This is really just a quick "I'm still alive" entry with a pictoral record of what's been happening in the last 2 1/2 weeks or so.
The pilgrims left us again on their way back to France. They haven't updated their blog for a bit, but I have heard from them and they are still progressing well.
Hardly had they gone when the next batch of visitors arrived. So with them we frollicked in the sea:
Eddie proved so popular with Iana and Peter the 7-year old twins that Peter drew this picture of him:
The text on the top reads: "Dear Hako. I like your puppy so much that I sometimes think he's a rock star..."
We also went to the annual flower carpet display on Corpus Domini in Santo Stefano di Magra. Spectacular as always!
Elisabetta, our English pupil has had her first Communion (now she's allowed to confess her sins.)
We met a tortoise.
It hasn't all been idle though. I did get some work in every now and then, like a second strimming session before our land was returned to jungledom. This is me and Eddies having a wee nap afterwards. Note the grass flecks all over me of evidence that I really did do some work that day at least.
And now... It started raining again after a spell of very nice weather. So I'm still behind on the weeding, cutting side shoots off the tomatoes and tieing them up, planting out leeks, more weeding, picking more cherries, picking plums, weeding, cutting down the dead willow tree, cutting down the virtually dead plum tree, weeding, planting out the litchi tomatoes (they are still tiny, but they are showing!), weeding, weeding, weeding...
Another invasion has announced itself for September. I must make sure I'm better organised before they all arrive.