There's really vanishingly little to report about the last week - in a word, it was wet, which meant we spent a lot of time indoors. The continuing rain caused another landslide at the end of the weekend, this time on the road that leads from Pietrabuona up to the village of Medicina, meaning that the road was closed for 12 hours while the security services worked to clear it and make it safe to pass (or safer) and the residents of the small row of houses beneath the road were evacuated overnight.
We occupied ourselves over the wet weekend by cleaning the house and by cooking a meal for our friends Paul & Kathy, with whom we spent a lovely evening on Saturday night, and on Sunday we took a drive out (in the rain) to explore some more of our area, this time reaching the small medieval town of San Miniato in the province of Pisa, about 40km south of Pescia. We were impressed with San Miniato's interesting architecture, pretty views and historic buildings and will definitely return - when the weather is nicer (and/or in November when the town hosts its annual truffle festival). As it was, we hurried around the small town in the cold rain and biting wind, snapped a few photographs and then dashed back to the warmth of the car - having only really left the house with the intention of going for a coffee in Pescia, we hadn't thought of gloves or scarves or proper winter coats!
So, a very short update this week, and just a handful of atmospheric photos:
|Meanwhile, from the other side of the valley (photo taken by Mara).
|This one likes to stay warm and dry.
And our flying visit to San Miniato:
|The seminario vescovile (bishop's seminary).
|The cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Jenesien.
|The museum of sacred art.
|The tower of Federico II (which was destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1958).
(This blog post covers the dates 12-18 March 2018.)