~fattoria il poeta~

June 21st, 2009

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We spent my birthday week at fattoria il poeta, an agriturismo above Pontassieve, in eastern Tuscany. The farm is near the top of a windy mountain road, it was very spooky returning late at night when even the bats are asleep.

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Our apartment included the two doors on the right.

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We drove 4000km from Switzerland to Italy to Germany on this trip. Here we are not even half way. Very tired driver.

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There were a gaggle of roosters who held a crow-off every morning starting at about 4.30 am. They were about 20m from our heads.

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Don’t cry for me, Argentina.

cow_view1 This is the road to the farm, and a meadow with some cows we made friends with–two moms and two kids spent a lot of time here. one kid tucked far left. (click on image to expand)

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They had dogs, cats, donkeys, bees, horses, roosters, a turkey, and a fawn named Evita. Also loitering were swifts, bats, dung beetles, and clusters of mating insects.

One afternoon we took a hike to the top of the mountain and returned with booty: 18 porcupine quills, a wild daisy, some very fine rocks, seeds, pods and bits of old pottery used to shore up the road: Ali found one stamped “Planet” with a picture of Saturn, I found one that looked like a piece of the sky. Fortuna.

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The landscape is dense, lush, and micro-climate.

img_1668 We had wild cherries and wild strawberries, which I learned were excellent for washing down the bug caught in your throat.

img_1602 Beetles everywhere, some in huge congregations.

this_one Among the poppy pods.

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