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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tuscan Sun

Earlier in the month while visiting the North Shore, we came across a Little Free Library in a most unusual (but convenient) place: inside the lakeside "fish house" of the lodge. The mix of choices offered something for all ages of guests, and because the book I had selected for the trip was not as stellar as I expected, I chose Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, a book I always intended to read but never quite did. Today, in my favorite reading chair and on my padded windowseat, I finished her account of restoring Bramasole, the estate on the Tuscan hillside.

I am struck by the amount of work required to finish the many projects and can only imagine the sums of money needed to fund the work. But I loved meeting the people in and around Cortona who offered advice, became friends, and thought enough of the place to work carefully. I loved the descriptions of food and flowers and stones. Mostly, I loved imagining the light at various times of day and night, shining through trees and gates, reflected on water, illuminating the people. It was an excellent book to finish on this steamy summer afternoon. And now I want a cooler day so I can bake her lemon cake!


  1. When you enjoy a book, Jewel, you REALLY enjoy a book!!! I love that! I saw the film but I suspect it doesn't even come close to the experience of the book.

  2. Window seats are fine places to nestle with a good book. We had two in my boyhood house.

  3. Yay! I love this one, too. A testament to the beauty and power of home (and food)...

  4. Loved this, too. A perfect escapist book that really transports you.