Home in Umbria
The story behind the poem
poem is about the second house we have owned in Italy, in the
mountains above a small town called Valtopina in Umbria. It is only a
short distance from Assisi, the home town of Saint Francis, with
Mount Subasio lying in between.
The house itself is
modern, having been rebuilt but not finished following the 1997
earthquake. It is painted pink and has a tower made to look like a
dovecot. We found it some time before we were able to buy it and
then a considerable amount of work needed doing to it.
The nine hectares of land surrounding the house are mostly on an incline and
consist of olive groves, flower-filled meadows, orchards and woodland, with here
and there patches of bare rock. It is bordered at its lowest point by a wooded ravine
through which runs a network of waterfalls, dry for most of the year but full of rushing
water in the winter and early spring.
by Damaris West
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