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Thunderstorm / Temporale

Away, ye gay landscapes, ye gardens o' roses,
In you let the minions of luxury rove.
Restore me the rocks where snowflake reposes,
If still they are sacred to freedom and love.
Brave Caledonia, dear are thy mountains,
Round their white summits though elements war.
Tho’ cataracts roar ‘stead of smooth flowing fountains
I sigh for the valleys o’ dark Lochnagar

Sparite, voi paesaggi gai, voi giardini di rose,
vi lascio agli amanti dell’opulenza.
Restituitemi le rocce ove riposano i fiocchi di neve,
se ancora sono consacrate alla libertà ed all’amore.
Impavida Caledonia, mi sono care le tue montagne,
Intorno alle loro bianche vette gli elementi si danno battaglia.
Anche se rombano le nebbie invece delle melodiose fontane
Io sospiro per le valli dello scuro Lochnagar.*

{George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Lachin y Gair" or "Dark Lochnagar"; *traduzione mia}

I'm a hopeless Romantic, just so you know, and this is the kind of Summer weather I love: no sticky sunny days, give me thunder and lightning and I'm a happy woman...
Sono una Romantica, tanto perché lo sappiate, e questo è il tempo estivo che amo: niente giorni assolati e appiccicaticci, datemi tuoni e fulmini e farete di me una donna felice...

 Mt. Marguareis
Pis del Peis
Torrente Pesio
You see, yet another post that's got nothing to do with any kind of craft. Shall I open a new blog to talk about other things? Might be an idea, but indulge me once more if you wish, then we'll see...
Are you all in the Northern Hempishere enjoying Summer? You might know I don't really like hot weather, if not for the flowers it brings (you guessed it, uh?), long days out on my beloved mountains, and... thunderstorms. Well, I don't really enjoy being caught in a thunderstorm while I'm trekking, it's scary and can be dangerous, but I love all the lightning and thundering and the marvelous smell of the trees and grass afterwards...
Anyway, want to know something about the place in the pictures? Well, they were taken a few km from where we live, in a valley called Valle Pesio, one of the places around here we love the most. Pesio is the name of the torrent that flows through the valley itself, and we finally managed to see its very spring, called Pis del Peis ("Pesio's piss", can you guess why?;) ) - isn't that exciting? We started walking at 1.030 m from a meadow called Pian delle Gorre ("Springs' Plain", but I'm not really sure of the term "Gorre"), and went up to 1.215 where we found another meadow neamed Gias Fontana ("Fountain Meadow"): not an impressive climb at all, but the place we discovered was just magic, as we find the whole valley to be - hence the need to visit it at least once or twice every month. : )
We couldn't really arrive at the spring because it started raining, so we walked back, just to find ourselves in the middle of a thunderstorm, in the middle of a pine forest. 
Terrifying? To say the least. 
Fascinating? But of course!

PS:  if you don't know the poem "Dark Lochnagar" by Lord Byron I suggest you to go and read it, for it's beautiful, and if you want a musical version listen to this amazing song:

Un altro post che non ha nulla a che vedere con uncinetto, maglia e affini. Dovrei aprire un altro blog per parlare di tutto il resto? Potrebbe essere un'idea, ma abbiate pazienza ancora per stavolta, poi vedremo...
Vi state godendo l'estate? Forse saprete che io non amo particolarmente il caldo, a parte per i fiori (forse l'avete indovinato) e per le giornate in montagna. Oggi vorrei condividere con voi alcune foto del mese scorso: ho fatto questa passeggiata con il mio fidanzato, come sempre, e ho scattato delle foto carine, quindi perché non mostrarvele?
Volete sapere qualcosa sul posto in cui siamo stati? Dunque, si trova a pochi km da dove viviamo, si tratta di una vallata chiamata Valle Pesio, uno dei posti che amiamo di più. Il Pesio è il torrente che attraversa la valle, e finalmente siamo riusciti a vederne la sorgente, il Pis del Peis - non è emozionante? Siamo partiti da quota 1.030 m, dal pianoro del Pian delle Gorre, e siamo arrivati ad un altro pianoro a quota 1.215 m, Gias Fontana: decisamente non una salita notevole, ma siamo arrivati in un luogo magico, come il resto della valle, almeno secondo noi, che infatti ci torniamo almeno una volta o due al mese. : )
Non siamo riusciti a raggiungere la sorgente perché ha iniziato a piovere, quindi siamo tornati indietro, per ritrovarci nel mezzo di un temporale nel mezzo di una pineta.
Terrificante? A dir poco. 
Affascinante? Altroché!


  1. Great pictures !!!
    We almost have no thunderstorm here...
    Enjoy your weekend !

  2. Happy summer Valentina !! Nice place here in your pics ... well hare the weather is too hot and I hate that ... we have almost 40 °C every day and it's really hard !!! I'm waiting for the rain ... but not especially thunderstorms which may be too violent here !! Have a lovely weekend ....

  3. Lovely pictures, it looks like a magical area to live in :) I love thunderstorms too, they always remind me of how powerful nature is. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, I hope it's not too hot!

  4. What a lovely place to be! Unfortunately in our place we have extremely hot summer and very mild winter.. Trekking to this beautiful place must be really exciting.. Have a wonderful day!! Cheers :)

  5. Bellissime le foto e ancor di più le tue parole , per questa volta non è male parlare meno di uncinetto e godersi il temporale !
    Maddy ( dall'assolata Sicilia ; )

  6. Nice poems and great pics, thanks for sharing! Normally I liked thunderstorms (watching from inside the house ;-)), but since we had a hole in our house's roof after the last violent storm I'm watching them with mixed emotions. I love sunny summer weather, temperatures up to 34°C are o.k. for me. But everything over that I don't like, too. The last days we had around 40°C, phew, we were grilled and melted away at the same time :o). Have a good week! Nata xxx

  7. I was so happy when the first thunderstorm turned up this weekend. Finally some cooling down! It is incredible hot here in Germany...

    Post your craft things here on the blog too :) it will be a lovely mix!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

  8. Un temporale...sai quanto lo vorrei in questo momento! Bellissime immagini.

  9. Great pictures. I don't like the weather to be too hot either so where I live is fine! Lots of rain.

  10. Queste bellissime foto mi fanno sognare il fresco della tua Valle...stupendi temporale in mezzo alla pineta un pochino pericoloso ma affascinante...pure io sono attratta da fulmini e saette...e corro sempre fuori a mio sogno sarebbe occorre fortuna bravura e un ottima macchina fotografica!!!Mandaci un po del tuo fresco....buona settimana!!

  11. Il temporale mi piace : prima ....mentre ...e dopo...Mi piacciono i rumori, e il profumo della terra bagnata .....Bellissime foto ....un caro saluto


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