Wednesday, April 18
To combat the no exercise at school problem I try to take Skye out for a walk in the afternoons. Today we went to visit 'La Selva'. Nestled in the hills this old farmhouse had been abandoned for many years and left to ruin. But a young couple from Venice bought it and have created a self sustaining organic hideaway.
The pathway down to the farmhouse is steep and rocky with the usual perilous drops off the edge, I was invited to a barbeque here one evening a couple of years ago and there were no handrails at the entrance. It was quite terrifying inching along that clifftop with her strapped to my back. Now they have put handrails up and a rope to hold on to so it feels much safer. (In the second photo you can see the handrail on the left and the farmhouse below on the right.)
The farmhouse is surrounded by gardens bearing countless fruit trees and olive groves. There are vegetable patches, chickens, terraces to relax on and a stage overlooking the sea where in the summer yoga courses take place. There is a small selection of guest rooms to stay in, decorated simply with Indian throws and mezzanine beds with tree branches to climb up instead of staircases.
While Skye played with the owners daughter I sat on the grass and admired the view. At the bottom of the property is a pathway that leads direct to the cemetary. The shadows were starting to get longer so I called Carlo to see if he would wait for us while we walked down.
"Have you closed the cemetary? Can you wait for us, we're at the Selva?"
"I'll be here for a while yet, I'm just doing an exumation so come on down!"
"Oh...On second thoughts I think I'll stay here a little longer."
at 8:51 PM