this year for the Molino. So I decided to make friends with them; they’re such happy kids when they’re in first bloom. Together with the wheat rolls this year (very new technology for our little valley–the farmers around here have always done the traditional rectangles…kind of sad to see the old ways go), the land seems to be begging for photos. Was happy to oblige.