L’estate…summer. This summer has been different in “il giardino nella terrazza”. The garden center had more petunias than shade loving tropicals. They told me I’d have to go to a specialty store for those. So I settled for baskets based on petunias with a few pots of begonias. The heat here has been merciless and I sometimes water twice a day. And I often move the pots of begonias out of the late afternoon sun. My aunt says my begonias love me and they do if I treat them well.
What would a blog post from me be without a photo of my friend Diavolo?
Well, you silly cat, I was trying to get a picture of you sleeping on your back under the chair with your paws in the air but the squeak of the screen door woke you up.
I have never been to Italy (or Venice in particular) in the summer, preferring the less crowded winter months. But here is a blog with some really lovely photos of Venezia this past July. Don’t worry if you can’t read French, you can still look at their photos. http://www.e-venise.com/photos-venise/2015/07.html
And what would be a better way to spend a summer evening but with friends from my Italian class having dinner at the home of our teacher Josefina.
I’ll leave you with a link to a slide show set to one of my favorite Italian songs “L’estate”. Yes, it is sad because he is yearning for his lost love…his summer romance…but it is so beautiful. I admit to having a playlist on my iPod of various versions of this song including the Chris Botti instrumental. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMz2CbUNds