They did forecast rain for today and they were right. We just nipped into the woods before it started in earnest to collect a few twigs as Christmas decorations for our house. Our village, Ponzano Superiore, lies directly on an ancient pilgrims path, the Via Francigena, which leads from the Swiss border to Rome. Around 999 AD the Archbishop of Canterbury walked this route and gave the first historical mention of our village. We just walked it uphill for a wee bit to pick some holly and laurel to make our house festive. On the middle picture, behind Susan, you can see our village from above and on the picture below, the results of the decorations.