The Place where I just chuck all the stuff that comes to mind... and a few walks too
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Photo from wikipedia
I have been trying to photograph or film the Hummingbird hawk-moth for years. Today I managed. It’s my favourite insect of all time but it moves so fast that I’ve never been able to capture one on film before. The film is pretty rubbish and lasts only a few seconds but gives and idea of this beautiful creature.I seem to remember it feeds on bedstraws and madders of which I think we have quite a lot. I’ll take a look round (botany is definitely my strong point) to see later today. Pity they don't get bigger - they are lovely huggable creatures just a bit too small to enable you to do so successfully though. Up till now, when you see one (and they are seemingly not that rare here), by the time you have got the camera or vidcam the pesky critter has zoomed off somewhere else only to return when you have put the camera away - somewhat like the roe deer then!! Anyway, here's the film.
I'm an English ex-pat and together with my wife and two chldren (dog and five cats too) run a small B&B called La Vignassa in the foothills of the Italian alps in a place called Torre Pellice. The House, which dates from the early 1600s is tucked away in the woods at the end of a private gravel road so life is peaceful and unhurried.
I used to be a translator/teacher but thankfully managed to give it all up to learn a bit of building and do-up the house. This took me about 4 years and it was great fun. Now we are up and running i'm starting to sort out the two and a half acres of land which surround the house. I live in a lovely area and have a lovely family and a lovely house surrounded by lots of interesting people and places and as i love writing and particularly ranting it seemed a shame to keep it all for myself hence this blog.