New Year’s Day 2015 (!) at Longoio began and ended with wall-to-wall sunshine and true-blue sky. It was a real pleasure to be alive!
We decided to take full advantage of these increasingly all.-to-rare days, even for Italy, to take a little walk around the village. Going up the path that leads to the fountain we were suddenly joined by our cat no. 2, Carlotta, who also had the bright idea to go for a walk, with us this time.
In a place without surrounding main roads but with plenty of woods and open spaces there’s absolutely no danger with taking one’s cat(s) for a walk (or is it cats taking one for a walk?). True, we heard a few shot from hunters but fortunately they were not too close to mistake Carlotta for their prey.
It’s wonderful just to step outside one’s front door gate and find oneself immediately in the country.
Of course, cats don’t like to go on leads (although I’ve seen city cats taken for a walk this way) but our cats love to follow us wherever we go and they keep pretty close. I think it’s because they also feel safer from such perils as village dogs and the occasional tractor.
There is always something new to discover, even in and around Longoio.
At the entrance of the village is this abandoned cattle shed with an original manger – so similar to those in living cribs that hold the baby Jesus.
The village still holds its mysteries. For example, this bungalow-type house on the ridge with views both towards the Apuan Mountains and the Lima Valley has been unoccupied ever since we arrived here ten years ago. Why?
These doorway have particularly elegant pretensions but now lie neglected and unopened.
Flowers to the little village shrines are still kept up even if in the case of some of them, they are plastic flowers:
Arriving home, Carlotta enjoys a last hour of sunshine before sunset brings on freezing temperatures again.
We can learn so much from our animals, How to relax for example or just how to appreciate the wonderful things that life brings – sunshine, nature and the promise of spring.