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shooting caterpillars . . . a day in the life of rural Italy

heading for the bar, I heard gunshots. They were shooting caterpillars – sound ludicrous – yes it does, but it true. There is a type of hairy caterpillar that breeds around now: you often see them in their thousands on the road- nose to tail – or is it just tail to tail with them. Despite their harmless appearance, they carry a substance which causes extremely bad skin irritation. So they shoot the nests out of the trees before they hatch. Strange but true . . . .

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February Challenge-23: Change part 1

I’ve decided to leave this one only as hand-written  . . . as nature intended, maybe? I’d be very interested to hear whether people found it legible . . .or not . . . .

The lunch referred to is the same as that featured in the previous post: Postcard to Anna and Pietro…… yes it was that good . . . .

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Lunch in Siena-postcard for Anna & Pietro

Boccon del Prete’ refers to what we would call ‘The parson’s nose’ in UK.

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February Challenge-22: Colours

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February Challenge-21: Mystique

It’s carnevale time here in Italy! (And I believe somewhere in Brazil……)

So the masks are out!! The ultimate mystery – a masked ball; the wild party before forty days of frugality!

This was designed by Sans Souci Studios in Vermont.

It was drawn with my Noodler’s Creaper, using Australian Roses in Black Swan ink, also from Noodler’s. The black is a Pigma Micron.