In my previous post I said "all is good" after my son's burst appendix saga - well it seems I was a bit premature because my poor boy landed up in hospital for more surgery after complications set in and spent another 5 days in hospital! But he is now back home and well on the road to recovery and I slept in my bed last night for the first time in a while. (Those Lazy Boy chairs they have in hospital need to be redesigned!!) It is a very cold and wet Saturday morning and I am still in bed with my recovering child (and puppies) while my husband has gone off to take the other boys to their various rugby and soccer matches. I am quite happy to have an excuse to stay right where I am!
Moving on ... if you saw the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" ... the name Bramasole might mean something to you. It was the name of the run down house in the Italian countryside that the author, Frances Mayes, bought and spent most of the movie renovating.
Bramasole lies nestled on a hill outside the ancient town of Cortona. It served as the set for the film in 2002 before its 4 year restoration began in 2006. This is what the property looks like today.
There is both a main villa and a farmhouse of the property, hence the 2 different kitchens you see below.
Every bedroom is uniquely decorated with beautiful original features.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped.
So, what do you think? I think, as lovely as it is, it is missing some of the romance of the house in the movie. Maybe it has been spruced up a bit too much, I would have liked to see some crumbling wall and peeling paint. I also wonder what happened to that beautiful tap that came out of the wall in the middle of nowhere. Do you remember the tap? (or faucet for my American readers).
Till next time