Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape

Every special little snowflake may be unique… Snowflakes All Fall In One of 35 Different Shapes via smithsonianmag.com

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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Legend has it that Eskimos have more than 100 words for snow… How Many Words for Snow? via farmersalmanac.com

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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
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Snowy Scenes Across Abruzzo Landscape | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

The Art of Wandering :: Snow at the Seaside

“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
~ Pablo Picasso

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

La neve rallenta, modifica, ti ferma per farsi ammirare meglio. La neve riporta a altre nevi, a altri sguardi, a altre vite, a tutti gli inverni, a tutte le età che hai attraversato, anno per anno. La neve pesa poco, pesa meno dell’aria limpida, del sole e della pioggia. La neve è roba mia. ~ Mina

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” ~ Pablo Picasso :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” ~ Pablo Picasso
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.” ~ T.S. Eliot :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.” ~ T.S. Eliot
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“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ~ Elbert Hubbard :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

Abruzzo Winter Landscapes

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine" Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~ William Blake Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake
Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“For the listener, who listens in the snow, / And, nothing himself, beholds / Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” ~ Wallace Stevens San Giovanni in Venere - Fossacesia (Chieti) :: Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“For the listener, who listens in the snow, / And, nothing himself, beholds /
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” ~ Wallace Stevens
San Giovanni in Venere – Fossacesia (Chieti) :: Abruzzo Winter Landscapes | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

La Grande Quercia :: Harvesting time and family recipes

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La Grande Quercia… | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Since I was a child, summer has always been the synonym for two things: school term end and harvesting time. Now that school days are – alas! – a faraway memory, harvesting time still retains its fascination to me, who I was brought up in a small village and I spent my summer vacations at my grandparents’ house in the countryside.

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La Grande Quercia… | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

Recently, I had the chance to watch harvesting machines at work in the countryside around Atessa, in the acreage surrounding La Grande Quercia agriturismo (farm restaurant, i.e. a business that raises, grows and cooks its own poultry, livestock and vegetables). A quintessential locavore stop.

The name comes from the majestic oak tree just in the middle of the yard – legend says that the oak offered shelter to the Borbonic troops in the XIX century – but the area surrounding the building is worth to be looked at, too. In front of you, hillsides covered with wheat, interspersed with brush spots and olive tree plots and the village of Atessa just behind your shoulders. My idea of wheat field had to be rethought: how can you call a “field” a stretch of land that is as steep as a mountain slope?

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Harvesting at “La Grande Quercia”… | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

Nowadays harvesting is carried out by means of harvesting machines, which save time and exertion. The job a machine can do is far more quicker than a handful of toiling and sweating man. However, the spirit of this activity remains unaffected: “as you sow, so shall you reap” is to be meant literally.

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Figs, raw ham, pecorino cheese and hot pepper-flavoured honey for a toothsome antipasto at “La Grande Quercia”… | photo: ©Lonza65

Lunch break at La Grande Quercia is quite and experience. My suggestion is that you should be fasting a week in advance before booking a table for a meal. Servings are copious – this is an understatement, I tell you – so stop fussing about diet, calories and alike and enjoy antipasto all’italiana, peperoncino-flavoured bread rolls, pappardelle, chitarra al ragù, and all the season suggestions… But this is another story, untill then “Bon Appetibilis”.

Postcard from Italy :: Tufillo, (Chieti), Abruzzo

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A street of Tufillo… ©Lonza65

“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” ~Ryū Murakami

Town of Tufillo :: Storia (ITA)

External link :: Travelling in Abruzzo – Enjoying Life in the Slow Lane via italymagazine.com

Closeup :: Meet Nino e Concetta from “Contrada Rigatelle” Atessa

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“L’agricoltura è alla base della coltura” Maurice Béjart
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É NNUULE… di Giuseppe Zulli Marcucci
Aveva jè”n campagne pi la tresche:
avè’ ggià priparate li starille,
sacchette, culazione, minzanille
e na bbella quartane d’acqua fresche.
[…]

É NUVOLO
Doveva andare in campagna per la trebbiatura: / aveva già preparato i cestelli / i sacchi, la colazione, le salviette / e una bella “quartana”(*) d’acqua fresca.
(*) orciolo

|“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ~Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution |

~ Atessa is a town in Abruzzo, Italy, administratively part of the Province of Chieti.
~ Discover Italy: Abruzzo – The Province of Chieti is also called the Teatine Province, from the ancient name of the city “Teate”…