Thursday, November 1, 2012

THE WOODS BEFORE SUNRISE




Nothing is more beautiful than the
loveliness of the woods
before sunrise.

by George Washington Carver






My friend.....Put some high leather boots on;
grab a basket;
&
let's go for
a
refreshing
walk through the
oak and chestnut woods
this early autumn morning..







We are truly lucky & are invited
to assist a
spectacular

"FUNGHI FASHION SHOW"...




 




I have to tell you the truth...:
I didn't grab a basket....;
but I did grab my camera to shoot
these incredible
FUNGHI BEAUTIES
.... even Laccaille takes a closer look of a big fungo....








I would love to tell you the names of each and everyone...
though I am probably the only one in the whole
region who really never could
give you the right advice
of a "good" or "poison" fungo...


 






..but I can show you the most
"photogenic"
FUNGHI,
the
"FASHIONABLE" ONES....



& oh,
these two red cuties are having
a sweet "rendez-vous"
on the perfumed
NEPITELLA,
one of the most "important"
ingredients for
the delicious
ZUPPA DI FUNGHI.....









Please never ever pick this yellow
"SUN FUNGO"
for your
Mushroom soup....;
even this one
is posing only for the
"Funghi Fashion Show"


 





The
"EGG FUNGO"...isn't he too gorgeous...?








...The EXPERT CJ...
SHE  helped us finding all
the delicious FUNGHI for
the
ZUPPA...
not like me...
never trust me for choosing the "good ones"
I only can show you the prettiest ones...
!!! 








LA ZUPPA DI FUNGHI
the
delicious
Funghi soup,
which you absolutely should
 NEVER EVER MISS
if you come & visit
Tuscany...& me !
A glass of red wine
&
 BUON APPETITO!

This heavenly looking soup prepared my dearest friend
NADIA
owner of the very well known
RISTORANTE IL CASTAGNO

....Why don't  we jump
right now up
in the chestnut woods
 to NADIA..?

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

HUMOUR...REAL WILD, WILD HUMOUR...!!!




HIIIIII  There........CIAAAAAOOOOOO.....!!!!!!!!!!

....yeahhhh....I am just soooo fiine..

I am soooooo happy to see you again...!!!!!!









Zona pericolosa..????  Danger zone...??? ....For  W H O O O....????














Let's have a good juicy brunch of grass with my best friends.......!!









I can't believe how much grass these two "greenlovers" could eat all day.......
...where by all good  doggygods do they put all this "greenery"...????











Pssssst....Pssssst.... Laccaille, listen..., I know you don't want anymore watch us
nibbling grass...., how about a jump over to our secret place...?














Mmmmmh, just go ahead you two guys; I'll keep an eye on you from here......!
You'll see just in a moment why I do prefer watching these two from
a safe distance....!















Isn't our secret place gorgeously magnificient.....?
 The softest, muddiest  biggest puddle in the whole wide world...?













.....Believe me ...the bubbliest "puddlebuddlebath"....just heavenly....!
















HERE WE COOOOOME.....!



....I truly hope you had a good laugh watching these three funny " Lady Mosqueti√®res"...
they really make me laugh every day with their
happy & humorous joy de vivre...!

(...Please excuse my incredibly looong absence...but even I get to
 work a little bit; I know no one believes me; but
can you imagine how much I had to smile..? )

Have a wonderful sunny & happy weekend!!!


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

A MUTUAL FEELING OF RESPECT AND LOVE...




You and your horse. His strenght and beauty.
Your knowledge and patience and determination
and understanding and love...












...that's what fuses the two of you onto this
marvelous partnership that makes you wonder....
What can heaven offer any better then
what I have here on earth?

by Monica Dickens








Kim & Sheylah , my Arabian girl
Love
    on first sight....







Beautiful Kim....

I was truly touched by her grace, sweetness & her remarkable
way she cared about Sheylah....
"Two" magnificient characters & spirits
in pure harmony.....



          "In the tents of the Arabs, the mares with their foals, and their masters with their families, dwell together, and the utmost confidence exists between them. The Arabian horse, the most intelligent of the equine family, is easily controlled when kindly treated, and ever ready to show resistance when abused.The Arab fully understands the fact; hence his success in training or educating vicious horses, and teaching them many amusing tricks. In handling colts, perhaps he has no superior on the face of the globe. He shows his love for his horse by frequently caressing him, feeding and cleaning him, he talks and sings to him, is always happy in his company, a mutual feeling of respect and love is prominent in all their acts; herein lies the secret of his success, and not, as many persons suppose, brought about by some mysterious or secret art of charming."



Taken from the Volume II of Wallace's Monthly, the leading horse paper
published in the United States between 1875 & 1893







The essential joy of being with horses is
that it brings us in contact
with...









...the rare elements of grace, beauty...









...spirit & freedom.


by Sharon Ralls Lemon






Kim flying with Sheylah over the Mediterranean macchia...

And Allah took a handful of southerly wind,
blew His breath over it,
and created
the
 horse .
Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword.
Oh, horse.

Beduin Legend



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I am so happy to be back ... and WELCOME BACK to YOU....!
it has been such a looooong time....!!!


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Monday, March 5, 2012

THE FEELING OF A SURREAL WORLD....


Splashing, soothing. gripping momentum......


SWIMMING....
THIS
 must be on
TOP 
of our
"feeling -great- list"

Freestyle swimming, front crawl swimming..
This swimming stroke makes you glide through
the water really swiftly...
as the efficiency
 of the
strokes is marvelous....






Have you ever experienced that soothing feeling when you are
                                                     in the water and everything around you
just ceases to exist...?










......The way in which you can make a world just for your
own
under there..?



                                                              The vacuum under the water,
                                                                          the feeling
                                                                    of a surreal world....







....my time.....??
yeah....even some competition ...!



The high that swimming gives you.........
the being one with water...










....dancing water cristals....


Soft, delicate caresses......
The water surrounds you, making everything a blur...

It's still a little fresh;
but the first
mild spring days
are here...!!!

LET'S ENJOY THIS FREE SPIRITED FEELING
IN THE  SPARKLING BLUE WATER...!!!

...Come along...we wait for you!!!
(...there will be some fresh Tiramisu afterwards...)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

CELEBRATING......!




I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature,
which, if we unconsciously yield to it,
will direct us aright.

by Henry David Thoreau






....Delicate.... delicate snow flakes...and
SHE....
my wonderful & beautiful
& gold-hearted
best friend....








...LACCAILLE.....

Her happyness was incredible as she noticed
I was approaching the
long scales
without my
crutches.....!!











....but instead with her much loved tennisballs......







....SHE.....

 missed our daily hikes & games & fun-times very much ......










......jumping & running on the last " snow-carpets "..!

Oh, yes, we had a really cold, snowy time behind us;
even  2 inches of snow
 which is unusual
& a lot for
southern
TUSCANY & it
resisted for many days...!

Laccaille loved the snow....;
& I love her
runing performances...!

Power, beauty, silky elegance....!

There was somebody
who tried
desperately to keep
herself warm & cosy....











CJ....Cinghy-Jasmine,  was incredibly busy preparing herself
a warm hay-nest......







........not even the ball game could keep her from constructing & working......














....almost done...!







sweet CJ, a  hearty sniff in the snow just for me & the camera...!



COLD & SNOW
are gone;
todays splendid sunrise
promised a
mild, wonderful day...!
....& I
CELEBRATED
with it
my first little walk without
crutches; just
FANTASTIC!!!!!!


HAVE A WONDERFUL & SUNNY HAPPY DAY!!!!!


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