The Sensual Seduction of Fall

Mother Nature is giving us one last sensory overload before the dark and quiet of winter. Colors are vibrant but tinged with decay. The air carries the scent of earth and smoke; the smell of sunlight and freshness is relegated to the back of the closet along with t-shirts and sandals.

Our Umbrian fall smells of abundance.

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Festa del Bosco in Montone

It may only be a weekend long Festa, but it starts on Monday when workmen come around and run electric lines from our house out onto the street. It’s part and parcel of the festa, as we live on one of the main streets, we are therefore expected to donate our electricity to the cause.  …

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Fall in Umbria

And the days go flying by. The searing summer heat is gone, replaced by a chill wind and a few thunderstorms.  A tougher skinned, hardier tomato has replaced the sun warmed summer tomato, but no one really is thinking much about tomatoes now. The first of the fall artichokes showed up at last week’s market,…

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