A quiz for you all, answer at the bottom of the page….
The image above was taken on our walk on Thursday, would you walk on it or not?
We are still here! Most of our week went past sitting in various offices trying to find a way to jump through the various hoops required to become residents. We made it and are now not only officially resident but also have medical cover. I should write a guide to the process so that anyone trying the same in future can do it without going through what we went through. I imagine that it has been done a few times but that there is a secret department in the Italian government that destroys all clearly written guidelines to discourage future applications. AND…….as I feared, I was still on the computer as British citizen Miranda de Carvalho. This has now been rectified thank goodness and I am allowed once more to refer to myself as Martine.
On Thursday we decided to visit a gorge that divides our mountain from the next one, the Gola di Salinello. It was a lovely afternoon and the gorge was deserted. Because of it’s geography it has no roads nearby and it was silent apart from the wind, water and the birds. We heard peregrine falcons but there are reputedly golden eagles there too. There are some pictures on the “reasons to come and stay” page. There are various caves along the route, some easier than others to reach. Even George was enthusiastic about it! A week ago the mountains were still green but now they are a riot of autumn colour – extraordinarily bright oranges and reds mainly and the gorge was beautiful!
It is leaves on water, about calf deep. Martine nearly stepped and found a well placed rock instead, george avoided a couple of times then went in….Dave and I rolled about with laughter!